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Advent & Christmas 2023

Wednesday, November 1st, 2023

Sunday Worship

You’re invited to Advent Worship Services all season long. The first Sunday of advent will be celebrated Nov. 26.

  • Brighton Campus: 9:30 and 11 am
  • Whitmore Lake Campus: 9:15 am
  • 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. 24 or Dec. 31. 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. 24. 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.

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

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Decorate for Christmas Eve

Your donation of $23 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 9 pm service on Christmas Eve, you may take home a plant. Those not picked up in the week following will be shared with homebound parishioners. Donate online or designate “Christmas Flowers” on your check.

Christmas Eve Services All Day

Sunday, Dec. 24

Each service includes Holy Communion, candle lighting, Christmas music and message.

Whitmore Lake Campus

  • 2 pm – Christmas Eve service with music led by Mike Tooman

Brighton Campus

  • 11 am – Christmas Eve worship designed for young children and their families
  • 5 pm – Band-led Worship, Candles and Glowsticks, includes a special Children’s Moment
  • 7 pm* – Hymns with Choir and Handbells, Candles and Glowsticks
  • 9 pm – Hymns with Choir and Handbells, Candles and Glowsticks


Worship Sunday, Dec. 31

Happy New Year! Enjoy a Christmas Carol Sing-along!

Note: one service only at Brighton Campus.

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

Advent Studies

Advent, A Season of Surprises by Scott Chrostek

Rev. Chrostek’s devotional guide leans into the anticipation we feel around Advent. No one could anticipate the surprise that awaited humankind with the birth of Jesus. Two thousand years later, we still look forward in expectation, wondering what lies next. What’s coming next for you?  What’s next in your life beyond the presents, the family gatherings, and the Christmas traditions?  What are you anticipating in your life?  What are you dreading? Share this special time with a small group study.
Wednesdays at 6:30 pm, Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20
Cookies & Community Advent Study at the Brighton Campus

In addition to the all-church Wednesday night study, you can join one of these small group:

Whitmore Lake Advent Study / April Schauer / Sundays / following 9:15 am worship
Sunday Study Group / Bruce Stark / Sundays / 11 am
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
Men of Faith / Bruce Stark / Saturdays / 9 am

Sign up online or contact Pastor Lindsey Hall,

Advent Devotions

The devotional book Why this Jubilee? Advent Reflections on Songs of the Season by James C. Howell is also available in the church office.

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. 3 Deadline for Gifts of Hope

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. In 2022 we provided gifts for 46 children in foster care.

Deadline for dropping off gifts is Dec. 3 (foster families will pick up the gifts Dec. 9). 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. 3-10, the United Methodist Women’s Dorcas Circle is collecting new or clean, gently used coats (men’s, women’s and children’s) and men’s thermal underwear and backpacks. If you can volunteer to drive the donations to Cass Community Social Services the week of Dec. 10, 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

Hope for Christmas

First United Methodist Church-Brighton Campus 400 E Grand River Ave, Brighton, MI, United States

The Holidays are hard for those who are experiencing grief and loss. If that includes you this year, you are not alone! The Hope for... read more

Christmas Musical Program

First United Methodist Church-Brighton Campus 400 E Grand River Ave, Brighton, MI, United States

3 Wisemen and a Baby This will be a retelling of the Christmas story like you've never heard before. Three kings, Elvistonia, the King of... read more

Light of the World Christmas Party

First United Methodist Church-Brighton Campus 400 E Grand River Ave, Brighton, MI, United States

Children ages 4-11 are invited to an evening of fun as we discover Jesus as the light of the world and how we are called... read more

Live Nativity

First United Methodist Church-Whitmore Lake Campus 9318 Main, Whitmore Lake, MI

Drop in to visit the Holy Family and their furry friends from the stable, then come inside for live music, hot cocoa and cookies.


Blood Drive

First United Methodist Church-Brighton Campus 400 E Grand River Ave, Brighton, MI, United States

You can give the gift of life at the Red Cross Blood Drive. Create your appointment directly with the Red Cross. Volunteers (and cookies) are... read more

Caroling at Greenfield Village

Greenfield Village

You are invited to sing Christmas carols with the church at Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village.  It's a wonderful way to enjoy the holiday spirit.... read more

Christmas Eve Worship (Whitmore Lake Campus)

First United Methodist Church-Whitmore Lake Campus 9318 Main, Whitmore Lake, MI

Enjoy the story of Christmas with music, communion, candle lighting and worship.

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