Monthly Archives: April 2016

May 1st Service

 

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.

Welcome and Announcements

*Call to Worship
One: Lord, as we search now, let us find you.
All:  As we knock, open the door to us.
One: Let us know you, that we may praise you,
All:  and love you, that we may serve you.  AMEN.

*Prayer:  

Father in Heaven, in your goodness you pour out on your people all that they need, and satisfy those who persist in prayer.  Make us bold in asking, thankful in receiving, tireless in seeking, and joyful in finding, that we may always proclaim your coming kingdom and do your will on earth as in heaven.  AMEN.

*Hymn                  “Lord of the Dance”             Hymnal #261

Prayers of the People

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

SHARING THE WORD

Scripture Reading               Matthew 6:9-13

Morning Message               Pastor Terri

“Lord, Teach Me to Pray”

The Great Thanksgiving

*Hymn                “This Little Light of Mine”             Hymnal #585

Prayer and Benediction  

Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.”

Prayer Concerns

New:
MaryLeone Brumm (Safe Travels)
Brandon Parsons (Parsons’ Grandson)
John Mahoney

Continuing:
Deb Aebig
Carol Adams
Kelly White
George & Kathy Ohman
Curt Schneider
Elise (Grumm’s great-granddaughter)

Church Life
Sunday – May 1, 2016 – Communion Sunday
10:15am Sunday School
11:30am Worship

Monday, May 2, 2016
6:30pm Book Study

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
1:00 – 2:00pm – Church Open for Reflection/Prayer

Sunday, May 8, 2016 – Mother’s Day
10:15am Sunday School
11:30 am Worship

 

Pastor’s Ponderings

I was out mattress shopping (my dog ate a hole in my mattress – yeah, I’ve forgiven her but it still makes me mad when I think of it).  Anyway, I was out mattress shopping and I was feeling a little bit like Goldilocks.  This one is too hard, this one is too soft, etc.  But I just couldn’t find the one that felt right.  If I’m going to spend this kind of money (I can really be kinda cheap) then I am going to get EXACTLY what I want.  The salesperson tried to hide the rolling of her eyes as she asked (again) “what exactly are you looking for?”  I tried to explain, “I love the mattress at the seminary that I go to in Ohio.  The mattress is firm, but ….soft!” (Again… I am sure I saw the rolling of her eyes.)   “Well, ma’am, I’m not sure what that means.”  So I told her, “I want something that supports me, but also is comforting and cozy.  Something that feels cushy and envelops me, but underneath is strong and dependable!”

Then it struck me………..this is what people say to me about what they want in their church!  They want a church that feels cushy and comfortable and soft, but they want firmness underneath.  They want to be supported and safe.  This is a hard thing to deliver as a mattress AND as a church.  

In a few weeks, delegates from all over the world will converge on a conference center in Oregon.  They will worship together, they will fellowship together and they will discuss and vote on many many things.  Delegates from 130 Annual Conferences will be there in Portland, thousands coming together to prayerfully make decisions about our denomination.  They will revise church law, adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues and they will approve plans and budgets for our church-wide programs.  

They will be discussing several hot-button issues including  some LGBT issues. What they decide will be our church law – our foundation.  Like a firm mattress, their work will be the firmness that holds us and supports us.  What we do with it, in each individual small church is the cushiness.  WE are the ones who will apply the resolutions to our daily church lives.  WE will be the ones who will LIVE them.  How we apply them, how we live them is very important.  We can look at the resolutions with hardness or we can look at them with mercy.  But they will be ours to uphold.  Whatever they are.

This is a very pivotal time in the life of the United Methodist Church. I hope that no matter how you feel about the issues, you will pray with all your heart that God’s Will will be heard and done.  Take some extra time to pray about this conference and the people who are there struggling to be heard and understood and to hear and understand.  Pray about the changes that may/may not be coming for our denomination.  Above all, pray that we can all remember that we are all FAMILY and even when we do not agree, we can still listen to each other and love each other and treat each other with mercy and grace.  

I know that I’ll be at the computer, praying as I watch our Church history in the making.  

And now, I must go and continue to look for the “perfect” mattress.  (sigh)

Announcements and Stuff

UMW News

This is the beginning of a busy time for Claybanks United Methodist Women but we are more than up to the challenges. There will be cake served with which to celebrate our youth. Then there will be Pot Luck luncheons to make our congregation’s tummies happy! Then there will be cake again. Gifts to present to confirmans and graduates. There will be cake – again. By the time we bid our dear Pastor Terri “adieu” and greet our new Pastor Gary and wife Reba – well what can I say – do I dare mention cake again? Perhaps our UMW will need to encourage a “cake fast” between Sundays!

Movie Night!

Mark your calendars!  Monday, May 23rd is MOVIE NIGHT!!!!  We will share a potluck meal together at 5:30 and then enjoy a movie.  Invite your friends and neighbors,  the more the merrier!  Bring a date, bring a friend, bring a casserole! We hope to see you there!

Card Party!

We have been having a really great time making cards.  Carol has been teaching us some really great things and others have come forward with ideas to share too!  Our next party is scheduled for Wednesday May 18th at 2pm at Claybanks UMC.  EVERYONE (Claybanks or Shelby, member or friend) is invited!  Bring a snack to share if you want, but come and enjoy a couple of hours in fellowship and fun!

Grad Sunday

We are planning on having Graduation Sunday on June 5th.  We will be celebrating with Caleb and Maria  Semelbauer. Maria graduated last year but slipped through the cracks, so we would like to honor her now. If there are others that we are not aware of, please let us know.

Baccalaureate

The Shelby area pastors are planning a Baccalaureate Service for Shelby High School which will be held on Wednesday evening, June 1st at 7pm at the High School.  This service is NOT just for graduates and their families.  It is a worship service where we can give thanks to God for the way He is working in our graduates lives and it is an opportunity for the entire religious community to show our spiritual support to our graduates.  Please try to be there to encourage our youth and let them see that the religious community in the Shelby and surrounding areas are behind them and are praying for their future.

General Conference

The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body will meet at the Oregon Convention Center, the largest convention center in the Pacific Northwest, on May 10-20, 2016. General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church which meets once every four years. The conference can revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for church-wide programs.   You can watch it live on-line just go to the United Methodist Website for the link.  Also, you can go to the attached on-line location for a complete guide with schedules and other information on the conference.
http://s3.amazonaws.com/Website_Properties/general-conference/2016/documents/gc2016-guide.pdf.  

Friends, this is YOUR Church and the issues and happenings at General Conference will affect you!  Take the time to watch some of this.  And PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!

Annual Conference

This year, Annual Conference will be held in Lansing MI. Both West Michigan and Detroit areas will be meeting together so it should be very exciting.  Pastor Terri, Denise Schuitema and Edie Bogart will be representing the Shelby UMC/Claybanks UMC charge.  We will be gone Thursday June 9th until Monday the 13th.  Please pray for the Conference and for travel mercies for us.  

Confirmation!

Kyra and Karley have been studying hard and will be Confirmed at Claybanks UMC on Sunday, May 22nd.  There will be a special reception for them during our fellowship time after the service.  Please be sure to congratulate them on this milestone in their lives.

New Directory

It’s time to update our directory and it’s been decided to include pictures of each person/family.  A pictorial directory is great to have every few years.  It not only helps the newer people be able to put a name with a face, but having a picture gives “life” to our directory and church.  We’re people, not just words and numbers.  The directory IS CUMC.  The first thing you might think of is, “Great, I’ll be having a photographer pushing me into buying a lot of pictures I don’t really need or want.”  Not this time.  This time we’re going to do it a little differently.  We’ve hired a professional photographer, Edith Bogart’s daughter, to come out to the church after our church service on May 15 and again on May 29 to take individual/family pictures which will be put in the directory for 2016. There will be no cost to you. All you have to do is show up with your smile.  If for some reason you can’t make it on either of the dates, we would still like to have your picture in the directory.  You can bring a picture to Konnie to be scanned and included with the other’s.  Our goal is to have a picture with every name.  So smile, you’re in CUMC’s directory!

Church Open

Beginning the first of May, Edith Bogart will be opening the church on Wednesdays from 1:00 – 2:00pm for people who wish to come for quiet reflection or prayer in the sanctuary or to make use of the library.  She will be present but stay out of the way with the intention of making this a private time for any who wish to make use of this ministry.

AED Training

There  will be having a short refresher/training on using the automated external defibrillator (AED).   We will meet in the fellowship hall immediately after the church service on May 1.  So grab a cup of coffee and a snack, have a seat, and be refreshed.  You never know who’s life you may be asked to save.

Nursery Schedule

May 1 – Kathy Ohman
May 8 – Joyce Twiss
May 15 – Doris Graham
May 22 – Karen Anderson
May 29 – Edith Bogart

CUMC Website

Don’t forget to check out our website at www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com. Luanne is updating it weekly.  Stop by and leave her a note to let her know what a good job she’s doing.

 

Upcoming Scripture and Sermon Topics

May 1 – “Lord, Teach Me to Pray” – Matthew 6:9-13
Communion

May 8 – “Not a Job for the Faint of Heart” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Happy Mothers Day – Bring Mom to church Day

May 15 – “Happy Birthday Church!!!” – Acts 2:1-21
Don’t forget to wear RED

Pentecost

May 22 – “Flip the Switch! It’s DARK in Here!” – John 8:12
Trinity Sunday
Claybanks Confirmation Sunday – Congrats to Kyra & Karley

May 29 – “Serving – an Act of Respect and Honor – Psalm 27:3-4 and
1 Corinthians 16: 13
Memorial Sunday

June 5 – “Who Cares for the Widow, the Orphan and the Stranger?” – 1 Kings 17:8-17 (17-24)
Communion
Grad Sunday

April 17 Service

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.

Welcome and Announcements

*Call to Worship

One: We lift our eyes to the Lord.
All:  God created the heavens and the earth
One: We raise our voices in songs and speech
All:  We raise our voices in prayer and praise.
One: Lord, hear our prayers, accept our praise.
All:  Lord, open our hearts to receive your blessings of peace. AMEN.

*Prayer:  

Awesome God, you created the world and all that is in it. You blessed each element of creation with your love. You called us from slavery into witness and service. Be with us this day as we gather to worship. Clear our minds of all the distractions which would draw us away from you. Open our hearts and spirits and let your healing and empowering love flow in. Prepare us to be witnesses to your power and love as we use the gifts with which you have blessed us in your service. For we offer this prayer in the name of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN.

*Hymn                       “Joyful, Joyful”                      Hymnal #89       

Prayers of the People

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

*Hymn                 “Learning How to Lean”                  Overhead

 SHARING THE WORD

Scripture Reading               1 Thessalonians 5:17-18

Morning Message           Pastor Terri

“What Should I Say?”

My Gifts

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*Hymn                         “Here I Am Lord”                   Hymnal 593

Prayer and Benediction  

 

Pastor’s Pondering

Lent is over, and Holy Week has been accomplished! As exhausted as I am, I feel very blessed.  On a Facebook conversation with some of my fellow clergy, the mood and the conversation was filled with disappointment.  So many hours and so much effort goes in to Lent and Holy week and we all have such high expectations!  This is the most important event in our history!  Christ sacrificed himself and died so that we wouldn’t have to.  He took upon Himself ALL our sins and evilness and allowed Himself to be put to death for them!  Christianity is all about what happens this week.  Yet, many think of Christmas as the major Christian holiday.  

I admit that Christmas is more fun.  Celebrating the birth of a baby is WAY more fun than thinking about Jesus being beaten and nailed to a Roman cross. Celebrating that little babe, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger paints a much nicer picture than a beaten bloody corpse hanging there …..because of us.  

But it WAS because of us.  Because of His love for us.  This is why so many clergy drive themselves to near exhaustion to provide Holy week services.  On that Facebook conversation I wrote:  

I don’t think our parishioners realize or appreciate all that goes into preparing for and providing Holy week services. But as emotionally and physically depleting (and as under attended) as they are, I feel blessed to be called to do them. After my final service on Easter, I am exhausted to the point of collapse. BUT I am also exhilarated and filled with awe that He chose me….gifted me…to be able to serve Him this way! God is good!

I truly am grateful that God has called me.  I’m grateful for YOU for allowing me to fill your pulpits and create the celebrations.  I am VERY grateful for my Worship Design team of Konnie Grant, Mitzi Parsons, Edie Bogart, Kris Whitlock, Megan Schihl (and the occasional prop/costume assist from Pam Mitteer).  I could not do what I do without your input and your hard work.  You put countless hours in to our services and our folks are uplifted because of your work.  (and you make me look good)

Grateful as I am, I am also hit with a pinch of sorrow.  There were so many who did not or were not able to be a part of our celebrations.  The few who came on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday all said that they were uplifted.  We had many more for Easter of course, but wouldn’t it be wonderful if our pews were as full THIS Sunday as they were on Easter?  

On Easter, I found myself singing (to the tune of Every Morning is Easter Morning)   “I wish every Sunday were Easter Sunday, from now on!  All the pews filled to overflowing, we’d have to put up more chairs!  Goodbye satan you’re eating dust now, we all know what we are!  We are loved, we are Easter people. You’ve been exposed as a liar!  Every Sunday is Easter Sunday, cause every morning is Easter morning….from ….now….. on!!!  

Folks, for Christians, every morning IS Easter morning. WE know the Good News.  Let’s celebrate EVERY Sunday!!!!!  I hope to see you all back in the pews!

Announcements and Stuff

Small Group Opportunity #1

REVIVAL

Claybanks UMC will begin a new study by Adam Hamilton (he has become a favorite) called “Revival” on Monday April 11th  at 6:30.  “Revival” is a six-week video journey to England, through John Wesley’s land, life, ministry and teachings.  The book is both informative and inspirational and will help us to reenergize as Methodists! As Methodists, Wesley’s story is our story, this study will help us to define our faith and challenge us to rediscover our spiritual passion.

The sign-up sheet is out on the table (as is a copy of the book we will be using). The cost of the book will be $11.  Please be sure to sign up if you are interested so we order enough books (we ran out last time).

Small Group Opportunity #2

5 Things God Uses to Grow Your Faith

Imagine how different your outlook on life would be if you had absolute confidence that God was with you.  Imagine how differently you would respond to difficulties, temptations, and even good things if you knew with certainty that God was in all of it and was planning to leverage it for good.  In other words, imagine what it would be like to have PERFECT faith.  In his study, “5 Things God Uses to Grow Your Faith” Andy Stanley builds a biblical case for five things God uses to grow BIG faith and it is certain to spark individual reflection and some lively group discussion on this vital aspect of Christianity.

There will be two opportunities for you to participate in this study at Shelby UMC.  Denise will lead one study Mondays, beginning on Monday April 11th  at 6:30 at the church.  Pastor Terri will lead one on Sundays beginning Sunday April 10th at 5pm at the parsonage.  The sign-up sheet is out on the table.  You MUST sign up so that we know how many to expect.

Movie Night! #1

(Held at Shelby UMC)

Mark your calendars!  On Saturday, April 2nd we are going to get together for a potluck supper followed by the showing of the movie, War Room.  This movie is a very inspiring story about how prayer can work in your life.  We will meet at 5 for the potluck and the movie will start at about 5:30.  Bring the whole family (the movie is appropriate for all ages and we will have someone for the nursery for those who need it (*if you let us know ahead of time).  Invite your friends and neighbors too!  The more the merrier!  Bring a date, bring a friend, bring a casserole!  We hope to see you there!

Movie Night! #2

Some of you can’t make it on Saturday.  If there is an interest, we will have a re-showing at the parsonage on Monday, April 4th at 6:30.  Please sign up if you plan to attend.  If no one signs up, this will be canceled.

Movie Night! #3

Claybanks folks, mark your calendars!  Our movie nights are scheduled for March 28th and April 4th.   We’ve got lots of great movies to choose from too! We will meet at 5:30 for the potluck and the movie will start once everyone has been served.  Bring the whole family (the movies are appropriate for all ages. Invite your friends and neighbors too!  The more the merrier!  Bring a date, bring a friend, bring a casserole!  We hope to see you there!

Card Party!

We have been having a really great time making cards.  Carol has been teaching us some really great things and others have come forward with ideas to share too!  Our next party is scheduled for Wednesday April 20th at 2pm at Claybanks UMC.  EVERYONE (Claybanks or Shelby, member or friend) is invited!  Bring a snack to share if you want, but come and enjoy a couple of hours in fellowship and fun!

Clothing Drive

Have you looked in your drawers and closets lately, really looked?  How long has it been since some of your clothes have been worn – 6 months – a year – may be even two years or more?  Spring is here (believe it or not) and it’s time for some serious spring cleaning.  Won’t you consider donating those unworn clothes to a person who is struggling?  The Missions Committee is sponsoring a churchwide clothing drive to help area families.  All donations may be brought to CUMC and put in the back Sunday School room.  We will collect your used clothing for the month of April and then take them to the Women’s and Children’s Division of the Muskegon Rescue Mission the first part of May.    Thank you in advance for your generosity and support.

A bit of Nostalgia

The following news article from the Montague Observer was shared by one of our congregants.  It seems that movie night at Claybanks UMC isn’t so new.  Yes, back in 1945 they even showed a movie with sound!!! 

From the Montague Observer, Thursday, August 2, 1945

Saturday night, August 4, a sound film with be shown at the Claybanks Methodist church.  The film will depict the story of the Prodigal Son, and will be shown by Lt. Herbert Hicklin, U.S.N.R. of Chicago.
     In addition to the picture there will be a program of sacred music, including special and novel numbers given by Lt. Hicklin.  Hicklin has been active in promoting “Youth for Christ” meetings, an international movement gaining popularity among young people.  Several such meetings have already been held in this section, all being well attended.
     The service is sponsored by the Young People of the Claybanks church in co-operation with the young people of other churches in the White Lake area.  Rev. Lloyd Sanders, pastor of the White Lake Gospel Center of Montague made the announcement.