AROUND THE CORNER
March 9, 2023
If you can’t join us in person this Sunday, follow our livestream. Wether you are a regular church-goer or just seeking a moment of peace and reflection, you are welcome to join us.
Consider making a contribution to our church.
As we prepare to celebrate Easter, we would like to extend an invitation for you to remember your loved ones by providing Easter tulips for the floral decoration on Easter Sunday or by giving a monetary gift to the church Memorial Fund.
This is an opportunity to honor and remember those who have gone before us, and to add to the beauty of our Easter celebration. Your gift of Easter tulips will help to create a welcoming and joyful atmosphere in our church as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Lent has started and we are excited to announce that Lenten study books are available for anyone who wishes to deepen their spiritual practice during this time. You can find these books on the Welcome Desk, and feel free to pick one up on Sundays. If we run out of copies, don't worry! We can make more available to you upon request.
For those who are unable to come to our location or prefer a digital copy, we are also offering to email the book to anyone who requests it. Please reach out to email@example.com if you would like a copy sent to your email.
Let's make the most out of this special season and use it as an opportunity for growth and reflection.
Lenten Organ Series
Join us for this year's Lenten Organ Concerts! Experience the beautiful sounds of renowned organists as we celebrate the season of Lent. Free admission, all are welcome!
March 12 , 2023
Join Us for worship!
Will You Give Me a Drink?
This third Sunday of Advent 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.
10:00am-11:00am: 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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Children & Family Fun
Family Fun Event for all of church! Bowling at airway lanes, tomorrow, Friday March 10, 5:45pm – 7:30pm! $10/bowler.
We also want to let you know to keep an eye out for the Bayshore Traveling Day Camp announcment comming soon
"Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." - Matthew 11:28
When: Friday April 28th 6pm thru Sunday April 30th 12 pm.
Where: Ludington Beach House-120 North Lakeshore Dr. Ludington MI 49431
Who/why: Any mother with children at home in need of rest and refresh time with other moms.
Cost:$175 due in full by March 12th to secure your room. Pay to Magen Lindstrom via Venmo, cash, or check.
The Baylor Project Concert
On March 19 at 3:00 pm we will have a jazz concert given by musicians from Baylor University. That concert will also be held in our sanctuary.
The labyrinth will be set up in Wesley Hall throughout the season of Lent. You are invited to walk the labyrinth after worship on Sundays or Monday - Thursdays between the hours of 9am-4pm. This labyrinth requires the removal of your shoes to preserve the cloth of the labyrinth. The labyrinth can take 10-20 minutes to walk depending on your pace and the time you spend in the middle. There will also be prayer stations set up, please make use of them to enhance your time of prayer and contemplation. If you have never walked a labyrinth, I encourage you to try this ancient prayer practice to quiet your mind, center yourself and allow your spirit to be in prayer, curiosity, and expectation. Peace be with you
Manna and Lent
This Lent Manna will be exploring the intersections of faith and mental health. Every Tuesday from February 28 through April 4 we will see what the Bible has to say about different mental health related topics including depression, anxiety, suicide, and self-care, and discuss what this means for our own lives today. Manna is open to all young adults and meets Tuesday evenings in the youth lounge, 6:30pm-8:00pm.
Ever feel like Jesus has been kidnapped by the Christian Right and discarded by the Secular Left? "Saving Jesus" is a DVD-based exploration of a credible Jesus for the 21st century. John Clark will facilitate the discussion.
The class will run for 12 more-or-less consecutive Sundays (except Easter and probably Memorial Day). That takes us into mid-June! the class will meet at the parlor.
HRI's Walk to End Homelessness
A 5K Walk to End Homelessness. Saturday, March 18, starting at the Kalamazoo Growlers Baseball Stadium-Homer Stryker Field at 10:00 a.m. Join Housing Resources, Inc (HRI) for their annual fundraising event. HRI’s fundraising goal is $110,000 this year to provide housing assistance to Kalamazoo residents. Donate, start a fundraising team, or participate in this event to be part of the solution to end homelessness in our community. Team and individual registration is open now on the HRI website housingresourcesinc.org.
We are pleased to announce that our church currently has two job openings for individuals who are interested in contributing to our community.
The positions available are for a Part-Time Maintenance Worker and a Financial Assistant.
The Part-Time Maintenance Worker will be responsible of performing routine work involving the repair and general maintenance of facilities, buildings, and equipment for First United Methodist Church.
The Financial Assistant will be responsible for assisting the church treasurer with various financial tasks such as accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and bookkeeping. The ideal candidate should have experience in finance or accounting and have strong organizational and communication skills.
Bronson Park Food Pantry Volunteers
Our Bronson Park Food Pantry (open each Wednesday from 12:30-2:30) will soon be opening our doors to welcome back clients to shop for their food needs inside the pantry. In preparation for this, we would like to offer them some “special” items that aren’t included in the deliveries from Loaves and Fishes. Please consider donating the following, which can be left outside the Food Pantry:
Travel size toothpaste
Travel size lotion
Juice / juice boxes
First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo welcomes all to our congregation for worship, service to others, and learning. We are a reconciling congregation, welcoming all regardless of age, race, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious background, citizenship, language, or ability.