Stitzer United Methodist Church

What are We About

 “We, The Stitzer United Methodist Church, are called to worship God and to minister to the least and the last and the lost. We are further called to help those in need and one another.” (2012)

Our Vision

As members of the Stitzer United Methodist Church, we renew our commitment to be disciples of Jesus as leaders in the spiritual life of the Stitzer community. We will continue the legacy that began in 1857 by those who believed that a Methodist congregation was needed in Stitzer. We will maintain and enhance our facilities to ensure that they continue to serve us effectively in support of our mission and vision.

Our Story

The Methodist congregation in the Stitzer community became an organized group in 1857. The first quarterly conference was held in the home of August Blaufuus (farm presently owned by Brenda Martin) on Oct. 10, 1857. The first church building was erected in 1860 next to the present Methodist Cemetery (before Stitzer was a village).

In 1887 a new church was built on the present site in the village. Lightening struck the steeple in 1949, but the church was saved. The steeple was rebuilt to its present shape. In 1957 a cement block addition was added, the former high ceiling was lowered, and the entire inside walls and ceiling were covered with Celotex planking; however, there was no inside plumbing . In 1982 the cement block addition was replaced with a new one that included plumbing, basement area for Sunday school, furnace room, and bathroom. The upstairs area incorporated a large kitchen, two bathrooms, a fellowship hall, and a separate entry.

Originally the services were in German. The last German service was on April 21, 1920. On July 21, 1957, the congregation had a centennial program with a consecration ceremony and sermon by Bishop H. Clifford Northcott.

In 2007, members celebrated their sesquicentennial with various activities including Sweethearts Sunday, Mother-Daughter and Guest Night Dinner, Friendship Sunday, walking tours of the cemeteries, Hymn Sing, and “An Old-Fashioned Christmas.” Sesquicentennial Keepsakes included a history book, a calendar with photos and memories of former pastors, a church cookbook, a Christmas ornament, a postcard with a sketch of our church, a pictorial postmark, a commemorative postage stamp, and professional photos of our church. The Sesquicentennial Weekend Celebration on Saturday June 16, 2007, included greeting former pastors, a Service of Commemoration, dinner at Eagle Creek Inn, and anniversary cake and fellowship in our church Fellowship Hall. Sunday June 17, 2007, was a service of Celebration and Dedication with Bishop Linda Lee as the special speaker.

Stitzer United Methodist Creed:

We believe that a Church is not a building: rather it is God’s children working together for a common ministry of God’s Kingdom.

We believe that hard work, honest sweat, and a love of God and neighbor are the true building blocks of a church.

We believe that becoming a disciple of Jesus, despite its hardships and sacrifices, is the most honorable way a person can live life…now and for eternity.

We believe that many of the best things in life are indeed fre: the splendor of an early morning sunrise, the sight of the rural countryside along the winding roads of time, the joy of children’s voices on Sunday morning, and the love that is shared among the people of God, the body of Christ.

We believe that a church should not be measured by its size, but rather by its ministry to its fellowman; and by this measure the Stutzer United Methodist Church shall fear no judgment.

We believe that when a church reaches the age of 150 and sums up its days, it should be able to stand tall and rejoice in the ministry it has shared.

We believe in the Stitzer United Methodist Church because it makes all this possible. Praise be to God!

Adapted from the Farmer’s Creed by Pastor John Oliver

10:30 AM Service

11:00 a.m. worship service takes place in a charming countryside church. These services include traditional hymns, Scripture readings, biblical based teaching, prayer time, along with Children’s time. *This service is also streamed live on Facebook for those that are unable to come to church

Communion is served the first Sunday of the month at both locations.  All are welcome.

No matter what time fits best in your schedule or which location works best for you; we would love to have you worship with us.  Hope to see you soon.