Midweek Messenger . Apr 14
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Worship Sundays at 10:00am

  • Livestream Worship
  • In-person in the Sanctuary

Read Luke 36b-48 to prepare.
Hello Easter People,
I pray that you are all doing well during this second week after Easter. I am so excited as we continue our worship focus on Love Your Neighbor. Together, we are building up towards May 2 for our Church Has Left the Building ministry event. Our Mission Outreach Team has once again outdone themselves in pulling together all types of projects that will help us move into our community and show abundant love for our neighbors. Please mark your calendar. We are hoping to make this one of our largest events of the year. There are plenty of safe socially distant projects and even projects that can be done ahead of time like writing cards. So sign up!!
We are aware of the rising COVID cases in our state. Our COVID Response Team will be meeting later this week to continue to make plans for safe in-person ministry and worship. We do feel confident in our worship protocols and will continue to offer an in-person worship experience for those who are comfortable being present at 10:00 am. Of course we will also be live streaming that service on our YouTube channel. We are thankful for the teams and small groups that are starting to meet in person and/or are continuing to use technology to stay connected and move forward in ministry.
Even in a pandemic, God is inviting us to worship, study, grow spiritually, serve others, and connect with other church friends. This can be easier said than done. If you are struggling with figuring out how to connect or reconnect please reach out to the staff or me. We would be honored to help you in this journey. We need to continue to be patient, to extend grace, and to be the bold church that God is calling us to be as we stay Christ Focused, Spirit Filled, and Mission Driven.
Love and Peace in Christ,
Rev. Mary
Pasty Sales End Tomorrow!
Pasty sales ($5.50 each) begin April 1st
Help fund the 2021 mission trip to God’s Country Cooperative Parish in the U.P.   Orders will be taken through April 15th so don’t miss out!  To place your order contact a member of the God’s Country Mission trip or follow this link to our Sign-Up Genius fundraiser and select the options you would like.  For payments options, please go to: https://www.southlyonfirstumc.org/giving

Again this year we are taking orders to distribute to Active Faith clients for those of you who aren’t interested in purchasing pastys for yourself but still want to help support this important mission.  Please plan to pay for your pasty order at the time you place your order.  Pastys will be available for pick up at the church May 16th.  Want to help with outside sales to family, friends and co-workers? Please share the link!
Youth Protection Training - April 25
In the sanctuary at 7PM
Register for VBS - Champions in Life
We are excited to hold in-person VBS outside this summer!  Champions in Life is sport themed and will coincide with the summer Olympics, July 26-29, 9AM – 11AM. 
Registration is open to 4 year olds through 5th graders. 
Register children here
If you are interested in serving as a volunteer in this awesome ministry – register here:
For More Information OR
To Register to Help
Fill out the Registration Form to participate in a Church Has Left The Building Project by clicking on this link or QR Code or by visiting the church website homepage:

Deadline to Register is April 25th
Donate to Project Work

If you wish to make a donation to The Church Has Left The Building Project Work, please send your donation to the church or give electronically. Please name “CHLTB” in the memo.
Cards of Appreciation
Would you like to participate in The Church Has Left The Building from home? Are you gifted with the ability to tell people how special they are?
Please take a pack of these cards, found inside a bin outside the Church and write a note of appreciation on the back of these photocards to the businesses listed in the baggie.
Please return the finished notes to the bin before May 1st.
A team will be driving around to local businesses delivering this message of Love to our Neighbors as part of The Church Has Left The Building on May 2nd
April Mission of the Month
GOD’S COUNTRY COOPERATIVE PARISH is 7 churches in four counties that banded together to survive and thrive where resources are miles apart; in an area of harsh winters, low employment opportunities, and poverty levels at or below the national and state averages. Your gifts to GOD’S COUNTRY COOPERATIVE PARISH are NOT used to send our volunteers on mission trips, but are used to help support the actual mission of GCCP: the administrative needs, interns, materials, and additional programs that have been added over the years. Please consider showing financial love for our neighbors in the Upper Peninsula or dropping off NEW socks and underwear for the children. Donations may be placed the the church drop-box, or in one of the bins in the parlor or by the front entrance by May 1st.

PreK - 2nd - Stories with Kendi
Every Wednesday @ 7PM on Zoom

2-5 grades - Kids Connection
Sundays 6-7:15PM
in the double classroom
(Rm 115-117)

6-12 grades - Youth Group
Sundays 6-7:15PM
in the Fellowship Hall

Middle School Mission Experience - July 16-18
We're excited to offer our Middle School folks a mission experience this summer! We'll spend our days working in Detroit with Cass Community Services and serving around South Lyon. The evenings will be filled with fun, fellowship, & worship. We will camp at the church or in backyards (depending on the number of participants). The cost of $60/teen includes a mission experience t-shirt, meals, and supplies for our mission projects. Registration is open for those currently in 6th-8th grades. Contact Kendi to sign up! 
Senior High Mission Trip, August 15-21
We're excited to head to the UP to serve God's Country Cooperative Parish! The trip will cost $300-350 per participant and is open to completed 9th graders through completed 12th graders. Our projects will be similar to Mountain Top but tailored to participants' skill set. We're also looking for adult chaperones. Registration is open until May 1. Contact Kendi to sign up! 
Opportunity to Show Love to Your Neighbor
South Lyon First
is hosting a Versiti Blood Drive April 22

Thursday, April 22
1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
APPOINTMENTS PREFERRED to assist with social distancing – masks required.
    Just click on the link OR scan the QR code with your mobile phone.

COVID Vaccine Deferral: There is a 48 hour deferral for those who received the COVID vaccine. It’s 48 hours post vaccine before you are eligible to donate blood. It’s the same whether it’s the first or second dose, both require the 48 hour waiting period.
Food Pantry Donations
Our contribution to the food pantry at
Active Faith Community Services for April is:
Spaghetti Sauce
Please drop off your contributions in the church parlor or in one of the bins outside of the church doors.
OUTDOOR Ministry Outreach
While looking forward to the spring and summer activities and new ways to expand our outdoor ministries, the Trustees and Church Council have decided that a large tent would greatly expand our opportunities. If the idea of expanding our outside ministries touches your heart, please consider making a donation. When making a donation, please put "tent" in the memo section of your check. If using the GivePlus App, please select "21602 SP - tent" or if using text-to-give, please enter "tent".
Giving Options

  • Visit our website https://www.southlyonfirstumc.org/giving
  • Use our giving app on your phone, GivePlus Church
  • Use our text-to-give option by texting to 855-947-0586 with the dollar amount in the message
  • Call Vanco at 1-800-675-7430 to make a credit card donation over the phone
  • Drop off a check in our drop-box at door #4 at the church. 
  • Mail a check to SLFUMC, 640 S. Lafayette St., South Lyon, MI 48178

Office Hours
  • Mondays 9am - 3:00pm
  • Tuesdays - Thursdays 9am - noon

Check out our website or our live calendar
for more information about our church or any of these programs!

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