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

Choosing the Narrow Path - Matthew 7:12-14

Dear Friends,

When I was a teenager, growing up in a small farming community in the thumb, there wasn’t much to do on the weekends. One of the ways we found to entertain ourselves was to find a path and follow it. Whether it was a two-track through a field or a walking path through the woods, it was fun for us to follow the path and see where it leads. Some of those paths led to water. Some led to interesting finds in the woods, like forts and treehouses. One time my best friend and I decided to take my car down a path that wandered through a field. Big Mistake. We didn’t end up in some cool place. We ended up getting stuck in the mud up to the frame of my car. I was certain that I was going to lose my driving privileges for this one. My best friend was very resourceful. She called a friend who had a tractor and a tow rope. He came to the field and pulled my car out of the mud. We drove to the car wash and washed away the evidence of our adventure and I prayed that the car would be ok and that my dad would never find out. To the best of my knowledge, God answered those prayers.

I learned two things about choosing paths that day: First, the path you choose matters so wisdom and discernment ought to be applied. And second, thank God there is grace for the times when we don’t apply wisdom and discernment to our choices.

Jesus had something to say about choosing a path. Check it out in Matthew 7:12-14. This Sunday we will talk about why choosing the narrow path is better than the wide path. At the 11:00 a.m. service we will baptize two, and confirm fourteen young people. Sunday School and Nursery Care are available at the 9:30 a.m. service. Nursery Care is available at the 11:00 a.m. service.

I look forward to worshiping with you!

The Rev. Susie Hierholzer

Associate Pastor of Discipleship


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Altar Flowers

The Altar Flowers are dedicated to the glory of God and in honor of the birth of Vivian Antoinette Moore, daughter of Dave and Lauren Moore. Proud grandparents are Glenn and Jeanne Moore.


Holy Baptisms

We celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism when we are initiated into Christ's holy Church. Through baptism we are incorporated into God's mighty acts of salvation and given new birth through water and the Spirit. This Sunday we will celebrate God's gift, offered to us without price.


Our prayers of joy are shared with the Lanessa Jones as we celebrated the baptism of her daughter Nia Jones during Discover First on Sunday, November 12.


Our prayers of joy are shared with Lanessa Jones as we will celebrate the baptism of her son Royce on Sunday, November 19. 


Our prayers of joy are shared with Forrest and Michelle Wall as we will celebrate the baptism of their son Colin James on Sunday, November 19. 


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Greatness: Expanding the Reach of God's Love

Matthew 22:24-40

Jesus made it clear: the distinguishing mark of a true disciple is the love we have for one another. What does it look like to love God, one another, and all creation?

Worship with Berkley First this Sunday as we explore ways to expand the reach of God’s love. Together, we will also celebrate the joy of baptism and witness another five young people claim the Christian faith for themselves through the process of confirmation.

After worship, stick around and join us downstairs for our monthly potluck brunch. 


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

Sunday Dinner

Meet up with us for dinner on Sunday, November 19 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. This is our last Sunday Dinner for the season. We look forward to dining with you in January 2024.

Voice of Hope

Did you know that Andy McMillan, Judy Lowery, Steve Packard and Greg Labrake tape a weekly message for the Voice of Hope, at 248-646-1200 ext.2 ? If you are interested in joining the team and would like some training, please contact Judy at: [email protected].

Greg Labrake’s Voice of Hope recording will begin on Sunday, November 26 and is titled, “Always Give Thanks.”

Upcoming Events

We are excited to announce that the Sanctuary portion of Advent by Candlelight will be livestreamed via Facebook and our website, and will be available as a recording on our website after the event. A livestream link will be shared in next week’s Steeple Notes and on our website. There are still a few available spots to sign up for at the communal table in the CLC. To sign up click the button below.

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This four-week study explores the warmth of welcome at Christmas following interactions with the Holy Family, the shepherds and the Magi. This Advent we are offering the book Making Room, Sharing the Love of Christmas by Ed Robb, as a resource for impacting your faith through this season. Upcoming sermons at both campuses will be based on this book. Rev. Susie will be leading a discussion group at the Birmingham campus on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. on November 26, December 3, 10 & 17. Registration is not necessary. Come for 1 week or come every week. Books are available in the main office.

Copies of Heaven and Earth will be available in the Circuit Rider Bookstore!

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 Friday, April 5, as the keynote speaker for our Annual Endowment Dinner. 

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The Church Annual Conference will be on Monday, December 4. You are invited to connect with one another before the Conference and share a delicious meal prepared by Chef Hollie. The gathering begins at 5:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall with dinner at 6:00 p.m. To RSVP for dinner click the button below. The Conference will begin in the Sanctuary at 7:00 p.m. To attend via Zoom, email Kim Fitzgerald, [email protected]

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Sunday, December 3

A Festival of Carols with choir and orchestra

at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The familiar sounds of Christmas brilliantly come to life as the Chancel Choir leads us into Advent with dazzling and inspirational arrangements of Christmas Carols.

Sunday, December 10

The Heralds of Christmas at 3:00 p.m.

The full breadth of the music ministry is on display at this annual concert featuring all of our choirs. From the voices of our 3-year-old Cherub choir to our Chancel Choir, from the sounds of bells to the mighty organ, this concert is guaranteed to leave your heart filled with the joy of Christmas.

Sunday, December 10

Bethlehem Marketplace at 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Children and families will be able to experience the bustling Bethlehem Marketplace and discover what life was like when Jesus was born.

Wednesday, December 15

An Unsilent Night: A Benefit Concert for Cass Community Social Services at 7:00 p.m. Experience a night that is anything but silent as Alvin Waddles leads a concert featuring some of Detroit's legendary musicians to benefit the outstanding work of Cass Community Social Services.

Monday, December 18

A Service of Hope at 7:00 p.m. In the midst the joy and hustle-and-bustle of the Christmas season, this reflective service carves out a bit of time to acknowledge and process those things that weigh heavy on our hearts and lead us to experience the quiet hope that entered our world in Bethlehem.

Sunday, December 24

Christmas Eve Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary at 2:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. We are making room for you this Christmas just as Jesus made room in God’s kingdom for us. This story of Christ’s birth will encourage us all to widen our borders and increase our sense of community—and make room for others.

Sunday, December 24

Children and Family Worship with a Christmas Pageant at 4:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Witness this retelling of the Birth of Jesus Christ as told by our youngest members and their friends.

Sunday Social

Sunday Social Fellowship – Sunday, November 26. We will meet in Thomas Parlor from 12:15 – 1:45 p.m. Come for lunch and fellowship with your senior friends. Cost of the lunch will be $15.00. To reserve your place at the table, please make your reservation by Wednesday, November 22 with Mary Feldmaier, 248-646-6407, ext. 3142 or [email protected].

Connect and Serve

We want to thank you for your generous support of the Methodist Children’s Home Christmas Wish Lists for Foster Children. All 80 lists have been distributed! Please return the UNWRAPPED gifts to Birmingham First or Berkley First by Sunday, November 19, with the child’s list attached. If you missed this opportunity and are still interested in supporting MCHS please donate by clicking the button below.

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Church & Society Ministry is sponsoring an all-church Christmas Wish List fulfillment drive as part of our ongoing support of the Pontiac-based nonprofit Multicultural Family Center (the Center). They have provided us with a Christmas Wish List that they are hoping Birmingham and Berkley First can fulfill. Our goal is to provide the Center with at least one of each item on the Christmas Wish List. You can find out more information by clicking the button below.


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The women’s mission team will be holding an online auction beginning at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, November 19 until Monday, November 27 at 10:00 p.m. This auction will help us raise enough funds to be able to give the people of La Corroza the hope of access to clean water by providing them with a well. Donors for the auction include Meadowbrook Hall, the Fisher Theater, Interlochen Arts Academy, Trader Joe’s, Hollywood Feed, Beyond Juice, cabi, Neiman Marcus, Green Lantern, Catching Fireflies, and Yellow Door. Hop online for some holiday gift shopping or to treat yourself or a loved one all while supporting our mission partner in Honduras!


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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 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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Lest We Forget!—Stories of Those Who Served is now available through Amazon Books. The book can be ordered as a paperback, a hardcover book, and as a Kindle book by scanning the QR code or by clicking the button below.

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Employment Opportunities

Children and Family Ministries is seeking a Childcare Coordinator and Childcare Workers. For full job descriptions click the button below. For questions, contact Director of Children and Family Ministries, Kim Bowyer by email at [email protected].

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Children and Family Ministries

On Sunday, December 10, Children and Family Ministries is excited to present a family-friendly Bethlehem Marketplace event from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. following the Herald's of Christmas Concert. To make this event successful we are asking for volunteers to prayerfully consider helping us host a marketplace shop, play a character roll and help with set-up and take down. To sign up, please contact Kim Bowyer at [email protected].

The 4:00 p.m. Family Christmas Eve Service needs children and adult caregiver volunteers to retell the story of Jesus’ birth. Children in Pre-K through 5th grade will have small speaking parts. Musicians are also needed to perform Christmas songs on their own instruments. We will have a mandatory rehearsal on Saturday, December 23 at 9:30 a.m. For more information or to sign up, go to our website by clicking the button below.

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Rolls of wrapping paper and bags of bows are needed for the Cass Gift Wrap Kits mission project! Children & Family Ministries will be collecting donations through December 10. Donation boxes wrapped in Christmas paper are around the church to collect donations in the following locations: outside the CFM office, (under the table) and near the Main Entry door. 

We will celebrate babies born in 2023 on Sunday, December 10 at the 9:30 a.m. worship service. RSVP your baby for this special day and submit a photo by Sunday, November 26 to Director of Children and Family Ministries, Kim Bowyer by email at [email protected].

There is still time to donate to meet our goal to help support the Brightmoor Thanksgiving Meal Mission. Donations can be made via Text to 248-368-0033 please use keyword THANKS with your amount (ie. 60 THANKS) or online by clicking the button below (please designate in the “Other” line as “THANKS”). You can donate in-person during coffee hour in Fellowship Hall on November 12. Donations can also be mailed or dropped off to the CFM Office.



Share your love for Christ by playing with toddlers and preschoolers, and holding babies in our nursery care during worship services on Sundays at Birmingham First. Pastor Susie and Kim Bowyer will walk you through the volunteer application process and brief training, which is required for all volunteers working with children & vulnerable adults. If you have questions, please reach out to them. To sign up for a time slot click the button below.

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Children and Family Ministries and Student Ministries will be collecting pop cans and bottles. All funds will benefit Living Hope School’s Birthday Party Fund and their Ashawadi Educational Partnership. This non-profit organization supports the educational needs of underprivileged children and youth in Bangalore, India. This drive will go through December 3. The collection bin is outside by the CLC Welcome Desk doors. 

Christian Life Center

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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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