“Say Grace” Turkey Race

Thanksgiving morning, my family walked for the first time in the “Say Grace” 5K Race benefiting GraceMed, a Federally Qualified Health Center, started in 1977 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.  It has now expanded to 12 locations in Wichita.

The weather was beautiful.  1251 people finished the race.  I finished as 1249 and my husband stayed back with me and finished as 1250!!  But we finished – one step at a time.

This is the first time that Wichita First United Methodist Church has had a team.  It was small team (9 members [2 were incorrectly listed as being on another team]).  Next year we will try for more!!  If I can do it, you can too!!  Hope to see you next year!



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

Internet Address: https://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/foolproof-turkey-gravy/f5652d3d-c137-435e-b84f-fa9cc8e25828
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 annettes@firstwichita.org 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: https://gp-reg.brtapp.com/ERTWichita01-18.

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 https://gp-reg.brtapp.com/ERTWichita01.  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!!