April 17, 2020
Daily Devotional Podcast

You may join me for a part of my own daily devotionals by sharing in the podcast below.  It runs about 15 or so minutes.

Daily Update

Bishop Frank Beard has announced that the annual conference of all the United Methodist Churches in Central and Southern Illinois will meet in Peoria August 14-15.  The conference was originally set to meet for three days in early June.  This new date will feature a much shorter version of annual conference, adjourning before noon on the 15th.

Tomorrow's Saturday/Sunday email will include links for the Sunday morning worship services (traditional and contemporary) and a link to an audio version of my "Through the Bible" series, getting to First Timothy this week.  The video version of the worship services will feature Jie Wu preaching the sermon this week on "Breath of God."  The audio sermon will only be the sermon, not a full worship service.  All the links will appear in tomorrow's mailing to you.
Birthday Celebrations

4/18                Steve Ferguson
4/18                William Thurn
4/19                Brian Isaacs
4/22                Averie  Florey
4/22                Jim Leitch
4/23                Joyce Lefever
4/26                Phyllis Fuqua
4/27                Bob Montgomery
4/27                Mary Sheppard
4/28                Paul Schabbing 

Life Goes On

Today, April 17 features a number of observances...so get to it...only a few hours left...although you may want to save some of these observances for tomorrow and make them two-day fests.

It is Haiku Poetry Day, and if I had more energy, I'd write something in Haiku.  But I don't, so I won't.

It is Blah, Blah, Blah Day, in honor of casual conversation.  Although, if you are stuck indoors with someone who keeps saying the same thing over and over again, you may want to point out that this is also "Day of Silence."  

It is Ford Mustang Day...I had a 78 Mustang once.  It was a lemon...and if you can't say something good about something, better to keep to your Day of Silence.

It is Cheeseball Day, Kickball Day, and Bat Appreciation Day... as in the flying kind of bat, not the baseball kind of bat.

It is also World Hemophiliac Day, a time to remember approximately half a million people around the world who get a normal cut and it can turn into a life and death situation for them.  

Oh, it's also "Nothing Like a Dame Day," as in those actresses who spice up our lives with their bold performances.  As the website says, those "smiling through the pain ladies of theater."  Maybe you can celebrate by catching a movie or a musical tonight on your TV or internet.