Monthly Archives: August 2018

Pastor’s Ponderings

As Christians and as Methodists we are sometimes criticized by others and ourselves as being too serious and not always taking the time to recognize the humor in life, to laugh and to smile. This message is written for the lighter side to find encouragement and usefulness. I thank Frank and Larry Gamby old friends from Fennville for passing on the “Missouri Chigger” for the background of this message.

Food for Thought:
There is no need to fear the wind if your haystacks are tied down.
Wisdom is the comb given to a man after he has lost his hair.
Three best things to have plenty of – sunshine, wisdom and generosity.
Everyone lays a burden on the willing horse.
Why should we go to church and encourage those Christians who say to us that, “I am a Christian but don’t need to attend church”?
A church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to Church every Sunday. “I have gone to church for 30 years now,” he wrote, “And I have heard about fifteen hundred sermons. But for the life of me I cannot remember much about any particular one. So I think that I am wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.”

This started a real controversy in the letters to the editor section much to the delight of many. The discussion and letter writing went on for a number of weeks until one letter brought the discussion to a halt.

The writer wrote: “I have been married for thirty years now. In that time my wife and I have cooked and consumed some thirty thousand meals. But for the life of me, I cannot remember the entire menu for a specific one of those meals. But I know this…They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my labor each day. If my wife or I had not consumed these meals, we would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!”
When you are DOWN to nothing ..God is UP to something! Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible! Thank God for
our physical and our spiritual nourishment!

Thank you, Robert McPheeters for sharing your great insight so that we might be able share this important concept with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

As we approach the end of summer it is my prayer and I ask the church parish to continue to pray that we extend a hand and welcome for those who seek spiritual feeding and know that Jesus went to the cross not only for all of us, He would have done it even if we were only one lost sheep. It is in His resurrection that we can know the love of God for each of us, His “Children.” This love will bring us together for eternity.

Pastor Gary


Announcements and Stuff

“Canvas and Giggles”
Save the date of Saturday, Oct 13th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Diane Hicks and Edith Brown are hosting a “canvas and brown bag lunch” for all who are interested. This should be lots of fun and best of all, there’s no talent needed, anyone is welcome! Please bring a jar to rinse brushes, spray bottle, and your own brushes if you have them as well as your own brown bag lunch. Canvas, paints and brushes will be provided. Cost will be $10. RSVP to Reba at 321-869-3373 or 616-901-7002.

Fall Adult Sunday School
Adult Sunday School will begin on Sunday September 9th at 9:30 am with our youth as they return to Christian Study. Our Adult Class will pick up where we left off late last spring in Hebrews. We will begin by reviewing Chapter 8 and continuing through chapter 9. Class will run for about six weeks. We will take a short break and then begin an Advent Series: Faithful – Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph. This study is the newest study developed by Adam Hamilton for our 2018 Advent Season and includes outside reading, a short DVD presentation each week with class discussion. All are welcome to participate in both studies as they are available.

Youth Sunday School Beginning
Mechelle Schneider has graciously agreed to fulfill the position of Superintendent of Children’s Education. She will also be teaching the upper elementary/high school children while Karissa Pease will continue to teach the elementary children. Sunday School will begin on September 9th at 9:45 am with song time with Megan followed by classroom studies starting at 10 am. If you know of a child not already affiliated with a church, please invite them to join in the fun. CUMC would love to plant as many seeds in as many children as possible. After the seeds are planted, God will nourish them in His time.

Calendar for Worship and Adult Study
Fall 2018-Spring 2019
Sunday School Begins September 9 for Youth and Adults
Adult Bible Study September 9 – October 21 or 28 – Hebrews continuation from spring study
November 18 – December 9 Advent Study “Faithful-Christmas Through the Eyes Of Joseph”
Blue Christmas December 16
Christmas Eve Service Monday December 24
Adult Bible Study January 13 – February 17 or 24 (Scripture yet to be determined)
Ash Wednesday Service March 6
Lenten Study March 3 (four to five sessions) ending on April 14 (Series possibilities: Living as United Methodist Christians, The Way, or Our Faith Promise)
Palm Sunday April 14 – “The Cultural World of The Prophets”
Holy Thursday April 18 – Combined service with Montague UMC
Good Friday April 19 – Service Remembrance, “At Noon on Friday”
Easter Sunday April 21
May 5 – June 2 or 9 Spring Bible Study (Scripture yet to be determined)

Mark Your Calendars!
The New Era Christian School Fundraising Auction will be Saturday, October 20! Get ready to bid on great items and services donated by area business and supporters as you enjoy an evening of fellowship, food and fun! As part of this year’s auction theme, NECS Art Prize, art work done by students will be on displayed and up for bid! The silent auction is from 5:00-6:15 p.m. with the live auction starting at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be available from 5:00-7:00 p.m. All proceeds directly benefit New Era Christian School. If you have questions or would like to make a donation, please contact event chairs Val Vincent at ( or 231-329-2292) or Katie Bultema (231-206-0018). You can also obtain information through the school office at 861-5450.

Nursery Schedule
9/2 – Kathy Ohman
9/9 – Joyce Twiss
9/16 – Doris Graham
9/23 – Edith Bogart
9/30 – Carol Adams

Upcoming Worship Schedule

9/2 – Song of Solomon 2:8-13 / Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
“Children Wash Your Hands”
Labor Day Weekend

9/9 – Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 / James 2:1-10, 11-17
“Even Today We Still Discriminate”
Sunday School Begins

9/16 – Psalm 19 / Mark 8:27-38
“Jesus Commands That We take the Cross and Follow Him”

9/23 – Proverbs 31:10-31 / Mark 9:30-37
“But I Want to Be First!”

9/30 – Open – Yet to be determined
Looking for y our suggestions!