Thursday, January 31, 2008

Sheridan Community Chorus

13 rehearsals left before our Easter musical
performance on Palm Sunday, March 16 at Sheridan United Methodist Church in Sheridan, NY.

Rehearsals are at The Sheridan United Methodist Church (2679 E. Main Road [Route 20] in Sheridan, NY...

Every Tuesday evenings 7:15 - 8:30 PM
Every Thursday evenings 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Windy, wild, wicked weather

The story for today was the weather.
The high temperature overnight last night was 53 degrees and then dropped like a rock into the teens. Wind gusts around 55 mph and a report in Buffalo of a wind gust up to 80 mph.
But...miracle of all miracles...we never lost power. Usually, all it takes around here to lose power is a pedestrian to walk into one of the power poles and we're without power for half a day. We got off lucky.

This is where I am blogging from right now.
All you need is a wireless modem, then wait for the winds to die down.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Just Wondering...

If you were to kill your 'clone,'
Would you be charged with murder or suicide?

Monday, January 28, 2008

Bud's World

Totally useless information:
A snail can sleep for three years.
A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
A “jiffy” is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.

From the Choir Loft
Here I go again! I need you! I need your help! By now, you’re probably bored of hearing me repeat it over and over, but it’s true! We can’t minister without volunteers. We need people to sacrifice their time to enable us to minister in music. Do you have an hour/week to donate to our ministry? If you do, I guarantee that you will be blessed as you minister to residents at The Lakeshore Nursing facility. You’ll get a “warm feeling” when you shake the hands of the residents at St. Columban’s. You’ll get a different perspective of the Christmas season as you meet the members of the audience during our many Christmas musicals. I promise you that I will make the experience as exciting as I possibly can. But the real blessing will come from the fact that you will be ministering to many souls. Rehearsals are brief and fast-paced. They are immediately following the morning service and Tuesday evenings from 6:45 – 7:15. We would love to have you join us! No auditions required!

Wit or Wisdom:
“Go the extra mile. It’s never crowded.”
~ Unknown
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
~ Corrie Ten Boom
“I’m an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.”
~ Mark Twain
“A baby-sitter is a teenager acting like an adult while the adults are out acting like teenagers.”
~ Unknown

Today in history
January 27

1991 – The NY Giants beat The Buffalo Bills 20 – 19 in Super Bowl XXV in the “Wide Right” game
1984 – Michael Jackson was burned while filming a Pepsi commercial
1977 – The 1st broadcast of the mini-series ‘Roots’ shown on ABC - TV
1967 – The Apollo 1 fire killed astronauts Grissom, White & Chaffee
1961 – ‘Sing Along with Mitch’ (Miller) premiered on NBC – TV
1944 – The city of Leningrad was liberated from Germany lasting 880 days (600,000 casualties)
1943 – The 1st U.S. air strike on Germany took place during WW II
1927 – The Harlem Globetrotters played their 1st game
1918 – ‘Tarzan of the Apes,’ the 1st ‘Tarzan’ film, premiered at the Broadway Theater
1880 – Thomas Edison received a patent for the electric incandescent lamp

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

Hospital 911

A sweet grandmother telephoned St. Michael's Hospital. She timidly asked, "Is it possible to speak to someone who can tell me how a patient is doing?" The operator said "I'll be glad to help, dear. What's the name and room number?" The grandmother in her weak tremulous voice said, "Norma Findlay, Room 302." The operator replied, "Let me place you on hold while I check with her nurse."
After a few minutes the operator returned to the phone, "Oh, good news. Her nurse has told me that Norma is doing very well. Her blood pressure is fine; her blood work just came back as normal and her physician, Dr.Cohen, has scheduled her to be discharged Tuesday."
The grandmother said, "Thank you. That's wonderful! I was so worried! God bless you for the good news."
The operator replied, "You're more than welcome. Is Norma your daughter?"
The grandmother said, "No, I'm Norma Findlay in 302. No one tells me anything!"
~Mikey's Funnies

Sunday, January 27, 2008

The true meaning of the B.I.B.L.E.

A father was approached by his small son, who told him proudly, "I know what the Bible means!"

His father smiled and replied, "What do you mean, you 'know' what the Bible means?"

The son replied, "I do know!"

"Okay," said his father. "So, son, what does the Bible mean?"

"That's easy, Daddy. It stands for 'Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.'"

~ Mikey's Funnies

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Super Bowl Party (2/3/08)

Sunday, February 3 starting time is 5:30 pm.

At Sheridan United Methodist Church

2679 East Main Road (Route 20)

Sheridan, NY 14135

Large screen TV

Powerful speakers

Super Bowl Trivia Quiz

Super Bowl Half-time commericals game

Family friendly / alcohol free

Bring a snack or soda

Wear your favorite teams' jersey

Friday, January 25, 2008

Today's Funny

A newly widowed man stood at the cemetery next to his wife's casket.
When the graveside service had just terminated, there was a tremendous burst of thunder accompanied by a distant lightning bolt and more rumbling thunder.
The little old man looked at the pastor and calmly said, "Well, she's there."

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Going down memory lane...

A friend sent this to me.

It's great to go back down memory lane once in a while.

Turn up your speakers & click on the link:

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Thought for the day

The only thing that sustains one through life is the consciousness of the immense inferiority of everybody else, and this is a feeling that I have always cultivated.

~ Oscar Wilde

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Today's Funny


The local news station was interviewing an 80 year old lady because she had just gotten married again for the fourth time. The interviewer asked her questions about her life, about what it felt like to be marrying again at 80, and then about her new husband's occupation.
'He's a funeral director,' she answered. 'Interesting,' the newsman thought. He then asked her if she wouldn't mind telling him a little about her first three husbands and what they did for a living. She paused for a few moments, needing time to reflect on all those years. After a short time, a smile came to her face and she answered proudly, explaining that she'd first married a banker when she was in her early 20's, then a circus ringmaster when in her 40's, later on a preacher when in her 60's, and now in her 80's, a funeral director.
The interviewer looked at her, quite astonished, and asked why she had married four men with such diverse careers.
She smiled and explained, 'I married one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go.'

Sheridan Community Chorus

The chorus rehearsal for tonight (1/22/08) has been cancelled due to poor weather conditions.
The next rehearsal will be Thursday(1/24/08) evening @ 7:00 pm.

Sheridan Community Chorus

The Sheridan Community Chorus is looking for new members.
Choir books & 'Practice Tax' Cd's make learning your part a snap.
No auditions required.

Tuesdays: 7:15 - 8:30 pm
Thursdays: 7:00 - 8:30 pm

You don't have to make all rehearsals...just as many as you can.
For further information contact Bud ( / 716.934.7734)

Monday, January 21, 2008

Today's Funny

On their 50th wedding anniversary, a couple summed up the reason for their long and happy marriage.

The husband said, "I have tried never to be selfish. After all, there is no 'I' in the word marriage."

The wife said, "For my part, I have never corrected my husband's spelling."

~ Mikey's Funnies

Bud's World

If biblical events were being covered by today’s media:

“Wetlands trampled in labor strike…Enforcement officials killed while pursuing unruly mob.”
“Hate crime kills beloved champion of relief troops… Psychologist questions significance of a rock used as weapon.”
“Fire sends religious activist into frenzy…400 killed in unprovoked attack.”
“Hotels full, animals ejected from shelter…Animal rights advocates enraged by insensitive couple.”
ON FEEDING THE 5,000 (Matt 15):
“Lay preacher steals child’s lunch…Disciples mystified over behavior.”
ON HEALING THE 10 LEPERS (Luke 17:12):
“Quack preys on terminally ill…Authorities investigating use of non-traditional medical procedure.”
“Madman causes stampede…Local farmer faces bankruptcy after loss of hogs.”
“Mis-diagnosed ‘dead’ man’s will now being contested by lawyers of heirs.”

From the Choir Loft

After the longest Christmas cantata season of my career, we have closed the choir books on our 2007/2008 “Christmas season.” In 36 years, I have never performed a Christmas musical after Christmas! I was shocked at the huge crowd at our 12/30/07 Christmas cantata performance at Sheridan United Methodist Church. Thanks to everyone in the choir for their hard work and dedication. Also, a special thanks for all those who worked so hard to put on that wonderful post-concert reception. We are currently hard at work on our 2008 Easter cantata. We are looking for help in all areas…no auditions necessary!

Church Sign Chuckles

Fire Insurance Inside

This Church Is Prayer Conditioned

God Answers Knee Mail

Sign broken, come inside for message

This is a ch--ch. What's missing? U R!

Stop in the name of love and meet the Supreme

Wal-Mart's not the only savings place

Today in history January 20
1953 – 1st U.S. telecast transmitted into Canada from Buffalo, NY
1942 – Nazis declare their notorious “final solution” calling for extermination of Europe’s Jews
1783 – Hostilities cease between England and the Colonies…virtually ending The Revolutionary War

Church office: (716) 672-2048, Bud: (716) 934-7734, email:
For choir/chorus/church music updates…

History of the Hymns

‘Lead On, O King Eternal’

(1835) Page 580
Words: Ernest W. Shurtleff (1862 – 1917)
Music: Henry T. Smart ( 1813 - 1879)

Ernest Shurtleff, author of this text, was about to graduate from Andover Seminary in 1887. His classmates, recognizing his poetic ability, shortly before graduation one day approached Shurtleff with this request: “Ernest, why don't you write our class poem. After all, you have already published two volumes of poetry--What's the use of having a distinguished author in the class if he cannot rise to the occasion and do his class the honor of writing a good poem just for them?”
“Let's make it a hymn that we can all sing,”
replied Shurtleff, “We've been spending days of preparation here at seminary. Now the day of March has come and we must go out to follow the leadership of the King of kings, to conquer the world under His banner.”
Although the metaphors and expressions in this hymn were intended to challenge the graduating class of 1887 at Andover Seminary, the truths of this hymn have challenged the world.
--Adapted from Kenneth W. Osbeck

Meanwhile…1835…173 years ago…in the United States…
President: Andrew Jackson…V.P.: Martin Van Buren
P.T. Barnum & his circus began their 1st tour
The 1st edition of The NY Herald was printed at a cost of 1¢
President Andrew Jackson completely retired the U.S. national debt
Samuel Longhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) was born in Florida, Missouri
“Insane” Richard Lawrence misfired as he tried to assassinate Andrew Jackson
Benjamin Rathbun built 99 buildings at a cost of $500,000 in Buffalo, New York
One of the buildings was the 1st American Hotel on Main Street (near Court Street)
The Commercial Advertiser became Buffalo’s 1st daily newspaper
Buffalo’s population: 19,715…Erie County’s population: 57,594

Ref. HymnHistories Cyberhymnal WebEdelic DMarie TanBible Wikipedia

For choir/chorus/church music updates…

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Super Bowl Sunday


You're invited to a great Super Bowl party at our church!

We're going to have a huge projection TV and will play the sounds of the game through our great sound system.

Plenty of snacks!

Coffee! (an absolute must if I'm going to be there.)

Super Bowl Trivia test

Everybody bring a snack, dip, desert or soft drink to share!

Wear the jersey of your favorite team.

Family friendly...alcohol free!

For further information...

Call the church office: (716) 672-2048
Call Bud: (716) 934-7734
The Sheridan United Methodist Church
2678 East Main Road (Route 20)
Sheridan, New York 14135

Friday, January 18, 2008

Sheridan Community Chorus

To receive updates from The Sheridan Community Chorus, just send an email with your email address to or click on the "comments" icon on this blog, to give us your address, and you'll receive updated information as to our future concert dates.
The Sheridan Community Chorus is planning 8 - 12 concerts for 2008. The Sheridan Community Chorus presents concerts during the Easter, July 4th (Patriotic) and Christmas seasons.

Thought for the day

The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

~ Dorothy Nevill

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Sheridan Community Chorus Bulletin Board

Easter Rehearsals Have Begun...
Tuesday evenings: 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday evenings: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
at The Sheridan United Methodist Church
2679 East Main Road (Route 20)
Sheridan, New York 14135
Call Bud: (716) 934-7734 or

Today's Funny

"There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have."

~ Don Herold

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Thought for the day

It takes a real storm in the average person's life to make him realize how much worrying he has done over the squalls.


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Today's funny

In a church in Mississippi, the pastor announced that their prison quartet would be singing the following evening. The congregation was somewhat surprised, since the church wasn't located near a prison.
The next evening, four members of the church approached the stage. Then the pastor introduced them.
"This is our prison quartet," he said, "behind a few bars and always looking for the key."

~ Mikey's Funnies

Monday, January 14, 2008

Bud's World

Wit or Wisdom

“We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don’t like”
~ Jean Cocteau
“Forgiveness means giving up all hope of a better past.”
~ Landrum Bains
“When all is said and done, more is said than done."
~ Lou Holtz

From the Choir Loft
My deepest and most heartfelt thanks go out to everyone involved in the “success” of the Christmas cantata at Sheridan United Methodist church on Sunday, 12/30/07. After postponing our concert due to bad weather on 12/16/07, we had less than 2 weeks to promote our 12/30 concert. We had a full house and I want to thank you all.
Would you believe that we’re still presenting our Christmas cantata? Even if you don’t believe it…we’re presenting it for the last time this evening at 6:30 in Dunkirk. We will be singing at Holy Trinity R.C. church (1032 Central Avenue) in Dunkirk. The choir members could use your support as we close the book on our Christmas season. Our planning began last August and our rehearsals started in September. Why not come out and hear us?
We have now begun work on the Easter musical. We could use your help.
It will be fun! I promise!

I was just wondering:
Is there another word for synonym?
What’s another word for thesaurus?
How can there be self-help “groups?”
Does the reverse side also have a reverse side?
If you choked a Smurf, what color would it turn?
If you asked a librarian where the books on self-help were…
would they tell you… or would that defeat the purpose?

Today in history
January 13
1993 – Super Bowl XXVII in Pasadena – Cowboys beat Bills
1969 – Beatles released their ‘Yellow Submarine’ album
1966 - Elizabeth Montgomery (Samantha) on “Bewitched,” had a baby. The baby's name was Tabitha.
1957 – The Wham-O Company began producing “Pluto Platters,” now know as the Frisbee
1942 – Henry Ford patented a method of constructing plastic auto bodies (30% lighter)
1930 – The ‘Mickey Mouse’ comic strip 1st appeared
1920 – The New York Times editorial (falsely) reported rockets could and would never fly
1854 – Anthony Foss patented the accordion (and polkas have never been the same!)
1794 – Congress changed the U.S. flag to 15 stars and 15 stripes

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

History of the Hymns

‘I Come With Joy’
Words: Brian Wren (1936 –) Music: from The Southern Harmony (1835)

The author of the text, Brian Wren, is one of today's leading hymn writers especially known for his concern for issues of justice, both in language and in action.
Concerning ‘I Come with Joy to Meet My Lord’ Wren said:
Its purpose was…to start with an individualistic "I come with joy" and end with a sense of being bound together with everyone else. This was a deliberate progression because I wanted to move away from what I think is an overemphasis on the individual in traditional communion hymns. I have also composed a canonic setting for stanza 5, which can be used either at the conclusion of singing or as a choral response to the benediction (in which case, use the optional ending). The canon is itself a bit of text painting, the two parts being "together bound," yet both going "our separate ways."
—"An Interview with Brian Wren" in The Hymn, vol. 32, January 1981
On August 31, 1991, Brian Wren was united in marriage with Susan Heafield, an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, and is involved in music education. (Almost sounds like Pastor Molly’s background, doesn’t it?)

Meanwhile…1968…40 years ago…in the United States…

President: Lyndon B. Johnson…V.P.: Hubert H. Humphrey
Milk: 30¢/quart, Bread: 22¢/loaf, Gas: 34¢/gallon, Stamps: 6¢/each
On TV: Mission Impossible, Dragnet, Star Trek, The Carol Burnett Show, Laugh-In
Top Songs: ‘Hey Jude’ & ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ (Beatles)
The “Tet-offensive” began during The Vietnam War
Republican challenger Richard Nixon defeated V.P. Hubert Humphrey for President
The spy ship USS Pueblo and its 83-man crew seized in Sea of Japan by North Korea
Martin Luther King, Jr. & Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated
‘Hair’ opened at The Biltmore Theater in New York City for 1,750 performances
Governor Nelson Rockefeller broke ground for SUNY at Buffalo’s Amherst Campus
The 1st Annual ‘Grape Festival’ was held in Silver Creek, NY
The Sheridan Methodist Church was renamed The Sheridan United Methodist Church

Ref. HymnHistories Cyberhymnal WebEdelic DMarie TanBible Wikipedia

Friday, January 11, 2008

Today's Funny

"I base most of my fashion taste on what doesn't itch."

Gilda Radner

Sheridan Community Chorus

Final 2007/2008 Christmas Concert
Sunday, 1/13/08 Start time: 6:30 PM [Chorus Report time: 5:30 PM]
Holy Trinity R.C. Church
1032 Central Avenue
Dunkirk, NY 14048

For further information:
Church phone: (716) 366-2306 [Father David]
Bud: (716) 934-7734 or

Today's funny


No matter what situations life throws at you...
no matter how long and treacherous your
journey may seem...
Remember, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Thought for the day...

"All generalizations are false!"


Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Sheridan Community Chorus 1/8 Concert

7:00 PM start time at The Lakeshore Nursing Facility.
Rts. 5 & 20 (near Silver Creek Thruway exit) Irving, NY.
Please report ~ 6:00 PM. Enter on the front/east entrance (Tim Horton's side).
We will be singing in the cafeteria. Christmas attire please!
We will be singing excerpts from 'Noel' only. We will not sing the two pieces from 'The Gift Goes On.'

Monday, January 7, 2008

From the Choir Loft

New Year’s has traditionally been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, looking forward to the New Year and making resolutions to improve. So in an effort to help, I
have listed the top 10 resolutions found in a recent survey followed by some helpful suggestions.

Top 10 New Years' Resolutions:

1. Spend more time with family & friends. Join the choir and we will be your musical "friends."

2. Schedule periods of exercise. I will include periods of calisthenics during each choir rehearsal.

3. Lose weight. We don’t allow eating during choir rehearsals.

4. Quit smoking. We don’t allow smoking during choir rehearsals.

5. Enjoy life more. Choir members always enjoy the end of choir rehearsals.

6. Quit drinking. We don’t allow drinking during choir rehearsals.

7. Get out of debt. You can’t shop if you’re at choir rehearsal.

8. Learn something new. We’ll teach you a new rhythm each week.

9. Help others. You will be helping me.

10. Get organized. We need a librarian to organize our music.

See you in choir :) No auditions necessary!