Post-Thanksgiving Mission Lunch

We served over 250 people yesterday at our Thanksgiving Mission Lunch.  It was wonderful to see everyone and have an opportunity to talk with them and to give thanks for all our blessings!

We had lots of help on Saturday and Sunday.  This could not have happened without the volunteers’ help! Thank you.

Following are a couple of Thanksgiving recipes that we used:

Foolproof Turkey Gravy

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Servings: 8

1/4 cup turkey drippings (fat and juices from roasted turkey)
1/4 cup Gold MedalT all-purpose flour
2 cups liquid (juices from roasted turkey, broth, water)
Browning sauce, if desired
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Pour drippings from roasting pan into bowl, leaving brown particles in pan. Return 1/4 cup drippings to roasting pan. (Measure accurately because too little fat makes gravy lumpy.) Stir in flour. (Measure accurately so gravy is not greasy.)

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly. Stir in liquid. Heat to boiling, stirring
constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute. Stir in a few drops of browning sauce. Stir in salt and pepper.

Pumpkin Pie Crunch
Servings: 12

1 16 oz. can pumpkin
1 12 oz. can evaporated milk
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 package yellow cake mix
1 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
whipped topping

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease bottom of 9″ x 13″ pan.

Combine pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Pour into prepared pan.

Sprinkle dry cake mix evenly over pumpkin mixture. Sprinkle chopped nuts over top of cake mix. Drizzle melted butter over all.

Bake 50-60 minutes, until golden brown. Cool completely before cutting. Serve with whipped topping.

Refrigerate leftovers.

NOTE:  You can also mix the dry cake mix in with the pumpkin mixture for a more cake-like dessert.  It will rise significantly more than the original recipes.



Thanksgiving Mission Lunch

We will be hosting a Thanksgiving Mission Lunch on Sunday, November 19th from 11-1 in Meredith Hall.  Menu is turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, cranberry salad, pumpkin pie crunch.  In addition we will have gluten-free and sugar-free items.  We will also offer to-go boxes.

We are asking for reservations so that we cook enough food!!  Please email me at to turn in your reservations.  Please note if you need gluten-free or sugar-free or you wish a to-go box.

Decorations are being provided by members of the church, including the children.  See below a picture of the turkeys that the children have made.

Cost of the lunch is a donation.  This lunch will benefit the Disaster Relief Teams which will be going out to help with hurricane recovery and other disasters.

Hope to hear from you with your reservation and see you the 19th.  Blessings to you all.  Thank you, Lord, for all that you have provided.



17 – 30 – 200

It took 17 minutes for 30 volunteers to load 200 completed Flood Cleaning Buckets, via a bucket brigade, into a trailer to be delivered today to UMCOR affiliate Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church in Columbia, Missouri!!   It was impressive!

I have already heard from my drivers and they have already been delivered and unloaded!!

Wichita FUMC – you rock!!

Thank you, Lord!

Early Response Training (ERT)

CORRECTION:  The correct website for registering is:

Wichita First United Methodist Church will be hosting Early Response Training (ERT) on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.  The church is located at 330 N. Broadway, Wichita.  Park behind the church in the parking lot off Topeka and enter at the “Worship and Fellowship” entrance

Below is information about Early Responders.  You can register at  Cost is $25.00 and includes snacks and lunch, along with materials 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.


Thank You!

Thank you for your support of items and money for the UMCOR Flood Cleaning Buckets!  Another successful assembly was held on Sunday, October 15th with over 50 people present to help assemble 200 buckets in 35 minutes! (It did take us longer to double-check them all!!)

In addition to our congregation, Sedgwick UMC youth and Augusta UMC were present to help.  In addition, Cheney UMC and Clearwater UMC sent completed buckets.

We had a lot of help before the event getting items ready and then pre-staging.

Thank you so much!

Flood Bucket Assembly Event

This Sunday, October 15th, we are having another Flood Bucket Assembly Event, from 2-5 pm.  We will be meeting in the Narthex of the Sanctuary, so come in the “Worship and Fellowship” entrance.

Bring your items for flood buckets, partially filled or completed flood buckets or just your hands and feet to help us assembly flood buckets.  You may also bring money to help purchase items for the flood buckets.

Following is the list of items needed for the flood buckets:

  • LIQUID LAUNDRY DETERGENT  – 50 oz. bottles
  • LIQUID HOUSEHOLD CLEANER – 12-16 oz. liquid cleaner that can be mixed with water (no spray cleaners)
  • DISH SOAP – 16-28 oz. bottle, any brand
  • 1 CAN AIR FRESHENER  – aerosol or pump
  • 1 INSECT-REPELLENT SPRAY – 6-14 oz. aerosol or spray pump with protective cover
  • 1 SCRUB BRUSH – plastic or wooden handle
  • 18 CLEANING WIPES (remove from packaging)  – handi-wipes or reusable wipes  *no terry cleaning towels
  • 7 SPONGES (remove from packaging)
  • 5 SCOURING PADS (remove from packaging) – no stainless steel, Brillo pads or SOS pads (nothing with soap built in)
  • CLOTHESLINE  – two 50-ft. or one 100-ft. cotton or plastic
  • 24-ROLL HEAVY-DUTY TRASH BAGS (remove from box)  – 30-45 gallon sizes
  • 2 PAIRS KITCHEN DISHWASHING GLOVES (remove packaging) – should be durable enough for multiple uses
  • 1 PAIR WORK GLOVES – cotton with leather palm or all leather

Hope to see you Sunday!!

2018 Work Teams

The 2018 Work Teams were announced on Sunday, September 24th.  In addition several additional teams were announced for 2017 and we are in the planning stages for a education trip to The Holy Land in 2019.  Please see the information below.

Please note that there is an Informational Meeting for the Sager Brown UMCOR Work Team scheduled for Thursday, October 5th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 101B.  Questions will be answered and detail will be shared.  The meeting is at the church (First United Methodist Church, 330 N Broadway, Wichita).  Hope to see you then.

We will also have a “Teach for Life” Work Team on Saturday, October 14th at the Trees for Life building at 3006 W St. Louis, Wichita from 8:30 – 12 noon.  I need to know who is coming so that I can bring breakfast and bring your coffee (so I need to know what you want!).  Contact me at

2018 Work Teams

First United Methodist Church, Wichita

For more information,

Contact Annette Schmidt at 316-267-6244 or


“Christ has no body on earth but yours; yours are the only hands with which he can do his work, yours are the only feet with which he can go about the world, yours are the only eyes through which his compassion can shine forth upon a troubled world.”  Teresa of Avila

  • Sager Brown UMCOR Depot
    • Baldwin, Louisiana
    • March 17-24
    • In conjunction with West Heights United Methodist Church
    • Limited to 15 people
    • Information meeting on Thurs., Oct. 5, at the church at 7 p.m., Room 101B
  • Della Lamb Community Services
    • Kansas City, Missouri
    • Women only
    • April 19-22
  • Taos Habitat for Humanity
    • Taos, New Mexico
    • April 21 – 28
  • Camp Horizon Family Weekend
    • Arkansas City, Kansas
    • May 5-6
    • Landscaping, painting, carpentry, general camp clean-up
    • $30/individual; $90/family
  • Lake Michigan UMC Camp & Retreat Center
    • Pentwater, Michigan
    • June 9-17
    • We will be travelling by train from Newton to Chicago and then will drive to the camp
  • Africa University
    • Zimbabwe, Africa
    • We will be working with our missionaries at the Farm at Africa University
    • Probably July 2018
  • Camp Fontanelle, Nebraska
    • Family team
    • July 2018
  • Bailey, Colorado
    • Work at Deer Park UMC
    • Meals and lodging provided by Quantics and the church
    • $75/person
    • September 2018

Hurricane Response work teams – information will be available on the church’s website and will also be communicated to the congregation via email, Sunday School classes and the church bulletin.

Work teams are being planned for the Guatemala Stove Builders project, but the administration of the project has been moved to Richardson, TX FUMC. You will be advised when dates have been set.

In 2019 an educational trip is planned to the Holy Land.  Please let us know if you are possibly interested in this trip so that we can get you advised.

2017 Additional Work Teams

Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Teams

  • October 23-26, 2017
  • November 14-17, 2017

These teams will help over 200 families that will be facing their 3rd winter without a safe and secure home.

We will have a Project Manager and our lodging will be set up for us at a church.  They will also the purchase materials needed.  The manager will make the materials delivery, provide tools need and be available onsite to provide project knowledge.

These teams will be working in the area of Oklahoma City, so it is only a 2.5-3.0 hour drive.

Texas (Hurricane Harvey) Disaster Recovery Team

We hope to have at least one team going to Texas in 2017.  Missions is working the dates, location, and information.  More to follow.

Saturday Work Team at Teach for Life

3006 W St. Louis, Wichita, KS  67203

“Teach for Life” is a branch of “Trees for Life”.  They are needing some help “tidying up” their space.

Saturday, October 14th from 8:30 – 12:00, whichever is earlier

5-10 people needed

“Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?

Here am I; send me.”

Isiah 6:8