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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 – September 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:
We have not received any direct response from Lena to our e-mail inquiries. I contacted Mel Muchinski, who is our liaison to the Eurasia initiative, to see if he had any insight into the situation and here is his response on July 25th:

You and others are wondering about how their contact or friends are doing in Russia. At this time the information which I have is minimal and I don't expect it to get better until after the Russian/Ukrainian war is over - hopefully soon. I haven't heard from Lena since last fall so I can't give you any information. I expect that English classes at the Seminary have probably been cancelled because of the war; the government might consider that to be a "foreign agent" activity. I haven't heard from Bishop Khegay since the beginning of March. I have suggested to partners that they keep trying to send emails or whatever to Russian partners just to let them know they have not been forgotten. Generic statements are encouraged so if they are intercepted these will not be interpreted by the Russian government other than just greetings. Sorry I can't help you more about your specific request. 

We have collected approximately $700.00 so far this year

Upcoming projects and offerings: 

Salvation Army food drive - month of September
World Communion Sunday – 10/2/2022
Celebrated the first Sunday in October, this Special Sunday with offering focuses our attention on the universal and inclusive nature of the church. We look forward to this celebration annually when we partake of Holy Communion together and share our gifts to support racial-ethnic students and others in their quest to become leaders who embody the mission of The United Methodist Church. The offering facilitates the educational preparation and training of United Methodists from around the world and bolsters recruitment, training, and retention of racial-ethnic people for leadership positions at every level of the church.

Results of recent projects and offerings:
UMCOR Sunday - $475.00
UMCOR – General - $575.00
Camp Amigo - $680.00

Easter Offering:
UMCOR for Ukrainian Crisis (Advance #982450-Ukraine) - $6698.66
FUMC Clothing Sanctuary– $3349.34
Salvation Army - $200.00
American Cancer Society - $564.00

Christmas in July – Hillman House Domestic Assault Shelter in Three Rivers
Donations - $200.00
Products - $592.90
UMCOR Advance Ukraine - $300.00

  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

Currently we need these items listed below for September.
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