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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!

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.