Daily Archives: October 2, 2020

October 4 Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
October 4, 2020  10:30 a.m.
World Communion Sunday

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Welcome and Announcements

Praise Song: “How Great Thou Art”


Call to Worship ( = stand as you are able)
Leader: The heavens are telling the glory of God.
All: The skies proclaim the work of God’s hands.
Leader: Day and night return endlessly, showing God’s steadfast love.
All: The sun shines upon the earth, reflecting God’s light.
Leader: The law of God is perfect, reviving the soul.
All: The decrees of God bring wisdom, making wise the pure of heart.
Leader: The heavens are telling the glory of God.
All: The skies proclaim the work of God’s hands.
Leader: Come! Let us worship the living God.

*Gloria Patri

Opening Prayer

Hymn: “This Is My Song”

World Communion Sunday

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

Prayer of Dedication

Hymn: “There Is a Balm in Gilead”

Sharing the Word
Old Testament Reading: Psalm 19
*Gospel Reading: Matthew 21:33-46

Message: Do We Hold Our Preachers to a High Level? Pastor Gary

The Great Thanksgiving


Hymn: “I Come with Joy”



Calendar and Announcements
Today, October 4, ……………..World Communion Sunday
Thursday, October 15, 1:00pm………………..UMW Meets
Sunday, October 18, 10:30am…………………Laity Sunday
Sunday, October 18, 9:30am….Adult Sunday School begins
Tuesday, October 20, 7pm……………………Ad Council??

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

Pianist: Suzanne Bellrichard
Liturgist: Reba Peterson
Ministers: All People As We Live the Good News

Pastor’s Ponderings


Pastor’s Message

I am my Brother’s (Sister’s) Keeper. (Genesis 4:9)
Love one another (1 Thessalonians 4:9)
Every so often I as your pastor must take
and use my pastor role to lead my
congregation in what at times can be a
very difficult position. I realize this writing
might be difficult for some who will be
offended but I must do this to meet my
promises made when I became a pastor for
the United Methodist Church, and I was
given a congregation to shepherd.

I along with many others feel that our
country has not done our best in keeping
Covid-19 under control. I know these
figures that I will use are only one source
from many, but they are generally the
middle of the road.

As I write this we have gone beyond the
200,000 count in loss of life in the United
States. My heart is in sorrow, my feelings
are heavy. I reach out to all who have lost
a loved one, family or friend. These lives
are not just numbers but God’s creation
with lives that have ended all too soon. All
of them beautiful lives lost long before
they should have been ended.

The United States has 4% of the world’s
population. We have experienced 21% of
the world’s death from Covid-19. While
our main focus is on the United States, the
world is hurting too with the loss of life.
The United States has arguably more
resources than any other country in the
world, yet we have fallen short in using
what we have been given by God to the
fullest for the good of all. When great and
tragic things happen in our country or the
world, the United States has been looked
to and has been a leader to overcome and
bring all we have to bear to end the bad
that has tried to overtake humankind.

We have been told to: Wash our hands
frequently, use social/safe distances and to
wear face coverings. I have been very
disappointed that we have resisted for
whatever personal reasons and that only
60% of our population wears face
coverings with continued focus and good
intent. It is not always easy to have a
covering at the ready, but it has to become
a habit. This health solution if done by
90% of our population will save by
estimates 115,000 lives by the end of the
year. If not done or if we stay at or fall
behind in face covering usage we will very
possibly double the loss of life in just a few
months bring the total to 378,000 deaths
in our country by January 1, 2021.
This is not a political issue – it is a moral
responsibility. We are not giving up our
rights – we are taking responsibility and
giving consideration to others because we
love as Jesus instructed us to do.

The United Methodist Church has for most
of our existence supported many different
social issues and the care of our sisters and
brothers health is ours to care for. We are
to make their health the most important
thing we can do for them right now and
until we have a vaccine for all and we as a
country and a world can return to a more
normal existence and way of life. Do no
harm, do good and pray as you stay in love
with God. John Wesley our founder
encouraged us to do all that we can for all
we can.

Stay healthy and in good spirits!

Pastor Gary

Announcements and Stuff

Claybanks Updates
We have an FM Radio Transmitter for those who would like to be a part of worship yet do not feel quite ready to move into the building. Within 100 yards our church, worship will be able to be received on your car FM Radio at 103.9. During these uncertain times, your Claybanks UM Church is striving to meet as many needs as possible for our friends and family.

On October 18th Claybanks UMC will celebrate Laity Sunday by using our great laity leadership to conduct our worship service. We have needs in these areas for worship on that Sunday: Those willing to give a short 3-5-minute witness of how God has been active in their life. Person(s) willing to lead us in prayer during our prayer time in worship. Please contact Pastor Gary if you are willing to serve. Assistance is available in performing these needs for our worship from Pastor Gary.

All Saints Day will be recognized on Sunday November 1st. If you have a memory of someone and would like their name read during worship, please forward their name to Pastor Gary.

On Sunday November 22nd we will be looking at Matthew 25:31-46 and our Message will be “We Are A Food Bank”. To recognize the giving season of Thanksgiving and Advent we will be collecting food and financial donations for our local food bank programs. During the preceding weeks you are encourages to bring non-perishable food items to be placed in our food collection or you may mark your special giving donation with “Food Bank” and place them in our donation plate as you enter the sanctuary.

During 2020 Claybanks UMC has designated Love, In The Name Of Christ (Love, INC)as our “Special Mission”. There are a number of needs that Love, INC. has requested assistance with as they have moved into new Headquarters across the street from their Mission Store. If you are willing and available to assist, you can access a list of some of their needs by visiting their website and clicking on “New Office Project” tab. Some listed are material needs and others are work project needs.

Adult Bible Study will resume on October 18th meeting in Fellowship Hall at 9:30 am. We will pick up where we left off back in March with – lesson number 8 Sound Teaching For Faithfull Living in The New Testament Study of Disciple Fast Track. Starting on Sunday November 22nd we will begin an Advent Series that will take us through Advent.

Cleaning of the Church – we would like to begin in October a sharing of the cleaning duties for the upkeep of the church. You will find a sign–up sheet in the entryway just prior to entering the sanctuary. Jobs have been divided up so that many can be involved with small projects:

Fellowship Hall
Bathroom/office area
Kitchen and Pantry
Northside classrooms
Southside classrooms and hall
Please pray and fully consider where you can be of assistance.

United Methodist Women
The UMW held a short meeting the third Thursday in September.  We discussed how to contribute to laity Sunday which is coming up soon.  Pastor Gary will be helping us with this!  We would like to present the bibles to our graduates on that Sunday. We will meet again in October even if there is little to discuss but we will always do a prayer or two and have a devotional message which often is of a humorous vein!

Please have your order for Rada in by Wednesday, October 28th!!

Upcoming Worship Schedule

October 4th / Psalm 19
Matthew 21:33-46
World Communion Sunday
Do We Hold our Preachers to a High Level?

October 11th
Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23 / Matthew 22:1-14
How Many is Too Many?

October 18th – TBD
Laity Sunday – TBD

October 25th
Deuteronomy 34:1-12 / Matthew 22:34-46
Reformation Sunday
Ten Down to Two