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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 – December 2022
Mission Team Mission Statement: To provide our congregation with multiple opportunities to support individuals and organizations locally, nationally and internationally to relieve human suffering in the name of Christ.

Mission team members:  Julie Brenner, Sharon Bowers, Barb Evert, Lorraine Finnerman, Bobbye Nusbaum, Karen Scheetz, Elaine Spencer, Bonnie Stewart, Jan Wiley

The Mission Team is grateful for your continuing support of our mission projects.
We are blessed! Our clothing supplies are growing, with need for a few sizes. Our Wednesday volunteers are not only church members, but community volunteers. We are opening our Clothes Sanctuary for our community to shop on Tuesdays from 4-6:00 p.m., as well as Fridays from noon-2:00. God provides.

We need volunteers for these dates, and always more help on Wednesdays.

Our Clothing Sanctuary is Really Helping Our Community. 
Click HERE to read more about our mission. 
Lena news:
MISSION MOMENTS – December 2022
Lena news:
The Mission Team decided to end our formal partnership with Lena. The war has discontinued communication. We will continue to try to contact her and keep her in our prayers. The remainder of the bucket offerings will be forwarded to a UM Global Ministries Project: Bishop Judith Craig Children's Village in Liberia Advance #11820A. The village was established in 2000 to provide care for children left orphaned by civil war in Liberia.

Projects and offerings: 
Salvation Army food drive - $438.50
World Communion Sunday – 10/2/2022 - $260.00
UMC Student Day – 11/27/22
Pregnancy Helpline Giving Tree – month of December

Christmas offering:
1/3 UMCOR national disaster relief for Florida Hurricanes
1/3 UMCOR international disaster relief for Ukraine
1/3 St. Joseph County Veteran service dog project

We explored what we could do to support local veterans through the St. Joseph County Veterans’ Affairs office. The current need is providing service dogs. They have already provided more than 25.  Each dog can cost from $4000 - $6000 to purchase and train.

  Christmas Offering envelopes are available on the table outside the sanctuary.

  Together we make a difference in the world!

In the spirit of offering support to a classroom in the Sturgis Public Schools district, as our church has done in the past, the Outreach Team chose to approach High School Special Education Teacher Julianne Kent. Julianne has been a special education teacher for many years and works with Level Four students in our district. She has ten students this year (6 boys and four girls), and she has them with her most of the day (five hours).  

Julianne is an enthusiastic teacher and the primary focus for these students is preparing them for community living once they leave high school. In doing so, Julianne teaches important life skills that will help them live as independently as possible one day. She was very moved that we offered support and she is appreciative of any help that we can provide to make learning as realistic and as fun 
as possible.  

Julianne is in need of certain supplies for weekly cooking experiences, academic and art supplies, and items that will allow her students to learn greenspace skills by taking care of a courtyard that is outside of her classroom. A complete wish list is posted on the bulletin board in the Gathering Room. If you are interested and able to provide needed items, please sign up for any item listed on the sign-up sheet and bring those to the church to be delivered to Julianne. If you would rather, Amazon, Walmart or Meijer gift cards can be offered for Julianne to purchase needed items. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Theresa Camburn at 269.625.0001 or email: theresa.camburn@gmail.com. Thank you for your support!  

In God's Love,
The Outreach Team

Outreach Opportunity
Girls – sizes 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, and 3T
Boys shorts - sizes 8, 10, and 14
Women’s underwear – size 9
Men’s shorts/pants – sizes 28, 30, 32, and 38
Shoes and work boots – all sizes

2022 American Cancer Society
St. Joseph County Relay for Life

We want to thank everyone who donated to the 2022 St. Joseph County Relay for Life. The turnout this year was much better than the last 2 years. The county goal of $40,000 was met and exceeded. Thanks to all of you, the total amount raised as of July 13 by our church was $3,253. That amount was the third highest out of 16 teams. All of the funds raised stay in Michigan mainly for research.  
We do have raffle tickets still available for $5 each. Three tickets will be drawn on August 23 and the three winners will each receive $150 in gift cards to local restaurants.  
Thank you for your support to remember, honor, and fight against cancer.

Bob and Marilee Yoder