Our Mission: Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world

Our Vision: Ordinary people learning to love like Jesus

Welcome to the weekly digital newsletter. Deadline for articles is Wednesday 12 pm, click here to submit your article.  "Questions about newsletter items? Please call the church office, 734-475-8119." For more information click on Youth Newsletter,  Children's Newsletter, and Adult Education.

WORSHIP Sundays 10 am: begin with Facebook Live with Pastor Joy, click here; then go to the church’s YouTube channel where you can view current Sunday worship or past worship services.

PRAYERS - If you have prayer concerns to share, please call the church office or click here to submit.  

Prayers for Comfort for:
* Jackie Holdsworth and family following the death of her mother, Marion Anderson *

Prayers for Healing for:
* Denise Frahm * Yvonne Mongeau * Melissa Lerg * Elizabeth Hammer *
* Pat Pierce * Barb Noye * Dianne Kelley * Jerry Blaskie * Vaughn Mills *
* Dan Roehm * Joanne Weber * Frank Hammer *
* Dorothy Greer * Eunice Peters * Janet Martin-Conners *
 Prayers for Strength for:
* Vicki & Ray Wurster * Kerry Franks and family for Kerry's father, Ken *
Prayers for all service personnel overseas, and especially for:
* Laura Heaney-Belair *

A word from Bishop Bard
Thousands in the Great Lakes Bay Region need our prayers and our help.
On Tuesday evening, May 26, following heavy rains, two dams on Tittabawassee River failed, in part or completely, sending torrents of water downstream and causing catastrophic flooding in the Great Lakes River Basin region.  Like me, I am sure you watched in sheer astonishment as the waters raged and rose.  The hearts of all Michigan United Methodists break in the face of such tragedy.

Conference staff and volunteers have been working to begin to coordinate a United Methodist response in cooperation with UMCOR (United Methodist Committee On Relief) and state and local agencies.  I know you have been praying for all those affected.  I know you will want to reach out to help, and right now one of the best ways to do so is by giving a donation to the Michigan Area Disaster Response fund either through our web site, MichiganUMC.org, org by sending a check to the Michigan Conference Ministry Center North (see instructions below). 

Since moving to Michigan, I have come to know United Methodists here as caring and generous people.  I have come to know Michiganders as people with big hearts who want to make a difference.  We want to be there for our neighbors.  If you are watching this from outside of Michigan, please join us as we help our neighbors in need. 

David Alan Bard
Michigan Area Bishop

To donate by check, please mail to Michigan Conference 1161 East Clark Road, Suite 212, DeWitt MI 48820. It is important to include this exact language in the memo: #4407 Michigan Area Disaster Response. Or use the link for the Michigan Conference Paypal click HERE

Greetings from Rev. Rodney Gasaway
I want to thank you for your continued participation in the ministries of Chelsea First UMC.  The staff has been working hard to continue to provide uplifting worship, opportunities for education, and are constantly searching for ways to engage the congregation during this unprecedented time. A good example of this is the upcoming adult small group study "UNAFRAID" by Adam Hamilton done in a Zoom meeting. 

Adult Bible Study - "UNAFRAID" by Adam Hamilton by Zoom meetings
Breakaway from your worries and fears, learn to live with courage and hope!
Jesus tells us, "Do not be afraid," but with everything going on in the world, how is it possible not to be anxious?  In this five-week study based on the book, Unafraid, by Adam Hamilton, we explore the worries and fears most of us experience.  We will learn to identify fears and discover practical steps for overcoming them...all in the light of Scripture and faith that promises again and again that we can live with courage and hope.
Dawn Goellner will facilitate Sunday at 4 pm, starting on June 14. Rev. Rodney Gasaway will facilitate Tuesday at 2 pm, starting on June 16. Allison and Mike Vanderspool will facilitate Wednesday at 7 pm starting on June 17. 
You are invited to sign up below for one of these classes, each class will have 8 participants. If a class fills up call the church office and a new class will be started 734-475-8119 ext 10.
Sunday class with Dawn Goellner, click HERE
Tuesday class with Rev. Rodney Gasaway, click HERE
Wednesday class with Mike and Allison Vanderspool, click HERE 
You will need to purchase your book for the class, you can go to the Cokesbury or Amazon links, Cokesbury has kindle, audiobook or hardcover – Click HERE
Amazon has hardcover - Click HERE
If you have any questions please contact Rev. Rodney Gasaway – rgasaway@chelseaumc.org or call the church office.

Chelsea First Family Camp
The current pandemic has caused us to cancel or postpone regular and special events that we look forward to each year.  The Chelsea First UMC Family Camping Trip scheduled for June 19 - 21 has been canceled.  As we continue to monitor recommendations regarding social distancing for our safety, we will look to reschedule the event for late summer if we are cleared to do so.

Jackson house update
Last fall Jeanne Franks approached the congregation about fulfilling a fundraising dream of hers.  She proposed purchasing a house in Jackson, fixing it up and selling it to raise funds for local missions.  Mike Hay of Chelsea First stepped up and purchased a home and agreed to lead the construction project.  All proceeds from the sale of the house will be split between Mentor2Youth and the youth program of Chelsea First UMC.

The major construction has been completed but our help as a congregation is needed.  Painting and other small jobs are needed to complete the house so it can be listed for sale.  Multiple working days to complete the job will be offered soon.  Further dates and information to come. If you are interested and can assist, please contact Rev. Rodney Gasaway or the church office.

As we continue to be the Church during this time, I ask for your creative ideas.  If you have an idea for an event, class, or mission opportunity you would like to lead or share please contact Rev. Rodney Gasaway,  I would love to hear from you. Once again, thank you for your continued participation in the ministries of Chelsea First UMC. Rev. Rodney Gasaway

Calls and Cards from Chelsea First During Quarantine 
Chelsea First has formed a Congregational Care Team to help us stay connected to each other during this time of anxiety and isolation. You may receive a phone call or a mailed note from Team members. The hope is to contact most of the congregation and to ask for specific prayer requests and needs for assistance. If you would personally like to be contacted – or wish to put someone at the top of the call list – please let us know by contacting Michelle King, Team Coordinator, click HERE, or call the church office 734-475-8119.

Greetings, church family!   
In this extended period of social distancing, we’re missing seeing everyone so much!   As a quick and fun way to see each other’s faces during our June 7 worship service, similar to our Palm Parade and Gratitude Parades from recent services, we’re going to put together a quick game of catch.   We’d love for you to be a part of it! 
If you’d like to join the fun, the directions are very simple:  use your phone to record a short video snippet of yourself catching a ball from one direction, then throwing it towards the other.  To make the “ball,” simply use a crumpled up piece of white paper.   Be creative and have fun!  Everyone of all ages can participate, the whole family, the more the merrier.  Let’s see how long a game of catch we can make!
The video doesn’t need to be anything fancy.  You could even record it by yourself.  If you don’t have a helper to throw you the “ball,” just toss it to yourself from the side and then turn and throw it the other way.
Please send your short video snippets to Jon either as email attachments to:  jvanhoek@chelseaumc.org.  If you have any questions or need tech help, you can reach Jon either of those ways.
The deadline to send in videos will be next Thursday (6/4) at Noon, but do it before then if you can!  It should be very quick and easy to do.

Upper Room
Did you usually pick up your Upper Room copy when you came into the church for worship or visiting? If you would like a copy of the current Upper Room, please click here to email Liza Gray and I will mail you a copy.

Community News and Resources -  
“We have a new page on the church website, featuring community news and resources that have been shared in the Path Finder. You will find information for Substance Use Disorders, Mental Health, Heart Disease, Meals on Wheels for Seniors, and more.”

Chelsea District Library - Virtual Concert
The temporary closure of our library may have suspended in-person programs here, but thanks to the talented Giacopuzzi siblings and a little creativity, the Chelsea District Library will be offering this year’s Music in the Air concert virtually. Chelsea's favorite Jacopo Giacopuzzi is creating a Chelsea-specific concert experience for us from his home in California, and he has invited his equally talented sister Maddalena to play with him from her home in Italy.  We are so pleased to share this unique “global” cultural opportunity with you!
This exclusive video concert performance will be released on Saturday, June 6 at 12 pm at www.chelseadistrictlibrary.org/mita.  Have a prior commitment? Don’t worry! The performance video will remain available to CDL for one month after its release.

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