Monthly Archives: October 2019

Pastor’s Ponderings

Potpourri

By the time you read this newsletter article, Reba and I will be leaving for extended spiritual retreat and vacation. We will be gone for approximately three weeks. The first part of our trip is going to take us to the Ark Encounter and to the Creation Museum. We will then continue to Panama Beach to spend a week with my sister Mary and brother-in-law Tom. Following that week, we will be moving down to just south of Tampa to a the spiritual retreat center “Beside Still Waters” where we will spend approximately one week in a clergy retreat setting. I plan is to do some extensive reading and some preparation for 2020 Scripture and Message topics that I will be present to you. My plan is before the close of 2019 to be able to develop a message from the Creation Story in Genesis. The message or messages will also include Noah and his family and their life in the Ark. Thank you for allowing me to take three Sundays to accomplish all this. The first Sunday I am gone on November 3rd Edie Bogart will be leading our worship at Claybanks UMC. On November 10th Dion Stumpo will be leading our worship service. On Sunday, November 17th Shar Boerema will be presenting a musical Season of Thanksgiving worship service with you.

While I am gone should you need pastoral care Mike Riegler from White Lake United Methodist Church and his wife Anne from Mears/Shelby United Methodist Church will be available to you. I would ask that when possible please co-ordinate the needed pastoral care through Edie Bogart. Edie will stay in contact Mike and will keep me informed.

Just recently Bishop Bard through the Communications Office of the Michigan Conference issued a warning to our Michigan churches concerning email scams that have targeted United Methodist congregations across the US and even more specifically in Michigan. These scams are fraudulent emails very much like other scams where you are asked using a pastor’s name, the conference or bishop requesting that you send gift cards for a specific need. These persons are trying to impersonate and defraud our church members by catching us off guard and responding to the request for immediate need. Please note that any request from our bishop, conference, me as your pastor or the church will be made directly to you in person, during times of worship, when we gather in community and never by emails or phone calls that you cannot be verify. Please be suspicious and be careful that someone may be trying to impersonate our bishop, a clergy person or others from our congregation in leadership positions. Always investigate and by contacting us directly.

Numerous times as your pastor I have been questioned about different religious programming that we receive through television and other kinds of media communication. While I am not one that watches a lot of religious programming, a clergy friend of mine from Pentwater, Father Sam Morrison put together a list of some interesting programs that I will be tuning into during the next couple of months. There are some from his list that I do know of, have appreciated and I would recommend to you. They are “Turning Point” found Monday through Friday at 7 AM and Saturday afternoons at 4 PM. Others are “Driving Through History” Thursday evenings at 9:30 PM and Saturday afternoons at 2 PM and “Hour Of Power Worship” from the Shepherds Grove Church in Garden Grove California. This worship experience is inspirational in worship, music, interviews and messages. If you like Southern Gospel music the “Bill and Gloria Gaither Time” is enjoyable and you will find it on Saturday evenings at 6 PM. These I would recommend to, you and you can find them on the Trinity Broadcast Network. I will be looking at some of the other programs as we look for opportunities that we will find to be good religious viewing in the upcoming months. I will share what I consider good possibilities for us in the following months.

Our Mission’s Committee and we as a church are looking for new possibilities in which we can be involved in serving our community. We are continuing to look for new ways in which to serve many of God’s children. If you know, have come across or believe there is a need that would be good for us as a church community to respond to would you please talk to June Freeman (Chair of Outreach, Missions and Campus Ministry) or any of the other current Mission Committee members. They are: Reba Peterson, Edythe Brown, Carol Royalty, Kelly White, and Patsy Schneider.

Please place on your calendar our Church Charge Conference which will be held on Tuesday, December 3rd at 7 PM here at Claybanks United Methodist Church. It is a very important time for us as a congregation to be in community and to share what has happened during 2019. We will also be sharing as a church community our plans for 2020.

Pastor Gary

Announcements and Stuff

United Methodist Women

The Claybanks United Methodist Women met on October 19th and opened with devotion and prayer. We revisited our plans to add new ways to use our funds in addition to the usual four organizations to which we contribute yearly. The three we are considering are the Oceana Council on Aging, perhaps the Senior Center, and we will look into helping the school hot lunch program with funds to cover lunches unpaid for in any other way.

We also hope to have a Christmas tree set up in the fellowship hall that we can hang donated hats, gloves, mittens and perhaps socks for anyone to take if needed and just before Christmas we could donate them to and organization not determined at this time. Perhaps we can partner with Missions for this venture.

Yes, you read correctly! We are talking about a Christmas tree to load with Christmas donations! When we women next meet as a group, it will be to decorate the church and have pizza!

Missions/Outreach Meeting
Sunday, October 20, 2019
11:45am

1. Our Thanksgiving food gathering will begin next Sunday, October 27 and the congregation was invited to bring canned and boxed goods, or if they’d rather, a gift of money is always appreciated. This will run for three weeks ending Sunday November 10th. We will be taking the food/money collected to Trinity Lutheran Church on Stony Lake Rd, New Era.

2. Christmas carol singing is being planned for the SKLD home (Heartland) for a date in December to be decided between Konnie Grant and the activities director TJ. Mitzi Parsons and Konnie will oversee buying the cookies, and our committee will get the punch. SKLD provides coffee. Hopefully many of our congregation will again show up and sing!

3. Kelly White has been in contact with the people from CEF (Child Evangelism Fellowship) who came to speak with us. She will oversee (along with this committee) setting up a giving tree for Christmas that involves the congregation in buying Bibles for the kids in their Good News Club at CEF. We agreed that 50 Bibles at $6.50 each would be a good donation. A tree with tags will be in Fellowship Hall from November 17 until December 8.

4. The financial secretary reported on our Shalom fund.

Nursery Schedule for November

Nov 3 – Kathy Ohman
10 ​​- Joyce Twiss
17 ​​- Doris Graham
24 ​​- Carol Adams

Upcoming Worship Schedule

November 3 – All Saints Sunday
Edie Bogart Leading Worship
“Saints, Let’s Be One”
Psalm 31:19-24 / Romans 8:26-28 and Ephesians 11:11-15

November 10
Recognition of Veterans Day
Dion Stumpo Leading Worship

November 17
Shar Boerema – Thanksgiving Season Musical Worship Service
Jeremiah 23:1-6 – Luke 23:33-43

November 24
Who Is The Shepherd and Who Is A Sheep Dog

October 27th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
October 27, 2019 10:30 a.m.
*Indicates to stand as you are able
Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song “I Sing the Almighty Power of God” v,1 UMH#152

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: ​The Spirit is here,
All:​​ Bringing vision and hope for our world.
Leader:​ Christ lifts us up,
All: ​​Welcoming us with loving arms.
Leader: ​God showers the earth,
All:​​ Nourishing all creation with grace.
Leader: ​Sense the Spirit moving within and among us.
All: ​​Feel Christ’s presence healing and blessing us.
Leader:​As we gather in worship this day,
All: ​​We receive the showering love of God.

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” v.1-4 UMH #110

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 “Open My Eyes That I May See” v.1-3 UMH# 454

Sharing of the Word

Old Testament Reading: ​​Joel 2:23-32 page 741
Second Reading: ​​​2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 page 968

Message: God Cares Pastor Gary

Words of Assurance

The Great Thanksgiving

Prayer

*Hymn “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” UMH#

Benediction

Calendar and Announcements

Sunday, October 27, 2019
9:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Youth Sunday School
10:30 a.m. – Worship: Shalom Sunday, Communion Sunday
SPRC 2:00 p.m. Hart UMC

Sunday, November 3, 2019 Don’t forget to “fall back”. Turn your clocks back one hour.

Sunday, November 3, 2019
9:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Youth Sunday School
10:30 a.m. – Worship: Edith Bogart

Saturday, November 9th New Era Christian Famous Homemade Apple Pies start at 7am Lynn Ramthun 231.557.2942

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

Pianist​​​​:​ Suzanne Bouchard
Liturgist: Mechelle Schneider
Nursery: Carol Adams
Ministers​: All People As We Live the Good News

October 20th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
October 20, 2019 10:30 a.m.
*Indicates to stand as you are able
Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song “I Will Trust in the Lord” v.1 UMH #464

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: ​Power and might and majesty belong to God who created and is creating.
All: ​​Thanks be to God for God’s mighty wonders.
Leader: ​Like the image of the powerful wind, and heavens as a garment, God’s majesty is revealed in all creation.
All: ​We look around us at the wonders and marvel at the variety and beauty which God has created.
Leader:​ Who are we, that God should pay attention to us?
All: ​We are God’s beloved children, the stewards whom God has selected to care for the world. AMEN

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer ​​

*Hymn “It’s Me, It’s Me, Oh Lord” v. 1-3 UMH #352

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 “O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee” v.1-4 UMH#430

Sharing The Word

First Reading: ​​​ Psalm 66:1-12 page 459
*Gospel Reading: ​​​ Luke 17:11-19 page 852

​​Message: Give Praise To God In All That You Do! Pastor Gary

Prayer

*Hymn “Wonderful Words of Life” v.1-3 UMH#600

Benediction

Calendar and Announcements

Sunday October 20, 2019
9:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Youth Sunday School
10:30 a.m. – Worship:

Sunday October 27, 2019
9:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Youth Sunday School
10:30 a.m. – Worship: Shalom Sunday

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

Pianist​​:​​ ​ Suzanne Bellrichard
Liturgist: Darwin Parsons
Nursery: Doris Graham
Ministers​: All People As We Live the Good News

October 13th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
October 13, 2019 10:30 a.m.
*Indicates to stand as you are able
Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song “God Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens” v.1 UMH #150

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:​ Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all you people!
All: ​With shouts of joy we celebrate the good news of God’s love.
Leader: ​Open your hearts to the warmth of God’s redeeming love.
All: ​​God has poured such wonders into our lives!
Leader: ​Come, let us worship God with hearts and souls and voices!
All: ​Let our praise ring to the rafters and ascend to the heavens! AMEN.

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer ​​

*Hymn “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” v. 1-4 UMH #89

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 “Great is Thy Faithfulness” v.1-3 UMH#140

Sharing The Word

First Reading: ​​2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 ​ pages 967, 968
*Gospel Reading: ​​Luke 18:1-8 page 853

Message: Persistence is the Key Pastor Gary

Prayer

*Hymn “In the Cross of Christ I Glory” v.1-3 UMH#295

Benediction

Calendar and Announcements
Sunday October 13, 2019
9:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Youth Sunday School
10:30 a.m. – Worship:

Sunday October 20, 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 Joyce Twiss
Ministers​ All People As We Live the Good News