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.” 


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

Worship Theme 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.

Upcoming Music in Worship

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

Is it too late to play “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” in mid-January? The lyrics seem very appropriate for January 16, when we also commemorate the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. Here are some of the verses of this favorite song.

And in despair I bowed my head
“There is no peace on Earth, ” I said
For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on Earth, good will to men

But the bells are ringing (peace on Earth)
Like a choir singing (peace on Earth)
Does anybody hear them? (Peace on Earth)
Peace on Earth, good will to men

Then rang the bells more loud and deep
God is not dead, nor doth He sleep
(Peace on Earth)
(Peace on Earth)
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on Earth, good will to men

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 *


Chelsea First is exploring opportunities for how we as a congregation and as individuals may be engaged in a ministry known as Parables.  Parables is a worship service for all, especially designed for those with special needs.  Parables is a full worship service with active participation from many in attendance.  For example, participants often read the Scripture, help serve Communion, and pass the collection plates.  Equally important, Parables is often called a No Shush Zone, providing a safe space for all to worship.  Frequently, the worship service is preceded or followed by a light lunch. We invite you to join us on Sunday, February 6, from 2:00 to 3:30 in the church sanctuary to learn more about Parables and how your gifts and talents may support this inclusive ministry.  During this informational session, several parents will speak about the impact the Parables Ministry has had on their lives and the lives of their special needs family and will be available to answer any questions. 

News From The Administrative Council

To read the letter from Ad Council on the temporary suspension of activities at the church, click HERE

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

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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