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

IMPACT: The Future Plan - Romans 12:1-2

Dear Friends,


Sunday, October 22, is the second week of our Generosity Campaign. Worship in the Birmingham First Sanctuary will focus on Romans 12:1-2. The Sermon title is “Impact: The Future Plan” and examines the relationship between the Apostle Paul’s appeal to the church in Rome and our congregation’s plan for 2024.

Paul’s appeal for transformation of the mind is an attempt to focus the attention of Christians on an inner grounding of spiritual maturity. For people whose values and priorities are grounded in secular culture and its temporal benefits, the idea of transformation of the mind is revolutionary because it calls for a paradigm shift in values, priorities, and behaviors. One cannot follow Jesus faithfully without abandoning loyalty to the world. One cannot serve two masters at the same time. Those who seek to do this will always have to choose. And the Apostle Paul recommends that those who follow Jesus allow themselves to focus on the priorities of Christian discipleship. This focus is sustainable when it is rooted in the mind or in the human heart. “Mind” and “heart” represent the foundation of our moral, ethical, and spiritual being. When we are transformed from within, our actions and reactions will follow.


Please invite your family, friends, and neighbors to worship with you this Sunday 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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Mission Candle

The Mission Candle is dedicated to the glory of God and in memory of Bonnie Rose White, an American Baptist Missionary who taught medical technology at IME in Zaire. 


Our prayers of sympathy and support are shared with Matt and Denise Parsons, Adam and Julie Parsons and family on the death of Matt and Adam’s father, Barry Parsons on October 8. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 4 at 10:00 a.m. for both Barry and Lucy Parsons at Birmingham First.


Our prayers of sympathy and support are shared with Jane and Ken Dause and family on the death of Jane’s father, Charles J. Phillips on October 7.


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IMPACT: Discernment

Romans 12:1-2

In this season of IMPACT, our focus shifts toward discernment: What is God inviting me to do in this season? Who is God calling me to become?


While the will of God in every single situation may not be abundantly clear, we can put practices in place to discern what is good, pleasing, and perfect. Worship with Berkley First this Sunday to discover what God may have in store for you. After the service, consider putting your faith into action by assembling lunches for the NOAH Project in the Berkley First Social Hall. 

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 15

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

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IMPACT: Generosity Campaign

This past Sunday we launched IMPACT, the church-wide generosity campaign for 2024. If your address is on file with the church office, you will receive a booklet and an Estimate of Giving (EOG) card in the mail this week. You can set up a recurring donation for 2024, and download a booklet and EOG card by clicking the button below. 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, October 22 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.

Pumpkin Patch is Here!

This is a fundraiser for Hunger Ministry but also a terrific community outreach event. A lot of help is needed with sales daily and there are still many time slots open. Really cool orange pumpkin shirts are available for those who help with sales! Click the button below to sign up. Questions? Contact Bob Feldmaier, [email protected].

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This small but dedicated crew unloaded 1000 pumpkins from a semi trailer last Saturday morning in the rain! Thank you!

Get Your Pumpkin at the Patch

Come on out to the Pumpkin Patch at Birmingham First

for the best pumpkins in Michigan.



Monday-Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.



(We accept cash or credit)

Pie Pumpkins: $5; Medium Sizes: $10; Large Sizes: $15



Small: $8; Large: $15

Missions Fair is This Sunday

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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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 at the Mission Fair on Sunday, October 22, or again 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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Food Drive Begins This Sunday

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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!


1990 E Avon Rd.

Rochester Hills, MI 48307

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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Coming in November

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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During November, middle school and high school students will be 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. 

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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. For more information, or to register, click the button below.

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Advent by Candlelight will be Monday, November 27 at 7:00 p.m. for one night only!  

We are looking forward to the community of women at Birmingham and Berkley First (along with their friends) to enter into this year’s Advent season by starting with Advent by Candlelight! 


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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].

Christian Life Center

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! Sign up begins Wednesday, November 1 on the Birmingham First website. Questions? Reach out to Beth Torrey at [email protected].  

Registration is now open for November dates and times for drop-in, Intro to Pickleball, and court rental. For more information, or to register, click the button below.

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Rummage Sale - THANK YOU

The United Women in Faith of Birmingham and Berkley First want to thank everyone who donated, volunteered, and shopped at the Fall Rummage Sale for Missions. Over 700 volunteers logged thousands of hours. Shoppers filled the church, excited to find great items at reasonable prices. Charities took loads of items (clothing, dishes, linen, and furniture) to help others. Thanks to the Church and Society committee for staffing the recycling area and to the Church Staff for your flexibility during a challenging work week that brought JOY to SO many! Together we created the Mission Field within the walls of the church, raising money to help others. Sale proceeds will allow United Women in Faith to continue funding mission projects benefiting women and children locally, nationally, and internationally.

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