Monthly Archives: September 2019

October 6th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
September 29, 2019 10:30 a.m.
*Indicates to stand as you are able
World Communion Sunday

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song “Standing on the Promises” v.1 UMH #374

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

Leader: ​Today we gather around God’s table from near and far.
All:​​ We are the People of God!
Leader: ​Though we differ in language, custom and tradition
All:​​ We are sisters and brothers in Christ!
Leader: ​For there is one Lord, one faith and one baptism
All: ​​We are One in God’s Spirit!
Leader: ​We are one and together we remember our Lord Jesus
All: ​​For we are the people of Redemption!
Leader: ​He gave himself up for us, so we could be reconciled to God.
All: ​​Come, let us worship the God of our Salvation!

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer ​​

*Hymn “God of Grace and God of Glory” v. 1-4 UMH #577

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. Shalom Sunday.

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology UMH #95

Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn “I Come with Joy” v.1-3 UMH#617

Sharing The Word

First Reading: ​​​2 Timothy 1:1-14 page 966
Second Reading: ​​​1 Corinthians 11:23-32 page933

Message: Coming Together For World Communion Sunday
Pastor Gary

Words of Assurance

The Great Thanksgiving

Prayer

*Hymn “Savior, Again to Thy Dear Name” v.1+3 UMH#663

Benediction

Calendar and Announcements

Sunday October 6, 2019
9:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Youth Sunday School
10:30 a.m. – Worship: Communion
Sunday October 13, 2019
9:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Youth Sunday School
10:30 a.m. – Worship:

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

Liturgist: Konnie Grant
Nursery: Kathy Ohman
Ministers​: All People As We Live the Good News

Pastor’s Ponderings

I am writing this message on the Monday following Sunday, September 22nd when we as a church community gathered together following worship for a delicious meal prepared for us as by congregation members. Following the meal we moved into the sanctuary where our Safety Preparedness Plan developed by our Trustees was communicated in detail to our congregation. The plan was well accepted and a number of good suggestions were made by those in attendance to enhance the effectiveness of being prepared for a wide variety of different emergency situations that could happen within or around our church.

We dealt with how we could respond to medical emergencies using our new larger First-aid Kit and our AED. We looked at how we can safely respond when weather threatens our gatherings. We have always been prepared for the possibility of a fire in our church and have added additional fire extinguishers for safety. Edie Bogart modeled very dramatically for us how to properly use our fire extingishers. The acronym PASS is a good reminder that we when possible we can use our fire extinguishers to fight a fire. P is for Pull the pin. A is for AIM the chemical hose at the fire base. The first S is for SQUEEZE the handle and the second S is to SWEEP the chemical hose of the fire extinguisher back and forth at the base of the fire not at the top of the flames. We also reviewed our evacuation plan should a fire start in any part of our facilities. We discussed the possibilities of incidents happening outside the church on our property and on 56th Avenue. We looked at what we would do if we lost electricity and the emergency lighting that is available to us so that we might safely move in or exit the building. It was noted that an assembly area for all after exiting the building would be the far portion of the parking lot to the south. We request that all remain there until all can be accounted for. In the last part of our plan we looked at how we could keep our members or anyone using our facilities safer if disruptive individuals or violent intruders would come onto our property or enter our church with the intent to do harm.

In all cases of emergencies we must be ready to contact 911 with either our church phone or a cell phone. An important part of contacting emergency services is being able to tell them that we are at Claybanks United Methodist Church at 9197 56th Ave in Oceana County. After giving our location we are to give the reason for our call and answer any questions asked of us as best we are able.

An important part of any emergency is to remain as calm as possible and continue to be in prayer. When we as a church community are willing to change and adopt to who we are in response to the world around us we are doing what John Wesley the founder of Methodism has commanded of us: do good, do no harm and stay in love with God. Our Safety Preparedness Plan show we care about God’s People.
Pastor Gary

Announcements and Stuff

THANK YOU

A huge thank you for the congregation’s support of the Ragnar Relay. This is our fourth year. We have wonderful volunteers on site every year. Lots of help making Cookies and Coffee for the runners. This is definitely an important public relations mission for us. Additionally the funds we receive will go to support youth camp scholarships.

Nursery Schedule for October

10/6 ​​Kathy Ohman
10/13 ​​Joyce Twiss
10/20 ​​Doris Graham
10/27 ​​Carol Adams

Upcoming Worship Schedule

October 6, 2019
World Communion Sunday
2 Timothy 1:1-14 / 1 Corinthians 11:23-32
Coming Together For World Communion Sunday

October 13, 2019
Psalm 66:1-12 / Luke 17:11-19
Give Praise To God In All That You Do!

October 20, 2019
2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 / Luke 18:1-8
Persistence Is the Key

October 27, 2019
Communion Sunday/ Reformation Sunday
Joel 2:23-32 / 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
God Cares

September 22 Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
September 22, 2019 10:30 a.m.
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song “Seek Ye First” v.1,2 UMH #405

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

Leader: ​Cry out to the Lord, for God hears our pleas.
All:​May our heads be springs of water and our eyes fountains of tears, for God answers the cries of the suffering.
Leader: ​Put your faith in God, our great physician.
All: ​We will reach out for the balm of Gilead, for God soothes the sorrows of the faithful.
Leader: ​Call upon the Lord, for God hears our pleas.
All: ​​We will enter God’s gates with hope and gladness.
Leader: ​Come, worship the one who hears our pleas.

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer ​​ Affirmation From Romans UMH#887

*Hymn “There Is a Balm in Gilead” UMH #375

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 “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind” UMH#358

Sharing The Word

First Reading: ​​​​1 Timothy 2:1-7 page 963
*Gospel Reading: ​​​Luke 16:1-13 page 851

Message: Working Your Way Up​ Pastor Gary

Prayer

*Hymn “This is My Song” v.1,2,3 UMH#437

Benediction

Calendar and Announcements

Sunday September 22, 2019
9:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Youth Sunday School
10:30 a.m. – Worship: Lunch and emergency plan immediately after service
Sunday September 29, 2019
10:30 a.m. – Worship: Shalom Sunday
Sunday October 6, 2019
9:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Youth Sunday School
10:30 a.m. – Worship: Communion

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

Pianist​​​​ ​ Suzanne Bellrichard
Liturgist Kelly White
Nursery Carol Adams
Ministers​ All People As We Live the Good New

September 8 Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
September 8, 2019 10:30 a.m.
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song “Spirit of the Living God” UMH #393

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

Leader: ​O Lord, you have searched me you know me.
All: ​You know when I sit down and when I rise. You discern my thoughts from far away.
Leader:​ I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
All:​​ Wonderful are your works. This I know very well.
Leader: ​With all your children,
All:​​ I will give you thanks and praise!

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “Immortal, Invincible, God Only Wise” UMH #103

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 “In Christ There is No East or West” UMH# 548

Sharing of the Word

Old Testament Reading:​​ Jeremiah 18:1-11 ​page 629
New Testament Reading:​​ Philemon 1:1-21 ​page 970

Message: The Potter’s Hands Pastor Gary

Prayer

*Hymn “Wonderful Words of Life” UMH#600

Benediction

Calendar and Announcements

Sunday September 8, 2019
9:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Youth Sunday School
10:30 a.m. – Worship:

Sunday September 15, 2019
9:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Youth Sunday School
10:30 a.m. – Worship: Sean Southwell, Child Evangelism

Sunday September 22, 2019
9:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Youth Sunday School
10:30 a.m. – Worship:

Sunday September 29, 2019
10:30 a.m. – Worship: Shalom Sunday

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

Pianist​​​:​ ​ Suzanne Bellrichard
Liturgist: Art Grumm
Nursery: Kathy Ohman
Ministers: All People As We Live the Good NewS

Pastor’s Ponderings

Learning Is A Lifelong Endeavor

When I was a senior in high school, I had a teacher who told us that education and learning was a lifelong endeavor. Now being a teenager who thought he knew most everything I could see finishing high school and then following four years of college. I would complete a 16 year plus learning experience, and I would know most everything. Little did I understand what additional learning experiences were in store for me throughout my life’s journey.

Following college and going to work for the YMCA, I was required to attend a number of weeklong YMCA training experiences. On a pretty regular basis for all the different positions I held in the workforce training events were quite regular. I also recognize that as the world would continue to change I needed to keep up with the changing world and learning about new things would keep me engaged in the world around me.
For me additional formal education became a very beneficial part of the learning experience. Over the many years in the workforce, I have come to recognize that a Master’s degree in Management and the Course Of Study I was required to participate in to become a united Methodist Pastor not only gave me knowledge but trained me to be more effective in what I was required to do in the workforce and in my service to God.

God has commanded us to grow. Not just in our walk with Him which is very important but also as we relate to each other. I remember my first Adult Sunday School Class, my first Disciple Bible Study and how they had a very spiritual and yes knowledgeable effect on me. From those experiences I am committed to teaching Sunday School and lead other educational opportunities that we have available to us as followers of Jesus Christ who are required to transform the world and make disciples for Jesus.

As your pastor I continue in retirement to avail myself to additional learning experiences. Whether it be annually attending Pastor’s School, leadership development for churches, family systems or any of a number of different educational opportunities that are offered to us as clergy or as United Methodist congregations.

Because learning is a lifelong experience, this September I challenge you to become a part of two learning experiences that we will offer at Claybanks United Methodist Church. The first is participating in the Emergency Action Plan sharing that will be offered following worship on Sunday, September 22nd. The second learning experience that will start in September and go through May is an Adult Sunday School Disciple Bible study “Fast Track” which will be offered in two sessions each 12 weeks in length. Each of these learning experiences will help us grow as individuals and as a church. Stay engaged and continue to learn and grow!

Pastor Gary