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Risk-Taking Mission and Service are essential parts of the way GUMC actively lives the example of Jesus. Listed here are many of the ways we carry out our vision, including hands-on opportunities as well as programs that can use financial support. Contact the church office for more information or to be referred to team leaders.


Mission Support

GUMC actively lives like Jesus by generously supporting a wide variety of programs and projects in our local community, state, nation and world. Most, but not all, of the programs we support are connected to the United Methodist Church, including our covenant relationships with missionaries, our Special Sunday offerings, disaster relief, and local outreach programs such as the UM Community House in Grand Rapids. Our Mission Team decides on the recipients and the level of support, balancing factors such as the type of mission and its location.

Church & Society

As Christians we are called to be part of this ministry of reconciliation, first by being reconciled by God, ourselves and then by becoming ministers of reconciliation to bring people together in a broken, hurting world. Church & Society focuses their attention on building networks of people working for change.By building relationships within our congregation and community, our hope is to help cultivate networks of people committed to making a difference; people who have the assets and power to make change happen. Group led by Christine Webster:

FEstival of the arts

Selling ice cream cones at the Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts is a long-standing GUMC fundraising tradition. It’s also fun! New helpers are always welcome during the Festival, which takes place the first week of June.

Feeding America Food Trucks And community dinners

Free food distribution happens at GUMC several times/year, and is frequently accompanied by a free community meal. Be part of GUMC’s risk-taking mission and radical hospitality by helping to unload the truck, shopping with our guests, and preparing food. For information contact Rainie Wolven:

God’s Kitchen

Once a month a group of dedicated folks heads downtown to help prepare a free community noontime meal. For information contact Mike Lee: or sign-up here.

Community Cupboard

Our food pantry is open on the first and third Tuesdays of each month in the late afternoon.

Learn more about this ministry! For information contact Rainie Wolven: raindoug@aol,com

Toys for Tots

GUMC has become the area’s largest distributor of Toys for Tots each December. It’s a lot of work, but nothing is more rewarding than helping kids to smile. You can serve a meal, wrap gifts or keep the kiddos busy while their parents shop. Organized and led by Kelly Chambers:

Hand2Hand Partnership

GUMC partners with Hand2Hand which provides weekend meals to public school students who experience food insecurity. You can help by shopping, transporting food items to our assigned school, and especially supporting the program financially. Co-led by Joy Freud & Cindy Kuschinsky: freudejoy@hotmail,com

Mission Trips

GUMC offers regular opportunities for adults and youth to connect with folks outside our local area who need our help in a variety of ways. Our missions committee is led by Jay Zylstra: