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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 April 2020
Lena’s news: 
Our offering for March was $242.42, so our total to date is $547.61 toward our $2500.00 goal. Lena has been sponsored by FUMC since 2001. Continue to keep Lena in your prayers.
Special offerings and Projects:
Blanket Sunday February 16th - $507.00
Easter offering April 12th:  
3/4 UMCOR National Disaster Relief for Nashville tornadoes
1/4 Homeless teens in St. Joseph county
Native American Ministries – April 26
Through Native American Ministries Sunday, UMC is able to equip and empower Native American pastors, congregations and seminary students to do what only they can do: authentically worship and serve Jesus.
Building Hope Free Store Wendell Moyer – May 10th

Spring Rummage and Bake Sale: 
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have postponed the April rummage sale until the fall. If you are doing spring cleaning, we do have storage space in our rummage sale room.

Free Friday Friendship Lunch St. John’s Episcopal Church:
FUMC is exploring ways to further expand our outreach to the local community. Several people are helping at the Friday lunches and more helpers would be welcome. A needs list will be shared so we may consider how we can help this ministry. 

Upcoming projects:
Depending on the status of the Covid-19 pandemic, we will continue planning to participate in the Mission Trip and Relay for Life. We will keep you posted.

Help with missing tablecloths!!
If you have any information about 8 missing round burgundy tablecloths, please share it with Alice Watson who is in charge of the funeral luncheons or the office. They are regularly used and it is a mystery where they went.  

Together we make a difference in the world!

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!