May 11
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Sundays at 11:00am

  • Livestream Worship at 11AM on YouTube*
  • In-person in the Sanctuary

This Sunday, May 15, the children will be singing and leading during worship and we will be celebrating our shared ministry with the scouts.

I am so excited to have a greenhouse in my backyard. As many of you know my mom and I spent time in January dreaming about planting seeds in a greenhouse this spring. She had a greenhouse on her farm in Tennessee and I have been trying to talk Damon into building one for the last several years. Well, we found one and ordered it in February with the idea of putting it up in March. My mom, Heather, and I talked about what we wanted to plant in it, how we wanted to decorate it, and we dreamed of early morning coffee or late night drinks in our special place. 
This spring, things did not go the way we planned. To be honest I thought about returning the greenhouse. Without my mom here, would I really enjoy the space? Would it just make me sad? So many questions, but I decided to keep it.

My brother Johnny assisted Damon and together they spent over 75 hours putting it together. Eleanor, Heather, and I have invested even more time decorating the inside, repurposing what we have until I figure out just what I want on the inside. I planted herbs and vegetable seeds last week. Eleanor helped dig holes for plants to be transplanted around the greenhouse that used to have life on my parent’s farm. 

I have discovered I need some kind of system to exhaust the hot air and a way to have electricity. I need to figure out a system to keep everything watered well. But I have also discovered that this place that was to be a place of peace and joy for my mom, is a place that is giving me great peace. Thank you to so many of you who have helped make this all possible.

I took a deep breath and went out this last week with my first cup of coffee. What did I find? How did I feel? I was washed with the the words from Psalm 46:1-4 and 10, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult….Be still and know that I am God.” Such a peace came over me as these words echoed in my soul. This indeed is a peaceful place.

My world has changed, in fact our whole world has changed, but God has not. God is still present. Sometimes we just need to be still and connect with God. When was the last time that you were still? How can we continue to find moments to be still and know God? I will be spending plenty of time in the greenhouse, which I have named “Ancora Posto” which is Italian for “be still”. I will be reading scripture, journaling, listening to music, and just being still so that I can find that peace through connecting with God. 

I would encourage you to find your own way and space to “be still.” 

Love and peace in Christ, Mary
We are gathering at Third Monk Brewing this Wednesday, May 11th, at 7:30PM to discuss Roe v. Wade, Christianity without the Church, and God as Mother. Please come and join us for a cold beer (…or pop) and a lively conversation. 
We are looking forward to honoring & celebrating our high school & college graduates Sunday, May 22, during worship & after. 
If you would like to be recognized, please email Kendi the following:
A current picture & the following information: Your name, HS or College from which you are graduating, future plan (i.e., college or career), favorite extracurricular activity and your favorite flavor of ice cream!
On Education Sunday, May 22, we will be honoring the following age groups with new age-appropriate Bibles. If your child(ren) fall into one of these categories and would like to receive a new Bible, please email or text Kendi with the their name & age or grade.
Or, if your child does not have a Bible and would like one, please email or text Kendi with their name & age or grade.
Children who turn(ed) three in 2021 or 2022.
Children completing 2nd grade this spring or entering 2nd grade this coming fall.
Youth completing 6th grade this spring or entering 6th grade this coming fall.

On Friday, May 20, from 6-9PM in the parlor, come and enjoy a women's game night. Popcorn will be provided. Bring your own beverage and favorite board or card games for a night of fun! Contact Kendi if you have questions.
Many remember Tony Dungy as a Jackson, Michigan native who rose to fame as an NFL player and Super Bowl-winning head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. Others admire him as a man committed to telling men and young men about his walk with God. Join us and learn Tony's insights on how to find the success that satisfies. 

This Tuesday night study is at 7:30 in the Friendship Room. Stu Baker and Dave Smith will be leading us through the book "Uncommon" by Tony Dungy. Books are available from Dave. Those wishing to join via Zoom may contact the church office or Dave Smith for joining instructions. 


May 12, 2022
1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Different location for May blood drive:
Fellowship Evangelical Presbyterian Church
22200 Pontiac Trail, South Lyon
Just click on the link or scan the QR code with your mobile phone
On May 15th, we will be celebrating our shared ministry with the scouts in our community. All past and present scouts and leaders are invited to wear your uniforms.
On May 15th, immediately following the 11AM service we will gather to clean up the church grounds and to raise the outdoor tent. Please come in your work clothes and bring work gloves.
The Mission Outreach Team would like to thank all of our donors and bidders for the 2022 Talent Auction that was held on April 9, 2022. You made this the most successful Talent Auction by far in history! You raised over $25,000 that will support a variety of mission opportunities, including the Middle School Mission Trip, the God's Country Cooperative Parish Mission Trip, and our covenant Missionary in Liberia - Helen Roberts-Evans. The Mission Outreach Team will be researching other mission needs as well. There are hardly words for such a successful fundraiser, but maybe 2 Corinthians 9:11 will touch the surface in saying "You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God." Amen and thank you all again. 
Meet our new Summer Lunch Program Coordinator, Kristina Kotila. Kristina has 4 daughters ranging in age from 10-21 years old. She has been working in the South Lyon Community Schools for 5 years, first in the Bartlett Elementary School kitchen and then at Millennium Middle School kitchen. She is currently a manager at Bartlett Elementary. Prior to her work in the SLCS, she was a stay-at-home mom until her youngest started kindergarten. She loves camping and her two dogs and cat. At Bartlett Elementary, she lets everyone know that she doesn't want any child to go hungry. Every child can always come in and get something little if they are still hungry. Please welcome Kristina and let her know if you are willing to help this summer.
Just like your home, our parsonage needs updating to bring it inline with community standards and the requirements of the Michigan Conference. The first project that the Trustees would like to tackle is providing a second full bath. This will make our parsonage a more comfortable option for current and future families. Right now there is only 1.5 baths, and the Michigan UMC Parsonage requirements are for 2 full baths. As you can imagine, this project alone will cost in excess of $15,000 and our current budget and capital funds cannot cover the cost. If you would like to contribute toward helping get our parsonage up to date, please consider making a donation indicating it is to be used for "parsonage renovations."

This year's theme is Food Truck Party and we need YOU to help make it a success! Participant registration is open to 4 year old’s through 5th graders. To register as a participant please use this link. Adult and Youth volunteers are encouraged to sign up here.  
Friends - are you missing your coffee hour peeps and Sunday morning chats? How about an opportunity for sharing our hospitality and God’s love?  It is time to return coffee hour to Sunday mornings. Together, we will make this happen. The supplies will be readily available; however, we need a host or two for each Sunday. The host will make sure the coffee is ready to serve and will pour and welcome church attendees. To volunteer, please see the sign-up sheet on the kiosk or click on the link below. We will also be personally recruiting volunteers. Please help to make these much loved moments in the life of our church possible. For more information and questions, contact
Robin Fanning.
1 Corinthians 14:26 - “What should be done then, my friends? When you come together … Let all things be done for building up.”
SIGN UP NOW! You won't want to miss the first of our First Friday Fun Nights this summer. The Lego My Eggo Family Night will begin at 5:30PM on June 3rd with a build your own waffle bar (served until 6:30PM) and will feature a Lego creations gallery and Lego challenges. If you have Legos you are willing to loan or donate for this event, or if you have a Lego build (i.e. animal, car, build) you would like include in the Lego Gallery the night of the event, please contact Kendi.
The COVID Response team is sending you this updated information on COVID in Michigan. Our hope is that you use the information to determine your risk of serious illness and to know what steps might lessen that risk. Also, there is now medication available for early treatment of COVID to prevent serious illness.

Currently, the state of Michigan, as a whole, is in the low-risk range. However, Livingston, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne Counties are in the Medium Risk range. There are currently three factors the CDC uses to determine risk:
  • New COVID cases per 100,000 people in the past 7 days.
  • New COVID hospital admissions per 100,000 people in the past 7 days.
  • Percent of inpatient hospital beds occupied by COVID patients.
  •            (Please note that these are new standards from the CDC since the beginning of the year.)

In the case of our local counties, we are considered Medium Risk due to the number of cases. Fortunately, hospital admissions and percent of beds occupied by COVID patients have remained low, although slowly increasing.

CDC recommends the following at medium risk levels if you are over age 65 or have health risks:

In our worship space, masks are a choice, not a requirement. 
Do you enjoy children? You can make a difference at SLFUMC. We need your help to provide a fun and safe environment for our Church Nursery! We are hiring for a Nursery Director position. In just 4-5 hours each week, you can help our church family with our most precious asset-The Children! Interested in more information? We would love to hear from you! Please submit a note or resume to the church office.
God’s Country Cooperative Parish is located in the eastern part of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Churches work together to accomplish great things in this area of poverty and isolation and bring together people of the seven churches to provide mutual love and support for a greater impact, serving Christ, community, and mission to all. Please prayerfully consider giving to this mission of the month for May.

Do you live in the White Lake area and/or are you available and willing to give a church member a ride to Sunday services from the White Lake area? If so, please contact the church office.

We also have a senior citizen who lives on Princeton Drive who needs someone to mow her lawn. If you have a mower and live in her area and/or if you are willing to take a turn mowing, please call the church office.
The Heritage District is offering free training events to clergy and laity. The following topics are included in the free Heritage District Training Sessions: 
How to Implement a Single Board Governance-Hosted by Rev. Dirk Elliott
Both sessions contain the same information. Preregistration is NOT required.
Session #1: Thursday, May 12 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Session #2: Monday, May 23 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Seven Key Tenets for Accountable Church Finance Teams-Hosted by Rick Gorham and John Seppanen, Heritage District Finance Team members
Both sessions contain the same information. Pre-registration is required. 
Session #1: Thursday May 12, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm 
Session #2: Saturday May 21, 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Whether you are new to your church’s finance team, have been the treasurer for 20+ years, or something in between, you will gain insights from this session and likely share a nugget that helps someone else. All those involved in overseeing church finances are welcome to attend 1 of 2 90-minute Zoom sessions. Some of the Seven Tenets to be discussed are: why do we do church finance, what accountabilities do the counters, chair, finance secretary, treasurer, team member, and pastors have, and is an audit necessary. This session offers an opportunity to share information and gain knowledge through breakout groups and a time of Q and A.  
Complete information and preregistration for the Seven Key Tenet sessions is available here. 
Please also keep our prayer partners in your devotions:  
Bethlehem Temple UMC – our sister church in Liberia
Helen Roberts-Evans – our covenant missionary in Liberia
Local Ministry Partners – Capernaum Health Clinic & Active Faith
The United Methodist Church
Giving Options
·       Use WebGive at our website by clicking here or by using the our QR code :            
·       Use our giving app on your phone, VancoMobile
·       Dropoff a check in our drop -box at door #4 at the church
·       Mail a check to SLFUMC, 640 S. Lafayette, South Lyon, MI 48178
·       Explore other options on the Giving page of our website by clicking here here

Please be aware that we will never ask for your financial, account, or payment information by email. If there is a question, you will be contacted by phone or in person by a staff member.

Staff members will never ask for gift cards or financial help by email.

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

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Do you prefer a printed copy of our Midweek Messenger? Hard copies are available in the tote outside the main doors to the church.