Our Mission of the Month collection for January is to provide warm hats, gloves, socks, and scarfs to individuals served by Kalamazoo's Ministry with Community and the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission. Personal-size toiletries are also desired. Please leave items in the basket at the Welcome Center. READ MORE
The David Rohs Youth Fund held at the United Methodist Foundation of Michigan and managed by First UMC Trustees is a scholarship of up to $1,000 for youth/young adults who are active participants at Kalamazoo First United Methodist Church. Youth/young adults may apply for scholarships from January to March 31 every year for up to $1,000 to attend a college, university or seminary. Scholarships of $500 are also a possibility to attend a community college/trade school. The scholarships may be used for tuition and fees, room and board, books, transportation and personal expenses associated with the cost of education. If youth/young adults who are active participants at First UMC choose a Methodist-related college, university or seminary (in U.S.), the possibility exists for quadrupling the $1,000 through the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation Dollars for Scholars program. Students may receive awards from the Rohs Scholarship Fund for a limit of two years. Applications for the 2020 Rohs Scholarship are now available to download. The deadline is March 31, 2020. Late applications will not be accepted. CLICK HERE for application.
Come and journey with Pastor Steve through the Bible as he leads us in studying some of his favorite passages drawn from his career in pastoral ministry. Class meets for six Sundays thorugh February 9 at 9:30 a.m. in the parlor.
Marcus Borg (1942-2015) was a New Testament scholar, theologian, and author. Among the most widely known voices in progressive Christianity, he brought clarity and insight to an understanding of Jesus that was both accessible and transformative. This DVD-based series draws on the "Living the Questions" video archive to explore some of Borg's core teachings. The class meets in the lower level Fellowship Room.
Family Foundations is an ongoing Sunday morning class for parents of young children. They are currently studying the book, Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Radically Unjust America, and several social media resources to cover the topic of anti-racism. Meets in Room 304 at 9:30 a.m. Come for a cup of coffee and fellowship!
All ages are welcome to be a part of Family Fun Night this month! Join us Friday, Jan. 17 for swimming and a potluck at Borgess Fitness Center on Gull Road, from 5:45 - 8 p.m. Let’s get our splash on, in the depth of winter! Only $5/family. Bring a dish to pass; drinks and paper-ware will be provided.
Methodism, in all its roots, has a long history celebrating and recognizing the ministry of the laity. Laity Sunday is a time to recognize the work and mission of all laity—not only within the walls of the church but in everyday lives. On January 19th we will welcome Lay Leader Jonathan Richardson to the pulpit. Jonathan will lift up his message, "In Times of Doubt, What Can We Learn from John Wesley?"
The church office will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20 for MLK, Jr. Day in order to give the staff the opportunity to participate in a day of service. We encourage the congregation to check out ways to be a part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service 2020 by visiting the Gryphon Place’s website. CLICK HERE to view details of the many ways you can be of service that day (scroll down) as well as sign up for the MLK Commemorative Walk and Laying of the Wreath Ceremony. (Our First Care Childcare Center and the food pantry will be open that day.)