Sturgis First United Methodist Church
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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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.
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).
The church is collecting various cleaning supplies to assist UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) in helping with the hurricane relief efforts in various states. Donations can be brought to the church this month. UMCOR is one of the first non-profit organizations allowed into disaster-relief areas, and often one of the last to leave. The church also sponsors many local charities, a Russian Missionary, and other United Methodist mission projects.
MISSION MOMENTS – December 2017
Lena’s buckets: Our offering for November was $251.21, which brings our total to date to $2057.23. We will pass the buckets for the last time this year, and if we have a very generous December collection of about $445.00, we will meet our pledged $2500.00 support for Lena.
Lena’s news: Lena’s latest newsletter from November 2017 is posted on the bulletin board in the gathering room and also posted to the FUMC website. She shared a meditation of hers entitled “Forget-me-nots” which was published in the second quarter issue of the Russian Upper Room. Take a moment to reflect with Lena!
It was a long time ago, in the spring. My friend and I were returning from the concert, in our hands there were forget-me-nots, which we both love for simplicity, beauty and blue, and which we bought on the road. Our mood was high. Going into the subway, I hurried to the turnstiles, and did not notice how my friend was behind. Stopping, and looking her through the eyes, I heard a female subway worker loudly scolds some student who asked to skip it without a token, because he did not have any money. The woman towered above the student who was below its growth, and the scene was depressing.
Suddenly, I saw how my friend quickly approached this woman and with a radiant smile gives her a bouquet of forget-me-nots, asking to let this poor student go through the turnstiles. My friend said that she was ready to pay for him. The woman's face changed radically. She smiled and her eyes shone brightly by reciprocal kindness. She took the forget-me-nots and said by rude, but kind voice: "Okay, so let him go ... You gave me flowers ..."
This scene is still in my memory. How easy it is to love those whom we like, and how difficult is to love those – whom we don’t like. And how one act of kindness can radically change everything.
Vanity, an endless stream of affairs, problems and troubles of everyday life will constantly distract us from the main thing, in which we must practice each day, from love. Love is always not enough, and it is, on the one hand gift, and on the other hand - action. Love is the position of the heart and daily training, to which the Lord calls us. The Fathers of the Church wrote that the goal of the Christian life is perfect love, and to achieve this goal we have to exercise spiritual disciplines: reading of Scripture, meditation, prayer, fasting, ministry and Christian fellowship.
Let the reflections from "Upperroom" at least give us a little help in moving towards this goal.
Special projects and offerings for missions:
•Community Thanksgiving dinner -Thanks to everyone who donated items to make our traditional sweet potato casserole for the community-wide Thanksgiving dinner at Grace Fellowship. The expert sweet potato team was Elaine and Bob Spencer, Carol Hansen, Mimi Klinger, Bobbye Nusbaum, Bonnie Stewart and Jan and Noel Wiley. •Helping Hands Backpacks program final total - $2560.00! •UMCOR Trick or Treat for Puerto Rico Hurricane - $ 284.71
Upcoming and continuing events:
•Pregnancy Helpline Giving Tree during December
Please take a tag and bring your unwrapped gift to place under the tree. Recycle your tag in the basket provided. We continue supporting Pregnancy Helpline in its mission to offer prenatal and parenting classes, and financial, medical, legal and spiritual aid to low income pregnant women. The women “purchase” items by a point system.
Veterans Support Fund of South West Michigan
Assistance for veterans in need, including transitional housing, vocational rehab, peer support, short term financial assistance for urgent needs. Jay Newman will be describing the project on December 10th.
UMCOR International Disaster Response for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief
The Mission Team is grateful for your continuing generosity toward mission projects!