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We Gather Together

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021

Dear Friends of First United Methodist Church,

The COVID Task Force uses current data and guidelines from the CDC to decide how best to protect our church communities. Please join us, in keeping each other healthy and safe, by following these updated guidelines while you are at the Brighton and Whitmore Lake campuses, as of Tuesday March 1: 

  • Wearing a mask that fully covers your nose and mouth is encouraged but not required. 
  • Please practice social distancing, creating space between individuals of 6 feet. 
  • Please refrain from coming to worship or being inside the church building if you are feeling ill, or exhibit symptoms of Covid such as new or worsening fever, cough, runny nose, headache, loss of taste or smell, etc. 

Like most good Methodists, we love food! However at this time, we are asking that only light refreshments be enjoyed in small group gatherings while inside the church buildings. Rule of thumb: if the refreshments can quickly be eaten in less than 15 minutes, and then your mask is put back on, that is permitted, for fully-vaccinated persons.

Thank you for doing your part to help keep each other safe. 

Peace,

Rev. Lindsey Hall, Rev. Jon Reynolds, and the Covid-19 Task Force.

as of March 1, 2022

Free at-home COVID test kits are available. Order yours at https://www.covid.gov/tests


Small Groups

If you would like to join a small group for bible study or prayer, please contact the church office and we will help you find a group that’s right for you. Or you can sign up here: Small Groups. We know small groups are an important way for people to feel connected right now.

We will also continue supporting our mission partners. The needs are great at this time and we will continue to support mission programs that need our support now more than ever. Learn more about the missions you can support here: Missions

Worship

Online 

Online worship will continue Sundays at 9:30 am and may be accessed on Facebook, YouTube.

Before Visiting the Church Campuses

In accordance with guidelines from the County Health Department, we ask that you answer the following questions before coming to any event at the church. Please screen yourself using these questions before arrival:

  • Do you have any of the following symptoms? Note that just one symptom excludes you from entering the building.
    • Fever of 100.4 degrees or higher (as measured by a touchless thermometer if available, but a verbal confirmation lack of fever is sufficient if a touchless thermometer is not available); OR
    • Cough (excluding chronic cough due to a known medical reason other than COVID-19); OR
    • Shortness of breath; OR
    • At least 2 of the following symptoms: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell and/or diarrhea (excluding diarrhea due to known medical reason), and extreme fatigue.

An affirmative response requires that you be excluded from church events.

  • Have you had any close contact in the last 14 days with someone with a diagnosis of COVID-19?

An affirmative response requires that you be excluded from church events until 14 days after the last exposure to the person with COVID-19.

We will take every available precaution to make sure that frequently touched surfaces are cleaned and sanitized regularly.

COVID-19 Response Plan

Additionally, the COVID-19 Task Force created a document called the COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan, which articulates the guidelines for staff, contractors, and volunteers to follow when operating in the building throughout the week. This document was approved by the Administrative Council. The church staff and clergy has been trained on COVID-19 preparedness. A hard copy of this plan is available by contacting the office.


Updates may be found:

  • www.brightonfumc.org
  • Church Facebook Page
  • Call the church office: 810-229-8561
  • Check your email

Vaccine

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Vaccine Information and Links

We have heard some church members are having a hard time getting their COVID-19 vaccines. We are here to help. Below is a list of all the websites where you can sign up for the vaccine. Some you would have to check daily and some sites will allow you to sign up and remain on an eligibility waitlist. We hope this list of places you can get the vaccine help you navigate getting an appointment as soon as possible. Please check with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about getting the vaccine.

UMCOR Responds to COVID-19

Saturday, May 16th, 2020

UMCOR is receiving urgent requests from ministry partners throughout the U.S. and around the world. Sadly, an overwhelming number of these requests are to meet the need for food.

Partners who operate or directly support food pantries are asking for help as the global fight against COVID-19 is inflating the price of food, especially in places where food insecurity was already a major public health issue – even here in the U.S.

1 in 5 children are “food insecure” in the U.S. according to

…read more

Helpers Are Ready to Offer a Hand

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

If you are having difficulty getting things you need while trying to stay home and stay safe, church volunteers are ready to help. Call the office with your request (such as picking up groceries or prescriptions, taking items to the post office) and you’ll be matched with a church member. Contact Wendy Carmack during office during weekday hours, M-Th 9 am – 4 pm and Fridays 9 am – 12 pm, 810-229-8561. wendy@brightonfumc.org. Outside of business hours, you are welcome to email, call or text your pastors. Pastor Sherry, sherry@brightonfumc.org and 810-360-9995. Pastor Bob, bob@brightonfumc.org and 810-571-0185.

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