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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.

Youtube link: https://youtu.be/gVeYQLpn-gQ

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Weekly Clergy “Office Hours” via Zoom

We miss you!  Pastor Nick and Wesley Chaplain Tim now have virtual office hours on Zoom.  This is an informal time for you to chat, ask a question, or just have some company.  We’ll end each time with prayer.  Here is when we’ll be available and a Zoom link for each session.

Nick – Tuesdays, 11:00-12:00 –  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81992974523?pwd=VUdobm1rSVg1V29naEZXdU14OVdLZz09

Tim – Thursdays, 11:00-12:00 –  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84903740566?pwd=bmNTZUVWMU1RcFB6bWhFL2RMU2RUUT09

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JOY Tea September 28 on Zoom

We miss seeing you at church!

Because we cannot hold a JOY Luncheon in person, we like to invite you to a JOY Tea, on Zoom on Monday, September 28 at 2 pm
JOY (in this case) stands for Just Older Youth and we invite all our friends over 60 years old to join us! David Vaughn will provide a couple of songs as we gather to sip and share conversation.

New to using Zoom? If you’d like some help, call the church office (662-4536) well ...

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Annual Conference: October 4

On Sunday, October 4, at approximately 2:45pm, we will have our annual church conference. Because of covid-19, the District Superintendent has decided that all conferences this year will be charge conferences rather than church conferences.  That means only the Leadership Council and pastors attend as opposed to the whole congregation. We will make the minutes available soon after. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Rev. Nancy Lynn (nancy@fumc-a2.org) or Leadership Council chair, Ted Brokaw (tedbrokaw0559@gmail.com).

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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

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/93553237676?pwd=cGFiLy91RGJNZkVlTUFhS1B2M284QT09

Meeting ID: 935 5323 7676
Passcode: 580934

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Howard Thurman book study: Jesus and the Disinherited

Howard Thurman Study
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, beginning September 22

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. We don’t often hear Thurman’s name, but he was a mentor of Martin Luther King Jr and a ...

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Making sense of church dollars

Please join us for a one-hour meeting to get an update on FUMC’s finances and learn more about legacy giving. We will share information about last fiscal year, which ended on June 30, and we will discuss the new budget and how it aligns with the strategic priorities developed over the course of 2019. We will meet on Sunday, 9/27, at 1:00pm. To receive a link to the Zoom meeting, please RSVP to finance@fumc-a2.org or call the office at ...

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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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Building Community – Drop In Gatherings at Green Wood

Why?
Social, community building opportunities with a service oriented twist!

*Drop off a food donation
*Pull a few weeds or trim some bushes
*Write a “thinking of you” note to folks who could use a smile
*Bring tailgate picnic for your family
*Enjoy some music and a bit of a festive atmosphere
*Say hi!

Where?
Green Wood parking lot and grounds – 1001 Green Road

When?
Saturday, Sept 19, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
AND
Saturday, Sept 26, 12:00 – 5:00 ...

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Disability Awareness Talks – Sunday, September 27

Celebration of 30 years for the American with Disabilities Act
This July marked the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) after a long struggle for civil rights for the disabled. Like the changes achieved by the non-violent Civil Rights movement and the Women’s Suffrage movement, the passage of the ADA did not happen without passionate leaders. Join us to hear the story from Judith Heumann, an activist who participated in the struggle and is ...

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CROP Hunger (virtual) Walk – October 11, 2020

Please join us as we walk and raise funds to help stop hunger! The need right now is even greater because of the pandemic, this is an opportunity to walk in solidarity with people in our community and around the world who are struggling to get adequate nutrition. Our walk will be virtual this year so you may walk on October 11 or another day; walk where and as far as you wish! We want this to be a safe ...

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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.
Password: 503222
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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 https://www.umichwesley.org/watersheddiscipleship. The study begins Wednesday, October 7, at 7:00pm on Zoom. A Zoom code will be sent upon registration.

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Rise and Shine beginning on Zoom!

Our morning worship service begins this fall on Wednesday, September 9th and meets every Wednesday morning from 7:30-8 a.m. Start your day offering gratitude with your neighbors and Join us to celebrate new light and love. No sermon – just psalms, songs, and prayers in community. All are welcome!

We gather on Zoom – you can join on your computer or by phone.
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84723172162pwd=eEZTakhrSWFNN2RKYVFDcWU1K3ZmZz09

Meeting ID: 847 2317 2162
Password: 690090

If you are joining via phone: Call this ...

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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 beginning September 8th
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81960761851

New for the fall: Brown Bag Redux on Thursday evenings, 7:30-8:30 pm beginning September 10. (We will repeat the lesson given on Tuesdays.)
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82297349625

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No FUMC Flu Shot Clinic this October!

Normally over 100 people receive their flu shots on the first weekend of October in the Pine Room. We have cancelled our Flu Shot Clinic for 2020 as we are not meeting in the building. We encourage you to get your flu shot in other convenient locations in town. The UM Visiting Nurses have provided this link so that we can search the clinics where they are offering flu shots this year: https://homecare.med.umich.edu/Michigan-Visiting-Nurses/Immunizations. Stay safe!

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Read a progress report on our Kenya projects

Follow the link below to read up on the amazing progress with our Kenya Project!

https://mailchi.mp/a76db2c67fb4/kuef-newsletter-progress-report?e=d68edfad56

 

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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.”

Email shonagh@fumc-a2.org and she will let you know ...

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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 NEW Happiness Hours. Drop in! Invite friends! Enjoy smiles and laughter with others from our church.

Wednesdays, 5:00 pm beginning August 12
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81068290549?pwd=cE9zSDJ5RlA4c1dDaU8xZmVBa2pDQT09

Tuesdays, 9:30 am beginning August 18
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87665552915?pwd=bVpPWnQ4aER5eXljL0EzNUI5TmZMQT09

Thursdays, 8:30 pm beginning August 20
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89121939145?pwd=MTJZM2lUSHprKzZsS3oyT2hKMHQyUT09

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Summer of Service!

Challenge yourself, family and friends to serve others and spread joy! (of course with safety in mind) Anyone can play!

Print and post our idea chart and plan on joining us in the fall to celebrate all the ways we have improved our neighborhoods and city. “Ultimately, the church is best seen as the people of God in action making a difference in their community.” -Rich Birch, unSeminary

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The Good News Group in Partnership with Habitat for Humanity needs your help!

The Good News Group in Partnership with Habitat for Humanity needs your help!

We are looking for volunteers, aged 18 and older, to help with construction. No prior skills are needed! The work day is from 8:30am-3:30pm, with a lunch break at 11:30am (please pack a lunch to bring.) Here are the workdays we are looking to fill:

DATE … VOLUNTEERS NEEDED … OTHER GROUP WORKING THAT DAY
Sat. July 11 …  2-3 needed … working with us: Marble UMC
Fri. Aug ...

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