Red Bird Mission Team in Beverly, Kentucky – October 2017

At Brighton First United Methodist Church we believe that we are transformed by God to transform the world. Here are some of the many ways people of all ages and abilities can participate in transforming the world. For more information on our Missions Committee, contact chairperson Don Urban at

*Mission Leaders and Missions

   *For additional information regarding these ministries please contact the mission leader. If a mission leader’s contact info isn’t available, contact chairperson Don Urban at

Appalachian Service Project (ASP) for Youth
Laura Kelly
ASP is a Christian ministry, open to all people, that inspires hope and service through volunteer home repair in Central Appalachia.  Brighton First youth and adult volunteers spends a week in the summer helping to make homes warmer, safer and drier.  Youth who have completed 8th grade and older are invited to attend.

Appalachian Service Project (ASP) for Men
Mike Barrett
ASP for men is a Christian ministry during a four day weekend trip to Appalachia to make homes warmer, safer and drier.

Cass-Community Social Services, Detroit
Greg Guise
This is a soul filling one day mission opportunity at Cass Community Social Services in downtown Detroit. Sign-up sheet in the Community Room or email Greg Guise. We meet up at the church parking lot at 8 am and return to Brighton by 4 pm on Saturday.

Hope’s Closet
Mary Kushner
Hopes Closet provides for immediate needs of Livingston County foster families who take in children at a moment’s notice.  The closet has clothing and provisions for newborns to children’s size 14; as well as cribs, bedding, car seats and other essentials.

Love INC Bedding Ministry
Ginger Van Blaricum
Love INC stands for “Love In the Name of Christ” and coordinates assistance for individuals in Livingston County. It is considered a “gap” ministry inteneded to fill in some of the areas that are not covered by other assistance programs. The program is a cooperative of many churches in our county, each church offering a unique service, and we are pleased to be part of this collaborative effort. Brighton First provides bedding to Love INC clients. Many services are available through Love INC. Do you need assistance? Call Love INC at 517-552-3620

Mobility Worldwide (PET)
Olivia Karaska:
PET (now known as Mobility Worldwide) seeks to reflect the love of God through the gift of mobility. Jungle wheelchairs are created for those who live in places with a rough terrain. The hand cranked bike provides people with a more durable mode of transportation to help them being a member of society to provide for themselves and their families.

Red Bird Mission Team, Kentucky
Fred and Donna Thompson
This mission in Beverly, Kentucky serves the physical, educational and spiritual needs of Appalachia. Red Bird Missions is a ministry of the United Methodist Church. There are opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to participate in this trip that usually happens in October.

Rio Bravo Mission Team, Mexico
Gary Tobel
Rio Bravo is a one-week mission trip to Rio Bravo, Mexico to provide a variety of services such as building small homes, (Casita’s) for local people who do not have adequate housing, working on community buildings and schools and provide Bible school and Medical assistance.

Severe Weather Network Livingston County
Mike Barrett
The Severe Weather Network is a community Church program to house homeless adult men and women and to connect them to resources in Livingston county to find long term permanent housing.

United Methodist Women   
Barb Terry
Serving Since: 2013   A community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.  The various circles of women support the church missions as well as missions presented by UMW to the congregation.

Mission in a Day

Blanket Sunday (Church World Service)
Don Urban
Each winter we take a special offering, “selling blankets”, your donation of $10 provides a blanket through Church World Services for a refugee somewhere in the world.

Bountiful Harvest
Greg Kushner
Bountiful Harvest Food Pantry is committed to helping the needy individuals and families of Livingston county. Working with local merchants and agencies, we are able to provide our BHFP family with food, clothing, crafts, support groups and counseling. BFUMC provides volunteers on the first Saturday of each month to work in the food pantry from 7am to 12noon. BHFP is located in the basement of St. Georges Lutheran Church at 803 W. Main Street, Brighton, MI 48116. BHFP is a 501(c)(3) all volunteer non-profit organization.

CASS Community Social Services Saturday Missions
Greg Guise
Cass Community Social Services ( fights poverty and creates opportunity in the city of Detroit, and we can continue supporting their efforts in 2018.  Please consider joining one of our Saturday missions. Winter and Spring 2018 opportunities will include February 17, March 10, April 21 and May 19. Each month, we will depart from the church parking lot at approximately 8:00 a.m. and return by approximately 4:00 p.m.

Community Connect (Sock Drive)
Heather Buttorff
Community Connect is a yearly event which connects people in Livingston County with goods, services, and information that can help them. Over the past three years, our church has collected and distributed thousands of socks at this event. This one-day event (held the first weekend of February) is vast and I encourage those who haven’t been a part of it to come and see the wonderful good that is occurring right in our own area.

CROP Walk (Church World Service)
Mary Kushner
Every fall we participate in this national fundraiser supporting hunger causes locally and abroad. We always need walkers. Walkers raise money by obtaining financial pledges of support. The Walk is in early October. The Walk is approximately 3.2 miles.

Fish and Loaves Community Dinner
Mary Margaret Whitley
Fish and Loaves is a free community dinner that is served every Sunday in Brighton at a local Brighton church. Fish and Loaves is coordinated by Love INC and serves all who come seeking food and fellowship. First United Methodist Church of Brighton serves dinner in our Fellowship Hall (lower level) on the 4th Sunday of every month, April through December.

Gleaner’s Community Food Bank
We collect food weekly for the local food bank. We have a grocery cart in our Community Room (upper level) for collecting food. Call Gleaner’s at 313-923-3535 or go to their website for information.

Gifts of Hope (Christmas)
Mary Kushner
Gifts of Hope is a ministry that provides Christmas gifts for Livingston County foster children. All children who receive gifts are recommended by their case workers from the Michigan Department of Human Services. A sponsorship is providing approximately $100 worth of gifts for a child. You can sponsor a child by shopping from a wish list or by making a monetary or gift card donation. If $100 is a challenge, donate what you can and we will team you up with other sponsors to make wishes come true. For the past few years Brighton First sponsored over 90 children.

Hope’s Closet (Year-round ministry)
Mary Kushner
Hope’s Closet is an outreach to foster children and foster families of Livingston County. This ministry helps by providing furniture, clothing, and diapers. Contact coordinator Mary Kushner or call the church office at 810-229-8561 and ask to leave a message on the Hope’s Closet voicemail.

NOAH Lunches (Central United Methodist Church, Detroit)      
Bill Drabing
We provide over 400 bag lunches for this ministry at Central United Methodist Church at 23 E. Adams, Detroit MI, 48226. NOAH stands for “Networking, Organizing and Advocating for the Homeless.”

Salvation Army
Brighton First church members volunteer to be bell ringers (coordinated in December by Agnes Hoshal) at several of the Salvation Army “red kettle” sites during the Christmas holiday season.  Call the Salvation Army with any questions at 517-546-4750 or go to their website

Six Special Sundays of the United Methodist Church
Don Urban or go to the United Methodist Church Web Page:
Churchwide Special Sundays offerings provide refuge in times of disaster, promote peace and justice, provide scholarships and student loans, reach out to the community, teach skills to encourage self-sufficiency and share the love of Jesus Christ with God’s people everywhere. The Six Sundays are:
Human Relations Day (Sunday before the national observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday) strengthens United Methodist outreach to communities in the United States and Puerto Rico, encouraging social justice and work with at-risk youth.
UMCOR Sunday (fourth Sunday in Lent) Previously known as One Great Hour Of Sharing, this Sunday enables the United Methodist Committee on Relief to reach out through worldwide ministries of food, shelter, health and peace.
Native American Ministries Sunday (third Sunday of Easter) nurtures mission with Native Americans and provides scholarships for United Methodist Native American seminarians.
Peace With Justice Sunday (first Sunday after Pentecost) enables The United Methodist Church to have a voice in advocating for peace and justice through a broad spectrum of global programs.
World Communion Sunday (first Sunday of October) provides scholarships for U.S. racial- and ethnic-minority students and international students, on both undergraduate and graduate levels.
United Methodist Student Day (last Sunday of November) furnishes scholarships and loans for students attending United Methodist-related and other accredited colleges and universities.

Spirit Lake Craft Fair
Ginger Van Blaricum
Our church has supported Spirit Lake Mission on the Indian reservation in North Dakota, since 2006. Initially members from Brighton First worked on homes throughout the reservation. Now, we support Spirit Lake through donations, specifically through booth rental proceeds from the Brighton First Annual Craft Show in November.

St. Andrews Breakfast Mission, Ann Arbor
Bill Drabing
We serve breakfast and visit with residents at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Ann Arbor on Saturday mornings throughout the year. Dates are posted on the church calendar click here for calendar.. Contact Bill Drabing if you would like to help out.

VINA Dental Clinic
VINA is a low cost dental facility on our church campus providing dental care to low income, uninsured residents of Livingston county. Visit their website at , or call/email at 810-844-0240 or

West Hickory Haven Monthly Birthday Party-Sponsored by the United Methodist Women (UMW)
Each month the United Methodist Women (UMW) host a birthday party at West Hickory Haven nursing center in Milford. They serve refreshments, pass out song books, and enjoy conversation with the residents. Volunteers are more than welcome to bring their children or grandchildren as the nursing home residents love having the kids present during this special time.

Giving Opportunities

Love INC Gas Vouchers
Brighton First Church Office
Brighton First provides gas vouchers and make them available to residents of Livingston County that have been referred to Brighton First through Love in The Name of Christ (Love INC).  Please call Love INC at (517) 552-3620 for assistance.

Protivin Partnership, Czech Republic
Agnes and Dr. Verne Hoshal
Specially designated donations support this United Methodist Church in the Czech Republic. As a sister congregation to Brighton First, we offer financial support, communicate regularly with the local pastor and send people to work in mission there.

Torch Food Truck
Mary Kushner
“Free is how we Roll” This ministry provides fresh warm food for those in need during the summer months in Livingston county.

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
Don Urban
We Supporting programs that fight hunger and poverty on an as needed basis, assist the displaced and respond to disasters.

United Methodist Church Spotlight Giving Each Month

We support missions around the world. We believe that contributing to the following missions assures that we are balancing our financial gifts with the needs in the world. There are numerous opportunities to contribute to these missions, or you may designate your offering at any time, to any of these.

  • Apportionments – Financial gifts from our regular offering to support the connectional ministries of the United Methodist Church.
  • CASS Community Services (#1151) – Specially designated donations that support this ministry to the poor, mentally ill, cognitively impaired and addicted residents of Detroit.
  • NOAH (#1162) – Specially designated donations that support this ministry to the homeless of Detroit.
  • VINA Dental Clinic (#1134) – Specially designated donations that support the low-income dental clinic on our campus.
  • Missionary Sonya Luna (#3019618) – Director for Hispanic and Latino Ministries, Michigan.
  • Protivin Sister Church (#00399A) – Specially designated donations support this United Methodist church in the Czech Republic. As a sister congregation to Brighton First, we offer support financially, communicate regularly with the local pastor and send people to work in mission there.
  • Spirit Lake Mission (#3020453) – Specially designated donations support this mission to the Native American people of the Spirit Lake Nation in North Dakota
  • Blankets through Church World Services (#982810) – Each winter we take a special offering, “selling blankets”, your donation of $5 provides a blanket through Church World Services for a refugee somewhere in the world.
  • CROP Walk (982380) – Each fall we recruit walkers and sponsors to participate in this nationwide effort. Through Church World Services funds are raised in an effort to eradicate hunger.
  • Heifer International (#982418) -Fill an Ark! – Working with communities to end hunger and poverty
  • Haiti Hot Lunch Program (#418790) – The Hot Lunch program provides children in EMH schools with hot, nutritional meals, that many children otherwise would not receive. Before the program, children would attend school relying only on the breakfast eaten at home or snack foods purchased in the street. This program ensures access to nutritional meals, cooked on-site, to provide energy to learn throughout the day.
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