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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
Upcoming Events
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New Office Hours
Effective immediately, 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.

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

Trustees’ Update

A big thank you to all who donated towards church repair expenses. $27,000 for expenses was detailed in the June Messenger and $18,800 has been received! All donation, large and small, are much appreciated. Repairs are on schedule. Here’s hoping work on Pleasant Street will be completed on schedule – August 8.

More good news! We have a good prospect for the donation of a used John Deere riding mower for use at the parsonage. Another big thank you.
Hats off to our Trustees and Church Members!


Every Sunday in September there will be a Parking Lot Worship Service at 9:30 am
  • October 4th - First Face to Face Indoor Service. See directions below. ​
  • October 4th - World Communion Sunday (see below)
  • October 15th - Deadline for Newsletter. 

​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. 
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September Sermon Series
By action of the Administrative Council and Pastor Sue, First United Methodist Church will begin in-person worship on Sunday, October 4, 2020. The guidelines for resuming in-person worship are listed below. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of the guidelines, please call Pastor Sue at 651-5990.

If you do not feel comfortable returning to in-person worship at this time, you may still worship with First UMC at the 9:30 am parking lot service, watching the 9:30 am or 11:00 am services on Facebook, or listening to the 11:00 service on WBET 1230 AM.

Guidelines for resuming in-person worship for the 11:00 am traditional service.

All attendees will be asked to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth for the entire service and maintain social distancing from non-family members.

Hand sanitizer will be available. All attendees are encouraged to disinfect their hands upon entering the sanctuary.

Attendees will be greeted and have their name written on a list for attendance. In case someone tests positive for Covid-19, the list of attendees will be turned over to the proper authorities so the rest of the attendees can be notified.

All attendees will be asked to sit in every other pew and sit socially distant from non-family members.

There will be music in the service but there will be no out loud singing. You are encouraged to hum with the music.

The offering plates will not be passed in the congregation. Instead there will be a box or basket into which each attendee can place their offering upon entering or leaving.

​There will be no bulletin. All attendance pads, pencils, hymnals, and Bibles will be removed from the pew racks. Announcements and all other readings will be projected on the screens.

Because it is difficult to recognize people with masks on, all attendees are encouraged to wear their nametags.

Please limit where you go in the church to the entry way, the sanctuary and the restroom areas.

There will be no coffee hour or gathering time in the church before or after the service.

If you are not feeling well, you are encouraged to stay home!!

We are completely updating our prayer list. It hasn’t been done since mid-March. 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.

World Communion Sunday – October 4th

On World Communion Sunday your gift helps to provide scholarships for national and international graduate students whom God has gifted to learn and to serve.

The enclosed envelope can be mailed to the church or put in the offering basket on Sunday.