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!

Flood Buckets for Nebraska Flooding


We will be assembling Flood Buckets (Cleaning Kits) on Sunday, March 31st about noon in Meredith Hall.  Pizza will be provided, so let me know if you will be helping.

Some of the items have changed since we last assembled Flood Buckets.  We can only accept items that are listed below:

  • One five-gallon round bucket with re-sealable lid (14.35” h x 12.19” w x 12.19” d)
    • No screw lids
    • May be used, but must be free from all residual product
    • Advertisements on the outside acceptable
  • One 32-64 oz. bottle liquid laundry detergent
  • One 16-40 oz. bottle liquid concentrate household cleaner
    • No spray cleaners
  • One 16-34 oz. bottle dish soap
  • One 4-8 oz. pump spray air freshener (three solid, or three gel fresheners also acceptable)
  • One 6-14 oz. pump spray insect repellent (pack of 10-20 wipes also acceptable)
    • Pump spray bottles must have protective covers
  • One scrub brush
    • With or without handle
  • 18 re-useable cleaning wipes
    • No terrycloth, microfiber or paper towels
  • Five scouring pads sponges
    • No stainless-steel pads with soap in them
  • 36-50 clothespins
  • One 50-100 ft. clothesline (cotton or plastic line)
  • 24 roll of heavy-duty trash bags (33-45-gallon sizes) 
  • Five N95 particulate respirator dust masks (1-3 mm thickness) 
    • No surgical masks
  • Two pairs kitchen gloves
    • Durable for multiple uses
  • One pair work gloves
    • Cotton with leather palm or all leather

Please bring your items to the church no later than Sunday, March 31 at 9:30 a.m.  If you would like to donate money instead of items, please make your check payable to FUMC and note on the memo line “Flood Buckets”.  Please have monetary contributions turned in by Wednesday, March 27th.

UMCOR lists the value of the Flood Buckets as $75.00.  However, when I went shopping yesterday I purchased all items at Dollar Tree (except the bucket, lid, insect repellant, trash bags & dust masks for $11.50).  Lowe’s is giving us a discount on 100 buckets and lids, so we will have those available to you.  I’ll be shopping again today for the insect repellant, trash bags and dust masks and I’ll update my total.  When shopping at Dollar Tree and Lowe’s, please thank them for their support!

Would you like to donate money to fill several buckets or go shopping for items?  Let me know what you plan.  Also let me know if you will be at the Flood Bucket Assembly so we can plan for pizza and assembly jobs.

Contact me with questions or your plans at annettes@firstwichita.org or 316-267-6244 Ext. 320 (you can leave a message if I don’t answer).


Calling all UMC ERTS!!

Flooding in Nebraska

Your help is needed!  The Great Plains Conference is responding to the flooding in Nebraska.  There are currently two opportunities:

  • Travel today and arrive at North Loup UMC in North Loup, NE.  Please arrive by 5 pm if possible.  You will work Wednesday – Friday and travel home on Saturday.  Lodging/meals are covered.  You must contact Rev. Hollie Tapley before heading out.  Her contract information is below.
  • Travel to North Loup UMC on Thursday and arrive by 5 pm is possible.  Work Friday – Sunday (1/2 day) and travel home Sunday afternoon.  Lodging/meals are covered. You must contact Rev. Hollie Tapley before heading out.  Her contract information is below.

Contact:  Rev. Hollie Tapley, Disaster Response Coordinator Great Plains United Methodist Conference

htapley@greatplainsumc.org or 785-414-4227

Do you want ERT training so that you can help?  This Saturday, March 23rd in Waverly, NE at the First United Methodist Church, 14410 Folkestone St, Waverloy, Nebraska.  Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Adult Work Team to Wolf Point, Montana


Information Meeting


Adult Work Team to Wolf Point, Montana

Repair Our World


Come learn more about Repair our World (Hebrew: Tikkum Olam) and the Work Team.  The Team will be going in June 2019.

Meeting Information

When: Sunday, February 17, 2019

When: 12:30 p.m.

Where: Room 101B

Team Leader: Nancy McKellar

Questions: Contact Annette Schmidt (annettes@firstwichita.org) or 267-6244, Ext. 320

Mountain T.O.P., Tennessee Work Team

A Work Team will be heading to Mountain T.O.P. (Tennessee Outreach Project) in Grundy County, Tennessee over Spring Break (March 8-17).  We will be working in the camp for 2 days and in the community for another 2 days.  We will be travelling in vans to Tennessee.

Interested?  An Informational Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 20th at 12:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 330 N Broadway.  Enter from the parking lot off of Topeka at the “Worship and Fellowship” entrance.  The meeting will be in Room 101B.  Come find out about Mountain T.O.P. and how you can participate.

Stove Builders of Guatemala (SBG)

Guatemala is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico to the north and west. It is the most populous country in Central America with around 15.8 million people residing there. More than 75% of the population lives below the poverty line. Most of these families cook their meals over a wood fire on the ground of their home.  As a result, one of the leading causes of death and other diseases for the Mayan families is the smoke from unvented cooking fires.

Would you like to help build stoves for the Guatemalan families?  We have 2 work teams going to Guatemala in the first quarter of 2019.  January 5-13, 2019 and March 9-17, 2019.  For more information, contact Bonnie Laycock at sblaycock18@gmail.com or call 316-207-0883.

For additional information about Stove Builders of Guatemala, go to http://www.stovebuildersofguatemala.com/.

Wood fire for cooking (on the floor)           New stove from SBG

Mission Lunch

We had a wonderful Mission Lunch yesterday serving Chicken Cordon Bleu, Cheesy Rice and Broccoli, Sunshine Salad, Peach Cobbler and rolls.  Proceeds from this lunch will help with our start-up of Family Promise!  Thank you all who helped or came and ate!

Our November Mission Lunch is our 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Lunch to benefit School Partnerships.  We work with both Park Elementary and Washington Elementary Schools.  This luncheon will occur on Sunday, November 18th from 11 – 1.  The menu is: Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Gravy, Green Beans, Homemade Rolls, Cranberry Salad, Pumpkin Pie Crunch, Apple Crisp and Pecan Pie Bars.  We will also have sugar-free and gluten-free desserts.  Reservations are requested.  You may make reservations by emailing me at annettes@firstwichita.org or calling 267-6244 Ext. 320 (if I don’t answer, please leave a message).