Lena’s Buckets for the Global Ministries Eurasia Initiative:
Thanks to you, we again surpassed our $2500.00 goal! What a blessing to Lena in support of her ministries. If you would like to send her greetings, her e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org. She thinks of FUMC as her church family and is so grateful for our caring.
Mission projects and collections for 2019:
As I was compiling the annual report of Mission projects, I was again amazed and thankful at what we can accomplish through your continuing support and generosity! Here is an overview of world, national, conference and local needs that we have contributed to this year:
Lena Kim – our missionary for the Eurasia Initiative for nineteen years
Conference offerings on special Sundays
•Human Relations Sunday
•Native American Sunday
•Peace with Justice
•United Methodist Student Day
•Relay for Life
•Children’s Concerns of St. Joseph County
•Salvation Army Food Drive
•Helping Hands Backpack Food program
•Hillman House Domestic Assault Shelter
•Keystone Place Homeless Shelter
•Camp Amigo scholarships
•Building Hope Free Store in Centerville
•FUMC Safety and Security
•FUMC Helping Our Neighbors
•Animal Rescue Fund of LaGrange
•Community Thanksgiving Dinner
•UMCOR Disaster Help for flooding and fires
•Mission Trip to Juneau, Wisconsin for flood damage
•Muwendo Children’s Choir
Upcoming and continuing events:
2020 Human Relations Day Sunday offering: January 19th
This offering is collected the Sunday before the observance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and supports Community Developers, United Methodist Voluntary Service and Youth Offender Rehabilitation programs. This work strengthens United Methodist outreach to communities in the United States and Puerto Rico, encouraging social justice and work with at-risk youth.
Sturgis First United Methodist Church is family-owned and operated right here in Sturgis, MI. Since our company opened its doors in 2006, we’ve treated every customer like they were a part of our family. Other companies may offer similar services, but our services are the best, and come with a personal touch.
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Mission Moments January 2020
Helping Hands Backpack Program
On August 18th, Midge Steward presented us with the opportunity to support the weekend backpacks to feed hungry elementary and middle school children in Sturgis. It costs approximately $360.00 per child for the school year.
Three churches plan to help feed 110 elementary and middle school children: First United Methodist, First Presbyterian, and Sturgis Missionary. In addition to church support, there were corporate grants, donations from local businesses, 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, call Julie Brenner at 467-3151 for details. Please give generously again. Forms are in the Messenger, or you can drop off your donation in the church office or offering plate. Make checks payable to First United Methodist Church and mark Helping Hands in the memo line.