Monthly Archives: April 2018

April 29th Service

April 29, 2018 10:30am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Welcome and Announcements

Praise Song “In Christ Alone” Overhead

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: Beloved, God calls us to come together in love.
All: ​Love is from God
One: We all are called to live in God’s love.
All: ​Love is from God.
One: When we live in God’s love, our love overflows.
All: ​Love is from God.
One: Let us worship together in Love.

Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “It is Well with my Soul” UMH # 377

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

New Testament Reading 1 John 4:7-21 Page 991

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 “Be Thou My Vision” SUMH # 451

SHARING THE WORD

Message Teen Challenge

Prayer

*Hymn “Great is Our God” Overhead

Benediction

We want to thank the members of Teen Challenge for taking the time to share with us today. Your ministry is such a blessing to us, God’s people. Please join us in fellowship and a luncheon after the service. We wish you well and pray for God to bless you richly in your future endeavors.

Church Calendar

Sunday, April 29, 2018 – Shalom Giving
​​9:30 am – Adult Bible Study
​​9:45 am – Sunday School
​10:30 am – Worship
​11:30 am – Fellowship Potluck with Teen Challenge Members

Monday, April 30, 2018
​​5:30 pm – Movie/Potluck

Sunday, May 6, 2018 – Edith Bogart Speaking
​​9:30 am – Adult Bible Study
​​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 ​​ Mechelle Schneider Nursery Edith Bogart
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

Pastor’s Ponderings

How is Claybanks United Methodist Church doing?

I get this question asked of me quite frequently when I attend some type of activity in our local area, and also when I go to a district or conference activity and I am with lay and or clergy. For the most part, many of them know where Claybanks United Methodist Church is located. I for one, knew of Claybanks United Methodist Church many years ago, prior to my appointment here. You see in September of every year Reba and I would come to Pentwater to pick up my mother who had been staying at the family condo for a good part of the summer. We would ride down the lakeshore leaving Pentwater and driving to Muskegon and then Grand Rapids as part of our last contact with the beauty of the summer. In doing so we would, of course, drive by Claybanks Methodist Church as we followed the Circle Trail along Lake Michigan.

It has been two years now since I first met a number of the Claybanks United Methodist Church representatives when I came with our district superintendent to Claybanks to be interviewed as a possible pastor for Claybanks United Methodist Church. During these past two years I have very quickly come to appreciate a number of special gifts and graces that Claybanks United Methodist Church has been given by God. With limited space in this newsletter I can only dwell on a couple. I’ve learned to answer the question, “How is Claybanks United Methodist Church doing?” By responding not with the general response of, “Claybanks United Methodist Church is doing very well”. I take pride in being able to respond with, “Claybanks United Methodist Church is indeed a church that loves one another and so very truly seeks to be in the presence of each other.”

Now most churches, when we talk about their members and how they gather as church members, will usually like each other. But I see Claybanks UMC taking many additional steps further than the average church. I respond by telling that person or persons who asked the question of me that Claybanks loves to be in each other’s company and I see it, yes on Sunday mornings when so many gather so early, long before the worship service begins and they mingle with each other, greeting each other so sincerely. Not only before church but after church, as many churches have coffee time and a social time, yet Claybanks United Methodist Church is unique in the fact that being a small church everyone is excited and delights in sharing time together after worship. And the amount of time far exceeds what is normal following worship. Now I go on to explain to those who asked that question that in the Claybanks area there is no Main Street or real gathering place except the Claybanks church itself. So, as we gather on Sunday mornings and at other times throughout the week as a church community, we take time to just be with each other. It is an opportunity to gather as so many might do in other communities at a local restaurant, beauty salon, school activity or hardware store. And I truly believe this happens not just because of so many years gathering together as friends and neighbors, but I see people who truly care about and for each other.

During these past two years I have also come to appreciate how well you care for your church. You take care of your church building, your fellow church members and the community. Your annual budget is well-funded and provides for all the needs and requirements that a healthy church should care for. Your ability and desire to respond to special financial requests have set my heart on fire. To support special giving needs such as UMCOR and it’s special giving requests, missionary support, local outreach, Shalom giving, support of camping and our young people, and currently our Nigerian Well Project tells me that the power of the Holy Spirit is alive and active within the Claybanks United Methodist Church and its members truly care about others. This caring is not limited to just our church, but to our community and the world around us close and far away.

I believe that God has blessed Claybanks United Methodist Church with many gifts and graces because of your willingness to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to put that Gospel into action. May God continue to bless Claybanks United Methodist Church, its member and friends.

Announcements and Stuff

Rothbury Clean-up Day
Volunteers are needed for the food table and to oversee a dumpster – what this means is that you would just welcome, visit and be “Encouragers”. I would like 2 volunteers per dumpster if possible.

Please bring your lawn chairs to be comfortable.

The Oceana Shores Trailer Park is located at 88th Ave and Meadow Lane in Rothbury,

Any questions please call Kathy Ohman
231-730-5310 or email me at Ohmank@mapsk12.org if you can volunteer for any of these times.

Time frames are:
9:00-11:30
11:30-2:00
2:00-4:00

Food table volunteer times
11:15-1:15

Nursery Schedule
5/6 – Carol Adams
5/13 – Kathy Ohman
5/20 – Joyce Twiss
5/27 – Doris Graham

Adult Sunday School Bible Study
Pastor Gary is continuing to lead an Adult Sunday School Bible Study that will be ending on May 20th. We are looking at the book of Hebrews with special emphasis on how it affirms so much of the Old and New Testament. Class runs from 9:30 – 10:15 am. Our class is an open class so if you are not able to make a class you are indeed welcome to join/rejoin at any time.

Nigerian Well Project Update
To date we have collected $2,841.85. We’re a little over half way but have slowed down considerably. If we’re going to make our deadline, we’ll need to pick up the pace a bit. We will continue to have more fund raisers for this project so be watching for them as we add them to the Upcoming Events. Something different is being planned for each month through September as well as a few continuing projects. Of course, you can always make a donation at any time by marking it as “Nigerian Well Project” and placing it in the collection plate. We hope to have 100% of the total needed and be able to purchase the well by November 1st.

Up Coming Fundraising Events
• Now until September 30th
o Pop can Drive
o Used book sale
o Various items on table for sale
• May 20th – Grilled Hot Dog and Hamburger Luncheon
• June 10th – Salad Bar Luncheon
• July – Ice Cream Sundae Bar
• August – 76th Annual Strawberry Social (Sponsored by UMW)

UMW News
The UMW women are off to a good start and ready to help the congregation any way we can. We started our meeting with a devotion presented by Mary Brumm followed by prayer. Doris took roll and read the minutes of the last meeting and then Elaine gave the treasurers report.

After deciding there was no old business to contend with, we moved on to new business. We discussed the possibility of our group supplying sandwiches and chips after the Teen Challenge Sunday on April 29th or should we have a potluck lunch; the potluck won!

Everyone is delighted over the prospect of new table coverings and we will happily embark on the selection after the pews are recovered so we can co-ordinate the color.

The pancake breakfast will remain next Sunday as we fund raise for our youth campers.

Once more, we extend an invitation to all women to join our happy, ambitious group willing to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

Never be afraid to try something new.
​Remember, amateurs built the ark.
​Professionals built ​the Titanic
Anonymous

Upcoming Worship Schedule

May 6th – To be Determined
Edie Bogart Leading Worship.
Pastor Gary and Reba are Away

May 13th – Acts 1:1-11 / Luke 24:44-53
“Why Are You Looking Up?”
Youth Sunday
Ascension Sunday
Communion Sunday
Mother’s Day

May 20th – Acts 2:1-21
Pentecost Sunday
Guest Pastors, Mona and Bill Dye to Bring the Message

May 27th – Isaiah 6:1-8 / Romans 8:12-17 / John 3:1-17
“How Can This Be?”
Trinity Sunday
Memorial Weekend

April 22nd Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
April 22, 2018 10:30am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Welcome and Announcements

Praise Song “This is the Day” UMH #657

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 were lost and going astray.
All: ​The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside the still waters.
One: But now we returned to our shepherd.
All: ​He restores my soul. He leads me in the path of righteousness for his namesake.
One: We have heard the call of the guardian of our souls.
All: ​Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil, for thou art with me.
One: This is the gate of our shepherd, the door to eternal life.
All: ​Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “He Has Made Me Glad” SUMH #2270

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time – “Camping Has So Many Great Memories” – 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 “Love the Lord Your God” SUMH #2168

SHARING THE WORD

First Reading ​Acts 4:5-12 ​Page ?
Second Reading ​Galatians 5:22-26 Page 948

Message “Three Simple Rules” Pastor Gary &
Edith Bogart

Prayer

*Hymn “The Summons” SUMH #2130

Benediction

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 Liz Grossman
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

April 15th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
April 15, 2018 10:30am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Camping Sunday

Welcome and Announcements

Praise Song “This is the Day” UMH #657

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: ​What joy it is to welcome you this day!
All: ​We are grateful and happy to be here.
One: ​Christ, the Good Shepherd, invites you to walk with Him.
All: ​We accept that invitation, confident in his guidance.
One: ​Be ready to serve the Lord in all that you do, for his love has been poured upon you.
All: ​Open our hearts and spirits this day, Lord, to receive your holy words and to be challenged in our service to you. Amen.

Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “He Has Made Me Glad” SUMH #2270

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time – “Camping Has So Many Great Memories” – 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 “Love the Lord Your God” SUMH #2168

SHARING THE WORD

Old Testament Reading ​Psalm 4 Page 425
New Testament Reading Galatians 5:22-26 Page 948

Message “Three Simple Rules” Pastor Gary &
Edith Bogart

Prayer

*Hymn “The Summons” SUMH #2130

Benediction

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

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

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Calendar

Sunday, April 15, 2018 – Camping Sunday
9:30 am – Adult Bible Study
9:45 am – Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship
11:30 am – Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser
for Camp

Monday, April 16, 2018
5:30 pm – Movie/Potluck

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
2:00 pm – Card Making Party

Thursday, April 19, 2018
1:00 pm – UMW Meeting
4:00 pm – Church Clean-up

Sunday, April 22, 2018
9:30 am – Adult Bible Study
9:45 am – Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Newsletter Deadline

April 8th Service

Holy Humor Sunday

Welcome and Announcements

Praise Song “How Great is Our God” Overhead

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 gather in the name of the risen Lord.
All: ​Christ is risen! Alleluia!
One: We gather as sisters and brothers of the resurrected one.
All: ​Christ is risen! Alleluia!
One: We gather to share our faith and worship God.
All: ​Christ is risen! Alleluia!
One: We gather to proclaim the good news of Easter!
All: ​Christ is risen! Alleluia!

Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

Humor Time

*Hymn “I Am a Christian” Overhead

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time – “Children Have Humor” – 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 “Lovely Noise” Overhead

SHARING THE WORD
First Reading ​Acts 4:32-35 ​Page 888
*Gospel Reading ​John 20:19-31​Page 883

Message “Peace Be With You!” “God loves you and so do I and there is nothing you can do about it!” Pastor Gary

Prayer

*Hymn “Mighty to Save” Overhead

Humor Time

Benediction

One: Go now with the love of God, the grace of Jesus Christ, and the​fellowship of the Holy Spirit.
All: ​Christ is risen! Alleluia!
One: Go to share your faith and your lives.
All ​Christ is risen! Alleluia!
One: Go to proclaim the good news of Easter.
All: ​Christ is risen! Alleluia!

Church Life
Sunday, April 8, 2018 – Holy Humor Sunday​
​9:45 am – Sunday School
​10:30 am – Worship

Monday, April 9, 2018
​ 5:30 pm – Movie/Potluck​

Sunday, April 15, 2018
​ 9:30 am – Adult Bible Study
​​9:45 am – Sunday School
​10:30 am – Worship
​11:30 am – Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for Camp

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

Pianist​​​​ Megan Schihl
Liturgist ​​ Mark Gaultney
Nursery Joyce Twiss
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

Important Announcements

Monday night movie/potluck will begin on April 9th, at 5:30 pm. Bring a dish to pass and enjoy the fellowship. All are welcome.

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Adult Bible Study begins Sunday, April 15th. We will be studying Hebrews from the New Testament. To be prepared for our first class together please read and be ready to discuss chapters 1, 2 and 3. Please remember that our class is an open class so if you are not able to make a class you are indeed welcome to rejoin at any time. Our plan is to meet for six classes with the final class being on May 20th.

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Please plan to join us after the worship service SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2018 for the FAMOUS PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUND RAISER. We are raising funds to sponsor kids in our church family to go to SUMMER CAMP. It’s a very worthy endeavor to allow the kids a chance to learn more about fellowship and fun in JESUS. We thank you for your generous support!! 😊