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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.

The Clothing Sanctuary is now open.

August 22nd - Church Picnic. (see EVENTS below for more information)

 Aug. 29 at 9am - Relay for Life breakfast 
​September (the whole month) Bring in items for the Salvation Army Food Pantry

September 18th - Relay For Life in Centreville

October 3rd - World Communion Sunday
November 28th - United Methodist Student Day

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. 
Read The Upper Room Free Here
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.
The Prayer
This should be dated January 4, 2021.

There is one more scheduled trash pick-up date for this year to pick up 
litter on M-66. Mark your calendars:

September 25 @9:00 am 
October 2 (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.


We will be putting out "Buckets for Lena" on Sunday, September 5th . 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 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.

You can still donate to the American Cancer Society before the "Relay for Life"
event on September 18 at the courthouse in Centreville. Make a donation on line for our Sturgis FUMC team at the Relay for Life website, donate and turn it in at church, buy and decorate a luminary bag for $10, and /or buy footprints for $1.
Luminaries and footprints are in honor or memory of someone who has had cancer.
Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the activities on Sept. 18.

Bob and Marilee Yoder  

Relay For Life
 For more up to date info on the Clothing Sanctuary, click HERE

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.

Visit our little library in the church courtyard. There are books for both children and adults. Help yourself to a book and enjoy!
Thank YOU to Robin, Merrilee, and Bob for cleaning up our roadsides! It's so appreciated and helps to make our community look awesome!
We are excited to announce that we will be having our Church Picnic on 
Sunday, August 22 at 5 pm.

The location will be at Cedar Lake in the former Howe Military Camp Rec Hall in Howe, IN. The address is 270 E 700N.
Directions to the camp from the church are take M66 (Centerville Rd South into Indiana to 700 N) This will be the first road after the toll road bridge. Turn left towards Cedar Lake Golf Course. At 270 E turn right and follow the signs to Cedar Creek Shores. Signs will posted where to park, etc.

You are welcome to swim but kids MUST have a parent supervising them. There is a dock and swim raft. We will also have a pontoon (or 2) available if anyone would like a ride around the lake! There is also a volleyball net and basketball court if kids would like to play there as well.

Please bring a dish to pass. Water, Lemonade, Cups, Plates & Silverware will be provided.

Our destination in September will be Clara's in Battle Creek. Check the board for the date.
We are collecting school supplies for the two (2) kindergarten classes at Congress School. There is a list of supplies needed on the table outside the sanctuary. Place supplies on or under the table. Any questions? Talk to Jeri Tetzloff, one of the kindergarten teachers at Congress.

Saturday, Sept. 18 – 4 to 10 pm  Downtown Centreville
  • Activities & Walking 4-6 pm
  • Parade 5 pm
  • Survivor recognition 6 pm
  • Music 7:45 pm
  • Luminarias 8:30 pm