Daily Archives: December 2, 2019

Pastor’s Ponderings

We need your help!

A few years ago Claybanks United Methodist Church was blessed by the Munson family when they donated a home and property to our church. Two years ago the church sold the property and received a substantial amount of revenue from it. The church Administrative Council along with the recommendation of the Finance Committee invested the proceeds from the sale of the property in two ways. The first use was to make donations to Child Evangelism Fellowship which the Munson family was committed to supporting financially over the years. We also used some of the proceeds from the sale to buy second well in Nigeria. The rest of the proceeds from the sale were invested in the United Methodist Foundation Fund for Methodist Churches. Over the past two years we have seen a significant return on our investment from the fund. When the church council decided to invest these funds it was with the intent of taking a portion of the investments earned and to use by making investments in our community through gifts and grants to organizations that work to improve life and lives in our community.

We have come to a position now where we would like to have your input as to where we might invest in our community through grants and donations. We would like you to tell us as to where you might suggest we could place some of this investment income. To date we have investigated two possibilities and are looking to meet other needs in our community. Our two possibilities thus far are supporting families in crisis through Love In The Name Of Christ and supporting children and families in need through referrals from the Montague Public School. Our administrative Council believes that these are two important needs in our community yet we are hopeful that you as individuals and a congregation know of other important mission projects within our community.

We would ask you to refer possibilities to any of our Administrative Council Representatives. The more information, details and contacts that you can provide us will very much help us in our process of determining needs and responding to them. Should the financial growth that we have seen over the past two years continue we believe that we will be in a position to continue to look at and assist in a number of areas in our community. The Claybanks United Methodist Church has been blessed and we are committed to be a blessing to others.
May you, our church and our community have a blessed Christmas Season.

Pastor Gary

Announcements and Stuff

Advent and Holiday Schedule

Society of St. Andrew Devotional Booklets are available in Fellowship Hall for our Advent Season Study which beginning on Sunday December 1st.

Disciple Adult Sunday School will continue with Old Testament Study through Sunday December 22nd.

On Sunday December 8th at 2:30 we will be Caroling at the SKLD Whitehall Care Facility.

A Blue Christmas Worship will be held on Thursday December 19th at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary.

Our traditional Christmas Eve Worship Service will be celebrated at Claybanks UMC on Tuesday evening December 24th at 6:00 pm.

Sunday School will not meet on the Sundays of December 29th and January 5th.

From the Missions Team

Here is the Food Pantry we are now working with. If you are interested in volunteering, please see below!! Missions Committee-Claybanks
Trinity Lutheran Church Community Food Pantry
5631 W. Stony Lake Rd., New Era, MI 49446
231.861.4059 tlccommunityfoodpantry@gmail.com
Contact: Sandy Barber, coordinator

Opportunities to Volunteer
Saturday morning, pantry open twice a month: There are 4 teams that rotate, one team comes every 8 weeks. Pantry opens to clients @ 9:30am, volunteers arrive earlier. About 3 hrs. work. Team leader – 1, Team members – 5 to 6

Thursday afternoon/evening restock twice a month: There are 4 teams that rotate, one team comes every 8 weeks. Start 7 pm, though one team does meet at 4 pm. About 1 to 1 ½ hrs. work. Team leader – 1, Team members – 4 to 5

Milk Transportation: Transport milk Saturday am before pantry opening, return milk crates. Requires truck/minivan or trailer that can handle 36 cases of milk to/from Country Dairy. **physical** 2 teams, 2 volunteers each, alternate pickups, therefore, help once a month.

Bread Transportation: Transport bread on Thursday or Friday prior to Saturday pantry. Requires truck/minivan trailer that can handle +/- 30 cases of bread from Muskegon. **physical** 2 teams, 1 – 2 volunteers each, alternate pickups, therefore, help once a month.

Unloading Delivery Truck: Feeding America truck delivers food for pantries every other Thursday, @10:30 am. Assist with moving food into the pantry – into freezers and refrigerators, and basement storage as needed. 2 teams, 4 volunteers each, alternate unloads, therefore help once a month for about 2 hrs. **physical**

On call Volunteers: for local food pickup. This is usually short advance notice, and may or may not a truck/minivan or trailer. Time involved variable, 1-2 volunteers.

Substitutes: for Thursday restock or Saturday pantry. May be called to fill in for regular team member who cannot be there that day. 8 – 10 volunteers on the list. Contact us to be part of this wonderful ministry.

United Methodist Women

Joyful, Joyful we adore thee————-!
Oh my, it is that wonderful, joyful, stressful, anxious but hopefully a most happy time of the year.

We ladies of Claybanks UMW had a grand time decorating the sanctuary and fellowship hall to inspire the congregation on the first Sunday of Advent and throughout the holiday season. We are to happily greet the birth of Jesus no matter what circumstances impact our lives with a sense that He holds us up through the joy of his birth.

This is the month the UMW shares our funds with the organizations we have chosen to help. This year we are adding a financial gift to the White Lake Giving Tree. We also hope to collect warm gloves, mittens, hats or scarfs to help warm those persons that might need something more.

Our UMW will reconvene our regular meetings in March. All church women are welcome! Meanwhile, shalom and Merry Christmas from your UMW!

If you cannot attend on your scheduled day please trade with someone on the list.
The nursery should be limited to children 5 years old and under.

Dec 1 ​Liz Grossman
Dec 8 ​ June Freeman
Dec 15​ Kathy Ohman
Dec 22​ Joyce Twiss
Dec 29 ​Doris Graham

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Upcoming Worship Schedule

December 1, 2019 – First Sunday In Advent/ Communion
Isaiah 2:1-5 / Genesis 6:9-22
God’s Grace Is In The Ark

December 8, 2019 – Second Sunday in Advent
Isaiah 11:1-10 / Mathew 3:1-12
Bearing Good Fruit

December 15, 2019 – Third Sunday in Advent
Isaiah 35:1-10 / Luke 1:47-55 / Matthew 11:2-11
God Sent Messengers to Announce the Coming of the Savior

December 19, 2019 – Blue Christmas Service – 7:00 p.m.

December 22, 2019 – Fourth Sunday in Advent
Romans 1:1-7/ Matthew 1:18-25
Mary Becomes Engaged To Joseph

December 24, 2019 – Christmas Eve Service 6:00 p.m.
Christmas Story through Scripture and Music

December 29, 2019
Psalm 148 / Matthew 2:13-23
Protecting Your Family