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September 2011 Newsletter

Posted by Firehouse of God Ministries, Inc. on September 5, 2011 at 3:05 PM




Firehouse of God Ministries – Vol. 5 – Issue # 9 September, 2011








Earthquakes in Illinois?


How serious is the threat of a major earthquake in Illinois? Is our local area in danger of this threat? This article is meant to make you aware of the threat that does exist in Illinois and in our area and how to be prepared if the event occurs. Being aware that certain disasters can happen, and being prepared by knowing what to do immediately can prevent injuries and save the life of you, your family and others.



1 - Making you aware of earthquakes in Illinois…


Historic Earthquakes in Illinois


May 26, 1909 – 5.1 M – Aurora


This earthquake has been related to the La Salle anticline in the Illinois Basin. Many chimneys fell, a stove overturned, and gas line connections broke at Aurora, west of Chicago. Several chimneys were downed at Forreston, Naperville, Streator, Triumph, and Troy Grove, and one fell at Waukegan. Brick walls cracked at Bloomington, and sidewalks cracked and many chimneys were damaged at Freeport. At Platteville, Wisconsin, about 130 kilometers northwest of Chicago, and old building was cracked; houses were jostled out of plum at Beloit, Wisconsin, about 240 kilometers northwest of Chicago. Felt from Missouri to Michigan and Minnesota to Indiana.


Nov 9, 1968 - 5.4 M – Southern Illinois


This was the strongest felt earthquake in southern Illinois since the 1895 Missouri event. Property damage in the area consisted mainly of fallen bricks from chimneys, broken windows, toppled television aerials, and cracked or fallen plaster. In the epicentral area, near Dale, Hamilton County, MM intensity VII was characterized by downed chimneys, cracked foundations, overturned tombstones, and scattered instances of collapsed parapets.


Most buildings that sustained damage to chimneys were 30 to 50 years old. A large two-story brick house near Dale, Illinois, sustained several thousand dollars damage. About 10 kilometers west of Dale, near Tuckers Corners, a concrete and brick cistern collapsed. A large amount of masonry damage occurred at the City Building at Henderson, Kentucky, 80 kilometers east-southeast of the epicenter. Moderate damage to chimneys and walls occurred in several towns in south-central Illinois, southwest Indiana, and northwest Kentucky. Felt over all or parts of 23 States: from southeast Minnesota to central Alabama and Georgia and from western North Carolina to central Kansas. People in multistory buildings in Boston, Massachusetts and southern Ontario, Canada, felt the earthquake


Jun 10, 1987 – 5.1 M – near Olney


Jun 29, 2004 – 4.2 M – 70 miles WSW of Chicago, 40 miles SW of Aurora, 120 miles NNE of Springfield


Jan 02, 2006 – 3.6 M – 6 miles SE of Eldorado, 6 miles WSE of Ridgeway


Apr 18, 2008 – 5.4 M – 20 miles SSE Olney


Feb 10, 2010 - An earthquake hit right before 4 a.m., February 10, 2010 about 2 miles northwest of Lily Lake in Kane County and was located about 6 miles below the ground surface. This would be in the layers of granite below Chicago. The magnitude was first reported as 4.3 but was later downgraded to 3.8. The earthquake was felt in 8 states and was reported by about 18,000 people



2 – Preparing your home


Duane Friend, University of Illinois Extension natural resources educator, Springfield Center, says there are ways to minimize earthquake damage in the home.


Anchor free-standing bookcases, cabinets, and appliances to walls. Secure ceiling lights, suspended ceilings, and lights to the permanent structure of your house. Water heaters should be secured to a nearby wall. All gas appliances should be fitted with flexible connections and a breakaway shutoff device. Un-reinforced masonry chimneys and concrete walls should be braced. Anchor bolts or steel plates can be added between the home and foundation. In addition, houses with cripple walls—a short wall between the top of the foundation and first floor—should be braced with sheathing.


After an earthquake, check your home for possible electrical shorts and gas or water leaks. Contact your local electric cooperative, water, or gas company if leaks are present. Obey evacuation orders from local authorities, and be prepared for aftershocks, some of which could be almost as strong as the initial quake.



For more information on Illinois and earthquakes:


Visit the Illinois State Geological Survey at www.isgs.uiuc.edu,


The Federal Emergency Management Agency at www.fema.gov/hazard/earthquake or the Central U.S.


Earthquake Consortium at www.cusec.org.


Take this preparedness test to see if you know what to do in the event of an earthquake


What would you do if an earthquake occurred and you were inside your home?


Get out of the house immediately

Get in your car and drive away as far as possible

Go to the basement

Stand in a doorway

Look out the window to see what’s happening


What if you are outside when it happens?


Take shelter close to a building

Get inside a building quickly

Stay where you are


What if you are in your car when it happens?


Drive quickly to your home or a shelter

Pull up under a bridge or overpass

Pull up next to a large building

Leave your car immediately and travel on foot


What if you get trapped under debris?


Light a match or lighter to see what traps you

Start shouting for help

Try to move the debris


Place a checkmark next to as many of the answers as you think are correct – scroll down for answers (don’t read them before taking the test) - see if your choices helped you survive the earthquake!



On the lighter side…


A minister told his congregation, "Next week I plan to preach about the sin of lying. To help you understand my sermon, I want you all to read Mark 17."


The following Sunday, as he prepared to deliver his sermon, the minister asked for a show of hands. He wanted to know how many had read Mark 17. Every hand went up. The minister smiled and said, "Mark has only sixteen chapters. I will now proceed with my sermon on the sin of lying."




After a very long and boring sermon the parishioners filed out of the church saying nothing to the preacher. Towards the end of the line was a thoughtful person who always commented on the sermons.


"Pastor, today your sermon reminded me of the peace and love of God!" The pastor was thrilled.


"No-one has ever said anything like that about my preaching before. Tell me why."


"Well - it reminded me of the Peace of God because it passed all understanding and the Love of God because it endured forever!"



Old news items…


LeMars, Iowa Sentinel August 25, 1885


The Sharpe family had a rough time of it. Mrs. Sharpe applied for a divorce from Mr. Sharpe. Then Mr. Sharpe applied for a divorce from Mrs. Sharpe.


Neither of the applications was granted. Thereupon the Sharpes separated, and began to quarrel for the custody of the children.


The whole infelicitous business was caused by indigestion, which had soured the tempers of the belligerent parties.


Brown's Iron Bitters tones up the digestive organs and enables people to eat joyfully and be happy. It is not a costly experiment - to see what a dollar bottle of this medicine will do to promote family harmony - For sale at LeMars Drug Store.



Sioux County Herald, Orange City, Iowa, Thursday, June 28, 1877


The temperance movement in Seney is gradually becoming interesting. It will be remembered that the temperance folks of that pious burg made a grand raid on Young's gin mill, the only one in town, and with battering ram and battle-ax persuaded Brigham to quit.


On Sunday last, the burning of Reeves' tool house being somewhat mysterious, caused some of the folks to connect the fire with the temperance crusade.



September Events & Activities




1st – Pastor Brian 16th – Mary Dickerson

2nd – Cheryl Johnson 19th – Paul Campbell

2nd – Debbi Clyde 21st - Marcia Rodekamp

4th – Harry Vroman 26th – Jacob Combs

5th – Annie Vroman 30th – Andrew Tribley

11th – Ida Schuler


Anniversaries: 16th – Don & Sheryl Noble


* * * * * * * *


5th – Labor Day

11th – 10th Anniversary of the terrorist attack on the twin towers – also Grandparent’s Day

23rd – First day of Fall

29th – Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year)



Men’s Ministry – Saturdays at 6:00pm in church basement

Women’s Friendship Circle – Thursdays 7:00pm at Firehouse of God, 306 5th Ave., Sterling

Monday – Saturday – Shelter Lunch served

Sunday – Junior High & High School Youth Class – to be announced




August Notes…


Everyone was kept busy with so many Outreach Events!

14th – The Harris family visited and Jeremy gave an interesting talk – keep them in your prayers





Community Light





Matthew 5:16 Let your light shine before people, that they may see your good works and praise your Heavenly Father


Summer/Winter Homeless Ministry and

Summer Kids Program


Feeding the homeless and the hungry – providing temporary shelter for men and women.














Homeless Coordinator Men’s Rescue Leaders

Mike Russell Barb & Marvin Evans


Shelter Lunch Shift Officers

Mike Russell – Maria Lopez – Keven Miller

Terry Dickerson


Current Shelter Lunch Shift Assistants

Cheryl Johnson / Marcia Rodekamp


Council House Caretaker

Marvin Evans

Council House Volunteers

Darryl Snow




























What to do in an earthquake


Check to see how many of the questions on page 2 you answered correctly!



If indoors


DROP to the ground; take COVER by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture; and HOLD ON until the shaking stops. If there isn’t a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building.


Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures or furniture.


Stay in bed if you are there when the earthquake strikes. Hold on and protect your head with a pillow, unless you are under a heavy light fixture that could fall. In that case, move to the nearest safe place.


Use a doorway for shelter only if it is in close proximity to you and if you know it is a strongly supported, loadbearing doorway.


Stay inside until the shaking stops and it is safe to go outside.


Be aware that the electricity may go out or the sprinkler systems or fire alarms may turn on.


DO NOT use the elevators


If outdoors

Stay there.

Move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires.

Once in the open, stay there until the shaking stops.

If in a moving vehicle

Stop as quickly as safety permits and stay in the vehicle. Avoid stopping near or under buildings, trees, overpasses, and utility wires.

Proceed cautiously once the earthquake has stopped. Avoid roads, bridges, or ramps that might have been damaged by the earthquake.

If trapped under debris

Do not light a match.

Do not move about or kick up dust.

Cover your mouth with a handkerchief or clothing.

Tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can locate you. Use a whistle if one is available. Shout only as a last resort. Shouting can cause you to inhale dangerous amounts of dust




Christian News from onenewsnow.com



Church replacing Israel? - Becky Yeh - OneNewsNow California correspondent - 8/24/2011


One Messianic Jew says replacement theology is a dangerous teaching that is growing within the Christian Church and breeding anti-Semitism.


Ever since the year 2000, Olivier Melnick of Chosen People Ministries says there has been a rebirth of global anti-Semitism as many people, including Christians, are falling prey to the idea that Israel is the problem in the Middle East and is treating Palestinians unjustly.


Melnick points out that a dangerous teaching in the Christian Church called replacement theology is also breeding anti-Semitism among Christians, as it essentially teaches that God is done with Israel and the Church has replaced the chosen nation.


"That's an interpretation that goes against literal interpretation of the Bible," he contends. "If you were to take all of the 70-plus times in the New Testament when it says the word 'Israel,' pull it out, and insert the word 'church' in there and try to stay within the context of that passage, it would make no sense at all."


The Messianic Jew recognizes that anti-Semitism among those who call themselves Christians has existed ever since the closing of the Bible's authorship some 2,000 years ago. But he says there is a continued increase in the acceptance of replacement theology, and he adds that anti-Semitism and replacement theology are "closely related."


"If there is a growth in replacement theology and [as] it continues to grow, in a sense, there is somewhat of a growth in anti-Semitism within the Church," he explains. "But the anti-Semitism that comes from the Church is not as violent and as vocal as the one that comes from the liberal left and from the Muslim community."

Melnick affirms that many Christians are friends of Israel, and he contends that the Church must be careful to interpret the Scriptures in context.


'Silliness' -- the 'new face' of global warming - Bill Bumpas - OneNewsNow - 8/24/2011


(be sure to read this – it will make you laugh!)


With increasing amounts of scientific fact refuting the global warming arguments, one global warming skeptic says some within the movement are resorting to "silliness" to try to validate their claims.


According to a report from two Pennsylvania State University scientists and a NASA-affiliated researcher, the scenario that aliens may believe that humanity needs to be wiped out to save the planet, albeit unlikely, could be played out if humans and extraterrestrials were to make contact in the future.


"This is truly global warming off the deep end," contends Climate Depot's executive editor, Marc Morano.


He admits to having difficulty keeping a straight face when talking about this story, which was first reported by the U.K. Guardian, "the world's leading liberal voice."


"It just goes to show you the entire global warming debate is just so perverted and silly at this point because the basic science has failed them," Morano decides. "And that's what I think we're finding here -- they're just looking for any kind of diversion now."


The report states that environment-friendly aliens "may observe humanity's ecological destructive tendencies and wipe humanity out in order to preserve the Earth system as a whole" and says, "These scenarios give us reason to limit our growth and reduce our impact on global ecosystems. It would be particularly important for us to limit our emissions of greenhouse gases, since atmospheric composition can be observed from other planets."


"It's so fantastic and absurd, you'd think it was an April 1st joke; you'd think it was silly," the Climate Depot executive editor says. "But these are actually respected scientist wasting their time on this kind of silliness."


(has the whole world gone nuts?)


Families help battle cemetery's religious eradication - Chad Groening - OneNewsNow - 8/23/2011


A Texas-based Christian law firm that defends First Amendment freedoms has added additional defendants to its lawsuit against the Veterans Administration and the Houston National Cemetery for the attempted eradication of religious expression from ceremonies at the facility.


As previously reported on OneNewsNow, Liberty Institute originally filed suit on behalf of Pastor Scott Rainey, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, and The National Memorial Ladies for the alleged religious hostility and unlawful censorship on the part of cemetery officials. Now, the law firm has announced that three families affected by the policies have been added to its lawsuit.


Erin Leu, an attorney with Liberty Institute, says Director Arleen Ocasio is trying to eradicate all religion from the Houston National Cemetery.


"She has closed the chapel, telling people she is wanting to make it more comfortable to people of all faiths," Leu reports. "She has told people not to use the word 'God,' not to use the word 'Jesus.' She told the honor guards not to include the religious portions of their ritual. She's attempting to eradicate all religion. It's outrageous; it's unconstitutional," the attorney contends.

Meanwhile, a judge has given the OK for the suit to move forward.





Stand up, stand up for Jesus,

stand in his strength alone;

the arm of flesh will fail you,

ye dare not trust your own.

Put on the gospel armor,

each piece put on with prayer;

where duty calls or danger,

be never wanting there.
















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Reply Jim Isenhart
4:25 AM on September 6, 2011 
Another excellent Newsletter Firehouse! Good job Barb! Enjoyed the infomation on the Illinois Earthquakes over the years!