Welcome to Know. Love. Affirm.
From the following opportunities to know God, love unconditionally, and affirm all, we hope you find what you need on your journey to follow Jesus.

July 21, 2022

Look for the next issue of Know. Love. Affirm on August 25, beginning September 1 we will return to weekly emails.

Know God

Summer Reading! 

Here is a list of Adult Faith Formation resources that you have thought about exploring, but put off for lack of time – give them a try this summer!

Love Unconditionally

Know someone who would appreciate a prayer shawl during a difficult time? Please email Amy Kennedy, amy@fumc-a2.org

Our Visitation Team helps folks stay in touch with monthly phone calls or visits.  Email Amy Kennedy, amy@fumc-a2.org, if you know someone who'd like to be added to their list of JOY friends. 

Prayers for Ukraine - look for blue and gold pieces of yarn in baskets by doors to the sanctuary. Take some yarn and tie it on our Trees of Lament along the Promenade (or anywhere you like) to express your prayers for Ukrainian people. You can find some additional information about this prayer practice here. May God give us all hope and courage and compassion. 


Prayer Requests - Would you like to share a joy or concern with our community or church staff? Please share the details here.


Can you help us let healthcare workers know that they are appreciated with handwritten notes of encouragement?

Please see suggestions for messages here.


Stephen Ministry – Offering active listening and support during life transitions and vulnerable times. Contact Amy Kennedy at amy@fumc.org if you need to speak with someone confidentially or if you want to learn more about training to become a Stephen Minister.

Affirm All

The 21-Day Disability Equity Challenge begins August 1

During the month of August, United Way of Washtenaw County and the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living invite you to take the 21-Day Disability Equity Challenge. This is a statewide effort to explore disability from a position of equity and pride and is designed to raise awareness, increase understanding, and shift perspectives about disability in our culture. You'll receive an email each weekday morning during August from our partner, United Way of South Central Michigan. Each day's content includes a brief introduction on a topic related to disability, followed by resources such as podcasts, articles and information to help us be a more informed and more compassionate community.

Learn more and sign up here>

Join Love Thy Neighbor (LTN) in helping to feed hungry people in our community. Meet us on a Saturday morning to pack bags of non-perishable food items that will be distributed at St. Andrew's Breakfast. Families are welcome to pack! For more information see Love Thy Neighbor or sign up here: LTN SignUp Genius.

Worship Opportunities

Saturday evenings at Green Wood at 5 p.m., in-person

Here are a few highlights from upcoming weekly Green Wood summer worship services:

Saturday, July 23 - All Music Service with Kate Campbell. Forty minutes of music from acclaimed singer/songwriter inspired by the people and culture of the modern South. Kate's songwriting follows in the southern literary tradition with an emphasis on a sense of place, race, and religion. Music bookended with scripture and prayer.


Saturday, August 13 - "Will The Real King Please Stand Up?" - Speaker will read Rev. Doug Paterson's message in a repeat of a service we did about ten years ago. Elvis Presley tribute artist, Paul Floriano, will perform a medley of Elvis Presley's gospel songs in costume and character. Elvis's only two Grammys were awarded to his two gospel albums. Eric Fithian will perform the Greg Brown song, "Jesus and Elvis."


Saturday, August 27 - The King's Yomen, drama and yoyo ministry. Learn about their ministry at their website, and here is a video example

Sunday mornings downtown at 10 a.m., in-person or watch livestream here at 10 a.m. or at a later time.

Please note: Worship will not be livestreamed on Sundays, August 14 and 21 but return on August 28. 

Worship Series: The Awakened Traveler a seven week summer series that began on July 17. This worship series is from WorshipDesignStudio based on a study guide by Rick Steves "Travel as a Spiritual Act."

  • Sunday, July 24: The Encounter Rev. Nancy Lynn
  • Sunday, July 31: Safe Haven - Carole DeHart
  • Sunday, August 7: Finding Spirituality - Rev. Jenaba Waggy
  • Sunday, August 14: Replanting - Rev. Jenaba Waggy
  • Sunday, August 21: The Reflection - Rev. Nancy Lynn
  • Sunday, August 28: Returning Home - Rev. Nancy Lynn

Register your worship attendance here. 

Recorded scripture and sermon on YouTube

If you missed last weekend's worship services - you can find a recording of the downtown service here.

Visit the "Explore Your Faith" webpage to learn about worship opportunities at FUMC.

Other Upcoming Events and Announcements

Help with Sound and Livestream

Did you know?:

  • We have been livestreaming our Sunday morning services every week since October 2021.
  • We have more than 40 people every Sunday morning who watch our service live from a remote location (home, vacation, winter home, etc.).
  • Another 200 people or so watch the recordings of our livestreams on YouTube (our Easter service was watched by 1,700 people!).

The livestream team is looking for eight people who would be interested in volunteering one Sunday a month to help produce our livestream. For more information, click here.

Iran and a Century of Fight for Freedom

Sunday, August 28, 2022 at 11:15 a.m., in-person in the Chapel or on Zoom

Sponsored by Global Issues

Everyone is invited to join this discussion about Iran led by Mitra Aliabouzar, PhD, U-M Research Assist. Professor of Radiology, and Kourosh Kalayeh, PhD, U-M postdoctoral research fellow in the Dept. of Urology; both were undergraduates in Iran. The dream of democracy in Iran began with the constitutional movement (1905-1907) and continues today with frequent, massive uprisings and anti-government protests. Why did the dream fail to take place? What are the political, sociological, and religious obstacles to democracy in Iran? How did Iran become the heart of concerns in the Middle East and worldwide; and where is Iran heading? Join us in-person in the Chapel or on Zoom.


FUMC Softball Come cheer for the FUMCSoftballers! Only two games left: Thursdays, July 28 and August 4. Both games are at 8:35 pm on Field 2 at Veterans Park, Ann Arbor.

Check Out the “Latest News” Stay up to date on what’s new at FUMC.

Visit the FUMC Events Calendar for a full calendar of church activities.

Love Unconditionally questions? Contact Amy Kennedy at amy@fumc-a2.org.

Know God questions? Contact Debbie Houghton at debbie@fumc-a2.org.

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