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Sturgis First United Methodist Church

Worship Times

We meet at 9:30 and 11:00 each Sunday in the main sanctuary. 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.

The 11:00 service worships with preaching, the choir, hymns and organ music.  

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
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During the Virus Break our office hours have changed. Until further notice, The office is closed. We're looking forward to seeing you again when this is over. 
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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.

Adopt-A-Highway Clean-Up

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.
  Thank you,
  John Blanchard

Hats off to our Trustees and Church Members!

I would like to thank all the Trustees and church members that helped me with the many projects in 2019.
Some of the things we have completed last year:
Office computer update.
Repaired radiator coil in A. A. room.
Negotiated a lower natural gas rate.
Cleaned the church and Parsonage drains.
Replaced ceiling light in choir room, office and closet.
Repaired boiler room water softener.
Installed keyless entry system.
Repaired Parsonage, office, and Sanctuary roof.
Certified food safety manager.
State required elevator maintenance.
Landscape rock around South parking lot, and flower garden.
Painted, cleaned, landscape, and repairs on Parsonage before new pastor moved in.
Repaired damaged fence in south parking lot.
Cleaned Church carpet.
Cleaned and sealed Parsonage deck.
Repaired benches in court yard.
New Handicaps toilets in Parsonage.
Parsonage ramp.
Removed Parsonage tree and trimmed the trees.
New emergency exit door hardware.
Repaired and refinished chapel door.
Replaced boiler room air damper actuator.
Changed attic air conditioner filters, washed coils, and checked refrigerant.
State inspected boiler system
Repaired fellowship hall chairs.

Thank you, Trustee Chair – John Blanchard

For an update from the Trustees, click HERE
It Only Takes a Spark

Every Sunday in July there will be a Parking Lot Worship Service at 9:30 am

July 18th  - Adopt a Highway 
Clean Up - See below
August 22nd - Relay for Life 
- See below
​Help clean up the Great Lakes Region

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
Relay for Life 

The St. Joseph County Relay for Life has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 22, 2020. Details and times are still in the works. If you would like to make a donation now rather than later: 
make your check payable to the church  
at the bottom include, “For Relay For Life”.

We are sewing masks for those in our congregation that need them. It is our current mission. If you would like to make a donation of ¼” flat elastic let one of us know. If you need a mask, please contact either Robin Schuler or Angella Rueppel between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., or leave us a message. We will deliver your mask to you.

Robin- (269) 625-8100  
Angella- (269) 625-4961

Need a Mask?
We had a good turn-out for the spring clean-up on May 2nd. The weather was good and we got a lot of work done including cleaning the church yard, planting flowers, trimming trees, and cleaning gutters. Thanks to Art, Walter, Barb, Bonnie, Gary, David, Tom, Roger, and Pastor Sue!
Every Sunday in July at 9:30am First UMC will meet in the Hackman parking lot for worship.  We will have a low-frequency FM transmitter so the service can be listened to on your car radio as you stay in your car. We (myself and the Ad. Council) are asking that everyone who attends the service to stay in their cars and to wear a mask. If you don’t have a mask we will have some available for you, free of charge. We will have someone to take attendance, they will write down everyone’s name so we know who is joining us that day. As to music, Reconciled will be playing. This will continue for a month or two. This is our Phase 2 of our reopening our church to in person worship. If you have any questions about this please call the office. 
Preaching in the Parking Lot!
Progress is being made on Pleasant St. in front of the church! 
July and August Sermon Series