First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo

212 South Park Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
(269) 381-6340


Upcoming Events

Advent Academy Classes, December 3-17, 9:30 - 10:30 am

We offer two adult Sunday School classes during Advent

Becoming the Neighbor You Were Meant to Be (Fellowship Room)
We're all travelers. Like Jesus' family in the Advent story, we find ourselves in situations where there is no room at the inn. Some in our midst are seeking safety for their families like Mary and Joseph taking the infant Jesus to Egypt to elude Herod's search for the newborn King. As Christians, we are called to be good neighbors to the stranger and immigrant in our community. This class will explore what it means to be a neighbor in a world where hospitality can be in short supply. The class will be led by Jennifer Clark and Miriam Downey, the editors of "Immigration and Justice for Our Neighbors: An Anthology."

Christ Figures in Popular Films, continued (Parlor)
Hollywood films both reflect and influence culture through cinematic storytelling. In a follow-up to last year’s “Jesus Christ Movie Star,”  this class examines a number of popular movies, looking at how various film roles show characteristics of Christ, how these portrayals evolved, and what these movie messiahs might mean to our culture and us. Some Christ-like characterizations may be obvious, others more subtle. Mark Stucky leads the class in the Parlor.

Advent Candlelight Service, Wednesday, December 20, 7 - 8 pm

Emmanuel. God with us. In the Christ we find the embodiment of God. Word made flesh. Each time we gather around the table and break the bread, bless the cup we celebrate Emmanuel, our Savior, bread of heaven come down for us. In this Advent season each Wednesday evening at 7pm we will gather in the candlelight to prepare our hearts, making them a manger for the Christ. We will celebrate communion around the table, with one another and with Emmanuel, God with us. We will sing, pray, and find hope that is ever present and in need of embodiment

Advent Season Concert: Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Thursday, December 21, 12 pm

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot are a folk duo from Kalamazoo featuring Phil Barry and Sarah Fuerst. Thunderbolt & Lightfoot have been featured on folk music site, opened for artists such as Robbie Fulks, Dar Williams, Henhouse Prowlers and May Erlewine, and have played some of Michigan’s finest venues and festivals. Plus they can kick your butt at Euchre. Phil was a founding member of award winning rock band Knee Deep Shag, former touring guitarist for RCA recording artist Rachael Yamagata, and currently a member of americana supergroup Corn Fed Girls. Phil’s solo album Between the Carolinas was released via Princess Records and has been featured on MTV, VH1, Oxygen and Showtime. Sarah played electric bass for the indie rock band Doxie. Doxie released an acclaimed self-titled full length with Grass Records and they toured the Midwest and East Coast. Sarah is also a long-standing member of Corn Fed Girls, supplying upright bass and vocal harmony.

December 24 Worship, Sunday, December 24, 10 - 11 am

On Sunday, Dec. 24 we will have one worship service at 10 a.m. and then our traditional three Christmas Eve services at 5, 7 and 11 p.m. The church will be closed Dec. 25 
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Christmas Eve Services, Sunday, December 24, 5 pm - 12 am

Our traditional three Christmas Eve services are at 5, 7 and 11 p.m. The 5:00 service is for young families with young children. The children participate in the worship service. The 7:00 p.m. service is hymn sings, choir, and brass and ends with candlelight to "Silent Night." Child care is available for infants and toddlers at the 5 and 7 p.m. services.  Our 11 p.m. service includes the First Singers Choir, Christmas hymns, and candlelight.