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About Sturgis First United Methodist Church
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 20th, Midge Steward presented us with the opportunity to support the weekend backpacks to feed hungry elementary children in Sturgis. It costs approximately $360.00 per child for the school year. Last year three churches helped to feed 80 elementary 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. 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, 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).
During March our Trustees have continued to be busy.  
They have completed the following:
Installing new air filters in Parsonage, Sanctuary, and office heating and air conditioner systems.
Replaced flag pole rope.
Done patch work on leaking roof.
Repaired emergency lights
Installed handicapped and no parking signs.

Lena’s buckets: Our offering for May was $ 284.58, so our total to date is $1341.92. We are more than half way to our goal of $2500.00.  

Special offerings and events for missions:
Native American Ministries on April 15th - $221.00

Spring Rummage and Bake Sale on May 3rd and 4th Total including bake sale $1338.50 

Donated items:
Salvation Army - 2429 x $.50 = $1214.50
Thurston Woods - 57 x $.50 = $28.50
Free Store - 238 x $.50 = $119.00
Hope House – 29 sheets, towels misc. valued at $14.50
Total - 2753 items x $.50 = $1376.500 donated items

We are able to help with various local mission projects with the proceeds from the rummage sale. We plan to provide bedding for the new transitional housing for homeless veterans sponsored by St. Joseph County Veteran’s Affairs. Also, we are installing handicap grips in all of the bathroom stalls, providing a Lowry’s gift certificate for the summer book basket literacy program at Wenzel School, and continuing to provide support for the $100.00 club at the Free Store in Centreville. Thanks to everyone who brought items to sell. We had a great team of 33 workers, including rummage sale divas Alice Watson, Elaine Spencer and Julie Brenner. Lou Camburn and Ellen Bronstetter baked their hearts out! Thanks to the Blanchards and crew for toting the remains to Salvation Army! Again, our appreciation to all who donated time and stuff. A nice recliner and four poster double bed may still be available – you can check them out in fellowship hall if you are interested.

Continuing Project:

The Building Hope Free Store in Centreville has an ongoing campaign called the $100.00 Club to pay off their land contract. They would be able to reduce monthly expenses by half, from $1000.00 monthly to $500.00, which would be a great blessing. Wendell Moyer expressed his gratitude for the generous support already received from Sturgis FUMC since he spoke in March. Please consider this project in your giving – envelopes are on the table in the vestibule and checks made out to Building Hope Free Store may be placed in the offering.
Upcoming events:

Relay for Life on Friday, June 22nd at the Centreville Fairgrounds from noon until midnight. There are survivor’s forms available for signup. A talent show is scheduled for 8:30 at the Relay; registration forms are available from the Yoders. Keep sponsoring luminaries and footprints!
Mission Trip – July 8th-14th Burlington, WI for flood damage
Camp Amigo Scholarship buckets in July
Giving Tree – Month of July - Domestic Assault Shelter
Helping Hands Backpack program for hungry elementary children – kick-off in August
Feed My Starving Children – MobilePack event at Michiana Event Center in Shipshewana from September 10-15

The Mission Team is grateful for your continuing support of our mission projects!

MISSION MOMENTS – June  2018
Lena’s buckets: Our offering for June was $194.45, bringing our total to date to $1576.37. We are on target to meet our yearly $2500.00 in pledged support for Lena.  
From Lena’s March 2018 Newsletter:
Here I share with you my meditation which was published in the Word from the Russian Editor in the second quarter issue:
Here is a Russian Upper Room selection:
Following is one of the meditations which I received after the event. 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2017
Butterfly
Read Mark 4:30-32.
He did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.
Mark 4:34

"When I get home, I'll buy myself a coloring and I'll paint," I thought, working on the butterfly's drawing while I was silent at the Institute of Spiritual Formation, which took place on the shore of the beautiful mountain lake Issyk-Kul. Painting small details, I reflected on the subject of lectures. I compared the butterfly to the Kingdom of God. Looking at her light, beautiful, airy lines, I realized that God does not have trifles. He is the Creator of everything, including - colors, shapes and patterns. Through this, I also realized that our Creator is very patient. It was difficult for me to draw every small detail of a butterfly, and in the process, I realized that every detail is important to the Creator, everything is important to Him.
And I realized that, it turns out, I do not like small, detailed work and routine. But God has revealed to me that in the creation of any business in life very important are the small details, without which there is no result. I realized that lies at the heart of my unfinished business - it's the shortcomings of small parts. Bending over the picture, I prayed, asking God to give me patience and diligence to finish all my affairs with His help.

PRAYER
Dear Father, Creator of all things, thank You for Your Kingdom! Thank You for Your creation, through which we know You and Your character. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE TODAY
Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much... (Luke 16:10).
Altynay Abdrakhmanova (Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek)

Special offering results:

Peace with Justice conference offering 5/27/2018 $158.00

Upcoming events:

Mission Trip – July 8th-14th Burlington, WI for flood damage
Camp Amigo Scholarship buckets in July
Giving Tree – Month of July - Domestic Assault Shelter
Helping Hands Backpack program for hungry elementary children – kick-off in August
Feed My Starving Children – MobilePack event at Michiana Event Center in Shipshewana from September 10-15



The Mission Team is grateful for your continuing generosity toward mission projects!

MISSION MOMENTS – July  2018