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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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Pregnancy Helpline Results
Once again our Christmas Trees were laden with items to support the Pregnancy Helpline, a nonprofit group which provides free pregnancy testing and support for pregnant women and their children. We delivered a van full of items valued at $978.00. 

MISSION MOMENTS – August 2017  

Mission team members: Julie Brenner, Sharon Bowers, Bobbye Nusbaum, Maxine Ropp, 
Elane Spencer, Bonnie Stewart, Jan Wiley, Noel Wiley

Lena's Buckets: Our bucket offering for July was $170.61, bringing our total to $1314.85. We are on target to meet our annual goal of $2500.00 to support Lena’s ministry.​

Special offerings and projects for missions:
Peace with Justice offering on June 11 –$103.00
In next month’s Messenger we will report the results of our July projects: Christmas in July giving tree for the Domestic Assault Shelter and scholarships for Camp Amigo.
Upcoming projects focusing on hunger:

Helping Hands Backpack program – August 20th – Midge Steward
Again we will have the opportunity to support the weekend backpacks to feed hungry elementary children in Sturgis.
Salvation Army Food Drive for the month of September

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

Don and Carol Hansen:
We are saddened by the loss of our friend Don Hansen. He will be very much missed by the Mission Team, Breakfast Teams and the Mission Trip Team. Thanks to all for reaching out a helping hand! Thanks to your generosity, his funeral expenses are covered.

Adopt-A-Highway M66
Here's your chance to help your community and church. Plus, have fellowship and get some exercise!
Please see the sign up sheet outside the Sanctuary and or call Carol @ 269-503-1910. The dates will be determined by group signed up.
After this our last pick up will be in September this year.  
The Mission Trip Team thanks everyone for the gas cards, letter, snacks and donations. We read the letters at evening devotions. Thanks also to those who filled out work orders to provide funds the Mission Trip Team. We worked on three homes. On one, we added a room so the grandkids could live with the couple. On the second home, we worked to help a 66 year old woman with cancer. The third project was a transition home for families to live in while they get training to go to work or get finances together to move on. They stay for a year and get help from Live It Ministries.  
Mission Trip – June 25th – July 1st in Gatlinburg, KY
Mission Team Members: Leah Smith, Alice Watson, Lance Goodlock, Bob and Marilee Yoder, Stan Yoder, Tom Scheetz, Lucas Velie-Spahr, Jeanne Koughn, Verda Reed, Mike Johnson, Angella Ruepple, Roger and Jeri Tetzloff, Heather and Jamie Myers, Rainnen Wordelman

Lena’s buckets: Our August buckets totaled $214.16; our total to date is $1639.02. Our hope is to meet to meet our yearly $ 2500.00 in pledged support for Lena during the remaining monthly buckets.  
Special offerings for missions:
Camp Amigo Scholarships $588.40.

Christmas in July –$413.00 worth of food items, cleaning and personal supplies were donated to Hillman House Domestic Assault Shelter from under the tree. Thanks for all your help! They were truly grateful when we delivered the items, since all their support is from within the community.

MISSION MOMENTS – September 2017
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).

Upcoming projects and special offerings:

Salvation Army Food drive during the month of September. Take a grocery list from the envelope and return your food to the grocery carts. Requested items are:
opeanut butter
ocanned vegetables
ocanned fruit
opork and beans 
omacaroni and cheese
ospaghetti and pasta
ospaghetti sauce

World Communion Sunday – October 1st
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 projects!