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.
Our February Mission of the Month is the Community in Schools' Kid's Closet. The CIS Kid's Closet is an important resource to make sure that all kids can attend school every day, all day with confidence and dignity, ready to learn. It can be hard to focus on learning if you’re uncomfortable or embarrassed, and it’s hard to do classwork and homework without the right supplies. The Kid's Closet is stocked with school supplies, personal care items, and clothing that students and school staff can request as needed. Below is a list of current items that they have provided us that are considered "high need." Thank you for supporting our Kalamazoo students and schools. Kid's Closet Needs:Body lotion - large bottles, not travel sizeChapstickWomen's deodorantHair picksAdult hair brushes - men and women colorsGirl's leggings - x-small and smallBoy's briefs - all sizes
All are invited to an Ecumenical Ash Service at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 345 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 7 P.M.
Interested in becoming a member of First Church? Our next Inquirer's Class begins Sunday, March 1 at 9:30 a.m. Those interested in the class or would like more information can contact Pastor Steve Charnley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those wishing to take the step to join our family of faith will take their vows of membership at the 11 a.m. service on March 29.
Our Lent worship series is based on the book Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner's Guide to Holy Week by Amy-Jill Levine. We will get up close and personal with the passion story and imagine where we fit into the narrative through a curated exploration of artistic expression through the ages. The historical events of Holy Week happened almost 2,000 years ago, but the gospel accounts of Jesus' last days on earth become fresh and real when we picture ourselves in the time and place where the events took place.
Back by popular demand! Join in a time of fellowship while the kids have their own fun together at the church. Children will be cared for by background-checked babysitters with pizza, games, and movies. Adults will gather in room 203 at 5 p.m. before walking to an area restaurant for dinner, drinks, and kid-free conversation! Childcare is now free thanks to an anonymous gift! Dinner at the restaurant is on your own. Also, save the date of May 2 at 5 p.m. for our last Parents' Night Out for the 2019/2020 program year.
Our Tween Youth Group will meet after the 11 a.m. worship service on March 8th until 2 p.m. in the lower level Youth Area. All 4th, 5th and 6th graders are welcome to join this fun group! We are hoping to create a tight-knit youth group to play games, eat, pray, and serve God together!
All are invited to a service for peace and justice in our sanctuary. This is a gathering of many faiths. This year's keynote speaker is Rabbi Brant Rosen.
Join in a time of fellowship while the kids have their own fun together at the church. Children will be cared for by background-checked babysitters with pizza, games, and movies. Adults will gather in room 203 at 5 p.m. before walking to an area restaurant for dinner, drinks, and kid-free conversation! Childcare is now free thanks to an anonymous gift! Dinner at the restaurant is on your own. Questions? Please contact Julia Librizzi, Director of Children & Families Ministries.