Wednesday, April 8, 2009




Maundy Thursday (also known as Holy Thursday or Great and Holy Thursday), is the Christian feast or holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter that commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles. It is the fifth day of Holy Week, and is preceded by Holy Wednesday and followed by Good Friday. In 2009, Maundy Thursday will occur on April 9 in most Christian traditions.

On this day four events are commemorated: the washing of the Disciples' Feet by Jesus Christ, the institution of the Mystery of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper, the agony of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, and the betrayal of Christ by Judas Iscariot.

"Maundy Thursday" is the name for this day in England. It is therefore the usual name also in English-speaking Protestant Churches that originated in that country and even in some that originated in Scotland, although the Scottish Book of Common Prayer uses the name "Holy Thursday".[

Making cookies with your children
to teach the true meaning of EASTER!

The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory,
the glory of the One and Only, Who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14

You Need
Help & permission from Parents!
1- cup whole pecans
1-teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch of salt
1-cup sugar
zipper baggie
wooden spoon
Preheat the oven to 300 (this is important-don't wait 'til you're half-done with the recipe)
1. Place the pecans in the baggie and let the kids beat them with the wooden spoon to break them into pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Roman soldiers.
Read John 19:1-3
2. Put the vinegar into a mixing bowl. Let each child smell the vinegar. Explain that when Jesus was on the cross and He became thirsty, He was offered vinegar to drink.
Read John 19:28-30
3. Add the egg whites to the vinegar. The eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life so that we could have life.
Read John 10:10-11
4. Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand and let them taste it. Put the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin.
Read Luke 23:27
5. So far the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 cup of sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him.
Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16
6. Beat the egg whites with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes, until stiff peaks form. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus.
Read Isa. 1:18 and John 3:1-3
7. Fold in the broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto a wax paper cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus body was laid to rest.
Read Matt. 27:57-60
8. Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven off.
9. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the door. Explain that Jesus tomb was sealed.
Read Matt. 27:65-66
10. Go to bed. Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight and that Jesus followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.
Read John 16:20-22
11. On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. the cookies are hollow! ON THE FIRST EASTER, Jesus' followers were amazed to find His tomb empty.
Read Matt. 28: 1-9


John 13:1-30

Today is Holy Thursday. A day we remember the last supper jesus shred with His disciples before His crucifixtion. Many times when we read the story we focus in on how Jesus washed the feet of His diciples and the example He gave in servanthood. To me there is even a bigger lesson there and it is a lesson of love.

Have you ever wondered what the best way is to tell someone about Jesus is? The answer to me is, “Love them”. Live out the selfless, sacrificial love that you have received from Jesus. Extend that love to those who habe not trusted Him as Lord and Savior, and your actions will speak loudly about who Jesus is and what He is all about.

I believe on that Holy Thursday night when Jesus washed the feet of His disciples, we was demonstrating servanthood but he was also showing them how much He loved them. It is possible for us to “serve” without truly possessing an attitude of love while we serve.

When Jesus told His disciples that night they needed to follow His example I believe He was saying that unless we are willing to serve one another in love, we have no tyrue part in Him or in each other. If we love someone to the highest degree, we will be willing to serve that person.

The world will not be impressed with anything other than seeing a consistent love walk among Christians.


Today is Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday.

Today is National Cherish An Antique Day. So be nice to Jim today!

Today is National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day

Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the world's great architects, died on this date in 1959. Other countries have magnificant architecture like the Pyramids, the Colosseum, and the Taj Mahal. But in America we have something bigger than anything in the world -- our national debt.

The Civil War ended officially on this date in 1865. The ceremony was held at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, at 1:30 p.m. The South would have won if they'd only used their secret weapon--and covered the roads with boiled okra. The Union Army would have slid right into the Gulf of Mexico. The bad news…With the war over, President Lincoln decided to relax and take in a show

The world's first indoor stadium, the Houston Astrodome, opened on this date in 1965. But it cost so much to keep grass growing inside the stadium, the Astros had to invent artificial grass. And today, baseball club-owners are working feverishly to invent artificial baseball players.

1992: U.S. President George Bush fell suddenly ill at a state dinner in Japan. He became pale, slumped in his chair, and threw up on the Japanese Prime Minister.

2002: Scientists at the Army Soldier Systems Center in Massachusetts introduced a vacuum-sealed battlefield sandwich edible for up to three years. Using an array of chemicals to seal the meat and inhibit bacterial growth, the scientists had produced pepperoni and barbecue chicken indestructible sandwiches, and were experimenting with pizzas, bagels, burritos and even the staple peanut butter sandwich.

2005: Britain's Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles, who took the title Duchess of Cornwall.


Pirate Rescue?
The White House is considering how to respond to the hijacking of a U.S. cargo ship by Somali pirates. The hostages are hanging their hopes on the possibility that President Obama somehow thinks piracy is more dangerous than North Korean nukes.

One of the pirates has been captured after he voluntarily left the ship when he learned the entire cargo was parts for GM cars

The Puma
GM and Segway have teamed up to build a two-seater vehicle called the Puma. It looks small, but the Puma actually has enough room to store all of GM's bankruptcy papers.

Auto Show
The New York International auto show began this week. This year the show is sponsored by the repo man.

"Tonight" show host JAY LENO was in the Motor City to host his "comedy stimulus plan" Tuesday night. Jay did an 80-minute set for about 15-thousand people, and told jokes on topics including cars, the price of gasoline and ads for brands like Jaguar and Lexus.

"The idea is just come on down, hopefully forget your troubles for a while, other people are in the same boat as you are and maybe take some of the weight off, that's all," he said at a press conference before the show. "It's bad, but it's not that bad. Things will turn around, they have before." he said.

We may not have as much cash to spend as we'd like but there's been a drastic cut in the use of credit cards.

Consumer borrowing plunged 3.5 percent last month as shoppers eased up on their use of plastic. The Fed says at an annual rate, total consumer borrowing dropped nearly $7.5 billion in February. For credit card use it was the steepest percentage drop since 1978 and the biggest decline on record in terms of how much we didn't spend .Questions: What about you? Are you cutting back on the plastic? Paying off your credit card debt? Buying with cash or spending only what you can afford? Saving for a rainy day? Does this not sound like a wiser use of money than to go into hock back when credit was easier? Is there a lesson to be learned here?

Television Host from the History Channel Finds A lot of Cash on the Street and Gives it Back!

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- Actor R. Lee Ermey is living up to the Marine Corps' mantra: "A Few Good Men."

The former Marine drill instructor and host of The History Channel's "Mail Call" was in Missoula on Monday to film a segment for his upcoming series, "Locked and Loaded," when he said he found some cash. A lot of cash.

Ermey, best known for playing the drill instructor in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," said he was driving with crew member Harlan Glenn to a museum when he spotted a black object on the road

Ermey stopped the car and picked up the bag, which contained cash and checks that looked like they were meant for deposit in a Native American fund.

"Just on one deposit slip alone was, like, $3,700, and another one for $2,800," Glenn said. "There was easily $8,000 in cash and the rest in checks."

Ermey told the Missoulian newspaper he thought: "Some poor guy right now is probably getting fired, probably having the worst day of his life. So what we did was we went right down to the Wells Fargo bank and deposited it for him."

Don Luke, a business expert at the Wells Fargo branch, said he was surprised to see "The Gunny" stroll in.

"We weren't sure if it wasn't 'Candid Camera,'" Luke said.

Dead Man Elected Mayor of Missouri Town
ST. LOUIS – Voters in the small northeastern Missouri town of Winfield re-elected their mayor for a fourth term on Tuesday, about a month after his death.

Ballots had already been printed and absentee voting had already begun when Harry Stonebraker died of a heart attack at age 69 on March 11. He won easily in Tuesday's general election with 206 votes, or 90 percent. Alderman Bernie Panther got the other 23 votes.

The election recalled Missouri's 2000 U.S. Senate race, when Democrat Mel Carnahan died in a plane crash just weeks before the November election, but still defeated incumbent Republican John Ashcroft. Carnahan's wife, Jean, was eventually appointed to the Senate seat until a special election in 2002, when she was defeated by Republican Jim Talent.

Lincoln County Clerk Elaine Luck said she wasn't surprised by Stonebraker's win, noting was a popular mayor who helped lead the community of 1,500 through the devastating 2008 flood, when a levee breach caused by a burrowing muskrat damaged about 100 homes.

"I figured he'd win because he seemed to get even more popular after he died, just like Carnahan," Luck said.

Luck said aldermen would appoint a mayor to serve until a special election in April 2010 to pick a mayor for the remainder of the two-year term.

Stonebraker was a lifelong resident of the Winfield area and a retired construction superintendent. He had nearly completed his third two-year term as mayor.

Winfield is about 50 miles northwest of St. Louis.

Walgreen’s Says “No” to Presidential Chia Pet
CHICAGO - Walgreens has announced that the commander in chief will not sprout a Chia Afro on its shelves.

The Deerfield, Ill.-based company has pulled Chia Obama after a one-week run. Robert Elfinger, a spokesman for Walgreens, said the chain was yanking the product from test markets in Tampa and Chicago.

"We decided to pull the product because it didn't fit with our corporate image," he said in a company statement. "We also didn't want to be subject to any misinterpretation over the product. People could interpret it through a political viewpoint or other viewpoints and we want to avoid that situation
The move caught Joe Pedott, president of Joseph Enterprises and maker of the Chia Obama, off guard.

Pedott insists the clay bust is "totally patriotic."
"It's hope, courage and pro-American," he told the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday
He said he remains baffled by Walgreens' move, because "the stores love it. Our sales increased 50 percent day to day for the one week it was in the stores."
News of Walgreens' removal of the presidential planter has led at least one enterprising Internet seller to offer the Chia Obama for $50 - more than double the $19.99 shelf price.

Although still reeling from the announcement, Pedott says he will still sell his clay patriotism through, and
He also hasn't given up on physical retail locations, saying, "We're talking to (Walgreens') friendly competitors."

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