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

John Wesley's Hot-Air Balloon

Philippians 3:12-14

On Sunday, September 17 during the 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. worship services, we will welcome Missionary Will Faircloth as he preaches the sermon, John Wesley's Hot-Air Balloon, based on the scripture, Philippians 3:12-14.

We take a look at the basic elements of Christian life according to John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, and how they can give us a strong foundation and renewed hope in changing times.

After worship, be sure to join us in Fellowship Hall for Coffee & Connection; "Donut" miss this Sunday.

Sunday School and Nursery Care are available at 9:30 a.m.

Nursery Care is available at 11:00 a.m.

Click a button below to watch worship online Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

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More About Will Faircloth

Will and his wife Ella have been connected with our Missions Ministry since 2008, when they were living in Costa Rica as missionaries with the Methodist Church there. Our Missions Ministry was an important early partner with the building of the Methodist Children’s Home, as well as a supporter of the Seminary. Will now directs the Wesley Heritage Foundation, providing Spanish-language resources for Methodist churches throughout the Americas, particularly in the areas of translation and teaching. He sees much hope for a renewed and reinvigorated Methodism through connections between English- and Spanish-speaking brothers and sisters, as they share lessons from God‘s work in their midst.

If you would like to make a donation to the Wesley Heritage Foundation, click the button below.

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Altar Flowers

The Altar Flowers are dedicated to the glory of God and in loving memory of Deborah Garabedian by Diane, David, Susan Dawson, Taylor, Danielle and Alexandra Garabedian and Gary, Diane and Sky Miettunen.

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Holy Baptism Sunday

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 Jason and Carly Wilbur as we celebrate the baptism of their daughter, Larkin Josephine.

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Promises of God: Forgiveness & Freedom

1John 1:9, John 8:36

The God who promises to be with us through all the seasons of life also promises freedom and forgiveness. This Sunday, Pastor Zack will explore what it looks like to embrace these promises in our relationships with God, self, and others.


Worship on Sunday, September 17 at 10:00 a.m. at Berkley First in-person or online via livestream, FacebookYouTube, or BerkleyFirst.org

Watch Worship from Sunday, September 10

Watch a recording of worship from last Sunday, September 10 by clicking on one of the buttons below.

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Flu Shots

Get your Annual Flu Shot on Sunday, September 17 at Birmingham First in the Martin Room from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Flu shots are provided by Visiting Nurse Association (VNA). Click the button below for a flyer, or to register. Walk-ins are welcome.

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Greeter Recruitment

Greeters are needed for the 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. worship services.

You can help make worship a powerful, welcoming experience for others! We have many opportunities for people to serve as greeters. Create your own schedule by selecting the days that work best for you. And if you know someone who might like to share some time volunteering with you, send them this information and invite them! Volunteering is a great way to get to know people in your church family! Questions? Contact Mary Feldmaier, Director of Membership and Connecting Ministries, mfeldmaier@fumcbirmingham.org. Click the button below to sign up.

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Sunday Family Dinners

Sunday Family Dinner this week features a full dinner by Chef Greg Ervin. Donations will be accepted as you are able. Join us in Fellowship Hall at 6:00 p.m. Sunday, September 17. All are invited to attend.

Shine a light on sickle cell disease by donating blood on Tuesday, September 19 between 12:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the CLC.

All attempting donors will receive a limited-edition sickle cell awareness t-shirt as a thank you, (while supplies last.)

Thank you to those who have donated this year. Our May drive collected 34 pints and the July drive collected 33 pints.

Click the button below to reserve your time to give!

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Sharing Your Faith Journey

Sharing your personal faith journey story is a great way to help others experience the love of God through your faith. While it is not always easy to share your story, it is a worthwhile endeavor as we all experience God through different ways.


Share your story with us! Answer the question below in a video, then upload the video to us.


What IMPACT has Birmingham First had on your faith journey?


1. Record a video of your personal 1-minute story with your cell phone

2. Upload your video by clicking the link below, or text the video to 734-318-9850


For questions, contact Adrienne Trupiano, atrupiano@fumcbirmingham.org.


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Crop Walk is Next Week!

Crop Walk is next week and it’s not too late for you to join the team! 

On Sunday, September 24 at 1:00 p.m. the walk will begin at Birmingham First and end with an Ice Cream Social at First Presbyterian Church.

You can begin your fundraising efforts now by joining the Birmingham First Team online! Click the button below to register! For more information, contact John King at jpk1049@outlook.com.

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For information about High School & Middle School Sunday School and Youth Group times, click the button below.

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For information about the Middle School Lock-in or to register to attend, or volunteer as a chaperone, click the button below.

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Children and Family Ministry

Sign up now to be an Acolyte

Children in grades 3, 4 & 5 are needed to volunteer monthly with the Acolyte Ministry. Acolytes help with the worship service by lighting the altar and mission candles at the beginning of 9:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. worship services.

For more information click the button below or contact Kim Bowyer, kbowyer@fumcbirmingham.org, 248-646-1200 ext. 3134.


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Children & Family Ministries Volunteer Training

A one-hour Sunday school training is offered for all lead teachers and assistants. Choose a day & time that works for you (Sept 17, 21 or 24). One-on-one training is available if requested. To learn more & register contact Kim Bowyer, kbowyer@fumcbirmingham.org, 248-646-1200 ext. 3134.

Children and Family Ministries and Student Ministries will be collecting pop cans. 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. For more information click the button below.

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Legacy Giving Update

New! You Can Use an IRA Rollover to Fund Gift Annuity

The SECURE 2.0 Act of 2022 included a provision for individuals over age 70 1/2 interested in transferring up to $50,000 to a charitable annuity arrangement to benefit themselves and Birmingham First. SECURE 2.0 permits a taxpayer to make a one-time $50,000 distribution directly from an IRA or IRAs to a charitable annuity and make a one-time election to treat the contributions as if they were qualified charitable distributions made directly to a charitable entity.  For more information, contact Rev. Shawn Lewis-Lakin, Associate Pastor for Planned Giving, at slewis-lakin@fumcbirmingham.org or 734-717-8947. You can also visit our Planned Giving website by clicking the button below.


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Sunday Social

You’re invited to a Senior Sunday Social on September 24 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. We will meet in Thomas Parlor for a hot lunch and fellowship with other seniors. Chef Hollie will prepare a wonderful meal for us. Cost is $15.00. To ensure a place at the table, please make your reservation by Thursday, September 21 with Mary Feldmaier, mfeldmaier@fumcbirmingham.org or 248-646-6407 x 3142.

Fall Rummage Sale - Donate

You can help to make this year’s Rummage Sale a success by donating gently used items. Start cleaning out your closets, and mark your calendar for our easy drive-thru curbside drop-off days: Sunday, October 8 from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Monday, October 9 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. For more information on items we do not take for donations or for packing tips, click the button below.

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Sock-it-to-Me September

The NOAH Project in Detroit is hosting it’s annual Sock-it-to-Me September Sock Drive collecting packages of new socks and underwear (men's boxer briefs) to share with their clients throughout the upcoming winter months. Help them reach their goal by placing packages of socks and underwear in the labeled bins at the Main Entrance, and in the CLC lobby area. Thank you in advance for your generous and valued donations! For questions, contact Merry Beth Valiquett at mbvaliquett@aol.com

Wish List for Haiti

The Haiti Task Force is looking for adult disposable diapers (sizes small and medium only), twin set bed sheets, blood pressure monitors and reading glasses. Please donate by placing items in the Missions room on the second floor. Be sure items are clearly marked “For Haiti.” For questions, contact Nancy Smith at nancyasmithrn@gmail.com. 

Pickleball Coming in October to the CLC

Thanks to the Trustees and our new beautiful CLC floor, we will begin offering introduction classes, drop-in days, and evening court times for Pickleball! Reservations will open soon! Click the button below for more information.


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Fall Classes Begin in the CLC

The Christian Life Center is offering a wide range of classes for wellness of body, mind, and spirit including, Walking Wednesdays, Yoga N Beyond, Heart & Soul Flow Yoga, Tend Strength & Toning, Better Balance, Stitching Together, T Flynn Yoga, Body Balance, Adult Full Court Basketball, and of course our Walking Track! Click the button below for a full class schedule.

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Now Hiring!

Birmingham First seeks a part-time Childcare Worker Flexible schedules are available.

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. Work anywhere between 3 to 18 hours per week. 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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Ghana Mission Team Update

Thanks to support and generous contributions from Birmingham First, the Ghana Mission Team announces the successful completion of their school project in Ghana. This school is a beacon of hope and education for the local community. It offers countless benefits to the children and the entire village. It allows access to quality education and provides opportunities to build a brighter future. The school will be a hub of learning and empowerment and will foster a sense of community. We are immensely grateful to Birmingham First for your dedication to making a positive impact in the world, and this achievement is a testament to your compassion and commitment to our global family.

Impact your faith this year with a new discipleship series being offered by our clergy team. Topics will include the Bible, Methodism, Christian History, Theology, and Christian Ethics. Each class will meet for five-weeks and will be offered at both campuses so you can choose when and where you would like to be a part of this awesome experience. Childcare is available for children birth through 5th grade. Middle School and High School students are welcome to be childcare helpers for these classes. Registration is now open for the first two classes: Bible at the Birmingham campus and Methodism at the Berkley campus. Click the button below and let us know that you want to impact your faith this year.

Classes are offered in-person or online.

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Contemplative Prayer Retreat

Do you feel stuck in your spiritual life? Do you often feel words don’t fully express your prayers? Consider Contemplative Prayer Practices.


The Introduction to Contemplative Prayer Retreat at Lake Huron Retreat Center from October 16-18, is an opportunity for you to discover or reconnect with a number of contemplative prayer practices. This retreat is facilitated by Rev. Cora Glass (daughter of our retired graphic designer Patty Glass), Rev. Dr. April Gutierrez, and Lisa Batten. For more information, or to register, click the button below.

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