What’s happening in the
life of our church

February 21, 2024

ORC (Organ Restoration Committee)

A new committee formed at Adrian First! The Organ Restoration Committee (hereafter known as ORC will be evaluating and planning for the restoration of our Shantz sanctuary organ. After more than 60 years of faithful service to our congregation, this organ needs revitalizing and repair. ORC will keep you, the congregation, informed of the progress of this venture. Stay tuned!

Mar 13: Advocacy Day

Join Adrian First UMC and Sherry Stone as they make the trek to Lansing for Advocacy Day on March 13 to support legislative changes to make mental health help more easily available. Click here for more information to prepare for this event and to pre-register. Please RSVP to Sherry if you are interested in attending as there will be a car pool going from the church.

Opportunities to Grow

The Lenten Series

Based on the book “Gifts of the Dark Wood” by Eric Elnes. Books are still available in the office or at the Welcome Center, with suggested donation of $15 each.

Sunday study meets at 10:45 am in the Lounge
Chapter 3 on Feb 25
Chapter 4 on March 3
Chapter 5 on March 10

Wednesday study meets at 4:30 pm in Room 3
Chapter 3 on Feb 28
Chapter 4 on March 6
Chapter 5 on March 13

Need your help

Current information needed!

Current information needed for college students. Even if you think we have information on file, please provide us the current contact information. We want to make sure to keep them connected to church friends and family. Thank you for your help on keeping us current.

Impact moment

Still need volunteers!

We’re still in need of volunteers to cover the Office Assistant’s vacation time. OK to bring a book. Duties include greeting people and answering phones. Contact the office to volunteer. Thank you in advance!

Shifts include:
Thursday, March 7, 9:00 am – noon
Tuesday, April 9, 9:00 am – noon
Tuesday, April 9, 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Wednesday, April 10, 9:00 am – noon
Wednesday, April 10, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm


WOW (Wednesdays of Wonder) Schedule

Join us for this great night out. We enjoy home cooked meals at a reasonable price, studies, activities and fellowship. Volunteer opportunities are also available to help cook and clean up.

4:30 pm: Lenten Study, Room 3
5:30 pm: WOW Dinner
6:15 pm: Chimes & Children’s Bells
6:30 pm: Lenten Activity

At 6:15 pm, we have the rainbow bells for children and chimes for middle schoolers and adults who want to learn to play just in time for the Easter service.

Dinners are $5 each or $20 max per family. Anyone is free to come at no cost. Bring your coupon or share it with a friend or stranger in need.

Feb 28

Beef and noodles, broccoli, salad, chocolate pudding

Mar 6

Chicken & rice, veggies, salad, brownies

Mar 13

Lasagna, salad, garlic bread, veggies, dessert

RSVP by calling or emailing the office or on your connection card for planning purposes. Feel free to drop by last minute for one or all events.

TBD: Prayer Retreat

Previously scheduled for Saturday, February 24, is being rescheduled and no date has been set yet. Watch Tidings & bulletins for details as they become available.

Feb 28: The 1619 Project Study

This group will have their final discussion for this series at 1:30 pm in Room 3.

Feb 28: Outreach Team & Bingo at Adrian Inn

Scheduled with our residents at Adrian Inn from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm. Come join us at the Adrian Inn for fun and fellowship with our friends. For further information, contact Jan Shuster (517) 605-7164.

Mar 11: Blood Drive Monday

We need donors to sign up and also one more spot is open for a greeter from noon – 2:45 pm. Sign up is at the Welcome Center or call the church office. Sponsored by the Outreach Committee and led by Mitsy Mentzer. Sign up to donate blood at Blood Drive.

Mar 20: Chili Cook Off!

Get your best chili recipes out for a chili cook off on Wednesday, March 20 during W.O.W. at 5:30 pm. To enter, contact Sherry Stone. To join us as a taste tester and judge, RSVP to W.O.W. for that evening via your connection card or call the office. There will be prizes and awards and fun! Lenten Study at 4:30 pm. Rainbow bells for children and chimes for middle schoolers through adults at 6:15 pm, with games to follow.

Mar 30: Eggstravaganza Saturday

We are collecting plastic eggs and individually wrapped candy for Eggstravaganza. Please drop them off in the box outside the office or with Sherry. Mark your calendars to bring children, grandchildren, neighborhood children or help with the Eggstravaganza. 

We are in need of volunteers to provide a stop spot for children (like the trunks, but in a classroom), serve donuts and help in general. Please sign up with Sherry Stone.

Did you know?

Midwest Mission

Midwest Mission is located in Pawnee IL and was founded by the UMC for people to work together to show God’s love in a practical way to those in need in their time of crisis. This facility is one of seven co-operating depots in the UMCOR relief supply network. Midwest Mission is not funded or run by UMCOR but receives, assembles and stores all UMCOR kits and dis burses them upon the request during disasters in the United States and supports disasters globally.

The organization offers opportunities for 2-7 day mission trips to serve and work and also instructions for kits that can be made off-site. The following article is from their February newsletter and asks us an important question as to why we serve “What’s your why?” Enjoy the link here!

Opportunities to Be Present

Wesley Chorale: Practices Sunday mornings at 8:15 AM

Sunday Discovery

Adult Seekers Study: every Sunday @ 10:45 am in the Lounge
Adult Bible Study: every Sunday @ 10:45 am in Room 5
Engage: meets every 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Sunday following the Story for all Ages in Worship Service. Sunday Discovery Program for children and youth meets in the Soul Cafe.
Communion: offered the first Sunday of the month at the 9:30 am service and is open to everyone.


Youth Group: 1st & 3rd Sundays from 6 – 8 PM

Adult Bells: Thursdays at 7:00 PM led by Howard Stukey

Handicrafters: 6:30 PM 2nd and 4th Mondays

Prayer Gathering: 10:00 am first Thursday of the month in Room 3

Pub Theology: Next gathering is Febrauary 22 at 5:30 pm at Aubrees. Drop in!

Men’s Breakfast: 7:00 am on the first Wednesdays of the month at Family Kitchen and is open to all.

Please check the online calendar for all information.

Opportunities to Give

Little Free Pantry

Drop off in the red box outside of the nursery/preschool rooms or in the office. Take what you need and add as you are able.

Mary’s Food Pantry

Current needs: peanut butter, pasta sauce, fresh produce, eggs and cake kits for families to celebrate birthdays together.

Opportunities to Serve

Neighbors of Hope Meal Train

Looking for an opportunity to “share your food”? Consider bringing a meal to Neighbors of Hope, a Christ-centered program seeking to transform lives and bring hope to  homeless and hungry men.  The shelter has a new location, a renovated medical building located at 227 Riverside. It is a beautiful, comfortable and safe place for men. 

Below is a Meal Train link which will take you directly to a calendar of available meal dates. Plan on providing a meal for 16  residents and deliver it to the shelter at 5:30 pm on your scheduled day. You are welcome to deliver the meal at a time which works for you. It can be stored in the fridge in their full kitchen. Bringing drinks is appreciated but not required.

So, grab a friend and together share your food with the residents of Neighbors of Hope. For more information contact NOH at (517) 265-4019 or sign up via the Meal Train link here.

He answered them, “Whoever has two shirts should share with the person who doesn’t have any. Whoever has food should share it too.”- Luke 3:11

District & Conference Information

Mar 16: “Arc of Justice Tour”

The Church & Society Committee of the First UMC – Brighton – Whitmore Lake United Women in Faith (aka UMW) is hosting a field trip to Detroit entitled “Arc of Justice” Narrative Tour” Understanding Red-Lining and More, with lunch to follow at Detroit Soul at 14300 E. Jefferson in Detroit.

There is no cost but we may chip in to pay for lunches and a donation for the three volunteer group hosts. There is some walking involved but you don’t need to walk all places. We will car-pool from Adrian to the four Detroit locations and to lunch. We will need to leave at 8:30 am. If you are interested in this event, please contact Pam Myers at the church office or via text or call (517) 902-1499 by March 10. Open to men and women as well as youth accompanied by an adult.

Spring Lay Servant Ministry

Classes are now available for registration. Please click here for details of classes offered and for registration or contact the church office. 

Community activities

Mar 3: Chiaroscuro Winter Concert

The Chiaroscuro Community Men’s Chorus Winter Concert will be held at 3:00 pm on Adrian First UMC. Freewill offering accepted.

For your information


To subscribe to the weekly MIConnect, a publication from the Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church, click here or call the office.

Prayer Requests

Please contact the church office with your prayer requests by phone, email or note on your connection card. Prayer requests will be shared with the congregation through the bulletins and Tidings. If the prayer request is private, please note at the time of request.

Please know that prayer is our foundation and everything we do is surrounded in prayer.

Next bi-weekly Tidings will be published on March 6.
Please send articles to the office by 4 pm March 5.  
Church website Adrian First UMC. Contact the church office assistant Pam Myers at (517) 265-5689 x402 or by email at adrianfumc@adrianfumc.org

On-Line Church Calendar is on the website.
Sign Ups are available at the Welcome Center or contact the office.