Monthly Archives: July 2016

July 31st Service

Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost

Welcome and Announcements

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.

*Call to Worship

One: Reach out with uncertain hands.
All: Our steadfast Lord will teach us to walk!
One: Raise your hungry voices.
All: Our generous Lord will feed us.
One: Cry out when you are lost.
All: Our yearning Lord will call us home.
One: Let us rejoice and worship this Holy, Tender One.

*Opening Prayer in Unison      Hymnal #881      “The Apostles’ Creed”

*Hymn             “Many Gifts, One Spirit                Hymnal #114

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time/Shalom    “Got To Have!”   Pastor Gary

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.

Blessing of the “Christmas in July” Personal Care Kit

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn            “Great is Thy Faithfulness”             Hymnal #140

  SHARING THE WORD

Old Testament            Hosea   11:1-11         Page #737
*Gospel Reading        Luke 12:13-21           Page #847

Morning Message                                        Pastor Gary
“Does God Bless Us With Too Much?”     

 Prayer                  

*Hymn            “Bless Be The Tie That Binds”          Hymnal #557

Benediction

 

Pastor’s Ponderings

As I write this I have completed a little more than three weeks as your appointed new pastor at Claybanks United Methodist Church. The first three weeks have been an exciting time for Reba and myself. During this time I have been able to worship with you, present three messages and shared in communion as we have come together as Christ body. I have had a chance to meet with the Administrative Council at Claybanks along with the Trustees and the Worship committee. I look forward to additional meetings with other committees and groups of the church. I was blessed this past week to go with Edith Bogart to visit our members and friends at Heartland. It was great to speak one-on-one and get to know a little bit about them personally and share a small part of their spiritual walk with the Lord. I very much look forward in the months to come to spending more time with those that have graced our church and community for so many years. On Wednesday evening July 6th I was at the church and extended an invitation for you to come and meet the pastor, a number of you did come and we shared some time together and we got to know each other on an individual basis. I look forward to other opportunities during the coming weeks and months to get to know each one of you more deeply. While it is not a general practice in our today’s modern world for your pastor to visit each one of you in your home, I would be very glad to do so. Should you like a visit please let me know and we can make arrangements.

As your pastor I would very much like to meet your expectations as I am led to share the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ with you, our church and our community. To do so I need you to help me to know when and where I can use my pastoral gifts and bringing the love of our Father, the peace of Jesus Christ and the guiding of the Holy Spirit to all. As I shared with the Administrative Council during my first meeting with them I need to know when and where my presence is needed. Many of you know who Garrison Keillor is and you should know that he has an extensive list of characters for, “Those People Called Methodists” and one of his characteristics of United Methodist is: “Methodists believe in miracles and even expect miracles. They believe their pastor will visit them in the hospital, even if they do not notify him that they are there!” While I believe that I listen for God’s voice and he speaks to me through a variety of ways, one of the ways he speaks to each of us is through the voices of others. Please feel free to contact me at any time to let me know when a visit, a phone call, or a prayer can be offered for those we love.

When I presented the first children’s message on Sunday, July 3rd I encourage the children to think of and share with me one special thing that they would like me to know about them. So that we get to know each other more quickly and more fully, please do the same as we talk and introduce ourselves by sharing something special about yourself that will help me get to know you not just by face but more fully in your person.

Let me close by offering one more of Garrison Keillor’s thoughts on a Methodist and which I shared with my Fennville/Pearl Parish when I was leaving them to come to Claybanks United Methodist Church. Garrison says, “You know you are a Methodist when it takes at least 10 minutes to say goodbye”! Let’s meet Garrison’s expectation by turning his belief around just a little and introducing ourselves by taking time to say “Hello I am _____________ and I want you to know ____________ about me”!

May God bless our time together, our sharing and getting to know each other through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Blessings and peace be with you.

Pastor Gary

 

Announcements and Stuff

All are Invited!!

You’re invited to a campfire/hotdog/marsh-mallow roast hosted by the
Petersons’ on Friday, August 19th at the Munson House.  6:30pm until? Hotdogs, marshmallows and s’mores fixings will be provided. Bring a dish to share, snack and drinks.  Also bring lawn chairs if possible.

Are You Missing?

Claybanks UMC wants to reach out to it’s many members that have been missing from our church services on Sunday mornings.  We would like to encourage you to please come back and be an active part of our worship family. We not only miss seeing your smiling faces, but also feel strongly that regular attendance helps us to build a stronger relationship with God.

 Hope to see you soon!

Nursery Schedule

August 7 – Doris Graham
August 14 – Karen Anderson
August 21 – Edith Bogart
August 28 – Carol Adams

UMW Notes

Strawberry Social Time is quickly approaching!  The women of the church are hoping that the plans are falling into place.  Everyone is welcome and get the word out to all of your neighbors, friends and family to join us on August 12th from 5-7pm at the church for our Old Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake Social. Of course there will be a Bake Sale along with the Strawberry Shortcakes and donations for the Bake Sale can be dropped off starting at 3pm on that Friday.  

 The CUMC Women are also collecting flat sheets (full, queen or King) to support the quilt making charity for Trinity Lutheran Church on Stoney Lake Road.

 

Upcoming Worship Schedule

August 7 – Isaiah 1:1; 10-20 & Matthew 22:34-40
Beginning of Message Series: Five Marks of a Methodist – The Fruits of a Living Faith
Loving God
Communion

August 14 – Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19 & Nehemiah 7:73b-8:3, 8-12
Rejoicing In God

August 21 – Jeremiah 1:4-10 & 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
Giving Thanks

August 28 – Psalm 81:1, 10-16 & 1 Timothy 2:1-7
Praying Constantly
Shalom Sunday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 24th Service

Tenth Sunday After Pentecost

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: The goodness of God has called us here!
All: We are recipients of God’s gracious love.
One: Though we have not always done what is right in God’s sight;
All: Yet God is merciful and forgiving.
One: Open your hearts and spirits to the refreshing love of God.
All: Help us, O Lord, to live joyfully and peacefully in your sight. Amen.

*Opening Prayer  

*Hymn          “The Church’s One Foundation”       Hymnal # 545

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

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

Prayer of Dedication

SHARING THE WORD

Old Testament             Psalm 85                 Page #473

*Gospel Reading          Luke 11:1-13           Page #845

Morning Message        Pastor Gary        “An Invitation To Prayer”

Prayer                  

*Hymn      “O Master Let Me Walk With Thee”        Hymnal #430     

Benediction

July 3 Service

Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

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

Leader: Sing praises to the Lord, sing praises.
All: We come to worship God with shouts of joy.
Leader: Sing praises to the Lord, sing praises.
All: We come to ask Christ to turn our morning into dancing.
Leader: Sing praises to the Lord, sing praises.
All: We come to touch the healing Spirit of God.

*Opening Prayer  

*Hymn              “America the Beautiful”               Hymnal # 696     

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

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

Prayer of Dedication

SHARING THE WORD

First Reading             Psalm 30

Gospel Reading          Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

Morning Message           Pastor Gary

“Peace To This House”

Words of Assurance

The Great Thanksgiving

Prayer                  

*Hymn                      “God of the Ages”                  Hymnal # 698

Benediction  

 

Blessed by the Munson Family

The Claybanks UMC has been blessed by the Munson family who contributed financially as well as with their time and leadership for many years.

Leota (Lohman) Munson, a lifelong member of the congregation, was born without her lower left arm.  She was born in 1916, became a member in 1936 and passed in 2015 at the age of 98.  She was proud of her ability to function with her handicap.  She could handle all domestic duties of her age, for many years provided all the strawberries for the annual Strawberry Social.  Leota was a seamstress and had always made most of her clothing.  She enjoyed needlework like the example hanging in the church.  She was a dedicated Sunday school teacher and women’s group leader for many years.

Les was born in 1912, married Leota in 1956, became a member in 1957 and passed in 1994.  He served in leadership roles and was a true church caretaker. Les was a very handy individual and made the tables that are in the fellowship hall, flower stands and took care of anything else that needed doing.  He was a quiet man but it was common for him to tell a joke during the announcement time at church.

Leota was there during the lean years for the Claybanks church when only a handful attended.  These were the years after separation from the Montague church when Leota, her mother Alice and Wilma Miller were instrumental in keeping the church alive.  For many years Leota and Les donated the fuel to heat the church.

The Munson’s had no children, and as a last sign of her dedication to the church Leota gave her home to the church on a “life lease” deed.