First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo

Upcoming Events

Pictorial Directory App, January 31 - April 30

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 clandreville@umc-kzo.org.


Pictorial Directory, January 31 - May 31

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.


March Mission of the Month, March 1-31

Our Bronson Park Food Pantry is in need of items that are not normally available from Loaves & Fishes. Please consider donating any of the following items during the month of March: canned fruit (peaches, fruit cocktail), tuna, laundry soap (liquid), granola type bars, cereal, soup (not tomato), hygiene products (bath soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.), and diapers. Items should be dropped off at the food pantry window.


Listening in Lent: Acts of Reconciliation, March 1 - April 16

Based on a suggestion from a United Methodist pastor in North Carolina, we are encouraging members of our congregation to participate in a listening project. Find individuals outside our congregation who have a different point of view about current issues than you do.  Ask each individual if he/she would be willing to tell you about their point of view and how they arrived at it.  Then simply listen.  When the individual is done talking, try to summarize what was said to make sure you heard correctly.  Then offer your thanks for their willingness to explain.
 
Possible current issues to ask about:

  • the recent presidential election
  • gay marriage
  • abortion
  • gun ownership
  • another issue of your choosing   

That's it.  Don't give your point of view or try to correct misconceptions. Would you be willing to try this with one person?  With five?  In the context of Lent, this is an exercise in reconciliation and humility, a way to reconnect with others during a time of national division. Praying both before and after a listening session will help ground you. At the end of March, there will be an evening session in which people can discuss what they experienced.

Questions?  Talk to Carol Hodges or email her at chodges.kalamazoo@charter.net.


Lent Worship Series, March 5 - April 2

"Our Anchor-Hold: God's Love." In this current holy season of Lent, let us examine what we need in our lives to maintain a steadfast, trustworthy bond to God's love. We will name our anchor-holds—embracing the qualities of memory, truth, community, suffering, and solidarity that will be so needed in the days ahead.


Climate Justice Lent Book Study, March 5 - April 9

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." Classes begin March 5, 2017. There will be a Sunday morning class at 9:30 a.m. and two weekday classes: Wed., at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. led by the clergy. Register for a class online.


UMCOR Sunday, Sunday, March 26, 8:30 am - 12 pm

UMCOR Sunday (fourth Sunday in Lent) Previously known as One Great Hour Of Sharing, this Sunday enables the United Methodist Committee on Relief to reach out through worldwide ministries of food, shelter, health and peace.


One Great Hour of Sharing, Sunday, March 26, 8:30 am - 12 pm

One Great Hour of Sharing is a Christian effort to empower, provide water, supply food, and give relief from disasters. Your gift to this special offering on March 26, 2016 will help benefit the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and their work to respond to these natural disasters.

For more than 50 years, United Methodist congregations have been taking part in a special offering, laying the foundation for UMCOR's ministry of relief and hope. Donations UMCOR receives through this offering, along with other undesignated gifts made throughout the year, cover their costs of doing business. UMCOR does not receive UM World Service or apportionment funds, so without your offerings, UMCOR would not exist. Thank you for supporting our One Great Hour of Sharing special offering.


Listening in Lent Discussion Group, Wednesday, March 29, 7 - 8:30 pm

Listening in Lent: acts of reconciliation

Based on a suggestion from a United Methodist pastor in North Carolina, we are encouraging members of our congregation to participate in a listening project. Find individuals outside our congregation who have a different point of view about current issues than you do. Ask each individual if he/she would be willing to tell you about their point of view and how they arrived at it. Then simply listen. When the individual is done talking, try to summarize what was said to make sure you heard correctly. Then offer your thanks for their willingness to explain.

Possible current issues to ask about:

the recent presidential election
gay marriage
abortion
gun ownership
another issue of your choosing

That's it. Don't give your point of view or try to correct misconceptions. Would you be willing to try this with one person? With five? In the context of Lent, this is an exercise in reconciliation and humility, a way to reconnect with others during a time of national division. Praying both before and after a listening session will help ground you. On Wednesday, March 29, at 7 p.m., there will be a session in the church chapel when people can discuss what they experienced. Questions? Talk to Carol Hodges or email her at chodges.kalamazoo@charter.net.


Organ Recital: David Heinze, Thursday, March 30, 12 - 1 pm

Join us on Thursdays during Lent for 50-minute organ recitals beginning at noon. Recitals will feature professional organists from Michigan and Indiana who will perform on our Letourneau Opus 51 organ. Open to the public. After the recital all are welcome to meet the organist and enjoy refreshments. The recital on March 30 will feature organist David Heinze, Edwards Organ Scholar at St. John's Episcopal Church in Detroit, Michigan.


April Mission of the Month, April 1-30

During the month of April, the Outreach Team asks for your donations of travel-size toiletries for the guests at Ministry with Community. Please put your items in the basket in the office.


Emerging Worship, Sunday, April 2, 9:30 - 10:30 am

DIFFERENT DATE! (because Palm Sunday falls on the 2nd Sunday of April, Emerging Worship has been moved to the 1st Sunday in April ONLY)

APRIL 2 @ 9:30 a.m. in Wesley Hall

"Called to be Creators of Justice and Joy" by Rev. Julie Kline

The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t, the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance.

You are Christ’s body—that’s who you are! You must never forget this. Only as you accept your part of that body does your "part" mean anything. 1 Corinthians 12: 25-27

"God will delight when we are creators of justice and joy!" We will sing these words, break bread together and be reminded that there is a place at the table of Christ for all. Creators of justice and joy desire to be in solidarity with all people, committing ourselves to their dignity and well-being. Pursuing justice and joy is intricately linked to the sustainability of creation and helping to protect the most vulnerable among us. Climate justice is a commitment to the common good and recognizes the truth found in 1 Corinthians 12: 27, declaring that we are "Together the body of Christ, and each one is a part of that body." Come, and celebrate a Spirit-filled soul feast!


Organ Recital: Kevin Vaughn, Thursday, April 6, 12 - 1 pm

Join us on Thursdays during Lent for 50-minute organ recitals beginning at noon. Recitals will feature professional organists from Michigan and Indiana who will perform on our Letourneau Opus 51 organ. Open to the public. After the recital all are welcome to meet the organist and enjoy refreshments. The recital on April 6 will feature organist Kevin Vaughn from Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in South Bend, Indiana.


Palm/Passion Sunday, Sunday, April 9, 8:30 am - 12 pm

Throughout Lent we have been worshipping around the theme: "Our Anchor-Hold: God’s Love." We began by focusing on the word "memory," harkening back to the foundational story from the Garden of Eden where God set limits which humanity trespassed. The good news from the story is that whereas our love failed, God’s love did not; it is our anchor-hold; it is limitless, unconditional, and everlasting. We next looked at the word "truth" and listened in on a conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus. Finding truth is difficult today when strident voices raise falsehoods to the level of facts. We are called to discover in Jesus, The Way, the Truth, and the Life. In the coming Sundays of Lent we will focus on the words, "community," "suffering," and "solidarity." Through each we will be challenged to stand with others who are oppressed, marginalized and outcast. We will simultaneously be challenged to stand against evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves (as expressed in our baptismal covenant). All of this will lead us to Holy Week and the awesome wonder of that most sacred series of Christian days: Palm/Passion Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and ultimately, Easter!

On Palm/Passion Sunday, all are invited to meet at the Academy Street doors at 9:50 a.m., where palms will be distributed. We will then walk together to Bronson Park to join other downtown churches for a short 15-minute liturgy. A simple brunch in Wesley Hall will follow the blessing of the palms. Then at the beginning of the 11:00 a.m. worship service, the children are invited to be a part of the palm procession parade. Plan to join us as we experience this special morning when the children wave palms and ring chimes with voices singing,

"Hosanna, blessed is He!"


Palm/Passion Sunday Brunch, Sunday, April 9, 9:30 - 11 am

A wide variety of tasty and nutritious treats will be featured for our Palm/Passion Sunday Brunch. Join us for brunch either after the 8:30 worship service, or after the gathering in Bronson Park for the blessing of the palms (free will offering).

 


Blessing of the Palms, Sunday, April 9, 10 - 10:15 am

On Palm/Passion Sunday, all are invited to meet at the Academy Street doors at 9:50 a.m., where palms will be distributed. We will then walk together to Bronson Park to join other downtown churches for a short 15-minute liturgy.


Holy Thursday Worship, Thursday, April 13, 7 pm

Led by Rev. Julie Kline


Good Friday Worship, Friday, April 14, 7 pm

Led by Rev. Dan Duncan


Family Fun Night, Friday, April 21, 6 - 7:30 pm

Our April Family Fun Night will be at Rollerworld on Friday, April 21, from 6-7:30 p.m. Cost is only $5/per person, which includes skate rental! Let Pastor Dan know if you plan to be there.


Baptism Sunday, Sunday, April 30, 11 am

Baptisms are scheduled for Sunday, April 30. If you are interested in baptism for yourself or a child, please contact Pastor Dan Duncan at dduncan@umc-kzo.org.


Ramp Up Leader Needed

If you are interested in leading this ministry that builds a couple handicap ramps in the Kalamazoo community during the summer months, or being on a work crew for a ramp build, please contact Tom Schaberg at tgschaberg@sbcglobal.net.