May 18
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Sundays at 11:00am

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

This Sunday, May 22, we will be celebrating our 2022 graduates and education Sunday!

Can you recall your favorite Sunday school teacher, Bible Study leader, school teacher, or professor who has impacted your life?
I think about Mrs. Lamont, my 4th grade teacher. There are many things that stand out about that year with her. It was a tragic year in her life, but I also remember how she treated me and made me feel. One moment that comes to mind was when reading groups were created at the beginning of the year. Guess what, I was not in the top reading group. I was crushed. When I arrived at the first small group reading experience I just cried. She gave me space and went on with the reading lessons with others and just gently smiled my way. During recess she asked me to come to her desk and she asked about the tears. I told her, “I love to read and I am a better reader than you think.” She invited me to sit beside her and asked me to read out loud. I was able to read to her for 15 minutes and I loved getting that time with her. Afterwards she said that indeed I was a really great reader and asked if I was willing to repeat our reading time over the next couple of days and I said, “yes.”
By the next week I was moved into a new reading group and before Christmas I was in the top reading group. Before report cards were sent home with her hand written comments, she asked me to come up so that she could tell me what she wrote. I was terrified. What she said made me cry. She let me know that she had originally assessed my reading skills inaccurately. She was proud of me for telling her about those tears and for trusting her during the one-on-one reading time that we shared months ago. She then took my hands, looked in my eyes and said, “Mary Ann, you are a good reader. Do not let anyone tell you any different. Believe in yourself.”
I remember walking a little taller and having more confidence, not just in my reading, but in many areas. Those encouraging words were powerful to that little 4th grader. New things were blooming and grouping because Mrs. Lamont took a moment to encourage me. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 states, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” May we all look around and see who needs an encouraging word. This world needs encouragers. I doubt my 4th grade teacher remembers any of this, but it sure did make a difference in my life then and even now as I reflect on that time with her.
This Sunday we will be honoring our Sunday School teachers and Bible Study Leaders. They are individuals who take the time to use their gifts and time to give us all opportunities to study and grow in our faith in Christ. I am so thankful for each and every one of them. We will also be passing bibles to our children so that they can read the Bible themselves, celebrating our high school and college graduates, and awarding scholarships from the new Kwang & Kook-Wha Koh Science Scholarship. Hope to see you all in worship this week.
Love and Peace in Christ, Rev. Mary
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Spring Clean Up last Sunday. Thanks to you, the church grounds look beautiful and the outdoor tent is ready for summer worship on the second Sunday of the month!
We are gathering at Third Monk Brewing this Wednesday, May 18th, at 7:30PM to discuss Buffalo, Racism, and Gun Violence. Please come and join us for a cold beer (…or pop) and a lively conversation. 
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.

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.
Please join us for our 4th Annual Golf Outing to benefit the South Lyon First United Methodist Church's mission trip to God's Country Cooperative Parish on June 12th, 2022. Each $100 Golf package includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, dinner and a gift bag. Register as a complete foursome and receive a $10 discount per person ($90 per golfer). Students are welcome to join us at a reduced rate of $75.
Dinner Only guests are also welcome for those who don't golf, but want to support our mission trip. Cost for the dinner is $40.
Online Registration and payment information is available at this link.

Questions? Please contact Holly Schlusler.
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.”
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 #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.
This class has been postponed until September 2022. Information publicizing the September event will be posted at a later date.

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.