July 1st Service

July 1, 2018 10:30am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Sixth Sunday After Pentecost
Welcome and Announcements

Praise Song “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” UMH #717

Prelude

Processional
In this place, among these people,
God is worshipped, God is praised.
We have seen the signs and wonders;
the lost are found here, the dead are raised.
We are living the Gospel story;
lives are changed, and mountains moved.
Won’t you come and work among us?
You are welcomed, you are loved.

*Call to Worship
One: Wait for the Lord, like those who hope in God’s mercy.
All: God’s steadfast love endures forever.
One: Watch for God, like those who eagerly await the morning.
All: We watch for God, whose power redeems us.
One: Hear God’s hopeful word, like those who long for pardon.
All: Sing praise to God and rejoice in God’s love.

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

*Opening Prayer

*Hymn “God Bless America” Overhead
Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time –After prayers, sing the Children out – “Jesus Loves Me.” Children 5 and under are welcome to remain in worship or go to the nursery at this time.

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology UMH #95

Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn UMH #263
“When Jesus the Healer Passed through Galilee”

SHARING THE WORD
Old Testament Reading Psalm 130 Page 500
*Gospel Reading Mark 5:21-43 Page 816

Message “Such Strong Faith” Pastor Gary

Words of Assurance

The Great Thanksgiving

Prayer

*Hymn “Be Not Afraid” Overhead

Benediction

Old Fashioned Hymn Sing with John & Kate: Come sing your favorite hymns with John & Kate. They will be performing at the Ladder Community Center at 67 N. State Street in Shelby, on Saturday, July 7, 2018, at 6:00pm. A Love offering will be received.

Church Calendar
Sunday, July 1, 2018 – Communion
10:30 am – Worship
Sunday, July 8, 2018
10:30 am – Worship

Email: glpeterson32@frontier.com
Office Telephone 231-923-0573
Office email ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com
Website http://www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist Megan Schihl
Liturgist Mechelle Schneider
Nursery Joyce Twiss
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

 

 

 

 

 

Pastor’s Ponderings

In last month’s Good News Letter, I started a series of articles called “why we are United Methodists” and this month I am listing the basic concepts of what we believe as United Methodists. John Wesley, our founder, believed there were a number of common Christian beliefs and we have adopted those beliefs as United Methodists.

These core beliefs are as follow:

  • We believe in and worship the divine Trinity. We praise God one in three divine persons Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the full divinity of Jesus Christ.
  • We believe Christ to be the eternal, supreme God.
  • We believe in the atonement and work of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ sacrificed his life and poured out his emptiness for human salvation.
  • We believe that our salvation comes about through the life, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • We believe in the biblical authority in which Scripture is the sufficient rule of both Christian faith and our practice. The Bible contains all that is necessary for human salvation and for the reform of the church.
  • We believe in the justification by faith alone. Faith must engage our heart and our mind in knowing God in three persons Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in regeneration and holiness. As an evangelical church we affirm that grace is received from God as we continue to renew our trust in God.
  • We believe in the Christian church. The church is a, “society” of believers and is necessary to come together to hear the Word of God, receive the sacraments and be in friendship together to support one another.
  • We believe in the sacraments of baptism and communion. Baptism is the evidence that we are forgiven of our sins and we are born again into a new birth through Jesus Christ. Communion, The Lord’s Supper, offers us outward sacramental signs of bread and wine and the inward grace signified by these signs.

By accepting these beliefs as Wesleyans and as United Methodist, we experience as John Wesley would call, “the way of salvation” or “the way to heaven.” John Wesley recognizes three stages of receiving grace – first Prevenient Grace, second Justifying Grace and thirdly Sanctifying Grace. These three forms of grace come with us as we find God’s way to salvation for each one of us.

Announcements and Stuff

50th Wedding Anniversary Open House
Fun- Food-Beach-Family-Friends

Come join Reba and Gary Peterson as they celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary at the beach with family and friends! They will have an Open House on Sunday July 15th from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Summit Park.

Summit Park Location: 5581 S. Lakeshore Drive, Ludington Michigan. The park is located between Pentwater/Bass Lake and Ludington.  RSVP (231-869-3373) – No gifts please. You will bless us greatly by joining us!

The Royal Ringers Handbell Choir of Shelby Congregational United Church of Christ will present a concert for the lakeshore community at 4:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary, Sunday, August 5, 2018.  This is an intergenerational, ecumenical choir that meets once a week for rehearsal and plays for worship monthly. The concert will highlight both handbells and choirchimes in arrangements of new and familiar hymns, newly composed anthems and some congregational singing. There will be a freewill offering to a local charity.

68th Annual St. Joseph and St. Vincent Ox Roast & Homecoming  Sunday, July 8, 2018 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Dine-In or Take-Out   Adults: $12.00 Kids (5-12): $5.00 Kids under 5: Free 2349 W. Jackson Rd. Hart, MI 49420 (From US-31 – Take the Pentwater – Monroe Rd. Exit (154), turn right (from the south) or left (from the north), go 2 miles East on Monroe Rd. then turn right onto 88th Avenue, then go 1 mile to our church and Faith Formation Center.   Some-thing for everyone! Raffles, Door Prizes, Bingo, Kid’s Games, Baked Goods, Crafts, White Elephant Sale, Silent Auction, Tours of beautiful St. Joseph’s Church built in 1909, Puddle Jumpers Car Club, and NEW this Year… Blessing of the Tractors!

Boundaries Class:  Offered through the Love INC reNEW program, an 8-week Boundaries Class will start Wednesday, July 11th at New Era Reformed Church. “When to say yes, how to say no” – this class will show you how to bring health and happiness to your relationships.  Boundaries is open for anyone to attend.  Classes meet weekly and begin with dinner at 5:30pm.  Call the Love INC office to sign-up: 231-861-5619

Thank You to the Many Church Groups that Have Provided Meals for reNEW! (CUMC is one of those churches!)

We Love Our Volunteers: Do you have a little extra time this summer? Are you looking for a meaningful way to serve?  Do you enjoy hanging out with others who love Jesus and enjoy helping people?  Then we have the place for you! Whether in the Donation Ministry, the Help Center, the reNEW Program, or individual acts of service, Love INC volunteers are sharing the Love of Christ in practical and helpful ways.  Contact Beth at 231-861-5619 to find out how you can get involved or visit www.loveincoceana.org and click on the “Volunteer” tab.

Nigerian Well Update
We’re getting really close!  Our current balance is $4,518.35.  That means we only have $981.65 left to raise before we will be fulfilling our goal of raising $5,500 for a well in Nigeria.  More importantly, we only have $981.65 to raise before we can bless a community in Nigeria that struggles daily to obtain safe drinking water.  We still have items for sale on the table, we’re still collecting pop cans, we still have a used book sale going on, we continue having monthly luncheons, and of course, you can always donate money by marking it and placing it in the collection plate.   God has blessed us in so many ways, lets pass the blessing on to others and purchase this well ASAP!

Up Coming Fundraising Events

  • Now until September 30th
    • Pop can Drive
    • Used book sale
    • Various items on table for sale
  • July 15th – Ice Cream Sundae Bar
  • August 10th – 76th Annual Strawberry Social (Sponsored by UMW) (Not for Nigerian Well Project)
  • August 19th – Brats on the Grill

Mark your Calendars!
The 76th Annual Strawberry Social/Bake Sale is slated for August 10th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.  Come enjoy some shortcake and fellowship while at the same time supporting our UMW in their only fundraising event of the year.

Nursery Schedule
7/1 – Joyce Twiss
7/8 – Doris Graham
7/15 – Edith Bogart
7/22 – Carol Adams
7/29- Kathy Ohman

And God promised men that good and obedient wives would be found in all corners of the world.  Then He made the earth round…and laughed and laughed and laughed…

 

Upcoming Worship Schedule

July 1st – Psalm 130 / Mark 5:21-43
“Such Strong Faith” 

July 8th – 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 / Mark 6:1-13
“Roses Have Thorns”

July 15th – Psalm 24 / Ephesians 1:3-14 / Mark 6:14-29
“Be Careful What You Promise”

July 22nd – 2 Samuel 7:1-14a / Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
“We Need This Kind of Zeal”

July 29th – Ephesians 3:14-21 / John 6:1-21“Again We Cross The Waters”

 

June 17 Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
June 17, 2018 10:30am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Fourth Sunday After Pentecost
Father’s Day
Welcome and Announcements

Praise Song “Father, I Adore You” SUMH #2038

Prelude

Processional
In this place, among these people,
God is worshipped, God is praised.
We have seen the signs and wonders;
the lost are found here, the dead are raised.
We are living the Gospel story;
lives are changed, and mountains moved.
Won’t you come and work among us?
You are welcomed, you are loved.

*Call to Worship
One: God interrupted Samuel with an unexpected call.
All: “Here I am. Lord, Send me!”
One: God surprised Jesse, choosing his youngest son, David, to be king.
All: “Here I am, Lord, Send me!”
One: We join with Christ and are a part of God’s new creation.
All: O Mighty God, we come to join the harvest.
One: Gather us in, O Holy One, for we would be your people.
All: Amen.

Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “Here I Am Lord” UMH #593

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time – After prayers, sing the Children out – “Jesus Loves Me.” Children 5 and under are welcome to remain in worship or go to the nursery at this time.

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology UMH #95

Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn “This is My Father’s World” UMH #144

SHARING THE WORD
Old Testament Reading Psalm 20 Page 433
New Testament Reading 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 Page 959

Message Pastor Gary
“The Apostle Paul Writes to You”

Prayer

*Hymn “Amazing Grace” UMH #378

Benediction

Church Calendar
Sunday, June 17, 2018 – Father’s Day
10:30 am – Worship
Tuesday, June 19th – Newsletter Deadline
Wednesday, June 20th
2:00 PM – Card Making Party
Sunday, June 24, 2018 – Shalom
10:30 am – Worship

Email: glpeterson32@frontier.com
Office Telephone 231-923-0573
Office email ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com
Website http://www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist Megan Schihl
Liturgist Charlie Pease
Nursery Carol Adams
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

Pastor’s Ponderings

Why United Methodist?

Every year we get an opportunity to navigate our way through the Michigan Annual Conference as United Methodists. And at times at Annual Conference I wonder why I am a United Methodist. I did not inherit this faith. I did have an opportunity to grow up in “the church” but not as a “United Methodist”. So, for me, being United Methodist was and is a choice. There are some specific reasons I embraced the United Methodist Way of being Christian. My intent is to write the first of three Pastor’s Ponderings to you in this month’s newsletter. In this, the first addressing, I want to give you a few reasons why I am United Methodist. My second writing for July will be a continuation of why I chose the United Methodist Church. And for August my intent is to write about some of those things that, from our 2018 Annual Conference, continue to engage me as a United Methodist. As I share some of these reasons to be a United Methodist I encourage you to engage me in a conversation as to why you have chosen to be a United Methodist. I will be presenting these reasons why I am United Methodist in no particular order.

Religion should be a matter of head and heart. Since the beginning, people called Methodists have used the best of the resources available from Scripture, reason, tradition and personal experience in the practice of their faith. I will unpack some elements by starting with, as Methodist, we take a serious approach to the witness of Scripture rather than a literal approach. We consider what this message of the Bible said to the people who originally heard it and we discern how it still speaks today to the people living in very different circumstances than those who first heard the Word. As we do that, however, we seek to remain open to all of Scripture which speaks to us and commands that we witness to Scripture.

We, as United Methodists, are not required or allowed to check our brain at the door. We use our God-given abilities, including powers of reason, to discern what is necessary, right and good. We believe that God wants thinking Christians, not sheep who are disengaged.

People called Methodists also value being part of “that great cloud of witnesses,” which is the most vital part of the tradition of the Christian church. We believe the faithful examples and practices of our forerunners in the faith have much to teach us about how we might become better disciples. In lifting up tradition we make an important distinction between tradition and traditionalism. Traditionalism is a form of idolatry that perseveres the practices of the past at the expense, or perhaps even exclusion, of the church’s mission in the present age. Tradition is practicing the essentials of our faith in a way that engages us today with the vital message of the gospel. In all we do we strive to be on the living edge of Christian faith.

We believe God still speaks to people today. The Methodist movement began with an experience of one individual, John Wesley our founder, who had a personal encounter with Jesus Christ that left his heart on fire for God. For years now, one of the questions asked of Methodist pastors are: where did they and how are they currently experiencing Christ as their Lord and Savior? When Methodist gather in small groups or engage one another we are to inquire, “How is it with your soul?” This should be done as a way of inviting each person to share their personal experience with God. We believe that such experiences make all the difference. From generation to generation the people called Methodists have believed that an individual encounter with God in Jesus Christ has the power to transform a person’s life. The experience opens them to new understandings of the Bible, offering new ideas about their place in God’s creation and prompts them to consider new ways of practicing their faith in the world.

Next month I plan to write about what United Methodists believe about salvation, which makes a huge difference in how we experience and share, “Being in Christ,” which can influence us to engage the world. Many of the best gifts of our Bible witness, the reasons guiding our light, and living as Christians in a tradition and a personal experience of God saving grace direct our journey and satisfy our soul.

Pastor Gary

(Thoughts take from “Wesleyan Beliefs by Ted Campbell”)

Announcements and Stuff

Thank You

Dear Claybanks Friends,

I wanted to thank you all so much for your support with the Oceana Shores Clean-Up Day.  The day consisted of a great sense of community.  We had 4 dumpsters at the park and one trailer.  These were pretty much filled by 11:00.  We ended up calling and getting 2 more dumpsters.  Folks were lined up with items waiting.

People from the park brought to the cook out hamburgers, chips and pop to add to the meal.  It was a wonderful group effort.  Folks from the community pitched in cooking, cleaning and visiting.  It was a fun day filled with building relationships and cleaning up.

Without your support this day would not have been possible.  Special thanks to all who made cookies, sat at a dumpster, helped with the cook-out and so much more.

Yours in Christ
Kathy Ohman

Pancake Breakfast

Thank you all for your generous donations to support our kids to go to camp.  The pancake breakfast was a huge success again, raising $514 this year.  Camp has been such a wonderful experience allowing the kids to engage in Christian fellowship and grow in the Lord.  They too appreciate all of your support.  😊

Teen Challenge

$476 was collected and donated to Teen Challenge while they were visiting recently.  Thank you to everyone for digging deep in your pockets for this very worthy cause.  A letter of appreciation from them is on our bulletin board.  

Nigerian Well Project

We’re getting there, folks.  Our balance as of May 20th is $4,301.  That means we only have $1,199 left to raisebefore we will be giving many, many Nigerian people safe, nearby water for drinking.  We still have items for sale on the table, we’re still collecting pop cans, we still have a book sale going on, we will continue having monthly luncheons until we reach our goal, and of course, you can always donate money by marking it and placing it in the collection plate.  Keep up the good work!

Up Coming Fundraising Events

Now until September 30th
**POP Can Drive
**Used Book Sale
**Various items on table for sale
June 10 – Salad Bar Luncheon
July 15th – Ice Cream Sundae Bar
August – 76th Annual Strawberry Social (Sponsored by UMW)

Nursery Schedule

6/3 – Liz Grossman
6/10 -Edith Bogart
6/17 – Carol Adams
6/24 – Kathy Ohman