Missions & Outreach


Please Mark Your Calendars for these Mission/Outreach Sponsored Events:

• June 8-11 – ASP Team Cleans Trash at Rockford Start of Summer Celebration
• June 11-14 –J-Walker youth mission trip
• June 16 – Habitat for Humanity – Arianna Street in Grand Rapids – Meet at church at 7:55 a.m. to carpool
• June 24-July 1 – ASP to Logan County, West Virginia to make Appalachian Homes warmer, safer and drier (senior high/adult mission trip)

June 4 –  Annual Conference Mission Projects – Bread pan money collected today will go to support Children’s Village, which is a haven for scores of orphaned children in Liberia, offering love, support and education to improve the outcome for this African nation, and the Haiti Hot Lunch Program, which feeds up to 20,000 children a day in Methodist Schools in the Republic of Haiti.  For many children living in poverty and still recovering from the devastating hurricane that hit last year, the Haiti Hot Lunch Program is the only healthy food many of these kids will receive all day. Right now, funding only allows feeding these children three days a week and the goal is to make sure these kids receive five hot lunches a week.  The offering will be shared 45% to the Liberia Children’s Village, 45% to the Haiti Hot Lunch Program, and 5% will support the Michigan Area Task Force that supports Haiti and Liberia.

June 11   – Peace with Justice Sunday (Lane 3)(#5809) – The 1980 General Conference created a church-wide Peace with Justice program assigned to the General Board of Church and Society. The 1984 General Conference voted to support the program with an annual Special Sunday offering on World Order Sunday, established more than half a century ago to build recognition and support for the work of the United Nations. While World Order Sunday was set traditionally in October, churches were encouraged to observe it any time during the season of Pentecost. The 1988 General Conference established Peace with Justice Sunday as the first Sunday after Pentecost to give churches a single, more convenient date for the offering and a name that clearly identifies the ministries it supports.

June 18 and 25 – Camp New Day (Lane 6) – An elementary camp and a teen camp for children with an incarcerated parent. The children receive a week-long adventure of camping with opportunities to swim, hike, tube, canoe, play games, and enjoy fire bowls under the supervision of a trained group of dedicated Christian volunteers.  A high counselor-to-camper ratio is maintained so that each camper will receive the maximum benefit from this experience.

July 2 –   Appalachia Service Project (bread pan will go 50% to 2018 team and 50% to ASP-Lane 3) (Walter Crouch, CEO of ASP, will be the speaker on July 2, along with the 2017 ASP Team!).  One 10 a.m. service you won’t want to miss!!  Thanks!


Barrel in Narthex Since the first Sunday of every month is communion Sunday, we would like to make a commitment on the first Sunday of each month to bring something in for the North Kent Connect barrel located in the coat closet off of the Sanctuary Narthex.  They are always in need of rice, meal helpers, boxed potatoes, pasta, spaghetti sauce, soup, peanut butter and jelly, jello and pudding, cake mixes and frosting, cereal, salad dressings, canned fruit, cereal and granola bars, coffee and hot cocoa, toothpaste and toothbrushes, laundry detergent, toilet paper, deodorant, shampoo and condition, and anything else nonperishable.  THANK YOU FOR THE CONTINUED SUPPORT!

NKCS is in dire need of laundry detergent and feminine products (tampons and napkins).

 North Kent Connect (formerly North Kent Community Services) connects people to the resources they need – anything from food to job training to fellowship – to help residents in northern Kent County meet basic needs and work towards economic independence.

In order to help even more people in the community, we are opening North Kent Connect Store beginning on Friday, August 4, to everyone. Anyone can shop here for high-quality, gently-used clothing and household goods at affordable prices. It is located at 10075 Northland Drive.  Every purchase will help local families better their lives through North Kent’s empowerment programs.  NKC also needs your help during the day. If you have time to volunteer during the day, please call NKCS at 866.3478.


RUMC has been assigned its 2017 house at 820 Arianna, N.W. in Grand Rapids.  It is the 400th house to be built by Habitat Kent County!  Habitat wishes to thank RUMC for its 30th year of financial support.  We have also been building with them since 1995!  May 19 is the date we volunteer to work on the house.  Just over $2,200 was sent to Habitat to support the building of the 400th house from your bread pan donations and mission’s budget!

If you would like to help on June 16, please call the office (866-9515) and leave your name.  We will be leaving from the church parking lot in the church van at 8 a.m. on May 19.

We will also be passing around a food list on June 4 to supply food/drinks for break and lunch.  Thank you in advance!



• For all those 70+ (and some younger guests), thank you for attending and making the evening of May 5 so enjoyable!
• Thank you Sue Kerbyson for organizing the event and arranging the entertainment.
• Thank you Carol Murphy for the BEAUTIFUL decorations.
• Thank you Julie Johnson for preparing such a wonderful meal (chicken, rice, gravy, green beans ala Julie, Bob’s orange fruit jello, rolls, and rainbow sherbet!).
• Thank you Cindy Breen, Mike Ferguson, Jeff Johnson, Ruth Reickard, Deb Rinehart, Carol and Jack VanderZanden for helping Julie in the kitchen.
• Thank you middle school youth (Rachel Broekstra, Grace Ferguson, Lauren Massa, Blake and Colin Murphy, Emily Radunzel, Brandon Roach, Simon Roeh, and Audrey Wendtland) for waiting on the distinguished guests (and Deb Seagle for arranging the wait staff).
• Thank you Mike Walden for giving the invocation and helping with the youth.
• Thank you all for being the Church!

Hand2Hand Opportunities – We are a part of a group of other churches sponsoring the Rockford Public Schools, feeding hungry children and families through HAND2HAND and our school is Parkside.  Please pray that the children would feel God’s love for them and that doors would be opened so that we could reach out in other ways as well.   For more details call our Hand2Hand coordinator, Danielle Crowe, at 616-914-7050.