Submitted by Cinda Moulds
We now have 2 online connections available to help keep us in touch with each other and to be aware of church news and events. One is our church website which can be found at: https://claybanksunitedmethodist.com/.
The other is our private group on Facebook. If you do a Facebook search for Claybanks Methodist Church Family, you will see a place to request to join the group. Please take a minute to read through the suggestions of use for this group.
Hopefully, you will utilize these ‘new-fangled’ ways of communication, but just as important, don’t forget to keep in touch with our members who don’t use the internet.
Needs and General Updates
From Pastor Gary
Communications – if you have email and we do not have it listed in our 2020 Directory it would help us in our communications to you if you would email pastor Gary at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will need to do some planning for the first few Sundays when we are able to come back together. We will need liturgists and additional greeters to help George Brown. Please email Pastor Gary if you will assist: email@example.com.
Devotional – If you are unable to get to church and pick up your Upper Room Devotional for May-June you can visit: http://www.upperroom.org for an online copy or Pastor Gary can mail one to you. Give him a call at 231-869-3373.
Michigan Annual Conference scheduled for the end of May has been postponed and no date has been selected.
The General Conference for the United Methodist Church (Meeting of all the Methodist Churches for the world) scheduled for May in Minneapolis has been rescheduled for the beginning of September 2021.
I encourage you to visit these websites to see what is happening:
Claybanks UMC – claybanksunitedmethodist.com
Mid-Michigan UMC District – midmichigan.michiganumc.org
Michigan Conference UMC-michiganumc.org
Nursery Schedule (when we meet again)
May 3 Joyce Twiss
May 10 Doris Graham
May 17 Carol Adams
May 24 Cheryl Gaultney
May 31 June Freeman
Submitted by June Freeman, Missions
COVID-19 presents challenges to every person and community, but some are less prepared than others. As restrictions limiting employment, economic activity, and physical gathering have spread around the world, communities which live at subsistence levels have no safety net and their governments have little capacity to respond to the challenges.
In recent weeks, the UMC and Wesleyan Covenant Association has received desperate requests for assistance for pastors serving in Africa and the Philippines whose churches, like so many around the world, have not met for several weeks. These churches likely will not be meeting for a season. These pastors as well as their people, because of the financial impact of quarantines, are immediately dealing with food insecurity.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has established the COVID-19 response fund for the purpose of responding to the challenges presented by this pandemic. This fund will equip partners around the world to assist the most vulnerable populations. Grants from the fund will be disbursed quickly and efficiently to address health concerns, food insecurity, water and hygiene limitations, and other pressing needs.
The UMC and WCA encourages you and your churches to respond to meet these pressing needs by making a gift to the UMCOR COVID-19 response fund. Your gift will be a tangible expression of the love Christ has for the most vulnerable who do not have a safety net and need compassion and care as a result of the pandemic.
Jacks’ son Joel informed us that Jack passed away on March 29, 2020.
We send our heartfelt condolences to the Townsend family.
Please note in your church directory that Pat Bagley now resides in Apt. 303 instead of Apt 208. Everything else in her address is correct.
A Public Health Moment
Help stop the spread of any virus:
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Eat and sleep separately from your family members
• Use different utensils and dishes
• Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hand.
• If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.
• Follow social distancing (6 ft)
Lower your risk:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• If you are 60 or over and have an underlying health condition such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or respiratory illnesses like asthma or COPD, the World Health Organization advises you to try to avoid crowds or places where you might interact with people who are sick.
Happy Mother’s Day
by Margaret Widdener (1884-1978)
She always leaned to watch for us,
Anxious if we were late,
In winter by the window,
In summer by the gate.
And though we mocked her tenderly,
Who had such foolish care,
The long way home would seem more safe
Because she waited there.
Her thoughts were all so full of us,
She never could forget!
And so I think that where she is
She must be watching yet.
Waiting till we come home to her,
Anxious if we are late,
Watching from Heaven’s window,
Leaning on Heaven’s gate.