WEEKLY UPDATE - MAY 11-16, 2020

MAY 11-16, 2020

Greetings Members and Friends of 1st Presbyterian Church!

What a weekend with temps in the upper 20s. This week looks like it will be cool until Saturday when it should get up to 70 degrees. Can we survive such a heat wave? It is the middle of May and many people have vacations and other activities planned which they may or may not be able to take part in because of the virus. And when I think of summer my son told me yesterday that in 45 days (from yesterday) we will begin to see a decrease in sunlight each day. I really didn’t want to hear that.

The good news is that the sun is shining, the grass is nice and green, and some of the spring flowers are coming up. I hope that this weekly update will brighten your day in one way or another.

Be safe, be well, and blessings always,
Pastor Lee

                May 10 - Clean Up Your Room Day (If you didn’t get it done yesterday you can do it today).

May 11 - Eat What You Want Day

May 12 – National Nutty Fudge Day
Limerick Day (See below for more information)

May 13 – National Apple Pie Day
National Root Canal Appreciation Day (Who comes up with this stuff?)

May 14 – Dance Like a Chicken Day (I have never seen a chicken dance)
The Stars and Stripes Forever Day - On this day in 1897, John Philip Sousa’s march was first performed in public.
The occasion was the unveiling of a statue of George Washington in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

May 15 – National Chocolate Chip Day
National Bike to Work Day

May 16 – Love a Tree Day
Nickel’s Birthday (1866)


Limericks are five lines in which the first, second, and fifth lines have three beats and the last words rhyme, and the third and fourth lines have two beats and the last words rhyme. Here are some examples:

                                                        Redeemer’s the place we reside                            To write a limerick
                                                        We live everyday side by side                                 could really make you sick
                                                        We work and we pray                                               until the words come to mind
                                                        In a God-loving way                                                   it is then that you will find
                                                        By the Golden Rule we abide.                                 that you’re really pretty slick.

                                                       Spring is on its way                                                    At a care center is an LPN named Bill
                                                       Should be here any day                                           whose main purpose is to give us a pill
                                                       We’ve had enough rain                                             if he wasn’t on the ball
                                                       And are close to insane                                            as he races down the hall
                                                       We’re ready to go out and play.                              some of us would get very ill.


May 11 - Spanish surrealist painter who liked to dazzle and shock his audiences.
Salvador Dali 1904-1989

May 12 - Forever linked with nursing profession; public health activist.
Florence Nightingale 1820-1910

May 16 -Michael’s sister; had a “wardrobe malfunction” during Super Bowl halftime show
Janet Jackson 1966


                                                                                                             WISDOM FROM 1885
Good Housekeeping magazine was first published on May 2, 1885. Women couldn’t vote or serve on juries, skirts cost about $1.75, and shoes were less than $1.00. Below is 135 year old advice from that initial issue.

1.) DON’T SPOIL YOUR KIDS – “the child who is too lavishly supplied with toys and other amusements becomes surfeited (overindulged) and soon loses enjoyment.”

2.) LISTEN TO PEOPLE – “In conversation, pause and give the listener an opportunity to speak. Don’t mistake polite listening, prolonged, for interest in your subject.”

3.) COOK WITH CARE – “A watched pot never boils, but an unwatched pot boils over.”


1.) Who was the first U.S. President depicted on a U.S. coin?

2.) Name the Wisconsin city that leads the world in toilet paper production?

3.) After President Reagan was shot in 1981, what did he say to his wife from the hospital bed?

4.) Which little girl fell into a well in 1987, Baby Fae or Baby Jessica?

5.) If you weigh 120# on earth, what is your weight on the moon?

Answers are at the end of this update …


                                                                                                      SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
They are small irritations, but they are irritations nonetheless. You go to a Greek restaurant assuming that for dessert you will have baklava. Guess what? They are out of baklava. How can a Greek restaurant not have baklava? If a Greek restaurant doesn’t have baklava, it’s not a Greek restaurant.

There was a restaurant that advertised that they had any kind of food you wanted and if they didn’t, they would pay you $1,000.00. You can imagine that people went in there and ordered every possible food, and the restaurant had it. One day a man came in and tried to order something that he just knew they wouldn’t have. He ordered an elephant ear sandwich. The waiter asked if he wanted African or Indian elephant ears on his sandwich. The man said he wanted African elephant ears.

About ten minutes later the waiter came to the man with a check for $1,000.00 and said we can’t fill your order. The man said, “I knew it. I knew you wouldn’t have African elephant ears.” The waiter said, “O, we have elephant ears, it’s just that we ran out of those big buns.”

These kinds of things are called First World Problems. First World Problems are defined as setbacks, minor frustrations or irritants about which we complain only because of the absence of more serious problems, such as those that might be experienced in the developing world.

Here are some examples of such problems, found on various social media:
                                    - I dislike having to drive four hours to our vacation home.
                                    - The Wi-Fi at the resort was out for four hours.
                                    - There was no almond milk at the breakfast buffet at the Hilton.
                                    - The TV show wasn’t in HD.
                                    - For to me, living in Christ and dying is gain.

Oops! That last one doesn’t belong in that list. It’s something the apostle Paul writes in his letter to the Philippians, and it does not fit the First World Problem definition. The only proper response to the other complaints in the list is, “too bad, so sad.” The comment from Paul deserves a different response like, “Wow!” or something even better than that.

Paul and his co-workers had founded the Church in Philippi some years before this letter was written. Paul was a prisoner in Rome and the Philippian Christians were worried about him, knowing that he might be executed for preaching about Christ. In fact they sent one of their members, Epaphroditus, to Paul with a gift. As he was preparing to leave and return home, Paul wrote this letter to carry back to the people. Paul is telling the people that they should not worry about him because his life was devoted to Christ. The Message, a paraphrased version of the Bible, puts it this way: Everything happening to me in this jail only serves to make Christ more accurately known, regardless of whether I live or die. They didn’t shut me up; they gave me a pulpit! Alive, I’m Christ’s messenger; dead, I’m his bounty. Life versus even more life. I can’t lose.

We are not in anything like Paul’s situation, but his words still challenge us to think about what really matters in life. Yes, we all have frustrations and days when things just don’t go right. The “stay at home” order is very frustrating to many people and that is a real concern for many people. But we need to keep things in perspective. For example, after a major catastrophe hits a town, you can almost always find people who have lost everything they owned but whose loved ones have all survived, who say, “All that other stuff can be replaced. Our family members are okay. That’s all that matters.”

Paul’s words can help us clarify our priorities. His words call us to work on being who God calls us to be. They remind us that while we must deal with some small stuff simply to function in the world, we should devote some of the time and energy we have to the things that matter most, both in this life and for eternity.

Blessings always,
Pastor Lee


                                                                                                             ****TRIVIA ANSWERS****
1.) Abraham Lincoln (on a penny in 1909 on the 100th anniversary of his birth)

2.) Green Bay

3.) “Honey, I forgot to duck”

4.) Baby Jessica (Baby Fae received a baboon’s heart in 1984)

5.) 20#