Pledge Celebration Breakfast
Please put on your calendar to join with your church family on Sunday, November 9, at 9 am, for a pledge celebration breakfast. This year is especially important because we are also pledging our 2015 gifts to the new annual fund in support of the building, called Welcoming Spaces. This fund is specifically for the continuing support of the building. For example, this is how we will pay for the new roof and windows that are being installed on the building right now. It is important that you remember that we need to support both the building and the ministry.
A letter with a pledge card for both the regular offering and the Welcoming Spaces fund will be mailed in about a week. Bring the pledge card with you to breakfast on November 9.
posted October 6, 2014
Pigs 'n' Blankets Fundraiser Event
Many Albion residents face heat shutoffs every winter. So the "House by the Side of the Road" project at Albion First United Methodist church is having a pig-roast dinner to raise awareness and funds to help. The goal of this event is to bring the community together and show everyone that Albion residents care about our neighbors. You can help make it possible by sponsoring a table so we can share those tickets with people who can’t afford to pay, and/or purchase a ticket for yourself to enjoy.
For more details, please contact Carol by calling the church office or using the Contact form on this website.
- Date: November 22nd, 2014 (Saturday)
- Time: 5:00 to 7:00 pm
- Location: Tennant Hall
Table Sponsor Levels
- Bronze: $150
- Silver: $170
- Gold: $200
- 13 & up: $15
- 5-12: $6
- Free for kids under 4
posted October 6, 2014
At our congregational meeting after worship on August 3, we voted unanimously to go ahead with some major maintenance and upgrade projects in the building. Pastor Jeremy reminded everyone that a vote in support of the work was also a commitment to take a share in covering the costs. The work to be done is as follows:
- Replacing all the roof shingles that weren’t replaced seven years ago, with metal shingles. This will be about $103,000, and will be done by Metal Roofs of Michigan from Williamston.
- Replacing the old leaky casement windows on the west side of the building with new windows like those on the west side. This will cost about $63,000, and will be done by Ruff & Kreger of Albion.
- Installing a new smoke and fire alarm system. We are still securing bids on this. The likely cost is about $25,000.
- Redecorating and furnishing the Fellowship Lounge and Coffeehouse, at a likely cost of about $18,000.
- We may not get there this year, but once the roof is replaced, we hope to patch and paint in Wesley Chapel.
That adds up to about $209,000, not counting Wesley Chapel. The good news is that we started with over $80,000 in reserve, from a major gift list year, to put toward the project, and we also have received a generous commitment to support the redecorating and furnishing work. Because much of the work is urgent, we will borrow the remainder through a construction loan, so we don’t have to go through another winter with leaks into the building. Some of the funding will come from our endowment income, but we still need to raise the remainder through gifts to our Welcoming Spaces annual fund. So this fall, please consider seriously what you can give to support the fund.
posted September 16, 2014
Wesley Fellowship News
Jeremy has been having great conversations with Phillip Carlisle and Kelsey Burns, the new leaders of the Wesley Fellowship, the United Methodist campus organization. They are planning for a 24-hour prayer vigil on September 17th‐18th. Students will be invited to sign up at Briton Bash on September 3rd, and the event will take place in our own building. Wesley Fellowship is planning to use the room above Fellowship Lounge as their headquarters.
posted July 30, 2014
Community Ministries News
We have a small group of people working with the Battle Creek Woman’s Co-op on the development of a Co-op for Albion. The sticking point, as always, is funding for a staff position. The vision is inspiring, however, and is definitely moving toward reality. When the plan is developed, a larger group of interested persons from the community will come together to learn about it and bring their own support.
Please pray for the ministry, as it may turn out to be the most important community ministry in which we have ever participated.
posted July 30, 2014
Give If You Can
During each Sunday service an offering is taken. It goes without saying that is costs money to operate the church. In addition there are also special giving opportunities that you can specify by writing your designation on an offering envelope or on the memo line of a check:
- The House by the Side of the Road is a fund from which we help individuals in the community who need emergency help with bills.
- Missions support our missionaries overseas who are engaged in human service work aorund the world.
- The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is present around the world where there are disasters, whether it be hurricane relief on the east coast of the US or working with and helping refugees in Sudan or Turkey.
posted December 31, 2013
Many of you have asked if it could be possible. Now it is! First United Methodist is embracing technology and offering a giving option that may be more convenient for many of you, the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Program.
Here is how it works: you authorize a specified amount of money to be transferred directly from your checking or savings account to the church account. You choose a donation frequency: semi-monthly or monthly. Indicate the amount of the contribution and how it should be divided. Then complete an authorization form that will be made available (with name, address, and bank information), mail it to the church or drop it in the offering, and we will arrange for your savings or checking account to be debited as you select.
The EFT program is fast, safe, and easy. In fact, it is less risky than checks, as it cannot be lost, stolen, or destroyed in the mail, and the rate of accuracy is high. All EFT donations will be reflected on your quarterly giving statements, and your bank statement will provide you with a record of transfer as additional proof of your donations. Of course, you can cancel your authorization of transfer or change your donation amount at any time by notifying the Financial Secretary.
This program is sponsored by the United Methodist Church and was tested by the UM General Council on Finance and Administration.
The Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) program yields very significant benefits for our church and makes life easier for you:
- The satisfaction of giving to God first
- Less work for church volunteers in processing the collection
- A more predictable income flow for better planning
- Improved cash management with less labor
- Easier personal budgeting
Of course, the traditional choices remain, we understand that the EFT giving option is not for everyone. Some may feel that the act of writing out a check or putting money in an envelope is an important element of sacrificial giving. We will continue to provide offering envelopes for everyone. All donations for missions and special projects will be received in the traditional way.
posted May 26, 2010