2022 Mission Focus

Each year we adopt a church-wide mission project. By raising awareness and money for a particular project over the course of a year, it our hope that we can make a substantial impact. This year, First United Methodist Church – Brighton & Whitmore Lake is focusing on mental health and the Samaritan Counseling Center Client Assistance Fund. The Samaritan Counseling Center (SCC) is a faith-based clinical counseling center in Southeast Michigan that offers licensed therapy in a variety of areas. The Client Assistance Fund helps clients without mental health insurance receive clinical counseling. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to help around 20 individuals and family get access to the support they need.

Stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, family and marriage counseling, mental health disorders … these are real issues faced by many people of all walks of life. No one should walk these challenges alone. We want to help make sure everyone who seeks professional mental counseling has access to it.

It is our hope and prayer that by raising money to support people in their work toward mental health and wholeness that we will be improving community wellness and destigmatizing mental health in our community.

Every $25 raised will allow a person, couple or family to have one counseling session at the Samaritan Counseling Center. Will you partner with us as we try to meet our goal of centering the conversation of mental health in the church and community? The average course of treatment runs 10 sessions. $250 would allow for a full course of mental health treatment for one individual or family.

Since 1985, the Samaritan Counseling Center of Southeastern Michigan provides professional therapeutic counseling and educational services to all God’s people seeking wholeness through emotional and spiritual growth. Licensed therapists offer a variety of therapeutic approaches to assist clients’ healing through exploring their inner resources and hopes. We offer a “space for faith,” knowing that spirituality is often a key to persons’ resilience. Local offices are based at First UMC Brighton and Whitmore Lake Campuses.

St Andrews

The Breakfast Program at St Andrews First United Methodist Church provides volunteers for the Breakfast Program at St. Andrews in Ann Arbor. The Breakfast Program at... read more

Community Outreach

Mill Pond Manor Outreach As disciples of Jesus Christ we want to be in relationship with the community. Volunteers find creative ways to support and... read more

Red Bird Mission

Red Bird Mission Team Annual Outreach to Beverly, Kentucky Red Bird Mission Team and Fundraisers The Red Bird Mission in Beverly, Kentucky, serves the physical,... read more

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity - Good News Group Habitat Volunteers in Action First UMC Build Dates 2022 Saturday, June 4 - 8:30 am - 3 pm... read more

NOAH Lunches

The NOAH Project Bag Lunch Program Several times a year church volunteers create  lunches for the NOAH Project at Central United Methodist Church (Detroit). NOAH... read more

Fish & Loaves Community Dinner

Community Meals Fish and Loaves is a free community meal in Brighton provided by local churches. The Sunday meal is currently served "carry out" and... read more

Bedding Ministry

Bedding Ministry A Community Resource of Love INC Accepting Donations of New and Used Bedding Can you help stock the bedding closet? Donations of sheets,... read more

Days for Girls

Supporting Girls and Women Around the World Days for Girls is an international movement and organization to increase access to menstrual care and education by... read more

Rio Bravo Mission

Mission to Manos Juntas Annual Outreach to Rio Bravo, Mexico in partnership with Highland United Methodist Church Rio Bravo Team and Fundraisers Oct. 2 -... read more

Cass Community

Cass Community Social Services Detroit, Michigan Saturday Missions Cass Community Social Services (www.casscommunity.org) fights poverty and creates opportunity in the city of Detroit. The United... read more

Community Connect

Community Connect Livingston Country Outreach Annual Sock Drive Results February 2022 Thanks to the generous support of the congregation and the student ministry youth group,... read more

VINA Community Dental Center

Meeting the Dental Needs of Our Community Livingston Country Outreach 2021 Mission Focus The VINA Community Dental Center is one of many inspiring ministries at... read more

Hope’s Closet

Clothing and Essentials for Children in Foster Care Brighton, Michigan Hopes Closet provides for immediate needs of Livingston County foster families who take in children... read more

Church & Society

Living Faith • Seeking Justice • Pursuing Peace The Church and Society Committee, which formed November 2021, focuses on education, action and advocacy with decision-makers... read more

Severe Weather Network

The Severe Weather Network (SWN), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, partners with community organizations, agencies and faith communities to provide emergency, overnight refuge during the winter... read more

Other Mission Opportunities

Gleaner’s Community Food Bank
First United Methodist Church collects food monthly for the local food bank. There is a grocery cart in the Community Room (upper level – Brighton Campus) for collecting food. Call Gleaner’s at 313-923-3535 or go to their website http://www.gcfb.org/ for information.


Appalachia Service Project (ASP) for Men
Men’s ASP is an annual four-day weekend trip to Appalachia to make homes warmer, safer and drier. All men are invited to participate (all skill levels). Contact Brian Everett for COVID updates. ASP Jonesville Link

Other Mission Opportunities

Gleaner’s Community Food Bank
First United Methodist Church collects food monthly for the local food bank. There is a grocery cart in the Community Room (upper level – Brighton Campus) for collecting food. Call Gleaner’s at 313-923-3535 or go to their website http://www.gcfb.org/ for information.


Six Special Sundays of the United Methodist Church
 www.umc.org/how-we-serve/special-sundays
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

Giving Opportunities

Love INC Gas Vouchers
First United Methodist Church provides gas vouchers to residents of Livingston County that have been referred to First United Methodist Church 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 – vhoshal@aol.com
Specially designated donations support this United Methodist Church in the Czech Republic.  As a sister congregation to First United Methodist Church, we offer financial support and communicate regularly with the local pastor and send people to work in mission there.


Torch Food Truck
Mary Kushner – mkushner23@gmail.com
The Torch is a nonprofit organization that utilizes a mobile food truck to bring 100% free, freshly prepared healthy meals to our neighbors in need. The Torch food truck usually feeds 60-80 people each time it goes into needy neighborhoods in Livingston County. The staff of the Torch never charges anyone for a meal. They say “Free is the way we roll!”


United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
First United Methodist Church supports 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

First United Methodist Church 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.

  • Ministry Shares– Financial gifts from our regular offering to support the connectional ministries of the United Methodist Church (formerly called apportionments).
  • 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
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