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)

  • the refresh program is open Tuesdays and fridays 8-11 for showers and sack meals "to go"

    Please drop off items for donation on Tuesdays and Fridays from 8-11am at Entrance A. For questions, please contact Rev. LuAnne. Thank you! Scroll down to see more about Refresh.

    Needed Items Are:    (starred items are most urgent)


    Tuna and chicken salad kits        

    *Single serving size potato chips

    *Granola bars                                           

    Packaged, microwavable breakfast sandwiches      


    Reclose-able single-serve bottles of juice and water

    Full-size orange juice (please call ahead to ensure access to refrigerator) 

    Giant-size paper lunch bags    

    Men's full-size deodorant

    Men's 3-in-1 Shower wash/shampoo/conditioner, any brand or generic  (not foaming)      

    Full-size body lotion

    Body wash for women

    Men's white crew socks

    *Men's underwear, esp sizes M and L

    Men's belts, 32-38

    *T-shirts, especially L and XL

    *Men's jeans, especially, 30-36 waist/30-32 length

    Weatherproof/rain jackets

    *Fingernail and toenail clippers

    *Full-size bar soap

    *Foot powder, full-size

    *Body powder, trial/sample size

    *Pocket sewing kits

    *Bug spray, sample/trial size

    Fabric face masks

    Lysol or similar aerosol disinfecting spray

    *Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom cleaner

  • Impact Holland

    Be the hands and feet of Christ in our local community by joining in a variety of hands- on repair projects, both short-term and ongoing, to help those in need. To make fabric masks for COVID-19 for our church and community, here are two pattern sites: Holland Hospital and Joann Fabric.  Masks may be dropped off at the church on Tuesday and Friday mornings. For more information, contact Rev. LuAnne Stanley Hook


    First is proud to partner with Good Samaritan Ministries to sponsor Circles- Ottawa County, a relational network of support for people moving out of poverty. For questions about the many ways to get involved in Circles, contact them here.

  • COMMUNITY KITCHEN and holiday party

    Help prepare a meal at the Community Kitchen at Western Seminary, and participate in the Holiday Party here at First in December for patrons of this daily meal. For more information, contact Rev. LuAnne Stanley Hook

  • Kids Hope

    Spend an hour a week at lunchtime during the school year building a life-changing relationship with a child in a local school. For information on Kid's Hope USA, click here. For information on volunteering through First, contact Rev. LuAnne

  • lake louise work camps

    Help with upkeep at one of the beautiful United Methodist-based camps in Michigan, and experience nature's beauty and Christian fellowship while doing it! Work weeks in April and October; no experience necessary. For more information, contact Gene Wong.

  • 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 or to volunteer, contact them here

  • 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

  • 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 throughout the year. For more information about this program, proudly co-sponsored with Community Action House, contact Rev. LuAnne Stanley Hook  or click here for a video from soon after we opened.

  • Serve at First

    Want to make a difference by using your time and talents at First? We would love to talk to you! Please fill out this form and someone will be in touch with you soon!

  • serve with kids

    We believe helping our children grow in the love and grace of Jesus is extremely important! Opportunities to serve are periodically available, pending appropriate background checks. Contact Colleen Bajema, Director of Children's Ministries, for more information, or mark your interest on this form.

  • serving our neighbors (SON)

    SON may look different this summer, but we can still serve our neighbors around town, near our own homes, and our church community as the body of Christ. Stay tuned for more information on SON: Antiviral Edition. We look forward to blessing our church community and neighbors this summer!