What’s happening in the
life of our church

May 1, 2024

Dear friends in Christ,
A couple items of interest and, in my opinion, at least, importance.

1) The long delayed General Conference is in session in North Carolina. If you aren’t familiar with our international church structure and how it is administered, there is good information here:


If you are interested in the statistics around this year’s delegates, there is good information in the link below. In short, there are 862 voting delegates – 55.9% from the U.S., 32% from Africa, 6% form the Philippines, 4.6% form Europe and the remainder from concordat churches with close ties to the UMC. There are 1,099 total valid petitions before it. Those petitions can be found here: the Advance Daily Christian Advocate


As you are possibly already seeing on newsfeeds, this is the continued conversation on the church’s stance around issues of sexuality and gender identity. While these conversations will have become easier and more accepting after the hard work of this past year’s disaffiliations, there is still much to process through.

I will hold a debriefing session and a conversation session around the topics of sexuality and gender identity after our Wednesday dinner on May 8th, at 6:30pm. I don’t believe this church has taken on the hard work of conversation and sharing on this topic and it is long overdue. This will likely be the first of several sessions to come.

2) We are scheduling a church conference to determine our desires around changing our administrative structure from a multiple board model to a single accountability structure model. I want to be sure everyone who is interested in being informed about the proposed change has the ability to do so. We will hold one more town hall meeting with sharing from a church in Battle Creek along with Q&A. If you have any questions at all, please see me or any other committee member in the church.

Most importantly, the sky is blue, the sun is shining, the trees are blooming and Jesus loves you!

St. Thomas Aquinas, patron of students, pray for us.
St. Joseph of Cupertino, patron of test takers, pray for us.

Warmly, Alice

Financial Update

FIRST QUARTER 2024 Church Financial Update

I would like to give you an update on the finances of the church through March 31st, 2024. Our income for the general fund (tithings excluding special offerings, Project 52, missional giving, memorial giving, organ fund, etc.) is $16,397 above the 2024 budgeted amount, and $4,320 ahead of both last year and 2022. Thank you so much for your generosity and support of the ministry of Adrian First. Our expenses for the period were $13,786 below budget due to the dedication of staff and committees to be good stewards of your gifts to the church. With the increase in revenue and the reduction in expenses, we are currently $30,183 better than the budget-to-date. This is the best start to a fiscal year this church has had in the past 10+ years. We have all of you to thank for this. We are increasing our ministry and programing and working diligently to get back to our pre-COVID levels, improving on some programs, making certain that we are doing a quality job as we bring programs and outreach back on-line. We are also working hard to make certain that our facilities are maintained and updated to make certain that future generations have a great church facility for ministry. As a side note, our endowments grew by $70,683 in the first quarter of the year.

Information Needed

May 19: Graduation Sunday

We will be recognizing our graduates on Sunday, May 19th (Pentecost). If you or your children are graduating from high school, college or graduate school, please contact Rev. Alice Ford at pastor@adrianfumc.org


Use of Emergency Help Fund

Last week, with your donations to the Emergency Help Fund through Project 52, the church was able to supply groceries and a box of diapers to a family in need who are living in a local motel. They called the office and I was able to point them to our local food pantries but they needed help immediately with dinner for the kiddos. I was blessed to be able to use the Emergency Help Fund monies, with Rev. Alice’s approval, to drop off a care package. I met Mom, Dad (who are both working) and the 5 children, ages 7 years old to 9 months old. They just moved to the area and are awaiting housing through Housing Help of Lenawee. The kiddos were so excited and much kudos to the parents as they had everything they owned in one motel room and they were very organized. Thank you for being the church to those less fortunate. Just a reminder that “Gratitude enables our hearts to tell a different story.”

In gratitude, Pam Myers


Congratulations, Bryan!

At the Adrian Salvation Army’s April 12 recognition dinner, our own Bryan Bowers was recognized as the CITIZEN OF THE YEAR. His work with the Salvation Army, Boy Scouts of America, Adrian First UMC and throughout the community made him a great choice to be recognized. We thank Bryan for all that he does to make the world a better place. Well done faithful servant!

Surprise and Congratulations, Steve & Laura!

Thanks to all who joined in the surprise celebration of Adrian First’s music ministry directors held in April. The Wesley Chorale presented a unique anthem in honor of Laura Langley (Organist/Keyboardist) and Steve Antalek (Wesley Chorale Director). Following the service, coffee hour honored them with cake and goodies hosted by the Seekers Bible Study group. Adrian First has been blessed to have such faithful servants in music ministry for over 25+ years. Steve and Laura seemed genuinely surprised and thank everyone for their beautiful recognition celebration and coffee hour.


May 7 @ 9:30 am: Memorial Garden Keepers

I am sure we can all agree we are thankful for this time of year and so blessed with the green and beautiful color of nature back in our lives. God is good! Note that JoAnne Mourer will be back in the Memorial Garden on May 7 at 9:30 am, weather permitting, to work in the garden. We are looking for a few more gardeners to help provide care for this lovely and blessed space. Show up or contact JoAnne if you are interested.

Aug 5-9: VBS

Rev. Alice is looking for those who love children to help with VBS. It will be a time of adult creativity and fellowship while we help the children learn about Jesus. Contact Rev. Alice for more information.

Wednesday Cooks & Volunteers

Rev. Alice is also looking for those who enjoy fellowship in the kitchen to help with our Wednesday dinners. Come and cook with Chef Bryan and enjoy the company of others in the kitchen. Contact Rev. Alice for more information.


WOW (Wednesdays of Wonder) Schedule

Dinner at 5:30 pm is open to all in the community
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.

May 8

4:30 pm: VBS Planning Meeting
5:30 pm: WOW Dinner
6:30 pm: Debriefing and discussions around General Conference of the UMC

Chicken divan, roasted potatoes, green beans, salad, german chocolate cake

May 15

5:30 pm: WOW Dinner

Cheese omelets, ham, bacon sauteed western mix hashbrowns, applesauce, salad, ice cream

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.

Adrian Jr. Majorettes 2024 Summer Program

Registration begins on-line starting Saturday, May 4 at 9 am via their Facebook page. Lessons are free. Only costs are $10 for a team t-shirt (past one can be used) and $25 for a baton (if taking baton lessons). Note that a used baton also works. T-shirt and baton orders will be taken at the first two practices. Please bring cash. Financial assistance is also available. Practices are every Monday from June 3 – August 2 at Adrian First UMC, 1245 W Maple Ave, Adrian on the front lawn. Baton classes 5:15 pm – 6:00 pm Coach Kim ages 5-7 – Coach Kris ages 8-10 – Coach Jordan ages 11+ Pom Dance Classes 6:00 – 6:30 pm Coach Julie ages 4-7 Pom Dance Classes 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Coach Nicci ages 8+ Any questions, contact Kristina Kidney at (517) 442-3423 or email at kristina.kidney@gmail.com.

May 19-June 2: Textile Drive

The Outreach Team is sponsoring a textile drive to benefit Neighbors of Hope. From May 19 until June 2, we will be collecting various textiles that Neighbors of Hope will bind and sell to a recycler. Please bring in old clothing with stains or holes, old sheets, curtains, towels, etc. This is a chance to do some Spring cleaning and help out your community in the process. 

Vacation Bible School

Join us at Adrian FUMC for our Camp Firelight VBS from August 5-9, 2024!  Camp Firelight VBS is based on Psalm 56:3: “Whenever I’m afraid, I put my trust in you.”  This verse reminds us that we can trust God no matter what challenges we face!  Our VBS Campers will explore timeless Bible stories that show how Old and New Testament “campers” trusted God in the face of their own fears, and went on to do great things in God’s name!

Registration is open through July 22nd and registration can be found 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.


Youth Group: 1st & 3rd Sundays from 6-8 pm

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

Quilters: every Tuesday in the Lounge from 10 am-2 pm

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

Pub Theology: 4th Thursday of the month at Aubree’s at 5:30 pm

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

W.O.W (Wednesdays of Wonder): Wednesdays 5:30 pm-7:30 pm

Little Dresses: 2nd & 4th Thursdays from 1-3 pm

Please check the on-line calendar for all information & current updates.

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: cereal for kids, fresh produce from your garden and cake mixes for families to celebrate birthdays together.

Opportunities to Serve

Rite of Spring

Adrian Symphony Orchestra is performing ‘Rite of Spring’ May 3, 2024 at 7:30 pm in Dawson Auditorium at Adrian College. Scan the QR code to learn more.

Classics Through Time

Tecumseh POPS Orchestra and Community Chorus is performing ‘Classics Through Time’ May 5, 2024 at 3:00 pm at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts.

Holy Family Women’s Guild Rummage Sale and Bake Sale

Visit the Holy Family Women’s Guild Rummage Sale and Bake Sale at St. Mary’s Campus (305 Division) May 8-10. Proceeds support Holy Family Parish and those in need throughout our community.

Chiaroscuro Community Men’s Chorus Spring Concert

Chiaroscuro Community Men’s Chorus is performing their spring concert May 19, 2024 at 7:30 pm in the Holy Rosary Chapel at Adrian Dominican Sisters Campus.

Brookdale Adrian Veterans Social

Join Brookdale Adrian for their Veterans Social on May 29th at 1:30 pm.

District & Conference Information

General Conference of the United Methodist Church Update

The 2020 General Conference began last week and will conclude on Friday May 3. It has been attended by both US and International delegates in Charlotte NC.  Note that all the information notes 2020 because the 2020 General Conference was not held due to the Pandemic. Therefore, the last time the GC met was 2016, so there has been a lot of work to be done (8 years worth of work).  To read the lastest update from May 1, click here

Michigan Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church 

Note that the 2024 Michigan Annual Conference is scheduled to begin May 29 in Traverse City, MI. For more information on what’s going on, click here.

For your information

Prayer Requests & Updates

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.

We also invite you to share your joys and celebrations – just email the church office

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

Next bi-weekly Tidings will be published on May 15.
Please send articles to the office by 4 pm May 14.  
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.