Sunday, September 30, 2007

Bud's World

I was just wondering:
Why did kamikaze pilots wear helmets?
Why does “fat chance” and “slim chance” mean the same thing?
Why do you press harder on the buttons of a remote control when you know the batteries are dead?

From the Choir Loft
Our choir sang the patriotic musical ‘Spirit of America’ for the residents at ‘St. Columban’s On The Lake’ on Tuesday night (9/11), and sang at The Grape Festival in Silver Creek on Friday night (9/14). All in one week! They did an outstanding job and the audience response has been absolutely overwhelming. This was great exposure for our church and its music ministry. We are actively seeking participants for our upcoming Christmas season (singers & non-singers). We will be presenting our Christmas musical at Sheridan United Methodist Church and at St. Joe’s Roman Catholic Church in North Tonawanda. If you or someone you know would like to join us for our Christmas musical, please contact Bud Lowery 716.934.7734 or or call the church office 716.672.2048.

Puns ‘R Us:
“Marriage is the mourning after the knot before.”
“Corduroy pillows are making headlines.”
“Sea captains don’t like crew cuts.”
“Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?”
“A gossip is someone with a great sense of rumor.”
“Santa’s helpers are subordinate clauses.”
“Acupuncture is a jab well done.”
Today in history (September 30)
1994 – The NHL went on strike
1990 – The Pittsburgh Pirates won the NL East title (can you tell I’m a Pittsburgh Pirates fan?)
1975 – 5 drowned in the flash flood of a sewer & water tunnel in Niagara Falls, NY
1972 – The Pittsburgh Pirates’ Roberto Clemente got his 3,000th hit
1970 – The ‘New American Bible’ was published
1960 – ‘The Flintstones’ premiered as the 1st prime time animation show
1960 – On ‘Howdy Doody’s’ last TV show, Clarabelle finally talked (“Goodbye Kids”)
1954 – The United States launched its 1st atomic vessel – the submarine ‘Nautilus’
1953 – Earl Warren was appointed ‘Chief Justice’ of the U.S. Supreme Court
1946 – 22 Nazi leaders were found guilty of war crimes at the Nuremberg trials
1942 – The ‘SS’ exterminated 3,500 Jews in a 6-week period in Poland
1941 – 3,721 Jews were buried alive in the Ukraine
1935 – George Gershwin’s ‘Porgy & Bess’ premiered in Boston
1841 – Samuel Slocum patented the stapler
1777 – The U.S. Congress fled to York, Pa. as British forces advanced

Church office: (716) 672-2048, Bud: (716) 934-7734, email:

History of the Hymns

‘Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus’ (1858) Page 514
Words: George Duffield, Jr. (1818 – 1888)
Music: George James Webb (1803 - 1887)

On March 4, 1858, over 5,000 men gathered for a mass meeting sponsored by the YMCA. A young man, Dudley A. Tyng, who was bold, fearless and uncompromising, preached from Exodus 10:11, “Ye that are men, go and serve the Lord.” Over 1,000 of the men were converted and the sermon was called “one of the most successful of the time.” The entire city was being aroused and a religious awakening was gaining force. The next week Tyng returned to his family in the country.
On Tuesday, April 13,1858, he was witnessing the operation of a corn-thrasher in his barn. Raising his arm to place his hand on the head of a mule, which was walking up the inclined lane of the machine, the loose sleeve of his morning gown was caught between the cogs. Tyng’s arm was lacerated severely, the main artery severed and the median nerve injured. Six days later, he died. His last words were: “Stand up for Jesus, father; stand up for Jesus; and tell my brethren of the ministry, wherever you meet them, to stand up for Jesus.”
The Rev. George Duffield, Jr., pastor of Temple Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, heard the account of his friend’s passing at a memorial service, and wrote this hymn. Thus, the dying words of an Episcopal clergyman inspired a Presbyterian minister to write the words of this hymn. — Ernest K. Emurian

Meanwhile…1858…149 years ago…in the United States…
President: James Buchanan…V.P.: John C. Breckinridge
Minnesota was admitted as the 32nd state
The 1st Lincoln / Douglas debate was held
E. A. Gardner of Philadelphia patented the streetcar
The 1st home mailboxes were installed in Boston & NYC
John Brown organized a raid on an arsenal at Harper’s Ferry
Abraham Lincoln stated “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
Macy & Co. 1st opened on 6th Avenue in NYC with 1st day gross receipts of $1106.00

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