September 17th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
September 17, 2017 10:30am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Welcome and Announcements

Praise Song “God, How Can We Forgive” SUMH #2169

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: Sing praise to God who rescues us when we fall!
All: ​Sing praise to God who walks with us on our journeys!
One: Even though we fall, God lifts us and places us on paths of​peace.
All: ​Even though we stray, God finds us and brings us back to lives of hope.
One: Thanks be to God, whose love is continually with us.
All:​Praise be to God, whose mercy is over us all. Amen.
Opening Prayer

*Hymn “Help Us Accept Each Other” UMH #560

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 “Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive” UMH #390

​SHARING THE WORD
Old Testament ​Exodus 14:19-31 ​Page 53
*Gospel Reading ​​Matthew 18:21:35​Page 800

Morning Message Pastor Gary
“FORGIVENESS MAY BE HARD, BUT IT IS THE WILL OF GOD”

Prayer

*Hymn “Freely, Freely” UMH #389

Benediction

Church Life
Sunday, September 17, 2017
​​9:30am – Adult Sunday School
​​9:45am – Youth Sunday School
​​10:30am – Worship

Monday, September 18, 2017
​​5:30pm – Movie/Potluck​​

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
​​2:00pm – Card Making Party

Thursday, September 21, 2017
​​1:00pm – UMW Meeting

Sunday, September 24, 2017 – Shalom
​​9:30am – Adult Sunday School
​​9:45am – Youth Sunday School
​​10:30am – Worship

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

Pianist​​​​ Megan Schihl
Liturgist ​​ ​​​ Konnie Grant
Nursery Edith Bogart
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

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September 10th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
September 10, 2017 10:30am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Welcome and Announcements

Praise Song “Sing a New Song to the Lord” SUMH #2045

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: ​How shall we live in the love of God?
All: ​We shall treat one another with fairness and dignity.
One: ​How shall we witness God’s forgiving love?
All: ​We will reach out to others with compassion.
One: ​Come, let us worship God who has always loved us.
All: ​Let our worship of God be reflected in our lives of hope and peace. Amen.

Opening Prayer

Sunday School Blessing and Recognition

*Hymn “Lord of the Dance” UMH #261

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 “We Are the Church” UMH #558

​SHARING THE WORD

Old Testament ​Psalm 149 ​Page 508
*Gospel Reading ​​Matthew 18:15-20​Page 799

Morning Message Pastor Gary
“THE POWER GIVEN TO THE CHURCH”

Prayer

*Hymn “Victory in Jesus” UMH #370

Benediction

Church Life
Sunday, September 10, 2017 – Offering for Harvey victims
​​9:30am – Adult Sunday School
​​9:45am – Youth Sunday School
​​10:30am – Worship

Monday, September 11, 2017
​​5:30pm – Movie/Potluck​​

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
​​6:00pm – Finance Committee Meeting
​​6:30pm – Trustees Committee Meeting
​​7:00pm – Ad Council Meeting

Sunday, September 17, 2017
​​9:30am – Adult Sunday School
​​9:45am – Youth Sunday School
​​10:30am – Worship

Office email ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com
Website http://www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist​​​​ Megan Schihl
Liturgist ​​ ​​​ Art Grumm
Nursery Karen Anderson
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

Upcoming Worship Schedule

September 3 – Exodus 3:1-15 /Matthew 4:18-25
“Has God Hooked You?”
Labor Day Weekend

September 10 – Psalm 149 / Matthew 18:15-20
“The Power Given to The Church”

September 17 – Exodus 14:19-31 / Matthew 18:21-35
“Forgiveness May Be Hard, But It Is The Will of God”

September 24 – Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45 / Philippians 1:21-30
“What Is Our Gain?”

September 3rd Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
September 3, 2017 10:30am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Welcome and Announcements

Praise Song “Woke Up This Morning” SUMH #2082

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: In mutual compassion and authentic love…
All: ​We gather as the family of God.
One: We offer our gifts, our hopes, and our lives…
All: ​To build up this community of faith.
One: We bring our songs of gratitude and joy…
All:​ To Bless God with our worship and praise.

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” UMH #526

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Gloria Patri UMH #70

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 “Battle Hymn of the Republic” UMH #717

​SHARING THE WORD

Old Testament ​Exodus 3:1-15 ​Page 44
*Gospel Reading ​​Matthew 4:18-25​ Page 785

Morning Message “Has God Hooked You?” Pastor Gary

Words of Assurance

The Great Thanksgiving Page 13

Prayer

*Hymn “Hooked on Jesus” Overhead

Benediction

Church Life
Sunday, September 3, 2017 – Communion
​​10:30am – Worship

Saturday, September 9, 2017
​​5:00pm – The 4 F’s Gathering at Peterson’s New Home

Sunday, September 10, 2017
​​9:30am – Adult Sunday School
​​9:45am – Youth Sunday School
​​10:30am – Worship

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

Pianist​​​​ Megan Schihl
Liturgist ​​ ​​​ Charlie Pease
Nursery Doris Graham
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

Pastor’s Ponderings

Pastor’s Pondering
By Pastor Gary Peterson

June, July and August are great months for pastors to slow down and take some extra Sabbath time. A couple of years ago I read a book written by a close friend and pastor that I admire greatly for her leadership, discipline and knowledge. I will be taking some retreat time in October and this book was one of the books recommended to read prior to attending the retreat, so I quickly reviewed the book during a lull in my fun reading time. The book is “Recess: Rediscovering Play and Purpose” by Lori Haller. Lori is one of the people who always gets me to think beyond the words and pages in so many different areas, even beyond what she is writing about. One of the things that she has gotten me to ponder on several occasions, both when she was district superintendent of Grand Rapids, and also when she writes a weekly blog, is how I can become a better disciple for Jesus Christ. As I ponder this and other things I come to a basic question that pastors and Disciples of Jesus Christ ask of themselves, “how can we help people get to know Jesus Christ and grow in their faith?” The gift of new life and love that Jesus Christ offers us is amazing and unlike anything else we have ever known, and I want everyone to experience God’s miraculous, saving and transforming power. When the time is right and the Holy Spirit is moving, I want to make myself available to helping all people; adults, children and anyone within my reach. I want to help them choose to receive the blessed treasure, “The gift of salvation for themselves.”

Many years ago, when I was doing my exploration to become a pastor, I saw this as a possibility of one of the callings that I might have as a pastor. I’m also convinced that this is our responsibility as individuals and as a church. We have a biblical mandate and a missional responsibility to, “Go into the world and make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” You see, as United Methodist and as Christians, we are called to make this a core part of our existence, it should be woven into our DNA.

I know we ask ourselves “how do we do this over and over again?” It is one of the toughest questions we probably ask ourselves, even to the point where we would say it is a million-dollar question, but I think we already know the answer.

All things we are to do revolves around loving God, growing together in God’s love, and serving others. This is our pathway to discipleship and we will be talking about it during this fall and into the winter on a number of Sundays, as I plan my messages for worship on Sundays to include this topic frequently.
*When we come together to worship and intentionally welcome first-time guests, longtime friends and members into the community of faith, we are loving God.
*When we give our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness day in and day out we are loving God.
*When we host a Strawberry Social, encourage the use of our church for a wedding or host a rest stop for a race we grow together with our community.
*When we participate in small study groups such as Bible study during the year or during Advent or Lent we are growing together.
*When our young people have an overnight at the church or we participate by actively encouraging and sending our youth to camp we come together in the mission of growing our children as they walk with Christ.

Disciples are being made at Claybanks United Methodist Church because you and I are taking ownership and working hard to reach people and places with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Let us keep up the good work and learn how to take the next step. Thanks be to God for the ways in which the Holy Spirit is moving in the ministries, programs, and individuals of this church which is alive and well.

I end this pondering by thanking all who were part of this year’s Strawberry Social. Those who were a part of the leadership team, those who served biscuits, strawberries and ice cream, those who manned the bakery table and those who greeted our community as they entered our church. Those who just wandered the Fellowship Hall and did a wonderful job of engaging themselves with those who came to our church looking to meet friends, neighbors and others from our community. Thank you, Claybanks Congregation, for making the Strawberry Social a high priority in the life of the church, the mission of our church, and yes, outreach to our community.

Sabbath time and recess are renewal times. I have found over the many years now that we get much renewal, energy and excitement that will take us into the fall from being part of a “Strawberry Social”. It is when we engage others and see the light in their faces and the joy that is in their voices that the renewal process starts. It is my prayer that we will enjoy the fall season as much as we have enjoyed our summer.

P.S. Last August I wrote a Pondering “So Who Are Reba and Gary” and ended it “To be continued”. It has been a year now and we have gotten to know each other more. For our next newsletter, I continue from where I left off. Should you want to reread the pondering of August 2016, copies will be available on the information table in Fellowship Hall.

Announcements and Stuff

Sunday School Resuming
Sunday School year will begin on September 10th with the adults starting promptly at 9:30am in their classroom. The children will be starting at 9:45am with the opening in the sanctuary and then will move to their classroom. Everyone is welcome and bringing your friends is encouraged. The more, the merrier.

Nursery Schedule
9/3 – Doris Graham
9/10 – Karen Anderson
9//17 -Edith Bogart
9/24 -Carol Adams

Adult Sunday School
The Life Application Study Bible says that we as Christians can blend into our surroundings just as a chameleon does by changing colors. Paul, in his writings to the Corinthians, deals with ways we try to adjust our colors to life.

For eight weeks, we will look at 1 Corinthians and how Paul saw the early Jewish-Christian living as individuals and as a church and offers solutions and teaching for us, as believers, in our modern day life.

Pastor Gary will be leading “A Look at Life through Colored Glass” as we study
1 Corinthians beginning on September 10th and running through October. Class time will begin promptly at 9:30am and end at 10:15am so that we can have time to prepare to enter worship.

Upcoming Events

• We will be hosting the Reebok Ragnar Relay race again this year on Sept. 29th or 30th. Mechelle Schneider oversees this event and will have more information to pass on as she gets it from Ragnar.

• Our Church Conference will be held at the Montague UMC on October 15th at 1:30pm. (SPRC will be meeting on the 14th also.)

• Monday night Movies/potlucks will be starting again September 11th at 5:30pm. Plan to bring a dish to pass and join us in fellowship.

• Card making parties will be held periodically. Check with Carol Adams if interested.

The Four F’s Gathering
Fun – Food –Fellowship – Fire: at the Peterson’s
Campfire, Hotdogs and Marshmallows
Saturday September 9th
5:00 pm until?
Bring a dish to share. Hotdogs, buns and marshmallows provided.

August 27th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Churches
August 27, 2017 10:30am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost

Welcome and Announcements

Praise Song “Into My Heart” SUMH #2160

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: Our help is in the name of the Lord,
All: ​We belong to God.
One: When we feel overwhelmed,
All: ​God is on our side.
One: When we are afraid,
All: ​God will keep us safe.
One: Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and​earth.
All: ​Blessed be the Lord!

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “The Church Is One Foundation” (Vs. 1,3,4) UMH #545

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time – Shalom Sunday
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 “Living for Jesus” SUMC #2149

​SHARING THE WORD

First Reading ​Romans 12:1-8 ​Page 922
*Gospel Reading ​​Matthew 16:13-20​Page 798

Morning Message “WHY CHURCH?” Pastor Gary

Prayer

*Hymn “Onward Christian Soldiers” UMH #575

Benediction

Church Life
Sunday, August 27, 2017 – Shalom Sunday
​​10:30am – Worship

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
​​6:00pm – Father Peter’s Presentation regarding his mission​​​​ project in Africa.

Sunday, September 3, 2017
​​10:30am Worship -Communion

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

Pianist​​​​ Alisa Ross
Liturgist ​​ ​​​ Mechelle Schneider
Nursery Joyce Twiss