E- News of the First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo
March 12, 2023

You're invited to join us for worship! Watch the Livestream from home or join us in the sanctuary. This Sunday's worship service will celebrate the third week of Lent. The story of Jesus crossing cultural, religious, and societal boundaries is highlighted as he interacts with a Samaritan woman at a well. Jesus' question and invitation to the woman to give him a drink leads to a transformative dialogue between them. The focus of worship celebrations this week is on engaging with the living water that Jesus provides, with music from the First Beats, and an invitation to approach the fountain to remember Jesus' seeking of a sacred mutuality in relationships. Those worshipping from home are encouraged to have a bowl of water nearby, and a loose change offering will be taken to support the UMCOR initiative of WASH, which provides clean water to communities.
As a reminder, please review our updated mask optional practice for church events.


How do we begin again?

This third Sunday of Lent Jesus crosses cultural, religious, and societal boundaries by leading his disciples through Samaria. In the heat of midday, he seeks out connection with a Samaritan woman drawing water from the well. His command to her is also a question and an invitation to a new way of life: Will you give me a drink? For the woman, to respond is risky but life-changing. This question creates a dialogue between them in which Jesus sees the woman fully; she leaves the well transformed. This week, we might imagine ourselves at the well and as we do this, we will engage with the living water during our worship celebration as the First Beats lead us musically. All will be invited to the fountain to remember that Jesus seeks us to be in a relationship of sacred mutuality. If you are worshipping from home, make sure to have a bowl of water nearby. We will also be taking a loose change, change the world offering for the UMCOR initiative of WASH that helps to provide clean water to communities. Let us come thirsty for the Living Water that Jesus provides.  

Join us this Sunday! 

Sunday Morning Schedule:
10am-11am: Worship in person at FUMC Kalamazoo or online. If you're joining us for in-person worship, we are now observing an updated mask optional practice. Livestream Access Watch on YouTube  View Bulletin

11:00am-12:15pm: Sunday School for all ages.


11:00 am Open Labyrinth - Wesley Hall


11:15 am Confirmation Class - 305

6:00 pm Youth Group: Will meet in the Youth Lounge. For more information, please contact


For the next several weeks after worship, a 7-minute video about the history of First Church will be playing on a monitor in the hallway outside the sanctuary. We hope you'll stop by to take a look.

Create a Sacred SpaceDuring these months when we are not all meeting together in person, we suggest that you create a small sacred space/altarscape if you are worshipping at home. You can make it as simple or as elaborate as you wish! Perhaps include a candle and use it as your Peace Candle. Light it when we light the candle in the sanctuary.

When We Are Having Technical Difficulties
During online worship on Sunday mornings, we occasionally experience technical problems with our livestream. We ask for your patience when you notice that the livestream doesn't start at the designated time. When the delay looks to be longer than 5-7 minutes, we will post a comment on the YouTube channel to let you know that we are experiencing technical difficulties. We will also send an email. We appreciate all those who join us for worship on Sundays and your patience!

Worship Resources:
  • Connect Form: Need to get in touch? You're welcome to connect with us online.
  • Prayer Requests: Share through our online form.
  • Online Giving: Donate through our website.
  • Text Giving: Send text donations to 844-937-0646 (without the dashes).
Our Anti-Racist Call to Action:

As part of Kalamazoo First United Methodist Church’s vow to resist oppression in all its forms, we, the Church Council, commit ourselves to the decisive action that is needed to resist and dismantle racism at every level. This action must go beyond our historically empty rhetoric about repentance and broken promises to be a church that is a credible and active witness for peace, equity and justice in the face of harm visited upon communities of color. We beckon our clergy and lay leadership to unapologetically shine the light of truth on our church community so that we recognize our complicity in systemic racism, recognize and condemn white supremacy as sin, and seek a deep knowing of what God calls us to do. We make these vows so that every person—especially Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)—may live in safety, health, and freedom.
Church Services, Activities and the Office

In addition to in person services, weekly worship is streamed and archived on our YouTube channel. Pastoral care continues through personal phone calls and visits (as permitted). Please email Pastor Julie at if you are in need! 

Due to Covid-19, members of our staff continue to work from home on a regular basis. We will work and plan with the confidence that the Holy Spirit is at work in our lives as a faith community. If you have any questions, please contact Ruth LaMachia, our Director of Business Administration, at You can also reach our church office at (269) 381-6340, Monday through Thursday from 9:30am to 3:30pm.


We are a Reconciling Congregation, welcoming all
with open hearts, open minds, and open doors.

First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo invites all persons to join us on our journey of faith. Jesus Christ calls us to be an inclusive church that exemplifies the kingdom of God. We strive to move toward reconciling relationships with all, affirming those who are marginalized for any reason, including sexual orientation or gender identity.

Our mailing address is:
212 S. Park Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
(269) 381-6340
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