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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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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.

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

Summer Mission Trip
Right now it looks like the mission trip is not going to happen this summer. But there’s always next summer! Clean, returnable bottles and cans will continue to be collected. They can be stored, if clean, and returned when allowed by the stores. Hopefully, Souper Suppers will return in the fall—a great time of food, fellowship and fundraising.
While there’s life, there’s hope!

Lena’s news: 
Lena made some changes to her life in the last year. She transitioned from editing the Russian Upper Room while also working two other part time jobs. For the last nine months, she has been the full time leader of the Community English Program, which is an outreach of the UMC Moscow Theological Seminary. Russia is under strict quarantine presently.

Special offerings and Projects:
We did not have a formal Easter offering due to the pandemic. $100.00 was received and was distributed to UMCOR National Disaster Relief for Nashville tornadoes and homeless teens in St. Joseph County. Another change to our calendar was not collecting for the special Sunday Native American Ministries or the Building Hope Free Store. Since we are not holding services, we will not do the Christmas in July tree or Camp Amigo, since they have cancelled camps. We plan to collect for the Backpack Program in August. The donation form will be put into the August Messenger. Free Friday Friendship Lunch at St. John’s was discontinued and funds given to the Salvation Army. They plan to give sack lunches from the church starting June 19. They will determine future plans at a later date.  

Spring Rummage and Bake Sale rescheduled until 2021
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have postponed the rummage sale until next spring. With the uncertainty of the next few months and concern for safety of our team and the public, it seemed the best decision. If you are doing cleaning, we prefer that you hold on to your items until spring.

Mission Trip has been cancelled. 

Relay for Life: 
Plans are on hold. If you would like to donate directly, go to Relayforlife.org To support our team, type in FMUC (yes, it is a typo) We will keep you posted on current plans.

Midland Flooding:  
Donate to the Michigan Conference Disaster fund. Checks may be sent to the Michigan Conference at 1161 East Clark Road, Suite 212, DeWitt MI 48820. It is important to include this exact language in the memo: #4407 Michigan Area Disaster Response. You may also go online to the Michigan Conference Disaster fund to donate.

Building Hope Free Store:  
There is a fundraiser to help with moving to the new location at the former St. Joseph County Abstract Office. You can find information about donating on Facebook to help them reach their $5000.00 goal.

Together we make a difference in the world!