Nov 15


for more information

  • Worship in the sanctuary at 8:30 & 11am on Sundays
  • Sunday School for all ages at 9:45am
  • Livestream Worship at 11am on YouTube

Dear Friends,

Thank you to everyone who participated in our very special service last Sunday as we explored generosity as a spiritual act at the table of love. It was exciting to see everyone dressed as Travelers Coming Home! Members in attendance engaged in discussions around three questions; 1.) How has God impacted your life? 2.) How has the church impacted our community and the world? 3.) How has South Lyon First UMC made a difference in your faith walk? Throughout each service members helped co-create the word clouds (below). We encourage everyone to consider these questions and review the word clouds when you complete you estimate of giving cards. Think about how our church has helped you explore and grow your spirituality and deepen your faith. Take this time to see how generosity helps us center ourselves in our ever-changing world. Estimate of Giving cards will be collected this Sunday for a special blessing but are welcome at any time. If you did not receive a card, extras are available at church or online

Thank you,

Marc Liskey and David Ascher


We are gathering at Third Monk Brewing on Wednesday, November 15th, @ 7:30 pm

This week we will discuss Imagination, Silence, Diwali and Light... and anything else that is on your heart. Please come and join us for a cold beer (…or pop) and a lively conversation.


Take a look at the church grounds – twelve volunteers worked Saturday morning to do much needed raking and tree trimming. There were A LOT of leaves – and a few more to come down. Much appreciation to Bob & Lynn Prohaska for the use of their two trailers and power equipment. Several overgrown trees were trimmed and hauled away thanks to them. Dave Smith had given a fresh coat of paint to the Cross & Flame this fall – and now it is visible again! Thank you to Bob Prohaska, Chip Rick, Doreen Hannon, Jack Harvey, Jen Denny, Lindy Juergens, Lynn Prohaska, Mark Hannon, Jim Yerke, Scott Denny, Shannon Boals and Talon Harvey. Thank you to Shannon Boals and the Men’s group for previously taking down the tent and putting it away.


Thank you to everyone who volunteered to pick up supplies, so that 6 South Lyon families may enjoy a special meal on Thanksgiving Day. All items need to be to Rev. Mary by November 19th at noon. Nonperishables may be dropped off at the church during office hours or on Rev. Mary's front porch. Please contact Rev. Mary for turkey drop off arrangements.

You overwhelmed me with your generosity. Thank you for being you and impacting the lives of others in practical and spiritual ways.


Next Generation Ministries supports education in Haiti through scholarships and partners with other Christian nonprofits who are actively serving as the hands and feet of Jesus to reach the marginalized. NGM partners with organizations in Haiti as well as local ministries in the Carolinas and one in Ukraine. Their partners are hosting medical mission trips, rebuilding homes, educating children and training in agriculture.


Friday night, January 19, through Sunday afternoon, January 21, we’re retreating to Wesley Woods Camp in Dowling, Michigan. Our Winter Retreat is a time to get to know each other better, play together, and take some time to (re)connect spiritually and seek the Lord together. Friends are always welcome. Please sign up here by December 1.

Wesley Woods offers outdoor activities like snow painting, sledding, and broomball. And indoor fun, including a dedicated game room, fireplace (for s’mores), and much MORE. The retreat fee is $100 per person and due by December 15, 2023. However, scholarship funds are available if the cost is a hardship for your family. Please do not hesitate to contact Kendi for details - confidential arrangements will be made. 

Friends, SPRT is reaching out to the church membership to fulfill the need for a substitute custodian. It is important at all times to keep our building welcoming, fresh, and clean (as our Janis always does!) for our congregation and guests. We would like to have a list of a few names to call upon when we have a need - usually two to three times a year, when Janis is on a much deserved vacation. The work would be 10-12 hours in most weeks, with days and times flexible to one’s own schedule, and would be directed by Rev. Mary. Pay would be hourly and comparable to what we offer our staff. If this is an area in which you would like to help out the church occasionally with your time and cleaning expertise, please contact SPRT Chairman Robin Fanning.

We’re on the lookout for scripture readers! If you would be willing to read scripture in worship, please sign-up here and note your preferred service time. Thank you!


Dear Church Family, I am Bobbie Bushey and I have volunteered to be the nursery coordinator. I did this because I want our families and little ones to feel welcome and I know all of you want this also. I also volunteered because I know our church family is

always willing to lend a helping hand, so we will have many volunteers.

We are asking for volunteers to enjoy the company of our little ones for both

church services. We have many wonderful men and women in our church family who would be fantastic volunteers in the nursery. Please take some time in prayer and listen to

God to hear if he is nudging you to volunteer. We would like to have two

volunteers for each Sunday.

You can sign up below so you can play with our little ones when it is convenient

for you. We need volunteers starting now. If you are willing to volunteer, please send me your name, telephone number and email address. We would like to develop a list of volunteers. Please call me or email me or talk to me at church with any questions you may have. I am looking forward to a great year in the nursery.



Jesus said to his disciples, “Let the. children come to Me, and do not forbid them;

for of such is he kingdom of God. Mark 10:14

And he took them (the children) in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed

them. Mark 10:16

We are currently in desperate need for volunteers on Sunday mornings in the nursery in September. If you are willing, please sign up to help using this link:



Please come on Nov 19th at noon to help prepare the sanctuary for the Advent season. A pizza lunch will be provided following the decorating.


If you would like to treat someone to a special surprise on Christmas, please choose an angel tree gift tag from the tree in the parlor beginning Nov 19th. 


As the summer season comes to a close, we are already beginning to plan for a fun free family event in December. In the past, this event has been a wonderful opportunity to spread the joy of the season to the community. In order to do this, we need many hands. If you are available and willing to help, please sign up today!



On Dec 4th, the annual Cookie Bake returns to the kitchen at SOUTH LYON FIRST UMC! Sign up using the link below. Space is limited to the first 15 bakers to sign up. Cost will be $20/baker and you will leave with around 15 types of cookies. If you have a favorite cookie recipe to suggest, contact Joy Choiniere or Colleen Gesler. Ingredients will be provided. Simply sign up by Nov 29th, then show up at the church kitchen at 5:30PM on Dec 4th with a mixing bowl, cookie sheets, $20 for the cost of the ingredients, and a take home container for your cookies.



Save the Date for the 2024 Talent Auction: Surf & Sand in Auction Land!

If you have a talent to share, please sign up using the link below.

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

·       Use Text-To-Give on your phone, send #oper or #mom to 844-418-2873

·       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.


Yes! The church has space available for your group or event! Spaces fill up quickly and there is an approval process, so please allow as much time as possible between your request and the date of your meeting or event to ensure that we can

accommodate your needs.

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Fall Office Hours

  • Mon, Tues, Thurs 10am - 1pm
  • Wed 10am - 3pm
  • Fri closed

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