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Fulfilling the Law- Mathew 5: 1-12, 17-20

Dear Friends,

On Sunday, July 30, we will celebrate Choir Camp in worship with music and presentations from our young people who participate in the music ministries of our church. Instead of a sermon, there will be a homily presented on the theme, “Fulfilling the Law.” This message is taken from Matthew 5: 1-12, 17-20. In this scripture, Jesus sat down to teach his disciples in the presence of a crowd of people. Jesus is aware of the burden of discipleship and wants to clarify the purpose of the law. The Law of Moses and the teachings of the Prophets were being used to restrict and punish people and Jesus took issue with that. Here, in his sermon on the mount, Jesus explains that the Law was given to guide people to the fulfillment of God’s will, not merely to prohibit immoral behavior. This theological discourse drove a wedge between Jesus and the religious establishment in Israel. It also set the stage for Jesus’ eventual crucifixion. This Sunday, as we celebrate the music ministry of our young people, we will pause to reflect on the purpose and fulfillment of God’s Law. We will consider how the Sermon on the Mount applies to our lives today. Please join us in-person or online at 10am this Sunday in the Birmingham sanctuary. I will be looking forward to worshipping with you.


Worship Sunday July 30 at 10:00 a.m. in-person in the Sanctuary of Birmingham First or online by clicking one of the buttons below. Sunday School and Nursery Care are available.

With faith and commitment,

Rev. Dr. Charles S. G. Boayue, Jr.

Senior Pastor

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Freedom to Forgive - John 8:1-11

This Sunday, July 30, Rachel Alpert will preach the sermon, “Freedom to Forgive” based on the scripture John 8:1-11.

In this week’s scripture, a woman was belittled and, standing before the only person in the history of the world with the spiritual authority to judge, she was forgiven. There is power in forgiving others and power in forgiving yourself. We’ve all made mistakes, and Jesus stands up to those who spew condemnation while also standing up for those who are oppressed and cast aside. When you know better, you can do better.

Children will be joining the adults in worship. Nursery Care is available for the littlest among us.


Worship on Sunday, July 30 at 10:00 a.m. at Berkley First in-person or online via livestream, FacebookYouTube, or BerkleyFirst.org

Watch Worship from Sunday, July 23

Watch a recording of worship from last Sunday, July 23 by clicking on one of the buttons below.

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Our Church Family

Altar Flowers

The Altar Flowers are dedicated to the glory of God and in honor of the Choir Camp staff and campers.

Mission Candle

The Mission Candle is dedicated to the glory of God and to honor the life and legacy of Jerry Brouhard from the United Women in Faith.


Our Prayers of Sympathy and Support are shared with Sue and Jim VerHage and family on the death of Sue's sister Margaret Misek on July 8.

Our Prayers of Sympathy and Support are shared with Bob and Ellie Sutherland and family on the death of Bob's stepfather, Bob Hartman on July 19. 

Christian prayers and sympathy are extended to Michigan Area Bishop David and Julie Bard on the death of Bishop Bard’s mother, Carol Norling. May her soul rest in eternal peace and may the peace of God be with Bishop David and Julie always.


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From the Senior Pastor's Desk

As we come to the end of July, I want to thank all members and friends of our congregation who are contributing faithfully to our ministry through their prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. I encourage all members and friends of our congregation to remember your financial commitment to this ministry. Please make sure you are keeping up with your commitments. If you did not make a financial commitment for 2023, it is not late to make one. You may complete a form in the finance office or online at fumcbirmingham.org. If you do not wish to fill out a form, you can simply give your contributions faithfully however you choose. Let us end this wonderful year on a strong note.


New Members

We are happy to welcome the following new members who were received into our church family. We hope that they will form warm friendships and find their place in the work of Birmingham and Berkley First.

  • Daniel and Jillian Ripper
  • Ryan Tate and Marci Hensley, Connor and Delaney Tate

Sunday Social -Sunday, July 30

We will meet in Thomas Parlor from 11:15 pm - 12:30 pm for a cold lunch and fellowship with other seniors. Chef Hollie will prepare a wonderful Irish meal for us. Cost of the lunch will be $15.00. To ensure you place at the table, please make your reservation by tomorrow, Thursday, July 27 by contacting Mary Feldmaier, 248-646-6407 x 3142 or mfeldmaier@fumcbirmingham.org.

Home Produce Table

Hunger Ministry will be hosting a Home Produce Table every Sunday through Sunday, September 24. Visit their table in Fellowship Hall. Bring any extra items from your garden and drop them off at the Home Produce Table before worship then purchase items brought by others after service to benefit the Hunger Ministry. 

We need volunteers! Click the button below to sign up or contact Bob Feldmaier, bob.feldmaier@yahoo.com.


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Volunteer Record & Registration Update

Birmingham & Berkley First has a new policy for working with children, youth and vulnerable persons. This new policy asks for volunteers to complete an application, background check release, and provide the names and email addresses of two references who will be asked to fill out a form recommending you as a volunteer. Because most of our ministries involve children, youth or vulnerable persons in some way, all volunteers are being asked to complete this process as soon as possible to bring us into compliance with the new policy. Once the application process has been completed, only the background check release will need to be repeated every three years.

If you volunteer in any capacity with Birmingham & Berkley First please complete the online volunteer application by clicking the button below. Thank you for supporting the safety of the children, youth, and vulnerable adults of our church by participating in this process. For questions, please contact Rev. Susie Hierholzer, Pastor of Discipleship, by email shierholzer@fumcbirmingham.org or by phone 248-646-1200 ext. 3162.

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Methodist Mondays

This summer, Laura Auberry, Duke Seminary Intern, leads a class about John Wesley and the foundational ideas behind Methodism as well as it’s history. She will lead you through the scripture that was important to Wesley, and review some of his most impactful sermons.

The class meets this Monday, July 31 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Wright Parlor at Birmingham First. If you have any questions, please contact Laura at lauberry@fumbirmingham.org.

Student Ministry

Summer Serve for Students - The Noah Project

Come join the fun, earn volunteer hours, and close out the summer "doing good!"

Sunday, August 13 - Meet at church (evening time) in the big kitchen to assemble 300 lunches for the NOAH Project. We'll end with ice cream sundaes and trivia! 

Saturday, August 14 - Meet at church (morning time) to load up the church van and head to the NOAH Project in Detroit to serve 300 lunches to our Detroit neighbors. We will end with lunch and a tour of Central UMC! 

Click the button below to register. For questions, or for more information, contact Amy Holton, aholton@fumcbirmingham.org or Sarah Alexander salexander@fumcbirmingham.org.

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Multicultural Family Center Art Supplies Drive

The Church & Society Ministry is sponsoring an all-church Art Supplies Drive as part of our ongoing support of the Pontiac-based nonprofit Multicultural Family Center (the Center) which provides family focused support services and basic life essentials to families in need (food; clothing; shelter assistance). The Center also offers neighborhood children programs and camp experiences that open up the wonderful world of artistic expression to each child. In support of this children’s art-centered enrichment activity and faced with a very limited budget, the Multicultural Family Center has provided us with a wish list of items needed. Our goal is to provide the Center with 100 items from their wish list.

An Amazon wish list has been created with the items and quantities of the

supplies the Center desires. Click the button below to go directly to the wish list. The items will be delivered directly to the Center. For questions, contact Frank Driscoll by emailing fcdriscoll@yahoo.com.

Amazon Wish List

Employment Opportunities

Welcome Desk Administrative Assistant (part-time): Birmingham First seeks a part-time (8 -12 hours per week) Administrative Assistant for the Welcome Desk. Excellent hospitality skills are needed to interact with members, guests, and staff. Candidates should demonstrate exceptional written and verbal skills, along with the ability to learn new software and online programs. Experience in MS Office Word and Excel preferred. Complete job description and application are available by scanning the QR code. To send an application with resume, email to Mary Feldmaier at mfeldmaier@fumcbirmingham.org.

Childcare Worker (part-time): Birmingham First is hiring a Childcare Worker to assist in providing a developmentally appropriate, play-based, Christian environment for children. The Childcare Worker is responsible for the well-being of the children under their care. For more information, click the button below or contact Kim Bowyer, Director of Children and Family Ministries, kbowyer@fumcbirmingham.org, 248-646-1200 ext. 3134.

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