Small Group Opportunity #1
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!
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!
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.