The 9:30 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
Church office hours are 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.
Men's Bible Study every Monday morning 8:00 am in the Parlor
Feb. 26th - Lent begins
Feb. 28th - Souper Supper 5-6:00
March 5 - April 2 Walking By Faith Services - See below in Events.
March 8th - Lunch Bunch @ Davinci's @1:00
March 12th - Church Breakfast 9-11:00
March 22nd - AED/CPR Training
6-8:30 pm (More info in Events)
March 28th -Souper Supper 5-6:00
March 30th - Maundy Thursday Service at 7:00 pm
March 31st - Good Friday Service at 7:00 pm
April 15th - All Church Clean up @9:00
April 20-23 Michigan Pilgrimage
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, they will be studying the book Jesus and the Outsiders, Outcasts, and Outlaws by Adam Hamilton. 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.
The Mission Team decided to end our formal partnership with Lena. The war has discontinued communication. We will continue to try to contact her and keep her in our prayers. The remainder of the bucket offerings will be forwarded to a UM Global Ministries Project: Bishop Judith Craig Children's Village in Liberia Advance #11820A. The village was established in 2000 to provide care for children left orphaned by civil war in Liberia.
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.
Visit our little library in the church courtyard. There are books for both children and adults. Help yourself to a book and enjoy!
Greeter and Liturgists/Scripture Readers - The sign-up sheets to be a greeter or liturgist/scripture reader for the month of March 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.
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.
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service on Facebook.
BUCKETS FOR LENA
UPPER ROOM DEVOTIONAL BOOKS
These are on the table between the doors at the circle drive entrance.
The March/April devotional books will be available mid-month. The cost is $1.00.
Joyce Mazzoni is this year's Chili Cookoff winner. To see more pictures from this event (and others) go to the Photos Gallery
Lent begins this week. Join as we journey to Easter. Each Sunday Pastor Sue Babb will be sharing the message from the book, Luke: Jesus and the Outsiders, Outcasts, and Outlaws by Adam Hamilton.
Special services will also be held by some of the area United Methodist churches. We’ll begin in Mendon for Ash Wednesday on February 22 at 7 PM.
You are invited to take this journey with us to learn more about Lent and Jesus.
For more information follow our page or call the church office - 269-651-5990.
WALKING by FAITH
Lenten Evening Services – 2023
Sunday evenings at 6:00 pm.
March 5 Sturgis Peter
March 12 Mendon Paul
March 19 Centreville Elijah
March 26 Nottawa Hannah
April 2 Colon Abraham
Michigan Pilgrimage will be held Thursday, April 20 through Sunday, April 23, at Amigo Retreat Center, Sturgis, MI. Pilgrimage is a spiritual retreat weekend that encourages and renews your life of faith. It is similar to a Walk to Emmaus retreat. You'll meet nice people, have fun, enjoy good food and experience nature. If you would like more information contact Mary Moses at 269-659-4668 or Debby Mathis at 269-251-5693. There are brochures and guest applications on the large table outside the sanctuary.
Sign up for Training on new AED
There will be AED (automated external defibrillator) and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) training offered on Wednesday, March 22, in Fellowship Hall. The training will be from 6:00 – 8:30 pm. Please sign up so we know how many will be attending.
The training will cover CPR for adults and children, and how to treat someone that is choking. The training will also cover how to use the new AED.
The training is free unless you want a certificate card which will cost $30 and includes a book. If you want a certificate card, you must sign up prior to the class.