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upcoming events 

Lent & Easter Worship


  • Community Service/Potluck @ St. Andrew's Episcopal Church @ 6PM


  • Community Service @ Immanuel Lutheran Church @ 12PM


  • Sunrise Worship @ Hemlock Park @ 7AM

  • Easter Vigil @ St. Andrews Episcopal, 8AM - 10ish

  • Easter Sunday Worship @  First, 10AM​

college care kits - spring '23

It's that time of year - time to remind our college students that they are loved! This spring we will send $10 Starbuck gift cards and home baked cookies, along with a card with notes from the congregation to each of our college students. Beginning Sunday, April 2, you're invited to take a gift card envelope from the display in Fellowship Hall and put $10 in it - and then place it in the offering plate.  On Easter Sunday, and the following week, we will provide giant cards (one for each student) so that you can write words of encouragement to our young adults. If you have questions about this ministry, please contact the church office or Pat Little.

crafting with a cause - april 15

Our next Crafting with a Cause event will be Saturday, April 15 from 10AM - 1PM.  We will be working on prepping the spring college student care packages for mailing, tying blankets, making plarn (plastic yarn), crocheting mats for the homeless, and lunch bag decorating.  A light lunch will be provided.  If you have any questions, contact Carol Hillman ( or Larisa Draves ( directly.

first family meeting- april 16 

Please plan to join us on April 16, after worship, for our second quarter First Family meeting.  The conversation at this meeting will center on the current denominational discussion about LGBTQAI+ inclusion, and next steps for Big Rapids First UMC.  Pastor Jeremy will also share more information about the poll that was done last summer, designed to help church leadership better understand the views and perspectives of the members and constituents of Big Rapids First on this important issue.

Free Community MEal

First Church serves a FREE MEAL every Thursday in our Fellowship Hall.  The doors open at 4:30PM for a time of fellowship and community building, and dinner is served from 5:30 - 6:00PM.  Come and enjoy a great meal, and get to know some of the amazing people in your community!  If you would like to volunteer to serve at Community Meal, please contact the church office at 231-796-7771 or via our Contact Us page, found HERE.

Community Meal Volunteers

We are looking to enlist a few additional volunteers for our Thursday Community Meal ministry.  The areas we need the most help in is: 

  • Weekly Clean Up Crew - You would sign up for the weeks you are available to help.

  • Cook - You would be added to our rotation of cooks, with responsibility to cook every four - five weeks - or you could let us know which Thursdays work best for you!

If you are interested/available to serve please contact Mike Gibson our Community Meal Coordinator.

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