Worship begins at 6:00 pm. Communion is celebrated the first Sunday of each month.
May 28: "Dying for Freedom"
June 4: Guest Preacher: Small Vital Churches
June 11: Music Appreciation/Hymn Sing
June 18: Introduction to Healthy Churches/Faithful Pastors
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Many people at Phoenix volunteer their personal time to worthwhile organizations in the Kalamazoo area. Some of these include Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes and The Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center. For a more complete database of opportunities in the Kalamazoo area see the Volunteer Kalamazoo website. We encourage everyone in our community to spread the love of God through service that is meaningful to them.
Phoenix has adopted a structure that allows people to fill the needs they feel called to. If someone envisions a mission and wants to contribute to the church community through that mission, they simply need to get approval from the Pastor or Church Moderator.
Phoenix also has a Mission & Outreach Committee which identifies service projects that we might work on together as a community.
There are many ways to become involved in Phoenix Community Church. People are often needed for things such as short-term special task forces, projects such as writing a document, or office and computer work. At the Sunday evening service we need people willing to serve as greeters, people to set up and take down the chairs, and the pastor often needs someone to read biblical or other passages during the service. Whatever you can offer, Phoenix Community Church can use your gifts, whether it is cooking, artwork, musical or mechanical skills. Don't get discouraged if it isn't immediately clear how to volunteer. Ask questions and make sure that you get the answer - that you get hooked up with the right resources.
Some of the work of the church is done through committees. Committee work generally involves one two-hour meeting per month. Special projects may require an additional time commitment. Committee members are usually elected at the congregational meeting in November. However, volunteers to help with projects are always welcome.
Decisions about church policy and direction are made by members of the church at quarterly congregational meetings. Between congregational meetings, an elected steering committee handles church business. Anyone may join the church by affirming the Mission Statement and stating an intention to become a member during a membership service. Members may vote in congregational meetings and be elected to the steering committee. All other church activities, including committee work, are open to both members and those who have not chosen to join the church.
The Spiritual Life Committee assists the pastor in planning and leading worship. This committee serves as a forum for input and feedback about worship services from members of the congregation. This committee also coordinates educational activities in the congregation.
The Mission & Outreach Committee proposes and organizes service projects as well as opportunties to reach out to the wider community.
The Pastor-Parish Committee fosters a healthy relationship between the pastor and the congregation. The committee encourages a relationship that is constructive, rewarding, and satisfying for everyone. The committee serves as a forum for input, counsel, discussion and feedback of issues which arise from the congregation and/or from the pastor.
The Steering Committee handles the business of the church. The other committees report to the Steering Committee, which in turn is responsible to the church community.