Midweek Update
August 16, 2023
Midweek Update

Come down to the river to tube with Pastor Alex! Plus, information about the next New Members' Class and developing plans to celebrate the ministry of Hinton Avenue United Methodist Church this fall.



Join Pastor Alex and other U.S. partner churches at a Friends of Lithuania Gathering in Royal Oak Michigan in October 2023. 


This gathering will focus on connecting and recommitting ourselves to this ministry along with naming our own faith stories as a way to have deeper conversations with our partner churches here in the United States and Lithuania. Pastor Alex will be leading a Bible Study on Saturday.



Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14, 2023

Sunday, October 15, 2023: Rev. Remigijus will preach at both 9am & 11am services 



Royal Oak First United Methodist Church

320 W. 7th Street

Royal Oak, MI 48067


Register here for the Friends of Lithuania Gathering

We’ve received a number of ’thank you’s recently. Here’s a sample:
—“Thank you so much for your kind and generous gift of $1,000 given toward our Sponsor a Teen Campaign. It will make a big difference in the lives of our YMCA, regardless of ability to pay…We appreciate your care and partnership!: —Nate Rockey, Piedmont Family YMCA

—“Thank you for your donation of $165 to buy the water shoes for the campers this summer. We appreciate your support in this way and with other cabin supplies.” —Lori Smith, Director, All God’s Children’s Camp
—“Thank you so much for your week of service with Appalachia Service Project in Cabell County, WV! This summer wouldn’t be possible without your hard work. We hope to see you back in Appalachia soon!” —ASP Cabell County Staff 2023
—Thank you for your generous donation of $250 on 7/18/2023 to support the Greater Charlottesville Habitat for Humanity Annual Giving Fund…What a gift to worship with your faith family recently! Thanks for your leadership, care & generosity.” —Kelly Eplee, Director of Donor Relations, Greater Charlottesville Habitat for Humanity
—“Your financial support [$1,200 for Lithuania in Mission Together] is enabling Global Ministries to fulfill the mission of the Church through evangelism and church growth. And through your financial support you are serving within a vital network of interactive relationships in more than 60 countries…Thank you for actively partnering with Global Ministries as we move forward in establishing over four hundred congregations and faith communities in nations around the world.” —Roland Fernandes, General Secretary of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church
SUMMER BREAK IS ALMOST OVER! Don’t forget about Pack to School. We will again provide backpacks filled with supplies to benefit local schools. Below are the items needed. Collection boxes will be set up throughout the church during and after VBS.  
Not ready to think about school supplies?  No problem - you can also show support with a monetary donation (please write “Pack to School” in the memo line if writing a check.) Questions or if you would like to help with deliveries? Email Anika Winterhoff or Carolyn McGee

  • Crayons
  • Colored pencils 
  • Wipes
  • Sanitizers 
  • Backpacks 
  • Ziploc bags (any brand, sandwich, quart or gallon size) 
  • Tissues/ Hand sanitizer/Disinfectant wipes 
  • Glue sticks 
  • Pencils/ Erasers 
  • Crayons/ Washable markers/ Dry erase markers 
  • Composition books 
  • Scissors  
  • Folders 
  • Pencil cases 
  • Notebook paper 
  • Highlighters 
The Quiet Center- Sundays at 11:15 in the Chapel
The Quiet Center is an after-church gathering of, and for, anyone who wants to know more about grief’s journey. The sessions are “stand alone,” to join anytime and as often as you wish, to explore the many faces of grief and to share with each other our time, our experiences, our presence and our prayers. If you have any questions, contact Rev. John at 703-887-7305 or at

NOW ENROLLING! 2's, 3's, Pre-K and KINDERGARTEN! Call 434-296-6682
or

Learning & Fellowship
God in All Things Wednesday, August 23rd

Please join us on Wednesday, August 23rd for dinner and a fun evening of music and fellowship for all ages. 


6:00 - Dinner, Fellowship Hall (Free meal provided)

6:30-7:30 - Gathering in Fellowship Hall (Music, Message, Creative Activity)

God In All Things gatherings are held the 4th Wednesday of every month

If you have questions or want to know more, contact Lara Upton, CYM Director
Tweens Pool Party Sunday, August 27th
Tweens Pool Party Sunday, August 27th, 2:30pm-4pm at the home of Jim and Kathy Berlin.   
Please RSVP by Friday, August 25th, Lara Upton, CYM Director  
Email Lara for location address.

Sunday, Sept. 10 at 6 PM, CFUMC will be hosting a special screening and discussion of “Raised/Razed,” a documentary feature film about the lasting effects of the urban renewal program that erased much of the Vinegar Hill neighborhood in Charlottesville. The filmmakers, Lorenzo Dickerson and Jordy Yager, will join us for the evening and we will have an opportunity to talk about the historic relationship of the First UMC congregation to nearby African-American communities. 

Stay tuned for more details.

Prayer Time
Tuesdays at 12:30pm on Zoom
All are welcome to join the Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 882 7977 8844
Passcode: 968327
Choir Rehearsal
Tuesdays 6-7pm
Giving Back
  Enjoying the food and fellowship at Portico Cafe’ after worship?  Then please consider making a contribution!  Baked goods, cheese & crackers, mini sandwiches, fruit, snacks, are all welcome.  A sign up sheet is available by the coffee area.  Portico Cafe’ success depends on the generosity of church members to help or contribute food. Email Lisa Hanrahan if you forget to sign up.

Clothes Closet

DONATIONS to Hinton Ave UMC clothes closet:
Hours of operation:  Tuesdays from 10am-1pm    We are looking for children to adult sizes, spring/summer clothing.  Please make sure the clothing is gently used, clean, stain-free, and in good repair. Also accept some household items (e.g., sheets, towels, small appliances, dishes, pans). Email for info.

Are you interested in
serving communion? Email Evelyn Kessler 
or call

Would you be interested in helping with communion preparation?


Help is needed to prepare communion on the first Sunday of every month and special holidays. This would involve working with another experienced team member to set-up and then clean up after communion. The set - up process is currently done on Sunday morning before the service and would take about 30 – 45 minutes. Clean-up after the service takes about 20 minutes. Each team member does this once every three to four months depending on how many people are on the team. Questions and info? Email Evelyn Kessler or call

Contact Teri Guertler

if you need a prayer quilt for someone going through a difficult time, or if you would like to help in the creation of the prayer quilts. No experience necessary.

Assistance for Ukraine
UMCOR International Disaster Response and Recovery, Advance #982450, is collecting funds for humanitarian assistance.
You can donate directly online or designate "Ukraine relief" on your checks made out to CFUMC
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