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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).

Lena’s buckets and news: 
Our offering for April was $290.70. Our total to date is $1067.34 toward our $2500.00 annual goal. Lena’s current newsletter is posted on the gathering room bulletin board including many pictures of her ministries. 
Special offerings for missions:
Conference offerings:
UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing) March 11 - $614.00
Peace with Justice offering on May 27th
Moved by Christ’s love to pursue reconciliation and peace, honoring the dignity of every individual made in God’s image, The United Methodist Church is unwilling to turn a blind eye to injustice. Although you, and possibly even your congregation, may lack the resources alone to effect change in a broken world, your giving is vital for the UMC to continue its global ministries of reconciliation. Because of the Peace with Justice Sunday offering, the people of the United Methodist Church are able to make a difference together by sowing seeds—and yielding fruit!—of peace.

Easter offering on April 1st - $1635.00 

½ UMCOR National disasters $817.50
¼ Homeless teen project at Keystone Place $408.75 
¼ Mission trip to Burlington WI $408.75

Building Hope Free Store news:
Thanks to Wendell Moyer for presenting information to us on March 18th: 
Offering results for operating expense $795.00; $825.00 for the “100 Club” as of 4/15
133,159 items given; 33,000 recipients; 5150 volunteer hours
Monthly operating expenses = $950.00 (including $425.00 land contract payment)

In the last five years, $17,500 was paid in interest, only $8,000 in principal. A fund drive called the $100 Club was formed to help pay off the land contract. If 400 people participate, the monthly expenses can be reduced to $525.00, which would be a huge blessing and relief. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, there are special envelopes in the vestibule. Checks should be made out to Building Hope Free Store and can be placed in the offering. 

Special events and opportunities for missions:

Wenzel School is again collecting new and gently used children’s books to fill summer book baskets. Unfortunately, many children do not have books in their homes. Research shows that kids who read during the summer are stronger students. Last year 3000 books were donated, giving each student 20 books. You may drop books off or give a donation marked for Wenzel School books.

Relay for Life: 
The Relay for Life will be held on Friday, June 22nd at the Centreville Fairgrounds from noon until midnight. FUMC activities to support Relay for Life – Breakfast on May 20th, footprints and luminaries, canoe trip in June.

Mission Trip – July 8th-14th Burlington, Wisconsin to help with flood damage.

Everyone is part of this ministry of sharing God’s love. The team is staying in an old parsonage in East Troy. There will be Mission Trip T-shirts for sale. Near the chapel and sanctuary entrances will be ladders with tags of items needed for our congregation’s mission trip. The items are letters of support that are read during times of devotion, gas gift cards (please turn in to office), sponsorship donations, and snacks that are used for sack lunches on job sites or traveling to and from Burlington.

Thanks for your continuing support for Mission projects at FUMC!
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.