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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.

State of the Church October 2020

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020

Oct. 7, 2020 Update

Rev. Jon Reynolds

We were back in the Sanctuary this last Sunday. Our ushers and greeters worked extremely hard to make sure everyone was safe in the sanctuary.
I want to thank the Trustees, the Men with Tools and COVID Task Force for helping us get our sanctuaries ready for worship.
Our church’s confirmation service will be taking place this Sunday during the 9:30 am service. We are grateful to share that Rev. Dr. Sherry Parker-Lewis will be joining us this Sunday for that service. This year we will be confirming 9 students!
I also want to thank our tech team for working on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to provide you with an online worship experience. We hope to have resolved all technical issues we have experienced.

…read more

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.

From the Pastor’s Pen-April 28

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

Dear Friends,
It has been many weeks since I’ve seen you. I’ve missed greeting you and hearing your stories. I’ve missed worshiping with you. I pray for you and for the church every day. My hope is that this greeting finds you well.

Even though our church buildings are closed, we continue to be the Body of Christ. Many groups and classes are meeting online. The United Methodist Women have sewn and donated over 1,000 masks to hospitals and nursing home. Our church members are donating food to local food banks and volunteering. Last week we sent many boxes of food to Cass Community Social Services in Detroit.

Through the remarkable gifts of technology, we are worshiping every Sunday. We have had to learn very quickly how to lead worship in a new way. We’re making it happen by God’s grace!

While this has been a financially challenging time for the church, we are committed to paying our church staff and other financial obligations. I am thankful for our generous congregation. We have received offerings by mail and online. In addition, we have applied for and received a payroll loan through the CARES Act. It is a forgivable loan that will help with church employee costs in April and May.

We are also actively planning for the reopening of our church buildings and a “new normal” for ministry. I can assure you that before we open our church campuses and resume in-person worship that we will have plans in place to keep our congregation members safe to the best of our ability. We will also continue to host worship online and record it so that people who need to stay home can worship with us.

In the coming days and weeks, find the latest news through our emailed news, website and Facebook pages. Also, please feel free to call the church office at 810-229-8561. You can call me at 810-360-9995 or Pastor Bob at 810-571-0185.

I’ll admit that I don’t like living with uncertainty. I am finding comfort knowing that our Savior has risen and offers us peace, even in the most difficult times. I am reminded of the words to the hymn “Because He Lives” by Bill and Gloria Gaither.

Because He lives I can face tomorrow
Because He lives all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living just because He lives.

My prayer is that in these uncertain days we have courage to face the future. Our fear is gone because Jesus lives.
Blessings,
Pastor Sherry

Adapting as the Church Amid the Coronavirus

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

March 18, 2020

Dear Friends,

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. My hope is that this letter finds you and your family safe and observing the precautions outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our government officials.

On Friday, March 13, Bishop David Bard, the bishop of the Michigan United Methodist Church, requested that all church worship services, classes, and events be suspended until the end of April 5 in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are abiding by that request. The CDC has recommended that groups over 50 not meet for eight weeks (as of March 15). We will keep you advised of when on-site church events will begin again through our website, Facebook, E-news and on the phone message at our office.

At this time our church buildings are closed for all but essential activities.

WORSHIP, STUDY, PRAYER

  • We will worship together online on Sundays at 9:30 am. The worship service is available through our website or Facebook pages. Recordings of worship, including audio recordings of the sermon will be available at our website or Facebook pages.
  • For those in classes or small groups, leaders may be in touch with you about continuing study through video conferencing.
  • If you are not currently in a class or group, please consider preparing through this Lenten season by reading the Passion Narratives in the Gospels: Matthew, Chap. 21-27; Mark, Chap. 11-15; Luke, Chap. 19-23; John, Chap. 12-19
  • If you have not done so, ask to receive daily email devotions from Pastor Sherry, sherry@brightonfumc.org
  • Stay connected with other congregation members on a private Facebook group that we’ve established. Look for an invitation to join in our E-news and our Facebook pages.
  • Explore a new way of praying. Write in a journal or take a “prayer walk” in your yard. Look to the Psalms as a source for prayer.

SERVICE IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST

We are called to creative service in these extraordinary times. Please consider serving the community in the following ways.

  • Pray intentionally for family, friends, neighbors, and our community and world. Make a list of people you know who could become very sick if they contact the virus and pray for them by name. Pray for healthcare workers and first responders. Pray for those who are experiencing economic hardship and feelings of isolation.
  • If you need assistance with errands of any kind, contact the church.
  • If you are willing to join a growing number of volunteers who are willing to run errands, please email helpinghands@brightonfumc.org.
  • Become part of a phone call/letter/card-writing ministry. Contact stephanie@brightonfumc.org and she will connect you with a member of the congregation who would be blessed to receive words of encouragement from you. You may also know of other people beyond the church who could benefit from this gift.
  • Provide food for those who will experience shortages in the coming weeks. Look for information on our website and Facebook page for ways you can respond to our community’s needs.

GENEROSITY

I give thanks to God for the generosity of this congregation and encourage you to continue with your regular giving practices as you are able. Many of you participate in Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT), which allows your regular gift to the church to be transferred directly from your financial account. Others are reaching out by mail. You may also choose to use our online giving options.

Our church leaders are committed to paying all church employees through this challenging time, as well as fully meeting other financial obligations.

Faithful friends, today I am mindful of the last words that John Wesley spoke, “Best of all, God is with me.” In the days ahead, we will continue to be the Body of Christ. God uses the church in extraordinary ways in extraordinary times. Best of all, God is with us.

My prayers are with you all.

Blessings,

Pastor Sherry

Sign Up to Help Run Errands

  • If you are willing to join a growing number of volunteers who are willing to run errands, please email helpinghands@brightonfumc.org.
Use this service when you need it. Call the office during weekday hours, M-Th 9 am – 4 pm and Fridays 9 am – 12 pm, 810-229-8561. 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.

Caring Connection – New Ministry

If you would like to extend blessings to others with the gift of a phone call, card or letter, join the Caring Connection ministry. Contact stephanie@brightonfumc.org and she will connect you with a member of the congregation who would be blessed to receive words of encouragement from you. You may also know of other people beyond the church who could benefit from this gift.
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