Sunday, February 17, 2008

Bud's World

Totally useless information:

· On a Canadian two-dollar bill, the flag flying over the Canadian Parliament building is an American flag.
· Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
· Peanuts are one of the ingredients in dynamite.

How to Lead a Church Choir

“Leading a church choir takes a caring, yet stern and experienced choir director. The director must be determined, ready to work hard and have ample supply of prayers in time of need. The rewards and joys of a full choir singing religious songs during a service are triumphant. Follow these steps to realize this dream…
1. Organize all the formalities for an exciting and successful church choir. Set short-term goals and long term goals. Have a room with chairs, a dry erase board or blackboard, a piano, and someone to accompany the singers and schedule a weekly rehearsal.”
[eHow] (continued next week)

I was just wondering:

· Can you cry under water?
· What disease did “cured ham” actually have?
· Why does a round pizza come in a square box?
· How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?
· How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?
· Why do you have to “put your two cents in”…but it's only a “penny for your thoughts?” Where's that extra penny going?
· Once you're in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity?

Today in history February 17

1985 – The price of a 1st class postage stamp rose from 20¢ to 22¢
1981 – The Chrysler Corp. announced the largest losses in U.S. history
1979 – China invaded Vietnam
1969 – Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash recorded an album together, which was never released
1968 – The Basketball Hall of Fame opened in Springfield, Massachusetts
1967 – The Beatles released ‘Pennylane’ & ‘Strawberry Fields’ albums
1943 – New York Yankees player Joe DiMaggio enlisted in the U.S. Army
1897 – The ‘Parent Teacher’s Association’ was formed
1817 – The City of Baltimore became the 1st U.S. city lit by gas
1801 – The U.S. House broke the Electoral College tie & chose Jefferson over Burr

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History of the Hymns

‘I Surrender All’ (1896) Page 354
Words: J. W. Van DeVenter (1855 - 1939) Music: Winfield S. Weeden (1847 - 1908)

For five years, Mr. Van de Venter wavered between the challenge of the Gospel ministry and that of becoming a recognized artist. After attending Hillsdale College, he was teaching art in Sharon, Pennsylvania. However, a revival meeting held in his Methodist Church changed his life. Here is how he tells it:
“For some time, I had struggled between developing my talents in the field of art and going into full-time evangelistic work. At last the pivotal hour of my life came, and I surrendered all. A new day was ushered into my life. I became an evangelist and discovered down deep in my soul a talent hitherto unknown to me. God had hidden a song in my heart, and touching a tender chord. He caused me to sing.”
Dr. Billy Graham, wrote this tribute to Mr. Van de Venter:
“One of the evangelists who influenced my early preaching was also a hymnist who wrote ‘I Surrender All’ the Rev. J.W. Van de Venter. He was a regular visitor at the Florida Bible Institute (now Trinity Bible College) in the late 1930’s. We students loved this kind, deeply spiritual gentleman and often gathered in his winter home at Tampa, Florida, for an evening of fellowship and singing.”

Meanwhile…1896…112 years ago…in the United States…
President: Grover Cleveland…V.P.: Adlai E. Stevenson
Bread: 3¢/loaf, Milk: 6¢/qt., Average Income: $625/year
Top songs: ‘Maple Leaf Rag,’ ‘When the Saints Go Marching In’
Leo Hirshfield introduced the Tootsie Roll
Whitcomb Judson patented a hookless fastener, known as the zipper
The 1st car accident in the U.S. occurred when Henry Wells hit a bicyclist in NYC
The 1st public film in U.S. premiered in NYC (John Philip Sousa’s ‘El Capitan’)
The 1st electricity is transmitted from Niagara Falls to Buffalo
The “Cave of Winds” at Niagara Falls almost went dry
The Lancaster Opera House was built
A contract was signed for the construction of the footbridge in Silver Creek
W. P. Bignell was pastor of The Sheridan Methodist Church

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