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, mail service, 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 during our open hours, by "Sharing a Load" of laundry that you wash at home, by donating some of our often-used items, and by helping provide meals, especially on Wednesday evening. For more information about this program, proudly co-sponsored with Community Action House, contact Rev. LuAnne, or fill out our interest form. Click here for a video about Refresh, celebrating our 2nd anniversary in 2021. To donate funds to Refresh, click this link. To donate items needed for Refresh, please see below.


    Please drop off items for donation on Tuesdays and Fridays from 8-11am or Wednesdays from 6-8pm at Entrance A. Items may also be brought to the church on Sunday mornings. Thank you for supporting our vulnerable community through donating to Refresh!


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

    • Tuna salad & chicken salad kits (found in the tuna aisle)
    • Individual size bags of chips & packs of cracker sandwiches (peanut butter or cheese)
    • Granola bars, soft/chewy preferred
    • Large boxes of cereal
    • Large bottles of apple juice
    • Body/baby wipes
    • Shampoo and body wash
    • Hand/toe warmers
    • Warm gloves
    • Long sleeve t-shirts (size L & XL)
    • Hoodies - All sizes EXCEPT Small
    • Long Underwear Tops and Bottoms - To wear for extra warmth
    • Men's boxer brief underwear (size L, XL & 2X)
    • Sleeping bags/blankets


    Thank you for your assistance and support! 

  • COMMUNITY KITCHEN

    Members of First serve at Community Action House's free Community Kitchen meals at Western Seminary, and First occasionally holds the meals in our building when there is a need. In December, we celebrate with the Community Kitchen patrons with a holiday giveaway. Here are the items we are collecting by December 1 for this year's giveaway: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1d5eONzVA6hyi-3UIsHmNKA4guutr8nTK9HXkEWz1fQw/edit?usp=sharing For more information on serving at the Community Kitchen, contact Allison or sign up at this site. For information on the holiday event, contact Rev. LuAnne

  • Kids Hope School mentoring program

    Spend one lunch period 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. For the month of August we collect needed supplies for our Kids Hope partner school. For information on Kid's Hope USA, click hereFor information on volunteering through First, contact Rev. LuAnne


  • mission trip: Adults edition

    Want to be part of a team to serve in Guatemala in February of 2023? Members of First UMC are leading a team to serve with Salud y Paz and you are invited! For more information, contact Rev. LuAnne or check out this article: FUMC_Guatemala_2023_article.pdf.

  • lake louise service retreats

    Help with upkeep at a beautiful United Methodist-related camp in northern Michigan, and experience nature's beauty and Christian fellowship while doing it? Yes, please! Service retreats in spring (to "wake up camp") and fall (to "put camp to bed"). No experience necessary, and no charge! Come for the weekend or for several days. To sign up for the fall edition, with flexible scheduling between September 23 and 27, click here. For more information, contact Liz Carr.

  • 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 and this article. To learn about the impact of these carts in Kenya alone, watch this beautiful video. To volunteer, click here

  • serving our neighbors (SON)

    SON is an all-church serving event that happens over a long weekend at the end of July. SON 2022 was a great success! Let Rev. LuAnne know if you have any questions, or want to refer someone in need of home repair.

  • Prayer Shawl Ministry

    This ministry provides persons in need of comfort with a warm, hand-crafted shawl created with prayer.