Announcements and Stuff

UMW News
Wow! Friday the 13th (August) was one of great, good fortune! So much for it being a supposedly bad luck day! Bad luck it was not! The day was sunny, warm, and perfect.

I am of course referring to a positively wonderful Strawberry  Social.  The turnout by the community, near and far, was incredible and shows how ready folks were to gather and enjoy good company and good strawberry dessert! People were more than generous in funding our only money venture of the UMW so we, in turn, can be generous to the missions we support.  Between the social and bake sale, the UMW collected $2,005.50.  Wow!

Claybanks Annual Conference
Our Church Annual Meeting with our District Superintendent, Marjorie Crawford, will be held at White Lake United Methodist Church on Saturday September 11th at 5:45 pm with the SPRC Committee starting the Annual Meeting process through a Zoom meeting at 5:00 pm with Marjorie. Because of Covid – 19 last year, our meeting was kept to a limited number of attendees. This year, all our church is invited to gather to celebrate our commitment as a congregation in sharing God’s love with each other and our community. Please gather with us as we praise God and recognize the many blessings that God has given to Claybanks United Methodist Church.

The Gathering: Free Meals and Good Company
In September, a community wide meals program will begin at the White Lake Praise Center (The former Whitehall UMC building) on Thursday nights and for Saturday Lunches. Our Mission Committee has committed Claybanks UMC to preparing and serving a lunch meal on one Saturday each month. Menus are being developed, food and supplies are being purchased in anticipation of many who will take part in the gift of a meal and company. Food preparers and servers are needed. Please talk to Lisa Butler, Patsy Schneider, and Reba Peterson to learn how you can become involved!

Adult Sunday School Bible Study – Reading the Old Testament Through Jewish Eyes
We are excited to start a new Adult Bible Study on Sunday, September 12th.  In our class we will look at the first five book of the Bible (Torah) studying the same scriptures Jesus studied. This six-week study, developed by Rabbi Evan Moffic, with study readings, CD presentations, and class discussion will bring to us new interpretations of the way Jewish leaders look at scripture in the time of Jesus. Please contact Pastor Gary and let him know your plans to attend so that enough study materials can be obtained.

Love In The Name Of Christ Annual Banquet
On Monday, October 4th, Love INC will gather the community together to celebrate the past year of being a part of the Oceana Community. Dinner, with a special chalk art program, will be presented by Rod Snow (Reba and Gary have seen Rob’s chalk art ministry several times, it is very special, and we encourage you to attend). Let Pastor Gary know if you are planning to attend so that he can make a reservation for you. It would be great if Claybanks UMC can have enough for a table!

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