20-05-21 NEWS ^0 NOTES (final)

First United Methodist Church of Farmington

News and Notes

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Fifth Edition

From the Pastor

Who is Knocking at Your Door?

Sermons May 3rd through May 24th

Revelation is a book designed to encourage the faithful and ignite a fire under the wayward. There are many times when we hear a knock at our physical and proverbial doors. Sometimes it is the repair person we have called to fix our dryer. Other times it is a cherished friend joining us to celebrate a milestone. Sometimes it is the proverbial opportunity that we have been hoping for. Other times it is a tragedy we had hoped to avoid. In this series we will explore the various things that knock on the doors of our hearts.



Anger Is Knocking at Your Door? May 17, 2020

Today we continue with our series: Who Is Knocking at Your Door?  Over the next few moments, we will examine another of the forces that knock on the door of our hearts, anger.  Our theme this morning is: Anger Is Knocking at the Door.

Over the past few weeks, we have seen a growing number of protests at state capitols across the nation.  News stations and online news sources have shown us the faces of persons angrily shouting at law enforcement officers, state legislators and reporters.  The protesters have a variety of complaints/concerns, some related to the extension of shelter-in-place orders.  Others are concerned about a perceived infringement of their freedoms and civil liberties.  Regardless, where you stand on the purported issues or the means by which the protesters convey grievances, we can identify frustration that has grown into anger.

The COVID-19 pandemic, and the methods to restrict its rapid spread, have introduced a palpable level of anxiety and frustration that seeks an expressive outlet.  We are living in a season ripe with the kindling for anxiety to grow into anger, and that anger to develop into divisive action.  As people of faith, we are urged and warned to be ever vigilant to be conscious of anger, to prevent it growing into actions that taint our witness for Christ.

How can we deal with our anger, so it does not grow into sinful action?  The Gospel of Mark 11:11, 15-17 offers us Christ example of how to deal with anger.

What the text helps us see is that when we are angry, we need to S.L.E.A.P. on our anger.  S = Seek God in prayer to cool your temper and gain peace.  L = Leave the environment/person that is causing your anger when possible.  E = Evaluate if the environment/person/issue warrants your attention.  A = Appropriate action v. 15-16 Respond in a way that maintains Christian character.  P = Perspective.  v.17 Focus on the big picture of your life and service to God.  Anger maybe knocking at your door, but we do not have to let it in.

To hear the sermon in its entirety, click the following link: http://farmingtonfumc.org/audio-sermons/



Sunday, May 24th:

9:30 A.M. Worship Service on Facebook live.

11:00 A.M. Bible Sermon Text via Zoom.

Tuesday, May 26th:

6:30 P.M. Tuesday Evening Bible Study. Finishing the Lenten Study via Zoom

Wednesday, May 27th

12:00 Noon Prayer & Check-in Conference call.

To join, call: 712-451-0636, access code: 123915, by 11:55 A.M.

Thursday May 28th

12:00 noon Devotions on Facebook live

7:00 P.M. Bible study with Pastor Anthony on the book of James via Zoom

Birthdays: May 24: Kirk Jaske, Chris Phillips; May 26: Tim King; May 27: Heather Cude,

Arun Edwin, Patty Tschudi; May 28: Derek Boysen, Grace Lamott, Dawn Waller;

May 30: Nancy Imus


Anniversaries: May 24: Jim & Carolyn Aymer, Richard & Cindy Scholer.


Prayer List:

Betty Crane’s daughter Debbie Peterson and her husband Don, daughter Bethany are recovering from covid-19. Husband Don is home from the hospital and improving. Special prayers for her family as they lost their son Daniel to covid-19.

Suzann Lanstra’s brother is still healing from surgery, is doing better. Recovering slowly. Prayers still needed for Juanita as she is running the family business while her husband James is recovering.

Suzann Lanstra’s sister-in-law Sandy who lives in Roscommon, MI was admitted to the hospital for Covid-19, in ICU. She has other health issues as well.

Connie Haase’s sister Kathy has been diagnosed with Covid-19.

Elaine Malfouris

Jackie Brown’s surgery was successful, home from hospital.

Norma Hood back home

Tom Waller’s family Tom’s mother recently passed away

Barbara Pirronello transferred to Wellbridge of Novi for rehabilitation

Paula Mullan had surgery for kidney stones

Ray Wright and his family. His wife Libby passed away recently.

If you have prayer concerns, please email pastor Anthony

at drarhood@yahoo.com or call him on his cell phone on 313-283-9919


CHILDREN’S BOOK READINGS: See recordings of children’s books read by Megan and Madi Gesse on our Facebook page at facebook.com/farmingtonfumc or see them on YouTube. Search on Farmingtonfumc.org


Bible Studies:

Sunday morning Bible study: The Sunday morning Bible sermon text study group is meeting on Zoom every Sunday morning. Join us for lively discussion of the scripture. Send an email to Carolyn Wik at carolynwik@ymail.com by Friday to let her know that you would like to participate in the study. This Sunday, May 24th, the text is Romans 12 (all verses)

Tuesday evening Bible study On May 26 the Tuesday night Bible Study will begin a study of Max Lucado’s book, You’ll get through this. It is a 6 week Zoom study with a 20-25-minute video each session.  There is an accompanying book which is not necessary but would add to the experience. The book is available free through the Hoopla service at your local library. The book can also be purchased through Amazon. The study relates the story of Joseph to your lives. There will be Bible scripture recommendations for each week. If you are not current in the Tuesday night Bible Study and want to participate please contact Barbara Walker 248-912-5815 or walkerbarbar@yahoo.com. It will be conducted through Zoom at 6:30 p.m. in the evening.

Thursday evening Bible study with Pastor Anthony: The study began Thursday, May 7th at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. The study is on the book of James from the New Testament. There are

5 sessions in this study. Please contact Pastor Anthony at drarhood@yahoo.com or call on

313-283-9919 if you would like to join the study


Education Committee: The Education Committee is hoping to offer a virtual version of Vacation Bible School.  We are inviting anyone with technological skills who would be interested in helping us to contact Pastor Bea.  If anyone has equipment that we could borrow to help us accomplish this goal, we would deeply appreciate your help as well.  Also, we would deeply appreciate any volunteers who would be interested in contributing some content.  We are hoping to provide some of the “extras” that we usually give to the children.  Would those of you who have always been so generous about providing supplies for VBS, be interested in making contributions to that effort? You may contact Pastor Bea on

248-320-5108 or at beasoots@gmail.com.

As each of us shelters in place to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we cannot help but be impacted by the scale of illness, death, and financial distress all around us. We could even be led to believe that this is a hopeless situation. But, thank God, that is not true! Together, we can give compassion and care to others in this time of great need. UMCOR has been working with health boards, medical professional, disaster management coordinators, and faith leaders to prevent the further spread of this disease.

The COVID-19 Response Fund will equip partners in the U.S. and around the world to assist our most vulnerable populations. Grants from this fund will be disbursed quickly and efficiently to address health concerns, food insecurity, water and hygiene limitations, and other pressing needs. When you say “yes” to supporting the UMCOR COVID-19 Response, you will help bring God’s love to life for those who heed it most.

You may give to UMCOR by check payable to Advance GCFA to: Global Ministries/UMCOR, GPO, P.O. Box 9068, New York, N.Y. 10087-9068. Need Help? donationhelp@umcmission.org. Have Questions? 800-862-4246.


Continuing Your Financial Support

The finance team has worked diligently to provide multiple methods for us to continue financially supporting the church.  Choose the method that works best for you:

  1. You can Mail-In or Drop-off a check.
  2. You can complete an ACH Authorization Form to allow the church to withdraw funds from your account.
  3. Complete a “Bank to Bank” transfer. Email: treasurer@farmingtonfumc.org for more information.
  4. Use the “Bill Pay” or “Zelle” options through your online banking website.
  5. Transfer funds using PayPal by sending the funds to: treasurer@farmingtonfumc.org.
  6. Text to give by texting: fumcgive to 44321 and follow the prompts.



AS OF MAY 1, 2020.


First United Methodist Church of Farmington

33112 Grand River Ave.

Farmington, MI 48336

Did You Know?

You can access the Facebook Live Worship Service even if you don’t have a Facebook account. Here is how:

  1. Access the church Facebook page from the church website or directly from Facebook at: facebook.com/farmingtonfumc
  2. Once on the church’s Facebook page, in the menu on the left, choose “videos”.
  3. Select the video marked “live” in red.
  4. You can now view the Facebook Live Worship Service.


Stephen Ministers Are Available to Talk

This season of social distancing and the suspension of in-person worship has been challenging.  It can feel overwhelming to balance work, family and friends.  If you need someone to talk to about your frustrations, anxiety or fears, we’re here for you.  Stephen Minsters are well trained and maintain strict confidentiality.  Contact Ann St. John at annstjohn19@gmail.com or Connie Mendoza at csmendoza91@hotmail.com to connect with a Stephen Minister today.

Need Prayer?  Want to Check-In with Other Members?

Each Wednesday at 12pm, Pastor Anthony hosts a prayer and check-in conference call.  This is a time to solicit prayers, voice your concerns and simply hear from other congregants.  To join the call dial: (712) 451-0636 Access Code: 123915.


Prayer Warriors!

The Prayer Warriors are holding virtual meeting on Wednesday mornings at 8:00 a.m. twice a month. If you have a prayer to include on our prayer list, please email your request to Pat Bradley at pat2579@att.net or call him on 476-252-1458.  All prayers are confidential. Blessings and stay well!


Want Some Daily Encouragement?

Pastor Anthony is offering a daily email devotion, based on the Upper Room Devotional Guide.  To receive the daily email devotion, simply subscribe to the church blog on the website: www.farmingtonfumc.org  Each day, you’ll receive the daily devotion in your email.




If you or your committee would like to include and announcement in the next edition of News & Notes, please email it to annstjohn19@gmail.com. Thank you.


You May Still Contribute to the Crop Walk

              Through Monday, May 25th

It is easy. Just go to the secure link below. Choose the amount you would like to donate; include your name and address, and the method of payment; Pay Pal or a credit card and you are done.

We know that this is a stressful time, but please be aware that the need for food assistance is even greater in this time of economic disruption and uncertainty. If you have questions, please contact John Sheppard at jshep360@sbcglobal.net or call him on 248-478-0608.


“God Can Always Make a Way Where There Seems to Be No Way”


Sally Mattmueller’s Special Coleslaw Recipe

*Mix together and set aside:

1lb pkg. Coleslaw Mix or 1lb shredded cabbage

1 bunch green onions, finely chopped using the entire onion

1C roasted (not salted) sunflower seeds or nuts

1C finely sliced cauliflower

Broken cashews toasted or sliced water chestnuts

1pkg. Ramen chicken soup mix


*Mix together in a glass measuring bowl until sugar dissolves:

¼ C canola oil

1/3 C apple cider vinegar (slightly more to taste if needed)

½ C Sugar

Add flavoring pkg. from Ramen noodles

Stir and set aside



*Just before serving add broken noodles from the soup pkg.

*Toss with slaw mixture

*Add the dressing as desired

This was Sally’s go to recipe for the church / as shared by Sally’s neighbor.



First United Methodist Church of Farmington

Order of Worship for the 9:30 a.m. Facebook Live Service

May 24, 2020



God, who knows all about our strengths and our weaknesses, we have assembled in this place to praise and worship your wonderful name.  Free our hearts, our hands, and our mouths that we may offer you jubilant expressions of our love.  Dwell with us, once more, that we may feel your loving embrace and draw courage to face tomorrow.  Equip us, oh God, to share our faith with boldness and compassion.  Hear our prayer, oh Lord.  Amen.

SCRIPTURE LESSON:                                                                                                  Revelation 3:14-19

Leader:            The word of God for the people of God

People:           Thanks be to God

SERMON:                                    Who Is Knocking at Your Door? – Part 4        Rev. Dr. Anthony R. Hood

OFFERING & PRAYER OF DEDICATION Your continued financial support is appreciated.  Here are the ways you can contribute:

1) Mail-In or Drop-off a check.

2) Complete an ACH Authorization Form to allow the church to withdraw funds from your account.

3) Complete a “Bank to Bank” transfer. Email: treasurer@farmingtonfumc.org for more information.

4) Use the “Bill Pay” or “Zelle” options through your online banking website. 

5) Transfer funds using PayPal by sending the funds to: treasurer@farmingtonfumc.org. 

6) Text to give by texting: fumcgive to 44321 and follow the prompts. 

JOYS & CONCERNS: Please submit your prayer request in the comment section, by the end of the sermon



Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.  And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.  Amen.