First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo

Volunteer Opportunities

Greeters. Are you the type of person who automatically smiles, greets others and desires to make others feel welcome at our church? Would you be willing to lend your natural warmth and friendliness to the people who come to worship on Sunday mornings? If so, please sign up at the Welcome Center for the Sunday of your choice or call the church office at 381-6340.

Ushers. There are several positions open for ushers. Anyone interested in ushering at the 10:00 a.m. summer worship and then the 11:00 service when we return to our regular schedule can contact head usher Dan Bunker (269.329.1196) to let him know of your interest. 

Lay readers. We are looking for new lay readers to help the pastors lead worship on Sunday mornings. If you’ve thought this could be a good ministry for you, this is the time to let us know! Lay readers are asked to participate 2-3 times a year. Some of the readings will include the Call to Worship, morning prayer, scripture reading, and Prayer of Dedication. A good speaking voice is required. Please contact Christi Landreville in the office, 381-6340.

Welcome Center greeters. Are you available to greet visitors at the Welcome Center on Sunday mornings? People who volunteer report that this is an easy way to meet new people and welcome them to our church. Literature about the church and a gift of a candle are also our way of expanding our mission of celebrating God’s love. Pick the Sunday of your choice and call the office, 381-6340.

Congregation Care Visitation. Please consider joining the Congregation Care Committee to "go calling" on church members who seldom get out or can not get out at all. Share in the joy of bringing some friendly conversation to a person's day. You will be rewarded ten-fold! Contact Robin Entenman (344-2157) or Laura VanVlack-Ailes (349-9988) if you would like to be a part of this visitation ministry.

Post-Hospital Visitation. Our church has a long tradition of member visitation. A new ministry for fall 2015, post-hospital visitation will be a way our church can augment pastoral care in maintaining church connections with members during the immediate recovery period after hospital discharge. Hospital visits are weekly, short-term and flexible in method (in person or phone), time of day and day of week. If you would like more info, contact Robin Entenman at 344-2157.

YANA. Our Sunday evening meal for the Kalamazoo community, You Are Not Alone (YANA), is always in need of helping hands to setup, prepare food, greet guests, and do cleanup. The meal is served on Sundays at 5:30 p.m. If you would like more information on how you can help, contact Ray and Ann Sweany at 350-5977.

Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) Immigration Legal Services. For a description of this ministry, please see the Outreach and Justice dropdown on this website. There are a number of ways you can volunteer with our JFON clinic. For more information, please contact Ann Sweany at 269-350-5977.

  • Translation
  • Hospitality
  • Intake assistance
  • Fundraiser
  • Answering the telephone
  • Clinic greeter

Sunday School Teachers. There are a few spots still available for leading our children’s Sunday School this program year. Teachers teach/lead alternating 5-6 week sessions from September to May. We have a new curriculum called "Deep Blue!” which gives our children a strong Bible-based model for living as a disciple of Jesus. Lessons are clear and easy to lead, and all materials are provided.  If this is your calling, please let Pastor Dan Duncan (dduncan@umc-kzo.org) or Nate Hawthorne (nhawthorne@jaquarealtors.com) know today! 

Helping Our Neighbors. Volunteers are needed on Monday and Thursday mornings to help those facing utility shut-offs or eviction. By meeting individually with each person, listening to their story, praying with them, and loving them, we are able to make their day a little brighter and restore some faith. Please contact Kim Taylor, kay0805@sbcglobal.net, or Ruth LaMachia, rlamachia@umc-kzo.org, if you would like to help with this outreach ministry that benefits our neighbors.