Lena’s Buckets for the Global Ministries Eurasia Initiative:
We passed the buckets for the first time this year and received $61.09. We hope to average $210.00 monthly toward our annual pledge of $2500.00. Lena said in a recent e-mail that she lost her father in January last year. “I'm OK now, but I'm praying and supporting my Mom, who lives with my sister in 3 hours way from Moscow.” She will be sending us some updates about changes in her life in the next few weeks.
SPECIAL MISSION PROJECTS AND OFFERINGS:
Community Thanksgiving dinner:
Once again, we received compliments on our Sweet Potato Casserole! Over 500 people were served.
Christmas Offering: $4080.96
•UMCOR Disaster Help for hurricane damage in the Bahamas $2040.48
•Building Hope Free Store $1020.48
•St. Joseph County Veterans $1020.48
Giving Tree results:
•Pregnancy Helpline: Once again our Christmas trees were laden with items to support the Pregnancy Helpline, a non-profit group which provides free pregnancy testing and support for pregnant women and their children. We delivered a van full of layette items valued at $1672.94.
Salvation Army: $190.00 of Speedway Gas only cards were delivered. They were remaining in our FUMC Helping Our Neighbor fund. Due to FUMC security concerns, people are now directed to the Salvation Army. They are used to help people get to doctor’s appointments or other necessary trips.
United Methodist Student Day conference offering 11/24/19 - $207.00
UPCOMING MISSION PROJECTS AND OFFERINGS:
Church World Service Blanket Sunday:
On February 16, information will be presented about Blanket Sunday. Contributions to CWS Blankets means Church World Service will be ready to help families in the US and around the world recover from disasters and displacement and build viable, sustainable lives and communities. Envelopes will be available and a $10.00 donation per blanket is suggested.
Rummage Sale coming in April
The Rummage Sale will be on Thursday, April 24th and 25th. If you are cleaning out corners, you may drop off donations any time – we have a storage space available. The Mission Team will be recruiting workers in for set up and selling.
Some preliminary planning is starting for the mission trip this year. Wednesday Souper Suppers will continue. They have been delicious and are helping to raise monies for this year’s trip. We’ll keep you posted as details are finalized.
Together we make a difference in the world!
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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.