Our August offering was $177.84; offering for September was $287.26, bringing our total to date to $1985.21. We are definitely on target to meet our yearly $2500.00 in pledged support for Lena! Thanks for your giving!
HUNGER has been the Mission Team focus for September:
•Salvation Army food drive during the month – we will deliver the grocery items in early October and let you know the results.
•Helping Hands Backpack program – $3154.50 as of September 10th.
It is not too late to support the weekend backpack program. Forms are available in the office or you may drop your donation marked backpacks in the offering. This year, with community support, 100 elementary and middle school children will be provided with food on the weekend. The churches that have been involved are Sturgis Missionary, Sturgis Presbyterian, First Baptist, Sturgis Evangelical and Sturgis First United Methodist. The cost is approximately $399.00 per child for the school year, which includes a voucher for $7.00 for milk, bread and eggs at La Esperanza grocery store. FUMC is responsible for packing and delivering about 40 backpacks to Eastwood on Thursday mornings. Checks should be made out to FUMC with the memo Sturgis Backpack program. Thanks to FUMC members Julie Brenner, Barb Gray, Kathy Ailstock, Ron Nusbaum, Bobbye Nusbaum, Vicki LeRoque, Mike Rutenbar.
•World Communion Sunday – October 6th
On World Communion Sunday your giving helps to provide scholarships for national and international graduate students whom God has gifted to learn and to serve.
•Community-wide Thanksgiving dinner
Look for the poster with ingredients to make the sweet potato casserole for the community wide Thanksgiving dinner at the end of October.
•Mission Trip Team Super Suppers will be coming this fall. Watch for the dates.
The Mission Team is grateful for your continuing generosity toward mission projects!
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 October 2019
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.