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Upcoming Service Opportunities

Jesus Loves Kalamazoo Catalyst Week 2022

We are partnering with Jesus Loves Kalamazoo, (or JLK) a local Christian organization helping churches to reach out to people and bless them by sharing the Gospel.

Our team will participate in JLK’s Catalyst Week activities on

Tuesday, July 12 from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm, at Tree of Life School.

Tree of Life is hosting a Prayer and Grill Night, organized by JLK, to reach out to people in their neighborhood. Anyone in the neighborhood around the school is invited to gather, eat food, pray, interact, play some fun games with their children, and hear the message of Christ!

Third Church members are invited to join alongside volunteers from other churches to serve the neighbors who come to the event. As volunteers we will interact with guests, pray for them, and help the various teams with whatever they need to help make this night a success! All volunteers will need to register in advance. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Agshin or check the information page at jesusloveskzoo.org.

Tree of Life Playground Demo
Tree of Life Playground Demo

June 11, Time TBD

Tree of Life School, an organization connected to Third, is upgrading their playground equipment this summer and we have been asked to help dismantle the old equipment. There is a group from the Bridge who will be leading the charge and as always, many hands make light work! If you’re interested please contact Pastor Agshin or Bill Dykhuis.

Ministry Through Serving

The scripture is replete with verses and stories that teach about serving others and our communities. For example, Romans 12:11 says, “Never be lacking zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor serving the Lord.” (NIV) In Mark 10:45 Jesus says, “Even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Later, the apostle Paul teaches that “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love” (Gal 5:13, NIV).

At Third Church we are living out this call to serve in several ways:

1. Diaconal ministry – Our deacons pursue the ministry of mercy and compassion by visiting congregants, meeting their needs, and meeting the needs of individuals and communities outside the congregation by helping them financially.

2. Local outreach – Our church partners with local organizations to help them by sharing the gifts the Lord blessed us with. These organizations include:
Open Doors, Kalamazoo Youth For Christ, Winchell Elementary School, Alongside Ministries, Kalamazoo Gospel Ministries, International Campus Ministries at Western Michigan University, and several others.
We serve these organizations by providing volunteers, financial help, sharing their concerns with our community, and visiting these organizations to encourage them. Third Church also partners with the Winchell Neighborhood Association to provide their neighborhood groups and organizations with a welcome space for meetings and other activities.

3. International Missions – At Third we serve the Lord by taking his call to spread the gospel message not only via deeds but also via words. For this purpose, Third Church supports missionaries around the world. We partner with Karin Medical Clinics and Agape Christian School in Uganda, Rescue One Foundation in Haiti, Wycliffe Bible translators in Brazil, and more. We strive to support our missionaries financially and via volunteer engagement.

4. Pastoral Visitation and Counseling – Our pastors meet with church and community members to provide an empathic and non-anxious presence, listen to their concerns, and provide them with biblical insights to understand their own journey towards the kingdom of God.