December 29th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
December 29, 2019 10:30 a.m.
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Epiphany of the Lord Sunday

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song “Good Christians Friends, Rejoice” v.1 UMH#224

Prelude

*Processional
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:​ When an angel of the Lord appeared to Mary, Mary said yes, even in the midst of unknown.
All: ​When an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph, Joseph said yes, even in the midst of uncertainty.
Leader: ​When we consider the origins of our Christian faith in the midst of mystery and glory, we say yes to God.
All: ​When we celebrate the birth of Christ, we proclaim God is with us, Emmanuel.
Leader:​ Come! Let us worship.

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “What Child Is This” v.3 UMH#219

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time–
After prayers, sing the Children out – “Jesus Loves Me.” Children 5 and under are welcome to remain in worship or go to the nursery at this time. Shalom Sunday

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology UMH #95

Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn Carol Sing Congregation’s Choice

Sharing of the Word

Old Testament Reading: ​​Psalm 148 ​​page 508
*Gospel Reading: ​​​Matthew 1:18-25​ page 783

Message: Protecting Your Family Pastor Gary

Prayer

*Hymn “Joy to the World ” v. 1,2,4 UMH#246

Benediction

Calendar and Announcements

Sunday, December 29, 2019
Sunday School will resume in January
10:30 a.m. – Worship: Shalom Sunday

Sunday, January 5, 2020
Sunday School 9:30 Youth 9:45
10:30 a.m. – Worship: Communion Sunday

Email: glpeterson32@frontier.com
Office Telephone: 231-923-0573
Office email: ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com
Website: http://www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist​​​:​ Suzanne Bellrichard
Liturgist: Darwin Parsons
Nursery: Doris Graham
Ministers:​ All People As We Live the Good News

Christmas Eve Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
December 24, 2019 6:00 pm
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Christmas Eve

Prelude

*Carol: ​​​“Once in Royal David’s City”​ UHM#250
(We will stand during this carol and the last carol; all others please remain seated.)

Opening Prayer

First Lesson: ​​​​​​​John’s Prologue – Pastor Gary

Lighting of the Advent Candles

Carol:​​​​ “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful” ​ UMH#234

Second Lesson: ​​​​​​​​ John The Baptist

Carol: “Joy To The World” (verses 1 & 2) UMH#246

Third Lesson: ​​​​​​​​ Jesus Is Born

Carol: “Angels We Have Heard On High” UMH#238

Fourth Lesson: ​​​​​​​​ The Shepherds

Homily – ​​​​​​​​​ Pastor Gary

Carol: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks” No. 236 (versus 1, 2, 3 & 6) UMH#236

Fifth Lesson: The Wise Men

Special Music: ​​​​​​​“What Child Is This”

Carol: “The First Noel” (versus 1, 2 & 3) UMH#245

A Christmas Prayer – Pastor Gary

Carol: “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” UHM#240

Six Lesson: And Then…..

The Great Thanksgiving

After you have received communion please accept a candle from the ushers and form a circle around the sanctuary for the passing of the Christ Light.

Circle of Light Passing of the Christ Light: We will pass Christ’s Light while the congregation sings “Silent Night” (See insert to bulletin)

Benediction

Extinguishing of Candles

Following our singing of “Silent Night” please extinguish your candles safely and deposit them in the box provided as you exit the sanctuary. Please remain quiet as you leave the sanctuary until you gather among family and friends in the Fellowship Hall.

If you wish, you may place your Christmas offering in the offering plate found as you exit the sanctuary in the Fellowship Hall. Tonight special offering will go to support a family in need of heat this winter.

Have a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

If you purchased a Poinsettia, you may pick it up after the service from the front of the Sanctuary

December 22nd Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
December 22, 2019 10:30 a.m.
*Indicates to stand as you are able
Fourth Sunday of Advent

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” v.1,2 UMH#240

Prelude

*Processional
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:​ When an angel of the Lord appeared to Mary, Mary said yes, even in the midst of unknown.
All: ​When an angel of the Lord appeared to joseph, Joseph aid yes, even in the midst of uncertainty.
Leader: ​When we consider the origins of our Christian faith in the midst of mystery and glory, we say yes to God.
All: ​When we celebrate the birth of Christ, we proclaim God is with us, Emmanuel.
Leader:​ Come! Let us worship.

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “While Shepherds Watched …..” v.1, 2, 5, & 6 UMH#236

The Lighting of the Advent Candles

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time–
After prayers, sing the Children out – “Jesus Loves Me.” Children 5 and under are welcome to remain in worship or go to the nursery at this time.

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology UMH #95

Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn “O Come, All Ye Faithful” v. 1, 3 UMH#234

Sharing of the Word

First Reading: ​​​Romans 1:1-7​​page 913
*Gospel Reading: ​​​Matthew 1:18-25​page 783

Message: Mary Becomes Engaged to Joseph Pastor Gary

Prayer

*Hymn “Angels from Realms of Glory ” v. 1-4 UMH#220

Benediction

Calendar and Announcements

Sunday, December 22, 2019
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. – Worship: Fourth Sunday of Advent

Tuesday, December 24, 2019
6:00 p.m. Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

Sunday, December 29, 2019
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. – Worship: Shalom Sunday

Email: glpeterson32@frontier.com
Office Telephone: 231-923-0573
Office email: ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com

Website: http://www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com
Pianist​​:​​ ​ Suzanne Bellrichard
Liturgist:
Nursery: Joyce Twiss
Ministers​: All People As We Live the Good News

December 15th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
December 15, 2019 10:30 a.m.
*Indicates to stand as you are able
Third Sunday of Advent

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing” v.1,2 UMH#347

Prelude

*Processional
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: ​Be patient! Wait and Watch for the Lord is drawing near to us.
All:​We have gathered here this day to hear the good news and to gather strength for the times to come.
Leader: ​Be at peace with one another.
All:​​ Let love and wisdom prevail
Leader: ​Open your hearts and souls to God’s healing word.
All: ​Lord, touch our hearts. Teach us to patiently listen for your words of love. AMEN

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer ​Affirmation from 1 Timothy UMH#889

*Hymn “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” v. 1-4 UMH #218

The Lighting of the Advent Candle

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time–
After prayers, sing the Children out – “Jesus Loves Me.” Children 5 and under are welcome to remain in worship or go to the nursery at this time.

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology UMH #95

Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn “In the Bleak Midwinter” v. 1, 3 UMH#221

Sharing of the Word

First Reading: ​​​Isaiah 35:1-10​​page 578
*First Gospel Reading: ​​Luke 1:47-55 page 832
*Second Gospel Reading: ​​Matthew 11:2-11 page 792

Message: God Sent Messengers to Announce the Coming of Our Savior
Pastor Gary

Prayer

*Hymn “Be Still My Soul” v. 1,2 UMH#534

Benediction

Calendar and Announcements

Sunday, December 15, 2019
9:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Youth Sunday School
10:30 a.m. – Worship: 3rd Sunday in Advent

Thursday, December 19, 2019
7:00 p.m. – Worship: Blue Christmas

Sunday, December 22, 2019
9:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Youth Sunday School
10:30 a.m. – Worship:

Tuesday, December 24, 2019
6:00 p.m. Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

Email: glpeterson32@frontier.com
Office Telephone: 231-923-0573
Office email: ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com
Website: http://www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist​​​​: ​ Suzanne Bellrichard
Liturgist: Mark Gaultney
Nursery: Kathy Ohman
Ministers​: All People As We Live the Good News

December 8th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
December 8, 2019 10:30 a.m.
*Indicates to stand as you are able
Second Sunday of Advent

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song “Spirit Song” v.1 UMH#347

Prelude

*Processional
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: ​TBD
All: ​​
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All: ​​
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All: ​

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “Come, Thou Almighty King” v. 1-4 UMH #61

The Lighting of the Advent Candle

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time–
After prayers, sing the Children out – “Jesus Loves Me.” Children 5 and under are welcome to remain in worship or go to the nursery at this time.

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology UMH #95

Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” v. 1, 2,4 UMH#211

Sharing of the Word

First Reading: ​​​Isaiah 11:1-10​​ page 558
*Gospel Reading: ​​​Matthew 3:1-12​ page 784

Message: Bearing Good Fruit Pastor Gary

Prayer

*Hymn “I Come with Joy” v. 1,5 UMH#617

Benediction

Calendar and Announcements

Sunday, December 8, 2019
9:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Youth Sunday School
10:30 a.m. – Worship: 2nd Sunday in Advent
2:30 p.m. Caroling at the SKLD nursing home

Sunday, December 15, 2019
9:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Youth Sunday School
10:30 a.m. – Worship: 3rd Sunday in Advent

Thursday, December 19, 2019
7:00 p.m. – Worship: Blue Christmas

Tuesday, Decemeber 24, 2019
6:00 p.m. Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

Email: glpeterson32@frontier.com
Office Telephone: 231-923-0573
Office email: ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com
Website: http://www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist​​: Suzanne Bellrichard
Liturgist: Mechelle Schneider
Nursery: June Freeman
Ministers​: All People As We Live the Good News

Pastor’s Ponderings

We need your help!

A few years ago Claybanks United Methodist Church was blessed by the Munson family when they donated a home and property to our church. Two years ago the church sold the property and received a substantial amount of revenue from it. The church Administrative Council along with the recommendation of the Finance Committee invested the proceeds from the sale of the property in two ways. The first use was to make donations to Child Evangelism Fellowship which the Munson family was committed to supporting financially over the years. We also used some of the proceeds from the sale to buy second well in Nigeria. The rest of the proceeds from the sale were invested in the United Methodist Foundation Fund for Methodist Churches. Over the past two years we have seen a significant return on our investment from the fund. When the church council decided to invest these funds it was with the intent of taking a portion of the investments earned and to use by making investments in our community through gifts and grants to organizations that work to improve life and lives in our community.

We have come to a position now where we would like to have your input as to where we might invest in our community through grants and donations. We would like you to tell us as to where you might suggest we could place some of this investment income. To date we have investigated two possibilities and are looking to meet other needs in our community. Our two possibilities thus far are supporting families in crisis through Love In The Name Of Christ and supporting children and families in need through referrals from the Montague Public School. Our administrative Council believes that these are two important needs in our community yet we are hopeful that you as individuals and a congregation know of other important mission projects within our community.

We would ask you to refer possibilities to any of our Administrative Council Representatives. The more information, details and contacts that you can provide us will very much help us in our process of determining needs and responding to them. Should the financial growth that we have seen over the past two years continue we believe that we will be in a position to continue to look at and assist in a number of areas in our community. The Claybanks United Methodist Church has been blessed and we are committed to be a blessing to others.
May you, our church and our community have a blessed Christmas Season.

Pastor Gary

Announcements and Stuff

Advent and Holiday Schedule

Society of St. Andrew Devotional Booklets are available in Fellowship Hall for our Advent Season Study which beginning on Sunday December 1st.

Disciple Adult Sunday School will continue with Old Testament Study through Sunday December 22nd.

On Sunday December 8th at 2:30 we will be Caroling at the SKLD Whitehall Care Facility.

A Blue Christmas Worship will be held on Thursday December 19th at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary.

Our traditional Christmas Eve Worship Service will be celebrated at Claybanks UMC on Tuesday evening December 24th at 6:00 pm.

Sunday School will not meet on the Sundays of December 29th and January 5th.

From the Missions Team

Here is the Food Pantry we are now working with. If you are interested in volunteering, please see below!! Missions Committee-Claybanks
Trinity Lutheran Church Community Food Pantry
5631 W. Stony Lake Rd., New Era, MI 49446
231.861.4059 tlccommunityfoodpantry@gmail.com
Contact: Sandy Barber, coordinator

Opportunities to Volunteer
Saturday morning, pantry open twice a month: There are 4 teams that rotate, one team comes every 8 weeks. Pantry opens to clients @ 9:30am, volunteers arrive earlier. About 3 hrs. work. Team leader – 1, Team members – 5 to 6

Thursday afternoon/evening restock twice a month: There are 4 teams that rotate, one team comes every 8 weeks. Start 7 pm, though one team does meet at 4 pm. About 1 to 1 ½ hrs. work. Team leader – 1, Team members – 4 to 5

Milk Transportation: Transport milk Saturday am before pantry opening, return milk crates. Requires truck/minivan or trailer that can handle 36 cases of milk to/from Country Dairy. **physical** 2 teams, 2 volunteers each, alternate pickups, therefore, help once a month.

Bread Transportation: Transport bread on Thursday or Friday prior to Saturday pantry. Requires truck/minivan trailer that can handle +/- 30 cases of bread from Muskegon. **physical** 2 teams, 1 – 2 volunteers each, alternate pickups, therefore, help once a month.

Unloading Delivery Truck: Feeding America truck delivers food for pantries every other Thursday, @10:30 am. Assist with moving food into the pantry – into freezers and refrigerators, and basement storage as needed. 2 teams, 4 volunteers each, alternate unloads, therefore help once a month for about 2 hrs. **physical**

On call Volunteers: for local food pickup. This is usually short advance notice, and may or may not a truck/minivan or trailer. Time involved variable, 1-2 volunteers.

Substitutes: for Thursday restock or Saturday pantry. May be called to fill in for regular team member who cannot be there that day. 8 – 10 volunteers on the list. Contact us to be part of this wonderful ministry.

United Methodist Women

Joyful, Joyful we adore thee————-!
Oh my, it is that wonderful, joyful, stressful, anxious but hopefully a most happy time of the year.

We ladies of Claybanks UMW had a grand time decorating the sanctuary and fellowship hall to inspire the congregation on the first Sunday of Advent and throughout the holiday season. We are to happily greet the birth of Jesus no matter what circumstances impact our lives with a sense that He holds us up through the joy of his birth.

This is the month the UMW shares our funds with the organizations we have chosen to help. This year we are adding a financial gift to the White Lake Giving Tree. We also hope to collect warm gloves, mittens, hats or scarfs to help warm those persons that might need something more.

Our UMW will reconvene our regular meetings in March. All church women are welcome! Meanwhile, shalom and Merry Christmas from your UMW!

NURSERY SCHEDULE​​​​
If you cannot attend on your scheduled day please trade with someone on the list.
The nursery should be limited to children 5 years old and under.

Dec 1 ​Liz Grossman
Dec 8 ​ June Freeman
Dec 15​ Kathy Ohman
Dec 22​ Joyce Twiss
Dec 29 ​Doris Graham

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