First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo

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


Upcoming Events

Co-Ed Golf League, May 13 - August 19, 5:30 pm

Our church's co-ed golf league will begin on Monday, May 13, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.  They play at the Ridgeview Golf Course on West Main Street each Monday until August 19 (excluding May 27 and July 1).  New and returning golfers are invited. A sign-up sheet is on the Welcome Desk.  Please call Jim Barney at (269) 251-1187 with questions. 


Young Adult Creative Spirituality, May 15 - July 31, 7 - 8:30 pm

Young Adult Creative Spirituality
Wednesdays at 7 p.m. 

Young adults connecting to God through creative practices

This small group for young adults has moved from meeting on Sundays after the 11 a.m. worship to Wednesday evenings. Meetings will be at the residence of Elizabeth Batten, our Social Justice & Young Adults Summer Intern (725 W. Vine Street, #3, Kalamazoo). If you would like more information on this small group, you can email Elizabeth at  
The group also keeps in touch via a private Facebook group.

Summer Worship Schedule, May 26 - September 1, 10 - 11 am

The long, warm days of sunshine and endless opportunity will soon be upon us. What better to do this summer than to enjoy as much sun, fun, and FAITH as possible. Join us for worship this summer at 10 a.m. Our summer worship schedule begins on Memorial Day weekend, and ends on Labor Day weekend. 

Summer Kids Adventure Program (KAP), June 24 - August 1, 9:30 am - 3 pm

Summer KAP is coming June 24 to August 1, 2019.  KAP meets from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays. The summer program is available for 20 children entering 4th, 5th, and 6th grades.  KAP is faith-based, enriching the lives of children through multi-sensory experiences including art, music, games, Godly Play Bible stories, drama, field trips, sewing, and more.  This is our second summer to offer KAP to children in the community as well as children from our church family.  Flyers and registration forms are available at the Welcome Desk.  


July Mission of the Month, July 1-31

This year for the July Mission of the Month, the Outreach Team asks that you take note of the needs of the Kids Adventure Program (KAP) and the snacks that are needed for the children attending the program from June 24 through August 1 (yogurts, fruit, crackers, mini-bagels, apple juice, etc).  In addition, our food pantry is in need of specific donations:  chunky-style soups, canned peas, small bottles of dish detergent, laundry detergent, and travel-size hygiene products. 

KLUMP Softball, July 9 - August 15

The 2019 softball season has begun! Players need to be 13 years of age or older. Games are once a week at Pathfinder's Church (Portage UMC at 8740 S. Westnedge Ave., approximately one mile south of Centre Ave.). The one diamond is located behind the church. Come a half hour early to warm up! Jay Gross is our team's coach. You can contact Jay at or phone (269) 382-0597 with questions. Below is the remainder of the season's schedule.

Tuesday, July 9 at 6:15 p.m. vs. Cherry Creek
Tuesday, July 16 @ 6:15 p.m. vs. Westwood UMC
Thursday, July 25 at 7:45 p.m. vs. Portage Pathfinder
Thursday, August 1 at 6:15 p.m. vs. Cherry Creek
Thursday, August 8 at 6:15 p.m. vs. Westwood UMC
Thursday, August 15 at 7:45 p.m. vs. Portage Pathfinder

"The Best of Enemies" Movie, Thursday, July 18, 6:30 pm

Join us in the church's movie lounge on Thursday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. for a viewing "The Best of Enemies." During the racially charged summer of 1971, outspoken civil rights activist Ann Atwater faces off against Ku Klux Klan leader C.P. Ellis, as they come together to co-chair a community summit on the desegregation of schools in Durham, N.C. Based on a true story. (released April 5, 2019)


Justice at First UMC Special Offering, Sunday, July 21

On July 14 we will receive an offering in support of our "doing justice." These activities are not supported by the regular budget, but are vitally important in our being God’s church in Kalamazoo.  The Justice Team used to have monthly meetings.  It became clear that the business of the committee was preventing passionate people from being involved in the processes that could lead this city and the larger communities to enact policies that would mitigate injustices.  We are now more involved in organizations that help us further those objectives.  The offering will provide us the money to maintain a relationship with ISAAC (Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy and Action in the Community), Michigan United, and other organizations.   The Team includes those involved in the Reconciling Ministries, JFON, ISAAC, MOMS, Michigan United, Interfaith Coalition for Peace and Justice, and Youth Tribe. The few times that the Justice Team will meet as a body will be to decide how to allocate our resources to further our efforts, to identify how to expand, and to strategize how to encourage more of our members at FUMC to be involved.   

Faith Family Fun Nights (formerly known as VBS), July 24 - August 14, 5:30 - 8 pm

Save the dates for a new family fun experience this summer!  Rather than doing a traditional “Vacation Bible School” for a week as we have done for at least 15 years, this summer the Bronson Park churches are joining together to offer “Faith Family Fun Nights.” Parents (or other significant adults) are included with the children in a multi-generational program with crafts, games, and Bible stories applied to life. We’ll rotate around four of our downtown churches on Wednesday evenings, beginning with a prepared meal at 5:30 p.m., ending by 8 p.m. Here is the schedule of church rotations:  July 24 - First Presbyterian Church, 
July 31 - St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, August 7 - First Congregational Church of Christ, August 14 - First UMC. More information on sign-ups for Faith Family Fun Nights will be in the June First Word. 


ASP Trip, July 27 - August 3

Appalachia Service Project 2019!
Guyan Valley, West Virginia 
July 27 - August 3, 2019

Our ASP Team is getting prepared for their trip to Guyan Valley, WV Center in July!  This is a year-round center with bunk beds, cooks, and a full-time staff! We will be looking for prayer partners from the congregation for the team in July.  It is exciting for the youth and adult chaperones to gear up for this service trip each summer. If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Julie Kline at 
Wed. & Thurs., July 17 & 18 @ 9am-4pm - Ramp Build and Tool Training.  (Adults may not be able to commit to two full days; however, If you have never been to ASP, tool training is a must!)
Sun., July 14 @ 6-8pm - Team Builder
Sun., July 21 @ 6-pm pm - Team Builder
Friday, July 26 @ 6pm - Packing night!

Baptism Sunday, Sunday, July 28, 10 am

The next date for baptisms is July 28, 2019.  If you are interested in baptism for yourself or a child, please contact Pastor Steve Charnley at, or Rev. Shelly Wisdom-Long at 

"We Need a Moral Pentecost" Movie, Thursday, August 15, 6:30 pm

Join us in the church's movie lounge on Thursday, August 15 at 6:30 p.m. to view a talk given by Dr. Rev. William J. Barber, titled "We Need a Moral Pentecost."  Rev. Barber is the architect of the Forward Together Moral Monday Movement, president of the North Carolina NAACP, and pastor of the Greenleaf Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Goldsboro. He is also president of Repairers of the Breach. He is the 2015-2016 recipient of the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship. The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is co-author, with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, of The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Fear and Division.