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The 2019 Flower Chart and Radio Chart are now on the wall outside the office. Please sign your name on the date you wish to sponsor. Flowers are $25.00 and the Radio broadcast is $70.00.
Prayer List Updates
In an effort to keep our prayer list current, we will remove names after three weeks unless you call the office (651-5990) with an update on a person's situation and ask to keep their name on the list. 

Also: Please call the office if you know any of the people on our military list. We need to know if they are still in the military. We want to continue to pray for those who need it and would love to celebrate those who have completed their service.
Greeting Ministry
For the next several months I am going to look at different areas of the church at how we might improve and enhance our worship experience. If there is an area that you would like to be involved, please let me know.

On any given week of the year, millions of guests step foot into a church. How they are greeted plays a huge role in determining if they come back. Greeting ministry should be one of the easiest things to pull off each week for a church, but over and over again I see churches that are doing a horrible job at it. I will admit I think we do a pretty good job of it, but keep reading.

Some churches make the mistake of not even having a greeter ministry, which is like inviting guests over and saying “just let yourself in.” Others make an even bigger mistake of having the wrong people serve as greeters. I can’t tell you how many stories I’ve heard from guests who have been turned off before they ever walk through the church doors. All it takes is a wrong look or a poor choice of words for a first-time guest to become a last-time guest.

So, how can we make sure that doesn’t happen? 
How can we have a greeter ministry that gives a great first impression?

1.Greeters should be people who smile. I know this sounds obvious, but you’d be amazed at how many sour-faced greeters there are in churches all over the country. 

2.Greeters should open the door. New Spring Church in South Carolina has a policy that says no guest should ever have to open a door. They place volunteers at every entrance of their church to open the doors for their guests. We should do the same. 
It’s a simple way to serve our guests and a great first impression of our church.  

3.Greeters should be good at remembering names. One of the most valuable tools in ministry is a good memory, especially when it comes to remembering names. Greeting guests with a smile and handshake makes a good first impression. Remembering their name when they come back a second time makes a great second impression. By remembering a person’s name, you’re placing value on them, which makes an enormous impact on people. Something I need to get better doing.

4.Greeters should reflect who our church is trying to reach. People of all ages.
If our greeting ministry reflects these four simple ideas, we will automatically see more guests come back to our church.

What are some other ways we can make the church more welcoming to guests?

Lost and Found

The lost and found is now outside the office. If you have lost anything or if you have found anything, please check in the office. 
We have a new monitor that the choir and pastors can see from the front of the church!
I would like to encourage and remind anyone who might wish to contribute to our Shared Space section of the church newsletter. Deadline is the 15th of each month. 

Shared Space…..
I invite you to share times where people from our congregation have made a difference for you or your life. I welcome you to provide your own experience of where our church has made a difference…persons, activities, memories, events, etc. It doesn’t have to be long or detailed, and if you need help writing or sending it electronically, just let me know (659-4688). Submissions can be sent to leroque@charter.net and to the church, fumcsturgis@gmail.com 

Thank you!!

Jessica Walsworth

We have been able to mail the monthly newsletter during 2017 thanks to the many families that have sponsored the postage cost. We are beginning a new year now and are asking anyone who is willing to sponsor a month to please sign up on the board outside the sanctuary.  Unfortunately, the cost has gone up – the new monthly rate is approximately $80 per month. Thank you for considering this much needed and appreciated offering. 
Bishop David A. Bard, Episcopal leader of the Michigan Conference, has appointed our pastor, Jeanne Garza, to serve as pastor of Dixboro U.M.C., in the Heritage District effective July 1, 2019. 

In the days and weeks ahead the Pastor Parish Relations Committee will be working with our District Superintendent, Rev. Dwayne Bagley to provide information concerning the pastoral leadership in the future. Please be in prayer for the cabinet and the Pastor Parish Relations Committee as they move ahead in this process. Any additional information that is received by the Staff Parish Committee will be passed on immediately to keep everyone informed. 

We wish Pastor Jeanne well in her new assignment. 

Dan Evert
Staff Parish Committee 

Sturgis First United Methodist Church welcomes the Reverend Sue Babb to our community as she began her local ministry on July 1. Pastor Sue and her husband, Mark began getting to know Sturgis early as they attended several activities of Sturgis Fest.  
Pastor Sue grew up in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Slipper Rock University and then United Theological Seminary in Ohio. She served the West Ohio Conference for many years prior to transferring to the Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church. As she begins her employment here in Sturgis, she also begins her 31st year of ministry.  
Pastor Sue’s early years formed much of her desire to serve in full-time Christian ministry. Growing up in the Grove City Grace United Methodist Church, “Sunday School was very special to me and I was blessed with wonderful teachers who made such an impact on my life. I was also quite involved with the youth fellowship (known at that point as UMYF). We met almost every Sunday night and played volleyball in the church gym and then had Bible study. As a high school sophomore I was part of mission trip to Four Corners, NM and I have been on several more mission trips since that time.”

She began seriously thinking about the call to ministry in college, “since I had been so involved with the youth fellowship at my home church, I was asked to help lead the youth fellowship after I started college. I was in the midst of putting together a mission trip for the youth and heard God calling my name and telling me that I was meant for this work. I tried to deny my calling but finally went to talk to one my pastors and he helped me to understand that God was calling me into ministry.” 

In addition to the United Methodist churches she has served in Ohio and Michigan, she also trained as a hospital chaplain at Fort Wayne Lutheran Hospital and then did some work at the hospital in Jackson, MI. Based on her variety of training and experience, Pastor Sue brings many strengths into the Sturgis community, “I believe some of my strengths include listening well to what people are saying, and I have been told I am a good preacher and teacher” I also understand how to do the administration of the church.

Pastor Sue’s husband Mark is an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church, specializing in the musical arts. He has begun working at the Sturgis Church as well. He is the new Office Manager, replacing Sharon Bower, who is retiring. Mark Babb grew up in Ohio. He graduated from Wright State University as well as United Theological Seminary, where he and Pastor Sue met. Mark finished his second Masters degree at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary with a Masters of Arts in music. He served as a pastor for a number of churches in West Ohio and then transitioned to Deacon. He worked as music director/minister at a number of churches in Michigan, and was the secretary for the music department at Albion College. Mark also has taught several college classes

When asked about her first impressions of Sturgis, Pastor Sue replied, “My first impression of Sturgis is that it is a nice size town, big enough to have a lot of conveniences but not too big so that people become unfamiliar. I found the people I have encountered to be friendly and helpful. The first impression of the Sturgis First UMC is how welcoming the people have been to Mark and me. It was a pleasant surprise to receive several cards and notes welcoming us soon after my appointment was made, and everyone I have talked to. Has been open and willing to help us learn about the church and its people.”

Pastor Sue will preach her first sermon in Sturgis on Sunday, July 7 at both the 9:30 contemporary and 11:00 traditional services. “The Journey” will be based on Genesis 12:1-2.  
On a regular basis, WBET broadcasts each Sunday’s 11:00 a.m. service on its 1230 AM station.