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IMPACT: The Present Reality - Romans 12:1-2

Dear Friends,

This Sunday, October 15, we begin a three-week sermon series to usher in our Generosity Campaign for 2024. As we continue our focus on Romans 12:1-2, I'll preach the sermon, Impact: The Present Reality. This sermon examines why the Apostle Paul admonishes Roman Christians to distinguish between conforming to lifestyles of the secular world and following the call of God. This admonition is as relevant and necessary for Christians today as it was for them almost two-thousand-years ago in the city of Rome.

When God has laid a claim on your life and you have accepted to follow Jesus Christ, you are to distinguish between the demands of secular life and the responsibilities of Christian discipleship. The mission of Christ in the world relies on the witness of Christian disciples. Each Christian, and the whole Church, must provide authentic witness to the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ. God’s claim on us impacts our witness to others. That divine impact changes the trajectory of our lives and the condition of the world.

Throughout this year our congregation has concerted its efforts toward making a positive impact on the lives of so many people – in places like Pontiac, Detroit, Tennessee and Kentucky to places like India, Czech Republic, Ghana, Honduras, Cuba, and Liberia around the world. Without authentic Christian witness, our world is left to experience the devastation of war in places like Palestine and Israel, Ukraine and Russia, Haiti, Myanmar and Mali.

Come, let us worship together and imagine a world where peace is not only possible but real. I will be looking for you at 9:30 a.m. in-person or online, and at 11:00 a.m. in-person. Sunday School and Nursery Care are available at 9:30 a.m. Nursery Care is available at 11:00 a.m.

I look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday.

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

Senior Pastor

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Altar Flowers

The Altar Flowers are dedicated to the glory of God and in celebration of the October 14, 2023 wedding of Sharon Bonsall and David Heiser.

Mission Candle

The Mission Candle is dedicated to the glory of God and in memory of Jean Pickett, by her daughter Mary Pickett.

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IMPACT: Transformation

Romans 12:1-2

We are entering a season of great IMPACT at Berkley First! This Sunday, we will explore the transformation that God wants to bring about in our hearts, minds, and communities. We will also see that transformation in action as Kindergarteners and 3rd Graders receive Bibles from the church, and as we celebrate together the baptism of Samuel Price. God is up to good things – and each one of you are a crucial part of it.

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

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Hunger Sunday

This Sunday, October 15, be sure to visit the Home Foods Table in Fellowship Hall between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. for delicious homemade goodies provided by the Tuesday morning women's study group. Your donations support our Hunger Ministry which funds local agencies providing hunger relief in our community.

Sunday Dinner

Sunday Dinner will resume this week in Fellowship Hall on October 15 at 6:00 p.m. with a full meal prepared by Chef Greg Ervin. Donations will be accepted as you are able. All are invited to attend.

Discover First

Join Rev. Dr. Charles Boayue, Jr., Birmingham and Berkley Clergy, and Mary Feldmaier, Director of Membership and Connecting Ministries for Discover First. This one session class will provide you with the knowledge, resources and relationships needed to take your next steps at Birmingham and Berkley First, and in the United Methodist Church. The session ends with an opportunity to officially become a member. Upcoming Discover First sessions will be: Sunday, October 15 at 2:30 p.m. at Birmingham First in Thomas Parlor and Wednesday, October 18 at 6:00 p.m. at Berkley First in the Social Hall.

We would love to be your church family! There is a place for you at Birmingham and Berkley First! Contact Mary Feldmaier, mfeldmaier@fumcbirmingham.org with your reservation to attend one of these sessions.

Fall Rummage Sale

You’re invited to shop the UMW Fall Rummage Sale on Wednesday, October 11 from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. or on Thursday, October 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Regular price) and 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (50% off & $10 Bag). Proceeds from the Rummage Sale helps to support our Missions Ministry!


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Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch Returns! This is a fundraiser for Hunger Ministry but also a terrific community outreach event. A lot of help is needed, both with truck unloading on the morning of Saturday, October 14 and help with sales daily

from October 15-31.

Really cool orange pumpkin shirts are available for those who help with sales! Click the button below to sign up. Questions? Contact Bob Feldmaier, bob.feldmaier@yahoo.com.

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You’re invited to the Mission Fair on Sunday, October 22 at Birmingham First in Fellowship Hall from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to get an update on over 21 local, national, and global missions! Each mission will have a table, with a representative of that mission task force to answer any questions you might have regarding how the incredible missions of Birmingham and Berkley First are changing lives.

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IMPACT Faith: Discipleship Series

Did you ever wonder how the church went from gathering in houses to what we have now? In this class we will look at the history of the church from its birth at Pentecost to present day including the Protestant Reformation, the birth of Methodism, and more. Join Rev. Susie Hierholzer for this 5-week experience that will impact your faith in a positive way. Click the button below to register or for more information.

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Merry Mates

Please join Merry Mates for a catered dinner Friday, October 20. The Rev. Dr. Charles Boayue, Jr. will be our speaker and will discuss plans for his Liberia school. 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, October 15. We gather in Thomas Parlor at 5:30 p.m., dinner is at 6:00 p.m., and the program follows at 6:45 p.m. Our cost is $20 per person payable upon arrival. Please join us. We welcome guests and new faces! 

Baldwin Giving Breakfast

You are invited to a breakfast the Baldwin Center will be hosting on Wednesday, October 18 at Birmingham First. The purpose of the breakfast is to reconnect with existing and new supporters post-Covid, and to share what’s happening at the Baldwin Center. It is hopeful the information shared will provide a new, or renewed excitement for supporters to help the Baldwin Center fulfill their mission to feed, clothe, educate and empower.

The Baldwin Center needs to raise at least $600,000 per year to support their much needed programs in the community. The Center depends on supporters to assist through donations of funds, goods and services, or as volunteers. There will be an ask and information at the end of the presentation inviting you to support the Baldwin Center. The Breakfast is free of charge. If you are interested in attending please contact Bob Feldmaier at bob.feldmaier@yahoo.com

Church & Society Ministry

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 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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Children and Family Ministry

Everyone is invited to our next Family Fun Day at Yates Cider Mill. Meet up on Sunday, October 22 at 12:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend. Just show up and we will provide the cider and donuts for everyone!

Thank you to everyone who came to our first Family Fun Day on Saturday, October 7. We had a great morning with you and look forward to the next one!

United Methodist Union - Meeting & Banquet

The 104th Annual Meeting and Banquet of the United Methodist Union of the Greater Detroit District will be held on Thursday, October 26 at 6:15 p.m. at Orchard United Methodist Church in Farmington Hills. The guest speaker for the evening will be the Rev. Dr. Jack Harnish. The cost for the dinner is $15 per person. If you would like to attend this evening of celebration, please make your reservation by calling the Welcome Desk (248-646-1200) or stopping by.

The deadline to reserve your spot is Sunday, October 15 by 12:30 p.m. Payment for your meal is due by Sunday, October 22. Checks can be made out to Birmingham First UMC with “Union Dinner” in the memo line.

Thank You

A sincere thank you to all who brought in socks for The NOAH Project's "SOCK-IT-TO-ME-SEPTEMBER" campaign. NOAH is able to do what it does because of people like you, who support their program as they continue to Network, Organize and Advocate for the Homeless.

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Thanks to the Birmingham First Trustees & Endowment, we are now able to offer Pickleball instructional classes, drop-in play, and court rental. Registration is now open and filling up fast!


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