The 9:30 service has been reinstalled. This service is worship with the Praise Band; Reconciled, offering a contemporary service with Christian music and the pastor preaching.
The 11:00 service worships with preaching, the choir, hymns and organ music. This is now face to face in the sanctuary.
Communion is held the first Sunday of each month.
On a regular basis, WBET broadcasts each Sunday’s 11:00 a.m. service on its 1230 AM station.
First United Methodist Church is located at
200 Pleasant St. in downtown Sturgis. Parking is available south of the building as well as north of the church in the city parking lot and behind the church in the Hackman Funeral Home parking lot. The entrance on the circle drive is the accessible entrance and barrier free with greeters and use of elevator and restrooms. Additional information about the church can be found on the church’s Facebook page. For more information, please call the church office at
Worship is family friendly. Come experience:
Open Hearts ~ Open Doors~ Open Minds
New Office Hours
Church office hours are now Monday through Thursday from 9 - 4:00. You may leave messages at other times at
651-5990 or call Pastor Sue direct at (989) 287-1770.
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Direct Bill Pay
If you are like me, you hate to write checks and try to remember bills each month especially when you are on vacation or away. The finance committee would like to encourage you to set up a direct bill pay through your bank so that your tithes and offerings can always reach the church even if you don’t. There are generic forms in the office if you cannot do this online. If you have any questions, please speak with Bruce Gosling, chair of finance.
We have a box in the coat room where you can drop off any small items, like motel soap, shampoo, small trinkets?? Barb B will deliver to Thurston Woods. They can use them for Bingo prizes etc.
Chit Chat Coffee is held in between the services in the Gathering Room.
Mat Making: The last Monday of each month at 11:00 to make mats for the homeless
All September-Food drive for the Salvation Army
Mens Bible Study every Monday morning 8:00 am in the Parlor
Sept. 24th - Open house for Mimi Klinger at Thurston Woods 12-3:00
Sept. 27th - Souper Supper 5-6:30
Oct. 10th - World Communion Sunday
Oct. 29th - Trunk or Treat 5-7:00
Nov. 12th - Church Bazaar 9-1:00
Your offerings can still be sent to the church office.
They will be collected, counted, and deposited each week.
We are completely updating our prayer list. We will be publishing this each month. This list will only be in the newsletter. The names will not be on our web page or facebook page.
If you would like to add someone to the next prayer list, call the church office (651-5990) or e-mail the church (email@example.com) and include:
1.Your name and phone number
2.Name of person to be on the prayer list
3.Reason (This info is for Pastor Sue.)
4.Any other information Pastor Sue should know.
E-MAILING THE NEWSLETTER
If you would like your newsletter to come in an e-mail, please send an e-mail to the church, firstname.lastname@example.org
1.Put “e-mail newsletter” on the subject line.
2.Give us your name and the e-mail address you want us to use for the e-mail.
The Parlor Sunday School Class will be meeting at
9:30 am on Sunday mornings, in person.
Beginning Sept. 4th, they will be studying the book Beautiful Outlaw by John Eldredge All are invited to join that class or if you would like to study this book at another time, please contact Pastor Sue.
If people would like to join us by zoom, please contact Debra Mathis for additional information.
BUCKETS FOR LENA
We will be putting out "Buckets for Lena" on Sunday, September 4th.
The buckets will be on the railing in the sanctuary. Donate by check or with paper money - NO COINS PLEASE !!!
Please give generously. We have been supporting Lena as our missionary
in Russia since 2001.
We are excited to announce that our Clothes Sanctuary for the homeless is open by appointment, in coordination with St. John's Episcopal Church.
We invite you to join our volunteers. Currently, we are open to collect clean clothing on Wednesdays from 9:00- noon. Our Clothes Sanctuary is open to guests on Fridays from noon- 2:00.
We are now open on Tuesdays from 4:00-6:00 pm.
Our Take-in Time is every Wednesday morning from 9-noon. Please call Kate Kitson ( 260 585-9119)
to make an appointment to bring in your clothes.
Volunteers are welcome, as we need intake workers, sorters, and Friday helpers.
Upper Room Devotional Books – There are a few September/October Upper Room devotional books left on the table between the doors at the circle drive entry. The cost is $1.00.
Greeter and Liturgists/Scripture Readers - The sign-up sheets to be a greeter or liturgist/scripture reader for the month of May are on the board. There is a sheet for the 9:30 service and a sheet for the 11:00 service. We need volunteers!
Returnable Bottles and Cans - We are continuing to collect clean Michigan returnable bottles and cans. The money goes into our mission trip fund. You may drop off your bottle and cans inside the circle drive doors by the wooden container.
Clothing Sanctuary - We continue to accept donations of clean, usable clothing, shoes, bedding, and towels. You may drop off items on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 am - noon. The clothing sanctuary is open on Tuesdays from 3:00 - 5:00 pm and on Fridays from Noon - 2:00 pm. We welcome volunteers on any of those days!!!! If you would like to volunteer to help, contact Kate Kitson, Robin Schuler, Mike Johnson, or Lance Goodlock.
Thank you! - The trustees wish to thank those people who came to help with the outside clean up on April 16. The outside church grounds look great.
Chit-Chat Coffee - Join us for coffee, tea, and snacks from 10:15 - 11:00 am in the Gathering Room. Come and visit with other members of the congregation from both services. If you would like to help with chit-chat coffee, please talk to Marcia Harrington.
To watch both services on Facebook, click the links below.
Is the Balm of Gilead Considered Gold?
The beautiful window in the back of our church is being restored. Glass Traditions is taking good care of our Rose Stained Glass Window.
A foundation has been set up in Lowell (Wally) Walsworth's name at Garret Evangelical Theological Seminary. This scholarship will help other students who are interested in pursuing a degree in the ministry. If you'd like to contribute to this foundation in his name, click HERE.