Oklahoma Disaster Recovery UPDATE

Our project will be in Noble, OK which is about 20 minutes south of Norman, OK (3.25 hours from Wichita).  The link below provides more detail and a map to Noble.  It’s a project that will accommodate up to 10 people.  It involves 1,100 sf of flooring (Vinyl Plank – easy to install), 500sf of drywall installation (mud and tape) and installing 5 double hung windows.  We will have an on-site project manager with a fully equipped tool trailer (no need to bring any tools).  All materials will be purchased and delivered on-site.  All we need to do is show up!  They will locate a church we can stay at/near in Norman.  We may or may not need to take our own air mattresses but I would plan on taking one.  Everyone should plan to bring whatever else they need.  We will probably eat out to keep it simple and everyone will be responsible for their own expenses.

The plan right now is to leave Wichita on Monday Aug 28 at 7:30am (meeting point TBD) and return to Wichita Wednesday evening August 30 around 9pm.  However, as an option, if the project is not done but close, we may decide to stay over Wednesday night and finish the project Thursday morning and then come home – that will be up to the team at that time.  Flexibility, right!!!!  Transportation depends on how many people go.

I would like to cutoff the sign-up of servants to end-of-day Tuesday, Aug. 22 to give us time to nail down details, get paperwork completed and provide appropriate communication to everyone involved.  To start, I will need the name, phone #, email address, age and gender of people that want to go.



Oklahoma Disaster Recovery

Would you be interested in going to help Oklahoma United Methodist Church Disaster Response for 3-4 days in the near future?  They are still working on Long Term Recovery from the 2015 tornadoes and heavy rain and need help!  I will know more probably Wednesday (Aug. 15) afternoon.  If you have any interest, please let me know and I will get back with you once I know more.

Blessings to you,

Annette Schmidt

Director of Missions

First United Methodist Church

330 N. Broadway

Wichita, KS  67202

316-267-6244 ext. 320 (office)


Wichita Baby Gala

This past spring FUMC Wichita and the Changing Wichita Diaper Bank joined with “No Child Wet Behind” to gather diapers to be distributed through the United Way and their agencies.  Over 11,000 diapers and 18,000 wipes were contributed to this cause.

Did you know that an infant uses 10 diapers a day?  The cost of diapers is not covered by the Vision card.  When a parent wants to put their child in day care they must provide one week’s worth of diapers first!  Without a job, many parents cannot afford the initial diapers needed and they cannot get a job without their child(ren) being in day care. What a vicious circle!!

The approximate cost to keep a child in diapers for a month is $80!!

So why am I telling you this?  Because you too can help!!

The people behind “No Child Wet Behind” Wichita will not be using that name in the future; however, they are hard at work trying to raise diapers.  They are “Wichita Doula” and are hosting the Wichita Baby Gala on Tuesday, August 8th.  Price of admission is FREE with your donation of a pack of diapers for the Changing Wichita Diaper Bank. If you forget your diapers, it’s $10 at the door, cash or credit!

The Gala is being held at the beautiful Distillery 244 in Old Town from 4:00 – 8:00 PM. (244 N. Mosley).  There is parking next to the venue, as well as in the parking garage across the street from the entrance.

Strollers and babywearing are quite welcome. Partners/spouses are welcomed and encouraged to attend!

Dress: All are welcome, but according to the Gala theme we will be in semi-formal/formal!

Get your chance to win over $1000 in fabulous pregnancy and baby prizes at the Wichita Baby Gala.  Cake and Mocktails will be served.  There will also be a Silent Auction

This is a delightful come-and-go baby fair experience for moms and couples who are pregnant, parenting, or planning to become parents.

For more information, go to WichitaBabyGala.com.

What REALLY happens on a mission trip

Stranded when the bridge washed out? Stuck in an airport with nowhere to go? Sleeping in a grain bin? Having a monkey steal the potato you had waited two hours to have brought to your table? Meeting a hippopotamus face to face at 3:00 AM?

Yes, these things really can (and did!) happen to some of our team members while we were on a mission trip, but this is not the typical way it all works. Those things happened on international trips, but that is another story!

If you have ever thought you might like to go on a mission trip, maybe that is God prompting you to learn more. So the first thing you do is ask questions. You will be invited to an information meeting where you will learn a lot about where you are going, how you will travel, what you will be doing, and that sort of thing. A lot of information is given out at this meeting, including what you need to bring and the cost of the trip.  There will also be several forms you will need to complete concerning insurance, medical information, and a covenant agreement. Yes, there are a few rules, but they are simple and easy to follow.

Every team member pays their own way, but the cost is minimal due to the funds raised during our monthly mission lunches. You will be asked to help with at least one mission lunch. All travel, food (except some meals while on the road), and lodging is covered by the amount you pay for the trip. We travel together in the church vans, sleep in churches along the way to our destination, and usually prepare our own meals. Sleeping bags and air mattresses make really comfortable beds!

Sometimes we don’t know exactly what our tasks will be when we get to our destination, but we usually have a good idea. For instance, we might be rebuilding a house after a hurricane, flood, or tornado. This may mean building the walls, putting up sheetrock, painting inside or out, or even putting down tile. The thing is, you don’t have to know how to do any of this because there is always something for everyone. If you aren’t comfortable with one job, there will be something else that needs to be done. We work as a team, so there is always someone with the experience needed, and leaders always need helpers.

A mission trip is not a vacation, but we do have a lot of fun! You will get to travel with other members of your church family and get to know them better. You will see new places and make new friends along the way. You will experience God’s love as you offer your gift of service, and you will find renewed strength in your faith. We are sent to be a blessing to others, but we are often the ones who are blessed.

Now the most important part ….. Jesus tells us to take care of each other and that is what we are sent to do. We honor God by giving of ourselves on these mission trips. Whether great or small, the tasks we do result in praise to God. So if you thinking of going on a mission trip, don’t hesitate! God is calling you to be His hands, His feet, His voice. If you listen to that call, I can promise you that your life will be forever changed!

“Do not pass by a man in need, for you may be the hand of God to him.”                                                               Author unknown

By Wendy Ramsey, Member of 50 mission teams

Mission Lunch Recipe

Did you miss last month’s Mission Lunch?  Well, make sure that you don’t miss tomorrow’s (Sunday, July 23rd)!!  Brisket, Cheesy Hash Brown Potatoes, Garden Salad, Green Beans with Bacon, Homemade Rolls, and Banana Pudding.  Meredith Hall from 11:00 – 1:00 (or until sold out).

Back to last month’s Mission Lunch:  Do you remember the Ham Loaf?  Well, here is the recipe!!

  • 1 lb. ground ham
  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 lb. sausage
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup crushed graham crackers
  • 2/3 cup milk

Mix all together and form into log.


  • 2/3 can tomato soup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons dry mustard

Mix sauce and set aside.

Bake loaf at 350 for 1 1/4 hours. Pour sauce over loaf during last 20 minutes of baking.

Makes 12 servings

Enjoy!!2017-06-25, Mission Lunch

Hope to see you tomorrow for this month’s Mission Lunch!!  God bless you!