Rejoice Sunday

On REJOICE SUNDAY we celebrate and we anticipate all that God will accomplish in and through First UMC in the days ahead. We lift up our mission to EXPERIENCE, CELEBRATE, and to SHARE God’s love. We make a conscious choice among all the other choices available to come together as the church. So what makes […]

“Love Opens the Door”

Join us this Sunday in-person or online at 10 AM We are called to: Experience God’s love. Celebrate God’s love. Share God’s love. This is the mission of Kalamazoo First United Methodist Church that was discerned by church leadership in 2001. Since this time, we have been discerning and discovering how it is that we […]

Exodus 1:8-2:10

Last week we heard the narrative of Joseph at the end of the Book of Genesis. It was a narrative culminating in God’s newness, abundance, safety, and a promise of wellness for Joseph and his family. This Sunday we find ourselves at the beginning of Exodus the story picks up and we find Joseph’s descendants […]

Genesis 45:1-15

In this passage, Joseph reveals his true identity to his brothers. They had sold him into slavery many years earlier out of jealousy, thinking they had rid themselves of him for good. However, through a series of events, Joseph had risen to a position of great power in Egypt, becoming the second-in-command to Pharaoh. When […]

God in the Storm

Join us this Sunday at 10:00 AM in person or online! This week, we join the disciples on their journey of ministry following the feeding of the 5,000. As Jesus goes to pray, they heed his instruction and set off in their boat on the Sea of Galilee, heading towards Gennesaret where they will continue […]

“Bless Me!”

Join Us this Sunday in person or online at 10:00 am Rev. Callie Plunket-Brewton writes this about Genesis 32: 22-31. “This is a profoundly mysterious story with numerous unanswerable questions. A lone human being wrestles through the night with a nameless antagonist and emerges from the night transformed—is one repeated so often in human experience […]

Elusive Kingdom

The Kingdom of Heaven is like a free store where all are welcome, all the treasures are free, and abundance is experienced.     The Gospel writer Matthew tells us that Jesus teaches that the kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, like yeast, like treasure hidden, like a pearl, like a net full of fish, […]

“The mystery of parable”

Last Sunday, we heard of the “Reckless Sower.” Today we hear the second of seven parables in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 13. This parable is also about farming and planting but is concerned with a hostile force who introduces weeds into the field. The challenge of weeds is real. Parables are a vehicle of […]

“The Reckless Sower”

This week in worship Pastor Matt will be reflecting on the Parable of the Sower from Matthew chapter 13 and together we will wonder, “whom or what is the parable about?” It is easy to decide that the Sower is God, and we are the soil. But perhaps it’s not so cut and dry. Also, […]

The Way of Jesus

This week, come be a part of the Second Sunday Worship Team's service. Pastor Matt will be delivering a sermon called "The Way of Jesus," drawing from Matthew, Chapter 11. Additionally, we are privileged to have Dr. Chalae Davis, the Executive Director of ISAAC (Interfaith Strategy for Action and Advocacy in the Community), who will […]


“Whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple -- truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward." ~Matthew 10:42  What are you thirsty for? What is the thirst of our neighbor, our world? Thirst is your body’s way of telling […]

The Call of Life “Take the Plunge”

The mission of Kalamazoo First United Methodist Church is to “Experience, Celebrate and Share God’s Love. Our mission is love. Love is our calling and our vocation as individual participants of our church and as a body. It is our strong conviction that God’s love changes us and has the capacity to change others who […]