First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo

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


Upcoming Events

Family Foundations Class, January 7 - May 20, 9:30 - 10:30 am

Family Foundations Class for parents with young children meets on Sundays in Room 304 at 9:30 a.m. Beginning January 7, 2018 they will study the book "The Five Love Languages" by Dr. Gary Chapman. What do you call someone who speaks two languages? - Bilingual. What do you call somebody who speaks three languages? - Trilingual. What do you call somebody who speaks one language? - An American! Who else is mono-lingual? - Most married couples! Come join a group focused on building and maintaining healthy relationships.

"We Shall Not Be Moved" Sunday Class, February 18 - March 18, 9:30 - 10:30 am

Gave you ever wondered how the church has viewed the advancement of women or people of color? Are you looking for ways that our church could be more inclusive? Join leaders Deb Search Willoughby and Lori Owen-Rogers as they dive into the history of the United Methodist Church. Using the book We Shall Not Be Moved: Methodists Debate Race, Gender, and Homosexuality by Jane Ellen Nickell as the foundation of the class, you will explore the struggles people of color, women, and LGBTQ+ communities have had, and still have, when it comes to leadership in the church. With the aid of timelines, videos, and interactive discussion, Deb and Lori will show the struggles and triumphs, and how these issues all intersect. This four week class (no class on March 11, so participants can attend Emerging Worship during the 9:30 a.m. hour) will discuss racism, sexism, homophobia, and the areas we see this in the United Methodist Church. (It is not necessary to purchase book.)


"Worshipful: Living Sunday Morning All Week" Class, February 18 - March 18, 9:30 - 10:30 am

This adult Sunday School class will examine Dr. James Howell's latest book which deals with the challenge all Christians face of taking the inspiration and challenge of worship into daily work and personal life during the week. Is it possible to live in the world—doing the dishes, listening to music, being stuck in traffic, enmeshed in a thicket of meetings at work—with a serene, abiding sense of God's presence despite all the racket, that we might do whatever we do for God, and sense God's presence? The author has excellent and sometimes unexpected suggestions for worshiping with a different outlook and then carrying that into our lives Monday through Saturday. The class will be led by Carol Hodges

"The Challenge of Paul" Sunday Class, February 18 - March 18, 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 gives us the benefit of his lifelong search for the Paul of history to create a new understanding that sheds new light on Paul and why he is more relevant than ever today. Crossan confronts our traditional understanding about Paul that seems to support anti-homosexuality, slavery, patriarchy, and the subjugation of women. This dvd-based class will be led by Pastor Steve Charnley.


Confirmation Class, February 25 - May 6

Confirmation classes will start on February 25, 2018. Confirmation Sunday is May 6. More details will follow soon. Confirmation prepares youth for church membership and is a personal, public affirmation of the vows of baptism. Confirmation is open to all youth in 8th grade and above. Sunday morning classes will provide the “nuts and bolts” of church membership, church history, doctrine, polity and practice of the United Methodist Church.  Half-day retreats will also be scheduled and will be announced soon.

Family Foundations Class: The Resilient Parent, March 4 - April 29, 9:30 - 10:30 am

We may feel like we are stressed out and stuck in an impossible parenting situation. We may feel like we can no longer fly. Perhaps we should take a lesson from the penguin, a bird who has learned to adapt. To go deeper. To truly fly...underwater. Mantu Joshi, author of the “The Resilient Parent,” will be leading from his own book an informal study during March and April for parents who are ready to take the plunge and discover/discuss their own penguin–like resilience through mindfulness in parenting. We will be using his book as a launching point for sincere dialogue around what it is really like to be a parent in today’s culture. Parents of very young children are especially encouraged to participate. Meeting in Room 304 during the Sunday School hour. 

Interfaith Service for Peace, Sunday, March 18

The 2018 Annual Kalamazoo Interfaith Coalition for Peace and Justice Peace Service will be held at our church and led by Rev. Bill Wylie-Kellermann, a retired Methodist pastor from St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Detroit. His most recent books are Where the Waters Go'Round: Beloved Detroit, and Principalities in Particular: A Practical Theology of the Powers that Be. In Jesus, Wylie-Kellermann bets his life on gospel non-violence, good news to the poor, the Word made flesh, and freedom from the power of death.

Lenten Organ Recital: Rob Hlebinsky, Thursday, March 22, 12 pm

First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo on Bronson Park in downtown Kalamazoo (212 S. Park Street) is offering a free Lenten Organ Recital Series on five Thursdays during Lent. The 50-minute concerts begin at noon and are open to the public. The concerts will feature a variety of organ music played by organists from Michigan. Refreshments will be available after the recitals. Free will offering. Questions: 269.381.6340. The fifth concert will feature Rob Hlebinsky, Organist at First Presbyterian Church in Grand Haven, Michigan.

Inquirer's Class, April 15 - May 20, 9:30 - 10:30 am

Our next new member class (Inquirer's) is scheuled for 6 weeks beginning April 15.  If you would like to be a part of the class or would like more information, contact Pastor Steve Charnley at, or call (269) 381-6340.