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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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THE TRUSTEES ARE ON THE JOB! THEY HAVE:
installed new central air and furnace in Parsonage.
Cleaned the roof top air conditioners in the Sanctuary.
Replaced radiator coil in room 105.
Repaired leaking radiators in Sanctuary.

Installed new fence and gate on east side of church.

Tentative church clean-up is Nov. 3 - 9 AM

Repaired Chapel entrance doors.

Completed our last Adopt-a-highway clean up for the year. Thanks to Art, Walter, Dave and John.

Thanks,
John Blanchard
Our Trustees have been busy this year so far!

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.
  Thank you,
  John Blanchard

ADOPT A HIGHWAY PROGRAM

 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.



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 helped to feed the children of the world. 

Our Newest Members! WELCOME!
The most basic question everyone faces in life is Why am I here? What is my purpose? Self-help books suggest that people should look within, at their own desires and dreams, but Rick Warren says the starting place must be with God and his eternal purposes for each life. Real meaning and significance comes from understanding and fulfilling God's purposes for putting us on earth.
The Purpose-Driven Life takes the groundbreaking message of the award-winning Purpose-Driven Church and goes deeper, applying it to the lifestyle of individual Christians. This book helps readers understand God's incredible plan for their lives. Warren enables them to see the big picture of what life is all about and begin to live the life God created them to live.
The Purpose-Driven Life is a manifesto for Christian living in the 21st century...a lifestyle based on eternal purposes, not cultural values. Using biblical stories letting the Bible speak for itself, Warren clearly explains God's five purposes for each of us:

We were planned for God's pleasure so your first purpose is to offer real worship.

We were formed for God's family so your second purpose is to enjoy real fellowship.

We were created to become like Christ, so your third purpose is to learn real 
discipleship.

We were shaped for serving God so your fourth purpose is to practice real ministry.

We were made for a mission so your fifth purpose is to live out real evangelism.

GRASS MOWING TIME AGAIN (almost). A sign-up sheet is up on the bulletin board for those of you who would like to volunteer to mow the church yard once a week. John Blanchard will then create a schedule from the people who have signed up. The more who sign up, the fewer times you need to mow. A big Thank You to all who mowed last summer!

Thank you,
Trustees
Relay for Life 
The Relay for Life will be held on Friday, June 21st at the Centreville Fairgrounds from noon until midnight. FUMC activities to support Relay for Life – Breakfast on May 19th, footprints and luminaries, canoe trip in June.

Just a reminder that the Honoring Women’s banquet will be held in May. At this time we are looking at Tuesday, May 14th. We will be having a cuisine from around the world. Our menu includes Cornish game hen (1/2), couscous, asparagus, Oriental salad, and crème brulee. Last year we were blessed by 50 + women from this church and community. Let’s keep it going, ladies! 
On another note I’m trying very hard to work through the fact that out of 60+ pink papers for 14 Days and 14 Ways of Loving our Neighbor as Ourselves, we only had 5 papers turned in on either of the Sundays we asked for them. I know in my heart that many of you must have done some of the choices and merely forgot to bring them. Just know that Jesus wants us, as Christians, to continue to do these kind acts often, and as much as we can. Please keep passing God’s love along. I want to take this time to thank Leonard and Rosalie Eishen for helping with this project. Their help was immense!

God’s Peace Be with You
Mimi Klinger and the Outreach Committee

On Confirmation Sunday, May 19, we will be welcoming six confirmands as new members of the First United Methodist Church of Sturgis.

Confirmand . . . Mentor

Samuel Bolden . . . Roger Tetzloff
Idea Carver. . .   Lowell Walsworth
Walter Ebert. . .  Doug Camburn
Savannah Hahn. . . Verna Blanchard
Hayley Miller. . .  Robin Schuler
Brenden Myers. . . David Blanchard

 Three will join during the 9:30 service and three will become members in the 11:00 worship. Each of the students have been meeting with an adult mentor over the last four months. The group has participated in various activities and discussed scripture and church history. A reception for the confirmands will occur between worships.  

You will be able to meet all the confirmands in the Gathering Room between the two services from 10:30 to 11:00 am. Come and celebrate with our newest members.

Confirmation Coordinators
Lance Goodlock
Marcia Harrington