PaWaTing - Native American Elders Program

Northlawn UM Church hosts twice-weekly gatherings of PaWaTing MeGedWin KiKaajik, the Native American Elders Program (NAEP) sponsored by the West Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church.

PaWaTing hours are 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday September through May in the Fellowship Hall at Northlawn UM Church, with lunch served at 11:30 a.m.. Each PaWaTing participant is also able to take home an extra meal, so every elder receives four meals a week through the program, which typically serves between 40 and 100 people at each meal.

Besides offering weekly meals and fellowship, PaWaTing provides other important services for Native American Elders. Click here for more details.



Recent Events

Free Christmas Eve Dinner for First Responders


On Dec. 24, 2016 Northlawn UM Church hosted its16th annual Christmas Eve Open House for First Responders.

On-duty police officers, firefighters, and rescue/EMS personnel in the area were invited to stop by on their meal break to enjoy a warm welcome and a free home-cooked meal.

This special Christmas Eve dinner is Northlawn UM Church's way of expressing thanks to the public safety and emergency workers who protect and serve us all year long. We are grateful year-round for your dedicated service on behalf of our community's wellbeing!


CPR Classes Offered Lifesaving Techniques

In partnership with the American Heart Association, Northlawn UM Church offered CPR classes on November 14 and 15, teaching people how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The three-hour classes cost just $5 per person, with additional books and materials available for purchase. Equipped with CPR skills, people are better able to provide a potentially lifesaving response to those who suffer cardiac arrest in a non-hospital setting. More than 326,000 of such emergencies happen every year across the U.S.


Grapevine Harvest Craft Show

Northlawn's Grapevine Harvest Craft Show at Northlawn on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 was a record-breaking outreach effort that will benefit area nonprofit organizations and ministries of the church. Held the first Saturday of November every year, the Craft Show welcomes 60 craft vendors and hundreds of visitors. Staffed entirely by volunteers from Northlawn, the show is the major annual fundraising project of the Women of Northlawn (WON) group, wIth 100% of the proceeds donated to charities.

Some of the recipients of donations from previous Craft Show proceeds are North End Community Ministry (NECM), Clark Retirement Community, Grand Rapids Veterans Home, Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, Arbor Circle, St. John's Home, Catherine's Health Center, Heartside Ministries, United Methodist Community House, Bethany Christian Services.



Red Bird Mission Trip

A group of teens and adults from Northlawn UM Church reached out by volunteering August 23-29, 2016 at Red Bird Mission, a nonprofit organization that helps people in rural Kentucky whose circumstances make everyday life a struggle. The trip included four work days, a sightseeing day, and two travel days. Red Bird Mission & Clinic have been ministering to people in the Appalachian Mountains since 1921. Church groups such as Northlawn's help with maintenance and other needed projects at Mission facilities and in the community it serves.