July 16th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
July 16, 2017 10:30am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Sixth Sunday After Pentecost

Welcome and Announcements

Praise Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth” UMH #431

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
One: God scatters the seed and calls us to grow.
All: ​We come to grow in Christ.
One: God scatters the seeds and calls us to love.
All: ​We come to love as Christ loves.
One: God scatters the seeds and calls us to hear.
All: ​We come to listen for the word of God.

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “Wonderful words of Life” UMH #600

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time “LET’S PLANT SEEDS” Pastor Gary
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 “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” SUMH #2158

​SHARING THE WORD

Old Testament ​Psalm 119:105-112 ​Page 495
*Gospel Reading ​Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 ​Page 794

Interpretive Reading on Today’s Gospel Lesson

Morning Message Pastor Gary
“LET’S SOW SOME SEEDS”

Prayer

*Hymn “Marching to Zion” UMH #733

Benediction

Church Life
Sunday, July 16, 2017
​​10:30am – Worship

Thursday, July 20, 2017
​​1:00pm – UMW Meeting​

Sunday, July 23, 2017 – Edie Bogart Leading Worship
​​10:30am – Worship

Email: glpeterson32@frontier.com
Office email ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com
Website http://www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist​​​​ Alisa Ross
Liturgist ​​ ​​​ Art Grumm
Nursery Joyce Twiss
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

July 9th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
July 9, 2017 10:30am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

Welcome and Announcements

Praise Song “I Love You, Lord” (twice through) SUMH #2068

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
One: “Come to me,” Jesus invites.
All: ​ We come to you.
One: “Come to me, if you are tired.”
All: ​ We come to you.
One: “Come to me, if you carry burdens.”
All: ​ We come to you.
One: “Come, and discover rest for your souls.”

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “Be Thou My Vision” UMH #451

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time – “BE AN ONION CHRISTIAN”
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 “Thy Word Is a Lamp” UMH #601

​SHARING THE WORD

First Reading ​Romans 7:15-25a ​Page 918
*Gospel Reading ​Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 ​Page 792

Morning Message Pastor Gary
“LIVING WITHOUT WORRY”

Prayer

*Hymn “Make me a Captive, Lord” UMH #421

Benediction

Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles,
It takes away today’s peace.
Church Life
Sunday, July 9, 2017
​​10:30am – Worship

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
​​6:30pm Trustees Meeting
​​7:00pm Ad Council Meeting

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
​​12:00pm – 2:00pm A Day at The Beach​​

Sunday, July 16, 2017
​​10:30am – Worship

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

Pianist​​​​ Alisa Ross
Liturgist ​​ ​​​ Konnie Grant
Nursery Carol Adams
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

Upcoming Worship Schedule

Upcoming Worship Schedule

July 2 – Romans 13:1-13 / Matthew 10:40-42
“Remembering”
Dion Stumpo Guest Speaker

July 9 – Romans 7:15-25a / Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
“Living Without Worry”

July 16 – Psalm 119:105-112 / Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
“Let’s Sow Some Seeds”

July 23 – Service Lead by Edie Bogart

July 30 – Psalm 105:1-11, 45b / Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
“The Kingdom Of Heaven Is…”

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!

June 25th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
June 25, 2017 10:30am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Third Sunday After Pentecost
Welcome and Announcements

Praise Song “Glorify Thy Name” SUMH #2016

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
One: People of God, incline your ear and listen to the word of
​God.
All: ​We come with open hearts, ready to receive God’s word
​of forgiveness and love.
One: Call on the One who abounds in steadfast love.
All: ​We are ready to proclaim the good news of God in this
​place and throughout the earth!

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “Grace Greater Than Our Sin” UMH #365

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time – “GIVING TO GOD FIRST”
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 Giving

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology UMH #95

Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn “We Will Glorify” SUMH #2087

​SHARING THE WORD

Old Testament Reading ​Psalm 86:1-10 Page 473
New Testament ​Romans 6:1-11​Page 917

Morning Message Pastor Gary
“ONE OF THE GREAT TRUTHS TO CHRISTIANITY”

Prayer

*Hymn “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” SUMH #2158

Benediction

Church Life
Sunday, June 25, 2017 – Shalom Sunday
​​10:30am – Worship
​​
Sunday, July 2, 2017 – Communion
​​10:30am – Worship

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

Pianist​​​​ Shar Boerema
Liturgist ​​ ​​​ Konnie Grant
Nursery Doris Graham
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

June 18th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
June 18, 2017 10:30am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Happy Father’s Day

Welcome and Announcements

Praise Song “Loving Spirit” SUMH #2123

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: We call to the Lord,
All: And God hears our prayers.
Leader: We lift up our praise,
All: And God hears our songs.
Leader: We wait for the Lord,
All: And God answers our hope.

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “Gather Us In” SUMH #2236

2017 Annual Conference Summary Edie Bogart

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.

Father’s Day Tribute

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology UMH #95

Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing” (Vs. 1-4) UMH #57

​SHARING THE WORD

Old Testament Reading ​Genesis 18:1-15 ​Page 12
*Gospel Reading ​Matthew 9:36-10:8​Page 790

Morning Message Pastor Gary
“I’M COUNTING ON JESUS, CAN JESUS
COUNT ON YOU?”

Prayer

*Hymn “Here I Am, Lord” UMH #593

Benediction

Church Life

Sunday, June 18, 2017 – Father’s Day
​​10:30am – Worship
​​
Sunday, June 25, 2017
​​10:30am – Worship

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

Pianist​​​​ Alisa Ross
Liturgist ​​ ​​​ Edie Bogart
Nursery Kathy Ohman
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

Pastor’s Ponderings

All Things Bright And Beautiful.

Genesis 1:31 God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 he has made everything suitable for its time; moreover, he put a sense of past and future into their minds.

Matthew 6:28 ….. Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin,

All things bright and beautiful,
All things great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.

Spring has come for us here in the Claybanks Community. The days are getting much longer, the coldness of winter has moderated to warming of the days. The grass has turned green, leaves have come out, flowers begin blooming, and the animals of God have made their presence more abundant, all under God’s plan for the beauty of the earth.

Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings:
God made their glowing colors,
God made their tiny wings.

For Reba and I, summer is our favorite season of the year and our summer begins with Memorial Day Weekend. This change of seasons gives us an opportunity to reflect on the sense of the past and look into the future, to what the summer will bring, as Ecclesiastes in chapter three tells us.

As I was reading Scripture the other day and becoming distracted with my roaming thoughts, something hit me. When I went back to Scripture it became apparent about how significant the world around us is, that our Almighty God has created it for us, and how he wanted so much for us to enjoy what he had created. Sometimes it is the beauty of the earth, sometimes it is the warmth of the sun, sometimes it is the relationships that the current season provides us opportunities to be in.

The purple – headed mountains,
The river running by,
The sunset, and the morning
That brightens up the sky.

At Fennville/Pearl UMC Memorial Day was a day that we celebrated in community. Fennville had a Memorial Day Parade that went by the Fennville United Methodist Church and ended up at the cemetery just down the street where, annually, I was part of a Memorial Day Service where we recognize those who had made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could have the freedoms that we so closely cherish today. Following the service the community was invited back to the Fennville United Methodist Church for an ice cream social and hundreds of people gathered together and shared conversation around a bowl of ice cream with smiles and laughter. Following that day, I knew that summer would quickly be on its way into our lives. For Reba and I that meant attending the Annual Conference of the West Michigan United Methodist Church; this year to be held in Traverse City. Edie Bogart, Reba and I will be a part of the process as we continue to work to bring together the Detroit Conference and the West Michigan Conference into one Michigan Area Conference.

Now June is a special month in which Reba and I have birthdays, hers being before mine (which means if I do not do well then I do not do well) and as we count the years together in August we will also be able to celebrate our anniversary. These times help us reflect on not just the past times together but also give us opportunity to plan for future times together. Summer also gives us an opportunity every other year to have our grandchildren come to visit us along with their parents. And we look forward to sharing the beauty and the many different activities that we can avail ourselves of in Northern West Michigan this summer.

The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruit in the garden,
God made them everyone.

Being close to Lake Michigan is a blessing for sailing during the day and sunsets at night as Reba and I are able to quickly get to the shores of Lake Michigan and take in many of God’s blessings as we sit by the shore and absorb the warm breezes and observe the passing of another day together as the sun sets over our beautiful Lake Michigan.

My list for summer can go on and on. Sunday drives in the afternoon in our sports car, cutting of grass, gardening, washing of cars, attending music concerts in parks throughout the different communities surrounding Claybanks. Visiting with family and friends, cookouts in the backyard or picnics in the park, tubing the many different beautiful rivers in our area, extended visits of family and friends are all of the many different glories that God has created for us.

For Claybanks United Methodist Church we have the opportunity to be invitational when many of the visitors to our shores come to worship with us. We are able to bless them with our church, our friendliness, our worship together and yes, our Strawberry Social when we invite those who live in and visit the Claybanks area to come and be together in community.

It is my prayer for you and for me, that we all take time during this summer to slow down and appreciate the beauty that God has created for us, and the relationships that God has given to his children as we come together.

God gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
who has made all things well.

Text information:
All Things Bright And Beautiful
Page 147 – The United Methodist Hymnal

Pastor Gary