Battle of the Bean, January 27th

Battle of the Bean
Saturday, January 27
8:00 a.m., Mead’s Corner
Sign up to walk or run in this 5k that supports Mead’s Corner!        
Several volunteer opportunities are also available.  
Sign up online at

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
    • To give, go to
  • 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
  • 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

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!

“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

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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.