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First United Methodist Church is a busy place. Click here to view the Online Calendar. If you would like to request the use of our facility, please submit a Room/Facility Request.

The following is a list of annoucements and events taking place around First United Methodist Church. Click the links below to find out more information on specific upcoming events.
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Weather Cancellation Policy

  • Monday-Friday Day Time – If GRPS is closed, all activities cancelled.
  • Monday-Saturday Evening Activities after 6:00 pm (including Taizé and Jazz Vespers) – A decision will be made no later than 3:00 pm.
  • Sunday Morning – A decision will be made no later than 7:00 am
  • Sunday Evenings – A decision will be made no later than 3:00 pm.
In all instances, when weather is threatening church members should:
  1. Check Channel 8 or 13 / Sign up for text alerts from Channel 8 or 13
  2. Check our website & Facebook
  3. Call Church
  4. Check with staff person in charge of your activity
MOST IMPORTANT, IF YOU FEEL UNSAFE DRIVING… STAY HOME

Celebration of the Arts Artists' Reception

//Friday, February 6 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm in Wesley Hall //Jazz, special desserts, and presentation of awards! Open to the public.


​Celebration Sunday Worship 1

//Sunday, February 8 at 9:15 and 11:00 am //Rev. Neil Davis, Senior Pastor of Hope United Methodist Church in Southfield will be our guest preacher.  Our music will feature the captivating style of Edye Evans Hyde, popular local jazz vocalist.


​Celebration of the Arts — Gallery Walk-Through

//Sunday, February 8 from 9:30 - 10:30 am and Wednesday, February 11 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm //Adults are invited to experience the show through the special insight of Nancy Clouse, artist and retired faculty member from Grand Rapids Community College.


​"Scenes from a Gallery" – Organ Concert featuring Eric Strand

//Sunday, February 8 at 3:00 pm //Eric Strand, Director of Music and Arts, and guest musicians will present a concert on First Church’s restored four manual, 68 Rank Möller /Buck pipe organ. Featured on the program is a suite by Craig Phillips titled “Scenes from a Gallery” for violin, flute and organ inspired by particular paintings and sculpture.


​"A Taste of Celebration"

//Saturday, February 14 from 4:30 - 6:30 pm //Stroll the gallery and sample from tasting tables. Make this the first stop on your Valentine’s Day evening. Phil Pletcher will provide romantic piano stylings.  Suggested donation: $3.00 per person.


​Celebration Sunday Worship 2

//Sunday, February 15 at 9:15 and 11:00 am //Join us for a dynamic worship service featuring a dixieland band presenting jazz music in the New Orleans tradition of Mardi Gras.


​The Calvin College Gospel Choir in Concert

//Sunday, February 15 at 3:00 pm //The Calvin College Gospel Choir is “not just” a choir; it’s a worship experience. This enthusiastic, engaging, and upbeat inspirational ensemble has been labeled the most diverse musical ensemble on campus. Join us for a joyous and uplifting time of praise and worship!


​Ash Wednesday Service

//Wednesday, February 18 at 7:00 pm //A solemn and reflective service marking the beginning of Lent.


​Envisioning Our Future Update

//The participation in Envisioning Our Future has been outstanding. We are nearing 200 people who have been engaged in the conversations. There has been positive energy with excellent ideas that are emerging for expanding our ministry... particularly with youth, young adults, and young families.  We have clarity emerging about what it means to be an urban church with an urban-focused ministry that balances attempting to reach the folks moving to the city center by choice, along with our neighbors in the Heartside community.  There are still 3 opportunities for you to participate; 1) Wednesday, January 28, 6:00 pm in the parlor, child care provided (optional pizza for $3 per person or $5 family max)  2) Sunday, February 8 at 5:00 pm in the parlor, child care provided and 3) Online Thursday, February 12 at 4:00 pm is a virtual opportunity that will take place only if we have enough interest.  If this is how you would like to participate, please let us know as soon as possible. Sign up for any of these dates online at www.grandrapidsfumc.org/envision. Thank you for your participation!


​Saturday Volunteers Urgently Needed

//We are in need of volunteer helpers for the Memorial Service for Rev. Dr. Charles (Chuck) Fry this Saturday, January 31.  The service begins at 11 am.  We need parking lot attendants, greeters, ushers, meal assistants, etc. The Celebration of the Arts Committee also needs extra assistance after the meal to prepare for Juror Sunday.  A lot is going on and we need helpers.  If you can serve, please contact Mary Molhoek in the church office at 616.451.2879 or marym@grandrapidsfumc.org to let us know of your availability. Thank you in advance for your help.


February After Church Coffee

//Sundays in February at 12:00 pm //Please join us for Coffee & Connections in the parlor following the 11:00 am worship service.


Moms Group: Creative Celebration

//Tuesday, February 10 at 5:30 pm //Moms of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers ~ You won’t want to miss out on this fun evening! Join us for a craft project, dinner, and art walk (through the Celebration art gallery in Wesley Hall). Meet us on the 3rd floor of the church building for dinner and crafts. Please bring $5/family to help cover food/supplies. Friends invited!


Rev. Charles Fry Memorial Service

//A memorial service for the Reverend Charles Fry will be held this Saturday, January 31st at 11am in our sanctuary at First Church with visitation on Friday, January 30th from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 at Metcalfs on Cascade Rd SE.


Stephen Ministry

//Six new Stephen Ministers were commissioned in worship on January 25th! They are Mary Molhoek, Jeff Henrickson, Kathie Davis, Bob Jones, Linda Peterson and Gary Lockard. Please hold them in your prayers as they join our Stephen Ministry Team in providing compassionate care to those in our congregation and beyond our walls!

Marj Timmerman, Parish Nurse and Stephen Leader