Monthly Archives: October 2021

October 31st Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
Sunday, October 31, 2021
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song
Change My Heart, O God”……….TFWS 2152

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: And God showed his love for us by sending his Son into the world.
All: So that we might have life through him.
Leader: No one has ever seen God,
All: But if we love one another, God lives in union with us, and his love is made perfect in us.

*Gloria Patri…………………….………UMH 70

*Opening Prayer

*Hymn

Great Is Thy Faithfulness”……………..UMH 140

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 Evening before All Saint’s Day, All Saints Day Evening, All Hallows Day Evening, All Hallows Day ‘een, All Hallows ‘een, Halloween

Shalom Sunday Offering

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology…………………….….….UMH 95

*Prayer of Dedication


*Hymn

”The Gift of Love”..…………………..UMH 408

Sharing of the Word

Old Testament Reading

Ruth 1:1-18…………….Page 210

Gospel Reading
Mark 12:28-34 ………………. Page 825

Message by Pastor Ray Field
“Discovering You Have A Family”

Prayer

*Hymn
”Jesu, Jesu”……….…………UMH 432

Benediction

Nursery – Carol Royalty

Pianist – Suzanne Bellrichard

Liturgist,  – Edie Bogart

Ministers – All People As We Live The Good News

Pastor’s Ponderings

Reformation Sunday

Because of scheduling, Reba and I will not be with you on Sunday, October 31st which is traditionally the Sunday we celebrate Reformation Sunday. Because we will not be acknowledging the Reformation during our worship services this year, I would like to give you my thoughts on Reformation Sunday as my Pastor’s Ponderings in this November Newsletter.

Philippians 4:4 – 9 “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guide your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you”.

Throughout history when we look at Scripture, the history of the church and even our own country, we see times when reformation has improved the quality of life. In 1932, then candidate for president, Herbert Hoover delivered his acceptance speech at the conclusion of his party’s convention. In that speech, he included the following paragraph, “The problems of the next few years are not political or economic; they are moral and spiritual. The present check on our material success must stir our national conscience to consider anew the purpose of life itself. It must cause us to re-value and reshape our drift from materialism to a higher understanding of individual, religious and national ideas. We must dedicate to the enduring satisfaction of personal and family life where we create an atmosphere of higher ideals and religious faith.”

Reformation Sunday is to acknowledge that in 1517 a spiritual Reformation began. The foundational principles of “The Great Reformation” that was set in motion 500 years ago, have set into motion what is being prayed for as “The Great Emergence” in the
21st century. As individuals and the church, we would need to rediscover and recommit ourselves to the principles of: That Scripture is primary and all of us need to read and study the Bible. We need to know the Bible for ourselves. We need to wrestle with not only what the Bible means in the ancient world but what it needs to speak to us in our new world today and this is done with the power of the Holy Spirit. We need to nurture and develop our faith. We do this by developing spiritual disciplines like prayer, meditation and listening, so that we can discern the guidance and wisdom of the Holy Spirit that is present and active in our lives. We need to connect with a vibrant faith community that encourages personal growth and service. We need to develop our trust in the love and grace of God. God’s love and grace is sufficient for holding us steady during times of struggle, stress, and discouragement. It is God’s love and grace that walks alongside of us, in front of us, and yes even behind us, sustaining us, encouraging us and opening the right doors at the right time and teaching us when we need correction. There is always more room for God’s love and grace and we must be open to the spiritual journey that covers us in God’s love and grace. And finally, we need to give more attention to developing practical strategies that embrace and practice, “The priesthood of all believers.” When our church families value and participate as lay ministry along with their church pastor, committees, and boards we build upon the understanding that God has gifted each person of faith with spiritual gifts. God calls us to be ministers, empowering laity and pastors to transform the world we live in for Jesus Christ.

Five hundred years ago Martin Luther envisioned these principles as Reformation principles that will affect our worship life, our spiritual formation, hospitality, congregational care, as well as our outreach and mission. That is why Paul instructed the Christians in Philippi and to us today that it is important to focus on those things that are true, holy, just, pure, and lovely. When we as individuals and a church family embrace and bring change and when we are focused on those things can you imagine how not just our church, but one church after another doing this brings about a change not only in us as churches and followers of Jesus Christ but in the world around us. Let us join the company of reformers, as together we find our way into the future.

Pastor Gary

Announcements & Stuff

UMW News
It is with such joy that our UMW gathered to do business and to fellowship.  The next meeting will not be on the usual third Thursday for two reasons: one, it is Thanksgiving and two, we gather to decorate for the Advent season,  Yes, it really is the start of an important time in our church as well as our personal life

First, let us wish each other a Happy Thanksgiving.  I personally love this holiday because there is no anxiety over gift giving. It is a time for family and friends to gather in love and appreciation for all God is giving us.

During the first week of November, the warm hats, mittens and socks will be taken to the Montague schools for any student, child or youth that might need them.

The church decorating and pizza party will take place on November 26, and we will gather at the church at 12 o’clock.  Please, ladies of the church and friends, you are all welcome to join the UMW.  We are adding an extra pizza for all to enjoy so don’t think you need to be shy about showing up!

May our Lord smile on us for He knows we Methodists love to gather for food and fellowship!

Missions News

Food Basket Trinity Food Bank
Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner. We are blessed to once again to have a “Gathering In” of food stuffs to help Trinity Food Bank in our shared mission ensuring that all are fed. Please bring nonperishable items and place them on the “Sharing Table” in our fellowship hall. The items donated will be given to the Trinity Food Bank, the second week of November, in time to be included in the Thanksgiving sharing. If you prefer to make a monetary donation to help purchase turkeys or hams that would be great too! Mark your check for “Food Bank” payable to Claybanks UMC and place it in the Sunday Worship offering plate. God bless you as you bless others. Your Mission Group.

Adult Sunday School
We will return to Adult Sunday School Class following a short break on Sunday November 7th at 9:30 am.

The Gathering – Free Meal and Good Company
The Claybanks UMC will be serving lunch for the “Gathering” the first Saturday of each month. All foods must be prepared on sight to meet health requirements so we will be using the certified kitchen at the Praise Center (Former Whitehall UMC building). We will meet there at 10:30 am on Saturday November 6th to prepare the meal, set tables and serve the meal from 12 noon until 1:00 pm. Following the meal, we will then clean up. As you can see this is going to need many hands. If you are interested in being a part of this missional opportunity to serve our community, please let Patsy Schneider or Reba Peterson know your willingness to serve. You do not need to be there the entire time, nor do we expect everyone to commit to every first Saturday. ‘Our first meal will be Sloppy Joes, chips, carrots, celery, brownies and beverages.

Opportunities to serve:

10:30 am -Fry beef, prepare Sloppy Joes, bake brownies, clean and prepare celery and carrots

11:00 am – Set tables and prepare drinks (put out cups, glasses and make coffee)

11:30 am – Set dessert table

12:00 pm – Serve our prepared meal and eat with our guests

1:00 pm – Clean tables, wash dishes (We have a dishwasher to use) and remove trash.

We have a number of jobs to fill but with many hands and an excitement to serve  we will enjoy the “Gathering”.  Come and help! Your Mission Group

UPCOMING EVENTS

Our schedule will be:

Sunday November 7th
All Church Gathering – Update on what is currently happening, in regards to the pending separation of the United Methodist Church and the establishment of a new denomination: the Global Methodist Church

Sunday November 14th
Coffee and Bagels with the Pastor – An opportunity to ask questions of the pastor around subjects that we have not addressed in some time, or at all, concerning church, beliefs, organization theology or other questions seeking answers that would be good for the church family to know about. If you have questions that you could share with Pastor Gary prior to the gathering, please pass them on to him. They will be used as good starters. Should you have personal questions, please contact Pastor Gary so that we can make some time together.

Sunday November 21st – December 12th Advent Study
All The Good: A Wesleyan Way Of Christmas

Sunday December 19th
Christmas Craft and Coffee – A time to gather and make a simple Christmas Craft and enjoy each other’s fellowship during the Holiday Season.

Sunday January 9th – February 20th
We will return as a group to study a book from the New Testament. The book is yet to be determined. Please speak to Pastor Gary about a book that you would like to suggest for study.

Sunday March 6th – April 10th
Lenten Study

Upcoming Worship Schedule

Upcoming Worship
Schedule

November 7, 2021
Psalm 127
Mark 12:38-44
The Sound That Coins Make

November 14, 2021
Hebrews 10:11-25
Mark 13:1-8
Only God Knows

November 21, 2021
Dennis Foley – Love in The Name Of Christ

November 28, 2021
Lenten Encounters
Advent Series

October 24th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
Sunday, October 24, 2021
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost
Honoring All Saints Day
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song
Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates”….…. UMH 213

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: Our souls long for you, O God.
All: When shall we behold your face?
Leader: Our souls are uneasy.
All: When shall hope lead us to praise you again?
Leader: During the day your steadfast love sustains us.
All: During the night, your song washes over us.
Leader: Our hope leads us to praise you.
All: We praise you, our song of hope.

*Gloria Patri………………UMH 70

*Opening Prayer

Honoring the Saints

*Hymn
I Sing a Song of the Saints of God”…………UMH 712

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
”When We All Get to Heaven”..…………..UMH 701

Sharing of the Word

Old Testament Readin
g
Isaiah 25:6-9…………….Page 568

Epistle Reading
Revelation 21:1-6a………….Page 1007

Gospel Reading
.John 11:32-44 ………………. Page 874

Message by Pastor Gary Pete
“How Do I Recognize A Saint”

Prayer

*Hymn
”Shall We Gather at the River”……..…UMH 723

Benediction

Postlude – Please be seated

Nursery – Patsy Schneider

Pianist – Suzanne Bellrichard

Liturgist,  – Konnie Grant

Ministers – All People As We Live The Good News

October 17th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
Sunday, October 17, 2021
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song
Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service”……… UMH 581

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: God of all creation, we come to praise and worship you.
All: You are clothed with honor and majesty, wrapped in light as with a garment.
Leader: You stretch out the heavens like a tent, making the clouds your chariot, and riding on the wings of the wind.
All: You set the earth on its foundations, hiding its depths with a watery cloak that moves in the rhythm of your breath.
Leader: In your wisdom, you have made us in your image, showing us glimpses of glory in the work of your hands.
All: God of life and love, we come to praise and worship you.

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

*Statement of Faith of the Korean Methodist Church…..UMH 884

*Hymn
How Can We Name a Love”……………..UMH 111

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
”The Voice of God Is Calling”..…………..UMH 436

Sharing of the Word

Old Testament Reading

Psalm 104:1-9, 24 and 35…..Page 483

Gospel Reading
Mark 10:35-45 ………….….. Page 823

Message by Pastor Gary Peterson
“The Best Seat in the House”

Prayer

*Hymn
”O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee”….…UMH 430

Benediction

Postlude – Please be seated

Nursery – Lisa Butler

Pianist – Suzanne Bellrichard

Liturgist,  – Tom Jackson

Ministers – All People As We Live The Good News

October 10 Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
Sunday, October 10, 2021
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song
The Summons”………………. TFWS 2130

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: The kingdom of God is at hand.
All: We want to enter this kingdom.
Leader: The mercy of God is made known.
All: We want to receive this mercy.
Leader: The grace of God is abundant for all.
All: We praise you, O God, for your compassion and your love. Accept our grateful praise as we come to worship you today.

*Gloria Patri…………………UMH 70

*Opening Prayer

*Hymn

Precious Lord, Take My Hand”…………..UMH 474

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
”O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go”..………UMH 480

Sharing of the Word

Old Testament Reading

Job 23:1-9, 16-17…………..Page 409
Gospel Reading

Mark 10:17-31 ………….….. Page 822

Message by Pastor Gary Peterson
”We All Desire Heaven”

Prayer

*Hymn
”Lord, I Want to Be a Christian”….…UMH 402

Benediction

Postlude – Please be seated

Nursery – Cindy Butler
Pianist – Suzanne Bellrichard
Liturgist,  – Art Grumm
Ministers – All People As We Live The Good News