Evening Activities


What Does This Group Discuss?

The Monday evening book discussion group is an informal, “come-as-you-are” group that meets the fourth Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m.  in the church’s Ryder Lounge.  Lively conversation is the hallmark for those involved as they gather to read and talk about current popular and bestselling books of both fiction and non-fiction.  This group has read books as varied as:  A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, Leaving the Saints by Martha Beck, Heaven’s for Real by child author Todd Burpo, The Orchard:  A Memoir by Adele Crockett Robertson, and The Cape Ann by Faith Sullivan.  The best part about this group is that all future book titles are recommended by the participants for monthly readings and discussions.  Please join us to help decide what to read next!







Can Anyone Join?   Yes.  The group always welcomes anyone interested in reading, open discussions and great idea sharing.  Come as you are—there is a place for everyone in this group


What is the “Wednesday Supper” Program?

Anyone is welcome to “fire up” your spirit as you enjoy a delicious, home-cooked meal and fellowship together with church members at the “Wednesday Supper” programs.  All food is cooked by our resident “experts”—meal planners and volunteer “foodies” right in the church kitchens.  Meals are offered Wednesday evenings, weekly, at 5:30 p.m. in the church Social Hall, from September through May each year.

Is There a Cost?   Meals on Wednesday evenings are provided free of charge.  A free-will offering is always welcomed, however, to offset the cost of the food and beverages.

Do I Need to Make a Reservation to Attend?   No reservations are required to enjoy the Wednesday Night Dinners.  All church members and the general public are welcome to attend and bring a friend.  Our members are eager to meet you.

Can I Get a “Take-Out Meal” ?   The church does provide “take-out meals” for those church members, family members and friends who are ill, cannot make the dinners due to schedule conflicts or do not drive a vehicle.  Call the church office before 1 p.m. on Wednesday at 616-842-7980 or e-mail the church at:  jblanchard@umcdunes.org, and we will make arrangements to have a meal delivered to you or your loved ones. Or, you can make arrangements to pick meals up at the church in the lower level kitchen on Wednesday evening.

How Can I Sign Up To Help?   If you are interested in helping out with cooking, serving or working with the clean-up crew, please contact either Sherry Baker, Kitchen Coordinator; Tracee Cole or Kelly Gilley, Wednesday Evening Dinner Coordinators, by calling the church:  616-842-7980.  We welcome your help with “open hearts, open minds, and open doors.”




What is the Philosophy of the Music Ministry?

The Music staff at the Church of the Dunes is committed to providing this congregation with a wide diversity of musical experiences. It is our goal—with all of the choirs—to help individual participants realize this ministry is a musical offering presented first to God, and then in leadership of our worship experience to congregational members and guests. New members are always welcome – you can read more about this ministry here.

How Do I Get Involved? Please contact the church office. 



Join this group to create a variety of art projects. All classes are held Thursday evenings, September through May, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the lower level Social Hall. This creative group has created dolls with surface designs, cross assemblages, relief paintings, ink drawings, collage, copper wire pieces, fish assemblages for ArtWalk, banners and more. You don’t need to be an artist or have an art background to join. Facilitator is Helen Lystra. Please contact the church office for more information.