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


Past, Present, and Future

This month gives us a wonderful opportunity to look back, to look around today, and to dream toward the future as we see God at work in South Lyon First UMC. A special thanks to Molly Klemens for creating a video to help us see just what has been going on in 2023. Of course, we have an opportunity to be part of the future work alongside of God here at South Lyon First UMC.


We are gathering at Third Monk Brewing on Wednesday, September 13th, @ 7:30 pm

This week we will discuss Fears, Ghosting, Eating & Drinking, and Leaving Church

and anything else that is on your heart. Please come and join us for a cold beer (…or pop) and a lively conversation.


The Trustees are hosting a Chili Cook-off fundraiser for concrete repair and other Trustee projects. Join us on Sunday October 8th (right after church) at 12:30PM. We will have a tailgate style cook-off and other food to eat (hot dogs, mac n cheese, chips, desert) with a TV set up to watch the Lion’s Game, corn hole and other tailgate games! Please sign up on the kiosk or by calling the church office and let us know if you are bringing chili or other treats and the number of guests attending (It is not required to enter the Chili Cook-off to come to this event).


On Fall Kick-off Sunday, your favorite verses went head to head in a game of Verses v. Verses! It was a great reminder of some of the greatest messages in the Bible and a wonderful time of fellowship. Ultimately, Matthew 7:12 ("Therefore, you should treat people in the same way that you want people to treat you; this is the Law and the Prophets.") received the most votes. Click on this link below to see the other top favorites.

Thank you for your participation this summer!





Bible Stories for Grown-Ups – a six-week Sunday School option for the commitment-phobic. Hosted by David Ascher, this is an opportunity to re-consider stories many read as children, including Noah's Ark, the binding of Isaac, Jonah and the big fish, Jesus and Zacchaeus, Jesus healing a blind man, and the parable of the talents. Author Josh Scott reimagines these stories and opens new visions for readers to understand well-known pieces of Scripture in our current cultural environment. Class dates: 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/19, 11/26. Let us know if you plan to attend by signing up here. Student books are $13. For more information, please contact David Ascher

Sunday to Monday: This class explores 3 questions about Sunday’s scripture: What does it say? What does it mean? How can we put this scripture into action this week? Contact Karen Murphy.

Encounters: Studying If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat.  Contact Lindy Juergens.

Seekers: Will be taking a deeper dive into The Questions Jesus Asked. Contact Cherie @ with questions.

Joyful Noise: Meets during the Christian Education hour for connection and spiritual discussion with no homework or out-of-class reading necessary. The Class will review and then choose their Fall curriculum at the first meeting Sunday, September 17. Facilitated by Nora Baker, meets in Room 119. Contact Nora Baker.



High School: Discussion-based curriculum stemming from Netflix’s bible-based project, The Chosen, designed to help teens navigate living faithful lives in an  unfaithful world. Leaders: Shelley Lecrone & Erin Petricca.

Middle School: LIVE curriculum helps preteens encounter Jesus, engaging them through Old and New Testament scriptures, conversation, and reflection. Leaders: Joy Choiniere, Colleen Gesler & Kelley Panoff.


9:45 AM-10 AM Sundays

Children’s Choir in the Sanctuary led by David Bassin and Kendi. 

10 AM – 10:45 AM Sundays (age appropriate class time)

PreK/K: 4 years old through kindergarten in Room 114. Bible Basics for Pre-Readers is an approachable, fun, Bible-driven curriculum that allows kids to explore stories from scripture. Teaching team: Kendi, Sue Noble, Katie Hamann.

1st-5th Grade: Where children discover what it means to be a part of God’s family! Deep Blue’s One Room, Sunday School curriculum capitalizes on learning and cooperation in a group of various ages. Room 115-117. Teaching team: Andrea Hungerford, Jeff Klapper, Hattie Maguire.

Nursery Care: Available for six weeks through 3-year-olds during the Sunday School hour and worship services. Our colorful Noah's Ark-themed nursery offers loving care and developmentally appropriate songs, stories, and play. 



Have you noticed how pretty the gardens around the church have looked this summer? Would you like to join our group? We’ll be having a fall morning cleanup on Saturday, October 14, from 9:30 to 11:30AM followed by a light lunch in the parlor. 

We’ll also be planting spring bulbs and fall mums.

Please RSVP on the kiosk or email Doreen Hannon.

Thanks to our volunteers this year: 

Vera Burns

Ed Goff

Carol & Todd Goyt

Doreen Hannon

Pastor Tom Hart

Laura Hatch

Lindy Juergens

Lynn Kneisel

Mary Long

Sue Noble

Jeanette Russell 


Looking to add some mums to your yard for Fall? South Lyon Co-op Preschool is doing their annual Mum Fundraiser at South Lyon First UMC. These mums are large, beautiful and are sure to add some beautiful color to your porches! The mum's are 3 for $40 or $14 each and are available in yellow, red, white, purple and orange! They all come in two gallon buckets and are from Pinter's Flowerland in Belleville. Please keep in mind the colors selected could appear different (for example, the orange could appear more like a bronze).

Orders and payment need to be made by noon on September 15th. Mums will be ready for pick up at the school on September 22nd (specific pick up time to be sent out as the date approaches). Paying by check is the preferred method of payment but Zelle is an option as well. Please be sure to consolidate your entire order into one payment! Thank you so much for supporting our school!!

Contact Mallory Luttman with any questions.



The mission for the month for Septemeber is Active Faith.

Active Faith has been a part of our community for over 30 years, since nine local pastors came together to create Active Faith community Services.

Active Faith’s Mission: Our Mission is to provide long term and temporary assistance to those who have fallen on difficult times in hopes of returning them to the independent pursuit of their life’s goals.

Active Faith is constantly changing to meet the needs of the community by distributing 195,605 pounds of food, counseling, clothing, children’s tutoring, access and knowledge of outside resources, and the THAW fund site for utility help for over 600 families. In 2011, Active Faith was able to offer the Capernaum Dental and Health Clinics. With your prayers and support our church members along with other churches, our local clergy, and our local community, came together to form Capernaum, a 501C(3) that hosts these clinics.

Active faith provides so many opportunities to help our community; Grow a row, Strike Out Hunger, Postal Food Drive, golf outings, Sponsor a Shelf, and other donor opportunities. There are over 100 companies who support Active Faith. Many of Active Faiths volunteers belong to the First United Methodist church. Please visit their website at: to learn more.

Please consider supporting Active Faith because together we can help those who have fallen and lift them up through our prayers, support, and actions. Hebrew 13:16

Do not neglect to do good and share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. The Mission Team


Looking for another way to support our Mission of the Month organization?

Date: Saturday, September 23rd,2023

Time: Doors open at 6 PM Square Dance starts at 7 PM beginning with instruction.

Event is over at 10 PM

Location: Three Cedar Farms 7897 Six Mile Road, Northville.

Ticket Price: $20 per person (16+) Kids $5 (5 – 15) Under 5 are FREE. Includes a scenic hayride, delicious donut and yummy cider!

But that's not all! We have a special guest lined up for you - The Kilted Magician will be there to welcome us with his mesmerizing magic tricks. You won't want to miss it!

We would be delighted if you could join us, whether you come alone or bring your family along for the fun. Even if square dancing isn't your thing, we guarantee it'll be a "hoot" to watch the festivities unfold.

But that's not all! Your ticket includes some fantastic treats:

  • A scenic hayride
  • Delicious cider
  • Mouthwatering donuts

And the excitement doesn't stop there! We have some amazing surprises in store:

Raffle baskets filled with incredible prizes

A chance to win a brand-new bicycle generously donated by South Lyon Bicycle

To help make this event a resounding success, we kindly ask for your support in spreading the word. Please share this email with your friends, neighbors, and family.

We want to see as many friendly faces as possible!

Can't commit to buying tickets in advance? No problem! You can also purchase tickets at the door on the day of the event.

We're hoping for a full house. Your involvement is crucial in making this fundraiser a triumph.


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:



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!



Are you in need of medical equipment? We may have what you need! We are now serving as an extension of the Center for Active Adults' Medical Loan Closet. Inventory will vary, but all equipment is available on loan to residents of South Lyon and their families.

Please call the church office

for more information.

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.

Click Here For Building Use Request

Fall Office Hours

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

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for more information about our church or any of these programs!

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