Daily Archives: June 28, 2021

Pastor’s Ponderings

Affirmations of Faith
Two years ago, prior to Covid 19, on one Sunday each month during our worship service as a church family we recited together an Affirmation of Faith. Our United Methodist Hymnal lists ten Affirmations of Faith. The Worship Design Team has decided that we will follow the United Methodist Book of Worship and continue the practice of affirming our faith on the third Sunday of each month by reciting an Affirmation of Faith as our Opening Prayer. I feel blessed that the Claybanks United Methodist Church recognizes that it is important for us to continually look at and profess our beliefs as Christians and as United Methodists.

The word “creed” comes from a Latin word credo, meaning to believe, trust, and entrust. Creeds are often compared to a mustard seed. Just as a mustard seed contains a great number of branches in a tiny grain, so too creeds are summaries of faith encompassing in a few words the whole knowledge of what a Christian life should contain and believe as we profess our learnings from the Old and New Testaments.

Affirmations of Faith Creeds are considered essential to us as Christians and to the church. These Affirmations, which are part of church doctrine, have helped us establish firm patterns of Christian faith throughout the centuries. The Nicene Creed and a shorter version, The Apostles Creed, are our essential definitions of the true Christian faith, with much of the original forms of these creeds thought to have possibly come directly from the original apostles themselves. These two creeds have often been called “Symbols of the apostles.” The name of the creeds comes from the fact that, both are composed of twelve articles.  It had been believed that they could have been possibly written by the twelve apostles, as each of the apostles were supposed to have contributed an article under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, after Pentecost. Today most theologians now believe that the long-held legend is not supported by ancient writings. Yet, because of many writings and works of the apostles, we must agree that these two creeds have roots in apostolic times, and they reflect with much integrity of the apostles’ teachings and writings. The many different creeds that are now a part of our Christian liturgy are used not only in liturgical settings, but they also are used for teaching purposes. When someone joins the Christian Church, at the time of their baptism or confirmation, quite often they are asked, “Do you believe in God the Father Almighty, do you believe in the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting?” By answering yes, we recognize our affirmations as official statements of faith in the Christian Church.

Many Affirmations of Faith contain these two elements: Doxological Confession and Proclamation of the Gospel. During the next few months, we will look at different aspects of our Affirmations of Faith as we continue to grow spiritually in our faith journey through our many different learning experiences, guided by power of the Holy Spirit.

Peace and Blessing,

Pastor Gary

Announcements and Stuff

Contacting Pastor Gary and Reba
We will be dropping our landline, in the near future (231-869-3373). To contact us please use these cell phone numbers:

Pastor Gary 616-644-5520
Reba 616-901-7002

Should we not be available, please leave a message. Be assured that all messages left for us will be kept in strict confidence by each of us.

Mission News
Mission opportunities abound in our communities.

Love In The Name of Christ needs volunteers to assist in their mission store and in the office. Contact Love INC directly for details and to volunteer.

This fall the White Lake Community will have a free store and a meal assistance program. Claybanks UMC will be assembling a work team to assist in cooking and serving a meal about once per month. Talk to Pastor Gary about how we can use your gifts in this mission.

Claybanks UMC is supporting these organizations with monthly financial support: Trinity Lutheran Food Bank, Child Evangelism Fellowship and Love In The Name of Christ. Please keep these organizations in your prayers.

Mark Your Calendars
Grab your purse, forget your mask, leave your worries on your door step.  Just direct your feet to the August Strawberry treat!

Well, I never said I was creative when trying to get a point across!  But I sure do want to draw your attention to the long anticipated Claybanks United Methodist Church’s annual strawberry social (minus the lost Covid year 2020).  So, save the date, August 13th, and do not worry about the fact it is a Friday!

UMW meeting
The UMW ladies gathered for our usual meeting in June but with a twist.  We had a Strawberry washing, hulling, chopping, and freezing party!  There was a large turnout of women, there was much laughter, and lots accomplished.  I am sure all the joy we shared will be infused into the berries we will enjoy during the social on August 13th from 5 to 7 PM.  Shalom, Edie

~People are funny; they want the front seats of the bus, the middle of the road and the back pews of the church. ~

Mid-Year Giving Reports                                             
Last year in June, we hadn’t been meeting as a congregation for several months.  Our financial offerings were being mailed in, for the most part. In an effort to help folks keep track of their giving and to make sure donations had been received,  I sent out mid-year giving reports, as well as year-end reports. This year I will not automatically send out mid-year statements. They will be available upon request to anyone who would like to receive a statement covering January 2021 to June 2021 giving.

If you would like a copy, please contact Cinda and she will get your information sent out.

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

Upcoming Worship Schedule

July 4
2 Chronicles 7:12-18
Galatians 5:13-14
A Great Nation Is Not Free Of Costs

July 11
2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19
Ephesians 1:3-14
We Need To Dance Before The Lord More!
July 18

2 Samuel 7:1-14a
Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
We Have A Need For Healing  
July 25
Ephesians 3:14-21
John 6:1-21
Bread and Fish