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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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MISSION MOMENTS – March 2019
Upcoming events:

Mission Trip Team Super Suppers are coming
Wednesday, March 20, 5-6:30p.m.
Sunday, April 21, Easter Breakfast

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

Lena’s Buckets for the Global Ministries Eurasia Initiative: 
We passed the buckets for the first time this year and received $155.98. . We hope to average $210.00 monthly toward our annual pledge of $2500.00.  

Lena’s newsletter from August, 2018 is posted on the bulletin board in the gathering room. Here is another of the activities she shared with us:  

Church camp, March 2018
In early March, when it was still snowing, our church went to a three-day camp. The main theme of the camp was renewing relationships with God. Pastor of the Estonian Methodist Church, Stas Ossipov, was invited as the main speaker. He is a well-known preacher in our circles and a fiery speaker. The essence of his message was that believers have three states before God. The first state is at His feet. When a person comes to God and repents of his (her) sins, understanding all his (her) sinfulness. The second state is at His hand. When a person begins to grow spiritually, but is still weak, since his (her) prayers are mostly about God's blessings for his (her) life. And the third state is at His heart. When a person reaches such a spiritual development, when he (she) is willing to serve God simply because of love for Him.

SPECIAL MISSION PROJECTS AND OFFERINGS:
Community Thanksgiving dinner:
Once again, we received compliments on our Sweet Potato Casserole! We even received a call from a diner who requested the recipe.  
Christmas Offering: $3677.70
UMCOR Disaster Help for hurricane damage in North and South Carolina and Florida 
UMCOR Disaster Help for California Wildfires
Christmas Party for Veterans - $500.00
We provided support for two veteran’s holiday parties from rummage sale proceeds.

Giving Tree results:  
Pregnancy Helpline: Once again our Christmas trees were laden with items to support the Pregnancy Helpline, a non-profit group which provides free pregnancy testing and support for pregnant women and their children. We delivered a van full of items valued at $689.00.
FUMC Helping Our Neighbors Fund: We collected 170 gas only Speedway cards.  
United Methodist Student Day conference offering 11/25/18 - $162.00

UMCOR Trick or Treat for International Disasters: $202.23


UPCOMING MISSION PROJECTS AND OFFERINGS:
Church World Service Blanket Sunday:
On February 10 at the Youth Service, information will be presented about Blanket Sunday. Contributions to CWS Blankets means Church World Service will be ready to help families in the US and around the world recover from disasters and displacement and build viable, sustainable lives and communities. Envelopes will be available and a $10.00 donation per blanket is suggested.

Rummage Sale coming in April
The Rummage Sale will be on Thursday, April 25th and 26th. If you are cleaning out corners, you may drop off donations any time – we have a storage space available. The Mission Team will be recruiting workers for set up and selling.

Mission Trip
Some preliminary planning is starting for the mission trip this year. Wednesday Souper Suppers continue. They have been delicious and are helping to raise monies for this year’s trip.

Lena’s Buckets: Our January total was $155.98; February total was $151.63. Our total to date is $307.61. Thank you so much for your monthly support. Our goal is to average $209.00 monthly to meet our $2500.00 annual pledge for her work in Russia. We have been supporting Lena in her various ministries since 2001. 

Thank you from Pregnancy Helpline director Carol Stuckey:
Thank you so much for the very generous gift of many baby items for Pregnancy Helpline’s layette program. Your gift included diapers, wipes, shampoo, lotion and many baby clothes from your Christmas tree giving program. All of the items you collected will be included in a layette that we offer to each of our new mothers. We are so thankful for the generosity of your congregation and their willingness to share their resources with Pregnancy Helpline.  

Your assistance allows us to offer material assistance to many in our community who are hurting and in need. Because of you, our clients will experience God’s incredible love and hope, perhaps for the very first time. We rejoice in our relationship with you, and thank you for supporting us with your financial resources, your thoughts and your prayers. Your compassion and kindness has blessed us beyond measure. Thank you for all you do!

Special offerings: 
Human Relations Offering – January 20th
Our special opportunity to give during January was for Human Relations Day. We collected $140.00. This offering strengthens United Methodist outreach to communities in the United States and Puerto Rico, encouraging social justice and work with at-risk youth. It is celebrated on the Sunday before Martin Luther King’s birthday.  

Blanket Sunday - February 10th 
Thanks to the youth for presenting information on Church World Service Blanket Sunday. The total raised so far is $397.00.

UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing) – March 31st
One Great Hour of Sharing is one of the six church-wide Special Sundays of the United Methodist Church. This offering enables the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to live out its mission to alleviate human suffering. UMCOR responds to natural or human made disasters both nationally and internationally.  

Easter offering – April 21 – We will announce the recipients in the next Messenger.

Rummage Sale coming in April
The Rummage Sale will be on Thursday, April 25th and 26th. If you are cleaning out corners, you may drop off donations any time – we have a storage space available. The Mission Team will be recruiting workers in for set up and selling. There will be a bulletin insert and sign-up sheet if you can help.
Mission Trip
Some preliminary planning is starting for the mission trip this year. Wednesday Souper Suppers continue. They have been delicious and are helping to raise money for this year’s trip.


Maxine Ropp
Our team was blessed to have Maxine as a member for many years. She resided at Thurston Woods and had celebrated her hundredth birthday. She loved to make a contribution by making the cards for the Christmas in July Tree and the Giving Tree at Christmas. We will miss her greatly. What a positive inspiration to all she was in her love of family and willingness to serve.