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Sturgis First United Methodist Church
Worship Times

We meet at 11:00 each Sunday. Communion is served on the first Sunday of each month. 

The 9:30 service has been suspended until we are cleared from the Bishop. 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.

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 

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Worship is family friendly. Come experience: 
    Open Hearts ~ Open Doors~ Open Minds
Upcoming Events
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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.

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.
  Thank you,
  John Blanchard

​Communion will be served the 1st Sunday of each month.

July 2nd - Clothing Sanctuary Opens. (see below in Announcements)
​July 17th - Roadside Pickup
September 18th - Relay For Life in Centreville
Join us Face to Face each Sunday @11:00 am.   
Follow Facebook to see the Sunday morning services at 11:00 until further notice.
Your offerings can still be sent to the church office. 
They will be collected, counted, and deposited each week. 
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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 (fumcsturgis@gmail.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.

Prayer List 

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.


If you would like your newsletter to come in an e-mail, please send an e-mail to the church, fumcsturgis@gmail.com 
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.

The Parlor Sunday School Class will be meeting at 
9 o’clock on Sunday mornings, in person. We are currently studying The Life Lessons from the Book of Acts by Max Lucado.

If people would like to join us by zoom, please contact Debra Mathis for additional information.
​I am a Child of God
This should be dated January 4, 2021.

There are three scheduled trash pick-up dates for this year to pick up litter on M-66. Mark your calendars:

July 17July 25 (rain date)
September 25October 3 (rain date)
Any questions? Call Bob Yoder @ 651-5851.
He will be sending out a church all-call with more information.

John Blanchard is looking for volunteers to mow the church lawn every week.
If you are interested in being on the mowing schedule, contact John @ 651-5879. He can explain what is involved in doing this church project.

Thank you to the following people for coming on April 10 to help with the outside spring clean-up: John & Barb Blanchard, Roger Olds, Pastor Sue Babb, Tom Scheetz, Tina Stemen, Gary Stewart, and Bob Yoder. We appreciate your willingness to help with this church ministry.

Thank you to the following people who came on April 17 to pick up roadside trash: Bob & Marilee Yoder, Robin Schuler, Jamie Kyle, Greg & Mary Dost, Pastor Sue Babb, Esther Olmsted, and Al Seng. We collected 12 bags of trash. The next trash pick-up date is July 17.

Two Memorial Services will be held to celebrate the life of the Rev. Mark R. Babb

One Memorial Service will be held on Friday, June 18, 2021 at 11:30am at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, Wilmington, Ohio. Following this service, Mark’s ashes will be interred at the Sugar Grove Cemetery in Wilmington. A luncheon will follow at Generations Pizza.

Due to Covid restrictions the number of people allowed to attend is limited in Wilmington. The family requests that out of town residents attend the service being held in Sturgis. 

Memorial Services for
Rev. Mark R. Babb, OSL

Masks are optional for people who are fully vaccinated. If you are NOT fully vaccinated, we ask you to continue to wear a mask. Continue to practice social distancing while in the church.

On Sunday, June 13, we will be honoring all our graduates. Please contact Pastor Sue if you have someone in your family that is graduating from high school or college (with an associate's, bachelor's, or master's degree). This is a time to acknowledge these students for all their hard work.

We will be putting out "Buckets for Lena" on Sunday, June 6. 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 had our first Dining Divas' outing on May 25. We went to Hank's in Three Rivers.
It was nice getting together for the first time in over a year. Check the bulletin board outside the sanctuary in June for our next destination. This is open to all women who are fully vaccinated.

We are continuing to collect clean Michigan returnable bottles and cans. This money goes into our mission trip fund. We will be using the money for a local mission project this summer. You may drop off your bottles and cans inside the circle drive doors by the wooden container.

The Church Council voted to open our church to the public for bathroom use during the three remaining “cruise-ins” in downtown Sturgis. Bathrooms will be open on July 16, August 6, and August 13 from 4-8 pm. We need volunteers to greet people and direct them to the bathrooms. More information will be coming soon.

“Thank you for being a past sponsor of the St. Joseph County Relay for Life event, our annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Our county event will be Saturday, September 18, in Centreville. Like last year, we will use the courthouse lawn for our luminaria celebration and music, and with fewer Covid 19 restrictions, we anticipate adding more components including a walking trail and a tent for survivor activities. The local relay events are a vital piece of the American Cancer Society's fundraising. As you can guess, Covid dramatically impacted fundraising over the past 15 months. ACS has experienced many layoffs and office closures but has continued to maintain their funding for research and for programs for cancer patients. Currently, we have almost $13 million in grant money at work in 6 different research locations in Michigan. These efforts, funded by your ACS sponsorship, will continue to impact cancer treatments and outcomes. Your help is helping people in our communities.” 

Our team, Sturgis FUMC, is set up on the Relay for Life website. Donations can be made easily online or turned in to the Church office. As in past years, we will have the feet “walking” across our sanctuary and have luminary bags available.  

We will continue to update you when more information is available. We thank each one of you for your generous support for this important cause.  

Bob and Marilee Yoder  

Relay For Life
We are excited to announce that our Clothes Sanctuary for the homeless, is scheduled to open on Friday, July 2nd, by appointment, in coordination with St. John's Episcopal Church.

We have begun taking in clothes. 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. 

Others items we need are hangers and bags. Volunteers are welcome, as we need intake workers, sorters, and Friday helpers.
Thank you for supporting our mission.