FUMC Wichita Missions

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Hello! Welcome to FUMC Wichita Missions’ blog.  This is what we are doing, sharing and thinking about in missions here at home and around the world!

Toilet Paper Drive update

During the month of January, the church received 1,714 rolls of toilet paper from the congregation.  In addition donations were received that enabled us to purchase an additional 1,710 rolls,  So we took 3,424 rolls of toilet paper to Open Door.  They were thrilled!

2018-02-01, TP crew with TP behind them

2018-02-01, TP crew with TP casesThe toilet paper crew with cases of toilet paper!!  Thanks for your help!

Souper Bowl 2018

Souper Bowl 2018 will be a game changer!

Enjoy your favorite soups from Wichita’s best restaurants and chefs, handmade bowls, an exciting raffle featuring an iPad, hand carved wooden bowl and handmade quilts.

“Church lady” desserts, warm bread and complimentary drinks round out a satisfying lunch. Bring the whole office! Proceeds benefit Inter-Faith Ministries homeless shelters.

What: Souper Bowl 2018

Where: First Presbyterian Church, 525 N Broadway

When: Friday, February 2, 2018 from 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Tickets are $20 online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/souper-bowl-2018-tickets-41610938437?aff=es2 or at the door.

Help Inter-Faith Ministries and have a wonderful lunch!!

ERT Training – January 27th

There is still time to sign up for ERT Training (Early Reponder) on January 27th starting at 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.at First United Methodist Church, 330 North Broadway.  Park on the back side of the church in the parking lot off of Topeka and come in the “Worship and Fellowship” entrance.

Cost is $25.00.  Register at https://gp-reg.brtapp.com/ERTWichita01-18. Registration fee covers course materials, snacks, lunch and instructor travel costs.

Not a first response group of emergency workers nor a recovery rebuild or repair team: the purpose of ERT’s is to fill a specific need in the early days after a disaster of being a Christian presence of the church. ERTs respond only after they have been requested by the effected community. Come learn about where United Methodists are involved, what is a disaster, how do we get prepared for a disaster, what we can do when a disaster strikes, how the disaster response plan is activated, how to be a caring presence to communities facing disaster recovery, and hear stories about how we do not harm the recovery process for individuals.  You will also learn about the roles Early Response Teams plan in the early days after a disaster:

  • Provide a Christian presence, be a part of the caring ministry of “listeners”
  • Take steps to prevent further damage to a family’s personal property: tarps, flood clean-out, debris removal
  • Help manage donated materials, gather information, or do other things needed in the community
  • Observe survivor’s needs and report those to the local disaster operations

Various tasks are assigned to an ERT by those selected by the community to command the response, but no task is more important that the purpose of ERT than being a part of the ministry of “listeners” who help survivors begin to heal. Team members must respect that some work on damaged homes may, in fact, jeopardize the survivor’s eligibility for greater assistance. Teams and team members must pledge to be part of the solution and not become the problem, to join in the response rather than initiate their own desires. ERT team members must obtain Safe Gatherings certification and be able to respond with little advance notice, putting personal plans on hold when the call to respond comes your way.


Food 4 Kids

Tomorrow (Wednesday, December 6th) is another Food 4 Kids event at the Kansas Food Bank.  They are really short on people this time, so if you know someone who would like to serve, please have them contact me or David Glover at 207-2190 or simply show up!  Following is some information if you would like to help:

  • Location: Kansas Food Bank, 1919 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67211 (near Douglas and I-135).
  • Time: 8 – 10 a.m.  Please arrive a few minutes early so we can get started on time.
  • Parking: Please park in the lot behind the gate, facing I-135.
  • Standing: You will be standing during the event.  We will take a mandatory break after 1 hour to sit, stretch, use the restroom, etc.
  • Energy: David will have snack bars and water to keep you hydrated and energized!



Giving Tuesday

Today is Giving Tuesday.  I would like to make a couple of suggestions:

  • Stove Builders of Guatemala
    • Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church Advance #3022040
    • Promotes health and self-sufficiency by teaching Mayans how to build fuel-efficient, vented stoves
    • This project was started at Wichita First United Methodist Church.  Three work teams were sent to Guatemala from Wichita and other areas of the United States during 2017.
    • For more information, see http://www.stovebuildersofguatemala.org/
    • To give, go to https://www.umcmission.org/Give-to-Mission/Search-for-Projects/Projects/3022040
  • Undesignated – UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief)
    • Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church Advance #999895
    • Supports programs that fight hunger and poverty, assist the displaced, and respond to disasters
    • To give, go to http://www.umcmission.org/Give-to-Mission/Search-for-Projects/Projects/999895
  • There are also other UMCOR designated projects that you can specify such as Sager Brown (the flood buckets are distributed from here) and Disaster Response. To see the complete list of UMCOR projects, go to http://www.umcmission.org/search.aspx?ModuleID=3516&keywords=UMCOR&multiSite=False

Giving Tuesday is a wonderful opportunity to help organizations that help others.  Please consider a contribution.  If these projects do not pull at your heart strings, please consider giving to the charity that does.

God bless you.

Thanksgiving Mission Lunch Follow-up

When we were planning the Thanksgiving Mission Lunch we had two goals: (1) raising funds for Disaster Relief and (2) getting the congregation together to share a meal and have a chance to catch up with those they may not see very often.  We succeeded in those goals.

But we should have had another goal: feeding the underprivileged!  As we did not serve all the turkey and side dishes, we provided what we had left to Inter-Faith Inn.

While our profit is less than it would have been if we had no leftovers, our hearts were glad that we could feed more people!! We have so much for which to be thankful and it was wonderful to be able to share with others.

Thank you, Lord!