Food Pantry Volunteers. Our food pantry is in need of volunteers Monday through Thursday from 1-3 p.m. to help greet and assist clients. If you find you have some time to help out, please call Judy Ross at 343-1978.
Food Pantry Needs. Our food pantry needs your donations of laundry detergent (which they split up into smaller bottles), and travel size shampoo, conditioner, hand soap, and lotions, children's cereals, and hearty soups. Please drop them off at the food pantry window.
It's time to get signed up for ASP 2017
July 29- August 5, 2017
Deadline: February 28
(only 22 spaces available; you must be 14 or through the 8th grade)
When you say "Yes!" to ASP you are committing yourself to:
- A non-refundable $100 registration (scholarship available upon request)
- Fundraising for the trip (get February 19th on your calendar for the Soup & Chili Cook-Off)
- Participating in 4 group builders & training sessions before the trip: (these dates may need to be altered; particularly the youth ramp)
There is a church pictorial directory app available for your smart phone! If you would like more info., please contact Christi in the office at (269) 381-6340, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you had your photo taken last summer for the pictorial directory, please stop at the office and pick up your copy. For those who did not have their photo taken for the 2016 pictorial directory and would like a copy of the directory, there are now copies available at the Welcome Center. A donation of $10 is requested to cover the cost of printing.
We are collecting warm winter hats, gloves, scarves, and socks for Ministry with Community and the Gospel Mission during February. Please assist us in helping people in our community stay warm and healthy! Place donations in the basket in the office.
Our February Adult Sunday School class is "Stars in the Heavens: Influential African American Persons of Faith." Led by Rev. Steve Charnley in the Parlor. During Black History Month, we will explore the stories of four faith figures who have gone before us and who have greatly influenced our country or community for good. Come and learn more about these "hidden figures" in history as we embark on this stellar journey of discovery.
February 5, 2017
Richard Allen: Black Methodist Preacher and Founder of the American Methodist Episcopal Church
February 12, 2017
Mary McLeod Bethune: Founder of Bethune Cookman College and Friend of First Lady,
February 19, 2017
Dr. Charles Warfield: Kalamazoo Civil Rights Activist and President of the Local Chapter of the NAACP
February 26, 2017
Dr. Leontine T. Kelly: First African American Woman Bishop in the United Methodist Church
Instructor Susan Noble is offering a free class in beginning drawing and painting on Wednesday afternoons from 2-3:30 p.m. on Feb. 15, 22 and March 1, 8 in the Fellowship Room. Instructor will provide all materials needed. Class is limited to 12 participants, so sign up soon at the Welcome Center.
The United Methodist Church has a great commitment to camping. The denomination offers one of the largest camp and retreat networks, with 220 centers serving a million people a year. Michigan has nine camps offering camp experiences for all ages! The 2017 Camping Guide is available online at the umcamping.org web site. You will experience the love of Christ during an exciting week in God's special places. (Check out Pastor Dan Duncan's camp, Grand Adventure Kayak, at Camp Kinawind from 7/23-29. He hopes some of our youth will join him in this adventure to Lake Superior's picturesque Grand Island. Come and kayak/ hike/bike and explore this jewel!)
On Sunday, February 26 we will have a special offering that will allow us to offer 50% off camp scholarships to our youth and children. Please give generously if you are able.
Join us for an Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Service
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 7 P.M.
First Congregational United Church of Christ, 45 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, Michigan. The downtown Kalamazoo churches will blend together for Ash Wednesday service.
Climate Justice: A Call to Hope and Action."
Edited by Pat Watkins. Published by United Methodist Women, 2016.
Our church-wide study will "challenge you to see what needs to happen for climate justice to become a reality in the world today. The church needs to more powerfully model a way of doing it differently. This will entail not just focusing on the environment, but also asking hard questions regarding financial profit, a growing economy, our independent way of thinking and our understanding of efficiency." There will be a Sunday morning class as well as two week day classes. We also invite you to host a class in your home and gather friends and neighbors to share in the study. A complete list of classes and times coming soon!