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February 7, 2024

Matthew 9:38 

Jesus said to his disciples,
“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Dear friends in Christ,

There are so many wonderful ways in which to participate in God’s work here in this church community and the Adrian community at large. All of us have opportunities to bring light and hope and possibility every day. I see you in here and out there doing it! One of the ways you are allowing us to serve the greater community is through my participation serving as the chaplain at Adrian College while they continue their search for a permanent chaplain. The SPRC has approved my spending a day each week at the college, heading up their weekly chapel service and providing spiritual direction and care to the students. I love the students and I am so grateful to serve in this way. 

So, for those of you who don’t have nearly enough Pastor Alice sermon time, feel free to drop by Herrick Chapel on Thursdays at noon for the students’ service. And, if you come, bring love and prayers for that wonderful community of learning. 

Also, turn on WLEN on Sunday mornings at 8:30 am for our weekly broadcast (also found on our website under PODCASTS).


Passing of Marion Mannschreck

A memorial service is planned for February 10, 2024. Visitation with family begins at 10:00 am with the memorial service to follow at 11:00 am. Friends are invited to join the family in Fellowship Hall immediately following the service to share stories and gather for lunch. Marion’s obituary can be found here. To view the memorial service on-line, click here.

Lenten Series

The Lenten Series will be based on the book “Gifts of the Dark Wood” by Eric Elnes. Books are available in the office or at the Welcome Center, with suggested donation of $15 each. All are encouraged to attend a study or follow the book.

Lenten Series Studies are available to all. The Sunday morning study will meet in the Lounge at 10:45 am and will begin by discussing Chapters 1 & 2 on Feb 18. The Wednesday Night W.O.W. study will begin at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, Feb 14 with Chapter 1 followed by Chapter 2 on Feb 21.

Lenten Study & Sermon Series brochures are now available to share with friends and family. Pick one or two up at the Welcome Center or the church office. Details of Lenten studies, Holy Week and Easter services are noted in the brochure for reference.

Updates to Pass Along

The 1619 Project Study

The study, which is held on Wednesdays at 1:30 pm, will not meet on Feb 14. They will be meeting on Feb 21 at 1:30 pm to discuss Chapters 17 and 18 with a final meeting for this study on Wednesday, Feb 28 at 1:30. Watch for other social justice offerings during this time slot for future options.

Seekers and Adult Bible Study

Note that Sunday morning Seekers and Adult Bible Study will combine beginning on Sunday, Feb 18 in the Lounge at 10:45 am for the Lenten Series Study “Gifts of the Dark Wood”.

Impact Moments

Want to make an impact in the church office?

We are currently looking for volunteers for 3 hour or 6 hour shifts for office staff during vacation time April 8, 9, 10, 11 and 15. Please contact the office here if you are able to help. Duties include greeting people, answering phones with possibly a few light office projects. Minimal computer interaction. It is actually a lot of fun!

March 11: American Red Cross Blood Drive

We need donors to sign up and also a few people for greeters and snack table monitors. Sign ups are at the Welcome Center or call the church office. Sponsored by the Outreach Committee and led by Mitsy Mentzer. Sign up to donate at Blood Drive.

March 13: Advocacy Day

You can make an impact! 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. Please contact Sherry if you are interested in attending. We will be car pooling.

W.O.W. Wednesdays of Wonder

Together, we can continue to make an impact in our community by inviting friends and others to join us for this great night out. At W.O.W., we enjoy home cooked meals at a reasonable price, studies, activities and fellowship. See below for details of weekly events. Volunteer opportunities are also available to help cook and clean up.  

4:30 pm WOW Programming 
5:30 pm WOW Dinner
6:30 pm WOW Programming

Dinners are $5 each or $20 max per family. Anyone is free to come at no cost. RSVP by calling or emailing the office or on your connection card for planning purposes. No worries if you want to drop by last minute for one or all events,

Upcoming Events

Feb 14: Ash Wednesday, 6:30 PM

There will be an Ash Wednesday service at 6:30 pm as we enter into the season of Lent and share together the journey to Holy Week which begins on Palm Sunday, March 24.

March 30: Eggstravaganza

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.

WOW (Wednesdays of Wonder) Upcoming Menu

Feb 14

Mardi Gras dinner is pancakes, sausage and applesauce

Feb 21

Fish, hash browns, veggies, salad and dessert

Feb 28

Beef and Noodles, broccoli, salad and chocolate pudding

Mar 6

Chicken & rice, veggies, salad and brownies

Did you know?

Did you you know that Pub Theology is international? Check out the website at Pub Theology. Gatherings at pubs and restaurants are popping up all over! People of varying religious traditions, philosophical perspectives and life experiences are sitting down to learn from each other.

People have been gathering in pubs and public spaces for ages, talking about life, philosophy, faith, and deep questions of meaning. Increasingly, people all over are rediscovering the pub as a safe, open space where they can explore and express their own doubts and questions, learn from others, and engage people of varying religious traditions. In our increasingly fractured society, these spaces are not only welcome, but needed.

Adrian First UMC’s Pub Theology meets on the fourth Thursdays of each month at Aubree’s at 5:30 pm. Join us as you are able and spread the word!

Next Pub Theology is at Aubree’s on Thursday, February 22. See you there!

Opportunities to be Present



Adult Seekers Study of Mark: every Sunday @ 10:45 am in the Lounge
Adult Bible Study: every Sunday @ 10:45 am in Room 5
Engage: meets 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays after Story for All Ages and is a Sunday Discovery Program for children and youth


Youth Group: meets 1st and 3rd Sunday evenings from 6-8 PM

Wesley Chorale: Practices Sunday mornings at 8:15 AM

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

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

Men’s Breakfast: First Wednesdays of the month, 7:00 AM at Family Kitchen

Prayer Gathering: meets 1st Thursday every month at 10:00 AM in Room 3

Pub Theology: Next gathering is February 22 at 5:30 pm at Aubrees. Open to all. (See article under “Did you know?”)

W.O.W. (Wednesdays of Wonder): 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM weekly

Compassion & Justice

The 1619 Project Study: Wednesdays 
Feb 14: No class due to Ash Wednesday
Feb 21: 1:30 pm Chapters 17-18
Feb 28: 1:30 pm Conclusion and looking forward 
Watch for upcoming Social Justice offerings during this time slot. 

Please check the on-line calendar for all information.

Opportunities to Give

Feb 15: Share the Warmth Meal

Dinner is meatloaf, green beans, salad, bread, cherry cake.
Sign up to provide needed items here.

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.

St. Mary’s Food Pantry

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

In January, St. Mary’s served 130 families (373 individuals). There were 25 new families reaching out for assistance and the number of children was 137. Total meals provided were 3,357. The dire needs fund assisted 6 families with utilities consisting of 10 adults and 6 children. Thank you to all who support the pantry. The Simply Give Meijer program was a huge success and the pantry will receive gift cards to shop for needed items.   

Opportunities to Serve

Always needed

Coffee hour hosts, greeters & ushers, liturgists and office help. Great way to meet fellow congregants and serve and grow at the same time. Contact the church office for current available dates. 

Michigan Conference of the UMC

From the Michigan Conference MIConnect for January 31, 2024

Here is an encouraging and hopeful article entitled “Clergy Ready to ‘Serve the Present Age‘” from the Michigan Conference MIConnect, regarding moving forward in the United Methodist Church.  Enjoy.  Click here.

To read the full MIConnect for January 31, 2024 MIUMC 05, click here.
To subscribe to the weekly MIConnect, click here or call the church office.

Michigan Annual Conference

Dates and title have been announced for 2024. The title is “FEARLESS: Embracing a New Future.” Conference begins on Thursday, May 30 at 1:00 pm and concludes on June 1 and will be held at Grand Traverse Resort in Acme MI.  Click here for more information.

Spring Lay Servant Ministry

Classes are now available for registration. Please click here for details of classes offered and for registration. 

For your information

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 Tidings

Next bi-weekly Tidings will be published on Feb 21. Please send articles to the office by 4 pm Tuesday, Feb 19.