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Weekly Clergy “Office Hours” via Zoom

We miss you!  Starting next week, Pastor Nancy, Pastor Nick, and Wesley Chaplain Tim will 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.

Nancy – Mondays*, 11:00-12:00 – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87823758862
(*NOTE: Nancy will be away on July 6 and July 13)

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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. [https://youtu.be/ymFLa7c39RA]

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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Vital Conversations meeting August 16

Vital Conversations is held monthly and is a place where we think about and discuss race and racism in our community and country. For our August meeting, join Shonagh Taruza, FUMC Minister of Social Justice, Diversity, and Outreach in a conversation about the topic below:

These are very challenging times. It feels like we are more divided than ever before on certain hot button issues, whether it’s about whether or not to wear a mask, or Black Lives Matter versus All ...

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Job Posting: Communications Director

Job opening: We are seeking a part-time communications strategist and coordinator to build and manage an internal and external communications program.

Please see the attached pdf file for more information.
Send a resume and cover letter to jobs@fumc-a2.org.

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Alpha House meal needs for July-August

Alpha House is looking for host groups to provide meals for 4 weeks in late July and August. The weeks are July 27-August 2, August 3-August 9, August 10-August 16, and August 24-August 31.  If groups or individuals are interested in providing a meal on any of these days, they can contact Mark Heffner on his cell at 734-249-9227 or email him at mheffner@alphahouse-ihn.org.  They have a contactless delivery system organized for receiving meals.  Alpha House has ...

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Memorial Garden is Open

The Memorial Garden is open 24/7 to those who want to visit loved ones. The gate is latched and should be latched again upon departure from the Garden.

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Mindfulness Practices on Tuesdays at noon

Join us on Zoom as we continue to explore some of the mindful practices we began learning about in Right Here, Right Now, a book on Christian mindfulness by Amy Oden. Please contact amy@fumc-a2.org for Zoom info.

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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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Naki’s Virtual Organ Recital at Nardin Park Methodist Church

If you missed it in person on July 22, you can enjoy a YouTube video of Naki’s virtual organ recital (from your living room!) at Nardin Park Methodist Church. The program includes works by J. S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Myron Roberts, Carl Haywood, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Dale Wood, and Carolyn Hamlin.

To watch, please use this link: https://youtu.be/oxjAqyie8is

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Stephen Ministry Interview

If you have wondered about the work of the Stephen Ministers, please listen in to this interview recorded at the beginning of July.

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Wesley Foundation Virtual Art Fair

The Ann Arbor Art Fairs may be cancelled, but you still have an opportunity to discover new artists. The Wesley Foundation is having our first Virtual Art Fair from July 15 through August 15. Visit umichwesley.org/artfair, make a donation to park your “virtual car” and gain access to a collection of over 25 online artist galleries and stores.

Your donation will help support the Wesley Foundation’s ministry to the students and young adults of our area.

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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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New Group for Unemployed Workers

A new Journey Group for furloughed, laid off, or unemployed workers is being formed. Virtual meeting days and times will likely be Tuesdays or Thursdays from 5:00-6:00pm. All discussions will remain confidential within the group. If you are interested in participating, please contact Jim Higdon at higdonaa@comcast.net.

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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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Covid-19 Stress Help

 

Stephen Ministers Help During a Community Health Crisis — Do you feel a deep sense of worry about Covid-19? It is normal to feel a bit stressed and unsettled, but our church has a confidential ministry to help when folks feel overwhelmed. If you desire to speak with a good listener who is a calm, supportive presence, contact Amy Kennedy (amy@fumc-a2.org) or Elaine Shaw (ekshaw@comcast.net) to arrange a ...

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Prayer Requests

Please keep us up to date with your prayer concerns. We want to hear from you! The Prayer Ministry Team serves our congregation with both email and phone Prayer Chains. If there is a prayer concern submit a prayer request online or contact a pastor or Olivia Fanning, olfanning@icloud.com.

 

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