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Announcements and Stuff

Reminder:
A small reminder for you to look at your “Coming Events” calendar because our dinner at the Shack in Jugville is coming soon….June 11th to be exact!!!!! The cost is $10 for adults and $8 for Seniors. We will car pool immediately after the church service as they quit serving at 2pm.

We can tour the two museums they have after we eat if we so choose or just wander the grounds. It’s a beautiful place and we hope to have a good gathering. Please sign up on the sign-up sheet on the back table so we can make the necessary reservations. See Mitzi with any questions.

Upcoming Events
• June 11th – Dinner at the Shack in Jugville (Carpool directly after church service)
• July 12th – A Day at the beachfront (Brown bag lunch/ Home of Diana Hicks)
• August – Bonfire & Potluck (Home of the Petersons)

Watch for more details as each event draws near.

Nursery

6/4 – Carol Adams
6/11 – Kathy Ohman
6/18 – Joyce Twiss
6/25 – Doris Graham

Strawberry Social/Bake Sale
The Strawberry Social will be here before we know it and some of the older gray heads tire more quickly than we used to. So, we’re hoping some of the “youngsters” in our midst will come forth to volunteer, especially for the “set up” day, the day of preparation, and some as cheerful waitresses. We can also use food donations as we gray hairs no longer pick the berries. A sign-up sheet is on the back table. We will also need donations for the bake sale. This is our only fundraiser for the year, so please consider helping to make this annual event a huge success. Thank you!!

The following was written on 10/21/1983 by Susan Graham, Betty Graham’s daughter, for a high school English class. It was suggested by her English teacher that she submit her poem to MCC, which she did and won $25. Can you guess the church, the reverend, the usher, the voice, and the child? If you’re stumped, why not ask Betty?

CHURCH
On a sunny, shiny, sparkling day,
I believe it was in the month of May,
A crowd came forth, so many it seemed,
To pay their respects to God the High Host,
As well as Son, Father, and Holy Ghost.

The REVEREND
Behind the pulpit, dressed in his robe,
The Reverend Smith we did behold.
His manner was bright, his voice so true,
It rumbled and rolled from pew to pew.
“To serve the Lord, to preach his word!”
Was what he stated, what we heard.
He rambled on, and on he went,
My gosh! That man is eloquent!

THE USHER
The usher is a sober, serious fellow,
Even of temper; cool, calm and mellow.
He passes the plate with keen recollection
Of the amount each member put in the collection.
The collection taken, he proceeds forthwith,
To hand the plates to Reverend Smith.
Accomplishing this, he returns down the aisle,
And then, only then, is permitted to smile.

THE VOICE
In my church there’s a woman I call “The Voice.”
Although, my friend, it’s not by choice!
In her eyes, her singing is supreme,
To me,, alas, it resembles a scream.
She screeches aloud as the notes go higher;
I fear her lungs will never tire!
But really, my dear, I must admit,
When it comes to work, she doesn’t quit
Although her voice is quite outrageous,
(And those who listen very courageous!)
Beneath her demeanor, gruff and bold,
There beats a heart of solid gold.

THE CHILD
The child of whom I speak I saw,
Sitting in church in total awe.
Staring and listening, taking all in,
Without so much as a wiggle or grin.
So well behaved, so meek and mild,
(Though after church a little wild!)
But during this hour he’s a model of charm,
Giving his mother no cause for alarm.
The wonder in his face; a joy to behold.
I hope that he keeps it,
Even when he grows old.

ME
And here I sit, observing all,
Behind a man so very tall.
I can’t see much, it’s always that way,
I miss so much, I have to say.
I hear the words and listen well,
(Although some say they cannot tell!)
Just once I’d like to sit in front,
So I could see, not be the runt
That sits in back, and cannot see
And looks out the window at the tree.
It’s the same every Sunday, alas and alack,
Sometimes it’s so hard to drag myself back!
Maybe next Sunday things will change,
I’ll seat myself within the range
Of all the action and stay awake
Perhaps church isn’t so hard to take!

 

Announcements and Stuff

Ladies Garden Lunch
Saturday, May 20th
12:00pm –
Munson House
Please sign the sheet on the back table so that I will have a close head count. Hope all can come.

Reba

Reminder:
A small reminder for you to look at your “Coming Events” calendar because our dinner at the Shack in Jugville is coming soon….June 11th to be exact!!!!! The cost is $10 for adults and $8 for Seniors. We will car pool immediately after the church service as they quit serving at 2pm.

We can tour the two museums they have after we eat if we so choose or just wander the grounds. It’s a beautiful place and we hope to have a good gathering. We will be getting a sign-up sheet on the table soon so we can get the reservations made. See Mitzi with any questions.

United Methodist Women’s Group
This is the start of an amazing time of year – full of busy activities that hopefully are happy ones even as we tire ourselves out! Which brings me to the fact that the Strawberry Social will be here before we know it and some of the older gray heads tire more quickly than we use to. So, I’m hoping some of our “youngsters” in our midst will come forth to volunteer, especially for the “set up” day, the day of preparation, and some as cheerful waitresses. We can also use strawberry donations as we gray hairs no longer pick the berries (can’t get back up and eat too many as we pick! At least I do!)

Hope we get together and talk this over soon.

In Christian love,
Edie

Your Help is Needed
As you all know, last month I shared an “ah-ha” moment I had while reading my daily devotional. That got me thinking that it would be nice if others did that also. Do you have one of those types of stories that you’d be willing to share…maybe an “ah-ha” moment or a testimony that is meaningful or warms your heart? I’d like to incorporate one of those types of stories in our newsletter each month. Please see me if you’d be willing to help. Thanks!!!!

Konnie

Upcoming Events
• May 20th- Southern Luncheon (Home of Reba Peterson)
• June 11th – Dinner at the Shack in Jugville (Carpool directly after church service)
• July 12th – A Day at the beachfront (Brown bag lunch/ Home of Diana Hicks)
• August – Bonfire & Potluck (Home of the Petersons)

Watch for more details as each event draws near.

Book Study
The last of our “24 Hours That Changed The World” classes will be held on Thursday, May 4th from 4:00-6:00pm. Please read chapters 5, 6, & 7. Even if you’ve missed the other classes, feel free to join us!

Nursery Schedule
5/7 – Doris Graham
5/14 – Karen Anderson
5/21 – Edith Bogart
5/28 – Liz Grossman

 

Announcements and Stuff

Lenten/Easter Schedule

Maundy Thursday Service – No Service at CUMC. Please join with another church in the area to worship.

Good Friday Service – 7:00pm 

Easter Morning Sunrise Service (Outside if weather permits) – 9:30am

Easter Brunch following Sunrise Service (approx. 9:45am)

Easter Sunday Worship/Celebration 10:30am

Easter Brunch

Easter Sunday we will be having a light brunch following our “sunrise” service. A sign-up sheet for food donations will be on the back table. All family and friends welcome!!

Book Study

A group of us have begun the Lenten book study “24 Hours That Changed the World” lead by Pastor Gary. We have two more classes and you are still welcome to join us. We will be meeting on Thursday, April 6 at 4:00 pm and then one more time with the date yet to be determined.

Spring Clean-Up/Hot Dog Roast

We’ll be holding our annual yard clean-up and hot dog roast on Thursday, April 20th. We’ve always had a good turnout and have been able to get a lot of work done in a short amount of time thanks to so many volunteers. So bring your lawn tools and hot dogs/chips/cookies etc. in the late afternoon and join in the fun as we work together to care for the church God has entrusted to us. The Munson House yard clean-up will be held the following Thursday, April 27th. In case of bad weather on either evening, the events will be rescheduled.

Summer Fun!

Look at the fun events the ladies have planned for us this summer. More information will be coming for each event as the time grows nearer. April is our month for the butterflies at Frederik Meijer Gardens. Bring your friends and come join in the fun.

April 6 – Frederik Meijer Garden Butterflies – We will be meeting at the church at 9:45am and carpool to the museum. Cost is yet to be determined. If there are at least 10 of us we can get in for a group rate, which is $10/person. If we don’t have enough for the group rate the cost will be $11/person for seniors and $14.50/person if you’re under 65 yr. old)

Upcoming Events

• May – Southern Luncheon (Home of Reba Peterson)
• June 11 – Dinner at the Shack in Jugville (Carpool directly after church service)
• July 12 – A Day at the beachfront (Brown bag lunch/ Home of Diana Hicks)
• August – Bonfire & Potluck (Home of the Petersons)

Men’s Breakfastp

The United Methodist Men’s Breakfast is being held at the Montague United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 8 at 9:30 am. All men of the church and their friends are invited to join in breakfast and fellowship.

Yard Sale?

There has been some discussion about having a churchwide yard sale – some are for it and others not so much. We’d like to know how much interest there is among you. If you’re interested in helping to put on a churchwide yard sale please sign the sign-up sheet on the back table. If there’s enough interest, a committee will be formed and we’ll move forward with the project. Thank you!!

Nursery Schedule

4/2 – Edith Bogart
4/9 – Joyce Twiss
4/16 – Carol Adams
4/23 – Kathy Ohman
4/30 – Joyce Twiss

Announcements and Stuff

Thank You!

Deepest  thanks to my Claybanks church family for their support during Ken’s illness and passing. It was so appreciated. All the beautiful cards with messages of caring and encouragement meant so much to me. Thank you to those who contributed to Ken’s memorial. It will be used toward a lasting remembrance for our church in Ken’s name.

Doris

Have you noticed the new cabinet in the fellowship hall to house our precious belongings? Please take time to check it out. It was beautifully made by Art Grumm in memory of two special people from our congregation. Thank you Art for sharing your woodworking gift with us!

Lenten/Easter Schedule

Ash Wednesday Service 7:00pm

Maundy Thursday Service –
No Service at CUMC. Please join with another church in the area to worship.

Good Friday Service – 7:00pm

Easter Morning Sunrise Service (Outside if weather permits) – 9:30am

Easter Breakfast following Sunrise Service (approx. 9:45am)

Easter Sunday Worship/Celebration 10:30am

Upcoming Events

Wow!!! Look what’s coming!!
Won’t you come join in the fun summer events for the Claybanks Church?? A promise for fun, laughter, and good old fashioned fellowship.
• April Frederik Meyer Garden Butterflies (we will carpool from the church)
• May Southern Luncheon (Home of Reba Peterson)
• June 11 Dinner at the Shack in Jugville (Carpool directly after church service)
• July 12 A Day at the beachfront (Brown bag lunch/ Home of Diana Hicks)
• August Bonfire & Potluck (Home of the Petersons)
There will be more info about each month as they draw closer. Hope y’all come and join the Claybanks fun!!!!!!!!!

Nursery Schedule

3/5 – Kathy Ohman
3/12 – Joyce Twiss
3/19 – Doris Graham
3/26 – Karen Anderson

Shut-ins

(Please remember our shut-ins with your cards,
calls, and prayers.)

Jack Townsend
Clark Retirement Comm.
Eldergate Room 3402
1551 Franklin St. S.E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Announcements and Stuff

Game Day

Mark your calendars for Thursday February 16th 1:30 – 3:30pm. A group of us are meeting at the church for an afternoon of fun & games – cards, board games, etc.?? Come join the fun!!! Snacks provided. Questions ask Reba or Carol Adams.

Movie Night/Potluck
We are, once again, holding a movie and potluck night at the church. We meet on Monday evenings at 5:30pm to view a movie and have a good old fashion potluck. We’ve watched lots of good family movies, had some wonderful food, and there may have been a little (or a lot) of laughter. Come join in the fun, all are welcome.

“God give me the grace for this day. Not for a lifetime, nor for this week, nor for tomorrow – just for this day. Direct my work and bless it. Amen”

Used Ink Cartridges
We’ve received well over $100 in supplies for the church office all due to the recycling of your printer ink/toner cartridges. By recycling these, we not only help the church with office expenses, but we’re also being environmentally responsible. Please continue bringing your empty cartridges in. The basket is in the office waiting for your contributions. Thanks!

Please remember our shut-ins with your cards, calls, and prayers.  Jack Townsend  (We’re in the process of finding Jack’s new address and will forward it to you ASAP)

Nursery Schedule
2/5 – Karen Anderson
2/12 – Edith Bogart
2/19- Liz Grossman
2/26 – Carol Adams

 

 

 

Announcements and Stuff

Movie Night/Potluck
Our movies/potlucks will resume again in January. We meet on Monday evenings at 5:30pm to view a movie and have a good old fashion potluck. We’ve watched lots of good family movies, had some wonderful food, and there may have been a little (or a lot) of laughter. Come join in the fun, all are welcome.

Shut-Ins
(Please remember our shut-ins with your cards, calls, and prayers.)
Jack Townsend  (We’re in the process of finding Jack’s new address
and will forward it to you ASAP)

The Christmas Cheer Was Passed
On December 11th nine of our congregants braved the snowy, blustery weather and met at Heartland Healthcare in Whitehall to sing carols, serve cookies and punch, read the Christmas story, and mingle with the residents there.

Although we were low in numbers, we made up for it in spirit. We were very well received and thanked by many of the residents as well as the staff. It warmed many a hearts, both from CUMC and the residents. Thank you to all who were able to come spread the Christmas Cheer.

Nursery Schedule
1/1  Edith Bogart
1/8  Carol Adams
1/15  Liz Grossman
1/22  Kathy Ohman
1/29  Joyce Twiss

The Gift of this Day
This is the beginning of a new day. God has given me this day to use as I will. I can waste it or use it for good. What I do today is important because I am exchanging a day in my life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, leaving in its place something that I have traded for it. I want it to be: gain, not loss; good, not evil; success, not failure, in order that I shall not regret the price I paid for it.

 

Announcements and Stuff

Snow/Bad Weather Church Cancellation Policy

Being out in the country in Michigan means you never know what the weather is going to be from one minute to the next. At times, it is necessary, for the safety of our congregants, to cancel a Sunday service. It has always been our policy to call each member to notify them of this, so stick by your phone on those crazy, snowy Sunday mornings or you may be the only person at CUMC that day.

Christmas Eve Service

Christmas is a unique year in that Christmas falls on a Sunday. That means we will be having a special Christmas Eve service on Saturday night and will be meeting again Sunday morning. We will meet Saturday night at 6:00 pm for a candlelight service of song, prayer and worship; and will be meeting again on Christmas morning at our regular time of 10:30 am. Such a special event as the birth of our Savior deserves this “double” worship, don’t you think?

Caroling at Heartland Healthcare

Set aside the afternoon of Sunday, December 11th from 2:30pm – 3:30pm to make a visit to Heartland Healthcare. We’ll be taking snacks, Christmas cards, and our voices so that we can sing and party with the residents. We have a pianist lined up (our very own Cynthia Bagley), the dining room is reserved, and the food is being readied, so come help us celebrate this sacred time of year by reaching out to the elderly.

Your Help is Appreciated

Baskets of treats/crafts/games, etc. are going to be made for each of the Sunday School kids for Christmas. We would like to invite the congregation to share in this loving gesture by donating toward the purchase of these items. Please give your donation to Kathy by  December 11th. Thank You!

Advent Program

We will be having Advent gatherings on Thursday evenings starting December 1st and continuing through December 15th from 7:00-8:30 pm. The program “The Redemption Of Scrooge” looks at Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol, through the lens of faith. We will view a DVD presentation and them have discussion time. Come and bring your friends. The more people we have, the better the discussions. Hope to see you there!

Advent Candle Lighting

We are looking for individuals, families and those we can gather together to light our Advent Candles and do a brief reading during worship in our Advent Season. Please sign up on the sheet provided in the Fellowship Hall.

UMW Corner

The Claybanks United Methodist Women met on Thursday November 17th @ 1:00 pm in the fellowship hall of the church. The meeting opened with a devotion and prayer. Roll was taken, minutes from the October 20th meeting were read and the current treasurer’s report was made.

The discussions centered around the plans for decorating the church for Christmas and the plans for services during Advent. Since the first Sunday of Advent is the 27th of November and Thanksgiving falls early this year it means that we will have Christmas Day falling on a Sunday. Services will be held on Christmas Day at the regular 10:30 hour and a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held on Saturday December 24th at 6:00pm. The discussion centered mostly around the plans Pastor Gary has for the children of the church to decorate the church on the first Sunday of Advent with the “hanging of the greens” and the decoration of their tree.

Details were to be discussed further on Sunday November 21st after the service when several members of the UMW planned to start pulling the decorations out of the storage room.

Movie Night/Potluck

We’re still having get-togethers on Monday evenings at 5:30 pm to view a movie and have a good old fashion potluck. We don’t have very many people attending, but those that do are having a blast. Everyone has to eat supper, so why not come, bring a dish to pass, and give us a try. Even if you don’t like the move, the food is always good!!

Nursery Schedule
12/4 – Joyce Twiss
12/11 -Doris Graham
12/18 – Karen Anderson
12/25 – Edith Bogart