Monthly Archives: August 2016

Pastor’s Ponderings

So Who Are Reba and Gary

Now that we have been at Claybanks United Methodist Church for a couple of months and you are getting to know us we would like to share some of our background with you. Yes, we have moved 15 times and yes we still have an awful lot of stuff.

Gary’s background:
Born in Ludington Michigan. Parents Fred and Margaret were raised in Ludington and Pentwater area. After college at MSU the Peterson family which included two small boys, located to Grand Rapids where my father worked for American Seating Company for his entire working career. For the most part the Peterson family lived on the west side of Grand Rapids and soon grew to include three sisters. Gary was the oldest of the five children followed by his brother Steve, sisters Mary, Julie and Lori.

During the summer the family would spend the first two weeks of July on the Peterson farm south of Ludington just off what is now the old 31 highway. Many summers Gary and Steve would be left with their grandparents, uncle and aunt and three cousins to be a part of the fruit picking summer fun. The summers for Gary and Steve would be interrupted for a couple of weeks to attend the YMCA Camp Manitou-lin which they would later work at while in high school and early college. Gary would meet Reba while attending Union high School.

Reba’s background:
Reba was born close to Jonesboro Arkansas to Bill and Dellia Baker who were sharecroppers during her very young childhood years. She was the youngest of five children having three older brothers Junior, Jim and Willard and one sister Nina just a couple years older. The Baker family would move to Grand Rapids Michigan just as Reba was entering first grade. Bill would work for Keeler Brass and Dellia for Baker Furniture. They would settle in a different area on the west side of Grand Rapids from the Peterson family. Reba would spend much of her time growing up roller skating and ice-skating and one year was selected as Miss Pulaski Park. During her senior year in high she would date Gary for the first time.

The Petersons
Our spiritual and religious backgrounds come from some very different perspectives. Gary was raised Roman Catholic. Reba was raised in the Baptist and Church of God traditions. These different backgrounds did present some issues when it came time for Reba and Gary to be married during the college years. For the first 10 years of marriage and raising a family the Peterson’s attended the Roman Catholic Church. During those years Gary was being wooed by the Holy Spirit and the family chose to become Methodists while living in Traverse City. More on this transformation we will share with you during some of our message time on Sundays in the months ahead.

While living in Grand Rapids our son Branden was born. The family moved to Indianapolis as Gary pursued a YMCA career and it was during our stay in Indianapolis that Michelle was born. Yes, we did move often as Gary continued to work for the YMCA in a number of different positions taking the family from Indianapolis to Grand Rapids to Traverse City and back to Grand Rapids where his career changed and he began working for Valvoline Oil Company. During all those years Reba continued to be a hair stylist and mother taking on a strong leadership role as our family grew and matured.

Reba from her young teenage years believed that someday she would marry a minister. Even when Gary changed careers a number of times she still believed that she would someday be a pastor’s wife.

To be continued at a future date. Stay Tuned.

Announcements and Stuff

UMW Corner

Once again the CUMW hosted an award winning Strawberry Social and bake sale. As we discussed the event at our meeting one week later, we considered the fact that so many served were not from our congregation but came from our regulars throughout the broader community. Perhaps we need to “court” our own congregants!!

Another observation was how tired and achy we “old” gals were the next day! Now we’re not really complaining but we decided if we are to do this next year, we need to recruit some “young bloods” to help and for us to teach the “ropes” so-to-speak of organizing and hosting a Strawberry Social.

With our advancing years, we wish to make a joyful, humorous point about us gals by including this from Talking with God in Old Age by Missy Buchanan.

Naps

Most days, I’m ready for a nap as soon as I finish breakfast.

Just getting dressed wears me out.

I think naps are a pleasure earned from living a long life.
They’re a way to escape for a while without guilt –
time doesn’t exist until you open your eyes again.

On difficult days, I am anxious to finish the last bite of lunch
so I can get to my favorite easy chair.

I can hardly wait to sink down into the well-worn cushions
and prop up my leaden legs.

My chair is my haven – a safe place
where I can rest this heap of weary bones.

I secretly hope that no one will see me with my mouth gaped open.

There in my easy chair I close my eyes to the troubles of the world,
at least for a while.

Thank you for the gift of naps and the relief they bring.

Psalm 62:5

Nursery Schedule
9/4 –  Kathy
9/1- Joyce
9/18 – Doris
9/25 – Karen

Fall Bible Study

We would like to do a short Bible Study this fall. We need your input. What type of study would you like such as reading and discuss a particular Book of the Bible or a film study series using a particular theme from the Scripture. Please give your thoughts to Pastor Gary. We would like to start it on Monday October 17th and end on Monday November 21st.

Sunday School

Sunday School for all ages will be starting September 11th. We will be meeting at 9:45am for our gathering in the sanctuary and then will split up into smaller groups. All ages are welcome.

Upcoming Worship Schedule

Upcoming Worship Schedule

September 4th – Philemon 1:1-21 – Matthew 20:1-16 – “What Are You Worth?”
Communion

September 11th – Psalm 14:1-7 – 1 John 4:7-21 – “Loving Others”
(End of Series)

September 18th  – Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 – Luke 16:1-13 – “When I Am In Charge I Will….”

September 25th – Psalm 91:1-6 – Luke 16:19-31 – “Have You Taken Care Of Those In Need?”
Shalom Sunday

God’s Plan For Aging

God’s Plan for Aging

Most seniors never get enough exercise.

In His Wisdom, God decreed that seniors become forgetful so they would have to search for their glasses, keys and other things thus doing more walking. And God looked down and saw that it was good.

Then God saw there was another need. In His Wisdom He made seniors lose coordination so they would drop things requiring them to bend, reach & stretch.
And God looked down and saw that it was good

Then God considered the function of bladders and decided seniors would have additional calls of nature requiring more trips to the bathroom, thus providing more exercise. God looked down and saw that it was good

So if you find as you age, you are getting up and down more, remember it’s God’s will. It is all in your best interest even though you mutter under your breath.

Nine Important Facts to Remember as You Grow Older:

#9. Death is the number 1 killer in the world.

#8. Life is sexually transmitted.

#7. Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.

#6. Men have 2 motivations: hunger and hanky panky, and they can’t tell them apart. If you see a gleam in his eyes, make him a sandwich.

#5. Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to use the Internet and they won’t bother you for weeks, months, maybe years.

#4. Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in the hospital, dying of nothing.

#3. All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.

#2. In the 60’s, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird, and people take Prozac to make it normal.

#1. Life is like a jar of jalapeno peppers. What you do today may be a burning issue tomorrow.

August 28th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
August 28, 2016 10:30 a.m.
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Prelude

Welcome and Announcements

Special Music Voices 8

*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: God says, “I am the fountain of living water. I will feed you with the finest of wheat, with honey from the rock. You who have wandered far from me, return to me, return to me. You who have gathered close, stay near, stay near. I am the fountain of living water.”
All: You are our strength. You are our helper. You are our life. You are our joy!

*Opening Prayer

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

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time “LET BLESSINGS FLOW” 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.

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

Prayer of Dedication

Special Music Voices 8

SHARING THE WORD

Old Testament Psalm 81:1, 10-16 Page 471
Epistle 1 Timothy 2:1-7 Page 963

Morning Message Pastor Gary
“PRAYING CONSTANTLY”

Prayer

*Hymn “Jesu, Jesu” Hymnal #432

Benediction

Postlude Voices 8

A special thank you to Voices 8, Larry Lindquist, Nels Carlson, Dick DeWitt, John Frank, Mike Squire, Jim Brown, & Mike Wittkopp Your voices are a beautiful gift from God and we thank you for sharing that with us.

Prayer Concerns
New: Patsy’s new granddaughter
Kathy’s Kids & Families
Severe Weather Victims
Susan (Dave Naghtin’s friend)
Continuing: Carol Adams
George & Kathy Ohman
Calvin John (Curt and Carol’s new grandson)
Kelly White
Deb Aebig
Stephen Hicks

Sunday School will be starting September 11th at 9:45. Watch for more info in the September newsletter.

August 21st Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
August 21, 2016 10:30 a.m.
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Prelude

Welcome and Announcements

*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: With great rejoicing we come to the house of the Lord
today!
All: God is our refuge and our stronghold.
One: The power and love of God flow through this gathering.
All: We place our whole trust in God’s mighty
compassion for us.
One:Come, let us worship the Lord!
All: Let us celebrate the presence of God here in this
place and in our lives.

*Opening Prayer

*Hymn “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” Hymnal #117

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time “LET GOD CHANGE YOU” 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.

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

Prayer of Dedication

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

SHARING THE WORD

Old Testament Jeremiah 1:4-10 Page 609
Second Reading 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 Page 942

Morning Message “GIVING THANKS” Pastor Gary

Prayer

*Hymn “Lord of the Dance” Hymnal #261

Benediction

If you wake up tomorrow morning
having possession of all
You are thankful for today,
what would you have?

Prayer Concerns
New: Patsy’s new granddaughter
Inge Dalbke
Betty Graham
Family of Margaret Tabor
Family of Kathy Burns

Continuing: Carol Adams
George & Kathy Ohman
Calvin John (Curt and Carol’s new grandson)
Kelly White
Deb Aebig
Stephen Hicks

Organist Char Lindquist
Liturgist Art Grumm
Nursery Edith Bogart

The Family of Carol Royalty would like to invite everyone to share in celebrating Carol’s 80th birthday with cake and coffee immediately after the church service today. Happy Birthday, Carol!!

Calling all 2nd graders (or close to that age kids)! We would really love to have you act as an acolyte for our church services. There will be a short class/training today immediately after the church service for those kids who are interested. Hope to see you all there.

Margaret Tabor Graveside Service will be held at Pine Grove Cemetery on 36th Avenue south of Stony Lake Road on Monday, August 22nd, 11 am with Pastor Gary Peterson officiating. A luncheon will follow at Noon at the White Lake VFW Hall, 9370 Walsh Road in Montague. Memorials may be directed to Claybanks United Methodist Church, 9197 S. 56th Avenue, Montague, MI 49437 or the White Lake VFW Post #3256 Auxiliary, 9370 Walsh Road, Montague, MI 49437.

Pastor Gary and Reba will be in East Lansing on Tuesday – Thursday. Gary will be attending Pastor’s School. He will be available by cell phone (616-644-5520) or email (glpeterson32@frontier.com). If he is not able to answer his phone immediately please leave a message.

 

August 14th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
August 14, 2016 10:30 a.m.
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Prelude

Welcome and Announcements

*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: God of the ages, we sing your praises in the vineyards of
our lives.
All: Tend the garden of our love.
One: Where we have become ragged and wild, prune us in the
way we should grow.
All: Nurture the soil of our hope.
One: Let your hand be upon us, leading us to Jesus, the perfecter
of our faith. Heal the roots of our faith. Bring us rain in
drought, shade in scorching heat, and protection in the
wilderness.
All: Protect the growth of our spirit.

*Opening Prayer

*Hymn “God of Love and God of Power” Hymnal #578

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time “You Have Chosen” 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.

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn “Abide with Me” Hymnal #700

SHARING THE WORD

Old Testament Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19 Page 470
*Gospel Reading Nehemiah 7:73b-8:3, 8-12 Page 379

Morning Message “Rejoicing in God” Pastor Gary

Prayer

*Hymn “Rejoice, The Lord Is King” Hymnal #715

Benediction