E- News of the First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo
February 19, 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 transfiguration of Jesus, where Peter, James, and John witness Jesus in his divine glory on the mountaintop. The worship series on "Grief and Being Present to the Process in Hope" will conclude this week. The grace of transfiguration can help us see the divine presence within the world and within ourselves, as we seek to reflect divine love and light

As a reminder, please review our updated mask optional practice for church events.


We celebrate the transfiguration of Jesus as we ascend the mountain with Peter, James, and John to witness Jesus the Christ revealed in dazzling glory. The disciples may have other mountain treks on their minds, as mountaintop experiences are marked with significance, change, and greater understandings of the one named “I Am.” This week we conclude our worship series on “Grief and Being Present to the Process in Hope.” As we are present to our past and current grief, we also embrace the grace of transfiguration that offers us eyes and hearts to see the divine presence within the world and within ourselves. As we seek to be reflections of divine love and light, we light individual candles of prayer that will join in a collective light that is a witness to the potential of resurrection. If you worship with us online, please bring a candle to your worship space. Let us experience this dazzling light and trust that God can transfigure us. 

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.

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

6:00 pm Small Groups: Let’s spend some time together getting to know each other better and have some fun! From 6:00-7:30 pm at church.


Children & Families Ministries

Nursery, Godly Play, and Sunday School will be available. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact with any questions.

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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