First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo

Youth Ministries News

February 5, 2017
Cocoa & Class @ 9:30am ~“Rhythm of Our Souls”
Way back in the day of 1985, before you were born, Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson wrote a song and gathered 45 famous musicians. Together they recorded, “We are the World” and rose over $60 million for USA Africa to help end the famine that was devastating Ethiopia and other parts of Africa. This song will be the culmination of our worship series. We need to learn it so that we can sing with everyone else. And then, we will check out some of our favorite songs and watch the music videos that accompany them. We’ll find rhythm and hopefully, some inspiration for our souls.

Youth Tribe @ 6-8pm ~ Super Bowl Ichthus @ Jaqua Realtors – Hawthorne family
Ichthus Super Bowl party! We will be at the Jaqua Relator office at 221 S. Drake, Kalamazoo. This event is hosted by the Hawthorne family. Some of us will watch the game avidly, the commercials even more enthusiastically and others can play Euchre and other board games. The Hawthornes will be sharing a Super Bowl commercial Bingo that sounds like lots of fun! Some snacks & drinks will be provided but please bring some more snacks & drinks to share.      

February 12, 2017
Emerging Worship @ 9:30am ~ “Rhythm of Our Souls: The Kindness Project”

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 The Message

Kindness is really not random. We choose to be kind, the randomness of kindness is only found in who may be the recipient.  When kindness is shared it is often authentically intentional and it has a relentlessness about it that is strong and courageous. We choose to be kind to the co-worker who we’d really like to tell off, we choose to open the door for the shopper behind us, we choose to give away our money, our time and our resources.  Kindness is a choice, not always an easy one but it is still a choice.  Jesus says, “Come to me. Watch how I do it, learn the unforced rhythms of grace and learn how to live freely and lightly.” Let us walk in the ways of Christ and in worship let us celebrate those who have been Christ-like in our lives and have showered us with the gentleness of kindness. Come, join us for the soul feast of Emerging Worship!

Youth Council @ 5pm – Let’s get some planning done!

Youth Tribe @ 6-8pm – “Mindful Mission: The Kindness Project
Celebrate Kindness! We are going to break out into smaller groups and visit our members who are residents at Friendship Village. We hope to share with them a small gift to express the love that God has for each one of us and the gift that kindness is to both giver and recipient. We will also share Scripture, poems and visit and then move on to another resident. Please come and be a part of the Kindness Project! We choose kindness and the unforced rhythms of grace.

February 19, 2017
Cocoa & Class @ 9:30am – Getting ready for Chili & Soup Cook-Off
There is a lot to do to get ready for the Cook-Off. We will need to set the tables, get our soups and chili warm, set out baskets for donations, prepare drinks along with many other tasks. Please plan to join us for the preparation stage as well as the Cook-Off. Parents, I would love some extra adult hands!

Youth Tribe @ noon- 3pm – The Annual Youth Missions Chili & Soup Cook-off!!
Are you ready to take the honor of silver or golden ladle!? Please prepare a crockpot of your favorite chili or soup and bring it to church with you. During Cocoa & Class we will set up and get ready for the cook-off. During the cook-off we will serve and engage with the congregation. Afterwards, we will clean-up. Yup, we have to clean up! Let’s warm the souls of our congregation with some hearty chili, savory soups and delightful fellowship.  Our annual cook-off will help send us into the Appalachian Mountains to make homes warmer, safer and drier. The theme for ASP this year is Love In Action (1 John 3:18). God has given us amazing gifts to share with the world, let us be love! Please, come and be a part of it if you are ASP bound or not!

No evening Youth Tribe

February 26, 2017
Cocoa & Class @ 9:30am – ~“Rhythm of Our Souls”
This will be our last week of sharing the rhythms of our souls with one another during class. Bring your songs and we can listen to them on a speaker or watch a video of them! We’ll find rhythm and hopefully, some inspiration for our souls.

Youth Tribe @ 6-8pm – Clue: Murder Mystery!
You’re Invited!!
What?  A game of real life Clue to chase away the winter blues
WHO?  The usual suspects

Light refreshments will be served.  You are more than welcome to dress up for the party (you know Ms. Scarlet will be all glittery). We all need a clue in the game of  life, let’s practice putting them all together  so that we can live that abundant life that Christ calls us to everyday. Don’t miss the party…