Tuesday, July 17, 2007

What to do for retirement (Joke)

Working people frequently ask retired people what they do to make their days interesting. Well, for example, the other day I went downtown and went into a shop. I was only in there for about five minutes and when I came out, there was a cop writing out a parking ticket.
I went up to him and said, "Come on, man, how about giving a retired person a break?" He ignored me and continued writing the ticket. I called him a "Nazi." He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having worn tires. So I called him a "doughnut eating Gestapo." He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first. Then he started writing a third ticket. This went on for about 20 minutes. The more I abused him, the more tickets he wrote.
Personally, I didn't care. I came downtown on the bus!
July 15, 2007

The church visitor
An elderly woman walked into the local country church. The friendly usher greeted her at the door and helped her up the flight of steps. “Where would you like to sit?” he asked politely. “The front row please,” she answered.
“You really don’t want to do that,” the usher said. “The pastor is really boring.”
“Do you happen to know who I am?” the woman inquired.
“No,” he said.
“I’m the pastor’s mother,” she replied indignantly.
“Do you know who I am?” he asked.
“No,” she said.
“Good,” he answered, “Let me show you the front pew!”
From the Choir Loft
Choir LoftTonight, we will again be joining forces with the Cattaraugus area singers to sing our patriotic musical: ‘THE SPIRIT OF AMERICA.’ We will perform this wonderful piece at The Cattaraugus Christian Camp in Cattaraugus, NY. The concert begins at 3:00 pm and the report time is 2:00. So, if you see me or any of the choir members “bolting” out the door following the church service this morning, you will understand. We will also present the cantata on Friday (9/14/07) at the 40th annual Grape Festival in Silver Creek.

Bible Stories according to kids
HIGHER POWER: A Sunday school teacher said to her children, "We have been learning how powerful kings and queens were in Bible times. But, there is a higher power. Can anybody tell me what it is?"
One child blurted out, "Aces!"
MOSES & THE RED SEA: Nine-year-old Joey, was asked by his mother what he had learned in Sunday school. "Well, Mom, our teacher told us how God sent Moses behind enemy lines on a rescue mission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. When he got to the Red Sea, he had his army build a pontoon bridge and all the people walked across safely. Then, he radioed headquarters for reinforcements. They sent bombers to blow up the bridge and all the Israelites were saved."
"Now, Joey, is that really what your teacher taught you?" his mother asked.
"Well, no, Mom. But, if I told it the way the teacher did, you'd never believe it!"

Today in history
(July 15)
1996 – Prince Charles & Princess Di sign divorce papers
1932 – President Hoover cut his own salary by 15%
1901 – Over 74,000 Pittsburgh steelworkers went on strike
1881 – William Bonney “Billy the Kid” was shot by Pat Garrett
1779 – Birth of Clement C. Moore (author of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’)

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From Bud's World

History of the Hymns
July 15, 2007
‘Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart’ (1870) Page 500
Words: George Croly (1780 – 1860)
Music: Frederick Cook Atkinson (1841 - 1896)

Following the celebration of Easter, there are two other important Church calendar days, which many Christians often neglect to recognize. The first is ‘Ascension Day’-forty days following Easter. The second important day is ‘Pentecost Sunday’-ten days after Christ's ascension. It is thrilling at Christmas to recall the events of our Savior's birth, or at Easter his triumph over death. Yet if He had never ascended to make intercession for us or had never sent the Holy Spirit to dwell within and to guide us, our relationship with God would be most incomplete.
One of the finest of all hymns for Pentecost is this hymn, ‘Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart.’ The Rev. George Croly, a minister in the Anglican Church, wrote it. Croly was born in Dublin, Ireland, and graduated from Trinity College. He came to London, England, around 1810, where he served a small parish church. He was also active during this time as a literary writer of poems and novels as well as biographical, historical and scriptural material. Later, in 1835, he was asked by the church's leadership to re-open a church in the worst slum area of London, St. Stephen's Church, which had been closed for more than a century. His forceful, magnetic preaching soon attracted large crowds. Croly was characterized by his associates as a "fundamentalist in theology, a fierce conservative in politics, and intensely opposed to all forms of liberalism."
In 1854, when he was seventy-four years of age, he desired a new hymnal for his congregation and eventually prepared and published his own: ‘Psalms and Hymns for Public Worship.’ This is Croly's only surviving hymn from that collection.

Meanwhile…1870…137 years ago…in the United States…
President: Ulysses S. Grant…V.P.: Schuyler Colfax
Mark Twain (at age 34) married Olivia Langdon in Elmira, NY
The construction of the Brooklyn Bridge began (would take 13 years)
Buffalo’s population: 117,714…Erie County’s population: 178,699
Grover Cleveland was elected Erie County Sheriff (later served 2 terms as President)

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