January's Mission of the Month is to provide new warm hats, gloves, socks and scarfs to the individuals served by Ministry with Community and the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission. Also being collected are personal size toiletries; e.g., soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc. Thank you for providing needed assistance and warmth to individuals in our community.
"People of the Book" - Did you know that for Muslims, Jews and Christians are referred to, in the Quran, as "People of the Book?" How important it is for these three monotheistic religious traditions, who emerged in the Middle East, to understand one another better. Join Pastor Steve Charnley as he leads us in exploring the interrelationship of these three faiths and of the legacy of Islam for western culture and the ties that bind us as "People of the Book," to the one billion Muslims in the world. (Meets in the parlor)
First Light: Jesus and the Kingdom. Why did Jesus happen when he happened? Why the tiny villages around the Lake? Why the confrontations in Jerusalem? Why then? Why there? What were the priorities of Jesus' proclamation of the Kingdom? In this dvd-based series, noted biblical scholars Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan go "on location" throughout Galilee and Jerusalem to explore Jesus’ life and ministry. They argue that the Kingdom of God is a present reality distinct from and often opposed to other kingdoms of our world. John Clark will lead this class. (Meets in the Fellowship Room)
This group conversation is a follow-up to the "Repairing the Breach" Academy Class in the fall. Participants in that class are continuing to meet to explore how concerned, well-meaning Christians can work together to become Repairers of the Breach. Even if you did not attend the classes, you are most welcome to join the conversation. They are meeting in the chapel on Sunday mornings.
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 the theme "neighboring" based on the book, "The Art of Neighboring," by Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon.
The last week of January will find 17 adults under the Costa Rican sun continuing work on the community center building for the Methodist Children’s Home. The theme this year to share with the children at the Home is “A Rainbow of Friends.” Hold these team members in your prayers as they prepare to share Gods love through their actions: Bill and Gar Chapel, Shirley and Clarence DeBoar, Donna Dunyak, Susan and Ray Eden, Pat Elzerman, Nancy Hilliard, Carol and Don Oakley, Becky and Dennis Pence, Jane Rettke, Lois Schmidt, Dawn and Derek Wheaton.
Join us for worship on Sundays in February for our annual Rhythms of the Soul worship series. Our 2019 series theme is "God is Love." Those who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. (1 John 4:16)
A Haiti mission team will be heading to northern Haiti for one week in late February 2019. We will be working at a Methodist Medical Clinic and school and are looking for someone from our church with any medical background such as a doctor, P. A., nurse practitioner, nurse or lab tech. Someone with French language or with an elementary educational background would also be beneficial. If you are interested, please contact Dave Hamman at email@example.com or call him at (269) 775-1343.