Advent & Christmas 2022

You’re Invited on the Journey of Peace, Hope, Joy & Love

This advent season, you are invited to join The Journey of Peace, Hope, Joy and Love as we wait in anticipation for the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We will praise God in song, light Advent wreath candles, study the story of our savior’s birth, and draw nearer to Christ and one another. This advent and Christmas season, may we also be encouraged to grow in our knowledge, love, and service towards God by supporting a variety of mission opportunities through our congregation, participating in a small group Advent study on The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem by Adam Hamilton, and worshiping together in praise of God’s love through Jesus Christ. As we joyfully await our savior’s birth, may the peace, hope, joy and love of Christ be with you!

Sunday Worship

You’re invited to Advent Worship Services all month long.

  • Brighton Campus: 9:30 and 11 am
  • Whitmore Lake Campus: 9:15 am (note: new time!)
  • Online Livestream: 9:30 am on Facebook and YouTube

Sunday School, 9:30 am

Children are invited to attend Sunday School 9:30 – 10:30 am. Find the check in table downstairs below the sanctuary. Drop off before worship and pick up afterwards. You’ll find two classes: pre-k through first grade and second through sixth grade. No Sunday School Dec. 25 or Jan. 1. Learn more

Children’s Message, 11 am

Children (pre-k through sixth grade) are invited to worship with their parents through the first three songs, then they may meet their teachers in the back of the sanctuary for a short lesson and activity. They will return to the sanctuary during the offering time, before the closing songs. No Children’s Message Dec. 25 or Jan. 1. Learn more


Nursery care is provided for children (ages 12 to 36 months) of families attending worship (both services) or Sunday School at the Brighton Campus. No nursery on Sunday, Dec. 25 or Jan. 1.

Sign-in at the Check-in table outside the nursery room (lower level in the Children’s Ministry wing underneath the Sanctuary) and pick-up from the nursery room.

Youth Group

Meets Wednesdays 6-7:30 pm at The Well. Grades 5-8 meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. Grades 9-12 meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month. Contact Allison Vitale, Learn more


Poinsettias for Christmas Eve

Your donation of $20 per plant will help decorate the sanctuaries for Christmas Eve. You may, if you choose, give in honor or in memory of someone special. Following the 11 pm service on Christmas Eve, you may take home a poinsettia. Those not picked up in the week following will be shared with homebound parishioners.

Christmas Eve Services

Saturday, Dec. 24

“A Guide for Christmas At Any Age” – Christmas is not just for the young! How can we make meaning from Jesus’ birth — and make Christmas meaning-full — no matter our age? Each service includes candle lighting, Christmas music and message.

Whitmore Lake Campus

3 pm, Candlelight Service with music, scripture, message and prayer

Brighton Campus

5 pm – Band-led Worship and Glowsticks

7 pm, 9 pm, 11 pm –  Candlelight Worship (Communion at 11 pm) with music, prayer, scripture, and message


7 pm Service Livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook

Worship Sunday, Dec. 25

  • Brighton Campus – 9:30 am, Carol Sing with Mike Tooman (no 11 am service)
  • Online Worship – 9:30 am, prerecorded worship and message
  • Whitmore Lake Campus – no service

Worship Sunday, Jan. 1

Happy New Year! Regular worship schedule resumes:

  • Brighton Campus – 9:30 and 11:00 am (and online)
  • Whitmore Lake Campus – 9:15 am

Advent Studies

The Journey by Adam Hamilton

Using historical information, archaeological data, and a personal look at some of the stories surrounding the Mary, Joseph and their journey to Bethlehem, the most amazing moment in history becomes more real and heart-felt as you walk along this road.

Led by various small group leaders. Books are $13, and available for purchase in the main office. You can also access the material through videos on Amplify!

Whitmore Lake Advent Study / April Schauer / Sundays / following 9:15 am worship
Sunday Study Group / Bruce Stark / Sundays / 12 pm
Men with Tools / George Lutz / Tuesdays / 9 am
Wednesday Morning Studies / Sue Urban / Wednesdays / 9:30 am
Small Group Bible Study / Deb de Laski-Smith / Wednesdays / 7:00 pm
Wednesday Small Group / Rick and Sherry Slade / Wednesdays / 7:00 pm
Women of the Word / Anne Walters / Fridays / 12:30 pm
People of Faith / Bruce Stark / Saturdays / 9 am

Sign up online or contact Pastor Lindsey Hall,

The Journey Daily Devotions

Receive a devotion by email to begin each day of Advent with a centering message on peace, hope, joy and love. Or pick up a devotion book at the church.

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Events & Missions

There are many ways to open your heart and prepare for Christmas. Find a mission, donate a coat, socks or mittens, come to a worship service. We look forward to sharing this special time with you.

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Gifts of Hope

Dec. 5 Deadline

Gifts of Hope provides Christmas gifts for Livingston County foster children. You can sponsor a child by donating money, gift cards or shopping from a wish list. Each sponsorship is approximately $100 (you can participate at any giving level). Contact Mary Kushner to become a sponsor, or 810-220-2820.

Deadline for dropping off gifts is Dec. 5 (foster families will pick up the gifts Dec. 10). Thank you for spreading hope this Christmas!

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Hat & Mitten Tree

With your donations, the Christmas trees in the Brighton and Whitmore Lake Campuses will be adorned with new hats, scarves, mittens and gloves. At the end of the season the items will be distributed to people in need through local nonprofits.

Salvation Army Red Kettles
First United Methodist Church volunteers will be bell ringers at  Salvation Army “red kettle” sites during the Christmas holiday season. Contact Agnes Hoshal if you are interested in volunteering.

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Coats for Cass & St. Andrews

Dec. 2-4, the United Methodist Women’s Dorcas Circle are collecting new or clean, gently used coats (men’s, women’s and children’s) plus men’s long underwear and backpacks (new or in great condition). If you can volunteer to drive the donations to Cass Community Social Services the week of Dec. 6, that would be super helpful!

Contact Judy Lytwynec

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Sock Drive

The United Methodist Women are collecting non-slip socks to give to the residents at Regency of Whitmore Lake. Our goal is 126 pairs of new socks so that every resident gets a new pair of socks by Dec. 18.

Contact Darla Miller

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