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

A Season of Opportunity - Book of Numbers, Chapter 13


This Sunday, October 1, we will celebrate World Communion Sunday along with millions of Christians around the world. World Communion Sunday reminds us of our unity in Jesus Christ who conducted the first Holy Communion service on the eve of his arrest and eventual crucifixion in Jerusalem. At that Communion Service, Jesus gave his disciples instructions to remember Him every time they commune together. And so, in remembrance of what Jesus Christ has done for us, we will commune together and remember Him by reflecting on selected verses from the Book of Numbers, chapter 13. The sermon title is, A Season of Opportunity. In this scripture, Moses is leading the children of Israel out of Egypt toward the Promised Land of Canaan. The journey is taking too long, and the Israelites are beginning to question whether the journey is worth it. Moses is caught between a rock and a hard place. He turns to God for help, then God gives instructions on what to do for the people. What unfolds after Moses follows God’s instructions is an amazing revelation of how God works and why people who face challenges in life should put their trust in God.


Come and worship with us as we ponder together God’s amazing grace and unconditional love. Music will be uplifting, people will welcome you, and you may discover God beckoning you to not give up. Come, let us commune together.


I invite you to worship at 9:30 a.m. in-person or online, and at 11:00 a.m. in-person. Sunday School is paused this week for Family Worship. Nursery Care is available during the 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. service.

I look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday.

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

Senior Pastor

Sunday School is paused this week for Family Worship.

Nursery Care is available at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

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Mission Candle

The Mission Candle is dedicated to the glory of God and in celebration of the birthday of Rich Teets.


Our prayers of joy and celebration are shared with the family of Jacob Beck and Breanna Good on the birth of their daughter, Sa’Raya on September 8. Proud grandparent is Dorothy Beck. Jacob and Dorothy are members of the staff at Birmingham First.



Our prayers of sympathy and support are shared with Daniel and Jillian Ripper and family on the death of Daniel's mother, Michelle Lowe Ripper, on September 18.


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Promises of God: Hope and a Future

Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28

In one of the most famous verses of Scripture, God promises “hope and a future.” This Sunday, October 1, we’ll examine that verse in context. Who was God speaking to? What had they been through? What does it mean for us today? Invite someone to come to church with you this Sunday to discover what God has planned for each of us. 


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

Watch Worship from Sunday, September 24

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

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First Nurses

On Sunday, October 1, First Nurses will provide blood pressure checks during coffee hour in Fellowship Hall. All are welcome. 

Sunday 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. on Sunday, October 1. All are invited to attend.

Registration Open for Pickleball

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!


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


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Last Day to RSVP

All 4th and 5th-grade students are invited to a 45C Fun & Mission Night on Friday, September 29 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. We will play games, travel to return cans/bottles at local stores for our Birthday Themed Mission Projects, and have a pizza dinner. The cost is $15 per child payable in cash or check made out to FUMC. Please RSVP today. Click the button below for more information.

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Fall Rummage Sale


Easy Drive-Thru Curbside Drop-Off. No Truck Pickup for this sale.

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.


To volunteer for fun &fellowship, October 8-13 please contact Jane Carvell by email or phone, [email protected], 248-379-2662. Volunteers must be church members or be sponsored by a church member. Sunday-Friday--morning, afternoon and evening shifts available.


Wednesday, October 11 from1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Thursday, October 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Regular price) then from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (50% off & $10 Bag)


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Lost and Found

This Sunday, October 1, we will have a table in Fellowship Hall with lost and found  items. Please take a moment to see if anything on the table belongs to you. Any items left unclaimed will be donated to the Rummage Sale.

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Middle & High School Parents

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High School students are invited to attend a trip to Three Cedars Farm in Northville. Click the button below to register to attend, or to volunteer as a chaperone.

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Children and Family Ministry

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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, [email protected], 248-646-1200 ext. 3134.


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You and your kindergarten and 3rd grade child are invited to a special Bible presentation at the 9:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday, October 15. We will present each kindergarten child The Jesus Storybook Bible and each 3rd grader will receive their very own Adventure Bible. We look forward to celebrating with families this great step forward in their child’s faith journey. Participants are asked to RSVP in advance by October 1. For more information or to RSVP click the button below.


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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First Kids Preschool

Special Traffic Notice from our First Kids Preschool

For the safety of our First Kids, the East side entrance off of West Maple will be closed during morning drop-off between 8:45a.m.-9:30 a.m. during the week (M-F) for Preschool. This entrance will continue to be closed until May 2024 during these days/times. Everyone should enter the church off of Pleasant Street.

Newspapers Needed

The preschool is in need of newspapers to prepare the classrooms for the Rummage Sale. A bin for collecting the newspapers will be inside the main entrance of the church.  

A Legacy of Faithfulness

A beneficiary designation is one of the simplest ways to make a planned gift to Birmingham First. Retirement plans, IRAs, life insurance, donor advised funds, and commercial annuities distribute assets based on beneficiary forms making beneficiary designations an effective and easy way for you to leave a legacy. With a simple form, you can update your beneficiary designations and specify the individuals and charities you want to support and specify the percentage of your assets you want each beneficiary to receive.


Designating Birmingham First as a beneficiary is a simple and easy to use method for leaving a legacy of faithfulness.  For more information, contact Rev. Shawn Lewis-Lakin, Associate Pastor for Planned Giving, at [email protected] or 734-717-8947. You can also visit our Planned Giving website by clicking the button below.


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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 is a one session class that 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, [email protected] with your reservation to attend one of these sessions.

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, [email protected]. Click the button below to sign up.

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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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]. 

Pumpkin Patch Returns

Save the date of Saturday, October 14 to help with unloading the pumpkin truck. Details and SignUpGenius to follow. Sales begin Sunday, October 15. Questions? Contact Bob Feldmaier, [email protected].

Ongoing CLC Groups

If you enjoy competitive basketball, join this group of adults age 22-50 for full-court basketball. Bring a white and dark jersey We play every Tuesday night beginning at 7:00 p.m.

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The CLC Walking Track and Pleasant Street Café sitting area are open daily, Monday-Friday for you from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. There is no cost to walk the track, and everyone is welcome. 

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CLC Registration

We ask that all participants complete a one-time Christian Life Center (CLC) registration form to expedite their entry into the CLC.  

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Choir Dedication Sunday

Last Sunday was Choir Dedication Sunday! We heard the voices of our youngest, to our ”young at heart,” in song! Then after worship we had bounce house fun. Displayed beautifully in our main hallway is the 100 reasons banner featuring all the reasons to be in choir! Be sure to check it out when you’re at the Birmingham First campus.

Crop Walk Recap

The Lord provided great weather for the 52nd Birmingham/Bloomfield CROP Walk. Along with other area churches, we met on the Plaza before the walk to hear from four inspirational and uplifting Charity Speakers before the 2-mile walk began through the City of Birmingham. The walk culminated at First Presbyterian next door for an Ice Cream Social provided by Ray's Ice Cream of Royal Oak.


We had a total of 66-walkers from all participating churches. Birmingham First had 23-walkers. We have raised $4,852 of our target of $9,100. If you would like to donate, there is still time! Click the button below to donate today.


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, [email protected], 248-646-1200 ext. 3134.

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