You can now watch our 11 a.m. service LIVE each week AND view it at your leisure later in the week after it is recorded. You will access the Livestream via our website, www.umc-kzo.org. The Livestream can also be accessed by subscribing to our YouTube channel. A "how to" sheet is available at the Welcome Center.
The September Mission of the Month will be in support of the YWCA Domestic Assault Center and their Trafficking Shelter. Items that they are in need of are: diapers (sizes 3,4,5), baby wipes, linens (sheets, blankets, towels, washcloths), and personal care items (body wash, deodorant, hair care products and lotion). The Outreach Team encourages you to support this important ministry in Kalamazoo.
A new book study in spiritual formation will begin meeting on Tuesday mornings from 10am to noon on Sept. 11. You will have the opportunity to share insights in an envionment of Christian love and rediscover spiritual practices that help you share more fully in the life of Christ.
Reclaiming Jesus: Confessing our Faith in a Time of Crisis (Parlor)
Based, in part, upon an ecumenical document signed by twenty-three American clergy, this six-week class led by Rev. Jerry Toshalis will explore the interface between personal faith and public policy. Focused upon the experience of belief as it affects perception, judgment and behavior, participants will be invited into a time of personal and shared discernment. Among the questions to be embraced include the following:
• How am I to know when my thoughts, feelings, and behavior reflect God’s will?
• When the policies of elected leaders contradict my faith, how am I called to respond?
• Is it possible to remain prayerfully engaged when political discourse becomes polarized?
• Where might I find hope in the midst of fear, injustice and alienation?
This class will explore two related issues facing The United Methodist Church and its future. First, using a new documentary video entitled “Do No MORE Harm” the class will hear and discuss personal stories of people and families harmed by the continuing denial of full inclusion of LGBTQ persons in The United Methodist Church. Next, the class will consider serious questions being asked such as:
- Will our denomination continue to exclude LGBTQ persons from full participation in and with our churches?
- Is there a way to meaningfully eliminate or change our Church's current position to allow for full inclusion of all people?
- Will The United Methodist Church as we know it split over this issue like it did over slavery in the mid-1800s?
Finally, this will lead to learning about several proposals for change that will be considered at next February’s Special General Conference where decisions will be made about the future of The United Methodist Church. The class will be led by David Lundquist and Lori Owen-Rogers for six Sundays.
Family Foundations (Room 304) is a class that meets during the Sunday School hour specifically to create connection and grounding for parents of young children. The time is supplemented by an online Facebook group under "Family Foundations - First UMC." Because of the challenges of family life, drop-ins to the class are encouraged, and babies/young toddlers are always welcome. We will have coffee ready for you as we begin the new program year by celebrating imperfection and whole-hearted living with Brene Brown’s book, “The Gifts of Imperfection.” Books available for $12 in class.
For our members and their spouses/partners ages 80+, we invite you to a luncheon in your honor on Thursday, Sept. 27 at noon. We will share this time together with fellowship, prayer, and good music. Please RSVP to the office by Monday, Sept. 24 by callling (269) 381-6340, or by emailing KalamazooFUMC@umc-kzo.org.
The Appalachia Service Team will lead worship and share their stories and pictures of their mission work this past summer in Johnson County, TN.
Borgess Visiting Nurses is offering in Wesley Hall various flu and pneumonia immunizations for ages 4 years+. Payment is required at time of service (no creit cards or debit cards). They accept all Medicare Part B plans.
Bishop Bard will be traveling throughout Michigan this fall to discuss the final report from the Council of Bishops, rooted in the work of the Commission on a Way Forward. Our church will host him in Kalamazoo on Wed., October 17.
The One Church Model is not simply the “local option” that we have seen before. The Traditionalist Model is more than the status quo. While it retains the current language of The Book of Discipline about LGBT persons, it would both offer more stringent enforcement of those provisions and a path out of The UMC for pastors, churches, or perhaps conferences that find those statements and provisions not in keeping with their understanding of the gospel. While complex, the Connectional Conferences Model deserves a careful review simply because of its complexity.
PROGRAM LOCATION: MT. ZION BAPTIST CHURCH. We have joined with ISAAC (Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy & Action in the Community) in order to urge the adoption of just policies by our political leadership. Recently, ISAAC caught our attention because it is focused on affordable housing, poverty, and racism. Task forces have been busy formulating specific policy objectives to communicate to our political leadership. In order to increase our impact, please join ISAAC on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 120 Roberson St., Kalamazoo. Program starts at 6:45 p.m.; check-in starts at 6:00 p.m. Invitations to the program will be extended to those who represent us in government locally and beyond. Your presence will ensure that they know that the positions being urged upon them have a substantial following. Emphasis on substantial. Let’s fill the church! It is not too late to join one of the task forces. For more information or questions, contact Ray Sweany (firstname.lastname@example.org; 269-350-5977).