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
Worship is family friendly. Come experience:
Open Hearts ~ Open Doors~ Open Minds
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.
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!!!
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.
How Can We Help After a Hurricane?
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
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.
NEXT SUNDAY. SEPTEMBER 8, resumes our monthly ALL-CHURCH Breakfast. Because of the fair, it is being held on the second Sunday rather than the third Sunday. Come enjoy the cooking of Bruce Gosling and his platoon of helpers between 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM in Fellowship Hall.
We have been busy. We painted the parsonage, cleaned the garage, repaired the lawn building, reseeded the back yard, patched the roof, pulled a lot of weeds and replaced the light in Wesley Hall. Elevator maintenance and lube has been done. Thank you to everyone that helped with a special thanks to the Brazo family for refurbishing the benches in the court yard.
Trustee - Chair
ATTENTION ALL SINGERS……
September 4th at 7:00 pm is our first Chancel Choir rehearsal this Fall!
We have music and robes waiting for long-time singers as well as for new
singers. If you think your voice is rusty, with practice your voice will
become polished. Come to the Chapel door (close to the choir room) at
7:00 pm on Wednesday, September 4 for our first practice. WE WILL BE
SINGING ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 AT THE 11:00 WORSHIP