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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….
Members of the Parlor Class invite you to join us in our next book study and discussion. Scott Chrostek is one of the campus ministers who work with famed author and United Methodist pastor, Adam Hamilton at the Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City, Kansas. Rev. Chrostek was the excellent and inspiring speaker at Albion District’s annual District Day this winter. In his book, The Misfit Mission, he “shares inspiring, funny, and poignant stories from his ministry as church planter and pastor. He illustrates how people can uncover their innate passion for knowing and serving Christ, and how a church can be a transformative force in the community”. 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.
Several of us also have started sending cards out to those on the prayer list, or those we believe just need a word of care or encouragement. Please join us in the parlor at 9:30 on Sunday mornings, if this ministry interests you. If you have greeting cards or stamps to share, we’d be happy to utilize them, too.   

Can YOU help?
Goodwill Stores are running low on furniture, household items, such as dishes, pots, pans, and small appliances. Also, they need jeans, books, and electrical items. All donations are tax deductible.
There is an on-going Adult class at 9:45 called Why? 
It is led by our own Mary Dost and Paula Hills. 
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. 
In 2003 First United Methodist Church of Sturgis, began a new venture adding a contemporary worship service, in addition to the church’s traditional services. The new service featured several musicians and members of the congregation, who sang each Sunday morning. Soon, the band named themselves Reconciled.  

As the Sturgis Church “springs forward” this year, the contemporary worship service is moving its gathering time. Church leaders made the recent decision to change the time to 9:30 am, beginning on the same Sunday as the time changes, March 12. The Reverend Jeanne Koughn, minister of the church, said, “After much thought, deliberation and prayer, it was decided to adjust our worship time.” “We hope to reach out to our community, and build our own church family ties.” Doug Camburn, an original Reconciled member, and leader of a group who brought the time change idea to fruition added: “I'm excited about the worship time change because our two worship services will (now) be closer together. I'm looking forward to starting a little later, allowing us to hopefully be more inviting to families and those who found our previous time too early.” Current Reconciled members include Greg Thrasher, Doug Camburn, Angella Rueppel, Fred Mazzoni, Patrick Camburn, December Blanchard, and Mike Johnson (sound). The group practices weekly, using Rev. Koughn’s sermon topics/scripture lessons to prepare for each Sunday’s worship. They also perform at various local events throughout the area.  

The Reverend Koughn preaches in both 9:30 and 11:00 (traditional style including pipe organ and choir music) worships. Childcare is available during both services. Children’s Christian education will be available during the 11:00 service. Adult Christian study groups meet at 8:30 am, 9:00 and 11:00, This Lenten season, the 8:30 group will be reading the book, Give It Up! A Lenten Study for Adults by Dottie Escobedo-Frank. The 9:00 class studies the weekly worship scripture, while the 11:00 group is discussing Words from the Cross, by Adam Hamilton.  

Sturgis First United Methodist Church is located at 200 Pleasant Street, downtown Sturgis. WBET broadcasts each Sunday’s 11:00 a.m. service on its 1230 AM station. The community is always welcome to all activities. Parking is available in the city lot, north of the church, Hackman Funeral Home’s lot at the northeast corner of the church property, and in the lot just south of the building. For additional information, please call the church office, 269-651-5990 or use the church’s website, or go to the church’s facebook page.  


 April 15th was our first Adopt-a-Highway pick up on M-66 north of Sturgis for 2017. Thank you for your time and community service:  Jamie Kyle, Sam Lytle, Mike Johnson, Angella Rueppel, Robin Schuler, Carol Sybesma, John & Barb Blanchard, and Mary Dost. 

We will have two more times in July and September.  If you would like to be included in this community service project this year, please Sign up on the sheet outside of Sanctuary. 
April, is our first of 3 pickups. (July & Sept) Sign up with phone number, look for information and we'll be making calls with info.

Spring Forward with New Times
First United Methodist Church hosted a banquet celebrating women on Monday, May 1st, and was served by the men’s group in Fellowship Hall of the church. Festivities began at 6 p.m. with displays from various local vendors. After the meal the women were given a program from Zu’s and Zo’s, a new local Sturgis business, about European and American clothing designs, and newest line of children’s clothing.