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Sturgis First United Methodist Church
269-651-5990
First United Methodist Church is located at 200 Pleasant St. in downtown Sturgis and 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 
269-651-5990.​

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Worship is family friendly. Come experience: 
    Open Hearts ~ Open Doors~ Open Minds
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When you call the office, you may speak to Mark or Marcia .  
Our office hours will be 9-12 & 1-4 Monday through Thursday and closed on Friday.  We're looking forward to meeting you. 
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  • July 21st - Adopt A Highway - Roadside clean up
  • July 30th - Dining Divas - Chin Chins in Mattawan.
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 Music is provided by the church’s praise band, Reconciled for the first service, while organ and choir music are featured during the second service. Pastor for the church, the Rev. Sue Babb preaches weekly. On a regular basis, WBET broadcasts each Sunday’s 11:00 a.m. service on its 1230 AM station. The church’s youth group is also re-gathering for fall, with senior and junior high students, who meet each Sunday evening at 5 pm. All are welcome. 
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Our Church has been spruced up. Click HERE to go see more pictures. 
Updates from the Trustees. Click HERE to see those updates. 

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.



IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS for jobs on Sunday mornings. 
Please call the church office if you are willing to try one of the jobs. The more people who help, the fewer Sundays between your scheduled times. Jobs that need more volunteers are:
Radio Room - 11:00
Greeters - 9:30 and 11:00
Ushers - 9:30 and 11:00
Children's Church - 9:30 and 11:00
Scripture Readers and Liturgists - 9:30 and 11:00
Please feel free to call the church office to talk to Sharon about signing up for one (or more) of these positions. Your church appreciates you. 
THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!!!
Educational Opportunities
Monday Men's Bible Group meets every Monday morning at 8:00 in room 205.

Sunday Bible Study meets in the Parlor on Sundays at 8:30 am. The 8:30 adult Christian education class will begin their next book study on February 24, Simon Peter: Flawed but Faithful, by Adam Hamilton. You are welcome to join us in the parlor, upstairs at north end of the hall!  


Sunday Fellowship Class meets on Sundays at 9:00 am. They meet downstairs in room 203. They discuss various topics and concerns using creative thinking. All are welcome.  

Sunday Bible Study meets in the Parlor at 11:00 am. This is a repeat of the same class offered at 8:30 am. 
Evolution of Worship Music
On August 26th, Midge Steward presented us with the opportunity to support the weekend backpacks to feed hungry elementary and, in addition this year, middle school children in Sturgis. It costs approximately $360.00 per child for the school year. Three churches plan to help to feed 110 elementary kids and middle school kids: First United Methodist, First Presbyterian, and Sturgis Missionary. In addition to church support, there were corporate grants, donations from local business, organizations and service clubs as well as private donations. Food is purchased at reduced cost from the South Central Food Bank in Battle Creek. Thanks to Parlin’s furniture for donating storage space. Meijer generously donated dental supplies. The best way to support this project is with your financial contribution so the program continues and expands to meet demand. Volunteers pick up food in Centreville monthly, weekly delivery people pack the backpacks on Thursday and take them to the schools. All money is used to purchase food, as volunteers donate their time and vehicle use. Contributions are tax deductible. If you would like to become involved, contact Julie Brenner at 467-3151 for details. Please give generously again. Forms are in the Messenger, or you can drop your donation in the office or offering plate (mark it for Helping Hands).
Helping Hands Backpack Program to feed our children in Sturgis
Events
We are consolidating some of our pages to save cost to the church, time for your viewing & clicking, and time to update the webpage. From now on, you will find the EVENTS page at the bottom of this page. 
ADOPT A HIGHWAY PROGRAM
The next date for litter pick up will be July 21st. Please sign up in the hallway. 

 6 people helped picked up litter on our 2 miles of 
M-66 adopt-a-highway program:
 Art & Walter Ebert, John & Dave Blanchard, Kerri Millett, 
and John Polzin.

Thank you all very much for volunteering.



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

We helped to feed the children of the world. 
"YOUTH FOR CHRIST" NEEDS YOUR HELP! Do you have items that you could donate for their Benefit Auction? They can use big items like vehicles or any new or used items with a minimum value of $25. Call 269-651-1669 to let them know. You can schedule a pick-up, or make arrangements to drop off items. Plan to attend this fun event, which is Tuesday, August 27 at 5 PM. Your purchases will go directly to sharing Christ with students. See a current list of items at www.yfccampuslife.com.