Opportunities to put

your love for God into action


"...we are God's accomplishment, created in Christ Jesus to do good things. God planned for these good things to be the way that we live our lives." 

Ephesians 2:10 (Common English Bible)


  • refresh: Hygiene and Hope

    Welcome and host people who are experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity as they receive the gift of a hot shower, a meal and connection to services in our church building. The program runs on Tuesday and Friday mornings (8-11) and Wednesday evenings (6-8) throughout the year. There are opportunities to serve in person, by "Sharing a Load" of laundry, by donating some of our often-used items, and by helping with the meals, especially on Wednesday evening. For more information about this program, proudly co-sponsored with Community Action House, contact Rev. LuAnne, or click here for a video to see what Refresh is all about. 


    Please drop off items for donation on Tuesdays and Fridays from 8-11am or Wednesdays from 6-8pm at Entrance A. Thank you for supporting  Refresh!


    Our Top Needs Are:    (starred items are most urgent)

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    *Tuna salad kits (found in the tuna aisle)

    *Men's jeans, esp.  29- 34 waist, 32 and 34 length

    *Men's shoes and boots, esp. size 10 and up

    *Mosquito/tick repellant for skin



    We do NOT currently need coats or other cold-season gear. Items that are used but in good condition are gratefully accepted. Thank you!


  • Kids Hope

    Spend an hour a week during the school year building a life-changing relationship with a child in a local school or be a prayer partner for a mentoring pair. During the pandemic we're primarily pen pals! For information on Kid's Hope USA, click hereFor information on volunteering through First, contact Rev. LuAnne

    We are collecting items for our partner school until September 12. 

    These are the items they have requested: 

    - 8 or 10 packs of magic markers

    -glue sticks

    -16 or 24 packs of crayons

    -1 subject wide-ruled spiral notebooks

    -2 pocket folders

    Please bring all items to Entrance B near the church office by Sunday, September 12. Thank you for blessing our Kids Hope partner school in this way!

  • serving our neighbors (SON)

    SON is an all-church serving event that happens at the end of July, with the next one happening July 21-23, 2022. Stay tuned for more information!

  • COMMUNITY KITCHEN

    Members of First serve at the free Community Kitchen meal that meets at Western Seminary. In December, we celebrate with the Community Kitchen patrons at a holiday event just for them.  For more information serving at the Community Kitchen, contact Allison at Community Action House. For information on the holiday event, contact Rev.LuAnne

  • Mobility worldwide west michigan

    Retired, but not tired? Join other retirees in West Michigan in building carts for people in developing countries who do not have the use of their legs. For more information about Mobility Worldwide West Michigan, check out their website. To volunteer, click here

  • lake louise work camps

    Help with upkeep at a beautiful United Methodist-related camp in northern Michigan, and experience nature's beauty and Christian fellowship while doing it! Work weeks in spring and fall; no experience necessary. To register for the Fall Work Camp in September 2021, click here. For more information, contact Gene Wong.

  • Prayer Shawl Ministry

    This ministry provides persons in need of comfort with a warm, hand-crafted shawl created while praying for them, to literally cover themselves with prayer. New knitters, crocheters or quilters are always welcome to join. For more information, contact Jane Smith