E- News of the First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo
March 5, 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 second week of Lent. On this Second Sunday of Lent, we reflect on two stories. The first, in Genesis Chapter 12, shows Abram and Sarai starting a new adventure with God after feeling directionless. The second, in the gospel lesson, features Nicodemus seeking Jesus for new teachings and receiving an invitation to be born again. Both stories invite us to embrace God's invitation for new life, especially during Lent. Let us use this time to seek God's newness and start again.
As a reminder, please review our updated mask optional practice for church events.


How do we begin again?

This Second Sunday of Lent, two texts will guide our worship. The first featuring Abram and Sarai in Genesis Chapter 12. At the end of Genesis 11, all things pointed to death for this couple, and then in chapter 12 all things point towards life. In chapter 11 they were without direction. At the beginning of Chapter 12 they were called to new adventure. The rest of their lives would be spent seeking the God who first called them. In the gospel lesson, Nicodemus comes seeking Jesus in the cover of night. Both men are Rabbi’s, and Nicodemus is curious about Jesus’s teaching. The result is an invitation from Jesus to Nicodemus to be born again. In both texts God casts an invitation for new life. In Lent, in all times really, God casts an invitation to all for new life. Are you curious? May our worship be a time of seeking God’s newness, to begin again.

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: In room 305

5:30 pm Faith Milestones: Wesley Hall

6:00 pm Youth Group: Will meet in the Youth Lounge.

6:00 pm Small Groups: Multiple spaces at church


For more information, please contact

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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