Announcements and Stuff

Lenten Schedule
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday February 14th. Claybanks United Methodist will observe the beginning of Lent with an Ash Wednesday Service at 7:00 pm. The service will include the imposition of Ashes.

During the Lenten Season pastor Gary will lead two special Lenten programs on Sunday during Sunday School hour. These classes, “Disciplines of Lent” will be starting at 9:30 am and ending at 10:15 am. These classes will be held on Sunday March 4th and Sunday March 18th.

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday on March 25th as our young people begin our worship with the traditional procession of Palms.

Holy Thursday, March 29th, we will be joining Montague United Methodist at their church in the evening for Holy Thursday Service as we remember that Jesus instituted the first Lord’s Supper with His disciples.

On Good Friday, March 30th, we will gather at Claybanks United Methodist at 2:00 pm to remember Jesus‘ Passion.

Easter Sunday, April 1st, will begin for us at 9:30 am as we gather at the empty tomb. Following our joyous celebration with, “Christ is risen! Alleluia!” we will move into the Fellowship Hall for a light breakfast. At 10:30 am we will process together into the sanctuary for our Easter Celebration Service.

Thank You!!
Thank you, Claybanks United Methodist Church for allowing Reba and me to take an extended time away to visit our children and grandchildren in Colorado during this recent holiday season. You blessed us with time there and the financial gift we received from the congregation, which made our trip so joyous.
Bless you!
Reba and Pastor Gary

Thank you to Luanne Nienhouse for all the hard work she puts in on the Claybanks UMC website. She updates it weekly with the newest bulletin, monthly with the newest newsletter, and keeps it running smoothly and ad-free, which in turn, makes our church “look good” to the public eye. Those of you with a computer should check it out –
Thanks, Luanne, you make us proud!

Nursery Schedule
2/4 – Edith Bogart
2/11 – Carol Adams
2/18 – Kathy Ohman
2/25 – Joyce Twiss

Conference Offices have moved
The Grand Rapids District and WMC Offices have moved. Please note the new address below. Phone numbers and email addresses remain unchanged.
Grand Rapids District Office
207 Fulton St. E, Suite 6
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Voicemail: 616-459-4503 Ext. 1211

Reminder: Please bring in your old palms from Palm Sunday last year so they can be burned to make ashes for Ash Wednesday. We will be having a burning ceremony on February 11th. Thank You!

An Invitation for all: Based on an inspiring true story, the movie, ALL SAINTS, follows a small-town Tennessee preacher who attempts to save his struggling church. God directs this man of God to risk, trust, and step out of the church’s four walls to bring healing and salvation. Join us at West Golden Wesleyan Church on Friday, February 9 from 6:30-8:30 for the movie followed by a time of prayer asking the Lord to stretch His Church to heed his call and grow His Kingdom. Questions? Contact Sue Beckman at 259-0004 or



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