This weekly eNewsletter details events, available book studies, youth and small group updates, worship opportunities, mission opportunities, financials, what's new for the greater Michigan Area United Methodist Church, and a prayer needed section.   

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7/22/2021

  • New worship Series: Deep Dive!

    This week's sermon series is called,
    "Let Justice Roll"
    Social justice connection... equal access to drinking water.
    Scripture: Amos 5:24

    Covid safety measures are still in place. 
    Please join us in person, online, or on-air. 

  • Contact Pastor Erin

    Contact Pastor Erin
    If you would like to contact Pastor Erin, please use: 
    reverin@umcmarshall.org
    269-224-2871


    This phone number can be used 24 hours a day - 7 days a week - 365 days a year, in the event of a pastoral care emergency or should an urgent need arise.  Pastor Erin will be taking Monday as her Sabbath day, and will be in the office on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday every week. 

  • Out of office

    Out of Office
    Rev. Bob Stover, Pastor of Homer and Lyon Lake UMC's will be providing pastoral care coverage for Pastor Erin when she is away at Lake Louise Camp.  Bob can be reached at: 

    rpstover48@gmail.com
    616-304-8918

    Office Will Be Closed
    July 26-30

  • BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS

    Deadline for Dropping Off Supplies
    Thursday, August 12th at 3 pm
    Blessing of the Backpacks is coming up very quickly! If you would like to donate backpacks or supplies to this free community outreach event, please drop them off at the church during office hours before Thursday, August 12th. We are in need of more school supplies, such as pencils, glue, scissors, colored pencils, notebooks, folders, binders, and more! Click here for a complete list of school supplies needed, email maddymartinson19@gmail.com or pick up a list at the backpack display in the Great Hall.




  • vbs is back!

    Wednesday, July 28
    5:30pm to 8:30pm


    REGISTER HERE

    After a year of virtual Vacation Bible School, we are coming back with a one-night, family event for Kids and their families, where we will take a deep dive into the Bible through a story, games, crafts, music, dinner, and more! Feel free to contact Maddy Martinson at maddymartinson19@gmail.com for more information.



  • Coronavirus Update 7/21/2021

    COVID Update from the Covid Team

    We will continue to comply with CDC guidelines and MIOSHA standards. 
     
    Each ministry area and leaders are encouraged to make a plan for a safe reopening on or before September 19.  This plan needs to be put in writing and turned in to Mike Ancil (mike.ancil@comcast.net) by September 1. 
     
    We encourage everyone to consult with their medical provider about the Covid vaccine and follow their guidance. 
     
    If you are feeling sick or test positive for Covid, please stay home.

    Front desk:

    • Contact tracing is no longer required.  Should you test positive for Covid, and you’ve recently been on site for any reason, please contact the church office immediately.  
    • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the building.  
    • “I’m vaccinated” stickers will be available.

    Nursery:

    • Child care workers/volunteers will be masked for the health and safety of our children who are not yet eligible for vaccination. 

    Worship:

    • Our most vulnerable are encouraged to join us virtually.  Should you chose to worship in person, we encourage you to continue to practice social distancing while in the building. 
    • Bibles and hymnals will return to pew racks. 
    • The offering will be collected with a single basket in the rear of the sanctuary and the mailbox at the north entrance. 
    • The sacrament of Holy Communion will be served once a month, with single serve cups.  We will place scissors in pews and on tables for those who need assistance.
    • Refreshments can be served in the Great Room and Café.  Volunteers will be asked to carefully plan for individual portions for all food and beverages that are served.

    Café/Kitchen:

    • Food and beverages can be served. 
    • We will continue to follow Calhoun County Health Department and Safe Serv standards.
    • We will ask each event host to make a plan for serving food and socially distanced seating.


  • JOIN OUR MODERN WORSHIP TEAM

    Do you have musical talent or know someone who does?  Or do you like to be "behind-the-scenes" and run audio or video?  WE NEED YOU.  Contact Worship Director Rob Monahan at rob@umcmarshall.org or call 734-904-1298.




  • NEW YOGA CLASS

    Rev. Erin Fitzgerald, our new pastor, is a yoga instructor and will be offering a 60 minute yoga class in the chapel at MUMC. All are welcome, no previous experience with yoga required. Equipment will be provided (mat, blocks, straps, blankets, bolsters); participants should wear comfortable, stretchy clothes.

    Click Here to indicate your interest.

  • Centenian storytelling open house

    Centenarians of Calhoun County Storytelling Project Open House

    On Friday, July 23rd, from 2 - 4 pm in an Open House format, Calhoun County Senior Services will be unveiling its new Centenarians of Calhoun County storytelling project at the Marshall United Methodist Church in Marshall. This event is free and open to the public.

    For more information, please contact Senior Services Manager:
    Helen Guzzo - 269-781-0846
    hguzzo@calhouncountymi.gov

  • Red Cross Blood Drive

    Coming in August
    Noon-5:45pm


    Donors are strongly urged to give now to help ensure lifesaving blood products are available for patients. Hospital demand continues to outpace donations, and your help is vital.

    Click here to schedule an appointment or call 1-800-RED CROSS.


    Remember to bring your donor ID card and or a picture id.  

  • fresh food distribution

    Fresh Food Distribution
    Wednesday, August 4

    1st Wednesday of each Month
    4 pm-6 pm


    Join us if you'd like to help with the distribution. There are many things to do from helping direct cars to breaking down boxes to putting food boxes into cars for families.  Whichever you choose, what a reward knowing you've helped those in need.  For more information contact John Seppanen at jseppanen313@gmail.com or by calling John at (269) 420-3146.


    In need of some extra food this month? Enter south parking lot anytime after 3:30pm and we'll be glad to load you up!


    The First Wednesday of every month, starting at 4 pm MUMC hosts the Fresh Food Distribution. What a blessing it has been to begin offering fresh food to our neighbors and friends. Watch the video below to see just how many we are able to serve each month! Watch Here

  • Memorial service for betsy briere

    Sunday, August 8, 2021
    2 pm, Eastern Time

    First Congregational Church
    145 Capital Ave, NE; Battle Creek, MI
    The service will be in the sanctuary, followed by a reception in the atrium with light refreshments. 

    www.fccbc.org

    Note: masks will be required for all attendees.

    The service will also be streamed live online, at facebook.com/fccbattlecreek. (You do not need to have a Facebook account to view the livestream.)

    Kelly and Brian Clissold and families

  • Senior enrichment at MUMC

    Check out the offerings for August, click here.

    For more information go to their Facebook page here.
    Heritage Commons continues to utilize space at MUMC for many of their fun activities for our seniors.


    Heritage Commons Senior Enrichment Activities at MUMC
    Heritage Commons will be utilizing church spaces for many of their fun activities for our seniors. 

    Activities include: 

    Lunch and Learn

    Senior Fitness and Fun

    Bingo

    Euchure

    Crafts
    We will be open on Mondays and Thursdays 9 am - 12 pm for extra activities of your choice. For more information, go to their Facebook Page.

  • prayer shawl ministry

    Tuesdays
    7-8:30pm

    If you enjoy knitting, crocheting, needlepoint or all, join us in the Welcome Center here at Marshall UMC.  While we continue each project we pray over each and every shawl made.  Then when they are ready, we take them to church service and have them blessed by pastor to have God's will upon them.  Join us!  Questions?  Call
    Sue Crapo 269-986-0430 or email at
    Scrapo9367@gmail.com

  • men's breakfast

    Saturdays at 8:00 am

    NOT MEETING JULY 24 AND 31
    MUMC Friendship Hall

    Hey guys, are you interested in expanding your faith journey.  Join some of the men of MUMC and see if having a nice homemade breakfast with others is for you? Safety protocols are in place. Questions, call Max miller at 269-420-8231 or email Max at

    santaclausforlife1957@gmail.com

  • Volunteers Needed

    Come Together As One!
    Spring and Summer is a busy time for everyone.  We could use greeters to help assist with a friendly smile and guidance for all coming to worship in a safe environment. Please sign up below where you are available to help. 
    Click Here to sign up.

  • Save family fare receipts

    Keep Saving
    Are you saving your Family Fare receipts? When you shop at Family Fare please save that receipt and bring it to the church. As of today we have 115,314 dollars in receipts toward the 150,000 goal. We only need 34,686 dollars before we will get a $1000 check for the church.  Keep Saving!

  • A thank you from starr commonwealth

    Dear MUMC Members,
     
    As you know, the Starr Commonwealth campus is fully alive with children’s voices and lots of playful activity. Once again, we are blessed to be providing a refuge for children, a place of hope and healing. Today, we take stock at what has been accomplished in regards to caring for these beautiful young people in such a short period of time, and we recognize that it was only possible because of you!
     
    Whether you provided clothing, shoes, toys, basket balls, soccer balls, duffel bags or a cash donation, we say thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Thank you for recognizing the dignity and value of these youth. Thank you for providing important items for them, when the need was great and time was of the essence. We are filled with love and gratitude for all you did to bring about the smiles, thank yous and “happy dances” that we are seeing today.
     
    Many Blessings,
     
    Lynn E. Komasara
    Major Gift Officer
    Starr Commonwealth  

  • New Appointment announced: 

    Rev. Erin Fitzgerald

    We are happy to announce to you the appointment of Rev. Erin Fitzgerald, our new pastor effective July 1, 2021. For more information, and to read her letter CLICK HERE.


    Pastor Erin is half of a clergy couple and her spouse Pastor Joel will be joining Albion First UMC in July as well. The couple have been married 11 years and have 2 beautiful boys (Michael - 5 years old and Samuel - 10 months old). Pastor Erin and her family will be living in the parsonage for Albion First UMC in Albion. When the SPRC meeting met with Pastor Erin she was eager to get to know each and every person at MUMC and is looking forward to becoming part of our family. Pastor Erin has attached a personal letter to introduce herself and
    her journey to ministry.

    We will be planning a warm welcome for Pastor Erin and her family after her arrival in July, when we will begin our shared ministry under her leadership. In the meantime, of course, we will also be celebrating the ministry of Pastor Melany, to thank her for her years of faithful service as we pray God’s blessing upon her future.  

  • Medical supply room

    At Marshall UMC
    269-781-5107

    Rah@umcmarshall.org
    Do you know that Marshall UMC has a classroom dedicated to help those in need with free medical supplies?  
    Everything from wheelchairs, to crutches, depends, boost and more.  It's all free to you to use as long as you need it.  If it comes back for others to use, great, if not, no worries. 

  • vaccination information

    Call the health department at 269-441-0912 to schedule
    Calhoun County residents who want to get the COVID-19 vaccine, can call 269-441-0912 to schedule an appointment. Due to high call volumes, we ask that callers leave a message and should expect a call back within 36 hours. This is only for seniors 65+; information about other vaccine opportunities for essential workers will be published when they're available.

  • Fresh Expressions

    WHAT DREAM IS GOD AWAKENING IN YOU?

    Playing basketball with a bunch of other guys early in the morning one day of the week, after sharing a story about Jesus hanging out with his buds? 
    Sitting in a restaurant with a bunch of friends on Sunday evening, sharing a meal after a story about Jesus and how important gathering over a meal was to him? 
    Getting together with other parents of young children for a walk down the river's edge, after starting out with a story about Jesus and how much he loved the children? 

    Four have already come forward:
    Kris Chill is dreaming about gathering others who play instruments and creating an opportunity to gather, hear a devotion, offer prayer, and then dusting off those instruments and playing some beautiful music together! 
    Cami Millsap is dreaming about partnering with a healthy restaurant or other business where she can gather others who have an interest in learning how to eat more healthy, while learning how Jesus brought health and happiness into his way of living. 
    Ed Ramos is dreaming about gathering others who speak Spanish and offering them a new form of worship and friendship. 
    Marge Locks is dreaming about partnering with others who enjoy gardening, sharing plants and ideas as they grow in faith at the same time.

    Life is different. Always changing. 
    Vital and vibrant churches learn new ways of serving those around us. 
    If you have a dream or would like to join with others to create a new Fresh Expression of worship, contact Pastor Melany here for more info. 

  • Celebrate recovery

    Thursdays at 6:30pm
    Still going strong. 
    For more information, contact the church at 
    269-781-5107. 

  • Al-anon

    Mondays
    6:00pm-7:00pm

    For more information, contact the church at 269-781-5107.