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March 12

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I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.    Ezekiel 36:25-27
The Costa Rica Mission Team from LUMC and Campground UMC are having a yard sale fundraiser on Saturday, March 17, 7am-1pm, and we need your stuff! Please begin collecting items to donate to the yard sale and then bring them to the church Friday, March 16th. Transportation and help can be arranged if you are unable to carry your items. Then make sure you come and shop in the Dei Center on Saturday morning! 
Young at Heart will meet on Tuesday,
March 13, at 6:00 pm. 
The Brown Bag Bible Study meets every Thursday at 12:00 noon. If you would like more information about this progressive bible study, contact Marsha Smith at 335-6377.
The Salty Souls will meet on Thursday,
March 15, at 1:00 pm.
Wednesday, March 21 , 4:30 pm

All kids welcome!
Just bring a basket!
Wonderful Wednesday
will not meet at LUMC on March 14.
Instead, everyone registered is to meet at Butter & Egg in Troy
at 4:00 pm for a rollicking river adventure!

Next Wednesday, March 21, will be the final night for the season.
Join us for a special meal at 5:30 pm 
followed by 6th Grade Graduation.

The Flower Calendar for 2018 is locatedon the church bulletin board.
If you wish to reserve a date to place flowers on the altar in honor of a special person or event, or in memory of a loved one, please sign your name next to the date or contact the church office at 335-3013. 
A Ministry of Luverne United Methodist Church
Celebrate Recovery meets
every Monday night at 5:30 pm

Celebrate recovery has moved to the Ben Bricken room.

On March 5th, 1770, the Boston Massacre occurred when British soldiers opened fire on a crowd of colonists who had been taunting them. 

What was the Boston Massacre? A fair first question. One day, an angry colonial mob began harassing a British soldier and pelting him with sticks and snowballs. A sentry of soldiers came upon the scene, and, needless to say, the confrontation between the angry mob and the soldiers holding muskets did not end well. Shots were fired, and five colonists were killed. This was a galvanizing moment in the lead-up to the US revolution.

Why was the Crowd Angry at a British Soldier That Day? A 17-year-old colonist named Edward Garrish is believed to be the one who got the crowd riled up. He was a wig maker's apprentice and he was angry that one of the British soldiers had not paid for a wig he got from Garrish's master. What? You've never heard of a revolution starting because someone refused to pay the bill for his wig?

Who Headed the British Soldiers' Defense in Court? John Adams served as defense counsel for the British and later became the second president of the United States. Photo source: WikiCommonsHaving murdered an unarmed group of colonists, the British soldiers had a hard time finding a lawyer in the area to defend them. Only the most callous, British-loving, freedom-hating monster would have taken on their case. Nah, just kidding, John Adams defended them. In an effort to demonstrate the impartiality of colonial courts, two Patriot leaders, John Adams and Josiah Quincy, volunteered to defend Captain Preston and his men.  Although he was a patriot, Adams thought that the soldiers deserved a fair trial. Adams argued that the soldiers had the right to defend themselves. He showed that they thought their lives were in danger from the mob that had gathered.

What Were the Results of the Trial? Of the eight British soldiers tried, six were acquitted and only two found guilty of manslaughter. Those two were able to capitalize on a loophole and invoke what was called the "benefit of the clergy," which allowed them to get out of a longer sentence by reading a passage from the Bible. Then they had their thumbs branded with an “M” for murder as their punishment.  No wonder the colonists were angry. 


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