Daily Archives: May 26, 2023

June 28th Worship Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
Sunday, May 28, 2023
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
*Indicates to stand as you are able
 Pentecost Sunday       

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song…….”God Bless America” (see insert)



In this place, among these people
God is worshipped, God is praised.
We have seen the signs and wonders;
The lost are found here, 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: Coming from different places,
All: We gather as one church, one in community of faith.
Leader: Bringing different gifts,
All: We come to offer ourselves as we are.
Leader: Blessed by one Spirit,
All: We bring our unity of gratitude and praise.

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

*Opening Prayer

”Sweet, Sweet Spirit”……………………..UMH 334

Recognizing Memorial Day/Praying For Our Nation

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns


The Offering of our Gifts and Ourselves

…………………………………..…UMH 95

*Prayer of Dedication

Spirit Song………..………….…UMH 347

Sharing of the Word

Epistle Readings

Acts 2:1-21………………..Page 885                                            

1 Corinthians 12:3b-13…………Page 933

Message by Pastor Gary Peterson
“Gifts of the Spirit”


Open My Eyes, That I May See”…………..UMH 454


Postlude – Please be seated

Pianist – Suzanne Bellrichard

Liturgist  – Janice Anderson

Ministers – All People As We Live The Good News

Pastor’s Ponderings

As I write this Pastor’s Ponderings for our June newsletter, I am going to do something a little unusual and get personal in my thoughts and writings for our newsletter.

The Psalmist in chapter 13, verse six, wrote “I will sing to the Lord because he has been good to me.” June is a special month around our house in that both Reba and I celebrate birthdays. For me, with my birthday at the end of the month, I consider those Psalmist words significant for the many years that I can celebrate that I have lived a blessed lifetime. But I believe each birthday that we get to celebrate is significant and we should praise God for giving us the time he has chosen to give us here on this earth.

At my age now, I can celebrate a list of gifts that God has given me that would fill up this entire newsletter. I am happy, healthy, married to a beautiful woman, I have great children and two fun grandchildren. I have had a number of different careers and educational experiences over the years. For the past 17 years, I have been addressed as pastor and have had an opportunity to serve three churches in the United Methodist denomination. What a blessing these years have been for me. And to get to as many years as I have lived, I do feel blessed. When I contemplate my future, I see no struggles, I only see the happiness the God has given me. Recently, I lost a longtime friend who I have been blessed to share a few years in retirement with here in Pentwater. After losing my friend Paul, I start to wonder what lies ahead for me. What additional things does God have in store for me?

Because of a number of other road markings that I have recognized in recent years, I am reminded of another, Psalm 34:8, God invites us to “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” It was early in my ministry when I recognized God can deliver us from those things that smother our hope, but God’s blessings require our participation. So, in these past few days I have begun to look back and look at the opportunities God provided for me and when I recognized the opportunity and participated in what God had in store for me, that is when I found my life most fulfilling. Just recently, I had an opportunity to be with twenty-four youths who came to the Lake Michigan United Methodist Camp for a weekend in preparation for their confirmation. I had a small role greeting them when they first arrived at camp, giving them directions, where they needed to go to register, where to roll out their sleeping bags, and to direct them to the dining hall. In the dining hall they received the first blessing of the weekend in a meal designed for them including chicken tenders, french fries, soda, and ice cream shakes. I also got to teach a class about trust and was able to get them to participate in some activities to build trust. Not only did they learn about trusting in God, but they also learned about trusting in each other. A small joy that weekend but one that brings much gladness to my heart.

It is my hope and desire that God will continue to use me for what time I have left at Claybanks United Methodist Church, confirmation retreats, Keryx Ministries, maybe an expanded role at Love In The Name Of Christ or maybe a new and exciting assignment. I will continue to be open to other possible opportunities. I look forward to the continued sharing with those that I meet, and when they ask me what I do in retirement, I get to respond by saying “I am blessed to serve our Lord and Savior.”

I dedicate this pondering to my friend Paul, known in Pentwater as the friendly face who was the keeper of the four blocks of “Main Street.”

Announcements and Stuff

Mission project – Readers To Leaders
Our mission project to raise monies for Readers To Leaders has begun with a craft/gift and adds items on a table in the Fellowship Hall. If you have something of any value that you would like to donate with the proceeds going to our mission, please bring them in and place them on the designated table with prices marked on them. All proceeds from this endeavor will allow us to exceed our goal of $600 for the Michigan area conference Readers To Leaders mission initiative.


Faith On The Lake Saturday, June 24th
Centenary (Pentwater) UMC is offering a way to grow our faith by hosting workshops around Faith and Healing, Grace, Methodist  Theology, and the Beatitudes. For more information see our Announcement Table in the Fellowship Hall.

Old Time Worship Service and Picnic Claybanks UMC – Sunday, August 21st
The Claybanks UMC once again will be conducting an old-time worship service to be held outdoors weather permitting. We will   return to an old style of worship with liturgical hymns, and preaching. We encourage you to dress in styles that would reflect the history of Claybanks United Methodist Church. Following our worship we will have an outdoor cookout with hamburgers, hot dogs, corn, and other great foods provided. This would be a good time to invite family and friends to join us as we celebrate another year in our Claybanks community. As part of our worship service, Art Grumm will be providing for us a few highlights of the history of Claybanks United Methodist Church in service to not only our church members but our community as well.

Women of Faith News
Our May meeting opened with prayer and then we got down to  business! The Ladies of Faith (UMW) discussed the Strawberry   Social and reviewed the amount of surplus berries and biscuits we had leftover last year.  It was decided to purchase six flats and have the June meeting for washing, hulling, chopping, and freezing the berries.  We will ask Leona Twiss if she is able to bake the biscuits again this year. 

Last year’s bake sale went well as everything sold out early! We can certainly present more contributions this year!


Women’s Retreat October 17-19th
The women of our church have been invited to join in with the women of White Lake UMC at this two-day retreat at the St. Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt, Michigan.  As you can see, there will be guest speakers, and different sessions that you can attend as desired.  Not all the time is scheduled, so there will be times to wander the grounds or be in solitude.  Each attendee will have a single room for sleeping, and a shared bathroom between two rooms.  As noted, the estimated cost is $155 per person.

If you have questions, you can contact Ruth Tuttle at the number posted or get with me for a possible answer. (Cinda Moulds)

Upcoming Worship Schedule

June Worship

Sunday, June 4
(Gary, Konnie, and Reba at Michigan Annual Conference)
Guest Speaker – Dion Stumpo

Sunday, June 11
Communion Sunday
Genesis 12:1-9
Psalm 33:1-12
Matthew 9:9-26
With only A Touch

Sunday, June 18
Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19
Great Fathers of the Bible

Sunday, June 25
Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17
Romans 6:1-11
Can I Continue To Sin?