During the month of December we will be wearing NAME TAGS! There are many visitors who come during this month and this is a way that we can make them all feel more welcome. I know that YOU know everyone, but THEY don’t! Please be welcoming and wear one.
“As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them….” ~John 17:18
This Advent season, we will learning about delivering the Gift of Hope at Christmas by studying the book Sent . Dynamic pastor Jorge Acevedo who pastors a multi-site United Methodist congregation in Southwest Florida, leads us on a 5-week Advent journey to discover how, where, and why we are sent. Joining him on the journey are four young clergy who challenge us through story, art, and Bible study. Pastor Jorge says, “Jesus’ birth was not a one-time occurrence. Every Christmas has the possibility of Jesus being born again in our lives and in our world.”
Our Advent Study, “SENT” began on Monday, November 23rd at 6:30 at Claybanks UMC. This study is open to both churches and there is still time to join us. If you have any questions, see Pastor Terri.
Blue Christmas Service
A Service of Remembrance & Hope
Wednesday, December 16th, 7 pm at Claybanks UMC
The loss of a loved one can make Christmas a hard time. Our Blue Christmas Service is especially for those who may be struggling with the ‘joyfulness’ of Christmas. At this service we will remember those who are no longer in our daily lives as we also remember their continued importance to us. We will remember the birth of Christ, who came into this world to bring Hope to all. But we will also acknowledge that some of us have broken hearts and wounds that go deep into our soul. Because of our grief, it is sometimes hard to see the goodness and joy of Christmas because we are so overwhelmed with the painful events in our lives. If you, or someone you know, is struggling this year……this is a service that may help. Join us as we come together before God and ask Him to bind up our hearts and aid our healing with the peace of Jesus Christ. We pray that the flame of God’s Holy Spirit will be a flare in the darkness that envelopes you in your grief. Come, and feel some Christmas peace!
For Those Who Find Rejoicing Hard Work
Christmas Eve Services
There will be two services happening on Christmas Eve. The first one, at 7pm, will be held at Shelby UMC and will be a joyful celebration! Please bring your friends and family for the service and for the ‘Cheese Ball’ reception that will take place in the fellowship hall before the service at 6pm.
Then, we will have a Candlelight/Communion service at Claybanks UMC at 11 pm. Claybanks will have a time of fellowship also beginning at 10 pm. Both services will be a little different so you can come and be filled at both if you choose. Please bring your family and friends and come and celebrate the birth of Christ!
Watch Night Service
We are going to try something NEW this year! We plan to have a Watch Night Potluck and Service on New Year’s Eve. The potluck will begin at 6 pm with a short service at 7 pm. Our service will be a time to give thanks for all that we were blessed with in 2015 and a time for prayer for the coming year. Communion will be served. Please come and celebrate with us!
LAST CALL – We are really trying to be able to get SUM Club started up after the first of the year. But we cannot do it if we don’t have teachers. There are several classes that are open. Plus we could use some men to help in the gym. Claybanks UMC folks, you can help here too as both churches are invited to SUM Club. We will be having an organizational meeting about this on Tuesday, December 8th. If you are interested in being a part of this discussion, please join us at Shelby UMC at 7 pm. Please prayerfully consider this ministry. If you want to know more, see Pastor Terri. We cannot continue this vital ministry without your help.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
We have lots of yarn that has been donated for Prayer Shawls. If you can knit or crochet and would like to make a Prayer Shawl that will be given to someone going through a hard time, see Pastor Terri for some yarn and some instructions. Also, if you know of someone who needs a prayer shawl, let Pastor Terri know. The shawls are not just for those who are suffering a health crisis but anyone who is struggling and needs to be enveloped in the warmth of prayer.
Wanted, Candy & Gifts for Children
We will be giving a small gift bag to our children for Christmas again this year. Between the two churches, we are preparing for 30 bags. If you can donate a bag of Christmas candy, or a small trinket that we can include, it would be much appreciated. Please see Pastor Terri if you have questions.
YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED!
Who: All Claybanks Church members and visitors interested in supporting our kids to go to camp in 2016. Please invite a friend!
What: Pancake Breakfast fundraiser for Church Camp (freewill offering accepted)
When: Sunday, December 13, 2015, following the 11:30 morning worship service
Where: Fellowship hall @ CUMC
Why: Because our support is integral to the spiritual growth of our families
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You…
Thank You all who participated in the soup/dessert benefit which truly was such a huge blessing to me!!
I feel about my Claybanks Church Family and friends as Paul felt towards the church of the Thessalonians which he admonished as an EXEMPLARY church stating in II Thessalonians 1:3-4 “We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth; So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure”
My heart is overflowing with thankfulness for your loving kindness, generosity, and support. It has been quite a year that has brought about an incredible array of events. We all face challenges every day of varying degrees and levels of difficulty. Having such loving support has helped keep my faith strong, especially in the darkest moments. I can never express deeply enough how vital your love and prayers are to my recovery. When the days of doubt come, and overwhelming situations arise, I am reminded that I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me. God is so good, and I thank you for letting his light shine through you.
In Love & Peace, Kelly White
A favorite song of mine is by Jason Gray that speaks of each and every one of you:
God put a million, million doors in the world
For His love to walk through
One of those doors is you
We bring the kingdom come
With every act of love
Jesus, help us carry You
Alive in us, Your light shines through
With every act of love
We bring the kingdom come
Jason Gray – With Every Act Of Love
Missions/Outreach Committee Hard at Work
As a way of reaching out to others at Christmastime, the Missions/Outreach committee will be putting a Christmas tree in the fellowship hall. We invite everyone to decorate it with hats, mittens, scarves, gloves of all sizes which will be donated to the Children’s Division of the Rescue Mission. Let’s do our best to see that every child is warm this winter.
Another project the Mission/Outreach committee is working on is making fruit baskets which will be delivered on Saturday, December 12th to some local families. We invite anyone who wishes to participate either in helping to put baskets together or delivering baskets. Please contact June Freeman for more details.
Dec. 6 – Kathy Ohman
Dec. 13 – Joyce Twiss
Dec. 20 – Doris Graham
Dec. 27 – Karen Anderson
Claybanks U.M.C. Cookbooks are available for purchase if you’d like to give a little Christmas gift to a special friend or loved one. The cost is $6. Please see Edie Bogart or Mitzi Parsons.
Hanging of the Greens
The UMW will be having their annual Christmas Pizza Party and Hanging of the Greens on Dec. 3 at 12:00 PM. ALL women of the church are welcome to come and participate in this and all UMW events and meetings.
Christmas Poinsettia Sale
UMW will again be selling red and white poinsettias. They may be purchased in “memory of” or “in honor of” someone close to your heart. They will be used to decorate the altar for Christmas and then may be taken home by those who purchase them. The cost will be $9 and the deadline to order will be November 29. Please see the insert in your bulletin or talk to Patsy Schneider.
Don’t forget to check out our website at www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com. Luanne is updating it weekly.