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Fall 2020 – A Season of Gratitude and Hope

Rev. Nancy Lynn checks in with the congregation as we move towards a busy fall season at FUMC Ann Arbor.

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RSVP for Holy Communion next weekend!

After a meaningful World Communion Sunday, it is our joy to offer Holy Communion on the first weekend of the month again. Nothing can separate us from the Love of God or our community of faith. To that end, let us know how we can offer the elements of Holy Communion for your household.

Review the options below and click the link provided to:

  1. reserve a place in person at Green Wood or downtown,
  2. drive-thru to pick up your elements, or
  3. receive doorstep delivery

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Quarantine Kits for U-M Students

Students entering quarantine at U-M face a lot of challenges, including inefficiencies in food delivery, feelings of helplessness and a general sense of being alone.

The Wesley Foundation is responding by putting together quarantine kits, which DPSS will distribute to students as they are escorted to on-campus quarantine accommodation.

We need your help! Please have a look at the list and see if there’s anything you’d be able to donate.

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First Sunday Centering Practice for November – Loving Kindness Meditation With Claire Casselman

Sunday, Nov. 1 at 11 a.m. on Zoom

How would you describe this time? Turbulent, uncertain, divisive, anxious, contentious, isolating, opportune? How do we stay grounded as we react to unfolding events? How do we tend to strong emotions with integrity? How do we express our faith and find a semblance of peace? Claire Casselman will help us explore loving kindness – unconditional love for ourselves and all of God’s creation. We seek to be open-eyed and open-hearted. If it sounds ...

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Disability Awareness Talk: What Helps People Who Are Disabled to Thrive?

Monday, Oct. 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Zoom

Disability… is not inherently a “problem” or “risk”. Disabled and chronically ill communities often have deeply embodied skills that allow us to connect and survive, even thrive, in these times (Source: AACIL Website).

The Center for Independent Living (CIL), born out of the struggle for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), is an organization that helps people with disabilities navigate, survive and thrive in a world where disability doesn’t have to be a handicap. Please ...

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Alpha House Host Week, Nov. 2-8

First United Methodist Church’s Alpha House host week is coming up on Nov. 2-8. Like most things in our lives, it will look quite different than in the past. Masks must be worn and staff will be sanitizing the public areas multiple times daily. Hand sanitizer is located throughout the building and anyone entering is asked to use them frequently. There have been no illnesses of any kind there. Alpha House staff has been serving the meals to resident families.

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Online Memorial Benefit Concerts for Amy Fedel through October 31

In the spirit of helping slow the spread of COVID-19, the 2020 Amy Fedel Memorial Benefit will happen online this year. While we’ll miss seeing all of our old friends at Green Wood and feeling the wonderful energy of live music, we decided that online is better than not at all.

To make it more fun, we will be doing a series of shows this year. The shows will be held every Saturday from October 10 thru October 31. The shows ...

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Vital Conversations – The Documentary 13th Discussion

Sunday, Oct. 18 | 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

The documentary 13th explores the history of racial inequality in the U.S. led by filmmaker Ava DuVernay. Why are our nation’s prisons disproportionately filled with African-Americans? What has the 13th amendment got to do with it? What is the prison-industrial complex? Watch the documentary on your own (available on Netflix and YouTube) and then join us on Oct. 18 as we discuss this.

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Howard Thurman Study

Howard Thurman Study
Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m.

What is the word that the religion of Jesus has to say to the man with his back to the wall?

This is the question asked by Howard Thurman in his classic book, Jesus and the Disinherited. It’s a question we still ask today. We don’t often hear Thurman’s name, but he was a mentor of Martin Luther King Jr and a moral anchor to many in ...

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Volunteer Opportunity

The Interfaith Round Table of Washtenaw is a spiritually based alliance of people from across the spectrum of faith communities who come together to address our communalities, share experiences and explore issues that affect us all. The IRT is currently looking for a part-time volunteer treasurer. The time commitment is about 5 hours per month. For more information, please contact Paul Herndon at 734-546-6550 or

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Furniture for Asbury Room

The couches and chairs in the Asbury Room are getting old and worn. We would like to replace them with newer furniture. We are looking for living room furniture in reasonably good condition in neutral colors; no plaids or floral patterns. If you have furniture that matches this description that you would like to donate to the church please contact Marty Javornisky at or 734-662-4536 ext. 14. Thank you!

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Green Wood Zoom Happiness Hour

Topic: Happiness Hour – Green Wood
Time: Sep 26, 2020 05:00 PM Eastern Time
Dates: Every week on Sat, until May 29, 2021

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Sermon Chats on Sundays at 5pm

Want to talk about sermon topics with the pastor? Plan to join a sermon chat on Sunday evenings at 5:00 pm.
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Thursday morning Mindfulness Practice

When can we catch our breath and just “be” in these crazy COVID times? If you are interested in learning simple techniques of mindfulness, then drop into the Spiritual Practice “Practice” session every Thursday morning, 8-9 am.
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Eco-Discipleship Study: Watershed Discipleship

Join Tim Kobler in a study of the book, Watershed Discipleship, edited by Ched Myers. More info and registration can be found at The study begins Wednesday, October 7, at 7:00pm on Zoom. A Zoom code will be sent upon registration.

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Brown Bag and Brown Bag Redux this fall!

This fall the Brown Bag Study will look at the book of Isaiah, one of the most familiar prophets in the Old Testament. Join us for a lively weekly discussion of this scripture!
Brown Bag on Tuesdays, 12-1 pm
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New for the fall: Brown Bag Redux on Thursday evenings, 7:30-8:30 pm. (We will repeat the lesson given on Tuesdays.)
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Yard signs: United Methodist Stand Against Racism

We have ordered “United Methodists Stand Against Racism” yard signs (printed on one side) with a web address for denominational antiracism resources. These are available for $12 each (covers shipping and printing). You can pay for these using the church giving page – choose as your fund “other” and designate “yard signs.”

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Zoom Happiness Hours!

The trial runs are complete and the results are in – Happiness Hour is a great success! Please join one of our Happiness Hours. Drop in! Invite friends! Enjoy smiles and laughter with others from our church.

Wednesdays, 5:00 pm

Tuesdays, 9:30 am

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A Statement from Rev. Lynn

A YouTube video statement from Rev. Nancy S. Lynn on our response to systemic racism is now available. []

A transcript of these comments may be found here: Transcript

Dear Friends,

The last week has been heartbreaking in an already challenging time. I know many of us are overwhelmed, and our African American brothers and sisters are grieving, angry, and afraid. How do we be the church in the midst of so much upheaval? Yesterday, ...

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Tell us about your interest and skills!


We’re continuing to look for ways to bring people together. For many years, we had a Time and Talents survey that we asked people to fill out, but it was really focused on how you might volunteer in the church.

Now, as we look at ways to do church differently, we’d really like to know what your interests are. The Committee on Lay Leadership has developed an inventory where you can share what you like to do. We plan ...

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