Missions & Outreach


Please Mark Your Calendars for these Important Mission and Outreach Dates:

  • January 7, 2018 – 12:10 – ASP (Appalachia Service Project) Informational Meeting – Fellowship Hall
  • February 11, 2018 – 11:45-done – ASP Cake Auction/Soup-Salad Lunch Fundraiser – Fellowship Hall
  • April 21, 2018 – 7:00 p.m. – Euchre Tournament – benefits NKC and one other charity
  • June 23-30, 2018 – ASP trip to West Virginia


November 5 and 12 – North Kent Connect – North Kent Connect (“NKC”) is a Christian organization committed to improving the lives of all people in northern Kent County by providing access to basic needs and promoting economic independence. A new way they raise funds is the NKC Store which provides gently-used, high-quality clothing and household items to the community at affordable prices on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The clients of NKC are able to shop at the NKC Store and the Food Pantry on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for free. Currently they are serving about 5,000 individuals per year.

November 19 – Mel Trotter Ministries – Last year, 147,421 meals were served, 523 men, women, and children found housing, and 135 individuals secured employment. Some of the programs at Mel Trotter Ministries include: food pantry, stable employment and permanent housing programs, evening meals, shelter for public inebriates, women and children’s shelter, men’s shelter, day care center, etc. Thank you for your continuing support of this Grand Rapids ministry.

November 26 – United Methodist Student Sunday (#5816) (Lane 3) United Methodist Student Day calls the church to support students as they prepare for life in uniting faith with knowledge. The special offering provides scholarships for qualified United Methodist applicants. The fund continues to make a difference in the lives of our students today by preparing them for future ministries and missionaries. By contributing to the United Methodist Student Day offering, you help undergraduates attending United Methodist-related schools receive scholarships.


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 conditioner, and anything else nonperishable.  THANK YOU FOR THE CONTINUED SUPPORT!

North Kent Connect Winter Clothing Drive – A new barrel is in the Community Outreach Room marked “North Kent Connect Clothing Barrel.” They are asking for gently used or new winter clothing (please do not bring clothes that should be discarded). In addition, please do not bring non-clothing items (except food to the NKC Food Barrel) to the church. Toys, dishes, glasses, pans, etc. will still need to be delivered to NKC during their business hours. Thank you for your support!

North Kent Connect Food Drive – We are collecting food for Thanksgiving food baskets and food to get NKC to the end of the year. They are in need of stuffing, vegetables, fruit, bags of potatoes, gravy (no glass containers), pie crusts, and fillings for Thanksgiving baskets. Also, spaghetti sauce (no glass containers), pasta, macaroni & cheese, rice, Hamburger/Chicken/Tuna Helper, boxed potatoes, soup, peanut butter and jelly, jello and pudding, cake mixes and frosting, cereal and granola bars, salad dressings, coffee and hot cocoa, shampoo/conditioner, soap, toothpaste, laundry detergent, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, and anything else nonperishable. White paper bags are in both Narthexes for you to take home and bring back by Sunday, November 12 (bags are smaller than normal if you want to take two!).

WE NEED YOU! – RUMC Work bees at North Kent Connect will be held on:

  • November 14,  (to prepare Thanksgiving Baskets)
  • December 20,  (to restock Christmas Store)

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.


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.


The 2017 Appalachia Service Project Team is back from their mission trip in Logan County, West Virginia, and they appreciate all of your support to make this senior high youth mission happen. The four crews repaired roofs, floors, walls, electricity, installed drywall, etc. We were also fortunate to have the ASP CEO Walter Crouch with us on ASP Sunday (July 2). Thank you everyone who supports this mission (XO)!


On Sunday, October 15, 2017, 52 walkers from five local churches (Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, Courtland Oakfield United Methodist Church, East Nelson United Methodist Church, North Kent Bible Church of God, and Rockford United Methodist Church) gathered at RUMC and walked north on the White Pine Trail to the lookout just south of 12 Mile Road and back (3.1 miles). The Crop Walk benefits Church World Services, with 25% of the funds raised each year returned to benefit North Kent Connect and the Cedar Springs Community Food Pantry. Over $5,000 was raised by the five churches to help relieve hunger and poverty in the world. It was a bleak day for the Crop Walk, but not one drop fell on the walkers (and refreshments were provided back at the church). RUMC raised $2,503.36 and we had 33 walkers! Thank you everyone who walked or sponsored a walker! It was fun!


Thank you for your continued support of Habitat for Humanity