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.
Can You Be the Pebble? (Parlor)
Mission work is vital to our ministry at FUMC. How much do you know about the many ways our congregation is involved in mission around the world? Why is mission so central to our Christian call? How can you become more involved? Learn more about our members who went on a mission trip to Costa Rica and the missionaries we support through special offerings, as well as opportunities for more participation close to home and far away. This class is sponsored by the Outreach Ministry Team. Below is the schedule of ministries that will be highlighted each Sunday.
1) April 23 - Helping Our Neighbors
2) April 30 - Costa Rica Children's Home
3) May 7 - UMCOR/Volunteers in Mission
4) May 14 - Foods Resource Bank
5) May 21 - International Child Care in Haiti
The Story of God (Fellowship Room)
Actor Morgan Freeman flew 100,000 miles to 7 countries to trace the origins of the world’s great religions. In this National Geographic Channel series, he sets out on a global journey to uncover the meaning of life, the question of God, and everything in between that these faith traditions share. By discussing these essential questions and the ways humans have answered them over the centuries and around the world, we can gain insight into how we understand God. Topics covered include "Creation" and "Power of Miracles." Our Academy Class will be facilitated by Ron Grant. Note: If you miss a Sunday, you can watch the full episodes on line at channel.nationalgeographic.com.
Family Foundations (Room 304)
Family Foundations is our ongoing class for parents with young children. We invite parents to connect with others in this life stage to learn together, share stories, and grow in faith.
Please come to the Academy Class, "Can You Be the Pebble?" located in the Parlor on Sunday, April 30 to learn about our mission with the Methodist Children's Home in Costa Rica. We will also have Costa Rican coffee, cookies, and cards for sale in the Marketplace that day. Please help support one of our new missions!
Baptisms are scheduled for Sunday, April 30. If you are interested in baptism for yourself or a child, please contact Pastor Dan Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stop at the table in the Marketplace on Sundays beginning April 9 through the day of the walk and sponsor a youth walker! A gift of $10 will be shared with the Walk for every walker who raises at least $100. Come walk with us on Sunday, April 30. Walk begins at 2pm in Bronson Park (registration begins at 1pm).
The May Mission of the Month will once again be to support Pretty Lake Camp's summer camping program. Items that are needed this year include:
Clothing - new underwear (boy's sizes 8-14, girls sizes 10-16), athletic socks and elastic-waist shorts (youth - med, lg, and xl).
Hygiene Items - bug spray, sunblock (spf 30+), toothbrush covers, combs, brushes, travel-size toothpaste, large bottles of shampoo, conditioner/detangler, hand sanitizer, hair ties.
First aid - Latex-free gloves (m-xl), band-aids, 1x1 & 1x2 gauze pads, and triple antibiotic ointment.
Thank you for helping make a summer camping experience possible for many youth in our community.
We're looking for volunteers who can help us give the kitchen a thorough cleaning. Cleaning supplies will be provided. Please phone Carol Hodges, 269-342-6647, if you can participate or have questions.
This year, Bread for the World is urging everyone to write members of Congress concerning the maintenance of food assistance programs in both this country and elsewhere. We’ll make a special effort on Sunday, May 7 to write these letters and present them as an offering to God before mailing them to Congress. There is no harm in writing sooner. In fact, you should be letting the new Congress and the President know how you feel about a variety of issues that are current. President Trump challenged us in his inaugural address to take an active role in guiding policy. Last year, we sent over 125 letters. Please join us on May 7 in sending lots of letters in support of funding decisions that put our country and the world on track to ending hunger by 2030. Programs that help families alleviate hunger and get our of poverty are threatened with deep funding cuts. These letters, supported with prayer, will have an impact on the decisions made in Congress.
On Sunday, May 7, we will welcome to our "Can You be the Pebble?" Academy Class, United Methodist Volunteer in Mission Coordinator Tammy Kuntz. Tammy will be giving us a run down on some of the ways we can serve as individuals, groups, and as a church. Come and learn about how you can be a pebble. You can read more about UMVIM programs at their website: http:/umvim.org/.
Have you been thinking about playing golf this summer? Our 2017 season will begin on Monday, May 8. A sign-up sheet is located at the Welcome Center. We will be glad to have you join us. All skill levels welcome. The league plays at Ridgeview Golf Course at 10360 W. Main St. For more information contact Jim Barney at (269) 251-1187.
EMERGING WORSHIP May 14 – Mothering Sunday: Blessing of the Animals
Wesley Hall (lower level of the church)
On this Mothering Sunday, we will worship with all the creatures we love, those who nurture us within our homes and those who contribute to the brilliant diversity of God’s good creation. You are invited to bring your animals to be blessed! Please bring your animals to be blessed on a leash or within a secure crate or container for the safety of all animals and the well-being of all gathered creatures. If you do not have an animal, you are encouraged to bring a picture of an animal. On this Mothering Sunday, may the animals of the earth be our companions in life and lead us to celebrate our place in the circle of life. Join us at 9:30 a.m. in Wesley Hall for an emerging worship experience.
During the summer worship schedule, we will offer refreshments after the 10 a.m. worship service. Pastor Dan Duncan will be coordinating the Summer Perks schedule this summer. We want to give individuals and families the opportunity to host one of these, which could be an occasion to celebrate a special anniversary or other event in your life (graduation, promotion, retirement, birthday, and so forth). Hosting means that you provide some kind of simple treat or snack for 150 people (cookies, bars, crackers/cheese, veggies, etc.). If you’d like another beverage besides coffee and water, you could provide that as well. Please contact Pastor Dan at dduncan@umc-kzo if you’re interested.
Every spring, the children perform a musical during the 11 a.m. worship service. The musical is also offered the Friday before for the parents and families of the children at 6 p.m. The 2017 musical is titled, "The Rock Slinger and His Greatest Hit," a musical for young voices. Words by Tom S. Long, music by Allen Pote.
Christian Day Camp (VBS). Save the dates for “Christian Day Camp” (that is what we’re calling our week of learning and exploring God’s word and way this summer). The dates will be Monday through Friday, June 26-30, and will be hosted by our neighbor, the First Congregational United Church of Christ. We will join forces with them, St. Luke’s Episcopal, and First Presbyterian churches to share a week learning about “God’s Garden/God’s City.” We will need adult leaders and volunteers in a number of roles! More info coming soon!