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

This Sunday we will begin to explore what the resurrection of Jesus Christ means for us. As Jesus was “raised up” to life, so we are called to raise one another up. This is what it means for you and me to be resurrection people. What does it look like to raise up children who know, love, and serve God in this world and how is the church called to participate in the upraising of each other? Join us for worship and Holy Communion at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The first Sunday of the month is always Family Worship Sunday so we look forward to welcoming our young disciples and modeling for them the way to be a gracious and loving community of faith.

We will also be honoring and thanking our incredible volunteers who generously dedicate their time and talents to support our community in countless ways. During the worship services, we will take a moment to express our deep gratitude for your selfless contributions and dedication. Your commitment truly makes a difference in the lives of many, and we want to celebrate you. Following the service, we invite you to stick around for cookies, coffee, and time to connect.


Rev. Susie Hierholzer

Altar Flowers

The Altar Flowers are dedicated to the glory of God and given in loving memory of Dr. John A. Jennings by his wife, Pat Jennings and family. 


Prayers of celebration and joy are shared with the family of Mary Bruce and Parker Stallard on the birth of their son, George Parker Stallard born on March 26, 2024.

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You are cordially invited to worship on Sunday, April 7 for Volunteer Appreciation Sunday. This special service is dedicated to honoring YOU — our incredible volunteers who generously dedicate their time and talents to support our community in countless ways.

During the worship service, we will take a moment to express our deepest gratitude for your selfless contributions and unwavering dedication. Your commitment truly makes a difference in the lives of many, and we want to celebrate you!

Following the service, we invite you to stick around for cookies and coffee. It’s our small way of saying thank you for all that you do!

Blood Pressure Checks

The first Sunday of every month our First Nurses will provide complementary blood pressure checks during Coffee Hour between services in Fellowship Hall. All are welcome.

Most teas that are certified as fair trade come from large plantations where workers have no voice or power. The small farmers who grow Equal Exchange teas control their own land and livelihoods. Come and support these tea growers with a purchase of Equal Exchange tea as well as chocolate and coffee on Sunday, April 7 from 9:00-9:30 a.m. and 10:30-11:00 a.m.

Please join us for a retirement celebration honoring Mary Feldmaier. We will gather in Fellowship Hall on Sunday, April 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to celebrate Mary's incredible contributions and wish her well on her next chapter. We look forward to seeing you there!

Sunday Night Dinner

We resume our Sunday Night Dinners on April 7 at 6:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Gather together with your church family for a warm meal and great conversation. Thank you to the Endowment Fund for helping to fund these dinners! Donations are accepted to further support this ministry. All are welcome! Please note: There will be no dinner on April 28 due to Rummage Sale set-up.

We are excited to announce the formal launch of the Envision Liberia Mission, dedicated to building a school of excellence in Careysburg, Liberia with a reception on Friday, April 12, 2024, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in Fellowship Hall at Birmingham First. This initiative aims to provide children with limited educational opportunities the chance to thrive and succeed.


The evening’s schedule is as follows: 5:00 to 5:30 pm – Gathering, 5:30 to 6:00 pm – Enjoy a taste of Liberian cuisine, and 6:00 to 7:00 pm – Mission presentation with guest speaker Rev. Dr. Charles S. G. Boayue, Jr., joined by Mrs. Elizabeth Boayue. 


If you are unable to attend but would like to learn more about and support this mission, please reach out to Helen Hicks, Liberian Mission Coordinator, at helenk7306@outlook.com or Dr. Boayue at cboayue@fumcbirmingham.org.

Kindly RSVP to Helen Hicks helenk7306@outlook.com by Monday, April 8.

Book Club

The Christian Classics Book Club's choice for April will be Beyond The Door Of No Return by David Diop. Join Beverly Hannett-Price as she leads the discussion of this story, written by a winner of The International Booker Prize. According to Clemence Michallon's review in The New York Times Book Review, "A hypnotic, powerful historical novel in which stories nest within one another like dolls...It all coheres mesmerizingly." Beverly's experience as an instructor of English Literature will guide us through this book with wisdom and wit. Please join us on Wednesday, April 10, at 7:00 p.m.

Merry Mates

You're invited to Merry Mates on Friday, April 19 for a catered dinner, fellowship, and an informative program. Merry Mates is a social group for singles and couples in their 60’s-90’s. We gather at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:00 followed by the program, “Micah 6 is Growing” given by Coleman Yoakum, Executive Director of Micah 6, a mission project supported by our church. Dinner costs $20 pp and is payable upon arrival. For a reservation call Sharon or Bob Pierce at 248-364-4438 by Sunday evening, April 14. Celebrate spring with one another!

Sunday Social is April 21. We will meet in Thomas Parlor from 12:15 p.m.– 1:45 p.m. 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, April 17 with Mary Feldmaier, mfeldmaier@fumcbirmingham.org.

Join in for a delightful gathering, Chai after Church, on Sunday, April 21 in Fellowship Hall between worship services. Savor the rich flavors of Chai and indulge in scrumptious biscuits as we extend a warm welcome home to Kaylee & Dhiraj John, our dedicated missionaries from Bangalore, India. It’s an opportunity to share stories, connect, and celebrate their return. We look forward to seeing you there!

Endowment Updates

The Endowment Board was pleased to approve a grant request from our Staff Parish Relations Committee for the support of a Scholar in Residence who will be with our congregation from May 2024 to April 2025. The Rev. Dr. George Klay Weagba, Vice President for Research and Planning of the United Methodist University in Monrovia, Liberia will complete his sabbatical leave with us at Birmingham and Berkley First. During his time with us, Dr. Weagba will preach, teach, visit parishioners, and speak to small and large organizations and journey groups. He will offer his services, upon invitation, to different ministries of our congregation. An ordained Elder of the United Methodist Church, he is a clergy delegate from Liberia to the 2024 General Conference of The United Methodist Church. His service with our congregation will begin following General Conference on May 5, 2024.

Donation of a Vehicle Request

Do you have a car or truck you are hoping to offload soon? We are in search of a vehicle for Dr. George Weagba who will be joining us as our Scholar in Residence for one-year beginning in early May. Endowment has funded his stipend, but now we are looking for a way for him to get around. We will pay you for your vehicle, but hope you will keep in your heart who it will be helping. Dr. Weagba is an ordained elder of 31 years in the United Methodist Church and has a broad background in pastoral ministry and higher education. He will preach, teach, provide sacraments, administer the church through pastoral guidance, and lead the congregation in service ministry.

If you or a family member have a car you could part with, please call Melissa Peirce at your earliest convenience, 248-765-0821. Thank you for your kind consideration.

Christ-Centered Lives

Jim and Mary Beth Valiquett are the latest Legacy Society members to share their faith journey. You can read their witness and much more in the just published Endowment Annual Report. The report is available online at our planned giving website, firstlegacy.org.  You can go directly to the report by clicking the button below.

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UMW Spring Rummage Sale Opens to the Public on May 1-2, 2024. Wednesday, May 1 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Regular Price), Thursday Morning, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Regular Price), Thursday Evening, May 2 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. ($10 per Bag Night or Half Price)

DONATE: We welcome your generous donations curbside!

Drop-off at Birmingham First

Sunday, April 28 from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Monday, April 29 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Baby Equipment (Cribs, Bassinettes, Strollers, Highchairs, Seats, Gates, Pack’n’Plays), Mattresses, Computers, Printers, Faxes, Typewriters, Office Furniture or Large Desks, Entertainment Centers, Old TVs (Console or Portable), Pianos or Organs, Large Kitchen Appliances, Humidifiers, Dehumidifiers, Air Conditioners, Non-Working Electrical Items, Medical Equipment, Torn/Stained/Ripped Furniture or Clothing, Textbooks, Tires, Basketball Hoops, Christmas Trees or Christmas Lights.

VOLUNTEER: To volunteer for fun & fellowship during the Rummage Sale please call or text Jane Carvell at 248-379-2662 or email jcarve55@icloud.com or call the Birmingham First campus main office at 248-646-1200. Volunteers must be a Birmingham and Berkley First church member or be sponsored by a member.


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If you are a Kroger shopper, signing up for Community Rewards can directly benefit the Hunger Ministry of Birmingham and Berkley First just by doing your regular shopping. If you have a Kroger rewards card it can be linked to our church through the Community Rewards program. Click the button below, or download the Kroger Mobile App, link your current Kroger card and our church will earn rewards too! All rewards money earned will go directly to our Hunger Ministry to help feed people locally and globally.

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Help our friends get to church! Some of our members are looking for a ride to come to the 9:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. church services on the first Sunday of the month. Sedan or minivan vehicles are best and standard background checks are required. If you are interested in providing a ride, please contact Christine Schulte at cschulte@fumcbirmingham.org.

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.

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