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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.

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 Mark or Marcia about signing up for one (or more) of these positions. Your church appreciates you. 
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. IN THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER we will be studying the book Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and The United Methodist Church. Pastor Sue has chosen this book to study because there is much debate happening in the UMC about homosexuality and the church. Many have already made decisions concerning this matter but not all. However, Pastor Sue believes that whether we have made decisions or not, we are to be in conversation with each other about this topic. This will be a 4 week study and will be held at various times throughout the weeks dependent upon those who sign up. There is a sign-up sheet on the board outside the Sanctuary. Please sign up and let’s begin the conversation.

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 This class is not meeting at this time. We are looking for someone to lead this class. If you are interested, please contact Lance Goodlock.  
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).

 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

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

Helping Hands Backpack Program to feed our children in Sturgis
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The Prayer
Due to the Corona Virus All March Activities at the church have been cancelled.
All activities inside the church have been cancelled. The Sunday service will be broadcast on Facebook Live each Sunday morning at 11:00.