Announcements


May 2nd

At this time we are suspending outdoor communion and will resume our tradition of receiving communion on the first Sunday of the month during worship. If we have to shut again, we will pick right back up with weekly outdoor communion. If you are not yet worshipping in person with us and would like to receive communion, please let the church office know.

        If you have good, usable shoes that you would like to donate to LaPorte County Meals on Wheels please bring to worship on Sundays or drop off in the office during the week.  This drive continues through the end of May.  We will make sure they get to where they need to be. 

        The next Red Cross blood drive is May 29th from 9-4.  We will need help setting up tables earlier that week and taking them down and preparing for worship on Sunday following the blood drive.  And we could also use 2 more volunteers to staff the doors.  Please contact Yvonne Bancroft if you can help.   If you would like to donate please go to redcross.org, search for our drive and sign up.

        Please feel free to sign up  on the flower chart in the gathering room or call the church office if you would like to provide flowers for Sunday   Morning.          

        Messy Church is THIS FRIDAY, May 7! Join us during the First Friday Messy Church, outside in the church parking lot from 5:30- 7. Invite your friends and neighbors for worship, crafts, music, and treats! 

First United Methodist Church awards a number of endowment scholarships annually to students who are entering, continuing, or returning to an accredited college or trade school, regardless of age. Five of the ten scholarships are open to the community at large. You may request an application form by contacting Higher Education Committee Chair Sue Cassler at susan.cassler@comcast.net. Applications will be accepted through Thursday, June 3rd.

The Higher Ed. Committee wishes to recognize 1st UMC members and attendees who will graduate from high school, college, or trade school this year. If YOU are a member of the Class of 2021, or know someone who is, please notify Sue Cassler or Trish Johnsen. Thanks!

        If you need offering envelopes you may pick them up on Sundays at the Welcome Center.  Please sign for them so we know you have them. 

        The Soup Kitchen is in need of donations of Toilet Paper to give to the guests.  You may either bring it to the church or make a donation so we can purchase some.  

        We continue to host the Soup Kitchen 5 days a week.  We can  certainly use donations of time and money.  We continue to serve outside to go meals. Since many of our guests have not yet been (nor may not be) vaccinated we don't see moving inside anytime soon.

The Spiritual Life Group continues to meet via zoom on Wednesdays at 6pm. This Friday, May 7th we will meet at First UMC in Valparaiso (103 Franklin) at 9 am to walk their labyrinth. Feel free to join us.

April 25th

     At this time we are suspending outdoor communion and will resume our tradition of receiving communion on the first Sunday of the month during worship. If we have to shut again, we will pick right back up with weekly outdoor communion.  If you are not yet worshipping in person with us and would like to receive communion, please let the church office know.

If you would like to have an Easter Messy Church bag let us know. We have several left.

The Spiritual Life Study, focusing on the book Sensible Shoes: A Spiritual Journey by Sharon Garlough Brown is going off to a great start. The zoom address will be available. Come and join us there and we will discuss other options for meeting and discussing. You may order the book from Amazon.

If you need offering envelopes you may pick them up on Sundays at the Welcome Center. Please sign for them so we know you have them.

The Soup Kitchen is in need of donations of Toilet Paper to give to the guests. You may either bring it to the church or make a donation so we can purchase some.

We continue to host the Soup Kitchen 5 days a week. We can certainly use donations of time and money. We continue to serve outside to go meals. Since many of our guests have not yet been (nor may not be) vaccinated we don’t see moving inside anytime soon.

April 18th

Congratulations to Josh and Molly (Cross) Westphal who were married in our church on Saturday. Many blessings to you.

The LaPorte County Meals on Wheels is collecting gently used shoes to donate to its clients, now through the end of May. You may bring them to church and we will make sure they get where they need to go.

Our Soup Kitchen guests are in need of toilet paper. Please bring to church on Sunday or drop by the office during the week
This Wednesday we will initiate a new study group: The book we are reading is Sensible Shoes: a story about the spiritual journey and is available from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. This study will include reading, discussion, and practicing spiritual disciplines. We may meet in person some of the time.

April 11th

If you would like to have an Easter Messy Church bag let us know. We have several left.
The Spiritual Life Study, focusing on the book Sensible Shoes: A Spiritual Journey by Sharon Garlough Brown will begin on Wednesday April 20th at 7 pm via zoom. The zoom address will be available next week. Come and join us there and we will discuss other options for meeting and discussing. You may order the book from Amazon.
If you need offering envelopes you may pick them up on Sundays at the Welcome Center. Please sign for them so we know you have them.
The Soup Kitchen is in need of donations of Toilet Paper to give to the guests. You may either bring it to the church or make a donation so we can purchase some.
We haven’t mentioned it much lately, but we continue to host the Soup Kitchen 5 days a week. We can certainly use donations of time and money. We continue to serve outside to go meals. Since many of our guests have not yet been (nor may not be) vaccinated we don’t see moving inside anytime soon.

March 28th

Easter Flowers

If you would like to bring flowers for the sanctuary on Easter morning please feel free. You may place them in the chancel area prior to worship or during the pre music and pick them up following worship. Lilies, daffodils, tulips, peace lilies, hydrangeas would be great. Please avoid hyacinths – much as the pastor loves them they cause an allergic reaction!

Messy Church Bags may be picked up during either worship service on Easter Sunday- 8 am or 9:30 am.

Wednesday Evening Bible Study will be via zoom at 7 pm. Meeting ID 846 0978 8109. Passcode 022110

Holy Week Schedule 10:45AM

Maundy Thursday, April 1

          6:15 PM             Maundy Thursday Service

The Maundy Thursday service will be held in the church parking lot (across the street from the building). We will receive communion and then, instead of feeding ourselves our traditional soup dinner, you will have the opportunity to feed others by making a donation to the Downtown Soup Kitchen.

7:30PM Zoom Worship

                                Meeting ID.  846 0978 810 Passcode  022110 Facebook Livestream:  https://www.facebook.com/FUMCMC

Good Friday, April 2

         9-11 AM Good Friday Prayer Walk 

Weather permitting there will be the opportunity for Good Friday prayer at stations set up outside the church. In case of inclement weather you may still come, receive the printed prayers, and choose where you will pray them. You may pick up the prayer from the front step.

         12-3 PM Tre Ore at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

You may watch on their Facebook livestream. Pastor Nancy will be speaking at 1:55 pm.

https://www.facebook.com/stpaulmichigancity

           7:00 PM Good Friday Tenebrae on Facebook  

                                Meeting ID844 2556 8135. Passcode  07417  https://www.facebook.com/FUMCMC

Easter, April 4

8:00 AM Early Outdoor Service

This service will be family friendly with something for the kids (with Ms. Trish) and the windows wide open with Bev’s organ music filling the neighborhood as we sing along.

9:30 AM Easter Processional Followed by Worship

In the Sanctuary!!!!

March 21st

We continue to need help in the soup kitchen. We currently serve Sunday- Thursday at the alley entrance of the church. Please contact Chef Erik if you can help. I know you hear or read this every week but the need for help is real. We can also use donations to the soup kitchen fund.

Every Wednesday in Lent there is a Bible Study at 7 PM central time. The link will be sent out later this week and posted on our Facebook page.

You may now find us on you tube please subscribe and like us. The more people that do the easier we are to find. We will be posting that you tube address after worship.

Try It is back! We’ll be outside of the church from 4:45- 5:30 on Wednesday. Weather permitting.

The office hours are as follows 7:30-2:30 Monday – Thursday. Please call before coming and refrain from coming during the soup kitchen hours of 11:30-1:15.

This coming Saturday, March 27, First UMC will host a Red Cross blood drive. If you would like to donate but haven’t yet signed up please go to the Red Cross website and register.

We will have flowers for Easter Worship.
It will be different this year! We are inviting people to bring flowers in vases and pots that they can bring up and place in the chancel area during the premusic on Easter Sunday. Then you may take them home after Worship Service.
What kind of flowers?
Daffodils, tulips, lilies, hydrangeas, peace lilies – any thing but HYACINTHS! UNLESS YOU WANT MS TRISH, PASTOR NANCY, AND MANY OTHERS TO HAVE ASTHMA ATTACKS DURING WORSHIP!

March 7th & 14th

We continue to need help in the soup kitchen. We currently serve Sunday- Thursday at the alley entrance of the church. Please contact Chef Erik if you can help. I know you hear or read this every week but the need for help is real.

If you are not receiving church emails, please contact the church office with your email address, updated phone information, and snail mail address. We are working on updating our mailing list.

Every Wednesday in Lent there is a Bible Study at 7 PM central time. The link will be sent out later this week and posted on our Facebook page.

The office hours continue to be 7:30-2:30 Monday – Thursday. Please call before coming and refrain from coming during the soup kitchen hours of 11:30-1:15.

You may now find us on youtube please subscribe and like us. The more people that do the easier we are to find.

February 28th

We continue to need help in the soup kitchen. We currently serve Sunday- Thursday at the alley entrance of the church. Please contact Chef Erik if you can help. I know you hear or read this every week but the need for help is real.

If you are not receiving church emails, please contact the church office with your email address, updated phone information, and snail mail address. We are working on updating our mailing list.

Every Wednesday in Lent there is a Bible Study at 7 PM central time. The link will be sent out later this week and posted on our Facebook page.

The office hours continue to be 7:30-2:30 Monday – Thursday. Please call before coming and refrain from coming during the soup kitchen hours of 11:30-1:15.

Sunday, March 7th, get your Messy Church to go bag featuring a lesson and items for Lent & Holy Week during outdoor Communion.

February 21st

This Wednesday there will be a Lenten Bible Study at 7 PM central time.  The link will be sent out later this week and posted on our Facebook page. 

The office hours continue to be 7:30-2:30 Monday – Thursday.  Please call before coming and refrain from coming during the soup kitchen hours of 11:30-1:15.

January 31st

There will be a zoomed board meeting on February 9 at 6:30.

On President’s Day, Monday February 15, join us at Red Mill Park from 1-3 PM. Come as you are, bring the kids and the dogs- everyone is welcome! Run, play, hike, and take part in a whole- church scavenger hunt!! Most importantly, this is a time to gather in- person, safely and enjoy each other’s company. Masks and social distancing are required. We will keep an eye on the weather, but if it’s not sub- zero or sleeting sideways, we’ll be the hardy northerners we are and enjoy the fresh air together. If you have questions or need directions, call the church office.

Next Sunday, February 7, is our THIRD ANNUAL Messy Church Chili Supper- it’s also Super Bowl Sunday! This year’s chili cook- off is virtual! Here’s how it works: pick up your Messy Church to- go bag at the church Sunday during 11 AM communion, or at the alley entrance door following communion from 11:15- 11:45. Then, make your family’s favorite chili for your Sunday dinner. We’ll meet together on Zoom at 6:00 PM to enjoy our chili together and, yes- watch the Super Bowl. Chili will be judged in (2) categories- how good it looks, and how well you convince the rest of us that yours tastes the best! The Zoom invite will be posted to the church Facebook page and emailed. Let’s enjoy a great time of fellowship together…virtually.

If you are not receiving church emails, please contact the church office with your email address.

We continue to need help in the soup kitchen. We are currently serving at the alley door of the church. Please contact Chef Erik if you can help. 219-243-3331. I know you hear or read this every week but the need for help in the Soup Kitchen is critical. Just a reminder, we are serving from our kitchen 5 days a week with the financial support of St. Paul’s and First Presbyterian Churches as well as grants from the Unity Foundation, the Health Care Foundation of LaPorte and the United Way.

Cindy is in the office Monday -Thursday from 7:30 – 2:30. Please call before you come and refrain from coming during soup kitchen hours – 11:30-1:15

This announcement is from Chef Erik and The Melt Kitchen in Laporte. We are doing another give back for the Downtown Michigan City Emergency Soup Kitchen. 15% of the proceeds from the day’s sales will go to keep things going, during this uncertain time. As you know, the joint soup kitchen project was going to be a 4-6 week project, but almost 11 months later and nearly 37,500 meals later, our diligence is still taking care of the neighbors in need, 7 days per week.

We will have 5 kinds of soup, including house prepared ramen, to warm and soothe the soul. Prices and offerings will be posted the week before, along with full daily menu. Hope to see you then!

January 24th

There will be a zoomed board meeting on February 9 at 6:30.

On President’s Day, Monday February 15, join us at Red Mill Park from 1-3 PM. Come as you are, bring the kids and the dogs- everyone is welcome! Run, play, hike, and take part in a whole- church scavenger hunt!! Most importantly, this is a time to gather in- person, safely and enjoy each other’s company. Masks and social distancing are required. We will keep an eye on the weather, but if it’s not sub- zero or sleeting sideways, we’ll be the hardy northerners we are and enjoy the fresh air together. If you have questions or need directions, call the church office.

The 2021 Offering Envelops are here. There are several ways to receive them. We will hand them out during outdoor communion on Sundays at 11am, you may pick them up at the church office during office hours – 7:30am-11:30am and 1:15pm-2:30pm Monday-Thursday, or you may make other arrangements by calling the church office. Please, to help our counters, make sure to put your name on your envelops when you send them in.

If you are not receiving church emails, please contact the church office with your email address.

We will continue offering weekly communion at 11 am. You may also bring your offering, toilet paper for the guests, and any items for the Warming Trees (Please bring bagged in plastic Ziplock bags). We apologize if you have come to put things on the trees and found them missing the clothesline. Apparently, someone had need for the line and clothespins. If not already remedied it will be!

We continue to need help in the soup kitchen. We are currently serving at the alley door of the church. Please contact Chef Erik if you can help. 219-243-3331. I know you hear or read this every week but the need for help in the Soup Kitchen is critical. Just a reminder, we are serving from our kitchen 5 days a week with the financial support of St. Paul’s and First Presbyterian Churches as well as grants from the Unity Foundation, the Health Care Foundation of LaPorte and the United Way. We have served thousands of meals since March 17th when we began our ‘short-termed’ joint outreach.

Cindy is in the office Monday -Thursday from 7:30 – 2:30. Please call before you come and refrain from coming during soup kitchen hours – 11:30-1:15

On Sunday January 31st Pastor Nancy will host a Lenten discussion group to look at different ways we can keep Lent Holy from home. We will discuss ideas around Ash Wednesday and Holy Week as well. The Zoom link will be posted later.

Let us focus our hearts, spirits, and minds on worship.

January 17th

The Open-Door task force met via zoom on Thursday and, following the guidelines of Bishop Trimble, has decided to extend our virtual only worship until further notice. Rather than guess as to WHEN we think we can worship face to face we will let you know of that date when it arrives. The end is in sight and we WILL be together. You will be receiving a letter later this week detailing this information.

The 2021 Offering Envelops are here. There are several ways to receive them. We will hand them out during outdoor communion on Sundays at 11am, you may pick them up at the church office during office hours – 7:30am-11:30am and 1:15pm-2:30pm Monday-Thursday, or you may make other arrangements by calling the church office.

If you are not receiving church emails, please contact the church office with your email address.

We will continue offering weekly communion at 11 am. You may also bring your offering, toilet paper for the guests, and any items for the Warming Trees (Please bring bagged in plastic ziplock bags).

We continue to need help in the soup kitchen. We are currently serving at the alley door of the church. Please contact Chef Erik if you can help. 219-243-3331. I know you hear or read this every week but the need for help in the Soup Kitchen is critical. We have been blessed to have Dominic, a VU student, with us since the university went on break. He returns to school this coming week. On Thursday, ONLY Dominic and I were available to help hand out meals. Although I was involved in helping create the distribution system, it was the first time in a while when I helped at the door. I felt VERY safe.

Cindy is in the office Monday -Thursday from 7:30 – 2:30. Please call before you come and refrain from coming during soup kitchen hours – 11:30-1:15

January 10th

The 2021 Offering Envelops have arrived. There are several ways to receive them. We will be handing them out during outdoor communion on Sundays at 11am, you may pick them up at the church office during office hours – 7:30am-11:30am and 1:15pm-2:30pm Monday-Thursday, or you may make other arrangements by calling the church office.

If you are not receiving church emails, please contact the church office with your email address.

We will continue offering weekly communion at 11 am on most Sundays unless Pastor Nancy in unavailable. You may also bring your offering, toilet paper for the guests, and any items for the Warming Trees (Please bring bagged in plastic ziplock bags).

On Sunday, November 17th we are giving the entire worship team a well-deserved Sunday off. We will, however worship. Pastor Nancy will preside over worship from her home. This will be available as both a livestream and zoom. The link will be sent out toward the end of the week. The focus text will be John 1:43-51

We continue to need help in the soup kitchen. We are currently serving at the alley door of the church. Please contact Chef Erik if you can help. 219-243-3331.

Cindy is in the office Monday -Thursday from 7:30 – 2:30. Please call before you come and refrain from coming during soup kitchen hours – 11:30-1:15:

No decision has been made yet about when we will return to in person worship. We still seek to do no harm in the decisions we are making.

As you listen to Bev play the Music to Prepare us for worship please make sure you have some sort of water source near you – for instance, a bowl of water sitting near you in whatever space you worship in.

January 3rd

The 2021 Offering Envelopes have arrived. There are several ways to receive them.  We will be handing them out during outdoor communion on Sundays at 11am, you may pick them up at the church office during office hours – 7:30am-11:30am and 1:15pm-2:30pm Monday-Thursday, or you may make other arrangements by calling the church office.

If you are not receiving church emails, please contact the church office with your email address.

We will continue offering weekly communion at 11 am beginning today, January 3rd.  You may also bring your offering, toilet paper for the guests, and any items for the Warming Trees (Please bring bagged in plastic ziplock bags).

We continue to need help in the soup kitchen.  We are currently serving at the alley door of the church.  Please contact Chef Erik if you can help. 219-243-3331.

Cindy is in the office Monday -Thursday from 7:30 – 2:30. Please call before you come and refrain from coming during soup kitchen hours – 11:30-1:15

Next Sunday we will celebrate the baptism of the Lord Sunday as well as Epiphany.  Please have some water available as we remember our baptisms.

December 27th

December 31 New Year’s Eve Watchnight Service all day (virtual on Facebook page)

Pastor Nancy will preside over a version of John Wesley’s Covenant Service, intended for New Year’s Eve, that will be available on the Facebook Page.

If you are not receiving church emails, please contact the church office with your email address.

We will continue offering weekly communion after Christmas. However, we will change the time to 11 am beginning January 3rd.  For this week we will continue to gather at 1:15 for communion. You may also bring your offering, toilet paper for the guests, and any items for the Warming Trees (Please bring bagged in plastic)

We continue to need help in the soup kitchen.  We are currently serving at the alley door of the church.  Please contact Chef Erik if you can help. 219-243-3331.

Cindy is in the office Monday -Thursday from 7:30 – 2:30. On Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve she will leave at 1 pm. Please call before you come and refrain from coming during soup kitchen hours – 11:30-1:15

December 20th

There has been a change in our plans for a Longest Night Service tomorrow night, December 21 st. We will gather in OUR parking lot across the street from the church
at 7pm and participate in an outdoor, distanced and masked, Longest
Night Service. On this longest night of the year we will pray for one another as we continue to struggle with the difficulties of this year. Please, bring items for the warming trees (bagged in plastic bags) and we will pin them up as part of our missional giving, Members of the Presbyterian church are invited to join us.

We will continue offering weekly communion after Christmas. However we will change the time to 11 am beginning January 3rd.  For this week and next we will continue to gather at 1:15 for communion. You may pick up your final Advent -At-Home home today from 1:30-2:00.    You may also bring your offering, toilet paper for the guests, and any items for the Warming Trees (Please bring bagged in plastic and if you wish put on the trees yourself.

 If you are not receiving church emails, please contact the church office with your email address.

Tonight, December 20th, will be our final Advent At Home Messy Church 6:30 zoom gathering. We will have a Birthday Party for Jesus. You provide the cake (or cupcake) and we will supply the party! The zoom address will be on the church Facebook page at 6.

We continue to need help in the soup kitchen. We are currently serving at the alley door of the church. Please contact Chef Erik if you can help. 219-243-3331.

Cindy is in the office Monday -Thursday from 7:30 – 2:30. On Christmas Eve & New Years Eve she will leave at 1 pm. Please call before you come and refrain from coming during soup kitchen hours – 12:00-1:00.

“The First Congregational Church of Michigan City is conducting a community outreach that will match donations sent to our church– between $5 and $55 through December 25. Make the check out to the church and mail it to First Congregational Church PO Box 8892 Michigan City, IN 46360. For more information call 219-874-8127.” You may make your donation to the general fund or designate the Soup Kitchen.

On Christmas Eve there will be several options for worship. We will post the Christmas Eve Service on the Website and Facebook early on Christmas Eve morning so you may watch it at any time throughout the day. at 5:30 we will host a watch party on zoom and watch it together. The zoom address will be posted and emailed out by noon on Christmas Eve.

At 7 PM you are invited to gather, masked and distanced, outside the church or park on the street near the 7th street door for a short service of carols, scripture reading, and light sharing. You may bring your own candles, flashlights, or lanterns.

December 13th

    We continue to need help in the soup kitchen.  We are currently serving at the alley door of the church.  Please contact Chef Erik if you can help. 219-243-3331.
     If you are not receiving church emails, please contact the church office with your email address.

     At this time, Cindy is in the office Monday -Thursday from 7:30 – 2:30. Please call before you come and refrain from coming during soup kitchen hours – 12:00-1:00.
     Following communion at 1:15 each Sunday of Advent, Advent- at- Home bags will be available for pick up from 1:30- 2:30. All information for this Messy Advent is on the website and Facebook. You may also bring your offering, toilet paper for the guests, and any items for the Warming Trees (Please bring bagged in plastic and if you wish put on the trees yourself.

    At 6:30 pm each Sunday during Advent there will be a zoom gathering to put together our Advent-at-Home bags and worship together.  Following that you may stay on for an Advent Study. The zoom address will be available on the church Facebook page at 6 pm each Sunday.

    This announcement come to you from the officers of the United Methodist Women.  To take part in this UMW Bakeless Cookie Walk, make your check out to United  Methodist Women and place your donations in an envelope, give it to any UMW member or send it to: United Methodist Women 121 E. 7th Street Michigan City, IN 46360. DEADLINE of December 18, 2020. These donations will enable us to continue supporting local, district, and state missional projects.  Blessings to each of you for your support during this difficult time. 

“The First Congregational Church of Michigan City is conducting a community outreach in which it will match any donation to several local churches, charities and civic donations – between $5 and $55 through December 25.  Make the check out to the organization of your choice and mail it to First Congregational Church PO Box 8892 Michigan City, IN 46360.  The church will forward your check and add a second to match.  For more information call 219-874-8127.” You may make your donation to the general fund or designate the Soup Kitchen.

  On Monday, December 21st we have the opportunity to  gather with members of the Presbyterian Church at 7pm as we participate in an outdoor, distanced and masked, Longest Night Service.  We will gather at their 9th street door, participate in a liturgy and then walk in a candlelit procession to our parking lot where, on this longest night of the year we will pray for one another as we continue to struggle with the difficulties of this year.  Please, bring items for the warming trees (bagged in plastic bags) and we will pin them up as part of our missional giving. There will be more details to come.

People have been asking about what we will be doing for Christmas Eve. While every decision about gathering right now is guided by Covid numbers, rules, etc, we are planning for some sort of outdoor service at 7 pm on Christmas Eve.  Masks will be mandatory, and if singing, we will need to be even further apart than 6 feet!  We will also ask you to bring your own candle, flashlight, or lantern to create the Light of Christ.  There will be more information sent out closer to the date.

Blessings, be safe.

December 6th

Have you ever heard of a Christingle? Drive up and get your Messy Advent at home bag at the church, Sunday from 1:30-2:30 and then join us on Zoom at 6:30 so we can make our own- together! https://www.whychristmas.com/customs/christingles.shtml

    We continue to need help in the soup kitchen.  We are currently serving at the alley door of the church.  Please contact Chef Erik if you can help. 219-243-3331.
     If you are not receiving church emails, please contact the church office with your email address.

     At this time, Cindy is in the office Monday -Thursday from 7:30 – 2:30. Please call before you come and refrain from coming during soup kitchen hours – 12:00-1:00.
     Following communion at 1:15 each Sunday of Advent, Advent- at- Home bags will be available for pick up from 1:30- 2:30. All of the information for this Messy Advent is on the website and Facebook. You may also bring your offering, toilet paper for the guests, and any items for the Warming Trees (Please bring bagged in plastic).

    At 6:30 pm each Sunday during Advent there will be a zoom gathering to put together our Advent-at-Home bags and worship together.  Following that you may stay on for an Advent Study.

    To take part in this UMW Bakeless Cookie Walk, make your check out to United     Methodist Women and place your donations in an envelope, give it to any UMW member or send it to: United Methodist Women 121 E. 7th Street Michigan City, IN 46360. DEADLINE of December 18, 2020.Blessings to each of you for your support during this difficult time.UMW Officers

“The First Congregational Church of Michigan City is conducting a community outreach in which it will match any donation to several local churches, charities and civic donations – between $5 and $55 through December 25.  Make the check out to the organization of your choice and mail it to First Congregational Church PO Box 8892 Michigan City, IN 46360.  The church will forward your check and add a second to match.  For more information call 219-874-8127.”

 First United Methodist is listed as a Church.  This could be a significant boost to the Soup Kitchen or general funds.  Please consider making this a special donation to help support the ministries of the church.

People have been asking about what we will be doing for Christmas Eve. While every decision about gathering right now is guided by Covid numbers, rules, etc, we are planning for some sort of outdoor service at 7 pm on Christmas Eve.  Masks will be mandatory, and if singing, we will need to be even further apart than 6 feet!  We will also ask you to bring your own candle, flashlight, or lantern to create the Light of Christ.  There will be more information sent out closer to the date.

Blessings, be safe.

November 29th

We continue to need help in the soup kitchen.  We are currently serving at the alley door of the church.  Please contact Chef Erik if you can help. 219-243-3331.

If you are not receiving church emails, please contact the church office with your email address.

At this time, Cindy is in the office Monday.-Thursday from 7:30 – 2:30. Please call before you come and refrain from coming during soup kitchen hours – 12:00-1:00.
 

 Following communion at 1:15 each Sunday of Advent, Advent- at- Home bags will be available for pick up from 1:30- 2:30. All of the information for this Messy Advent is on the website and Facebook. You may also bring your offering, toilet paper for the guests, and any items for the Warming Trees (Please bring bagged in plastic).

At 6:30 pm each Sunday during Advent there will be a zoom gathering to put together our Advent-at-Home bags and worship together.  Following that you may stay on for an Advent Study.

November 15th


If you are free from 9:30-1:00pm Sundays-Thursdays (or any chunk of that time), please contact Chef Erik Tannehill to see about volunteering with the Soup Kitchen. We are so thankful for those who have been a faithful witness during the past 8 months. You may call or text Chef Erik at 219-243-3331.

There will be no Tuesday Bible Study, Wednesday Communion, Thursday Walk About or Discussion group this week. Pastor Nancy is on a worship planning retreat.

Both the Youth Group AND our new McMiddlers Group meet on Zoom on Tuesday evenings. Both will be meeting twice a month. Contact Ms Trish for more info.

If you have small, pre lit trees that could be used in decorating the sanctuary and entrances of the church please let the office or Maryanne Cross know.

The Galveston Give Back scheduled for November 19 has been canceled.

If you are not receiving church emails, please contact the church office with your email address. This is extremely important as we return to virtual worship.

We are partnering with The Salvation Army to provide gifts for local children through the Angel Tree program. The need is greater than ever this year. If you know that you would like to help out, but are attending church virtually right now, please let Trish know and she will set aside a tag and make arrangements with you. The Angel tree tags are in the Gathering Room.

The office remains open although we are asking you to call first. It will be closed on Monday.

We still need toilet paper and items for the warming trees for our guests. Please contact the office to arrange for drop off, or pin your donated hats, scarves, mittens, etc on the trees.

November 8th

If you are free from 9:30-1:00pm Sundays-Thursdays (or any chunk of that time), please contact Chef Erik Tannehill to see about volunteering with the Soup Kitchen. We are so thankful for those who have been a faithful witness during the past 71/2 months. You may call or text Chef Erik at 219-243-3331.

Please join us for Bible Study on Tuesday’s at 3:00. For now we will still be meeting on zoom. Please join us as we discuss the biblical texts used in the current worship series. If you are interested in an evening Bible Study please let the church office know or contact Pastor Nancy.

Both the Youth Group AND our new McMiddlers Group meet on Zoom on Tuesday evenings. Both will be meeting twice a month. Contact Ms Trish for more info.

If you have small, pre lit trees that could be used in decorating the sanctuary and entrances of the church please let the office or Maryanne Cross know.

Wednesday Evenings at 5:30, join us as we gather for communion inside the church. We will continue communion for as long as possible!

Join us for Thursday Morning Walk About at Friendship Gardens. That is half price day at the Gardens. Please consider joining us as we celebrate God’s amazing creation, exercise, talk together, pray, and just have a basic good time. We gather at 9am at Pastor Nancy’s house.

Thursday evenings there is the opportunity to gather for a topical discussion of current events. The meeting is on zoom at 7 pm. The link will be emailed early in the week.

If you are not receiving church emails, please contact the church office with your email address.

Our next Galveston Give Back is scheduled for November 19th and will once again support the Emergency Downtown Soup Kitchen.

The office is open! If you need to stop in, please call first. So that we can avoid a traffic jam with the soup kitchen. If you need to come in at a later time, please contact us and we will be more than happy to set a time with you. Cindy’s in office hours are Monday – Thursday 7:30am to 2:30pm

We are partnering with The Salvation Army to provide gifts for local children through the Angel Tree program. The need is greater than ever this year. If you know that you would like to help out, but are attending church virtually right now, please let Trish know and she will set aside a tag and make arrangements with you. The Angel tree tags are in the Gathering Room.

November 1st

If you are free from 9:30-1:00pm Sundays-Thursdays (or any chunk of that time), please contact Chef Erik Tannehill to see about volunteering with the Soup Kitchen. We are so thankful for those who have been a faithful witness during the past 71/2 months. You may call or text Chef Erik at 219-243-3331.

Please join us for Bible Study on Tuesday’s at 3:00. For now we will still be meeting on zoom. Please join us as we discuss the biblical texts used in the current worship series. If you are interested in an evening Bible Study please let the church office know or contact Pastor Nancy.

Both the Youth Group AND our new McMiddlers Group meet on Zoom on Tuesday evenings. The Older youth will be meeting twice a month. Contact Ms Trish for more info.

If you have small, pre lit trees that could be used in decorating the sanctuary and entrances of the church please let the office or Maryanne Cross know.

Wednesday Evenings at 5:30, following Try It’s 4:30 -5:15gathering, join us in the Parking Lot as we gather for communion, weather permitting. We will continue communion for as long as possible!

Join us for Thursday Morning Walk About at Friendship Gardens. That is half price day at the Gardens. Please consider joining us as we celebrate God’s amazing creation, exercise, talk together, pray, and just have a basic good time. We gather at 9.

Thursday evenings there is the opportunity to gather for a topical discussion of current events. The meeting is on zoom at 7 pm. The link will be emailed early in the week.

If you are not receiving church emails, please contact the church office with your email address.

Our next Galveston Give Back is scheduled for November 19th and will once again support the Emergency Downtown Soup Kitchen.

The office is open! If you need to stop in, please call first. So that we can avoid a traffic jam with the soup kitchen. If you need to come in at a later time, please contact us and we will be more than happy to set a time with you. Cindy’s in office hours are Monday – Thursday 7:30am to 2:30pm

Our November First Friday Messy Church will be held on November 6th at 5:30. Meeting in the Gathering Room everyone will be masked and distanced as we Enter Into God’s Gates with Praise!

October 25th

If you are free from 9:30-1:00pm Sundays-Thursdays (or any chunk of that time), please contact Chef Erik Tannehill to see about volunteering with the Soup Kitchen. We are so thankful for those who have been a faithful witness during the past 71/2 months. You may call or text Chef Erik at 219-243-3331.

Please join us for Bible Study on Tuesday’s at 3:00. For now we will still be meeting on zoom. Please join us as we discuss the biblical texts used in the current worship series. If you are interested in an evening Bible Study please let the church office know or contact Pastor Nancy.

Both the Youth Group AND our new McMiddlers Group meet on Zoom on Tuesday evenings. The Older youth will be meeting twice a month. Contact Ms Trish for more info.

If you have small, pre lit trees that could be used in decorating the sanctuary and entrances of the church please let the office or Maryanne Cross know.

Wednesday Evenings at 5:40, following Try It’s 4:30 gathering, join us in the Parking Lot as we gather for communion, weather permitting. We will continue communion for as long as possible!

Join us for Thursday Morning Walk About at Friendship Gardens. That is half price day at the Gardens. Please consider joining us as we celebrate God’s amazing creation, exercise, talk together, pray, and just have a basic good time. We gather at 9.

Thursday evenings there is the opportunity to gather for a topical discussion of current events. The meeting is on zoom at 7 pm. The link will be emailed early in the week.

If you are not receiving church emails, please contact the church office with your email address.

Our next Galveston Give Back is scheduled for November 19th and will once again support the Emergency Downtown Soup Kitchen.

The office is open! If you need to stop in, please call first. So that we can avoid a traffic jam with the soup kitchen. If you need to come in at a later time, please contact us and we will be more than happy to set a time with you. Cindy’s in office hours are Monday – Thursday 7:30am to 2:30pm

If you have lost a loved one since October 27th of last year and would like that name read on All Saints Day please either call or email the church office by October 27th of this year. If possible please email a picture as well.

Our November First Friday Messy Church will be held on November 6th at 5:30. Meeting in the Gathering Room everyone will be masked and distanced as we Enter Into God’s Gates with Praise!