First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo

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


Volunteer Opportunities

Bronson Park Food Pantry. The church has a Loaves & Fishes food pantry that is open from 1-3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Volunteers needed to stock the pantry, check-in clients, and assist clients in choosing nutritional food. To volunteer, contact Judy Ross at 343-1978.

Congregation Care Visitation. Consider joining the Congregation Care Committee to "go calling" on church members who seldom get out or cannot get out at all. Share in the joy of bringing some friendly conversation to a person's day. You will be rewarded ten-fold! Contact Robin Entenman (344-2157) or Laura VanVlack-Ailes (349-9988) if you would like to be a part of this visitation ministry.

Costa Rica Mission Team.  FUMC encourages individuals to become involved not only in our community, but also in the world.  Currently, the church is assisting in building the Methodist Children’s Home in Costa Rica.  Each year a group of volunteers travels to Costa Rica to perform construction work on the buildings and spend quality time with the children at the home. You can be a part of this Mission Team's work.  Contact Costa Rica Mission Team Leader Susan Eden (269) 375-9880 for information on how you can participate.

First Stitchers. Do you enjoy sewing or knitting? This group lovingly creates hand-sewn, knit, and fleece blankets, and knit hats and mittens to local ministries. They meet in the Fellowship Room on Thursday mornings, but Stitchers also work from home in their free time. For more info, contact Linda Lueth, 324-3522 or Ellen Portis, 343-5674.

Gardeners. Volunteers maintain the gardens around the outside of the church. They weed, add to, and replace plants as needed. In addition, they maintain the flower pots and boxes outside the church entrances, as well as some of the indoor plants. The gardening team is responsible for overseeing the lawn mowing contract each year. Contact Jim Willoughby at (269) 349-9311 or if interested in being a green thumb.

Greeters. Are you the type of person who automatically smiles, greets others, and desires to make others feel welcome at our church? Would you be willing to lend your natural warmth and friendliness to the people who come to worship on Sunday mornings? If so, please sign up at the Welcome Center for the Sunday of your choice or call the church office at 381-6340.

Helping Our Neighbors. Volunteers are needed on Monday and Thursday mornings to help those facing utility shut-offs or eviction. By meeting individually with each person, listening to their story, praying with them, and loving them, we are able to make their day a little brighter and restore some faith. Please contact Kim Taylor,, or Ruth LaMachia,, if you would like to help with this outreach ministry that benefits our neighbors. You may also contribute to the Pastor's Discretionary Fund that helps fund this ministry.

Hospitality. Our coffee and fellowship time on Sunday mornings is called "Perks!" It welcomes your participation as a host. Hosting means that you help to provide simple snacks (cookies, crackers, cheese, veggies, etc.) and replenish the food on the tables as needed. The church will perk the coffee, provide ice water, paper products, and set-up. You provide the goodies and help with clean-up. It's that simple! Donations of snacks are always welcomed, even if you do not host. Sign-up on the board in the Perks gathering area.

Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON). There are a number of ways you can volunteer with JFON, a ministry of hospitality that welcomes immigrants into our communities by providing free or low cost, high quality mmigrantion legal services. For more information, please contact Ann Sweany at 350-5977. There are a number of ways you can volunteer with JFON when we have a clinic at the church:

  • Translation
  • Hospitality: snacks, greeting
  • Intake assistance
  • Fundraiser
  • Answering the telephone

Justice Ministry.  Hear, learn, and address institutional injustice issues; includes ISAAC, Interfaith Coalition for Peace and Justice, Bread for the World, and Michigan United. Contact co-chairs Ray & Ann Sweany at 350-5977 if you have a passion for justice issues. 

Kids Adventure Program (KAP). This summer ministry for children in our community entering 4th through 6th grade that have been invited to KAP through connections with Helping Our Neighbors, YANA, and Spring Valley Elementary School offers a faith-based program which will enrich the lives of children through multi-sensory experiences that illustrate the Good News of the Gospel and their intrinsic worth as children of God. Volunteers are needed to help provide snacks, assist with lunch, and offer time as a buddy for a child Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. for six weeks. Please prayerfully consider sharing your love of Jesus with a child. Contact Coleen Treman by emailing her at for more info. 

Lay Readers.  Lay readers assist the pastors lead worship on Sunday mornings. If you’ve thought this could be a good ministry for you, this is the time to let us know! Lay readers are asked to participate 2-3 times a year. Some of the readings will include the Call to Worship, morning prayer, scripture reading, and Prayer of Dedication. A good speaking voice is required. Please contact Christi Landreville in the office, 381-6340.

Marketing the Message. Develop ways to market the church's message using social media and more. Contact Pastor Steve Charnley if interested in this new ministry that is looking for creative ideas to authentically and effectively link the church to the community and communicate who we are.

Meal Ministry.  The Caring Committee has a ministry that provides meals to those families in need identified by the clergy. We currently have need of people who are willing to occasionally provide a meal or part of a meal. If you would like to consider being added to a calling list of meal providers, please call Dawn Wheaton at 330-5152. 

Music & The Arts.  Those that love the arts are welcome to be a part of this group that plans and organizes concerts, recitals, and receptions that happen at the church, including the annual Advent Concert Series and Lent Organ Recital Series. Contact Carol Hodges at 342-6647, or Liz Moon at 329-2899 for more info.

Outreach Ministry.  We seek to encourage outreach through developing community service ministries. Develop ways to connect the church to the community that helps to make our world a better place. This is an active ministry that needs active hands and feet. Contact Chair Mark Oudersluys at 345-0759 to learn more about our efforts to reach the world locally and globally.

Post-Hospital Visitation. Our church has a long tradition of member visitation. Post-hospital visitation is a way our church augments pastoral care in maintaining church connections with members during the immediate recovery period after hospital discharge. Hospital visits are weekly, short-term and flexible in method (in person or phone), time of day and day of week. If you would like more info, contact Robin Entenman at 344-2157.

Reconciling Ministries. Equip the church so that it is a welcoming congregation for all sexual orientations, gender identities, and races. Contact co-chairs Diane Owen-Rogers at 387-8434 or Lori Owen-Rogers at (567) 360-6525 to learn more about the work of this ministry group.

Robin Cabin. About forty years ago the church adopted an old cabin at Wesley Woods Camp and Retreat Center in Dowling, Michigan. In September 2004, the cabin was torn down and rebuilt with volunteer labor and funds supplied by the church. The cabin, named Robin Cabin, recives a thorough cleaning before campers arrive every spring. You can help assist in this annual upkeep. For more information, contact Outreach Team Chair Mark Oudersluys at

Stephen Ministry. Bring Christian care to strengthen members of the church facing large or small life changes, challenges, or crises. Training is provided. Contact Wendy Arnold at 323-3244.

Sunday School Teachers. The children’s Sunday School and Godly Play programs have openings for teachers and leaders that alternate in 5-6 week sessions from September to May. We continue Godly Play throughout the summer for our youngest children during the 10 a.m. worship time; e.g., teachers and leaders are needed in the summer as well. We follow a curriculum called "Deep Blue!” which gives our children a strong Bible-based model for living as a disciple of Jesus. Lessons are clear and easy to lead, and all materials are provided.  If this is your calling, please let Pastor Dan Duncan ( know. 

United Methodist Women. Join a group of women who work for justice through service and advocacy, and support ministries for women and children around the world. Several monthly "Circle" meetings at different locations and times help to develop a creative, supportive fellowship. Quarterly General Meetings that include a program and luncheon bring the group together to share ideas and collaboration. 

Ushers. Head ushers Roger Williams (8:30 a.m. service) and Dan Bunker (11 a.m. service) welcome new ushers at Sunday morning worship services. To let them know of your interest, email Roger at and Dan at

Wedding Hostesses. No experience needed except a desire to be an assistant for wedding parties on their special day. New hostesses will work with an experienced hostess until he/she is comfortable working on their own. Rehearsals require one hour and the wedding usually requires two and a half hours. Contact Liza Wolfe if interested. 

Welcome Center Greeters. Are you available to greet visitors at the Welcome Center on a week day or Sunday mornings? People who volunteer report that this is an easy way to meet new people and welcome them to our church. Literature about the church and a gift of a candle are also our way of expanding our mission of celebrating God’s love. Sign up on the board near the Welcome Center to greet.

Wesley Foundation.  The Wesley Foundation is a United Methodist campus ministry open to all college students in the Kalamazoo community, including the communities of Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College, and Kalamazoo Valley Community College. They offer diverse programming to meet the needs of the students and community in Kalamazoo. Several times a year the church provides a Sunday evening meal and fellowship for the students after their evening worship. Contact for this ministry is Donna Dunyak,

You Are Not Alone (YANA). Our Sunday evening meal for the community is always in need of helping hands to setup, prepare food, greet guests, and do cleanup. The meal is served on Sundays at 5:30 p.m. If you would like more information on ways you can help, contact Ray and Ann Sweany at 350-5977.

Youth Tribe Ministries. Youth Tribe is a ministry for youth grades 7-12 that strives to actively develop and build a life of faith through Sunday morning classes and evening gatherings. Mindful Missions is an important theme throughout these ministries. Each month the Youth Tribe engages in a local mission effort during their evening gathering time. These activities may be preparing laundry soap for the food pantry, giving away hot chocolate, creating kindness rocks, buying and delivering Thanksgiving baskets or visiting the elderly. Each summer we participate in a summer service project through The Appalachia Service Project. This is a week-long service project in the Appalachia Mountains making homes warmer, safer and drier. Please contact Associate Pastor Julie Kline to volunteer,