Monthly Archives: July 2017

July 30th Service

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

Eighth Sunday After Pentecost

Welcome and Announcements

Praise Song “Seek Ye First” UMH #405

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: ​Waiting and hoping, we gather together,
All: ​Seeking God’s presence and singing God’s praise.
One: ​Waiting and hoping, we come now to worship.
All: ​Praying and listening for the Spirit’s guidance.
One: ​Waiting and hoping, we gather together,
All: ​Seeking God’s presence and singing God’s praise.

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “We Sing to You, O God” SUMH #2001

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time – Shalom Sunday
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 “You Are My All in All” Insert

​SHARING THE WORD
Old Testament ​Psalm 105:1-11, 45b ​Page 484
*Gospel Reading Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52​Page 795

Morning Message Pastor Gary
“THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS…”
Prayer

*Hymn “The Spirit Sends Us Forth” SUMH #2241

Benediction

Church Life

Sunday, July 30, 2017 – Shalom Sunday
​​10:30am – Worship

Sunday, August 6, 2017 – Communion
​​10:30am – Worship

Email: glpeterson32@frontier.com​
Office email ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com
Website http://www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist​​​​ Alisa Ross
Liturgist ​​ ​​​ Mechelle Schneider
Nursery Karen Anderson
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

Pastor’s Ponderings

Blessings!

Reba and I have felt blessings together for our entire married life. We were blessed with a church wedding. We have been blessed our entire married life by having churches that have surrounded us with love and care. The blessings, love and care have extended all the way to Claybanks United Methodist Church.

As with most young married couples, we struggled at times yet we were blessed by God, family and friends when needs arise. Money, as with many young couples, can be an issue and when finances looked to be a problem there was a refund check from some unexpected source or a gift received (God’s blessings come in many forms and God’s timing is perfect).

Being blessed with two beautiful children a few years after marriage allowed us to surround ourselves with family and many close friends with children the age of our children. Employment for us has taken us to a number of different communities in which we have been able to experience the many blessings and resources of the communities and the churches we have attended.

While living in Traverse City, the Peterson family was blessed by Traverse City Central United Methodist Church with many activities and educational experiences for our children. Reba and I were blessed to be a part of a small parent group that was very intentional in being supportive of each other’s families.

As our children grew older and we returned to Grand Rapids we found St. Paul’s United Methodist church a growing and active community of believers with a number of programs for our children and for us as parents and adults.

Reba and I both grew in our walk with Jesus and our commitment as Christian believers through the Stephen Ministry and the Walk to Emmaus.

When I finally began to listen to God calling me into ministry, Reba and I were surrounded by a number of encouragers who prayed for us and were part of the discernment process. We had a number of friends who were United Methodist pastors, some pastoring for many years and some who had only recently gone into the ministry.

After completing the introductory pastoral training and being assigned as pastor to Olivet United Methodist Church (a small inner-city church with a quarter time appointment) we had the blessing of being surrounded by a church whose members were so loving, kind and very encouraging to us, an inexperienced pastor and spouse. They allowed us to begin our ministry and continued to encourage us with their support and prayer.

When we finally decided to enter into ministry on a full-time basis and were assigned to the Fennville Pearl Parish, a small community where the United Methodist Church was the largest worshiping congregation and only one of two churches that supported a pastor on a full-time basis, we were blessed by God. We were again surrounded by many loving church members and developed close friendships with a number of members and couples of the church and of the community, blessing our time there in so many different ways.

As we prepared for retirement and felt the calling to remain in ministry on less than a full-time mission which brought us to Claybanks United Methodist Church, a special gift was given to us in the Munson home in which we were very blessed to live in for one year. The Munson home was indeed a beautiful place for us with a yard, areas in which to plant flowers, to welcome birds to our feeders, friends and family, and yes, the Pea Barn in which to work on projects and cars. The one year in which we were able to stay in the Munson house allowed Reba and I to find a home that best fitted our needs together and where we had planned to retire, in Pentwater. The blessing of the Munson home gave us the opportunity of the extra year to find our own home. In addition, Claybanks UMC blessed us with the additional resources that added to how we prepared to retire in modest comfort.

We cannot tell you and thank you enough for what you provided us by surrounding us with your love, care, friendship and sharing the beautiful resource of the Munson house. As we have now completed our move to Pentwater, we want to share with you our gratitude and thanks for God has blessed Claybanks UMC with the Munson home and you blessed Reba and I as you shared what God has given you in such a loving way. We shall continue to look to be together in ministry with you for a number of years.

Praise God who is always there for all of us!
Reba and Pastor Gary

Announcements and Stuff

Nursery Schedule

8/6 – Edith Bogart
8/13 – Carol Adams
8/20 – Kathy Ohman
8/27 – Joyce Twiss

Upcoming Events

• Mark your calendars and save the date of September 9th at 5:00 pm. The Petersons will be hosting a bonfire/open house at their new home in Pentwater.

• We will be hosting the Reebok Ragnar Relay race again this year on Sept. 29th or 30th.

• Our Church Conference will be held October 15th at 1:30 pm and will be held at the Montague UMC. (SPRC will be meeting on the 14th also.)

• Movies/potlucks will be starting again in the fall.

• Card making parties will be held periodically. Check with Carol Adams if interested.

More information on each of these events will be coming as their dates draw nearer.

Strawberry Social and Bake Sale

Hello all you strawberry lovers! It is nearly time for our annual Strawberry Social and bake sale. The UMW ladies have checked the sign-up sheets and I believe we are ready! The set-up day is Wednesday the 9th at 1 PM. Thursday, get your aprons on, mixing bowls out, and make your favorite breads, rolls, or treats for the gals to sell. Individual serving sizes always do well.

Some of the early prep gals will be at the church by 4 PM on Friday, when strawberries rule the day! A reminder to all you volunteers, check the sign-up sheets to review what you are doing, the time, and what day.

Thank You!!!!

Thank you to the men who gave of your time and talent to build a storage building to house the lawnmower that was donated to CUMC. Thank you also to the person who donated the lawnmower, making it easier for the men who mow. It is because of the generosity of people like you, and many others in our congregation, that CUMC is able to maintain such a positive financial status.

To my church family,

I want to thank the entire congregation for the plant, card, and money presented to me in honor of administrative assistant day. It is very much appreciated and warms my heart to know how much you care. I thank you for the opportunity to serve you and our awesome God.

Thanks and blessings!!!!!
Konnie Grant

Upcoming Worship Schedule

August 6 – Romans 9:1-5 / Matthew 14:13-21
“Things Are in Good Hands”

August 13 – Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 / Matthew 14:22-33
“What Are Your Fears?”

August 20 – Guest Message-Dion Stumpo
Edie Bogart Leading Worship

August 27 – Romans  12:1-8 / Matthew 16:13-20
“Why Church”

July 23rd Service

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

Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

Welcome and Announcements

Praise Song “Love the Lord Your God” SUMH #2168

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: Stand and bear witness to the fulfillment of God’s promise: ​We are those descendants, too many to count…
All: ​Like the dust of the earth. Like the sands of the beach. ​Like the stars in the heavens.
One: We are those descendants, too many to count…
All: ​From the West and the East. From the North and the​ South.
One: Too many to count…
All: ​From the Atlantic and the Pacific. From Antarctica and​ Australia.
One: ​Too many to count…
All: ​From Canada to Claybanks. From New Zealand to​​ Nairobi.
One: We are those descendants, too many to count…
All: Blessed of God. Blessed to be a blessing.
Opening Prayer

*Hymn “Lord I Want To Be a Christian” UMH #402

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 “When the Poor Ones” UMH #434

​SHARING THE WORD
Old Testament Deuteronomy 6: 4-7; 15: 7-8 & 10-11 Page 143
*Gospel Reading Mark 12: 28-34​​Page 825

Morning Message Edith Bogart
“THREE SIMPLE RULES”
Prayer

*Hymn “We Are Called” SUMH #2172

BenedictioN

Church Life
Sunday, July 23, 2017 – Edie Bogart Leading Worship
​​10:30am – Worship

Sunday, July 30, 2017
​​10:30am – Worship

Email: glpeterson32@frontier.com​
Office Telephone 231-923-0573
Office email ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com
Website http://www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist​​​​ Shar Boerema
Liturgist ​​ ​​​ Diana Hicks
Nursery Doris Graham
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

July 16th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
July 16, 2017 10:30am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Sixth Sunday After Pentecost

Welcome and Announcements

Praise Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth” UMH #431

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: God scatters the seed and calls us to grow.
All: ​We come to grow in Christ.
One: God scatters the seeds and calls us to love.
All: ​We come to love as Christ loves.
One: God scatters the seeds and calls us to hear.
All: ​We come to listen for the word of God.

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “Wonderful words of Life” UMH #600

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time “LET’S PLANT SEEDS” 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

*Doxology UMH #95

Prayer of Dedication

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

​SHARING THE WORD

Old Testament ​Psalm 119:105-112 ​Page 495
*Gospel Reading ​Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 ​Page 794

Interpretive Reading on Today’s Gospel Lesson

Morning Message Pastor Gary
“LET’S SOW SOME SEEDS”

Prayer

*Hymn “Marching to Zion” UMH #733

Benediction

Church Life
Sunday, July 16, 2017
​​10:30am – Worship

Thursday, July 20, 2017
​​1:00pm – UMW Meeting​

Sunday, July 23, 2017 – Edie Bogart Leading Worship
​​10:30am – Worship

Email: glpeterson32@frontier.com
Office email ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com
Website http://www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist​​​​ Alisa Ross
Liturgist ​​ ​​​ Art Grumm
Nursery Joyce Twiss
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

July 9th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
July 9, 2017 10:30am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

Welcome and Announcements

Praise Song “I Love You, Lord” (twice through) SUMH #2068

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: “Come to me,” Jesus invites.
All: ​ We come to you.
One: “Come to me, if you are tired.”
All: ​ We come to you.
One: “Come to me, if you carry burdens.”
All: ​ We come to you.
One: “Come, and discover rest for your souls.”

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “Be Thou My Vision” UMH #451

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time – “BE AN ONION CHRISTIAN”
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 “Thy Word Is a Lamp” UMH #601

​SHARING THE WORD

First Reading ​Romans 7:15-25a ​Page 918
*Gospel Reading ​Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 ​Page 792

Morning Message Pastor Gary
“LIVING WITHOUT WORRY”

Prayer

*Hymn “Make me a Captive, Lord” UMH #421

Benediction

Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles,
It takes away today’s peace.
Church Life
Sunday, July 9, 2017
​​10:30am – Worship

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
​​6:30pm Trustees Meeting
​​7:00pm Ad Council Meeting

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
​​12:00pm – 2:00pm A Day at The Beach​​

Sunday, July 16, 2017
​​10:30am – Worship

Email: glpeterson32@frontier.com​
Office Telephone 231-923-0573
Office email ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com
Website http://www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist​​​​ Alisa Ross
Liturgist ​​ ​​​ Konnie Grant
Nursery Carol Adams
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News