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
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Childcare is available during both the church’s 9:30 contemporary and 11:00 traditional worship services. 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. Jeanne Koughn 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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December in the Life of the Church
Can you believe that December is already here? It’s that busy time of year again. It’s the time of year to start Christmas shopping, dragging out the decorations, and putting together holiday party plans. How do we find the time to do it all?!?
A lot is going on during December at Sturgis FUMC as well. November 26th began the season of Advent and our five-week series entitled “Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph.” Holidays can get complicated - especially for busy families. Amid the decorations, gifts, and parties, we celebrate one simple message: A child was born, and the world was forever changed. Maybe it's been a while since you were in church, and that's okay. Now is the perfect time to share Christmas with your family.
December 24th there will be two services in the morning at 9:30 and 11:00 am. At 7:00 pm will be our family Christmas Eve Service where we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior. There will be special music, a children’s portrayal of Christ’s birth, and the lighting of the candles as we sing "Silent Night" this will be a special time to spend with family and God.
You might be thinking, “How will I find the time?” If so, you are not alone. I found myself thinking similar thoughts. Time itself is a gift from God. Contrary to what we might think, it is not “our time.” It is God’s time. In a busy time of year like December, why not take more time to rest in prayer and God’s Word.
We have opportunities this season to receive God’s eternal gifts, to grow in our faith and trust in him, and to reflect on the meaning of the Advent season, recalling all the gracious ways that our God comes to us. What a gift! What a privilege! I can’t think of a better way during a busy time of year to spend God’s time! See you there.
As most of you are aware, I am getting married on December 23rd at 2 pm. If you did not receive an invitation, it is because you have not signed the registration pad in the sanctuary on Sunday morning. Please know that everyone is invited to the wedding including young people. Pastor Jeanne
College Scholarship Fund
College scholarships are low and if you are looking for a way to contribute throughout the year you can make a donation to the college scholarship fund. Please make sure the donation is marked as such either on the envelope or the check.
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.
Beginning November 26, First United Methodist Church of Sturgis will be studying the book by Adam Hamilton, Faithful Christmas through the Eyes of Joseph. The Reverend Jeanne Koughn will be preaching from the book on November 26, December 11, 18, and 24. The book centers on Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus, and how Christ’s birth affected Joseph’s life. Joseph started his journey as an unknown carpenter, but Joseph became the earthly father of Jesus. For his part in the nativity story, he faced a situation much like our own--encountering life circumstances he didn't choose or understand. In Faithful, Hamilton encourages readers to follow Joseph's example during this Advent and Christmas season, and exchange doubt for courage as we learn to accept and glorify God's will.
In addition to Reverend Koughn’s sermons, the 8:30 and 11:00 adult groups will be studying the book, using the video series as well. Anyone is welcome, at any session.
The church will also celebrate Advent, the preparation time before Christmas. Advent is a season observed in many Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The church is decorated and favorite Christmas Carols will be sung each Sunday during worship.
Sunday, Christmas Eve, December 24, will be celebrated on Sunday mornings at both the 9:30 and 11:00 am services, the church’s contemporary and traditional worship times.
The church will also host its traditionally popular Christmas Eve service at 7 pm. The service will include communion, candlelight, carols, special music and a children’s reenactment of the birth of Jesus. All in the community are welcome.