6th Annual Healthy Babies Day
When: September 27th from 10 am to 1 pm at Albion Community School
What is Healthy Babies Day?
It is a "health fair" that teaches and helps moms (and dads) who are either pregnant or have babies up to one year old, how to be better parents. To help make it fun and interesting for moms, dads, family, and friends to attend, we have 20 staffed, interactive booths with small gifts to pass out along with the information.
After getting their passport stamped at every booth, attending either an Infant CPR/Choking hands-on workshop, or a presentation on Family Planning/STDs, or a presentation on lactation, attendees will receive an age appropriate bag that contains diapers, wipes, info booklet, infant safety kit, a sleeper, hand knit baby hat, hand made quilt, and a gently used outfit. After a healthy lunch there will be drawings for door prizes.
There are numerous churches, community organizations, and volunteers actively involved in making this a very successful event. Health Babies Day works on a small budget and needs donations of:
- Diapers (sizes 2-4)
- Baby wipes
- Outfits for infants through 18 months. (Some year-old babies have outgrown the 12-month size.)
- Money: for items not donated, door prizes, lunch, advertising, etc. Please make checks payable to Albion FUMC and on the memo line write Healthy Babies Day.
Any of the above items can be dropped off during the week at the office, or on Sundays in Wesley Lounge.
This event aims to connect Albion parents with Calhoun County social service programs so families can continue to receive support during the year.
Thanks so much for being such a loving and giving church.
Sharon Hostetler, Healthy Babies Day Committee member
posted September 16, 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
A New Book Study: Making Sense of the Bible
A study of the book Making Sense of the Bible by Adam Hamilton, a United Methodist pastor, starts Sunday, May 4, at 6 pm. What a great chance to think and talk about just what the Bible has to say to us today about the issues that divide Christians. This book is available in print, on Kindle, and from the iTunes Store.
Comments from the author:
In my upcoming book, Making Sense of the Bible, I suggest that there are three "buckets" into which scriptures fall:
- Scriptures that express God’s heart, character and timeless will for human beings
- Scriptures that expressed God’s will in a particular time, but are no longer binding
- Scriptures that never fully expressed the heart, character or will of God
Bucket one scriptures include passages like the two great commandments: love God and love your neighbor. They include passages that call us to "do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God," and to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Most of the Bible fits into this category—capturing God’s heart, character and timeless will for humanity.
Bucket two scriptures, those that expressed God’s will for his people in a specific time and circumstances but which do not express the timeless will of God, include the command that males be circumcised, commands regarding animal sacrifices, clean and unclean foods, and hundreds of other passages in the Law. The Apostles, in Acts 15, determined that most of the laws like these were no longer binding upon Christians.
The idea of a third bucket, passages that never reflected God’s heart and will, is disconcerting to some. It challenges some deeply held beliefs about how God spoke and continues to speak through the biblical authors. Here are a few examples of scripture I don’t believe ever accurately captured God’s heart, character, or will: In Exodus 21:20-21, God permits slave-owners to beat their slaves with rods provided they don’t die within the first 48 hours after the beating "for the slave is his property." God commands the destruction of every man, woman, and child in 31 Canaanite cities and later kills 70,000 Israelites in punishment for David taking a census. These passages seem to me to be completely inconsistent with the God revealed in Jesus Christ who cared for prostitutes, commanded that we love our enemies, and gave his life to save sinners.
To learn more about the author visit his website.
posted March 31, 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
“How Early Christians Read the Bible”
Pastor Jeremy is selling copies of a small book that he wrote for the AALL class he is teaching this month. Copies are available in the church office for $6. It is about how and why the various books were chosen for the New Testament, and how various Christians interpreted the difficulties of the Bible in the first four centuries of Christianity. If you are interested in the history of the Church, this should be interesting to you.
posted October 3, 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