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Flowers for 2020
If you would like to purchase flowers for the altar on a given Sunday in 2020, please call the church office to sign up.

2019 Cass Community Christmas Store Review
It was another Christmas miracle!  Because of you 642 children were provided Christmas by their parents/caregivers. This year our store was filled with the best boot selection, a beautiful selection of winter coats, high quality clothing items and plentiful amounts of toys and teen gifts. Everyone seemed more grateful and generous….More smiles, more tears… thank you for the part you played in making the store so incredibly successful. You all went above and beyond! Thank you for those that organized group donations, came early, stayed late and shopped for those that worked the first shift Monday, we had some logistics issues and missed quite a few shoppers who came in on Tuesday am to shop.

Looking ahead:
Mark your calendars now for the 2020 Cass Christmas Store on December 20 & 21. Sign ups will go out around November first. And while you are planning ahead, please consider stocking up for the store now while prices are so low! Invite your book clubs, school groups, work or church to join us. Let us know what you will donate here:
2020 Cass Christmas Store Donations. 

Community Breakfast - January 11, 8:30 - 11 am - Still in need of volunteers, if your available please check the sign up genius
Everyone is invited to come and enjoy a delicious hot breakfast, and to bring family, friends and neighbors. Volunteers are needed, see the website for more information or to sign up as a volunteer.

Up Coming Events

Food for the Soul - January 18, 2 - 4 pm
We will get together and make meals for people in our congregation who need some extra love and then we split up into groups to deliver the meals. The kids love surprising the recipients and the recipients really appreciate the surprise! If you are unable to come help us make the meals you can still participate by donating ingredients! A sign up genius for the ingredients will be available in the next couple of weeks. If you have questions contact Michelle King. 

Invitation from Rev. Rodney Gasaway - Multicultural Music Concert - Sunday, February 23 beginning at 4:30 pm. Free, all are welcome!
Each year the Conference Division on Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships holds a multicultural concert and dinner.  There are different acts performing in a no-cost concert, representing and variety of cultures and faiths.  We ask those attending to bring a dish to pass representing their family heritage for a meal after the concert as a time of fellowship and fun. The concert and dinner is being hosted and sponsored by Newburg United Methodist Church, 36500 Ann Arbor Trail, Livonia, MI. 48150.  

Save the date for the Chelsea UMC Family Camping Trip, Jun 19 - 21, $40 per night.  This year we are changing locations to Greenwood Acres Family Campground in Jackson, Michigan -

Greenwood Acres is Jackson County’s largest Family Campground on 300 acres nestled in a wooded setting featuring a mile of frontage on Goose Lake.  Relax at our sandy beach or enjoy fishing on the lake. Our lots all have water and electric. We also have pull thru sites to welcome RV travelers. We have a dump station, modern bathrooms, WIFI, laundry facility, propane, wood, a store, a café, a recreation center, and pavilions and are pet friendly. 

You can enjoy an Olympic size swimming pool, free 9-hole golf course, mini-golf, vintage carousel, playgrounds, jumping pillow, shuffleboard, tennis, basketball courts, horseshoes; even a retired military tank to explore. Enjoy themed weekends, dances, bands, planned activities including arts and crafts for children. This campground offers something for everybody regardless of age or ability. We have booked multiple site together in a group.  Please email Rev. Rodney at or contact the church office to reserve your spot. 

New upcoming adult opportunities
You can find more information and the sign ups in the social hall or information on our website.
  • Disciple "Fast Track" New Testament Bible Study - Monday, January 13 - February 17, 6:15 - 7 30 pm, Room 207 - Facilitators Max Plank, Joy Barrett.
  • The Walk: Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life - (three different days/times available for this class). Sunday beginning January 12,  9:45 - 11 am, in Room 217 - Facilitator - Dawn Goellner Kaufman. Monday beginning January 13, 6:30 pm, in Room 217 - Facilitator - Tammy and Jeff Melvin. Thursday, January 16, 2 - 3:30 pm, in Room 207 - Facilitator - Rodney Gasaway.
Continuing Adult Opportunities
  • "On Being"  with Jane Pacheco - 7:30 - 8:30 am, in Room 207. 
  • The Adult Form - 10:20 - 11:45 am, in Room 207. Second Sunday of the month - "Conversations on Science and Religion" with Brian Bieber. Fourth Sunday of the month - "The Stories of our Lives - Exploring Social Courage" with Jane Pacheco.
  • May My Heart Be Your Shelter - Wednesdays 6:15 - 7:30 pm, Lower Level Conference Room - Facilitator Rev. Willobee.
Divorce Support Group for adults and children starts January 16.
January 16 - April 23 on Thursdays from 6:30 - 8 pm. The group will hold their classes here at Chelsea First United Methodist Church, nursery care is available. Registration fee: $20 (scholarships available). Families can join any time during the 13 - week program. 

DivorceCare for Kids, a biblical-based program for children (ages 5–12) struggling with the hurt and pain of divorce and separation.  For more information or to register, contact Rev. LeAnn Seto at 734-475-1844 for First Congregational Church.  
Register/more information for the adult program : Pastor Todd Jones, 734-475-7569 for North Lake United Methodist Church. 


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