First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo

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


Upcoming Events

Young Adult Creative Spirituality Group, November 18, 2018 - May 19, 12:30 pm

The Young Adult Creative Spirituality Group meets weekly on Sundays at 12:30 p.m. at Bookbug (an independent bookstore for all ages located at 3019 Oakland Dr.). Join them for fellowship, good refreshments, and discussions aided by the book "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron. For more information, contact Elizabeth Batten,

March Mission of the Month, March 1-31

Our March Mission of the Month will support the YWCA Domestic Assault Center and their Trafficking Shelter. Items needed are: diapers (sizes, 3,4,5), baby sipes, linens (sheets, blankets, towels, washcloths, etc.), and personal care items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, body wash, deodorant, hair care products and lotions). Please place your donations in the basket in the office. Thank you!

Academy Class: Dream Team, Faith in Action, March 3 - April 7, 9:30 am

Please join the Dream Team for a six-week Academy Class on the Team's recommendations on a church-wide capital campaign that will assist our community's housing problems. On four Sundays there will be a guest speaker:  March 3:  Introduction to the Dream Team's research; March 10: Stephanie Hoffman, Open Doors; March 17: YWCA Staff; March 24: Charlie Robinson, Habitat for Humanity; March 31: Chris Moore, Kalamazoo Collective and Carrie Drake, Building Blocks; April 7: Conclusion

Academy Class: First Light, March 3 - April 7, 9:30 - 10:30 am

As we enter the season of Lent, the focus of this dvd-based series shifts from the Sea of Galilee to Jerusalem, the site of Jesus' triumphant entry, crucifixion, and resurrection. Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan argue that the Kingdom of God is a present reality distinct from and often opposed to other kingdoms of our world. Their perspective sheds new light on our understanding of Jesus and his message, in his time and in ours. Although the series is continuing, new members are always welcome. John Clark will lead this class.

Inquirer's Class, March 10-31, 9:30 - 10:30 am

Thinking about joining First UMC of Kalamazoo? This Sunday morning class from 9:30-10:30 a.m. is focused on preparing those interested in membership in the church, and those who want to know more about our church and its ministries. Those wishing to take vows of membership will be offered the opportunity on March 31, 2019 at the 11 a.m. worship service. Please contact Pastor Steve Charnley with questions or if interested in participating in the class at

Family Foundations, March 10 - April 14, 9:30 - 10:30 am

Family Foundations (Room 304) is a group that meets during the Sunday School hour specifically to create connection and grounding for parents of young children. The time is supplemented by an online Facebook group under "Family Foundations - First UMC." Because of the challenges of family life, drop-ins to the class are encouraged, and babies/young toddlers are always welcome. We will have coffee ready for you as we study Adam Hamilton's Making Sense of the Bible. Beginning with Hamilton's quick 15-minute overview of the Old and New Testaments and moving on to his practical guidelines for reading and using the Bible, our group will focus on a few of the many controversial topics the Bible addresses

Lent Organ Recitals, March 14 - April 11, 12 - 1 pm

Our annual Lent Organ Recitals during the lunch hour on Thursdays in Lent begins March 14, 2019. The 50-minute concerts begin at noon and are open to the public. Recitals will feature a variety of organ music played by a different accomplished church organist each week. Refreshments will be available after the recitals. Free will offering.

March 14 @ noon - Bernie Foulk, organist; Jacqueline Stilger, Minister of Music
First United Methodist Church, Kalamazoo

March 21 @ noon - Jim Renfer Organ Scholar, St. John's Episcopal Church, Detroit
Joe Mutone, Organist, Meadowbrook Congaregational Church, Novi

March 28 @ noon - Julia Brown, Director of Music/Organist
Mayflower Congregational Church, Grand Rapids

April 4 @ noon - Kevin Vaughn, Director of Music/Organist
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, South Bend, IN

April 11 @ noon - David Jonies, Assoc. Dir. of Music/Organist
Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, IL

Easter Memorial Flower Orders, March 24 - April 3

The beautiful tulips that adorn the large wooden cross are a special part of the celebration of Easter at First United Methodist Church. We invite all to remember a loved one through a memorial. Those wishing to contribute should complete an Easter Memorial bulletin insert with a check to the church ("Easter memorial" written in the memo), by Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Your memorial information will be published in an "Easter Memorials" bulletin insert on Easter. We have two ways that you can specify your memorial: 1) Purchase a tulip plant(s) for the sanctuary on Easter morning for $5 each. You may take the plant home after the 11 a.m. service; or 2) Make a monetary contribution to the church's Memorial Fund.

April Mission of the Month: Pretty Lake Camp, April 1-30

Since 1916, Pretty Lake Camp has provided a cost-free summer camp experience for children who face significant challenges at home, in school or in the community. This safe, structured and encouraging environment assists approximately 800 children each summer. Campers learn life skills and are helped in coping with the challenges in their lives. The camping needs of each child are provided and some of the needed items are:  New athletic socks for girls and boys, Elastic waist shorts (Youth sizes M, L, XL), Bug spray, Spray-on sunblock, Large bottles of hand sanitizer, Beach towels, Band-aids and triple antibiotic ointment. Items can be dropped off in the basket in the office. Thank you in advance for helping to make a life-changing summer camping experience possible for many youth in our community.

Mini-KAP Spring Break, April 3-4, 9:30 am - 3 pm

Kids Adventure Program Mini-Session: Wed. & Thurs., April 3 & 4, from 9:30am-3pm.  Mini-KAP is for children in 4th through 6th grade. Space available for20 children. Children will be involved in some great experiences including: Bible stories, art, music, drama, and more. Pick up a flyer with attached registration form from the Welcome Center desk, or call the church at 381-6340 if your child(ren) are interested!

Palm Sunday Brunch, Sunday, April 14, 9:15 - 11 am

Jon us in Wesley Hall for a brunch of all your favorite brunch foods. Freewill offering. To volunteer to help set-up, serve, or clean-up, contact Pastor Dan Duncan at or call 381-6340, x231.

Blessing of the Palms/Palm Procession Parade, Sunday, April 14, 10 - 10:15 am

On Palm/Passion Sunday, all are invited to meet at the Academy Street doors at 9:50 a.m., where "palms" will be distributed. We will then walk together to Bronson Park to join other downtown churches for a short 15-minute liturgy. A simple brunch in Wesley Hall will follow the blessing of the palms. Then at the beginning of the 11:00 a.m. worship service, the children are invited to be a part of the palm procession parade. Plan to join us as we experience this special morning when the children wave palms and ring chimes with voices singing, "Hosanna, blessed is He!"

Baptisms, Sunday, April 28, 11 am - 12 pm

Our next date for baptisms is April 28, 2019.  Please contact Pastor Dan Duncan at if you are interested in baptism for your child during that morning.

CROP Walk, Sunday, April 28, 2 pm

Come walk with us on Sunday, April 28.  Walk begins at 2 p.m. at Bronson Park. The youth will be in the Marketplace on Sundays if you would like to sponsor them! A gift of $125 will be shared with the CROP Walk for every walker that raises at least $250. 

UMW Bake Sale, Sunday, May 5, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

You can help support United Methodist Women's mission to support the global ministries of the church by your purchase of homemade goodies by the ladies!

Family Fun Event: Spring Musical, Friday, May 31, 6 - 8 pm

Our May Family Fun activity will be our annual "Dinner and a Show," which means a potluck meal and watching the First Beats choir's premier of the annual spring musical "In the Image" by Mark Burrows. Join us on Friday, May 31, 6-8 p.m. at the church!

Children's Spring Musical, Sunday, June 2, 11 am - 12 pm

The First Beat's choir will present their annual spring musical "In the Image" by Mark Burrows during the 11 a.m. worship time. Mark Burrows' fantastic and inspiring musical, In the Image, features a group of people who have just experienced the story of The Creation. And now they're starting to wonder what it really means to be created in the image of God. Through humorous, earnest exploration, the children discover that being created in the image of God isn't about physical appearance. It's about creativity, faithfulness, responsibility, community, and the ability to find the good in all that is around us. We wlecome you to invite family and friends to this wonderful program.

Family Camping Trip, June 27 - July 1

Join the Family Foundations group for a family camping weekend at Yankee Springs Recreation Area Gun Lake Unit. We will be camping June 27th thru July 1. You are welcome to come for part or all of the trip. Several sites have already been reserved and there is plenty of space for more. Bring your tent or RV, sleeping bags, flashlights, and any camping gear you have. We will enjoy the lake, hiking, singing, fellowship, and more. Please RSVP to Katy McGinnis or cell 269-267-399.