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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 Moments March 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

Lena’s Buckets: Our January total was $81.09; February total was $224.30. Our total to date is $305.39. Thank you so much for your monthly support. We have been supporting Lena in her various ministries since 2001. We need to keep her in our thoughts and prayers as she goes through some life changes.

Special offering and upcoming projects: 
Human Relations Offering – January 19th

Our special opportunity to give for the church-wide Special Sunday of the United Methodist church during January was for Human Relations Day. We collected $151.00. This offering strengthens United Methodist outreach to communities in the United States and Puerto Rico, encouraging social justice and work with at-risk youth. It is celebrated on the Sunday before Martin Luther King’s birthday.  

Blanket Sunday - February 16th 
Thanks to Karen Scheetz for presenting information on Church World Service Blanket Sunday. We will report the total in the April Messenger

UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing) – March 22nd
One Great Hour of Sharing is one of the six church-wide Special Sundays of the United Methodist Church. This offering enables the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to live out its mission to alleviate human suffering. UMCOR responds to natural or human made disasters both nationally and internationally.  

Easter offering – April 12 – We will announce the recipients in the next Messenger.

Rummage Sale coming in April
The Rummage Sale will be on Wednesday evening April 22nd, Thursday April 24th and Friday April 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 for set up and selling. There will be a bulletin insert and sign-up sheet if you can help. Proceeds may be used to help with literacy projects.

Mission Trip
Some preliminary planning is starting for the mission trip this year from June 21st-28th. Wednesday Souper Suppers continue. They have been delicious and are helping to raise money for this year’s trip.
Local Mission initiatives
Pastor Sue is working in the ministerial association to develop plans to help congregations support the homeless in our community. Several FUMC people have recently helped St. John’s Episcopal Church with the Friday luncheon. She will share information with us for ways we can help support projects.  
Together we make a difference in the world!

VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP   RUMMAGE SALE – BAKE SALE

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 225:00pm - 7:00pm
THURSDAY, APRIL 239:00am – 2:00pm
FRIDAY, APRIL 249:00am – 12:00pm (bag day)

Set-Up Days
Monday, April 2010:00am – 2:00pm
Tuesday, April 2110:00am - 2:00pm
Wednesday, April, 2210:00am – 2:00pm

Sale Days
Wednesday, April 225:00pm – 7:00pm
Thursday, April 23 9:00am – 2:00pm
Friday, April 24 9:00am – 12:00pm (bag day)