Daily Archives: April 4, 2018

Pastor’s Ponderings

While pastoring on the Keryx Weekend back in February at Carson City Correctional Facility, one of the inmates working on the weekend shared “Father’s Love Letter: An Intimate Message from God to You.” I and so many others have been moved as to how it makes an impact on our spirits. There are many ways that Scripture can be drawn together to be used to show God’s love for us. Scripture tells us that Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Resurrection Easter Sunday all show us how much God the Father loves each of us. May this reading bless you during Holy Week and for all times.

Pastor Gary

F A T H E R ’ S L O V E L E T T E R
An intimate message from God to you.
My Ch i l d ,
You may not know me, but I know everything about you. Psalm 139:1 I know when you sit down and when you rise up. Psalm 139:2 I am familiar with all your ways. Psalm 139:3 Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. Matthew 10:29-31 For you were made in my image. Genesis 1:27 In me you live and move and have your being. Acts 17:28 For you are my offspring. Acts 17:28 I knew you even before you were conceived.
Jeremiah 1:4-5 I chose you when I planned creation. Ephesians 1:11-12 You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book. Psalm 139:15-16 I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live. Acts 17:26 You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14 I knit you together in your
mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13 And brought you forth on the day you were born. Psalm 71:6 I have been misrepresented by those who don’t know me. John 8:41-44 I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love. 1 John 4:16 And it is my desire to lavish my love on you. 1 John 3: 1 Simply because you
are my child and I am your Father. 1 John 3:1 I offer you more than your earthly father ever could.
Matthew 7:11 For I am the perfect father. Matthew 5:48 Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand. James 1:17 For I am your provider and I meet all your needs. Matthew 6:31-33 My plan for your future has always been filled with hope. Jeremiah 29:11 Because I love you with an everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3
My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore. Psalm 139:17-18 And I rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17 I will never stop doing good to you. Jeremiah 32:40 For you are my treasured possession. Exodus 19:5 I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul. Jeremiah 32:41 And I want to show you great and marvelous things. Jeremiah 33:3 If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me. Deuteronomy 4:29 Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 For it is I who gave you those desires. Philippians 2:13 I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine. Ephesians 3:20 For I am your greatest encourager. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you. Psalm 34:18 As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart. Isaiah 40:11​One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes. Revelation 21:3-4 And I’ll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth. Revelation 21:3-4
I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus. John 17:23​For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. John 17:26 He is the exact representation of my being. Hebrews 1:3 He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you. Romans 8:31 And to tell you that I am not counting your sins. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you. 1 John 4:10 I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love. Romans 8:31-32
If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me. 1 John 2:23 And nothing will ever separate you from my love again. Romans 8:38-39 Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen. Luke 15:7 I have always been Father, and will always be Father. Ephesians 3:14-15
My question is… Will you be my child? John 1:12-13 I am waiting for you. Luke 15:11-32

Announcements and Stuff

Adult Sunday School Bible Study

Pastor Gary will be leading an Adult Sunday School Bible Study starting Sunday April 15th and continuing for five weeks ending on May 13th. We will be looking at the book of Hebrew with special emphasis on how it affirms so much of the Old and New Testament. Class will run from 9:30 – 10:15 am.

Holy Week Schedule

Thursday, March 29, 2018
6:30 pm – Holy Thursday Service at Whitehall Campus of Montague UMC
Friday, March 30, 2018
2:00 pm – Good Friday Service at CUMC
Sunday, April 1, 2018 – Easter Sunday
9:30 am – Early Gathering
9:45 am – Breakfast Served
10:30 am – Easter Celebration

CLAYBANKS CAMP COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES THE EVENT
WE HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR:
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!! 😊

Nigerian Well Project Update

To date we have earned $2,653.25, close to half the money for the well. 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. At that time, we hope to have 100% of the total needed and be able to purchase the well by November 1st.

Up Coming Fundraising Events
• The month of March – Used Book Sale
• Now until September 30–Pop can Drive
• April 15th–Pancake Breakfast (fundraiser to help send our youth to camp)
• May 20th – Grilled Hot Dog and Hamburger Luncheon
• June 10th – Salad Bar Luncheon
• July – Ice Cream Sundae Bar

Pop Can Drive

As another way to collect for our Nigerian Well Project, we will be collecting returnable pop cans. We have set a container by the “Well” table in the fellowship hall. We also have a large box in the back classroom for larger donations. What an easy way to donate to a worthy cause without using your cash! PLUS, just think, you don’t have to remember to take them to the store yourself! 😊 (We ask, please, that you rinse all cans so the church doesn’t get too stinky!)

Church Cleanup

It’s that time of year again when we gather together to clean-up the yard at the church. We will be meeting on April 19th at approx. 4:00 pm. The silver lining to this is, as usual, there will be a hot dog roast afterward. So, mark your calendars, get rested up and join us. You will want to bring your yard-working tools and your own hotdogs, etc.

Nursery Schedule

4/1 – Kathy Ohman
4/8 – Joyce Twiss
4/15 – Doris Graham
4/22 – Liz Grossman
4/29 – Edith Bogart

Ad Council Notes

It has been agreed that our church needs a better means of communication between the Ad Council and the congregation. For that reason, we will begin printing the highlights of the meetings in the newsletters.

March Ad Council Meeting
• Gary has signed up some folks to be a part of the training program “Active Shooter Prevention”. This will be sometime in May.
• Family Promise has been going well. We will continue to provide and serve a meal to the homeless 4 times per year.
• 8 youth are signed up for camp. The registration fee for all 8 have been paid. Kathy was able to get $800 in scholarships and $200 in rebates to help with this.
• There will be a Bible study starting April 15-May 20 on Hebrews.
• It was agreed to purchase a gas grill for the church. It will be used for our May hot dog/hamburger luncheon and be available for other events as well.
• The purchase of a 24 ft. extension ladder for church use was requested by the Trustees and was granted.

Glorious Morning

Over the hillside, the sunrise is coming. Gentle and warm
It wakes up the day.
Reflecting His light for Jesus has risen. Heaven and earth now join in the praise! Those who have seen Him now are believers,
And we who now by believing have seen. Lifting our voices in one mighty chorus, Jesus is Lord and Savior and King
Glorious morning Jesus is risen!
No tomb could hold Him,
No stone could seal.
Glorious morning, the world has a Savior! He is alive and His truth is revealed.

Eternity’s war fought through the ages Comes to an end at Calvary’s cross
And the tomb now is empty
Light shatters the darkness
Night that seemed endless gives way to the dawn
Oh! Glorious morning Jesus is risen!
No tomb could hold Him.
No stone could seal.
Glorious morning the world has a Savior! He is alive and His truth is revealed. Glorious morning Jesus is risen!

No tomb could hold Him
No stone could seal
Glorious morning the world has a Savior! He is alive and His truth is revealed. Glorious morning!!

Submitted by June Freeman

Was It a Morning Like This.

Was it a morning like this?
When the Son still hid from Jerusalem
And Mary rose from her bed
To tend to the Lord she thought was dead

Was it a morning like this?
When Mary walked down from Jerusalem
And two angels stood at the tomb
Bearers of news she would hear soon

Did the grass sing?
Did the earth rejoice to feel You again?

Over and over like a trumpet underground
Did the earth seem to pound, “He is risen!”
Over and over in a never-ending round
“He is risen, hallelujah, hallelujah!”

Was it a morning like this?
When Peter and John ran from Jerusalem
And as they raced towards the tomb
Beneath their feet was there a tune?

Did the grass sing?
Did the earth rejoice to feel You again?
Over and over like a trumpet underground
Did the earth seem to pound, “He is risen!”
Over and over in a never-ending round
“He is risen, hallelujah, hallelujah!”

Over and over like a trumpet underground
Did the earth seem to pound, “He is risen!”

Was it a morning like this?
When my Lord looked out on Jerusalem.
He is risen!
Hallelujah, hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Submitted by June Freeman

Upcoming Worship Schedule

April 1st – Acts 10:34-43 / John 20:1-18
“He Chose to Give Us Victory”
Easter Sunday

April 8th – Acts 4:32-35 / John 20:19-31
“Peace Be With You!”
Second Sunday of Easter/Holy Humor Sunday

April 15th – Psalm 4 / Galatians 5:22-26
“Three Simple Rules”
Third Sunday of Easter

April 22nd – Acts 4:5-12 / 1 John 3:16-24 / John 10:11-18
“Good Shepherd”
Fourth Sunday of Easter

April 29th – Psalm 22:25-31 / 1 John 4:7-21
“God Is Love”
Fifth Sunday of Easter