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Sturgis First United Methodist Church
269-651-5990
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, Lorraine Finnerman, Bobbye Nusbaum, Elaine Spencer, Bonnie Stewart, Jan Wiley


Lena’s buckets: August buckets totaled $177.84; our total to date is $1856.52. We are on target to meet our yearly $2500.00 in pledged support for Lena during the remaining monthly buckets!
We received an e-mail on August 4th from Lena following the most recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton:

My dear American friends!

I'm so sad to hear today's news about what happened in your country. I'm so sorry. I'm praying and crying together with all your people.

May God keep you and all your beloved in His arms of Love.

Lena Kim

Special offerings for missions:
Rummage sale proceeds:

The $1200.00 profit from the spring rummage sale will be given to the following projects:

o$ 500.00 - FUMC safety and security project
o$ 200.00 – Building Hope Free Store mortgage
o$ 500.00 – Children’s Concerns of St. Joseph County 
The Children’s Concerns of St. Joseph County, Inc. has been providing awareness of personal body safety to local children since the 1980s. The program instructs preschoolers, kindergarteners, and third graders in most of the schools in the county. This sexual abuse prevention program has approximately 2,000 school children participate every year, empowering kids and educating them about body safety. 



Christmas in July: 

$162.75 worth of food items, cleaning and personal supplies were donated to Hillman House Domestic Assault Shelter from the Giving Tree. In addition, $100.00 was donated to the Shelter Saviors campaign. The 19 bedroom shelter is asking for help. There is a need to upgrade some major systems. Also bathrooms, plumbing, wiring, and painting need attention. They were truly grateful when we delivered the items, since all their support is from within the community. 

Upcoming projects and special offerings:

HUNGER is our theme for the month of September!

1.Salvation Army Food drive during the month of September. Take a grocery list from the envelope and return your food to the grocery carts. In addition to food items, $ 10.00 Speedway gas only cards would be appreciated. They distribute these to people for medical appointments.

Requested items are:

opeanut butter
ojelly
ocanned vegetables
ocanned fruit
opork and beans 
omacaroni and cheese
ospaghetti and pasta
ospaghetti sauce
ocereal
obutter
opersonal hygiene –deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, bar soap
o lemonade canisters


2.Helping Hands backpack program:

On August 18th, Midge Steward presented us with the opportunity to support the weekend backpacks to feed hungry elementary and, in addition this year, middle school children in Sturgis. It costs approximately $360.00 per child for the school year. Three churches plan to help to feed 110 elementary kids and middle school kids: First United Methodist, First Presbyterian, and Sturgis Missionary. In addition to church support, there were 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. Please give generously again. Forms are in the Messenger, or you can drop your donation in the office or offering plate (mark it for Helping Hands). If you'd like to help, please fill out this form and drop it off at the Church Office. 




3.  Building Hope Free Store – Wendell Moyer will be speaking on September 15th about this ongoing mission and how FUMC can continue to support it. 

4•World Communion Sunday – October 6th
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.

The Mission Team is grateful for your continuing generosity toward mission 
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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 2019
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.