September 23rd Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
September 23, 2018 10:30am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song SUMH #2131
“Humble Thyself in the Sight of the Lord”

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: Who is wise and understanding among us?
All: Those who seek wisdom and understanding each and every day. Those who delight in God and meditate on God’s law.
One: Come, learn more about wisdom from above, a wisdom that yields a harvest of righteousness.
All: O God, your wisdom is more precious than jewels! We draw near to you.

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

*Opening Prayer

*Hymn “Are Ye Able” UMH #530

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 UMH # 581
“Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service”

SHARING THE WORD
Old Testament Reading Proverbs 31:10-31 Page 535
*Gospel Reading Mark 9:30-37 Page 821

Message “But I Want to Be First” Pastor Gary

Prayer

*Hymn SUMH #2223
“They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love”

Benediction

Reminder: Don’t forget the luncheon for Deb Aebig following today’s service. Let’s send her off with lots of love and prayers.

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

Pianist Megan Schihl
Liturgist Edith Bogart
Nursery Doris Graham
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

Please Join Us
For A Luncheon Fundraiser
To  Benefit Deb Aebig
September 23

Claybanks Church is having a luncheon fundraiser  for one of our own, Deb Aebig, who will be going to Chicago to undergo a stem cell transplant.  We, as a church, want to help defray Deb’s medical costs and also send her off with lots of love and prayers.

All are invited!  Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 23rd
at 11:45 a.m.
Help us spread the love!
(and keep Deb in your prayers)

September 16th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
September 16, 2018 10:30 am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” UMH #89

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: Just as the heavens burst forth in praise to God….
All: We celebrate God’s abundant and powerful love.
One: Day by day, and night by night….
All: God watches over us, loving and healing us.
One: Come, celebrate with joy the love of God.
All: Open our hearts and spirits, Lord, and teach us your ways. AMEN.

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

*Opening Prayer

*Hymn “I Will Follow Him” Overhead

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 “The Old Rugged Cross” UMH #504

SHARING THE WORD
Old Testament Reading Psalm 19 Page 433
*Gospel Reading Mark 8:27-38 Page 820

Message Pastor Gary
“Jesus Commands That We Take the Cross and Follow Him”

Prayer

*Hymn “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” SUMH #2129

Benediction

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

Pianist Megan Schihl
Liturgist Konnie Grant
Nursery Doris Graham
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

September 2nd Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
September 2, 2018 10:30am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song “Time Now to Gather” SUMH # 2265

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: Receive life as a gift from God.
All: We will give generously to others from the gift of our lives.
One: Hear the words of your faith and rise to act.
All: We will be doers of the Word, acting out our faith and love.
One: Arise and come away.
All: We rise to serve with hearts overflowing with love.

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

*Opening Prayer

*Hymn “America the Beautiful” UMH # 696
Honoring Labor Day

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 “Change My Heart, O God” UMH # 2152

SHARING THE WORD
First Reading James 1:17-27 Page 980
*Gospel Reading Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Page 818

Message “We Can Be The Solution” Pastor Gary

Words of Assurance

The Great Thanksgiving

Prayer

*Hymn “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” UMH # 384

Benediction

Reminder: The Worship Design, Trustees, and Ad Council meetings will now be held on the 3rd Tuesday of the odd months. (September 18th.)

Church Calendar
Sunday, September 2, 2018 – Communion
10:30 am – Worship
Sunday, September 9, 2018
9:30 am – Adult Sunday School
9:45 am – Youth Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship

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

Pianist Megan Schihl
Liturgist Doris Graham
Nursery Kathy Ohman
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

Pastor’s Ponderings

As Christians and as Methodists we are sometimes criticized by others and ourselves as being too serious and not always taking the time to recognize the humor in life, to laugh and to smile. This message is written for the lighter side to find encouragement and usefulness. I thank Frank and Larry Gamby old friends from Fennville for passing on the “Missouri Chigger” for the background of this message.

Food for Thought:
There is no need to fear the wind if your haystacks are tied down.
Wisdom is the comb given to a man after he has lost his hair.
Three best things to have plenty of – sunshine, wisdom and generosity.
Everyone lays a burden on the willing horse.
Why should we go to church and encourage those Christians who say to us that, “I am a Christian but don’t need to attend church”?
A church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to Church every Sunday. “I have gone to church for 30 years now,” he wrote, “And I have heard about fifteen hundred sermons. But for the life of me I cannot remember much about any particular one. So I think that I am wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.”

This started a real controversy in the letters to the editor section much to the delight of many. The discussion and letter writing went on for a number of weeks until one letter brought the discussion to a halt.

The writer wrote: “I have been married for thirty years now. In that time my wife and I have cooked and consumed some thirty thousand meals. But for the life of me, I cannot remember the entire menu for a specific one of those meals. But I know this…They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my labor each day. If my wife or I had not consumed these meals, we would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!”
When you are DOWN to nothing ..God is UP to something! Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible! Thank God for
our physical and our spiritual nourishment!

Thank you, Robert McPheeters for sharing your great insight so that we might be able share this important concept with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

As we approach the end of summer it is my prayer and I ask the church parish to continue to pray that we extend a hand and welcome for those who seek spiritual feeding and know that Jesus went to the cross not only for all of us, He would have done it even if we were only one lost sheep. It is in His resurrection that we can know the love of God for each of us, His “Children.” This love will bring us together for eternity.

Pastor Gary

 

Announcements and Stuff

“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.

Fall Adult Sunday School
Adult Sunday School will begin on Sunday September 9th at 9:30 am with our youth as they return to Christian Study. Our Adult Class will pick up where we left off late last spring in Hebrews. We will begin by reviewing Chapter 8 and continuing through chapter 9. Class will run for about six weeks. We will take a short break and then begin an Advent Series: Faithful – Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph. This study is the newest study developed by Adam Hamilton for our 2018 Advent Season and includes outside reading, a short DVD presentation each week with class discussion. All are welcome to participate in both studies as they are available.

Youth Sunday School Beginning
Mechelle Schneider has graciously agreed to fulfill the position of Superintendent of Children’s Education. She will also be teaching the upper elementary/high school children while Karissa Pease will continue to teach the elementary children. Sunday School will begin on September 9th at 9:45 am with song time with Megan followed by classroom studies starting at 10 am. If you know of a child not already affiliated with a church, please invite them to join in the fun. CUMC would love to plant as many seeds in as many children as possible. After the seeds are planted, God will nourish them in His time.

Calendar for Worship and Adult Study
Fall 2018-Spring 2019
Sunday School Begins September 9 for Youth and Adults
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 December 16
Christmas Eve Service Monday December 24
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)

Mark Your Calendars!
The New Era Christian School Fundraising Auction will be Saturday, October 20! Get ready to bid on great items and services donated by area business and supporters as you enjoy an evening of fellowship, food and fun! As part of this year’s auction theme, NECS Art Prize, art work done by students will be on displayed and up for bid! The silent auction is from 5:00-6:15 p.m. with the live auction starting at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be available from 5:00-7:00 p.m. All proceeds directly benefit New Era Christian School. If you have questions or would like to make a donation, please contact event chairs Val Vincent at (Vincentdvj@gmail.com or 231-329-2292) or Katie Bultema (231-206-0018). You can also obtain information through the school office at 861-5450.

Nursery Schedule
9/2 – Kathy Ohman
9/9 – Joyce Twiss
9/16 – Doris Graham
9/23 – Edith Bogart
9/30 – Carol Adams

Upcoming Worship Schedule

9/2 – Song of Solomon 2:8-13 / Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
“Children Wash Your Hands”
Labor Day Weekend

9/9 – Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 / James 2:1-10, 11-17
“Even Today We Still Discriminate”
Sunday School Begins

9/16 – Psalm 19 / Mark 8:27-38
“Jesus Commands That We take the Cross and Follow Him”

9/23 – Proverbs 31:10-31 / Mark 9:30-37
“But I Want to Be First!”

9/30 – Open – Yet to be determined
Looking for y our suggestions!