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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 – February 2019
Upcoming events:

Mission Trip Team Super Suppers are coming
Wednesday, February 10, 5-6:30p.m.
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.

This offering is collected the Sunday before the observance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and supports Community Developers, United Methodist Voluntary Service and Youth Offender Rehabilitation programs. This work strengthens United Methodist outreach to communities in the United States and Puerto Rico, encouraging social justice and work with at-risk youth.
2019 Human Relations Day Sunday offering: January 20th