Midweek Messenger . Apr 21
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Worship Sundays at 10:00am

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  • In-person in the Sanctuary

Read John 10:11-18 to prepare.
Hello Church Family,

As a church we have worked hard this past year to find creative ways to worship, to support and encourage one another, and to continue our strong mission driven focus. It has been difficult to “show up” and engage virtually, remain faithful, and continue to make disciples for Jesus Christ, but dear friends, you are strong faithful people that have continued to meet the challenge. Every day has not been perfect and at times we may not have felt very strong, faithful, or connected, but God has continued to surround us and walk with us during this time. Our worship series has been Love Your Neighbor. This too takes really hard work! But we can do hard things and love others in such a powerful way that others see God’s love flowing through us as individuals and as a Church. One of the ways we have done this in the past is through our Church Has Left the Building Event. PLEASE sign up, we need you!
 
On May 2nd our congregation will serve the South Lyon community and become the hands and feet of Christ.  Our plan is to provide needed services i.e. painting, planting, yard work, etc. to residents and organizations in our community needing a helping hand. We will also have outreach projects and activities available to do at home as well as some that will take place right at the church. In years past we have been able to do things like clearing a cemetery of debris; painting the gazebo at Paul Baker Memorial Park; painting and clearing gardens at Witch’s Hat Depot; cleaning up downtown and the rail-trail; clearing the gardens at senior & rehab homes; projects with Active Faith & VFW. The Mission Outreach Team is busy working on projects and services in which we can all participate.
 
The entire congregation, toddlers through senior citizens, are encouraged to sign up at https://slfumc.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/32/responses/new
 
We will start to gather around 9:30am for coffee and a light grab-and-go breakfast and to meet with our teams and leaders. Prayer, music, and commissioning will begin at 10:00am and project work will begin around 10:15am. Afterwards, the teams will gather back at the church for a light lunch.
 
I am so excited about all the work that our Mission Outreach Team has put into helping us be the living word of God.  In the Gospel of Luke when Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment he said “You must love the Lord your God with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.” There are examples of acts of Love for our community for all age and skill sets on our website. No matter what you think, we need you to be present. If it has been a while since you have been to the church this is an event you do not want to miss. We will be outside for our gatherings before and after project work, plus most of our projects are outside. We need you and your family, even if it is to be there for the commissioning in the parking lot for prayer over our ambassadors of love as they leave to share God’s love in abundant ways in our community.
 
This is just one powerful example of how South Lyon First UMC continues to Christ Focused, Spirit Filled, and MISSION driven!
 

Love and Peace in Christ,
Rev. Mary
Prison Ministry Program - May 1
On Sunday, April 25th from 8:30 am-9:30 am, the Encounters Sunday school class is hosting Rev. Carolyn Wik to share about her experiences with prison ministry in Oakland County. Carolyn is now retired after serving many years as Director of Christian Education at Farmington First UMC. She has a passion for prison ministry and is joining us via Zoom to talk about what that looks like. Jesus commanded us to bring hope to the prisoner. Are you feeling led to explore this vital ministry? Contact the church office or Lindy Juergens for the link to our Zoom session.  
Men's Virtual Breakfast w/Bonus - May 1
Join us Saturday morning, May 1st 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. for a special two-part event. During the virtual breakfast on Zoom, Damon McInnes will share about his passion with a program entitled "Astronomy Basics". The bonus is delivered that evening when he hosts us at 9:00 p.m. at the parsonage for a time of star gazing through his two telescopes! Two for the price of one! Contact the church office if you need Zoom joining instructions.
Youth Protection Training - April 25
In the sanctuary at 7PM or Zoom
In compliance with our Protection Policy, every volunteer working with youth and vulnerable adults must complete this training every three years. If you are planning to volunteer over the summer or to travel on a mission trip and you have not attended this training over the last three years, please join us.

Contact the church office for the Zoom link
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.

T-shirts and Merchandise Orders Are Ready for Pick-Up
If you placed an order online, your order is available for pick up in the church lobby.
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.
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! 
BLOOD DRIVE 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
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  • Tuesdays - Thursdays 9am - noon



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