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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

Casey's Socks for Christmas - 150 Socks Still Needed

//Each Casey’s breakfast guest receives a Christmas sock filled with practical items and goodies.  Purchase a pair of medium-weight, warm, winter, washable socks. Stuff one sock in the toe of the other so that each recipient receives a pair of socks!  Fill the sock with full-size personal care items like shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, and lip balm. Add a few extras like bandages, pen and paper, hard candy, nonperishable snacks, even a t-shirt. You might want to add a few safety pins on the outside and tie on a hat and warm gloves with a festive ribbon. (Please avoid items that have alcohol, anything sharp, breakable containers, and crushable foods.) Drop off your socks in the north lobby office or under the trees in the narthex on Sunday, December 21. With your help, each of our Christmas Eve breakfast guests will leave with a warm heart and warm feet.


Another Step

//Dear Friends in Christ, in an attempt to take one more step toward Radical Hospitality we will be offering 100% gluten-free communion to everyone this Christmas Eve.  This will eliminate the risk of cross-contamination (a great danger for some!), while at the same time allowing us to all share in the same meal. 


Caroling

//A heartfelt thank-you to everyone who participated in Christmas caroling last Sunday! The Fellowship Committee did a fabulous job feeding us and preparing the wonderful bags of goodies for us to give to those we visited. A special thank-you to the Route Leaders - Dave Terkeurst, Eric Strand, Sami Marasigan, Marj Timmerman, Pastor Tish, and Pastor Bob, and to all the carolers. The 6 groups made 54 stops and brought joy to more than 100 people!


Christmas Eve Fellowship Help

//The Fellowship Committee is looking for help in serving refreshments between worship services on Christmas Eve. The shifts are 6:00 to 7:00  and 8:00 to 9:00 pm. Sign up online at www.grandrapidsfumc.org/sign-up-sheet.


January 90+ Birthdays

  • Betty Little will be 93 on January 2nd
If we have missed listing your 90+ birthday, please call the church office at 451.2879 with your name and birthdate and we’ll list it! 

​Taizé Sung Prayers

//Wednesday, January 7 at 7:00 pm //Taizé is an ecumenical, religious community in France with a distinctive style of music. Taizé worship consists of simple choruses, which are repeated many times and are often accompanied by instruments and vocal solos. Interspersed between the music are prayers, scripture and periods of silence. Communion, prayers for healing, and the lighting of candles are also offered at each service. The meditative Taizé worship services are open to all people and are a wonderful way to connect with God in the midst of a busy week. Rev. Tish Bowman leads our Taizé services.


Finding Our Way: Love and Law in the United Methodist Church

Beginning in January, we will offer class times to discuss this important book along with the issues of division that are threatening the church today.  We invite and encourage everyone to prayerfully consider joining in on this important conversation. Sign up online at www.grandrapidsfumc.org/sign-up-sheet.

  • Wednesdays, January 7, 14, 28 and February 4 at 10:00 - 11:00 am at Clark in the Games Room, led by Rev. Dr. Bob Hundley.
  • Wednesdays, January 7, 14, 28 and February 4 at 6:00 - 7:30 pm, led by Rev. Dr. Bob Hundley.
  • Sundays, January 11 – February 1 from 5:00 – 6:30 pm, led by Rev. Tish Bowman.  
  • Sundays, January 11 - February 1 from 9:30-10:30 am, led by Rev. Dick Youells and Mr. George Bob. 

Moms Group: Family Yoga

//Saturday, January 10 at 11:45 am //Families of babies, toddlers & preschoolers - You're invited to family yoga! We’ll have lunch; just bring a yoga mat or towel/blanket. Please meet us in The Vine. Sign up online at www.grandrapidsfumc.org/sign-up-sheet.


Jazz Lessons and Carols with MacNaughton Boulevard

//Saturday, December 20 at 6:00 pm //Jazz Vespers is meant for jazz and worship lovers of all ages, featuring jazz ensembles in a liturgical setting. Whether performing as an instrumental ensemble or augmented with vocals, expect to hear entertaining tunes from MacNaughton Boulevard.


FUMC Art Gallery: Currently Showing

//November 24 – December 29: "Holiday Show with Larry Blovits" //Currently showing in our gallery is the work of artist, Larry Blovits. Awarded the honor of "Master Pastelist" by the Pastel Society of America, Larry has amassed a national reputation for excellence in painting oil and pastel portraits, landscapes, and teaching.


Meals Needed: Audrey and Tommy Kawel

Let's surround Audrey and Tommy with some meals as well as our prayers as they welcome baby Raymond to their family! Click here to sign up for a meal.


Membership Exploration

//Sundays, January 11, 18, and 26 from 12:00 - 2:00 pm //Learn more about First United Methodist Church, get acquainted with the pastors, and meet new people at our Membership Exploration classes. Sign up online at www.grandrapidsfumc.org/sign-up-sheet.


​Disciple 1: Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study

//Segment 2 runs Sundays, January 11 – February 15 from 5:00 - 6:30 pm with Pigeon Hundley.  //For those who participated in segment 1, join us for the next six-week segment!  the Bible and engage in a weekly discussion group.


10:00 am Worship Services

//Sunday, December 21 and December 28 at 10:00 am //There will be one 10:00 am worship service both Sundays.