Coming Soon: Sunday School and SUM Club
We are planning for Sunday School to begin again on Sunday, September 13th and we are looking for teachers from both congregations. We also need teachers and helpers for SUM Club which we hope to get started on September 16th. Please do not wait to be asked! If you would like to help, see Karissa or Pastor Terri ASAP! We cannot continue these programs without help from you.
Small Group Study
A new Small Group Study will begin in September. “The Call” by Adam Hamilton. Follow the journeys of Paul, beginning with his dramatic conversion, as he spread the Gospel through modern-day Greece and Turkey. Travel to the early church sites and explore Paul’s conversations with the Romans, Corinthians, Galatians and Thessalonians. In this six-week study, you are invited to experience faith through Christianity’s greatest teacher and missionary. A copy of the book will be on the tables of each church along with a sign-up sheet. At Claybanks UMC, we will meet at 6:30 on Monday nights beginning September 14th and we will also meet at Shelby UMC on Wednesday nights at 6:00. Please plan to attend one of these groups as we travel together with Paul!
Intentional Faith Development
Imagine being part of a congregation that practices INTENTIONAL faith development! That means INTENTIONALLY, deliberately, purposefully learning the faith and cultivating your love for God. Could you get excited about being a part of that? If this sounds interesting, plan to meet with Pastor Terri and other ‘like-minded’ folks on Tuesday nights at 6:30 at the Parsonage. There will be sign-up sheets on the table so that we know how many to plan for. Our first get-together will be on Tuesday, September 22nd. Hope to see you there!
Our Charge Conference is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, September 9th at 7pm at Shelby UMC. We will need your forms in ASAP if you have not already done so. Also, if you would like a short report on what your committee has been doing in the last year included in our packet, please submit that also ASAP (deadline was 8/31).
Charge Conference is our opportunity to celebrate all that has happened in the past year and to plan for the coming year. We will also be voting on your leadership. I hope you will all plan to be there!
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!
A lot happened in our churches while I was away at Course of Study School at the Methodist Theological Seminary in Ohio (MTSO). I cannot tell you how torn I was to be so far away when you all had so much going on. Happily, you all pulled together to take care of one another. I am so very appreciative of all that you did for one another. You were church together! Special thanks to Edie and Denise and Konnie and June for keeping things together and to the ‘funeral’ ladies at Shelby UMC who pulled together a very large service for Anita.
Thanks also to Jim Tanis and Denise Schuitema for their willingness to share their gifts and bring Sunday messages to you. I have heard nothing but good reports on them and found that you two are a hard act to follow.
Lastly, thanks to the two Methodist pastors, Pastor Mary Brown and Pastor Paul Hane who made themselves available for you if they were needed. It was a difficult two weeks for many reasons but it was good to know that my congregations were all in good hands and would be well taken care of.
But, I am sure glad to be home.
Have you looked at our new website for CUMC yet? Check it out. Luanne has done a great job. The address is www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com. Let Luanne, Konnie, or Pastor Terri know what you think.
Lay Servant Musings
The library is open, the library is open!! Claybanks now has an inviting library with books to borrow for all age levels. There is a comfy rocking chair and lamp perfect for relaxing and reading or simply to check out the books. The white board is there for anyone to list prayer requests. Also, starting in September, I plan to open the church on Wednesdays from 1 – 2 pm for quiet reflection or prayer in the sanctuary or to make use of the library. I will be present but stay out of the way in the office.
Strawberry Social Report
The UMW would like to thank all that participated, both in working for and donations to, our 73rd Annual Strawberry Social/Bake Sale. We had a good turnout of CUMC members as well as from the community at large. Our total profit from the event was $748.30 which will be put toward our UMW ministries.
Sunday School will be starting off with a bang on September 13 by celebrating Sundae Sunday. Come join the fun singing, settling into one of our small-group sessions for Sunday School, attending worship, and then after worship you can fill up on an ice cream sundae during fellowship hour. We will start with music in the sanctuary at 10:15 and then retire to our classrooms at 10:30 with regular worship at 11:30. All ages are welcome.
Fall Pasty Sale
The fall Pasty Sale benefiting the Muskegon County Habitat for Humanity White Lake Area Build is now underway. The goal is to begin construction of our 11th home in 2016. This is the 14th time we have made PASTIES ! Believe it ! We started at the Montague UMC with Darwin and Mitzi in charge. We’ve come a long way. Remember those awful rutabagas? Oh, those memories… Last year we made 1600 and they are gone! The frozen pasties will be made on the 16th – 18th and will be ready for pick-up at the American Legion in Whitehall on the 19th. The cost is $5 each. Order yours today! (We are always looking for additional help in making the pasties or help in the picking-up process. If you are interested, please call Pat Backman at 893-1304 or with any questions).
A note from Konnie: I have put a sign-up sheet on our back table for anyone who wishes to support Habitat for Humanity by ordering pasties. I will be turning it in to Pat on September 14th.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Michelle Schneider for stepping forward to become our new Sunday School teacher for the mid-upper elementary classroom. It is because of people like you that we are able to provide these children the kind of loving spiritual foundation that God calls us to provide. They will be richly blessed to have you as their teacher.