First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo

Upcoming Events

Summer Perks, May 28 - September 3, 11 - 11:30 am

During the summer worship schedule, we will offer refreshments after the 10 a.m. worship service. Pastor Dan Duncan will be coordinating the Summer Perks schedule this summer. We want to give individuals and families the opportunity to host one of these, which could be an occasion to celebrate a special anniversary or other event in your life (graduation, promotion, retirement, birthday, and so forth). Hosting means that you provide some kind of simple treat or snack for 150 people (cookies, bars, crackers/cheese, veggies, etc.). If you’d like another beverage besides coffee and water, you could provide that as well.  Please contact Pastor Dan at dduncan@umc-kzo if you’re interested. 


KLUMP Softball, June 13 - August 17

The 2017 softball season is here!  Players need to be 13 years of age or older. Games are once a wek at Pathfinder's Church (Portage UMC, 8740 S. Westnedge Ave.). The diamond is located behind the church and cannot be seen from the road. Coma a few minutes early to warm-up. Contact coach Jay Gross for questions at 382-0597. CLICK HERE for game schedule. 


Pick-Up Basketball, June 19 - August 28, 6 pm

During the summer months, basketball players are invited to join Pastor Steve and others in the church parking lot on Monday evenings at 6 p.m. for a game of pick-up basketball. 


Christian Day Camp, June 26-30, 9 am - 12 pm

Christian Day Camp (VBS).  Save the dates for “Christian Day Camp” (that is what we’re calling our week of learning and exploring God’s word and way this summer). The dates will be Monday through Friday, June 26-30, 2017 and will be hosted by our neighbor, the First Congregational United Church of Christ. We will join forces with them, St. Luke’s Episcopal, and First Presbyterian churches to share a week learning about “God’s Garden/God’s City.” We will need adult leaders and volunteers in a number of roles!

CLICK HERE to online registration
CLICK HERE to volunteer and child care


Diaper and Formula Drive, June 26 - August 31

Diapers and formula are expensive and can become a burden for families. Our hope is to help some of our own new church families and our neighbors with this need. Especially in demand are diapers sizes infant to size 3. We’ll take all sizes, but the smallest sizes would be most helpful. Also in need are baby formula. All varieties of formula will be helpful, but there is a special need for Similac “For Spit Up.” Please place donations in the basket in the church office. If you would like to make a monetary donation, we will provide a designated shopper. Mark your monetary donation with a memo, "diapers and formula" and give to office volunteer. Thank you for your generosity! 

 


Mother Roots Sermon Series, Sunday, July 2, 10 am

July 2nd is the last day of our summer worship series, "Mother Roots: The Female Ancestors of Jesus."  On July 2nd, we welcome seminary intern Kelsey Burns to the pulpit with her message, "Bathsheba: Rising from Abused and Wrongly Accused." Bathsheba's story reveals that the quest for domination is an evil that is not pleasing to the Lord. Wwar, politics, and patriarchy continue to be etched upon the bodies and souls of women. Bathsheba calls from the pages of history for us to take a stand against adversity and have the conviction to say "no" to power and authority that is harmful to others. Join us at 10 a.m. for inspiring worhsip!


House Pub Theology, Thursday, July 6, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

With summer here, we have decided now is the best time to transition our Pub Theology into House Pub Theology. We will still have our theological conversations and tasty brews but our gathering space will now be in someone’s home. This change will allow for a quieter, friendlier atmosphere that is welcome to all. We will gather for a simple meal of soup and bread beginning at 6:30 p.m. on July 6. The location will be the home of Diane and Lori Owen-Rogers, 210 W. Westwood, Kalamazoo. Come and join us! For questions about Pub Theology, please contact Diane Owen-Rogers at rogers_diane@yahoo.com.


The Rock Slinger video at Friendship Village, Saturday, July 8, 2 pm

The First Beat's children's choir musical, "The Rock Slinger and His Greatest Hits" will have a special video showing at Friendship Village in the Kiva on Saturday, July 8 at 2pm.


Emerging Worship, Sunday, July 9, 10 am

"Teach Us to Pray" will be led by Rev. Julie Kline on Sunday, July 9 at 10 a.m. Worship will be in Wesley Hall as we join together for a Spirit-filled soul feast! "Pray then in this way: 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be yur name...' " (Matthew 6:9)


Baptism Sunday, Sunday, July 16, 10 - 11 am

Our next date for baptisms is July 16, 2017. If you are interested in baptism for yourself or a child, please contact Pastor Dan Duncan at dduncan@umc-kzo.org to make arrangements. 


ASP Trip, July 29 - August 5

The 2017 ASP Team is looking forward to making homes warmer, safer, an drier this summer in Nicholas County, West Virginia; located in the heart of southern West Virginia. They appreciate your support though their fundraising efforts this past year, that included homemade apple pies and a chili & soup cook-off.  They will have one more fundraising event in July 2017 for prayer partners. Choose a picture of one of the team members that you commit to praying for the week of their mission trip. A donation basket will be available if you would like to make a contribution to the Youth Missions Fund. Below is the schedule for upcoming youth and ASP events.

Sunday, June 25 @ 6pm - 8pm – ASP Team building
Sunday, July 16 @ 4pm-8pm – Tool Training/Picnic Table Build
Sunday, July 23 @ 6pm – 8pm – ASP team building
Friday, July 28 @ 6pm – ASP Pre-packing party (Everyone bring your bags down to church and load into vans and trailer. This makes it much easier in the morning.)
Saturday, July 29 – ASP departure; please plan on leaving between 7-8am
Saturday, August 5 – ASP return
Sunday, September 24  – 8:30am and 11am – ASP Sunday (leading worship, sharing our stories and saying thank you to the congregation that supported us financially and prayerfully).

FUNDRAISERS
Sunday, July 9 @ 10am – ASP Prayer Partners
Sunday, July 16 @ 10am – ASP Prayer Partners


House Pub Theology, Thursday, August 3, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

With summer here, we have decided now is the best time to transition our Pub Theology into House Pub Theology. We will still have our theological conversations and tasty brews but our gathering space will now be in someone’s home. This change will allow for a quieter, friendlier atmosphere that is welcome to all. We will gather for a simple meal of soup and bread beginning at 6:30 p.m. on August 3. The location will be the home of Deb and Jim Willoughby, 1410 Turwill Lane, Kalamazoo. Come and join us! For questions about Pub Theology, please contact Diane Owen-Rogers at rogers_diane@yahoo.com.


UMW Exec. Comm/Meeting Program Planning, Wednesday, August 23, 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

9:30am-2:30pm, church parlor: Executive Committee Meeting in the morning, lunch (bring a sack lunch) and General Meeting Program Planning in the afternoon.