Daily Archives: September 5, 2019

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


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


*Hymn “Wonderful Words of Life” UMH#600


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

Announcements and Stuff

Adult Sunday School

Several years ago Claybanks UMC offered the Disciple Series as a way to better understanding of God’s Word and of living out God’s desire for us in our daily lives. The Disciple Series is intended to help you touch each book of the Bible in a meaning and understanding way. Since that time an updated Disciple Program call Fast Track has been developed and designed for use as a Sunday School lesson. We at Claybanks UMC will be offering the Fast Track Disciple Study in two parts of twelve Sunday each. The first twelve week session will begin on Sunday September 8th and run through December 8th. The program requires a Disciple Study Manual and working with your Bible Six days a week. This program requires a strong commitment from our participants and leaders. If for any reason you should miss a class the Study Manual will keep you up and going to the next session. Please sign up at our sign up table or let Pastor Gary know if you are interested in being a part of this engaging and blessed study.

Emergency Action Plan

The Trustees for some time now have been working on an Emergency Action plan for Claybanks United Methodist Church. We would like to share it with the congregation on Sunday September 22nd. Following worship we will share a meal together and then and begin our training. We have looked at a number of Emergency possibilities and have come up with what we believe will be appropriate responses for us as a congregation. Please plan to join us as we look to keep one another as safe as possible as we gather together in worship, Sunday School, for meetings and other activities of the church.

A Chance To Be In Mission

We as a church have an opportunity for a new direct contact mission in our community. Love In The Name Of Christ (Love INC.) offers and education and learning program for those they serve. On Monday September 23rd Claybanks United Methodist Church will be serving a meal on their reNEW Program Night which happens at New Era Reform Church. We as a church have joined other churches from our community in hosting a meal for those seeking opportunities in education and learning. We will be providing the main dish and one vegetable dish for the families participating in the renew Program. Participants’ families will be joining with us by providing a side dish or desert. Following our meal together children are cared for in a Biblical program as parents receive education and learning in a number of areas around parenting, family, finances, budgeting and other areas of life. Please talk to June Freeman or Reba Peterson about participating in our new mission for Claybanks UMC.

August UMW Meeting

At the August meeting of the Claybanks UMW, the women discussed the success of the ice cream social. We realized it was so successful that we had to “raid” Cinda’s freezer for more strawberries, send Edie Brown to her freezer for more ice cream, and went into Patsy’s bake sale biscuits for more to finish out the day! Next year we will increase the amounts of these items to reflect the need. We also feel the cost of the berries should come out of the women group coffers to compensate the expense incurred by the strawberry pickers as the berries have become rather expensive. Everything else will still be donated. We served 144 persons the wonderful deserts but most important was the opportunity to engage in community fellowship with neighbors, old friends and new friends from far and wide!
We also have voted to send a donation to MOKA on behalf of Ben Boersema. We also will send our annual check to missions but our other donations to our chosen charities will be sent by the end of this year. Since our Social and bake sale brought in $1111.50, we will be able to better aide the missions we support.

Nursery Schedule

September 1 ​​- Carol Adams
September 8 ​​- Kathy Ohman
September 15 ​​- Joyce Twiss
September 22 ​​- Doris Graham
September 29 ​​- Carol Adams

Upcoming Worship Schedule

Scripture and Messages for September

September 1, 2019
Communion Sunday (Labor Day Weekend)
Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 / Luke 14:1, 7-14
Have You Experienced Angels?

September 8, 2019
Jeremiah 18:1-11 / Philemon 1:1-21
The Potter’s Hands

September 15, 2019
Guest Message by Sean Southwell – Child Evangelism Shoreline Chapter

September 22, 2019
1 Timothy 2:1-7 / Luke 16:1-13
Working Your Way Up

September 29, 2019
Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 / Luke 16:19-31