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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

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.

Coffee Can Offering

//Sunday, February 8 //The Coffee Can offering this month will benefit the United Methodist Committee on Relief.  UMCOR provides humanitarian relief and disaster response in the United States and internationally. UMCOR’s efforts are targeted in places where natural disasters, war, or conflict have done so much damage that communities are unable to recover on their own. While UMCOR is not a first-response organization, we stand ready to accompany communities in need over the long haul of their recovery, until they are well on their way to establishing a “new normal” after a crisis. When you give to UMCOR you join other United Methodist’s around the world as the hands and feet of Christ. 

Christmas Mission Offering

//Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Our Christmas Mission Offering goal of $16,000 was shattered by your extravagant gifts of over $28,000! Your gifts will fund meaningful ministry around the world; feeding hungry children in Nicaragua, building a medical care facility in Kenya, saving lives in Sub-Saharan Africa through Imagine No Malaria, empowering women to earn their own livings in Haiti, supporting students at Katanga Methodist University and Mulungwishi Seminary in Congo, supporting ministries in Appalachia, providing legal counsel to immigrants in Grand Rapids through JFON, providing financial support to our United Methodist brothers and sisters in Herradura Cuba and right here in Grand Rapids at Vietnamese UMC and La Nueva Esperanza. You are also providing scholarships so that members of our congregation can experience upcoming mission trips in 2015 and 2016 to Cuba, Nicaragua, Haiti, and Kenya. Your gifts bring the hope of Christ to people whose lives will be changed forever!

  • Missionary support for Valerie Mossman-Celestin (HAPI in Haiti): $1,000
  • Katanga Methodist University: $500
  • Mulungwishi Seminary: $500
  • Kentucky Red Bird Mission: $1,000
  • Human Relations Sunday Offering: $500
  • United Methodist Student Fund:$500
  • Imagine No Malaria: $5,000
  • Haitian Artisans for Peace International: $1,000
  • Grand Rapids Vietnamese UMC: $500
  • Grand Rapids La Nueva Esperanza UMC: $500
  • Justice For Our Neighbors of West Michigan: $4,000
  • Mission Trip Scholarships: $3,000
  • Herradura Cuba UMC Support: $2,000
  • Koininia Ministry (Dr. Dale Williams): $1,000
  • Medical Center in Kenya (Marty Graber missionary): $4,000
  • Nicaragua Medical Trip and Feeding Program: $2,000
  • Mission Cultivation: $1,000

Souper Bowl

//Sunday, February 1 at 9:15 and 11:00 am //140 million people will tune in to the Super Bowl football game. There will be parties with abundant food, fun and fellowship. While at the same time, 50 million Americans are worrying about staying warm, finding shelter and
a warm meal. That is over 500 football stadiums filled with people in need.

The Social Concerns Committee would like to invite you to participate in our very own “Souper Bowl!” Simply bring a can of soup (soup, canned goods, dry foods, etc) to worship and place it in the collection bin located in the north lobby. Join the “First” team in our fight against hunger. Help score a touchdown in our fight against hunger! 

​College Students

//Did your address change this semester? If yes, please contact Sami at 616.451.2879 or with your new address.

​Taizé Sung Prayers

//Wednesday, February 4 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.


//Missed church? Never go sermon-less again! Our pastors’ sermons are now available on YouTube. Simply search for GRFUMC and click the subscribe button. Printed copies are also available in the north lobby rack.