March 2020 Messenger: Newsletter of the Kingsville Presbyterian
The Messenger: Kingsville
Presbyterian Church March
Kingsville Presbyterian Church, 3956 East Main Street, Kingsville, Ohio 44048.
Church email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Liturgist: Chip Barker
March Elder of the Month: Lauretta Lute
March Deacon of the Month: Carol Glotzbecker
Special Issue: Psalm Sunday, Prelude to Easter
Perspectives from Pastor Bill Daywalt
It occurred to Pooh 🐻 and Piglet 🐷 that they hadn’t heard from Eeyore for several
days, so they put on their hats 🎩 and coats 🧥 and trotted across the Hundred Acre
Wood🌲 to Eeyore’s stick house.
Inside the house was Eeyore. “Hello Eeyore,” said Pooh. “Hello Pooh. 🐻 Hello
Piglet 🐷” said Eeyore, in a Glum Sounding Voice.
“We just thought we’d check in on you,” said Piglet, “because we hadn’t heard from
you, and so we wanted to know if you were okay.”
Eeyore was silent for a moment. “Am I okay?” he asked, eventually. “Well, I don’t
know, to be honest. Are any of us really okay? That’s what I ask myself. All I can tell
you, Pooh and Piglet, is that right now I feel really rather Sad, and Alone, and Not
Much Fun To Be Around At All. Which is why I haven’t bothered you. Because you
wouldn’t want to waste your time hanging out with someone who is Sad, and Alone,
and Not Much Fun To Be Around At All, would you now.”
Pooh looked and Piglet, and Piglet looked at Pooh, and they both sat down, one on
either side of Eeyore in his stick house.
Eeyore looked at them in surprise. “What are you doing?” “We’re sitting here with
you,” said Pooh, “because we are your friends. And true friends don’t care if someone
is feeling Sad, or Alone, or Not Much Fun To Be Around At All. True friends are
there for you anyway. And so here we are.” 💜💚
“Oh,” said Eeyore. “Oh.”
And the three of them sat there in silence, and while Pooh and Piglet said nothing at
all; somehow, almost imperceptibly, Eeyore started to feel a very tiny little bit better.
🧥 Because Pooh and Piglet were There. No more; no less.
Dear Friends in Christ,
What a cute story but also what an inspiring story. We should all be more like Pooh
and Piglet and be there for one another, during the good times and the bad. If we
could all be there for each other, wouldn’t the world be a better place?
As always, the Bible reinforces a Christian’s calling to be just that way.
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine,
you did for me.” Matthew 25:40
“Love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore, love
is the fulfillment of the law.” Romans 13:9-10
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ
God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
“Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness, no
one will see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14
These are only a few but I think it makes the point.
There are many who are lonely and just need a phone call or a visit just to show then
that someone cares. It means so much and may be the only bright spot of their day.
A friend posted a message on Facebook the other day congratulating himself on 30
days of sobriety. The response to his post was wonderful, with many expressions
and love and encouragement.
This should be what life is all about and how we would strive to treat others. The
happiest people you know may also be the loneliest. You just never know.
The Bill Wither’s song, “Lean On Me” says it pretty well.
“Lean on me, when you’re not strong and I’ll be your friends and I’ll help you carry
on. Cause it won’t be long till I’m gonna need somebody to lean on.”
Let’s all make a true effort to be there for each other. Pick up the phone, send a card,
stop by for a visit. It all helps and can brighten someone’s day.
May God add his Blessings to your days.
Sunday Services…….10:00 a.m.
Bible Study…….Thursday, 6:00 p.m.
March 9……Session 6:00 p.m.
March 10……Kings Kitchen (Cabbage Casserole)
March 13……..Soup Lunch (Vegetable Beef and Potato Soup)
March 15…..Deacon Meeting After Worship
Lenten Evening Services
March 8 – Eastside Presbyterian Church
March 15 – Trinity Presbyterian Church
March 22 – Rome Presbyterian Church
March 29 – First Presbyterian Church
Hospitalized……Home Bound…..Under Medical Treatment…Recovering
Glen Beagle…..Sandy Bennett…..Gordon Bovee…..Russell Bovee…Ssheila
Branch……..Arnold Carlson….Wes Crawford…Cindy Daywalt…..Shareen
DiGasbarro…..Kelly Encell….Arnie Esterer……Ruth Fedor…George Ferguson…Mary
Ann and Richard Ferguson…Joey Fireovid…..Donna Hanson….Alan Headley……The
Lake Family….Julie Lakota….Loretta Lute……Julie McKay….Rich
Newbold…..Charles and Nancy Page….. Blaine Pickens……Shelby Schwotzer…..
Phyllis Shinault…. Jane Silva……Caleb and Oliver Smith….Linda Stone…..Reverend
Families of Jim Bancroft, Frances Blenman, Duane Hatch,Dale Ingramm & Karen
Service Men and Women and Their Families
Zach, Krystal and Baylee Rae Alexander…….Justin, Tessa, Myles and Jax
Daywalt…….Josh Glotzbecker…….Rob Humi……James Lyle…….
Tim, Missie, and Corbin Urch…….Danny Brocklehurst…….Jason and Nina
Detore…….Derrick Frazee…….Greg Jones…….Zach Laugen…….Chris, Kelly, Autumn
and Kellan Stowe…….Justin Valenti…….Jeffrey Williams
Donna Hansen (1), Emily Rodriquez (3), Becky Schwotzer (4). Carla Holcomb
(4),Ted Robishaw (9), Allison Brocklehurst (9), Carol Davis (12), Julie Lakota (12),
Betty Swanson (15), John Kirk (16, Robert Taylor (23), Paul Brunell (24), Gloria
Chip and Miranda Barker, 18; Ray and Gail Urch, 23; Tim and Missie Urch, 26
Donkeys Are A Biblical Big Deal
Physically and psychologically speaking, donkeys are incredibly strong, prefer facing the rear when being transported in horse trailers, and they stoically don’t show pain or anxiety to avoid falling prey to predators. In their psychology and personality, donkeys are intelligent, possess amazing memories and are extremely social equines.
They are so intelligent that they can think about how to proceed with a task and wait until their owners show them why the task needs to be done, before they will to it, thus earning their reputation for “stubbornness.
Psychologically speaking, donkeys form strong bonds with other animals and people and when they lose someone
important to them, they sometimes grieve so deeply it affects their health.
Biblically speaking donkeys are symbols of service, suffering, peace and humility.
The Old Testament story of Balaam’s donkey is associated with wisdom and in the New Testament gospel stories, the donkey is associated with Christ as the humble King of Peace. Traditionally, the story of Christ entering Jerusalem on the back of a donkey symbolizes peace instead of a warrior king arriving on a horse.
Balaam Disobeys God, the Donkey Obeys an Angel, and Balaam Repents
(Based on Numbers 22: 21-39)
During the Exodus, the Moabites, descendants of Lot, didn’t like the fact that the Israelites were lurking too close to their lands. Their king, Balak, remembered that the Israelites had bested the Amorites who were fierce warriors, and he feared for his kingdom. He summoned Balaam, a prophet, to curse the Israelites. Balaam had to get permission from God to curse the Israelites. King Balak sent officials to offer Balaam prizes of silver to come with them to his kingdom and curse Israel. Balaam saddled his donkey and headed to Moab after God told to go with the
officials, but do only what God told him to do.
The morning of his journey, Balaam saddled his donkey and went with the Moabite officials. God became angry with Balaam and sent an angel to stand in the road to oppose him. The donkey saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with a drawn sword and it immediately turned off the road into a field. Balaam beat the donkey to
get it back on the road.
Next, the angel of the Lord stood in a narrow path with walls on both sides, that curled its way through the vineyards. When the donkey saw the angel, it pressed close to the wall and crushed Balaam’s foot. Balaam beat the donkey again. Then the angel of the Lord moved ahead a few feet and then stopped and stood in a
narrow place with no room to turn to the right or left. When the donkey saw the angel again, it lay down under Balaam. Balaam angrily beat the donkey with his staff.
This time, the Lord caused the donkey to speak and the donkey said to Balaam,
“What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?”
“You have made a fool of me. If only I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now,” Balaam said.
The donkey asked Balaam, “Am I not your own donkey which you have always ridden to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you?”
“No,” Balaam said.
Then the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes and he saw the angel standing in the road with his sword drawn, and he bowed low and fell facedown.
Then the angel of the Lord asked Balaam, “Why did you beat your donkey these three times? I have come here to oppose you because your path is a reckless one before me. The donkey saw me and turned away from me these three times. If the donkey hadn’t turned away, I certainly would have killed you by now, but I would have spared your donkey.”
Balaam said to the angel, “I have sinner. I did not realize you were standing in the road to oppose me. Now if you are displeased, I will go back.”
The angel said to Balaam, “Go with the men, but speak only what I tell you.”
So Balaam went with King Balak’s officials.
When Balak heard that Balaam was coming, he went to meet him at the Moabite town on the Arnon border at the edge of the territory. King Balak said to Balaam,
“Did I not send you an urgent summons? Why didn’t you come to me? Am I really not able to reward you?”
Balaam reported, “Well, I have come to you now, but I can’t say whatever I please. I must speak only what God puts in my mouth.”
Jasper’s Jesus Ride (Based on Matthew 21:1-7)
Jasper the donkey took a piece of straw and wrapped it around his ears. He tied the straw so loosely that it slipped off and he had to tie it again. He knew if he didn’t tie his ears close to his head, the desert wind would lift them like wings. Simon would see it and shout to the other donkeys, “Come and see! Come and see! Jasper tied upmhis ears again! “
Again, Jasper’s ears slipped out of the straw, and before he could retie them, Simon looked over the fence just as the desert wind lifted his ears out like the wings of an eagle. “Come and see, come and see! Jasper is flying! Hee Haw, HEEEEE HAW,
As soon as they heard Simon’s bray, the other donkeys ran over to Jasper. Jasper’s friend, Little Leah, the colt, trailing her feed bag, brought up the rear.
Little Leah whispered, “Jasper, your ears are loose! Let me tie them back up for you.” She ran behind Jasper and grabbed two pieces of straw that were caught in the fur on his back. Quickly, she tied back each one of his ears with the straw. Just as quickly, the wind grabbed the straw and carried it away.
“Simon, help me catch the straw,” Little Leah whinnied.
“Why should I help you or Jasper?” Simon said. “It’s more fun to make fun of you!”
Jasper pointed his head at Simon. He HAW HAW,: he shouted so loudly that the straw unwound from around his ears and the wind quickly grabbed it. Little Leah followed the straw that the wind was twirling in lazy loops. One of the
straw strands settled on the end of Jasper’s nose. AHHHCHO!! HEHaw!: Jasper sneezed.
Jasper sneezed so hard and Jasper sneezed so loudly that his ears stood out like flags in the desert breeze. Then the breeze changed into a strong wind galloping through the olive trees. The wind lifted Jasper’s ears like wings and lifted Jasper into the air.
Come back, Jasper!” Little Leah whinnied. She grabbed Jasper’s leg as he was lifting off the ground. “Neigh!! Come back, Jasper. Help, Simon, help!”
Simon just stood laughing and pointing at Jasper. Little Leah could only shake her head at him, because she was busy hanging on to Jasper’s heel. The wind lifted them both up off the ground. “Help!” Jasper
heehawed. He felt the wind fingers lifting him higher and higher. He felt Little Leah’s fingers wind around his leg more tightly.
“Please get us down, Jasper,” she whinnied.
“The wind won’t let me go,” Jasper brayed,
He furiously kicked just three of his legs since Little Leah was hanging on tightly to the fourth leg. He pointed his ears and his nose toward the ground. Despite his efforts, the wind continued to carry Jasper and Little Leah toward heaven.
“Let’s ask God to help us,” Jasper said.
“Please help us God,” Little Leah whinnied a prayer.
Just as they were rising into the air beyond arm’s reach, a large brown arm reached up and the fingers of a strong hand wound around Jasper’s right front leg, next to where Little Leah was hanging.,
Jasper heard a gentle voice. “Don’t be afraid. I’ll get you down,” the voice said. The hand slowly and steadily pulled Jasper and Little Leah down from the sky, and they landed with a thud, creating a desert sandstorm around them.
Jasper shook the sand out of his eyes to see who had rescued them. He saw a tall man wearing blue robes which contrasted with his black beard. The man saw Jasper looking at him. The man handed Jasper a piece of string and Jasper wound it around his ears. “We need you to give Jesus a ride,” the man told Jasper. “Are you willing to let him ride on your back into Jerusalem?”
Jasper brayed questions. “Who was Jesus and why was he riding into Jerusalem?”
Jasper didn’t know if the man understood braying, but the man answered his questions. Jesus is the Son of God who loves the world enough to give His son to save sinful people. He is riding into Jerusalem to do God’s will and die for the sins of the world.”
“He can ride on my back,” Jasper brayed.
A man walking with the first man asked Little Leah the same question and Little Leah whinnied the same answer. A third man smiled at Jasper and Little Leah, but didn’t say anything. All three men men removed their cloaks and put them over Jasper and Little Leah’s backs. Jasper looked around for the king, but he only saw a man wearing a dusty robe and rubbing his slumped shoulders walking slowly toward him.
“May I ride on your back ?” the man asked. Jasper looked into the kindest eyes he had ever seen in a human being and he said in braying, “I am honored, Jesus.”
Jesus asked Little Leah the same question and Jasper noticed that she bowed her head to him as she told him yes.
“HEEEHAWWW!” Simon had clumped up behind them and he shoved Jasper so hard that Jasper fell to his knees. Little Leah whirled around and head butted Simon. “Leave him alone,” she whinnied.
Simon fell over, but he quickly jumped up and started to head butt Little Leah in return, but suddenly he stopped and stared at Jesus. Jesus smiled at him and Jasper couldn’t believe what he saw next. Simon smiled back at Jesus and held out his hand. Then he walked over to Jasper and touched his ears. “I was jealous of you because
you could fly with your ears and I couldn’t with mine,” he said. “I’m sorry, Jasper. Can we be friends?”
Jasper could only manage a faint heeeehaww, before Simon shook his hand.
Jasper and Little Leah knelt down and the two men that Jesus called his disciples helped Jesus climb up on their backs. As they walked side by side, Jasper felt Jesus stroke his ears and he watched Jesus scratch Little Leah behind the ears at exactly the spots she liked the most. One of the Jesus disciples put a halter around Jasper’s neck , and then waited for the other disciples to fasten the harness around Little Leah’s neck. Jasper brayed five times and Little Leah whinnied five times and then started walking down the dusty road toward Jerusalem.
As they walked toward the city, Jasper heard voices and shimmering in the distance he saw long lines of people
spreading their cloaks across the road to make a soft pathway for Jesus. Some even cut down tree branches to spread on the road instead of cloaks. Then Jasper heard the voices of many people. They were shouting something. “What are they shouting?” Jasper asked Little Leah.
They are shouting, Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“You forgot Hosanna in the highest heaven!” Simon said.
“I thought you left,” Little Leah whinnied.
“I’m going to follow him to Jerusalem and wherever else he goes,” Simon said.
“Does that mean you aren’t going to make fun of my ears anymore?” Jasper asked.
“I won’t today, but I can’t promise about when we get back home. We can talk about
it,” Simon said.
Jasper and Little Leah led long lines of people, waving palms and shouting Hosanna to the highest heaven!”
Jasper couldn’t keep quiet any longer. “Are you a King?” he asked Jesus.
“My kingdom isn’t here in Jerusalem, or even in this world. My kingdom is in heaven with God.”
“I want to go to heaven with you,” Little Leah said. “I can gallop pretty fast.”
“I’m slow, but I am surefooted,” Jasper said. “I will get there.”
“I will be waiting for you in heaven when you finish your life journey,” Jesus said as he climbed down from Jasper’s back and turned toward the city gate. Simon came crashing up behind them. so fast that he almost knocked Jesus to the ground. “I want to go too,” he said.
“I asked first,” Little Leah said.
“I asked second,” Jasper said.
“I have room for all of you in my heavenly kingdom,” Jesus said.
“I’ll race you for first place on the path into the city,” Simon challenged Jasper. Jasper thought for a minute. He twirled the string fastening his ears together around in his fingers and then slowly pulled it from around them.
“Let’s go,” Jasper said, shaking his head back and forth. The wind caught his ears and blew him forward, past Jesus into the city of Jerusalem.
Then Jasper turned around and waited for them at the gate.
(To the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Some people think I’m ugly and not very smart,
Some people say I’m cruel and don’t have a heart,
But look in your Bible and you will plainly see,
From the beginning God created and speaks through me.
I went with Noah and the animals on the ark,
Sampson and my jawbone took the Philistines apart,
God used me to tell Balaam that he needed to stop
Berating and beating me and listen to Him talk.
When Jesus rode to Jerusalem to do God’s will,
“Choose me!” I cried and I stood patient and still
I with my enormous ears and nose and screeching voice,
My Savior looked past these faults and made me first choice.
Second Triumphal Entry
Jewish tradition says that Jesus will experience a second triumphal entry to follow his first triumphal entry into Jerusalem where cheering crowds and great rejoicing welcomed him. The tradition says that the Messiah’s Donkey, (Hebrew: של חמורו משיח (refers to the donkey that the Messiah will ride to redeem the world at the end of days. In modern Hebrew, “The Messiah’s donkey” refers to someone who intercedes for someone else.