Monthly Archives: May 2021

May 30th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church

Sunday, May 30, 2021
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
First Sunday After Pentecost/Trinity Sunday
Memorial Weekend
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song
Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty” ……….UMH 64

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, 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: To see God’s kingdom you must be born from above.
All: We seek your kingdom, Lord.
Leader: To enter God’s kingdom you must be born of water and the Spirit.
All: We seek your kingdom, Lord.
Leader: God sends the Spirit to show us what love is.
All: We seek your kingdom, Lord.
Leader: God sends Jesus to bring us eternal life.
All: May we be led by his Spirit, Lord, and being led, become your children.

*Gloria Patri……………………………………………UMH 70

Opening Prayer

Honoring Memorial Day

*Hymn

We Believe in One True God”………………UMH 85

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time – After prayers, sing the children out to “Jesus Loves Me.  At this time, children under five are welcome to remain in worship or go to the nursery.

Shalom Sunday Offering

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology……………………………………….UMH 95

Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn
”This Is My Father’s World”..…..…….UMH 144

Sharing of the Word
Old Testament Readings
Isaiah 6:1-8…………..…..….Page 553
Psalm 29…………………..……Page 438

Message by Pastor Gary Peterson
”Here I Am”

Prayer

*Hymn
”Here I Am, Lord”……………..UMH 593

Benediction

Postlude – Please be seated

Calendar and Announcements

Sunday,  May 30
9:30 a.m. – Adult Sunday School
10:30 a.m. – Worship
Shalom Sunday
Monday, May 31
Memorial Day
Sunday, June 6
9:30 a.m. – Adult Sunday School
10:30 a.m. – Worship
Return to after-church coffee hour
Sunday, June 13
10:30 a.m. – Worship
Special Remembrance Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church is located at 9197 56th Ave., Montague, MI 49437.  

Our mailing address is P.O Box 104, Montague, MI 49437.

Pastor Gary Peterson can be reached at either 231-869-3373 (Home) or 616-644-5520 (cell). His email address is glpeterson@frontier.com 

Our office telephone is 231-923-0573

Our Office email is ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com 

Look us up on the web at Claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist – Suzanne Bellrichard
Liturgist,  – Edith Bogart
Ministers – All People As We Live The Good News

Letter to the Congregation

Dear Claybanks United Methodist Family

The Claybanks UMC has followed the science and the directions given to us by the CDC, State of Michigan, United Methodist Denomination and Conference concerning Covid-19. We have done a remarkable job as a church that has shown an abundance of care for all as we have controlled the possible spread of Covid-19 within our church by adhering to the recommended protocols.

Because we followed the science when the pandemic began and throughout the past fourteen months we are going to follow the science as we exit the grasp that Covid-19 has had on us. The Worship Team made recommendations to the Administrative Council and with much discussion we have decided that we can safely follow the most recent guidelines issued Thursday May 13th by the CDC and return to many of the normal things we did at Claybanks UMC prior to Covid-19.

It was felt that we need to communicate directly with our church family concerning our actions prior to putting many of the recommendations in place. We will be announcing the many changes before worship during our announcement time, in our June Newsletter and by email so that as many as possible will be prepared as they enter our church building.

The first action we will take is to return to a more normal worship setting with ushers, open seating, more movement by pastor, liturgist and ushers during worship. Starting on Sunday May 30th we will begin to worship together without masks or face coverings for those who wish to do so. We as a Christian organization will place our trust in the honor of each individual in how they choose to worship and attend other activities of the Claybanks UMC. For those with young children please follow the safety guidelines for the age of your children. On Sunday, June 6th we will return to having a Coffee Hour following worship with coffee, juice and cookies. Our intent is to keep our refreshment time simple and safe. Please note that we will continue to have hand sanitizer, face coverings and bacterial wipes throughout the church building.

As we continue to move through June we will make our building available for other activities, groups and meetings requesting that all observe the CDC guidelines that are in place at the time of gatherings. We are prepared to be fluid as the health and safety continues to improve or becomes unsafe once again should the need arises.

We want all to evaluate their own health and safety needs and know that we extend to you “grace” as we continue our return to a more normal way of doing “Church” and gather as a church family. We are grateful for the science and your cooperation. Feel free to contact Pastor Gary or a Council member should you have questions or concerns.

Claybanks United Methodist Church Council, Committees and Pastor Gary

Announcements and Stuff

Nominations
In anticipation of an early Fall Church Conference our Nominations Committee has started their work to fill the 2022 Slate of Committee and Administrative Council representatives.

We are looking, at present, to fill an opening on Administrative Council (Outreach and Mission Chair and Director of Christian Education). Openings on committees includes Trustees, Staff Parish Relations Committee, Nominations and Worship Design Team.

Should you be willing to serve in one or more of these positions or you know someone who would like to serve please contact one of the Nominations Committee members: Kathy Ohman, David Grossman Edythe Brown, Konnie Grant or Pastor Gary.

Special Remembering
Because of Covid-19 we were not able to gather to honor those from our church who passed away during the Pandemic in ways that we traditionally would like to do. We need to celebrate the lives of Helen Cox, Inge Dalbke and Richard Nienhouse and will do so as we gather for worship on Sunday June13th. We will be sharing special moments of their lives and participate in a special liturgy as we speak Words of Grace for lives well lived. Please plan to be with us on this special Sunday of sharing.

Book Mission
Love in The Name of Christ will be collecting Christian books and Bibles on June 29th.  All of the books that can be distributed through the Thrift Store will be available on their store shelves. The extra books will be sent to Mission Cry in Fowlerville, Michigan who will send the donated books around the world. If you have Christian books that you would want to donate; bring them to Claybanks UMC on or before June 27th and place them in containers provided in the Fellowship Hall and we will see that they are taken to Love INC on June 29th. They are really in need of any books written in Spanish.

UMW meeting
How sweet it was for the UMW to gather at the church on a warm sunny May afternoon to plan the 2021 Strawberry Social!  Last month we gathered and discussed if we would need to do things differently due to the Covid virus, but now we are planning to offer the same warm, friendly service to all at our indoor tables. Some traditions are so difficult to give up and this Strawberry Social, held the second Friday in August, is one tradition we want to keep.  How hard it was to not gather last year over this dessert so I know how grateful we will feel to once more share this time together with the larger community.

UMC Facebook Group
As our church moves closer to being more like “normal”, it has been decided to keep our private Facebook group  This helps many of us keep up with goings-on at church in between Sunday worship.  If you’re not a member of this Facebook group but would like to be, contact Pastor Gary or Cinda Moulds.

We Need Your Help

Liturgists are needed for the summer months and volunteers are needed to clean the church from June through the end of the year. Please sign up on the sheets located on the table in the Fellowship Hall.

Upcoming Worship Schedule

Sunday, June 6Psalm 138
Mark 3:20-35
A House Divided
Sunday June 13
Cox, Dalbke and Nienhouse
Remembrance
2 Corinthians 5:6-17
Mark 4:26-34
Faith Versus Sight
Sunday, June 20
Father’s Day

1 Samuel 17:32-37, 48-49
Mark 4:35-41
Jesus Does Not Sleep
Through Everything
Sunday, June 27

Psalm 130
2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Mark 5:21-43

True Belief

May 16 Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
Sunday, May 16, 2021
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
 Ascension Sunday
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song……”He Has Made Me Glad” (2 Times)……TFWS 2270  

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, 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: Welcome! We are gathered here to celebrate the great promise!
All: Our hearts are ready to receive this good news.
Leader: Jesus asked all of his friends to live lives reflecting the love of God.
All: We are numbered among these friends!
Leader: Open your hearts today. Hear God’s special word just for you!
All: Lord, help us to be ready to receive your word and to live in your love. Amen.

*Gloria Patri…………………………………………………UMH 70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn…………………”My Hope Is Built”…………………….UMH 368

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time
After prayers, sing the children out to “Jesus Loves Me.At this time, children under five are welcome to remain in worship or go to the nursery.

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves.

*Doxology………………………………………….….….UMH 95

Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn…….”Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies”..…….UMH 173

Sharing of the Word

Old Testament Reading
…..Psalm 47…….Page 450
Epistle Reading
……Ephesians 1:15-23…..Page 949
*Gospel Reading……. Luke 24:44-53…….Page 861

Message by Pastor Gary Peterson

We Are To Return To Jerusalem With Great Joy!”

*Hymn.………………………..”He Lives”………………………..UMH 310

Benediction

Postlude – Please be seated

Calendar and Announcements

Tuesday, May 18
4:30 p.m. – Design Team Meeting
6:00 p.m. – Nominations
6:30 p.m. – Trustee’s Meeting
7:00 p.m. – Admin. Council Meeting
Thursday, May 20
1:00 p.m. – UMW Meeting
Sunday, May 23
9:30 a.m. – Adult Sunday School
10:30 a.m. – Worship
Sunday, May 30
9:30 a.m. – Adult Sunday School
10:30 a.m. – Worship
Shalom Sunday
Monday, May 31
Memorial Day

Claybanks United Methodist Church is located at 9197 56th Ave., Montague, MI 49437.  Our mailing address is P.O Box 104, Montague, MI 49437.

Pastor Gary Peterson can be reached at either 231-869-3373 (Home) or 616-644-5520 (cell). His email address is glpeterson@frontier.com 

Our office telephone is 231-923-0573 and our Office email is

ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com 

Look us up on the web at Claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist – Suzanne Bellrichard

Liturgist,  – Konnie Grant

Ministers – All People As We Live The Good News

Pastor’s Ponderings

By Pastor Gary Peterson

During this past year we have had periods of time when we have not been able to attend church worship in person because of Covid-19. Yet, there are compelling reasons why church attendance is necessary to keep the Christian life alive and to fulfill the duties of the Christian life. We have some familiar reasons for attending church. There are certain things in life which gain a great part of their value and their impact from being experienced together, and attending worship is one of the necessities we have as followers of Jesus Christ. Yes, we can worship alone and, of course, there are times when we must worship alone. But the fact remains that being together is an essential part of our worship experience.

There is real value in being sure that the Christian faith is not only a personal experience, but the possession of a whole community. We need the church in our worship experience and the church needs us in worship.

I read just recently, a very good explanation as to why we need to go to church. The writer put it this way, “Over the years of growing up my mother prepared thousands of meals for me. The food that she provided at each meal helped me grow strong and healthy. If I were to miss a meal or two that did not have a significant effect on my growth and health, but if I were to have missed a large number of meals in a row, I would become weak and could, if extended for a long period of time, lose my strength and die. I cannot tell you what all the meals contained but I knew that they were good for me. Going to church and attending worship is much like eating meals. When we attend worship, and are fed on an ongoing basis, we become strong in our faith. If we were to miss an occasional worship, we would still remain strong as a follower of Jesus Christ because we were continually being fed spiritually as we honored God in worship when we gathered with other sisters and brothers in Christ. We may not remember all the messages in part, but as a whole, they feed us.  Because we are committed to worshiping together and giving praise to God Almighty, our healthy souls can carry us during the difficult times in life. Just like when we eat a meal on a regular basis, we have the strength to meet the physical challenges in life. When we are fed spiritually we can meet all the spiritual challenges life holds.”

There is real value in being assured that the Christian faith is not only a personal experience, but the gathering and expression of the whole faith community will sustain us to meet the challenges of life. We need the communal worship experiences, and the church needs us to participate in worship together.

There is much being written about what is happening in many churches today because of Covid-19 and members of churches not attending worship service on a regular basis. It is sometimes easy, on Sunday mornings when the church family is not able to meet in person, and in the sanctuary of the church, to “Just let the Sunday morning go by.” Yet, I truly believe over time, we as followers of Jesus Christ will recognize the need to be fed from the nourishment that is gained in corporate worship and we, as followers of Jesus Christ, will continue to return to worship together on Sunday mornings, as we are safely able to do so.

For some there is a need to continue to worship online or by video broadcast. One religious writer that I read frequently put it this way, “There are those who because of health and physical necessities need to worship online and it is very important to them. That is why as a church community we must continue to provide such opportunities, yet we all recognize that online worship does not always get you outside of yourself; that happens when the Holy Spirit takes hold of your life and you continue to grow spiritually.  This happens when we feel the presence of the Holy Spirit surrounding not just for ourselves but all those who gather together”.

Our prayer is that we will continue to feed all of God’s children in ways that they can continue to grow.

Announcements and Stuff

Adult Sunday School – will return from May 2nd to June 6th for five Sundays.  We will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall using safe distancing beginning at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 10:15 a.m. to be able to move into worship time.  Our study will consist of a few of the shorter books of the New Testament.  We will begin with Titus on May 2nd.  Other books we will look at are Philemon on the 9th, Books of John on May 16 and 23, Jude on the 30th and a book to be determined by the class on June 6th.  All are welcome for any of the Sundays.  You All Come!

UMW meeting
Our UMW ladies started out meeting as usual with a devotional reading and prayer.  The reading came from “Help Lord, I’m Having a Senior Moment” by Karen O’Connor.  We all know God has a sense of humor, so we do enjoy a bit of humor before our meetings and this book certainly gives that to us!

Then it was on to more serious business.  We will be keeping close watch on our financial situation and by Fall we will decide on the missions we support and if we need to make any adjustments.

We discussed how we might help Elaine by supplying Sunday morning sanctuary flowers.  This is too much for Elaine alone to worry about and she might even need help with her flower gardens.  We recognize in gratitude, her flower contributions through the years, following the years of flowers from Alma Martin’s garden.  For now, we will rely on volunteer presentations rather than putting out another sign-up sheet.

We discussed how the strawberry social will be held this year.  We most likely will serve from a table by the kitchen like when we have luncheons and let people seat themselves.  Hopefully, the weather will be lovely, and we can commune out-of-doors.  Men, be prepared to figure out a way to set up tables for us! People are already asking if we will have the social this year and the answer is “God willing” yes!

We Need Your Help
Liturgists are needed for June through August and volunteers are needed to clean the church from June through the end of the year. Please sign up on the sheets located on the table in the Fellowship Hall.

Peru Medical Mission 2021
Our April 25th Worship Service was led by Denise Schuitema who presented on the Peru Medical Mission trip that she plans to attend sometime in 2021.  Denise introduced herself and showed photos of a previous mission trip. She said that donations of multi-vitamins for both adults and children, new bras, and toothbrushes would be appreciated and would greatly benefit the people they will be serving.  A donation box was left in the Fellowship Hall.  Carol Royalty presented Denise with a check for $500 from our church.