Missions (Projects & Trips)

Chelsea Retirement Center: Sunday, March 29, 2-5 pm

This will be our sixth year to visit the CRC, a United Methodist Retirement Community not far from Ann Arbor. For the past few years we have led the Sunday afternoon worship service and then held a reception.  

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Summer Service Trips

Active youth are eligible to apply for summer trips.

Our 7th & 8th graders traditionally lead a one-week Vacation Bible school in L’anse in Michigan’s upper peninsula in cooperation with the Zeba and L’anse United Methodist Churches. In 2020 we will celebrate the 25th anniversary of this ministry!

Ninth through twelfth graders experience an eight– to ten-day trip to different destinations each summer, such as Alabama, North Dakota, and Guatemala.

How is on a mission trip different than going to church, VBS, youth group, etc?

Living together in a faith community, like the one formed during a mission trip, allows walls to quickly come down and participants to consider their faith as an every-moment-of-life foundation rather than a compartmentalized dynamic that works itself into life on Sunday, during mission trips, or only with fellow believers.

Faith development is a life-long process and the mission trip is only one week a year. This experience is not a replacement for year-round activities, rather it serves to reinforce what is taught in the church in a unique context.

“Everybody has been raving for the longest time about how great this trip [Zeba] was and it lived up to its name! I got to lead VBS, eat food, eat more food, sing songs, jump off waterfalls, laugh, and so much more!” 7th grader

2020 Mission Trips

High School Trip to Appalachia Service Project, Kentucky: June 21-27, 2020

7th & 8th Grade Trip to Zeba (L’anse, MI): July 11-18, 2020

Please visit our Youth Forms page for required mission trip forms.

Scholarships: Lack of funds is not a reason for nonparticipation! We have funds available to provide financial assistance and all requests are confidential. Contact Wendy Everett at wendy@fumc-a2.org or 734.662.4536 if you would like to request a scholarship.

CROP Hunger Walk
Sunday, October 6, 2019 (2020 date T.B.D.)

We are planning to participate as a group in the Washtenaw County CROP Walk on Sunday afternoon.

12:30  Meet at church for lunch
1:00  Carpool to St. Clare’s Episcopal/Temple Beth Emeth (on Packard)
3:30  Approx. return to FUMC

Cass Community Social Services
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 (2020 date T.B.D.)

We will serve at Cass Community Social Services in Detroit. This is an election day in Ann Arbor so the public schools were closed. On our past trips to Cass, we have prepared meals, sorted food items in the pantry, cleaned the kitchen, made mudmats out of recycled tires, sorted paper for shredding/recycling, and worked out on exercise equipment that provided electricity to the Cass Green Building. It’s hard work but we have fun doing it together! We typically meet at the Green Wood site to carpool at 9am and return at 4pm.

J.O.Y. Luncheon

We have traditionally hosted the J.O.Y. (Just Older Youth) Luncheon on President’s Day, if Ann Arbor Public Schools are closed. We prepare the food, set the tables, and then sit down with the church’s senior citizens to enjoy the meal together. We hope to do this again in 2021.