Annual Conference – Live Stream
This year the West Michigan Annual Conference will be held at Calvin College from Thursday to Sunday, June 4th- 7th. Pastor Terri, Denise Schuitema and Edie Bogart will be attending on your behalf. There will be lots of interesting things happening and lots of very important decisions up for discussion and vote. Our Keynote Teacher is the Rev. Adam Hamilton, Lead Pastor at the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS. Adam is the author of several books and has a passion and commitment to the revitalization of the UMC. He frequently shares his insights entitled, “Leading Beyond the Walls,” at Annual Conferences across the denomination. You will be able to ‘live-stream’ the conference again this year.
Check the conference website: http://www.westmichiganconference.org for more information. Please be in prayer for the conference, its delegates and clergy during this gathering time.
Because Pastor Terri will be gone the first Sunday of June and July, we will be having Communion on the second Sunday those months.
Sunday School/SUM Club News
SUM Club and Sunday school are over or winding down. We want to say a big THANK YOU to all of you who contributed by being teachers, gym supervisors or meal clean-up crew.
Also, a big thanks for those of you who contributed meals for SUM Club or class-room supplies. We could not have done all the wonderful things with the kids that we were able to do if not for all of your help! Thanks so very much! Now……rest up…September will be here before you know it!
Prayer Shawl Ministry
When you are under a physical or emotional crisis, the world seems like a pretty cold place. We want to be able to comfort and warm the hearts of those we know who are in crisis. A few of our ladies are going to be hard at work making Prayer Shawls. These shawls will be given to folks who need to cover themselves in prayer. If you are interested in helping out with this ministry, see Pastor Terri. Can’t knit or crochet – you can still help by contributing yarn. The world can be a pretty chilly place, Shelby/Claybanks UMC are going to do our best to comfort and warm with our prayers and our shawls!
Lay Leader Musings
by Edie Bogart
As you may know, I take the task of representing the Claybanks congregation at annual conference very seriously. The church, as always, as in the beginning, faces tough controversial issues. For that reason, I attended a session on “Holy Conferencing”. The topic for practicing this method of dialogue was on human sexuality and sexual orientation.
The purpose was not to change each other’s views but to listen intently as each person in the small group was given an uninterrupted chance to speak on each of three questions. After each person spoke, we were all given moments of silence to process and think on what was said in a nonjudgmental manner. This method of conferencing allowed dignity and respect to each individual no matter what opinion they held. This method removes the element of angry confrontation if allowed to work properly.
There is great power of love in those moments of silence.
I have got a great line-up to cover our pulpits for the days that I will be gone.
June 7th Shelby-Ron Robotham Claybanks-Jim Tanis
(I’ll be at AC)
July 5th Shelby-Anita Anderson Claybanks-Nancy Frye
August 2nd Shelby-Jim Tanis Claybanks-Jim Tanis
(I’m at school)
August 9th Shelby-Denise Schuitema Claybanks-Denise Schuitema
(still at school)
All are Invited
All y’all – and your churches – are invited to a Hootenany/picnic hosted by Hugh and Nancy Frye at their cabin.
Mark your calendars for June 14 2015 , 2:00 to whenever. 2nd Annual Hootenanny/Church Picnic hosted at Hughie & Nancy Frye’s cabin.
A fun afternoon of food, fellowship, frolic, and music. Got a guitar? Bring it! Got a harmonica? Bring it! Got a musical instrument? Bring it!
(Electricity and indoor plumbing provided!!!)
Hope to see you all there.
Pastor Mary Sweet
Whitehall & Crestwood UMCs
A Quick note from your secretary
Hi everyone! I’m going to be updating our directory in the next month or so. Would you please take a moment to check your information that was published last year and let me know if there are any changes that need to be made. I’ll put a paper on the back table for you to make your changes on. (If you don’t have last year’s directory you may check the one I’ve left on the same table.)
May the love and power of God’s presence fill your awareness – your prayers make a difference.