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Announcements and Stuff

Nursery Schedule

8/6 – Edith Bogart
8/13 – Carol Adams
8/20 – Kathy Ohman
8/27 – Joyce Twiss

Upcoming Events

• Mark your calendars and save the date of September 9th at 5:00 pm. The Petersons will be hosting a bonfire/open house at their new home in Pentwater.

• We will be hosting the Reebok Ragnar Relay race again this year on Sept. 29th or 30th.

• Our Church Conference will be held October 15th at 1:30 pm and will be held at the Montague UMC. (SPRC will be meeting on the 14th also.)

• Movies/potlucks will be starting again in the fall.

• Card making parties will be held periodically. Check with Carol Adams if interested.

More information on each of these events will be coming as their dates draw nearer.

Strawberry Social and Bake Sale

Hello all you strawberry lovers! It is nearly time for our annual Strawberry Social and bake sale. The UMW ladies have checked the sign-up sheets and I believe we are ready! The set-up day is Wednesday the 9th at 1 PM. Thursday, get your aprons on, mixing bowls out, and make your favorite breads, rolls, or treats for the gals to sell. Individual serving sizes always do well.

Some of the early prep gals will be at the church by 4 PM on Friday, when strawberries rule the day! A reminder to all you volunteers, check the sign-up sheets to review what you are doing, the time, and what day.

Thank You!!!!

Thank you to the men who gave of your time and talent to build a storage building to house the lawnmower that was donated to CUMC. Thank you also to the person who donated the lawnmower, making it easier for the men who mow. It is because of the generosity of people like you, and many others in our congregation, that CUMC is able to maintain such a positive financial status.

To my church family,

I want to thank the entire congregation for the plant, card, and money presented to me in honor of administrative assistant day. It is very much appreciated and warms my heart to know how much you care. I thank you for the opportunity to serve you and our awesome God.

Thanks and blessings!!!!!
Konnie Grant

Announcements and Stuff

Happiness Is An Attitude

The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today.

Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.

After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window.

“I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.

“Mrs. Jones, you haven’t seen the room …. just wait.”

“That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” she replied.

“Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged … it’s how I arrange my mind.

I already decided to love it … It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away … just for this time in my life.”

– Unknown Author

A Day At The Beach
The ladies of the church are invited to Hicks’ place at Big Flower Creek on Lake Michigan for an afternoon on the beach.
Wednesday July12. 12:00 to about 2:00
• Just a nice day to read, walk the beach and share laughter with each other.
• Depending on the weather, we will be outdoors.
• Bring your own brown bag lunch and a folding beach chair if you have one.
• Have a jacket or sweater as it can be cool out here.
• I will provide fruit, beverage and a dessert. Paper plates, cups and utensils will be available.
• Please carpool as parking is limited.
• Pray for good weather.
• Please sign-up on the sign-up sheet on the back table so I know how many to plan for.

Address: 11725 Valley Rd.
Directions: West on Webster Rd. South on 48th (Lehman Rd) to Roosevelt. West on Roosevelt to Indian Hills. South on Indian Hills, thru the woods, thru the gate, turn right at the fork in the road, down the hill and hairpin turn to the right. 4th cottage with brown barn.
Call if you get lost. 231.894.8967.

Diana Hicks

Upcoming Events
• August – Bonfire & Potluck (Home of the Petersons)
• Movies/Potluck will be starting again in the Fall.

Watch for more details as each event draws near.

Upcoming Events
On the third Thursday in July, the UMW will conduct their final meeting before the Strawberry Social to be held on August 11th. We ladies appreciate the many people whom have signed up to help. The time on Thursday will be announced in church. Don’t forget we need donations for the bake sale and as always, garden “stuff” is welcome!
Our gals meet at 1 o’clock for UMW and all are welcome. If there is enough interest, after the meeting at around 2 PM, I will give a talk and demonstration about the quilt retreat at the Mennonite Retreat Center near Sturgis, Michigan that I attended June 18 through June 23. We made quilt blocks representing some of the women of the bible. The instructor gave a brief history of nine women and what their quilt blocks represented. Quilters and non-quilters are welcome.

Edie

Good Morning,
This is God.
I will be handling your
problems today.
I do NOT need your help,
so have a Good Day!

Nursery Schedule
7/2 – Karen Anderson
7/9 – Edith Bogart
7/16 – Liz Grossman
7/23 – Carol Adams
7/30 – Kathy Ohman

Strawberry Social/Bake Sale
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for August 11th from 5pm – 7pm for the Annual Strawberry Social/Bake Sale. We have had a good response to our cry for help and the UMW wants to thank you all for agreeing to help with the set-up, clean-up, baking, serving, etc. The advertising flyers are out for the public to see and we’ve invited a group of bicyclists to join us. We’re looking for a record crowd this year. Hope to see you all there!

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