Daily Archives: March 1, 2018

March 4th Service

Third Sunday in Lent

Welcome and Announcements

Praise Song “My Life is in You, Lord” SUMH #2032


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 stand in the need of the presence of God.
All: ​Our lives can so easily become corrupted by our own greed.
One: But the Lord has heard our cries and calls us forward on​​this journey.
All: ​Lord guide our steps.
One: Come, let us worship God who is always with us.
All: ​Let us open our hearts to the healing, restoring love of God. Amen.

Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies” UMH #173

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 “Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation” UMH #559


Old Testament Reading ​Exodus 20:1-17 ​Page 58
*Gospel Reading ​John 2:13-22​ Page 863

Message Pastor Gary
“Why Did Jesus Not Control His Anger?”

Words of Assurance

The Great Thanksgiving


*Hymn “Days of Elijah” Overhead


Church Life
Sunday, March 4, 2018 – Communion
​9:30 am – Adult Sunday School
​9:45 am – Youth Sunday School
​10:30 am – Worship
​5:30 pm – Serve at Family Promise

Sunday, March 11, 2018
​9:30 am – Adult Sunday School
​9:45 am – Sunday School
​10:30 am – Worship

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

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

Pastor’s Ponderings

Pastor Ponderings
By Pastor Gary Peterson

It has not been my practice to talk about giving at Claybanks United Methodist Church, because as a church, you have supported and blessed the church so that we have been able to support Claybanks United Methodist Church with all the resources it has needed. The Claybanks United Methodist Church has also supported special needs giving in many different ways such as providing food for our local food pantry, supporting those who have gone on missionary trips, sending children to camp and currently supporting the efforts of the Nigerian Well Project.

UMCOR Sunday for many years was known as “One Great Hour of Sharing”. In 2016 our General Conference of the United Methodist Church approved a name change from One Great Hour of Sharing to UMCOR Sunday. UMCOR Sunday is one of six church wide special Sunday offerings of the United Methodist Church. UMCOR Sunday calls United Methodists to share the goodness of life with those who are hurting.

UMCOR is the humanitarian arm of the United Methodist Church. The work of UMCOR reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States. THE work of UMCOR provides humanitarian relief when war, conflict or natural disaster disrupts life to such an extent that the communities have difficulty recovering on their own. Traditionally UMCOR Sunday is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. One of the four disciplines of Lent is that of assisting others showing God’s love and grace to a world in need.

Let me answer a question that I get asked many times over. With so many types of solicitations that are requested of us, will what I give get to the people when disasters happen or life is interrupted? When asked to give to assist in humanitarian efforts, many people want to know “how much of what I give is received directly by those in need,”. When there are disasters that affect lives, such as the hurricanes we had last fall that hit a number of islands and the United States, we took up special offerings. One hundred percent of our offerings went directly to assist those in need. This happens because once a year on UMCOR Sunday we asked for special gifts to underwrite the administrative costs of UMCOR so that when disasters strike all that we give is used to assist those in need.

Your gifts to UMCOR Sunday lays the foundation for the United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR) to share God’s love with communities everywhere. These special offerings underwrite UMCOR’s “cost of doing business.” This helps UMCOR to keep the promise that 100% of any gift given to a special project request will go toward that project and not administrative cost.

Looking back just a few years ago, when Hurricane Sandy hit the eastern coast of the United States, with the resources that we have and shared as United Methodists, UMCOR was there to help not only in cleanup but assist in the rebuilding of churches and community centers in the areas affected by the hurricane. Hurricane Sandy also hit Cuba and 100% of the donations given to relief for Hurricane Sandy also assisted in rebuilding of homes and 21 United Methodist Churches in Cuba.

Our contributions collected on UMCOR Sunday ensures that we as the United Methodist Church can respond in times of crisis. UMCOR is the extension of the hands and feet of the United Methodist Church that helps restore and rebuild lives here and abroad. It is my prayer, my heart and my duty as your pastor to ask you to support UMCOR Sunday on March 11th. On Sunday March 4th and on Sunday March 11th there will be envelopes in the pews to designate your offering to UMCOR.

Because of your generosity, we, as the United Methodist Church, are able to offer aid in Jesus’ name to those who suffer. “I was hungry, and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked, and you gave me clothes to wear. I was sick, and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me (Matthew 25:35-36).

Announcements and Stuff

Find the Perfect Summer Camp for Your Child
It’s that time of year to start thinking about and registering for summer camp. There are scholarships available to kids and for first time campers. These camps are available to 2nd grade and up. Most of the camps are a week long. For the younger children there are mini camps as well. You can also register for family camp.

If you are planning on going or know of anyone who would benefit from the camping experience, please get with me ASAP! If we register early enough there are more scholarships available to use. There are not scholarships available for family camp.

This is a great experience for our kids. Our very own Kyra is on the cover of the flyers and brochures!!!

Kathy Ohman

Please Note:
Due to a scheduling conflict, the Trustee’s and Ad Council Meetings will be held on March 20th at 6:30 and 7:00 PM respectively, rather than on the second Tuesday of the month (March 13.)

Lenten Schedule
Pastor Gary will be leading a Lenten Sunday School Study. Classes will be held on March 4th, 11th, and 18th. We will be looking at a series presentation developed by Max Lucado called, “He Chose The Nails”. During this study we will be exploring some of the gifts that Christ provided to us at his crucifixion. Class will be held from 9:30 am to 10:15 am. All are welcome on any or all of the Sundays.

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 the Whitehall Campus at 6:30 PM 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. (A sign-up sheet for food donations will be on the back table in the fellowship hall soon). At 10:30 am we will process together into the sanctuary for our Easter Celebration Service.
Easter Flower Sale
As in years past, we will be decorating the altar with flowers. Patsy is collecting all the information and will share it all soon. Watch your weekly bulletins for more information.

Update on the Nigerian Well Project
The well project is coming along nicely. To date we have raised approx. $1850 of the $5500 needed to sponsor a well in Nigeria. Thank you to all who have donated items to be sold or auctioned. We will continue with our monthly luncheons and would also like more donated items. There are envelopes in the back of each pew if you would simply like to make a donation and put it in the collection plate (please make sure it’s marked for the Nigerian Well Project.) Please keep the project in your hearts and prayers as we continue to strive toward our goal. We may be considered a small church, but we’re a mighty church! Thank you everyone!! Keep up the good work!!!!

Used Book Sale
Spring is almost here and we’re sure many of you have read a really good book this winter. As another way to raise money for the Nigerian Well Project, during the month of March the Missions Committee would like to have a used book sale. We’re asking everyone to please dust off your used books and bring them in to the church to be sold and read by others (please use discretion as to appropriateness.) We will set up an area in the fellowship hall to display and sell them. Browse through them as your leisure and find a good read for next fall. Any questions may be directed to June Martin – 231-750-5226.

Up Coming Fundraising Events
• March 18th – An Irish Soup Luncheon
• The month of March – Used Book Sale
• April 15th – Pancake Breakfast (fundraiser to help our kids get to camp)
• May 20th – Grilled Hot Dog and Hamburger Luncheon
• June 10th – Salad Bar Luncheon

Nursery Schedule
3/4 – Doris Graham
3/11 – Liz Grossman
3/18 – Edith Bogart
3/25 – Carol Adams


Upcoming Worship Schedule

March 4th – Exodus 20:1-17 / John 2:13-22
“Why Did Jesus Not Control His Anger”
Third Sunday of Lent

March 11th – Psalm 107:1-3 / John 3:14-21
“Darkness Verses Light”
UMCOR Sunday
Fourth Sunday of Lent

March 18th – Jeremiah 31:31-34 / John 12:20-33
“Do You Serve the Lord?”
Fifth Sunday of Lent

March 25th – Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 / Mark 11:1-11
“Let’s Crown Him King!”
Palm Sunday

March 29th
Holy Thursday
Worship with Montague UMC at Whitehall Campus of the Montague UMC 6:30 PM

March 30th
Good Friday
2:00 PM at Claybanks UMC

April 1st – Acts 10:34-43 /. John 20:1-18
“Peace Be With You!”
Easter Sunday
Visit to an Empty Grave – 9:30 AM
Breakfast – 9:45 AM
Worship – 10:30 AM (We will enter into the Sanctuary together)