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New Adult Sunday School

What Does Scripture Say About…….?
There are a number of Scriptures in our Old and New Testaments that seem to be in conflict with each other. We will be meeting for Sundays May 12th, 19th and 26th at 9:30 – 10:15 am as an Adult Sunday School Class to discuss some of these conflicts as we interpret Scripture. We will look at a number of Scriptures around Women as Leaders in the Church, Ordination, Slavery, Divorce, Gluttony

Scripture and Message May 2019

May 5th – Youth Sunday – Various scripture depicting Children – The Role of Children in the Bible

May 12th – Festival of Mothers  – Communion Sunday – Acts 9:36-43 / John 10:22-30 – Good Shepherd

May 19th – Teen Challenge – Meal & Freewill Offering

May 26th- Memorial Weekend – Psalm 67 / John 14:23-29 – What Is Our Response To God’s Forgiveness and Love

Claybanks UMW

The UMW met on the Thursday of Holy Week. We started off with a light-hearted devotion dealing with the matter of how the clothing manufacturers have changed the sizing so what used to be a 12 now is marked as size 16, and the fact that everyone seems to be whispering these days! Getting old ain’t for wimps!  Anyway, we made sure all was in order for the Easter Brunch. The check lists were all checked and approved, everything was falling into place, and the men enlisted to arrange the tables. We love when a plan comes together, praise be to God!

 

 

 

Announcements and Stuff

Dinner and A Movie

Dinner ( potluck) Claybanks UMC has some of the best cooks!) and a movie! Last Monday of each month. Come for the fellowship and fun. 5:30 p.m. Movie will start during the dinner.

Important Dates and Times Upcoming

April 16th 4:00 p.m.
Church Spring Clean
Hotdog Roast to follow

April 19th 2:00 p.m.
Good Friday

April 21st 9:30 a.m.
Easter Sunrise Service
Brunch Following

Announcements and Stuff

Lenten Sunday School Program

Our Lenten Sunday School Study will begin on Sunday, March 10th and run through Sunday, April 14th (Palm Sunday). The study we will use, “The Rock, The Road, And The Rabbi” has been developed by Kathy Lee Gifford and Rabbi Jason Sobel. This study will help us deepen our faith as we journey through Lent. We are invited to join Kathy and Rabbi Sobel as they visit sites in Israel that have a profound impact on our Christian faith. Kathy will share her faith story and Rabbi Sobel (a Messianic Jewish Rabbi) will provide fascinating background details that make the stories of the New Testament come alive. Our study will consist of a short video presentation followed by a class discussion led by Pastor Gary and Reba. Pastor Gary will then follow each Sunday’s study by presenting a message during our worship time from our study so our entire Claybanks United Methodist Church Congregation can share with the Sunday School new depths as we reconnect the ancient Jewish wisdom with the teachings of the New Testament. Please plan to join together as we walked the roads, visit sites and embrace the transformation of our faith from where it all began over two thousand years ago Israel.

United Methodist Women Resume

“At last —soon we will welcome the early signs of a much anticipated Spring! One of the first signs along with robins and perhaps a crocus or two, is the first UMW meeting of the new year. Oh, how I look forward to our new year and the monthly meetings. An invitation is extended to all women who wish to enjoy our fellowship and help plan for the new year. Come one, come all — Spring is about to explode!

What is Ash Wednesday & Lent?

In the Christian liturgical calendar, Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is named from the placing of repentance ashes on the foreheads of participants with either the words “Repent and believe in the Gospel.” Or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”. The ashes are made from burning the palms of the prior year’s Palm Sunday. How long do you leave the ashes on your forehead? That is up to the individual. For some it is a conscience mark of humility. Some will clean the ashes off immediately. Lent is a time for fasting, abstinence, and commemoration of Jesus’s forty days in the wilderness. Lent ends the Saturday before Easter Sunday. Sundays do not count in the forty days of Lent. The term lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten which means spring.We often think of giving something up for Lent, but we can also focus on a behavior change. We might give up chocolate or sweets, but we can also refrain from harsh words or criticism. We can read scripture; say an extra prayer, set aside a time for meditation. Most importantly we can reflect on the life and sacrifice of Jesus.

Nursery Schedule

March 3- Edith Bogart
March 10- Carol Adams
March 17-Liz Grossman
March 24- Kathy Ohman
March 31- Joyce Twiss

Announcements and Stuff

Lent Begins in March

Wednesday March 6th is Ash Wednesday which begins the season of Lent for us. We will have an Ask Wednesday Service on March 6th. Our Lenten study will start on Sunday March 10th with an Adult Study “The Rock, The Road and The Rabbi”. We are planning a Scripture and Message Series for Worship that will parallel our Lenten Study. Holy Thursday we will be worshiping at and joining the Trinity Lutheran Church for “Whisperings Of The Passion”. Good Friday we will meet in our Sanctuary for Good Friday Services. Easter Morning we will begin our “Celebration of the Risen Christ” with a Sunrise Welcome, Pancake Breakfast followed by Easter Celebration Worship.

Step-up Program with Dr. Dick Kamps

We will be welcoming Dr. Dick Kamps, the president of the Step Up program in Muskegon, on February 17, 2019, to tell us about the wonderful things God is doing to help young people achieve a brighter future. The program provides housing for young adults that have aged out of the foster care system by empowering them through Christ centered mentoring. It is an opportunity to offer our much needed support to this organization that offers housing and educational guidance to women and men in Muskegon County. We will be having a chili/soup luncheon after the worship service, all are welcome, and we will be taking a free will offering to donate to this worthy cause. If you would like to inquire about this organization the email is: info@stepupmuskegon.org. Thank you for your generous support and prayers for this endeavor.

Nursery Schedule
2/3  – Liz Grossman
2/10  – Kathy Ohman
2/17  – Joyce Twiss
2/24 -Doris Graham

Announcements and Stuff

Blue Christmas Service
The Christmas season and Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a loved one or the first Christmas after a significant change in a person’s life. The constant refrain on radio and television, and shopping malls and churches, about the happiness of the season, about getting together with family and friends, reminds many people of what they have lost or never had. The anguish of broken relationships, insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation, all these can make us feel very alone in the midst of the celebration going on around us. We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern; we need to know that we are not alone.

For these reasons the Claybanks United Methodist Church is offering a special “Blue Christmas” service on Thursday night December 20th at 6:00 pm. This “Longest Night” service is meant to help us through the long dark nights of our soul and the winter of our discontent when memories of past experiences and the pain of present experiences can become overwhelming to us. We invite all to come and meditate on pain and anguish that we bring, to offer our pain to the Christ child in the prayer that we will find hope and comfort in knowing that we are not alone.

Charge Conference
The Charge Conference for Claybanks UMC will be at CUMC on Wednesday, November 28th at 7:00 pm. (SPRC will be meeting with the D.S. at 6:15) The meeting will be held with the new District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Margie Crawford to discuss the business of our church. There is much work to do and we need input on decisions that will be made during this important meeting. The more voices we can have in attendance the better the church will be represented as a whole. Please try to do everything possible to attend and be a part of the business aspect of our church and to welcome our new D.S.

Nursery Schedule
12/2 – Doris Graham
12/9 – Edith Bogart
12/16 – Carol Adams
12/23 – Liz Grossman
12/30 – Kathy Ohman

Christmas Caroling
Get your singing voices warmed up, the Christmas Spirit in your heart, and your smile on. It’s time once again to take some Christmas Joy to the residents and staff of Heartland Manor in Whitehall. We will have a good old-fashioned caroling party complete with music books, a piano player, punch and cookies. We’ll be meeting at the Manor at 2:20 with the kickoff around 2:30. Please set the date aside and come help to let the residents know they’re not forgotten in all the hustle and bustle of the holidays. If you know of someone at the Manor that would benefit from joining us, please try to encourage them to come to the dining room and join the fun.

Christmas Eve Service
We will be gathering together for a meaningful candlelight worship service, music and fellowship on Christmas Eve at 6:00 pm in remembrance of that special night so long ago.

What’s Your Favorite Music?
Now that Megan has moved, the choosing of our hymns has fallen to the Worship Design Committee. We recognize the fact that a lot of people have had a hard time singing unfamiliar songs. So….with that in mind, we would like to ask you to make a list of your favorite hymns, so we can incorporate them into our Sunday services. Starting in January we will choose at least one hymn per week from the list and dedicate it to the person who requested it. This is not to say that we will never have a new song, but hopefully we’ll know more of them than in the past. Be sure to put your name on your list and turn it in to Pastor Gary or Konnie.

Christ
grew in Mary until
He had to come out.

Christ
will grow in you until
the same occurs.

He will come out in your speech,
in your actions, in your decisions.

Every place you live will be a
Bethlehem, and every day you
live will be a Christmas.

You, like Mary, will deliver
Christ into the world.

-Max Lucado

Our Next Big Mission Project
Claybanks Mission Committee would like to host Dr. Dick Kamps, Founder and President of the Board of Directors of Step Up in Muskegon, to come and speak about this very important endeavor of helping young adults achieve stability and empowerment in their lives through the group home created to assist women that have aged out of the foster care system in Muskegon County. We will welcome him in February 2019, but in the meantime, they are currently working on a house for young men in need, and following is some information to become familiar with the program and the current needs they are experiencing. Thank you for your time and consideration to support this awesome organization inspired by God, as they continue to build spiritual growth in our young people in Muskegon County. The following is taken from the Step Up Newsletter available to you on the back table in the Fellowship Hall.

“Hey my name is ____ and I’m thinking I might need some assistance. I’m 20 years old I aged out of the system has been homeless a bunch, couch hop. I just wanna get my life back in order. I’m embarrassed and ashamed. If yalls have a phone can you call me plz.”

Step Up
OUR VISION: The vision of Step Up is to equip and empower young adults in Muskegon County to be financially independent, to aspire to further their education, and to find fulfillment in their work as they develop healthy relationships with others and pursue a relationship with God.

OUR MISSION: The mission of Step Up is to provide Christ-centered mentoring, housing, educational guidance, life skills training, and a community with accountability for Muskegon County young adults ages 18-24, primarily for youth who have aged out of the foster care system.

OUR CORE VALUES: With wisdom requested from and given by God, we commit to the core values of compassion, integrity, and empowerment. These values are expressed in our relationships with each other and the community we serve.

We invite you to participate in the lives of these young people

A question often asked is, “What do you need?” There are many answers to that question. Most importantly, we board members, mentors, program coordinator and house managers need the wisdom that only God can give. Wisdom of how o best love and guide these young lives. Wisdom for how to best use the donations entrusted to us. Wisdom of how to deal with challenges that await us. In short, we ask for your prayers.

With that as our foundation, here is a list of things needed for the men’s house:

Financial support
Adopt a bedroom: single bed, dresser and bedding
Microwave – above stove
Dishwasher
Electric stove
2 bathroom vanities: 30-35 inches wide
Shower doors

Window blinds
Area rug for living room: 10-12 X 8-12
One wardrobe for a bedroom
Snowblower
Linens for kitchen and bathrooms
Television for living room
Security cameras
Computer, modem, router and printer

As Christmas approaches, the young women would love to receive gift cards to local grocery and clothing stores. They also would love gift cards to the Cinema Carousel.

Please contact Dick Kamps at 231-557-9411 or dlkamps@comcast.net if you are able to participate in any way.
Tax deductible donations for Step Up can be mailed to:

Community Foundation for Muskegon County
425 West Western Avenue, Suite 200
Muskegon, MI 49440
Please write Step Up Fund on the memo line of your check.

Our mailing address is:info@stepupmuskegon.org
Facebook: facebook.com/stepupmuskegon
P.O. Box 1626, Muskegon, MI 49443-1626
Our email address is:
info@stepupmuskegon.org
Facebook: facebook.com/stepupmuskegon

 

Announcements and Stuff

All Saints Day
Next Sunday, November 4th we will be honoring All Saints Day. If you have someone you would like recognized by naming and the lighting of a candle, please give their name to Konnie or Pastor Gary by November 1st.

Thinking about helping out as Liturgist?
Edie Bogart and Mechelle Schneider are going to hold a brief class after worship on November 4th in the sanctuary on how to be a liturgist. They will explain the nuances, have a hand out, and answer questions. Anyone interested in signing up as liturgist is welcome. Thanks!

Charge Conference
The Charge Conference for Claybanks UMC will be at CUMC on Wednesday, November 28th at 7:00 pm. (SPRC will be meeting at 6:15) The meeting will be held with the new District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Margie Crawford to discuss the business of our church. There is much work to do and we need input on decisions that will be made during this important meeting. The more voices we can have in attendance the better the church will be represented as a whole. Please try to do everything possible to attend and be a part of the business aspect of our church and to welcome our new D.S.

Update on Deb
The last update on Deb was a positive one. Things are going well with her bone marrow transplant and she has been able keep her sense of humor. If you’d like to send her a card, she’s booked at the following address until November 3rd:
Deb Aebig’s address:
Residence Inn by Marriott
Debbie Aebig Room 303
201 E Walton Place
Chicago, IL 60611

Nursery Schedule
11/4 – Carol Adams
11/11 – Liz Grossman
11/18 – Kathy Ohman
11/25 – Joyce Twiss

Canvas and Giggles
The first Canvas and Giggles had a good turnout and the girls had a blast showing off their artistic talents (or the lack thereof.) Thank you to Diana Hicks, Edythe Bogart, and Reba Peterson for hosting the event.

Upcoming Mission Projects
Thanksgiving canned and boxed goods for the food pantry at Lebanon Lutheran Church now through Nov. 11th.Calendar for Worship and Adult Study
Fall 2018-Spring 2019
November 18 – December 9 Advent Study “Faithful-Christmas Through the Eyes Of Joseph”
Blue Christmas Thursday, December 20th at 7:00 pm
Christmas Eve Service Monday December 24 at 6:00 pm
Adult Bible Study January 13 – February 17 or 24 (Scripture yet to be determined)
Ash Wednesday Service March 6
Lenten Study March 3 (four to five sessions) ending on April 14 (Series possibilities: Living as United Methodist Christians, The Way, or Our Faith Promise)
Palm Sunday April 14 – “The Cultural World of The Prophets”
Holy Thursday April 18 – Combined service with Montague UMC
Good Friday April 19 – Service Remembrance, “At Noon on Friday”
Easter Sunday April 21
May 5 – June 2 or 9 Spring Bible Study (Scripture yet to be determined)
December 9th – Caroling and cookies at the nursing home in Whitehall (More info to come)

 

 

 

Announcements and Stuff

A Thank you from the Grumm/Aebig Family

We would like to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for the benefit luncheon for Debbie. We thank those who planned it, made food, served, cleaned up afterwards and all the donations. Claybanks United Methodist Church family is amazing in all that you can do. We are happy to be a part of this church. We also are very thankful for all your prayers for Debbie. God Bless you all.

UMW September Meeting

The UMW is happily anticipating the Fall and the Advent season! Yes, that happy and sometimes stressful time of year is rapidly approaching! Our next meeting in October will be a time of reflection on our past year’s activities.

Our treasurer reported on our finances and she will send this year’s annual donations to the five organizations we support.

For our old business, we talked about the new pew coverings and that they will be tightened by Alan of R-Custom Fabric. We also shared the joy over the completed Nigerian well project and that the check was presented to Father Peter during the September Ad Council meeting.

For new business, we started planning for the decorating of the church for Christmas. Of course, that also means…A PIZZA PARTY!!!!!! Yes, once again UMW ladies will eat pizza and then decorate the church in late November, the Thursday after Thanksgiving.

Remember we always welcome new members to our women’s committee, even this late in the year. New members can help decorate and eat pizza!

Nursery Schedule

10/7 – Kathy Ohman
10/14 – Joyce Twiss
10/21 – Doris Graham
10/28 – Edith Bogart

“Canvas and Giggles”

Save the date of Saturday, Oct 13th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Diane Hicks and Edith Brown are hosting a “canvas and brown bag lunch” for all who are interested. This should be lots of fun and best of all, there’s no talent needed, anyone is welcome! Please bring a jar to rinse brushes, spray bottle, and your own brushes if you have them as well as your own brown bag lunch. Canvas, paints and brushes will be provided. Cost will be $10. RSVP to Reba at 321-869-3373 or 616-901-7002.

Calendar for Worship and Adult Study Fall 2018-Spring 2019

Adult Bible Study –  September 9 – October 21 or 28 – Hebrews continuation from spring study
November 18 – December 9  – Advent Study “Faithful-Christmas Through the Eyes Of Joseph”
Blue Christmas – Thursday, December 20th at 7:00 pm
Christmas Eve Service  – Monday December 24 at 6:00 pm
Adult Bible Study  – January 13 – February 17 or 24 (Scripture yet to be determined)
Lenten Study  – March 3 (four to five sessions) ending on April 14 (Series possibilities: Living as United Methodist Christians, The Way, or Our Faith Promise)
Ash Wednesday Service  – March 6
Palm Sunday  – April 14 – “The Cultural World of The Prophets”
Holy Thursday  – April 18 – Combined service with Montague UMC
Good Friday  – April 19 – Service Remembrance, “At Noon on Friday”
Easter Sunday  – April 21
May 5 – June 2 or 9  – Spring Bible Study (Scripture yet to be determined)

Pastor Gary and Art Grumm presented Father Peter with a check for the well in Nigeria

Thank you to all who participated in the fund drives to purchase a well for the Nigerian people. The Claybanks United Methodist Church family banded together to make a huge project a doable project. We are a small church, but a caring, loving and generous church who, when they see a need in the world, is willing to help all they can. Thank you CUMC!!!!! Job well done!!!!

Upcoming Mission Projects

October 14th – Serve this year’s last Family Promise Dinner
October 21st – Spaghetti Dinner fund raiser for Muskegon Rescue Mission
October 28th – Begin collecting Thanksgiving canned and boxed goods for the food pantry at Lebanon Lutheran Church – until Nov.12th.
December 9th – Caroling and cookies at the nursing home in Whitehall