Worship this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

All Saints Day - Revelation 21:5a

Holy Communion Sunday

And the One who sat upon the throne said,

“Behold, I make all things new.” - Revelation 21:5a


In funeral and memorial services we claim God’s promises for those we love who have passed over. Death has been defeated. The mortal has put on immortality. Those we love have passed over into God’s promise where illness and grief, dementia and death are no more.


This Sunday, as we celebrate All Saints Sunday, we will remember those of our congregation who have passed over since All Saints Sunday 2022. Names will be read. Bells will toll. We will celebrate Holy Communion. And we will again claim God’s promise to make all things new.  


As we do this, we will also consider what God’s promise to make all things new means in our own lives, and indeed for our world. Yes, we proclaim a message of hope for those who have died. Can we also proclaim a message of hope for those who survive? Can we proclaim a message of hope for our broken world?  


We can. And we will!


I look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday. Whether you do so in-person or online, I hope you will join us for our special All Saints Sunday worship.



Pastor Shawn

The Rev. Shawn Lewis-Lakin

Associate Pastor

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Our Church Family


Our prayers of sympathy and support are shared with Mike and Patty Eble and family on the death of Mike’s father, Eugene Eble on October 20. Services will be held at a later date.

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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.

Not pictured: Lori Monacelli

Marjorie Russell


Victoria Murray


Family Worship

On Sunday, November 5, children will worship with their families. There will be a Children’s Moment in the worship service that all children will be invited to take part in.

Family Worship

On Sunday, November 5, First Nurses will provide blood pressure checks during Coffee Hour between services in Fellowship Hall. All are welcome. 

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Greatness: More Than Conquerors

Romans 18:35-39

Whether you’ve been following the Detroit Lions’ best season in a generation, gearing up for the release of Ridley Scott’s Napoleon, or keeping up on episodes of The Great British Bake Off, there’s something about greatness that captures the human imagination. We aspire to it, we’re intimidated by it, our history is defined through it. And yet, the pages of Scripture reveal differences in how God sees greatness. This Sunday, November 5, we explore what it means to be “more than conquerors.” Stick around after worship and join us downstairs for a Pancake Breakfast fundraiser for Cass Tiny Homes.


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

Watch Worship from Sunday, October 29

Watch a recording of worship from last Sunday by clicking one of the buttons below.

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IMPACT: Generosity Campaign

Thank you for your generosity. Without it, we would not be able to have the impact we do on our community and the world. Thank you for believing in our mission and helping us make a positive impact.


There is still time to return your Estimate of Giving cards for 2024. If you received the EOG card in the mail, please mail it back in the self-addressed envelope included. Or, bring it with you on Sunday and drop it in the offering plate. If you’re at the church during the week, please leave your EOG card in the church office basket on the counter.


If you have any questions, please reach out to Director of Finance and Operations, Frank Turco at [email protected] or by phone at 248-646-1200 ext. 3133.

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Sunday Dinner

Meet up with us for dinner on Sunday, November 5 at 6:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall with a full meal prepared by Chef Greg Ervin. Donations will be accepted as you are able. All are invited to attend. Our last Sunday Dinner for the season will be November 19.

Food Drive Results

Thank you to all who donated to the Food/Supply Drive at both Birmingham and Berkley First. The eight organizations who received the items were very pleased. The Favorite College Competition results include a new category - No School Name.


Now for the results:

49 - No School Name

41 - Michigan State University

35 - All Others

28 - University of Michigan


Upcoming Events

Join us on Saturday, November 11 for a day of exploring the music of Stacey Gibbs with the composer himself! Singers are invited to participate in the festival chorus which rehearses Saturday morning and afternoon, culminating in a performance Saturday evening. Registration is now open.

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On Thursday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, the Church & Society Ministry, as part of its ongoing Gun Safety/Gun Violence Reduction Project, will present “How safe are our schools?” The purpose of this event is to raise our awareness of the prevalence of gun violence in our schools and the danger it presents to our children.

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Advent by Candlelight is Monday, November 27 at 7:00 p.m. We are looking forward to the community of women at Birmingham and Berkley First and friends to enter into this year’s Advent season by starting with Advent by Candlelight! 

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Join Pastor Shawn for a four week Advent Study. Together we will read and discuss Heaven and Earth, Advent and the Incarnation by Author Will Willimon. Willimon is a retired United Methodist Bishop who now serves as Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Duke Divinity School. Prior to his election as a Bishop, Willimon was Dean of the Chapel at Duke Divinity School for twenty years. He will be speaking at Birmingham First on April 5, 2024, as the keynote speaker for our annual endowment dinner. 

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Merry Mates

Please join Merry Mates for a catered dinner and program November 17. Bob Feldmaier will take us on the second half of his trip along Route 66, going from Texas to California in his '57 Chevy BelAir.

Merry Mates is a social group for singles and couples in their 60's - 90's who enjoy a catered dinner, fellowship and an informative program. For a reservation call Sharon or Bob Pierce at 248-364-4438 by Sunday evening, November 12. We gather in Thomas Parlor at 5:30, dinner is at 6:00, and the program follows. Our cost is $20 per person payable upon arrival.

Part 1 of this program was enjoyed by all, so join us for Part II!

Get Involved at Birmingham First

A women’s mission team is headed to Honduras November 29 - December 6. We will be building two houses, hosting a women’s conference followed by a celebratory meal and free store as well as focusing on building lasting relationships with the women of La Corroza. Our goal is to better understand their needs as Birmingham and Berkley First begins a relationship with this village. Visit our table in Fellowship Hall on Sunday, November 5 or click the button below for the Wishlist to help us fulfill their basic needs. 


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Every year, MCHS (Methodist Children’s Home Society) delivers the Christmas spirit to nearly 250 children. This year Birmingham and Berkley First has 75 Wish Lists to fulfill. Once again, we need your help to make this possible. Please consider adopting a foster child’s Wish List.

At the Birmingham First Campus, please visit our table in Fellowship Hall on October 29 and November 5, to pick up a list. For more information click the button below.

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Middle school and high school students are participating in our annual missions event, Month of 1,000 Blessings. We’ll be raking leaves, assembling hygiene kits, and making sandwiches for The NOAH Project and Hope Warming Shelter.


Sign up to donate items to help our students in their efforts by clicking the button below. Please place your donations in the bins outside the CLC by November 6. 

Donation Wish List

Help support the Scouting Program at Birmingham First by purchasing your Holiday Greens from the Scout fundraiser. This year we will be doing PRE-ORDERS on Sundays before and after the services on November 12, 19, and 26 at the church. We will have a drive-through pickup of orders in the church parking lot on Saturday, November 18 and Saturday, December 2. For more information or to download a price sheet, click the button below.


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Children & Family Ministry are asking for donations for their Brightmoor Thanksgiving Meal Mission. Please donate by November 19. You can find out more information by clicking the link below.


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John King has been working diligently on the collection of Greatest Generation stories. Along with Amazon Books he has completed the book, Lest We Forget—Stories of Those Who Served. The book can be ordered as a Paperback, a Hardcover Book, and as a Kindle Book by clicking the button below.


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This video series for caregivers is based on the work of Dr. Pauline Boss and her book, Loving Someone Who Has Dementia. We meet every Thursday at 11:00 a.m. via Zoom beginning November 2 thru January 18. To register for a Zoom link, or for more information, email Henny Marske at [email protected].

Pumpkin Patch Sold Out

Another Pumpkin Patch in the books - we sold out on Monday! A big thank you to all who unloaded the truck, sold pumpkins, and purchased pumpkins. About $2700 was raised to support local hunger needs. Well done Birmingham and Berkley First!

Christian Life Center

Registration Now Open

Unite 3 on 3 is back in the CLC for another great season of fun, faith and basketball. Don't wait to sign up your K-4th grade (5th grade for girls) player! Spots fill fast! Questions? Reach out to Beth Torrey at [email protected].  

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All Pickleball offerings for November have been filled.

Registration for December offerings will open the first full week of November. Watch Steeple Notes for more details.

Thank you for helping to make Pickleball a success!

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