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After Four Weeks Away


7/29/2014 by Dr. Bob Hundley
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Dear Friends,

It was good to be back in worship with you this past Sunday.  After four weeks away, it was good to be back, refreshed and renewed.  I look forward to the weeks and months ahead.  It’s hard to believe that fall (and fall programming) is just a few short weeks away.  This coming Sunday will be the first
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Pastor's Message: July 15, 2014


7/15/2014 by Rev. Letisha Bowman
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Greetings First Church!

Summertime always makes me think of my childhood, when school was out and slow-paced days stretched out long and full of promise.  There were hours and hours open for playing with friends, reading new books, and daydreaming.  It was wonderful…until boredom set in!  I learned early on that while doing
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Financial Snapshot


6/17/2014 by Chris Hawkins
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Here is a quick snapshot of our financial status through the end of May:


Although we have received $35,139 less revenue than planned, the largest reason for that is that we have not received the budgeted contribution from the church Legacy Fund. We will do this during the summer, and the revenue picture will come closer to budget. 

The
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Pastor's Message: June 17, 2014


6/17/2014 by Dr. Bob Hundley
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PastorDear Friends,

I’m sure that you know that Audrey (Kettle) Kawel (rhymes with ‘travel’) has joined our staff as the Director of Children’s Ministry. Audrey is a daughter of this congregation, having grown up attending many of the children’s ministries that she will now lead. She is the daughter of Betsy and Ed Kettle.
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Summer is upon us!


6/3/2014 by Chris Hawkins
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Summer is upon us! The days are long, the temperatures are finally warming, and there are actually leaves appearing on the trees! This is the time when many thoughts turn to summer vacation, and other activities that can take us away from church for a few weeks. 

Of course, we all know that the ministries at First Church don’t observe
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First of all... thank you!


6/3/2014 by Dr. Bob Hundley
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PastorDear Friends,

First of all … thank you! Thank you for your adaptation to one Sunday morning worship service for the summer season. We had over 350 participants in worship this past Sunday and the positive energy and enthusiasm among us can be felt. I appreciate Eric and the choir continuing to sing these first three Sundays of the summer
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Holy Week


4/15/2014 by Dr. Bob Hundley
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Dear Friends – 

‘Holy Week’ has always been one of the most important times of the year for me.  The annual spiritual journey for me is like experiencing a four movement symphony; from Palm/Passion Sunday … to Maundy Thursday … Good Friday … and finally, the celebration of Easter Sunday morning. &...

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Happy April 1st


4/1/2014 by Dr. Bob Hundley
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Happy April 1st - a day that is notorious for pranks and jokes. As I have read a little about it's history, it goes back to medieval times with it's first official reference in Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales.'

One unlikely place to learn of 'April Fools' pranks is from Bishop's in the United Methodist Church. One of
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Tower Project Update


8/6/2013 by Emil Jensen
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The Tower Project continues on course. This week we are about 30-35 feet down from the top with about 25 feet to go. The removal of the tower should be complete by August 15. During the week of August 12, we will see the change from removal of stone to the start of the rebuilding of the new tower.  According to Pioneer Construction, we are ...

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New Mlive.com Article


7/22/2013 by Renee Brott
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First United Methodist Church's $1.2 million tower shortening: Get glimpse from within scaffolding

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Iconic Grand Rapids church tower comes down, brick by brick


7/12/2013 by Renee Brott
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Iconic Grand Rapids church tower comes down, brick by brick
The Rapidian
Crews have been working to deconstruct First United Methodist Church's tower, located at 227 Fulton St E. The church was formed as the first Methodist ...

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Barclay Ave


5/5/2013 by Emil Jensen
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With the construction of the Church Tower beginning the week of May 13th, Barclay Ave. will be partially closed to accommodate the equipment and scaffolding required for this project.  Please note the following:

  • Barclay Ave. will become a one way street going north from Fulton Street.  All exiting traffic from the parking lot will have to
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Focusing Our Time and Resources On Ministry


3/19/2013 by Emil Jensen
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The Tower Campaign Committee has begun working on the committment drive which will culminate on Mother’s Day, May 12. There are several upcoming opportunities to learn more about the new design. Join us to learn more about how the architects at Progressive AE envision how the new tower will look.  The modified tower design, which ...

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A Christmas Tradition


11/28/2012 by Sami Marasigan

One of my favorite traditions during the Christmas season is our Youth Group Christmas Decorating Party.  However, it's not at a house or the church.  Our high school youth group goes around the corner to a low-income housing building made up of single units in our Heartside (homeless) community.  All of the residents who ...

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What a 'COOL' way to experience God.


7/24/2012 by Rev. Letisha Bowman

Greetings, Friends! Can you believe this summer! What a scorcher. It´s times like this that I start dreaming of cooler times; when I look for ways to be cool and stay cool.

The excitement for Arts Alive Camp is building. This year´s theme is "Under Construction." The children who participate will learn the value of "...

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