Wednesday, June 6, 2007

June 3 2007

A letter addressed to God…

A letter written in a childish scrawl came to the post office addressed to “God.” A postal employee, not knowing exactly what to do with the letter, opened it and read: “Dear God, my name is Jimmy. I am 6 years old. My father is dead and my Mom is having a hard time raising me and my sister. Would you please send us $500.00?

The postal employee was touched. He showed the letter to his fellow workers and they decided to kick in a few dollars each and send it to the family. They were able to raise $300.

A couple of weeks later the same post office received a second letter addressed to God. The boy thanked God for the recent infusion of cash, but ended with this request: “Next time would you send the money directly to us? If you send it through the post office they deduct $200!”

Big Bore Brass Tuba Choir

I am so excited that The Big Bore Brass Tuba Choir will be performing at The Sheridan United Methodist Church next Sunday (6/10) in the morning service. This 12-piece ensemble includes some of the finest musicians I have ever met and Dr. Kate Levy (Assistant Professor of music at the Fredonia School of Music) has agreed to conduct this all-star group. I will attempt to include their musical bios in the bulletin next week, but some are so extensive, I will have to “edit” them. The group includes professors, teachers, semi-professional players; and they are traveling from Niagara Falls, Collins, Williamsville, Silver Creek, Fredonia, and Jamestown. We will play everything from Bach to Sousa. We will even have a “mystery guest conductor” for one of the marches! Please join us and invite your friends. Don’t miss it!

I was just wondering

  • Why do people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older...are they were cramming for their finals?

  • Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office?
    What are we supposed to do . . . write to these men?

  • How much deeper would oceans be if sponges didn't live there?

  • Are clones people too?

  • If a man says something in the woods and there are no women there, is he still wrong?

  • If you can't be kind, shouldn’t you at least have the decency to be vague?

Today in history

(June 3)

1992 – Joan Lunden was ordered to pay her ex-husband $18,000/month in spousal support

1969 – The last episode of ‘Star Trek’ aired on NBC

1949 – ‘Dragnet’ was 1st broadcast on radio, KFI in LA

1888 – “Casey at the Bat” 1st published by SF Examiner

1875 – Alexander Graham Bell made the 1st voice transmission

1861 – The 1st land battle of the Civil War when Union defeated Confederacy in Philippi, WV

1851 – 1st baseball uniforms worn by NY Knickerbockers (straw hat, white shirt, long blue trousers)

History of the Hymns

June 3, 2007

For the Beauty of the Earth’ (1864) Page 92

Words: Folliot Sandford Pierpoint (1835 – 1917)

Music: Conrad Kocher (1786 - 1872)

Folliott Sandford Pierpoint, about whose life we know very little, wrote this beautiful summer hymn, full of the spirit of field and forest.

He was born in Bath, England, October 7, 1835, and obtained his education at Queen’s College in Cambridge University, graduating with classical honors in 1871.

He published several volumes of poems, but his work is best known by this hymn, which appeared in 1864. It has been changed in many lines, but the one in our hymnal is perhaps the best version.

In each verse of this hymn, there are four lines each with seven syllables and a two-lined refrain also with seven syllables each. Pierpoint was 29 at the time he wrote this hymn; the beauty of the countryside that surrounded him mesmerized him. It first appeared in 1864 in a book of poems entitled ‘The Sacrifice of Praise.”

This hymn was sung in the 1994 version of the movie: ‘Little Women,’ which was nominated for several Academy Awards.

Meanwhile…1864…143 years ago…in the United States…

President: Abraham Lincoln…V.P.: Hannibal Hamlin

Abraham Lincoln was re-nominated for President

1st appearance of “In God We Trust” appeared on U.S. coins

General Sherman was making plans for his “march to the sea”

President Lincoln officially established Thanksgiving as a national holiday

The Buffalo Starch Factory was established & would become 3rd largest in the world

General Daniel Davidson of Buffalo was killed in The Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia

Ref. CenterForChurchMusic HanoverBicentenial Cyberhymnal BrainyHistory

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