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Special Advent Offerings, Programs and Worship

This Advent Season we will have opportunities to bring the Holiday Season into our hearts and to others in very significant ways.

First, we will have two evenings for Advent study. We will be using an Advent Study program developed by James Moore “Christmas Gifts That Won’t Break”. We will meet at 5:30 pm on Monday December 4th and again on Monday December 11th. We will be gathering together starting with a Potluck and then having devotions, scripture readings, video presentations, and discussion. “Christmas Gifts That Won’t Break” will open up to us some very unique and blessed ways to view our Christmas Celebration and this very special season.

Second, returning for us this year on Sunday Evening December 17th, at 5:00 pm will be our gathering for a Blue Christmas Service where we will begin to learn to celebrate the season without those very special people who are in our hearts and who have been in our lives and now are no longer here physically with us.

Third, during the Advent Season, our four Advent Sunday Worship Services will be formed around a series of messages entitled “The Wonders of Christmas” where we will explore and experience the celebration of the birth of our Savior Jesus The Christ Child in many blessings.
Fourth, On Christmas Eve we will meet Sunday morning for our regular worship service and then will meet again that night at 6:00 pm for a candlelight service of song, prayer and worship to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Fifth, we’re getting a group together to sing Christmas carols and serve snacks over at Heartland Healthcare in Whitehall on December 10th at 2:00 pm. Please come join in the fun and help to take some holiday cheer to the shut-ins.

Thank you to All!

The Missions Committee would like to thank the congregation for so willingly supporting the outreach projects we’ve put before you – donating/serving a meal for Family Promise four times this year; collecting cleaning supplies for Love, INC; supported Teen Challenge and UMCOR; and donating to the Shalom offering every month for our local families in need. The overwhelming amount of food collected for the food bank was truly a blessing. It was delivered to Lebanon Lutheran Church in Whitehall and was received with many thanks. Good job fellow CUMC congregants. God has blessed us in many ways and you’re, in turn, blessing others. Keep up the good work!

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.

Nursery Schedule

12/3 –  Liz Grossman
12/10 – Karen Anderson
12/17 – Edith Bogart
12/24 – Carol Adams
12/31 – Kathy Ohman

Announcements and Stuff

Game Day
Mark your calendars for Thursday, November 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!!! Bring a snack, a game and a friend if you’d like, or just bring yourself. Questions ask Reba or Konnie Grant.

Day Trip Open to All
Want to get into the Christmas spirit? Try the Christkindlmarket in Chicago. This would be a long one-day trip by train from Holland, MI to Chicago, Illinois. The train leaves early 6:30 a.m. and returns by 10:30 p.m. Cost by train ranges between $41 to $46 round trip depending on if you travel by coach or business class. Contact Mechelle Schneider if interested in going. The plan is to go December 5th tentatively. This date could be flexible. In Chicago we would spend the day at the market, lunch, and still have time to take in the magnificent mile. The website below could help you preview the vendors at the market. Interested people could car pool from Montague to Holland for the train.

Prayer Cards
Starting in November, we will be placing prayer cards on the back of the pews near the hymnals. It is our hope that if you know of someone who could benefit from being called on, either in person or by phone, by Pastor Gary or a lay person, that you will complete the form and place it in the collection plate. This will help Pastor Gary to stay informed of anyone that has not been lifted up verbally during the service but is in need of spiritual care. Thank you!

Time Change
Don’t forget to set your clocks back on Sunday, November 5th. You’d look pretty silly walking in to church during the Benediction…. Just sayin’……😊 😊!

UMW News
Well here it is, nearly November and we United Methodist Women are forging ahead on our Christmas plans! By the time you read this, it will most likely be in the November newsletter.

During our October meeting we set a date of November 30th to decorate the church just ahead of the first Sunday of Advent, which is December 3rd. Of course, that party to decorate the church means pizza first at noon! This also marks the end of our monthly meetings till the third Thursday in March.

We will still be thinking of ways to earn funds for the well project that our “country sister church, St John’s Catholic church” and Father Peter introduced to us. We discussed making a quilt for a silent auction and perhaps involving the St James Lutheran Church out of Shelby. Of course, we love to gather together to eat, so a lovely luncheon after a cold winter Sunday service is also considered; or breakfast? We will see what will work and hopefully involve an enthusiastic congregation.

So, it is full speed ahead to our holiday season to celebrate our Savior’s birth.

Nursery Schedule
11/5 – Carol Adams
11/12 – Kathy Ohman
11/19 – Joyce Twiss
11/26 – Doris Graham

Food Donations, Please
The holidays are coming, and many area needy families find it hard to pay bills, buy gifts, and put food on the table during this time. We will be collecting food for an area food bank during the month of November so all our brothers and sisters in Christ will have a blessed Thanksgiving. Donations may be brought to the fellowship hall.

“The Significance
Of oneself
cannot be measured by the
fame and glory of this world
or the material things we have,
but by the

Love and Compassion
you have shown to others
every day of your life,
without fame or glory or thanks.
just in the name of love.

And Maybe,
Just Maybe,
all the little things
we do for one another
is the most significant thing
you and I might do in our lifetime.”

Mi Sun

Announcements and Stuff

Thank You!
September 29th our church participated for the second time as a minor exchange for Ragnar Relay, a race from Pere Marquette to Traverse City. We are blessed to have so many willing volunteers in our church. Women baked cookies for the runners. Men and women helped with the race, directing traffic, recording runners, cheering the participants on. For our efforts, Ragnar donates $500 to our congregation, but the Ragnar Relay is much more than that. It gives us an opportunity to showcase our faith by serving the runners, praying for their safety, and actually looking out for their safety on the course. Without our awesome volunteers this would not be possible. A huge thank you to all!

A memorial service will be held for Carol Weller to celebrate her life and all she has done for CUMC. We will be gathering at 4 PM on Wednesday, October 11th. Please help spread the word.

Nursery Schedule
10/1 – Kathy Ohman
10/8 – Bev Grumm
10/15 – Doris Graham
10/22 -Karen Anderson
10/29 -Edith Bogart

Upcoming Events

• Our Church Conference will be held at the Montague UMC on October 15th . We will be gathering at 1:30PM. Worship will begin at 2PM with the Charge Conference will follow at 3PM. (Reminder: SPRC will be meeting on Saturday, October 14th at 10:30 AM. We will meet at the Montague UMC.)
• Monday night Movies/potlucks has resumed. We start eating and watching the movie at 5:30pm. Bring a dish to pass and come join the fun.
• Card making parties are being held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 2PM if there are enough people interested. Check with Carol Adams each month to confirm the event.

Announcements and Stuff

Sunday School Resuming
Sunday School year will begin on September 10th with the adults starting promptly at 9:30am in their classroom. The children will be starting at 9:45am with the opening in the sanctuary and then will move to their classroom. Everyone is welcome and bringing your friends is encouraged. The more, the merrier.

Nursery Schedule
9/3 – Doris Graham
9/10 – Karen Anderson
9//17 -Edith Bogart
9/24 -Carol Adams

Adult Sunday School
The Life Application Study Bible says that we as Christians can blend into our surroundings just as a chameleon does by changing colors. Paul, in his writings to the Corinthians, deals with ways we try to adjust our colors to life.

For eight weeks, we will look at 1 Corinthians and how Paul saw the early Jewish-Christian living as individuals and as a church and offers solutions and teaching for us, as believers, in our modern day life.

Pastor Gary will be leading “A Look at Life through Colored Glass” as we study
1 Corinthians beginning on September 10th and running through October. Class time will begin promptly at 9:30am and end at 10:15am so that we can have time to prepare to enter worship.

Upcoming Events

• We will be hosting the Reebok Ragnar Relay race again this year on Sept. 29th or 30th. Mechelle Schneider oversees this event and will have more information to pass on as she gets it from Ragnar.

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

• Monday night Movies/potlucks will be starting again September 11th at 5:30pm. Plan to bring a dish to pass and join us in fellowship.

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

The Four F’s Gathering
Fun – Food –Fellowship – Fire: at the Peterson’s
Campfire, Hotdogs and Marshmallows
Saturday September 9th
5:00 pm until?
Bring a dish to share. Hotdogs, buns and marshmallows provided.

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.


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

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.


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?

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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!