For now the only way that we can provide a worship service for you is on the Facebook page for First United Methodist Church.
Once the Covid restrictions are lifted, we will resume the hours as stated below.
We meet at 9:30 and 11:00 each Sunday. Communion is served on the first Sunday of each month.
The 9:30 service is worship with the Praise Band, Reconciled, offering a contemporary service with Christian music and the pastor preaching. This is now being held in Fellowship Hall downstairs.
The 11:00 service worships with preaching, the choir, hymns and organ music. This is now face to face in the sanctuary.
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, and Thursday,
afternoons. 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.
Plans are under way to resume the statewide summer pickup beginning July 18-26. If you can help on Saturday, July 18,2020 or have any questions, please call Bob Yoder at (269) 651-5851. Workers will meet at the north parking lot at 9AM.
Many hands make light work!
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.
A big thank you to all who donated towards church repair expenses. $27,000 for expenses was detailed in the June Messenger and $18,800 has been received! All donation, large and small, are much appreciated. Repairs are on schedule. Here’s hoping work on Pleasant Street will be completed on schedule – August 8.
More good news! We have a good prospect for the donation of a used John Deere riding mower for use at the parsonage. Another big thank you.
Hats off to our Trustees and Church Members!
What is Advent?
Follow Facebook to see the Sunday morning services at 11:00 for the entire month of December.
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. It hasn’t been done since mid-March. 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
We have had some people ask if the monthly newsletter can be sent to them in an e-mail instead of mailing them a paper copy.
WE CAN DO THIS!!
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.
We will start e-mailing your newsletter in November.
Join Pastor Sue Babb at Sturgis 1st United Methodist Church for this special Advent series -- All I Want for Christmas. Our service is held virtually on Facebook Live and on the radio AM1230 WBET at 11:00 AM. We hope you'll tune in.
Beloved Family of First United Methodist Church of Sturgis,
Because the State of Michigan has placed restrictions on the number of people meeting together in one place and has recommended that restaurants and gathering places close, our Bishop has recommended that we not have in-person services. The Administrative Council has decided that it is in the best interest of this congregation to suspend in-person worship services for the rest of 2020.
We know that Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas are a special time of year in the church’s life. Therefore, we hope to offer a special Christmas Eve worship experience outside this year. At this time we do not know how that will be ordered but in the coming weeks we will share our plans so that all may participate.
Also, during Advent we will be offering services on Sundays at 11:00 am on the radio (WBET 99.3FM and 1230AM) and on Facebook live on the church’s Facebook page (First United Methodist Church of Sturgis, Michigan). The theme of Advent will be based on the book by James W. Moore entitled All I Want for Christmas. We will continue the tradition of lighting the candles of the Advent wreath and carols of the season will be played. It is our sincere hope that when the new year begins we can resume in-person worship. Thank you for your prayers and your financial support of First United Methodist Church.
God Bless You,
The Administrative Council of Sturgis First UMC
Even though we haven’t been able to pass buckets, faithful supporters have contributed $1118.79. If you would like to help, please mail your offering marked “For Lena” to the church office. Because of Covid, we are not accepting coins at this time.