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Join us Sundays at 9 or 11 am for in person worship in the sanctuary. Masks are required.  You can also watch either service Live Stream on the church YouTube Channel, click HERE.  Subscribe to the church channel and you will get a notification when something new is available. 

New Worship Series

New Series : Love Never Ends: Being the Body of Christ

This worship series is built on readings from the New Testament Letters to the Corinthians, as a way of seeing the light of Christ through the lens of love. “Love Never Ends” is both a description and a promise. You are invited to journey, guided by the Corinthian epistles to let the light shine around you, and in you, and then from you as we seek to continue to become disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We who have seen the light of Christ now desire to reflect it in our community and in our world by letting others see Christ through our loving presence.

Upcoming Music in Worship

A Hymn Note

The opening hymn at the 11 am Worship Service this Sunday, is titled O Mighty God, When I Survey in Wonder.  Carl Boberg, a popular evangelical minister, and teacher in Sweden wrote his poem “O Store Gud” in the summer of 1885.  Several years later, he was surprised to hear it sung with this old Swedish melody, with which it has been associated ever since. The first literal English translation by E. Gustav Johnson was published in the United States in 1925.  The hymn also became known in Germany and Russia, where the British missionary Stuart K. Hine was inspired to create his English paraphrase known as How Great Thou Art.  The translation we will be using is from the New Century Hymnal which seeks to restore the meaning and flavor of Boberg’s original hymn.

O mighty God, when I survey in wonder the world that formed when once the word you said.
The strands of life are all woven close together, the whole creation at your table fed.
My soul cries out in songs of praise to you O mighty God! O, mighty God!
My soul cries out in songs of praise to you, O mighty God! O, mighty God!

When your voice speaks in rolls of thunder pealing, your lightning power bursts in bright surprise.
When cooling rain, your gentle love revealing, reflects your promise, arcing through the skies.

The Bible tells the story of your blessing so freely shed upon all human life.
Your constant mercy every care addressing, relieving burdened souls from sin and strife.
 And when, at last, the clouds of doubt dispersing, you will reveal what we but dimly see.
With trumpet call, our great rebirth announcing, we shall rejoin you for eternity.
Final Refrain
Then we will sing your praise forevermore, O mighty God! O, mighty God!
Then we will sing your praise forevermore. O, mighty god! O, mighty God!

Rezound Handbells to ring in the new year January 16 at 11 am

The social hall will be closed for the month of January. C3’s date to return will be determined at a later date.

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


Prayers for Healing for:
* Eunice Peters * Carla Elliott * Lisa Gray-Lion * Becky Welter * Lynda Van Dusen * Carolyn Martin * Jack & Karen Barbour * Carol Hartmann * Gerry Boettger * Jeff Emmert * Sue Ellen Dolinski * Beverly Stumph * Scott Mills*

Prayers for Strength for:
* John and Carla Elliot * Dan and Lillian Long * Carol Brock *
* Mark Peterson and family following the death of his father *
* Jeff & Lois Emmert * Sherry & Brian Laskowski *

Prayers for all service personnel overseas, and especially for:
* Matthew Daoust * Ethan McPherson * Jack Coon *  John Robbins *

News From The Church Office

Social Hall

The social hall will be closed during the upgrading construction project of the fire suppression system. Access to the street level rooms (Children’s classrooms, and Children’s Education Lobby) and the second level rooms (Prayer Meditation Room, Nursery, Preschool Room, Upper Room, Music Room, Bell Room, Material Girls Storage Room, Youth Rooms) will require one to take the elevator or stairs to the second level. If one is unable to use the stairs, please ask the staff for assistance. Signs are posted throughout the building with directions to help you locate your room. The social hall will be closed until the project is finished on or around the first week in February. If you have any questions, contact Jody Croskey – Facility Manager


If you have sent an email to Liza Gray – Office Manager over the last two weeks and have not received a response. Please check your spam folder. We are hoping to have this problem fixed soon. Sorry for any inconvenience. 

Administrative Council News

Administrative Council News

The members of the Administrative Council for 2022 are:
Mike Vanderspool, Chair
Jim Alford III, Member-at-Large
Joy Barrett, Senior Pastor
Brenda Beck, Finance Chair and Church Treasurer
Rodney Gasaway, Ordained Deacon and Director of Missions and Outreach
Heather Hay, Member-at-Large
Janet Martin-Conners, Member-at-Large
Nolan Peterson, Member-at-Large
Charles Schmunk, Member-at-Large
Susan Wellman, Chair of Staff-Parish Relations
Karen Woollams, Member-at-Large
A Trustees chairperson will be selected at their first meeting, and this person will also serve on Ad Council. In 2021, this slot was filled (admirably!) by Dana Schmunk.
Profound thanks to those who are rotating off: Kerry Plank (Finance Chair), John Seto (SPRC Chair) and Edie Wiarda (Ad Council Chair).  

Visit the church website to get to the most recent Ad Council minutes. https://chelseaumc.org/about/, click on Administrative Council.

Finance News

If you have not sent in a pledge card for 2022, you are welcome to do so.  You can stop by the church office one up

or go to the church website: www.chelseaumc.org online giving.

We have a delivery delay for our offering envelopes. We still have not received them. We should get them sometime in January. As soon as we receive them, we will let you know.to pick

Collection Container in the Lobby

The Chelsea High School Students are collecting plastic for the NexTrex Challenge. We will have a collection container in the lobby. Grocery bags, bread bags, bubble wrap, newspaper sleeves, ice bags, Ziploc & other food storage bags, cereal bags, salt bags, produce bags. We will collect these items until April 15, 2022. Click HERE for the NexTrek poster.

January 16, 2022 – Multicultural Concert, 4:30 pm here at Chelsea First “Culture takes on many forms. We are focusing on how music, race, and the arts have helped shape the culture of our country over the last 100 years.  The concert is offering a variety of local artists featuring Big Band, Jazz, British Invasion, Bluegrass, Broadway, and Soul.” This concert will be livestreamed on the church YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-oDHg9zaImC42npYW0EvTA

Following this concert, we will have 3 speaker events on these dates:
January 30 – “Stigma and Building Resilience” Mental Health
February 13 – “Warrior Lawyers: Defenders of Sacred Justice”
February 17 – “Justice for our Neighbors”.

All events will be livestreamed on the church YouTube channel. Check the church website under engage, events for all of the information. If you are attending in person, masks are required.

Activities Planned for 2022 MLK Jr. Day in Chelsea

Four Chelsea organizations are cooperating to provide a range of activities this year to commemorate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his birthday, a national holiday. It is celebrated on Jan. 17 this year.

The Chelsea First UMC will offer a multi-cultural concert on Jan 16 at 4.30 pm.

The Chelsea District Library will feature a showing of the film The Butler on Jan 17 at 5.30 pm with a discussion after. This event will be virtual. Registrants receive link!

The Human Rights Commission will have a speaker and presentation that same week. More details on these events will come in January.

One World One Family will again sponsor a collection followed by a Day of Service and Social Action on Jan 17, the MLK Jr. Day holiday. From Jan 3 to Jan 17, please consider donating new school and art supplies for refugee families. Area resettlement agencies have said they never get enough of these. Suggested items are listed here on the Amazon wish list:https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/17EHT03ZN5CM5?type=wishlist

Drop-off locations include Chelsea District Library, First United Methodist Church lobby, the Chelsea Senior Center, and the Chamber of Commerce. Financial donations are also welcome. Details are at www.owofchelsea.org.

On January 17, the MLK Jr. Day holiday, families and youth are invited to gather from 10 am to 3 pm at the Chelsea Depot to work on projects to reach out in a personal way to offer welcome to refugee families. Projects include friendship bracelets, hand-drawn cards, and even tie-dye socks. Youth may bring a pair of their own to do too. The art and school supplies kits will be assembled and all the items delivered to families through Jewish Family Services and Washtenaw Refugee Welcome. Chelsea Depot Assn is a co-sponsor of the event. It will be a fun time that will make a difference for new families in the area. Student and adult volunteers will staff the craft tables. To volunteer, please contact owofchelsea@gmail.com. Masks will be required and social distancing in place.

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