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

On Sunday, May 19, worship continues with a focus on the Day of Pentecost when the Apostle Peter preached a sermon in Jerusalem about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and what is means to all who seek salvation in His name. Although the disciples had previously fled to the Upper Room to avoid reprisal from the Roman authorities and Jewish religious leaders who were determined to put an end to the Jesus movement, Peter was emboldened on Pentecost and preached a spirited sermon in which he accused the people of Jerusalem for the crucifixion and demanded that they repent and be baptized. Our sermon, “Rooted: The Almost Christian,” will consider what the appropriate human response to Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection ought to be. We will also reflect on the benefits of repentance and the consequence of not repenting.

We will also celebrate Graduation Sunday for our high school seniors during the 11:00 a.m. service.

Services are at at 9:30 a.m. in-person or online, and 11:00 a.m. in-person. Sunday School and Nursery Care are available at 9:30 a.m. with Nursery Care available at 11:00 a.m.

Come and worship with us! Come, let us adore Jesus Christ, the savior and Lord of all. I look forward to worshipping with you.

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

Senior Pastor

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Pentecost is Sunday, May 19. This is the day on which the Christian church commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and others assembled in Jerusalem. It marks the beginning of the Christian church and the proclamation of its message throughout the world and is often referred to as the birthday of the church. The liturgical color for Pentecost is red.

Don't forget to bring your bags for the Hunger Ministry Food & Supply Drive this Sunday, May 19. Decorate your bag with your favorite college logo.

The Hunger Ministry also needs volunteers to sort and distribute the food and supplies. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, click the button below.

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Worship at Berkley First for Sunday, May 19

Rooted: The Almost Christian

Acts 2:36-41

What difference exists between being almost and altogether Christian? How do we know which we are, and what we are growing into? Brian White unpacks these questions for us at Berkley First this Sunday. Pastor Zack will also be on site, and we’ll gather in supplies for the Berkley Cares Food Pantry and welcome Rev. Dr. George Weagba as our Scholar-in-Residence. Join us in-person or online this Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

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There are still spots available for Saturday's Pickleball Tournament with a Purpose! Join in for this special event to benefit the Hunger Ministry. There will be prizes and a silent auction for pickleball paddles and balls donated by Tennis & Golf in Royal Oak. Or, if you are unable to attend the tournament, you can place your bid in Fellowship Hall between worship services on Sunday, May 19.

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These are the last few days to donate to Frank's Ride for First Kids Preschool. Frank will be riding 50 miles on his bike through northern Michigan. This is a trip he has done several times before, but this time he wanted to help a good cause! Your donations will directly support operations and scholarships to help fund tuition for a child. Every contribution, large or small, is a crucial investment in the education and future of our children and our community.

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Reminder: On Sunday, May 26, at 10:00 a.m. we begin our one service summer worship schedule. The 10:00 a.m. service will be both in-person and online. Have an amazing summer!

Duke Seminary Intern 2024

We are excited to welcome Liv Vermane, our Duke Seminary Intern! She is a second year Master of Divinity student at Duke Divinity. Prior to starting at Duke, she attended George Mason University where she graduated with a degree in Communications and Religious Studies. When she's not busy doing ministry work or studying, you can usually find her drinking coffee, enjoying Italian food, or watching the television show, "New Girl." She lives to serve the world by helping others, and oftentimes she finds that she can do this best through her work in ministry! She describes herself as a dreamer, an artist, and a future UMC pastor. She is excited to serve among us here at Birmingham and Berkley First. Liv will begin her summer with us the week of May 26.

Get Involved

Meet up for the May Monthly Mission at Micah 6 Community on Saturday, May 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Dress ready for the weather to work outside in the community garden as we will be helping to set up for the planting season. We might also help out in the store. Gather and be the hands and feet of Christ to lend assistance wherever it may be needed. See you at 32 Newberry Street in Pontiac!

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Sunday Social is May 26. We will meet in Thomas Parlor from 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm for a hot lunch and fellowship with our Birmingham and Berkley First friends. Cost of the lunch will be $15.00. To ensure your place at the table, please make your reservation by Wednesday, May 22 with Mary Feldmaier, mfeldmaier@fumcbirmingham.org.

Reserve Your Campsite for the Annual All Church Campout!

Dates: August 7-12, 2024

Location: Portage Lake Campground, Waterloo Recreation Area

Join the Dunlaps and the Whites for a fun-filled camping adventure! Book your own sites through the Michigan DNR website https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/things-to-do/camping-and-lodging.

Even if you can only stay Saturday and Sunday, book through Monday for a full day of fun on Sunday.

Can't stay the weekend? Join us for Sunday morning worship in nature, followed by a beach day!

Contact Zack at zdunlap@berkleyfirst.org for more info. See you there!

Children & Family Ministries

Hey there, did you know that VBS isn't just for little kids? It's for older grade schoolers too, up to 5th grade!

Scuba VBS, our summer morning camp, is all about exploring what it means to be friends with an awesome, loving, and trustworthy God – a friendship that lasts forever! Join us on an amazing undersea adventure where we'll dive deep into the never-ending love of God. Get ready to dive into the Bible and find out what living water is all about! At Scuba VBS, get ready for a whole week of faith, fun discoveries, awesome music, and epic adventures that will make your faith grow stronger!

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Ways You Can Give Back


Most members of our congregation support Birmingham and Berkley First with cash gifts in response to our annual stewardship campaign. These gifts are deeply appreciated.

In addition to such gifts, a variety of planned giving options exists, many of which can be used to reduce or in some cases eliminate income taxes, capital gains taxes, and estate taxes. There are planned giving strategies appropriate for both life-time gifts and legacy giving; such strategies may be used for operating (Ministry Plan) budget donations, Endowment Fund contributions, or donations directed to a designated ministry of your choice.

Birmingham and Berkley First has a free Guide to Gift Planning available for you to download by clicking the button below.

You may also visit our planned giving website www.firstlegacy.org or contact Pastor Shawn at 734-717-8947 or slewis-lakin@fumcbirmingham.org for more information. 

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Calling all friendly smiles..

The CLC is looking for volunteers to help out this summer to help fill day and afternoon shifts as some of our volunteers enjoy vacation time. We need people who will have flexibility to help fill different days and times. This is a great opportunity to learn what volunteers do and enjoy the fun of our walking track, pickleball and other activities.

Those interested please email clcstaff@fumcbirmingham.org.

Exciting News! Berkley First is embarking on restroom renovations to reflect our commitment to inclusivity and accessibility!

Our community-facing spaces deserve to be welcoming to all. We're raising funds to update our restrooms to be gender-neutral and ADA compliant.

The approximate cost for both upstairs and downstairs restrooms is $200,000. Generous donors have already committed $30,000, but we need your help to reach our goal!

We aim to remodel the upstairs restrooms in summer 2024 and the downstairs restrooms in summer 2025. Let's make Berkley First a place where everyone feels truly welcome. Donate today to be a part of this important project!

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Employment Opportunity

Music & Worship Administrative Assistant

The Music & Worship Ministry is looking for a qualified administrative assistant to join the team. This team member serves an integral administrative role in bringing music to life, facilitating impactful worship, coordinating meaningful special events throughout the year, and empowering children, youth, and adults to participate in the music-making! With a flexible schedule, this part-time position is approximately 20-25 hours per week. If you are interested in joining the team, please contact Executive Director of Worship & Music Casey Proch at cproch@fumcbirmingham.org.

More information can be found on our employment page by clicking the button below.

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