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Sturgis First United Methodist Church
HUNGER is our theme for the month of September!

Salvation Army Food Drive is our traditional project during the month of September. Since bringing food items is not possible during quarantine, we ask you to participate by sending a contribution to the office with the memo line Salvation Army Food drive. Another possibility is to go directly online and donate at SASturgis.org.  

You may have received an emergency appeal in the mail. It read:

The economic shutdown has affected us all, but for the most vulnerable neighbors, it has been especially devastating. Many are seeking help from the Salvation Army for the first time. Providing food and vital care to families faced with hunger, job loss and homelessness is more important now than ever before.

That’s why the Salvation Army Emergency Fund drive is so critical. We must always be ready to help families in St. Joseph County with nowhere else to turn. And to do that, we really need your help!

It will be your way of saying, “I haven’t forgotten. I still care.” Thank you and God bless.

Captain Sharyn Tennyson
Corp Officer. 

Helping Hands backpack program:

The Helping Hands form is in this newsletter. The program is designed to feed hungry elementary and middle school children in Sturgis. It costs approximately $346.50 per child for the school year. Five churches are active in helping feed 100 elementary kids and middle school kids: First United Methodist, First Presbyterian, First Baptist, Sturgis Missionary and Radiant Life. In addition to church support, there were United Way funding, corporate grants, donations from local business, 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. 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, contact Julie Brenner at 467-3151 for details. They may be in need of volunteers. Please give generously again. You can send your donation to the office marked Helping Hands.

Free Friday Friendship Lunch:

St. John’s Episcopal Church has modified its lunch program due to COVID-19. They have resumed serving lunches by preparing sack lunches. Marilee Yoder approached the Mission Team to ask for some help in preparation and distribution on October 2nd. The Mission Team has agreed to take responsibility for providing lunch on October 9th.  

World Communion Sunday – October 4th

Around the globe, countless gifted and qualified people face financial obstacles that hinder them from preparing for the vocation God has given them, especially youth and young adults. For ethnic students who will be the first generation in their families to attend college, or for those people of color who haven’t historically had access to resources that make higher education possible, the road toward education has often been unwieldy. 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.


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  MISSION MOMENTS –September 2020
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.