First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo

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

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Upcoming Events

Family Foundations Class, September 16 - May 19, 2019, 9:30 - 10:30 am

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. 


Just Faith Class, October 24 - December 19, 6:30 - 9 pm

We are offering an 8-week class which will be a beautiful blend of spirituality and social justice. Participants will study, reflect, and dialogue on critical realities of poverty and consumerism through the lens of the Gospel and the teachings of our faith. The class is called Just Faith and will meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., beginning on October 24 and ending on December 19 (skipping November 21, Thanksgiving Eve). 

We will be using three books as our resources. One is written by Fr. Greg Boyle who has worked with gangs in LA for decades, titled Barking to the Choir.  Another is the deep spiritual work of Joyce Rupp. Rupp's book Prayer Seeds is a gathering of blessings, reflections, and poems for spiritual growth. The last book is an indictment of our affluence and a challenging read. Written by Elizabeth L. Hinson-Hasty, the Problem of Wealth presents a radical vision, that instead of focusing on the problem of poverty we should reverse the equation and see the processes of wealth creation as the problem. Those who have taken Just Faith classes in the past have found their lives, faith, and work inspired to help them to birth the following ministries at First UMC:  Justice for Our Neighbors, You Are Not Alone, Helping Our Neighbors, and the Dream Team.  

Academy Class "Seeking a Path to Racial Harmony", October 28 - November 25, 9:30 - 10:30 am

This five-week class will focus on how concerned, well-meaning Christians can work together to become Repairers of the Breach. Participants will be invited to look at what it means to be white and Christian in the modern age. Video of dialogue with Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners and the Rev. Dr. William Barber II of the Moral Monday movement will provide discussion points. Designed as a follow-up to the "Reclaiming Jesus" Academy Class led by Jerry Toshalis, the class is open to everyone interested in this vital question of social justice. The class will be led by Dick Shilts and Andrew Lehman.

 


Academy Class "The Challenge of Paul", October 28 - November 25, 9:30 - 10:30 am

The Apostle Paul is perhaps the second-most important figure (after Jesus) in the development of the Christian church. Half of the New Testament is either about Paul or written by (or attributed to) him. In “The Challenge of Paul,” John Dominic Crossan sheds new light on Paul and explores why he is more relevant today than ever. Crossan confronts our traditional understanding about Paul that seems to support anti-homosexuality, slavery, patriarchy, and the subjugation of women. This dvd-based class is the next chapter of a class offered last year (not a repeat), but all are welcome. Class will be led by John Clark.

 


November 'Mission of the Month', November 1-30

The November mission of the month will support Ministry with Community's Annual Underwear Drive.  To support this event, we are collecting new underwear items for men and women in all sizes. Please consider purchasing any of the following items:  thermal long johns and shirts,  sweatshirts, undershirts, underwear, and warm socks.  All are precious gifts to receive if you are going to experience a Michigan winter. Thank you for helping to keep a neighbor warm!  A basket in the office is available for your donations. 

Costa Rica Fundraiser: Bake sale, Sunday, December 2, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

The big fund raiser to support the adult mission trip in January 2019 to the Methodist Costa Rican Children's Home is Sunday, December 2. Be sure to stop by the table in the Marketplace after either morning worship services to choose some delicious holiday treats. Beautiful packages and homemade goodies make wonderful gifts! This is the last fundraiser for the adult mission trip to Costa Rica in January 2019. Your generous donations help make this mission possible!


Advent Candlelight Service, Wednesday, December 5, 7 - 8 pm

Evening Advent Candlelight services are being offered for three Wednesdays:  Dec. 5, 12 and 19. Come experience Advent and live into the wholeness and holiness of the complete season. Be blessed and be a blessing in this sacred time. With prayers, songs, and the flickering candlelight, we will slow ourselves down and prepare for the Christ child to come into our lives anew. Please join us for this holy time together.


Local Church Charge Conference, Tuesday, December 11, 7 - 9 pm

The annual Local Church Charge Conference with District Superintendent Dwayne Bagley presiding is scheduled for Tuesday, December 11 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. The SPRC meeting with District Superintendent Bagley will be held at 6:30 p.m.  Members and friends of the church are invited. Meeting will include nominations for next year's administration, setting clergy and directors' salaries, and reports of past and ongoing work of the church. 

 


Advent Candlelight Service, Wednesday, December 12, 7 - 8 pm

Evening Advent Candlelight services are being offered for three Wednesdays:  Dec. 5, 12 and 19 at 7pm. Come experience Advent and live into the wholeness and holiness of the complete season. Be blessed and be a blessing in this sacred time. With prayers, songs, and the flickering candlelight, we will slow ourselves down and prepare for the Christ child to come into our lives anew. Please join us for this holy time together.


Advent Candlelight Service, Wednesday, December 19

Evening Advent Candlelight services are being offered for three Wednesdays:  Dec. 5, 12 and 19 at 7pm. Come experience Advent and live into the wholeness and holiness of the complete season. Be blessed and be a blessing in this sacred time. With prayers, songs, and the flickering candlelight, we will slow ourselves down and prepare for the Christ child to come into our lives anew. Please join us for this holy time together.


Children's Christmas Program, Sunday, December 23, 10 - 11 am

On the fourth Sunday of Advent, December 23, we will have ONE worhsip service at 10 a.m. This is also the Sunday that the children will share their Christmas program during the worship service.  Please join us!