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This page is where you will find many of the events and things that happen in and around First United Methodist Church of Sturgis, Michigan.   
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Parlor Class Invitation….
Both the 8:30 and 11:00 adult Intentional Faith Development groups are studying the same book…Grace is Greater by Kyle Idleman. Both classes meet in the Parlor.  
This book is a powerful study which pushes us to forgive, to live grace, and possibly help transform lives. Please join us! The Fellowship class meets downstairs at 9, and discusses contemporary events in the light of Christianity.  
“We're saturated with a knowledge of grace. But when Jesus walked here on earth, He lived grace, sharing it through countless stories and real-life examples. In Grace Is Greater, Kyle Idleman seeks to do the same--to shake us out of our comfort zone with grace and to again be amazed, shocked, and enthralled as we experience Jesus' radical way of living and forgiving. By hearing stories of lives transformed, you'll grasp God's love in a fresh way and find new freedom and joy in your own life

We meet at 8:30 on Sunday mornings in the parlor, reading, discussing our thoughts and opinions, while we care for one another. We have people from both worship services and we welcome you to join us too!

The Youth of our church conducted the service on February 19th. They are all naturals!
Breakfast Group
On the 2nd Wednesday of each month anyone can join us at Savory Restaurant on S. Centerville Rd. (in front of Walmart). We meet at 9:30. 
Keith and Colleen Treman are excited to announce two travel 
opportunities that they are hosting. 

1.Israel - "Journey through the Bible" an 11 Day Tour - beginning October 22 - November 1, 2018. The Journey will include 3 nights in Bethlehem, optional Dinner in Palestinian Christian family home, visit to Jericho and Qumran, Caesarea, The Galilee and Boat ride on the Sea, Cana and Nazareth, Jerusalem and Emmaus. From New York, our trip starts at $3,348. Optional extensions available.  
2.Germany and Europe "Oberammergau/Passion Play and European Capitals" a 10 Day Tour beginning September 23 - October 2, 2020. The Oberammergau/Passion Play only happens every ten years since 1634. Plan to travel to Munich, Innsbruck, Etta, Prague, Dresden, Leipzig, and Berlin. From New York, our trip starts at $4,398. Optional extensions available.  

We hope you will join us for one or both of these inspirational and educational tours. Please consider this our invitation to be part of an adventure in faith and join us as we see the Bible come to life!

Brochures are available in the church office, by emailing Keith at ktreman@umc-kzo.org or by calling EO directly at 863-648-0383 and use my Host ID#17636. 


Sincerely, 
Gràtia Dòmini nostri Jesu Christi, et càritas Dei, et communicàtio Sancti Spìritus sit cum òmnibus vobis.

Rev. Keith Treman
(Grace, Love and Fellowship)
First United Methodist Church 212 S Park Street Kalamazoo MI 49007 
269.381.6340 Ext. 211

Fellowship Opportunities-


  Sloppy Joes and Pie Auction
This year's Sloppy Joes and Pie Auction will be on Nov 5, following the United Service. 

                                           Have you ever heard of a Trunk-or-Treat? It’s a family-  friendly, convenient                                                  way of trick-or-treating, going from car trunk to car  trunk instead of house to 
                                           house. Sturgis FUMC is going to be joining this new trend, along with other                                                   downtown churches, on Saturday, October 28th, from 5:30 pm to 7:00pm.                                                  We are hoping that several other Sturgis churches will participate, and                                                          families will be able to make a “circuit” of trunk-or-treat locations as a safe,                                                  non-scary way of filling up those trick-or-treat buckets!

How do I get in on this action? There are several ways to participate! Probably the most exciting way would be to sign up to decorate the trunk of your car, dress up in costume and come to our parking lot to hand out candy to lots of eager kids. There will be sign-up sheets posted on the bulletin board in September - check to see if there’s still room! Spots may go quickly! Remember, this is a non-scary alternative to some of the more ghoulish Halloween decorations you may see around town, but that doesn’t mean you can’t let your creativity flow!

But that’s not all! The Outreach committee and others will be staffing a table, handing out drinks and snacks and welcome literature from our church - there will be plenty of opportunity to help with that. Or if you can’t make it at all, consider donating a bag of candy or two - we may have hundreds of children visiting, so we could probably use all the candy we can get!

URGENT PLEA - HELP NEEDED!!!
Advent and Christmas are fast approaching, folks! This is such an exciting but busy time of year for everyone including the church. Your church staff is beginning to think about and prepare for the worship services during the four weeks of Advent and realize we need your help. With an upcoming wedding in progress and the fact that the office staff is only part time, we are going to be “long on work and short on time!” You could help us a great deal by signing up to assist during the worship services during the four weeks in December. We need Advent readers, especially. We have placed a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board outside the sanctuary and would so appreciate if you would sign up to assist during worship. As the time gets closer there may be other needs but right now our main focus is Advent readers. Could you help us??  

Mark Your Calendar Now!!!

We are honored to have the Michigan Area Bishop preaching in the worship service on December 3, 2017. This will be a united service followed by a luncheon with the Bishop. This is an awesome opportunity to get to know the Bishop. Following is a little bit about our Bishop:

Bishop David Alan Bard

Bishop David Alan Bard is currently serving as Bishop of the Michigan Area of The United Methodist Church. A United Methodist pastor for over thirty years he has served congregations in Roseau, on the Iron Range, and was from 1998-2005, the Northwest District Superintendent for The United Methodist Church in Minnesota. Just prior to coming to Michigan, Bishop Bard was pastor of First United Methodist Church Duluth, Minnesota, the community he grew up in. He served on a number of regional and denomination-wide boards and committees and was elected to represent the Minnesota Conference at five General Conferences (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016). He was elected to the episcopacy in 2016.

Bishop Bard is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth (B.A. cum laude, philosophy and psychology), United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities (M.Div.) and has a Ph.D. in Religious Studies, with a concentration in Christian Ethics from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. He has taught courses at The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN. and United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities as an adjunct faculty member. Among the courses he taught are United Methodist History and Polity, Religious Perspectives in Living, Dying and Grieving and Religious Perspectives on Health Care Ethics. He has served on various civic boards, including the Board of Directors for Life House, an outreach program for homeless youth and the St. Louis County Heading Home Governance Board.

Bishop Bard and his wife Julie are both natives of Duluth, MN. Together they have three children – David L. (Christina), Elizabeth (Michael) and Sarah.


 Sunday, October 22 -  A special united service will be held at 11 am for Consecration Sunday. This is a service dedicated to celebrating financial and volunteer support the church receives, while encouraging everyone to strive to be good stewards of all God’s resources.  
The third annual Holiday Bazaar is Thursday evening, November 16, 4-8 pm. Various vendors including 31 Gifts, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Premier Jewelry, Tupperware, Lula Roe clothing, and others will be offering their products and wares during the evening. Delicious snacks will be available for purchase.