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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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Summer Special offerings

- Christmas in July –$539.50 worth of food items, cleaning and personal supplies were donated to Hillman House Domestic Assault Shelter from under the tree. In addition, their request for meat was abundantly supplied. Ron and Bobbye Nusbaum donated venison, Kendale Farms of Bronson donated 30 pounds of sausage and 20 pounds of hamburger. Thanks to the children who attended Vacation Bible School. They collected $133.00 which purchased chicken and gift certificates to Meijer to purchase additional meat. Thanks for all your help! They were truly grateful when we delivered the items, since all their support is from within the community.

- Camp Amigo Scholarships - $694-52
- Peace with Justice offering on May 31 – final total was $231.00
- Free Store Offering - May 15th - $388.75
- Crop Walk on April 24th - $1,590.00 from FUMC
- Spring Rummage Sale and Bake sale on April 21 & 22nd - $1,471.56
- Native American Ministries – April 17th -$200.00
- One Great Hour of Sharing offering on 3/13 results - $285.00
- Church World Service Blanket Sunday offering on 2/14 results – $516.00
- Relay for Life 2016 results - almost $1,700.00
Lena’s buckets and news: 
Our offering for April was $ 171.46. Our total to date is $669.09 toward our $2500.00 annual goal. 
Lena will be arriving in Sturgis on May 7th following her Eurasia-Central Asia “In Mission Together” Consultation in Baltimore. The Russia Initiative and the rebirth of Methodism in Russia began with five congregations in 1992. With this initiative, partnerships began between United Methodist churches in the United States and Eurasia and have grown over the last 25 years. At the present time the Eurasia Episcopal Area comprises of Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova. “In Mission Together” is the program agency which brings partnerships together. Every two years, a consultation is held to bring these partnerships together and also to focus on a specific area. 
This event will focus on “Mission Movement… in Eurasia.” 
Please plan to stop by chit chat coffee on Mother’s Day to greet her. 
 She will speak at both services.
Lena’s current newsletter is posted on the gathering room bulletin board including many pictures of her ministries. There is more news from 
Lena’s latest newsletter highlighting some of her activities 
in addition to editing the Upper Room.

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

We are so looking forward to her visit with us during the week of May 7th to 14th . 
Plan to have coffee and chat with her between services on Mother’s Day.

Special offerings:

Native American Ministries – April 30th
Through Native American Ministries Sunday, UMC is able to equip and empower Native American pastors, congregations and seminary students to do what only they can do: authentically worship and serve Jesus.

Conference offering - One Great Hour of Sharing UMCOR on March 26 - $492.00

Church World Service Blanket Sunday offering on 2/19 results – $424.00 

Easter offering recipients:  Helping Our Neighbors Fund and Centreville Free Store

¼ Free Store - We continue to support our neighbors in Centreville for this project.

​•¼ FUMC Helping our Neighbors – This church fund helps provide the pastor with a means to help with local requests for assistance. 

½ Bishop’s Appeal for Haiti
By all accounts, Hurricane Matthew is the greatest humanitarian crisis experienced by Haiti since the 2010 earthquake. An estimated 350,000 people are homeless and there are confirmed reports of 900 dead with thousands injured. This tragedy is expected to unfold for months as Cholera spreads and the total loss of the planting season leads to wide-spread food shortages.
The Michigan Area Haiti Task Force is actively working with the United Methodist Council on Relief (UMCOR) and local mission partners in Haiti to offer assistance to our sisters and brothers there. The Haitian people will need our long-term support to recover from this deadly storm.

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. 

Community Thanksgiving Dinner
We received thanks from Grace Fellowship for our sweet potato casseroles. Luke Eicher reported that 500 meals were served, including dining in, deliveries and carryouts. Other local churches contributed enough to cover the $1400.00 in expense and the excess of $750.00 was returned to the ministerial association for future projects, Over 100 volunteers from numerous congregations participated to make it successful.
Christmas Offering
Our Christmas offering result was $3147.92. We were able to support the Veterans Stand Down project of St. Joseph County with $1573.96. The coordinator, Stoney Summey, was excited to have those resources available to help with temporary shelter for homeless veterans. Also $1573.96 was sent to the Homeless Teen Project at the Keystone Place Homeless Shelter. These funds will be available to the homeless liaisons working with teens in the county schools and the Intermediate School District to help resolve obstacles in completing their education. 
Cocoa for Flint Kid's Health
The Mission Team and Outreach Team think all of you who supported our project. We were able to multiply our $100.00 seed money by 4 with all of those cocoa packets. We sent $398.00 to the Albion District in support of this appeal for help with the Flint water crisis. The project was conceived as a present in honor of Bishop Deborah Lieder-Kiesey's retirement. 

United Methodist Student Day offering on 11/20/2016 was $52.00

UMCOR Louisiana Flood Relief special offering in September was $266.60.
 Human Relations Offering
Our special opportunity to give during January was for Human Relations Day. We collected $141.00. 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.  

Easter offering
 Please help support the designated groups.  
1.  Our local offering will be for the Sturgis FUMC Helping our Neighbors Fund and the Centreville Free Store.
2.  Our international focus will be on Haiti in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. The United Methodist Church in Michigan has established a Bishop’s Appeal for Haiti.

​Sturgis Back Pack Program
During the 2014-15 school year, 99 Sturgis school children received a large plastic bag of food with a voucher for bread, milk, and eggs to take home to their families on Friday.

There are forms at the church for you to fill out to help the Sturgis Helping Hands Backpack Program. It costs $10.00 per student per week to pay for the food, and for 33 weeks of school that amounts to $330.00 for the year. Any donation that you can give will be appreciated. 

(Make checks payable to First United Methodist Church and memo “Sturgis Helping Hands Backpack Program)