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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 2021
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.
The Clothing Sanctuary has officially opened!  

What is the Clothing Sanctuary?
The Clothing Sanctuary is a clothing bank accepting donations of clothing, shoes, and similar items. These items will then be given free of charge to anyone in need.

Who is sponsoring the Clothing Sanctuary?
Members and friends of First United Methodist Church and St. John’s Episcopal Church are actively making donations.

When is the Clothing Sanctuary open?
Please call the church office and leave a message to schedule a drop off time for
 donations. Generally, the drop off is from 9:00- noon on Wednesdays, but it varies.
We are coordinating with St. John’s Friday Fellowship Meal and scheduling 
appointments for selecting items on Fridays from 10:15-11:30 and 12:30 until 1:30. Please call the office to make an appointment if you are in need of items.

Where is the Clothing Sanctuary located?
The Clothing Sanctuary is located in the basement of our church in the room next to the Choir Room.

Why are we offering a Clothing Sanctuary?
There was no central place for free clothing distributions in Sturgis. St. John’s had been providing items as part of their Fellowship Meal. However, they were outgrowing their space and were looking for a more permanent location with room for more donations.

How can a person support the Clothing Sanctuary?
1 - Make an appointment to donate clean and reusable clothing.
2 - Volunteer to assist with sorting donations or distributing donations. 
3 - Make a financial donation to the Clothing Sanctuary. We need to purchase more movable hanging units and storage bins.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Robin Schuler (269-625-8100) or Kate Kitson (260-585-9199)

We are thankful for the generous donations of clothing and for the financial gifts given to the Clothing Sanctuary. Our guests are routinely thrilled and grateful with the variety of items available. 

The guests have asked for rain gear or rain suits as the weather changes. We are also in need of women’s bras and double and triple large items of clothing for both men and women. An additional request has been for the smaller suitcases on wheels.  

At this time, we ask that you hold on to winter clothing donations. We will begin accepting those items in October. 

Again, thank you for supporting this much needed ministry.


Christmas Offering recipients:
Hope United of St. Joseph County
Hope United is a network of local churches and agencies coming together to provide support, help and love to those in need in St. Joseph County. Individuals and families come to Hope United when their lives become too difficult for them to manage alone. Homelessness, addiction, unemployment and poor emotional and mental health are indicators of greater problems in their lives, which may be pain and lack of connection. 

UMCOR domestic and international disaster relief
We decided that with all of the climate related disasters – hurricanes, wildfires, floods – that we would donate generously to the United Methodist Committee on Relief. 
 Domestic Disaster Response:  When responding to a disaster in the United States, UMCOR works with the conference disaster response ministries to provide the following:  Financial assistance – emergency grants may be sent when a bishop of the affected conference contacts UMCOR; 

Expertise – UMCOR’s disaster-response experience and knowledge are made available to those in need;
Networking – connections with volunteers, experts, local government, and other organizations can help communities recover from disaster.

International Disaster Response
When a natural or human-caused disaster strikes outside of the United States, UMCOR provides immediate funds to its partners to distribute food, hygiene supplies and other basic necessities to ease human suffering. In the long-term, UMCOR works with partners towards recovery and reconstruction while maintaining focus on disaster preparedness and training to help reduce the damaging effects of future disasters.

Pregnancy Helpline Giving Tree – month of December
We are happy to resume this ministry. Take a tag from the giving tree and return your unwrapped gift and place the tag in the red basket. The primary purpose of Pregnancy Helpline is to minister to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of all who are involved in unplanned pregnancy situations. Whether the need is a free pregnancy test, ultrasound, clothing, diapers, car seat, prenatal or parental education or a listening ear – all these services are available. All of the services and supplies are provided free of charge by an all-volunteer staff. 
Together we make a difference in the world!

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.