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Sturgis First United Methodist Church

Helping Hands backpack program:

 The program is designed to feed hungry elementary and middle school children in Sturgis. It costs approximately $346.50 per child for the school year. Five churches are active in helping feed 100 elementary kids and middle school kids: First United Methodist, First Presbyterian, First Baptist, Sturgis Missionary and Radiant Life. In addition to church support, there were United Way funding, 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. They may be in need of volunteers. Please give generously again. You can send your donation to the office marked Helping Hands.

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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.


Lena’s Buckets: TOTAL for 2021 - $2404.00

Thank you so much for your generous monthly support. We have been supporting Lena in her various ministries since 2001. We need to keep her in our thoughts and prayers as she continues her sabbatical and works in the English School at the Moscow United Methodist Seminary. Life in Russia continues to be disrupted by Covid-19.
Special offerings and upcoming projects: 

UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing) – March 14 - $645.00

Peace with Justice (Conference offering) – May 30 - $230.00

World Communion Sunday – October 3
World Communion Sunday provides scholarships for U.S. racial- and ethnic-minority students and international students, on both undergraduate and graduate levels.

United Methodist Student Day – November 28th
UM Student Day furnishes scholarships and loans for students attending United Methodist-related and other accredited colleges and universities.

Local Initiatives:
Free Friday Friendship In addition to the Easter offering donation to the Free Friday Friendship lunch, we will continue to check with them to see if there are ways that we can support their ongoing program to support the homeless in our community. The Mission Team has provided groceries and help several times. The Clothing Sanctuary project has been very successful so far.  

Rummage sale - The Mission Team decided that with the resurgence of the Delta variant we need to delay any rummage sale plans.  
Relay for Life – Saturday, September 18th, 4:00pm – 10:00pm
September is Hunger month at FUMC
Salvation Army food pantry – Month of September
Look for the grocery cart with lists of items needed to help stock their food supply.