Monthly Archives: April 2017

April 30th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
April 30, 2017 10:30am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Third Sunday of Easter
Welcome and Announcements

Praise Song “Open Our Eyes, Lord” SUMH 2086

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: As you walk with us, as we journey together,
All: Lord, your word fills our hearts!
One: As you speak with us, as your love is revealed,
All: Lord, your fire burns in our hearts!
One: As we proclaim what we have seen and heard,
All: May all people be drawn to you, the risen Lord!

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” SUMH #2158

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time – Shalom Offering
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

Doxology UMH #95

Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn “Leaning on the Ever-Lasting Arms” UMH #133

SHARING THE WORD

First Reading ​Acts 2:14a, 36-41​Page 885
*Gospel Reading ​Luke 24:13-35​Page 860

Morning Message Pastor Gary
“IT TAKES MORE THAN EYES TO SEE”

Prayer

*Hymn “Victory in Jesus” UMH #370

Benediction

The last class for the “24 Hours That Changed the World” book study will be held on Thursday, May 4th from 4-6:00 pm. Please read chapters 5,6 and 7.

Church Life
Sunday, April 30, 2017 – Shalom Sunday
​​9:45am – Sunday School
​​10:30am – Worship

Monday, May 1, 2017
​​5:30pm – Movie/Potluck

Thursday, May 4, 2017
​​4:00pm – Book Study

Sunday, May 7, 2016 – Communion Sunday
​​9:45am – Sunday School
​​10:30am – Worship

Office email ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com
Website http://www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist​ Alisa Ross
Liturgist ​​ ​​​ Kelly White
Nursery Joyce Twiss
Ministers All People As We Live The Good News

Pastor’s Ponderings

I want to thank the Claybanks United Methodist Church Congregation for their willingness and support as I introduced to the church some new and varied types of worship during our Lenten and Easter Season. Your acceptance and affirmation for these different ways in which to worship have been a blessing to me. As we continue to worship and honor God together in the days and months to come, I pray that you will be open to new and varied ways in which to worship through the power of the Holy Spirit. To worship on Good Friday in the afternoon during the same hours that our Lord Jesus went to the cross for us was very meaningful to me and many others. To gather outside of the Claybanks United Methodist Church on Easter morning as we recognize the opening of the tomb in Christ’s resurrection and then moving into the Fellowship Hall and then processing together into our sanctuary showed that we are indeed a community of followers of our Lord Jesus Christ.

For the first Sunday after Easter, our Holy Humor Sunday, I want to thank all those who were part of this somewhat unique and new way in which to worship. We affirmed that indeed God smiles and laughs with us. Celebrating Holy Humor Sunday at Claybanks United Methodist Church was my second experience in which we can bring a liturgy following Easter that helps us remember that laughter, lightheartedness and humor are gifts that God has given us, which may have been avoided during the Lenten Season. The use of humor is beneficial so that we might more enjoy the world in which God has placed us. As a parish, we worshiped in a service that included lighthearted humor and stories, some of our own creation and some looking at Scripture in a different way.

In a continuation of Holy Humor Sunday, I would like to share these humorous and enjoyable thoughts with you.

• Going to church does not make a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
• Do not argue with a fool. He will drag you down to his own level and beat you with experience.
• If I agree with you; both of us will be wrong.
• We never really grow up; we only learn how to act in public.
• Evening News is where they begin with, “Good Evening”, and then they proceed to tell you why it is not good.
• Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says, “In case of emergency notify…” I put in EMT’s.
• When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that fire departments usually use water.
• Did you hear the story about a rabbi, the priest, and the pastor who were talking about their parishes…..!

Imagine the Scripture story of Zacchaeus where Jesus found him in the tree as he passed by. Using the Scripture story from Luke 19:1-10 can be, yes, a humorous story that teaches us much about who we are as followers of Jesus Christ. How many of us have been caught up in a tree and were not able to get down on our own? Jesus does seek the lost.

Humor is a great therapy for lifting our hearts, relaxing our minds and feeding our souls with gifts of love that we can share with one another. I look forward to hearing from you as you will continue to share humorous stories, jokes and antidotes, but please remember I am a pastor, and my ears are sensitive, thank you.

I want to thank all those in our parish that extended themselves in making an extra effort to be part of our Lenten programs, devotional readings and worship experiences during Lent and Holy Week. It is my prayer that our growth on the path taken for Lenten and Holy Week have assisted us as we journey along the trail that brings God closer to us. While we struggled together on that journey, I became aware that my heart, in the Wesley fashion, was “Strangely warmed”. It has been a blessing for me and for Reba to be part of Claybanks United Methodist Church during the Lenten Season and I pray the blessings will continue in the Easter Season that will bring us to Pentecost.
Pastor Gary

Announcements and Stuff

Ladies Garden Lunch
Saturday, May 20th
12:00pm –
Munson House
Please sign the sheet on the back table so that I will have a close head count. Hope all can come.

Reba

Reminder:
A small reminder for you to look at your “Coming Events” calendar because our dinner at the Shack in Jugville is coming soon….June 11th to be exact!!!!! The cost is $10 for adults and $8 for Seniors. We will car pool immediately after the church service as they quit serving at 2pm.

We can tour the two museums they have after we eat if we so choose or just wander the grounds. It’s a beautiful place and we hope to have a good gathering. We will be getting a sign-up sheet on the table soon so we can get the reservations made. See Mitzi with any questions.

United Methodist Women’s Group
This is the start of an amazing time of year – full of busy activities that hopefully are happy ones even as we tire ourselves out! Which brings me to the fact that the Strawberry Social will be here before we know it and some of the older gray heads tire more quickly than we use to. So, I’m hoping some of our “youngsters” in our midst will come forth to volunteer, especially for the “set up” day, the day of preparation, and some as cheerful waitresses. We can also use strawberry donations as we gray hairs no longer pick the berries (can’t get back up and eat too many as we pick! At least I do!)

Hope we get together and talk this over soon.

In Christian love,
Edie

Your Help is Needed
As you all know, last month I shared an “ah-ha” moment I had while reading my daily devotional. That got me thinking that it would be nice if others did that also. Do you have one of those types of stories that you’d be willing to share…maybe an “ah-ha” moment or a testimony that is meaningful or warms your heart? I’d like to incorporate one of those types of stories in our newsletter each month. Please see me if you’d be willing to help. Thanks!!!!

Konnie

Upcoming Events
• May 20th- Southern Luncheon (Home of Reba Peterson)
• June 11th – Dinner at the Shack in Jugville (Carpool directly after church service)
• July 12th – A Day at the beachfront (Brown bag lunch/ Home of Diana Hicks)
• August – Bonfire & Potluck (Home of the Petersons)

Watch for more details as each event draws near.

Book Study
The last of our “24 Hours That Changed The World” classes will be held on Thursday, May 4th from 4:00-6:00pm. Please read chapters 5, 6, & 7. Even if you’ve missed the other classes, feel free to join us!

Nursery Schedule
5/7 – Doris Graham
5/14 – Karen Anderson
5/21 – Edith Bogart
5/28 – Liz Grossman

 

Upcoming Worship Schedule

Sunday May 7th – Acts 2:42-47 / John 10:1-10 – “Characteristics Of A Good Shepherd”

Sunday May 14th – Mother’s Day – Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16 / Acts 7:55-60
“Forgiveness”

Sunday May 21st- Youth Sunday – 1 Peter 3:13-22 / John 14:15-21
“How Should We Understand The Holy Spirit”

Sunday May 28th  – Ascension Day – Memorial Weekend  – Acts 1:1-11 – Ephesians 1:15-23 / Luke 24:44-53
“The Ascension Of Christ Gives Us Courage To Endure”

How does Moses start his morning?

Hebrews a pot of coffee!

April 23rd Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
April 23, 2017 10:30am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Holy Humorous Sunday

Welcome and Announcements

Humorous Words

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: We are born anew.
All: ​We have a living hope.
One: We have an enduring inheritance.
All: ​It is God’s love for us.
One: We trust God.
All: ​We rejoice with hearts filled with praise.
One: Words cannot begin to express our joy.
All: ​How can we express what it means to be invited into God’s presence?
One: Let us worship God this day.

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “He Has Made Me Glad” (2 x through) SUMH #2270

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time “USE OF HUMOR CANNOT HURT OTHERS”
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

Doxology UMH #95

Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn “O Happy Day, That Fixed My Choice” UMH #391

SHARING THE WORD

First Reading ​-Acts 2:14a, 22-32​ – Page 885
*Gospel Reading ​-John 20:19-31​ – Page 883

Humorous Acts and Sharing

Morning Message Pastor Gary
“GOD SITS IN HEAVEN AND LAUGHS”

Prayer

*Hymn “Spirit Song” UMH #347

Benediction

Church Life
Sunday, April 23, 2017
​​9:45am – Sunday School
​​10:30am – Worship

Monday, April 24, 2017
​​5:30pm – Movie/Potluck

Sunday, April 30, 2016 – Shalom Sunday
​​9:45am – Sunday School
​​10:30am – Worship

Office email ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com
Website http://www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist​ Shar Boerema
Liturgist ​​ ​​​ Richard Hicks
Nursery Kathy Ohman
Ministers All People As We Live The Good News

Easter Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
April 16, 2017 9:30am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Sunrise Visitation to the Empty Tomb
Gospel Reading John 20:1-8

Easter Sunday Greeting

Easter Brunch

Easter Sunday Worship Service
Procession Into The Sanctuary Singing
“Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” Insert

Gospel Reading ​John 20:9-10

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: Alleluia! Christ is risen.
All: ​Christ is risen, indeed!
One: Open the gates of justice and righteousness, that we may
​give thanks to God.
All: ​Today we enter the sanctuary of the Holy One as the body of Christ.
One: ​We are called to do justice and love kindness.
All: ​Today is the day of celebration and promise.
One: Alleluia! Christ is risen.
All: ​Christ is risen, indeed!

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “Every Morning is Easter Morning” Insert

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

Doxology UMH #95

Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn “The Day of Resurrection” UMH #303

SHARING THE WORD

First Reading ​Acts 10:34-43​Page 895
*Gospel Reading ​John 20:11-18 ​Page 882

Morning Message Pastor Gary
“HEAR THE GOOD NEWS”
Prayer

*Hymn “Majesty, Worship His Majesty” UMH #176

Benediction

Church Life
Sunday, April 16, 2017 – Easter Sunday
​​9:30am – Sunrise Service
​​9:45am – Easter Bruch
​​10:30am – Easter Worship Service

Monday, April 17, 2017
​​5:30pm – Movie/Potluck

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
​​2:00pm – Card Making Party

Thursday, April 20, 2016
​ 1:00pm – UMW Meeting

Sunday, April 23, 2016
​​9:45am – Sunday School
​​10:30am – Worship

Website http://www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist​ Alisa Ross
Liturgist ​​ ​​​ Reba Peterson
Ministers All People As We Live The Good News