First United Methodist Church
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Open Hearts — Open Minds — Open Doors
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 Costa Rica Coffee

is available in the church office for $3.00 a bag.  Proceeds will go to Costa Rica Mission Fund.


Mission Committee  

Chairperson - Jean Prange,
Terri Patton, Laura Jo Prange, Linda Martineau, Marilyn Braswell, Cheryl Hornbeck,  Sheila Patterson, Julie Simpson, Ann Fly, Heath Holbert    
Would you like to join the Mission Committee and help plan and coordinate the Church’s Mission Projects? Your help is needed and would be greatly appreciated. I guarantee a fulfilling and rewarding experience!  Contact Jean Prange                                                                             


"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." Ephesians 4:32
Mission is at the heart of De Witt First United Methodist Church. The mission committee participates in spreading the love of Christ by meeting the needs of people.   The committee makes attempts to strike a balance between local and international activities since the world is our parish. We try to respond to ideas presented to us by the congregation, both formally and informally through conversations with church members. Everyone is encouraged to participate in some way. The committee honors gifts of money, physical goods and time. If you would like to make a contribution, please call 870-946-2328.

Annual Fund Raiser

The mission committee sponsors a baked potato and salad lunch as their fund raiser.  This money finances the committee's projects thru the year.

Mission Trips to Costa Rica

Since 2006,  a group of our church members have been going to Alajuela, Costa Rica to help build a Methodist church.   Our church provides money for building supplies.  We also provide supplies for the Bible School which our members helped with.   They have also provided health kits for each kid.

Dana's House

Our local mission has been Dana's House.  It is a temporary home for children, ages infant thru 17 year old.  These children have been removed from their homes by the courts.  Our members have helped with maintenance and repairs of the facility  and have volunteered working in the thrift shop.

Camp Aldersgate

Our church takes part in the annual "Clean Up-Fix Up" at Camp Aldersgate.  Camp Aldersgate offers camps for children and youth who have conditions such as cancer, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, epilepsy, kidney disorders, autism, Down's syndrome, and mental retardation.

Apple Tree

The mission committee sponsors an "Apple Tree" for school supplies for children of local families.

Angle Tree

The mission committee sponsors an "Angle Tree" each Christmas for local children who have been removed from their homes by the courts.

Food Baskets

The mission committee puts together food baskets to be given out at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Ministerial Alliance

FUMC is part of an alliance of local churches that provide assistance for those in need in DeWitt.

Madres y Ninos Outreach Group

In the summer of 2007, our committee provided English lessons to several local Mexican ladies and provided bible stories for their children.   We provided hand work for them and refreshments and after six weeks, we took them to Little Rock to eat out and to shop at a Mexican Super Market.

Harvest of Hope 

Since 1999, Harvest of Hope has been serving up helpings of barbecued pork and chicken.   Proceeds are used to purchase rice to donate to the Arkansas Rice Depot, which will use it to help feed the hungry.  The Arkansas Rice Depot reaches out to those Arkansans in need through a variety of programs including Food For Kids, Food For Seniors & Disaster Relief.  Many members of our church have participated in this mission project.


Our committee puts together flood buckets for the Ingathering.


The mission committee has also helped victims of fire, storm, and sickness.  We also helped with the expenses of one of our college students who spent five weeks in India on a mission trip.  

Foster Children Ministry

This ministry is to let the children know that someone cares for them and is praying for them.   Church members remember these children on holidays and their birthdays.

Guatemala Medical Mission Trip

Over the past six years, volunteer teams from Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church have traveled in mission to Guatemala to assist with the medical and health needs, as well as construction projects, in rural Quetzeltenango and Salud Y Paz.  This years Guatemala Mission Trip was scheduled for May 23 - May 31, 2009.  Linda Martineau and Jean Prange of De Witt First United Methodist Church  joined the Pulaski Heights Mission Team on this trip.  
A medical team and a surgical team were a part of the mission trip.   Linda and Jean were a part of the surgical team and worked at the main clinic in Camanchaj. The medical team went into rural communities to provide services to Mayan people who have very limited access to medical care.  The expenses for medicine, surgical supplies, equipment and other items were purchased with contributions.  
The Mission Committee would like to thank everyone for the success of the bake sale on May 9th.  With the sale of cakes and other goodies and donations, around $1,300.00 was made for the medical mission trip.

Jean and Linda tell the congregation about their mission trip.


Caring and Sharing Pantry
"For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you made me welcome...." (Matthew25:35-36)



Loma Essex Ministry

The  UMW began a "Loma Essex Ministry" to support our college students for which Loma had a great concern.   It was Loma's wish to keep in touch with these students from our church.  Please inform us of any change in your student's mailing address or if you have a freshman student to add to the list by calling the church office at 870-946-2328 or emailing the church at  
We ask for your prayers that this ministry will be the blessing we intend and we thank you for your support.

Arkansas Rice Depot's

Adopt A School

DeWitt FUMC adopted a school for the kids backpack program by raising $2,400.   Needy kids in the DeWitt Elementary school will take home food in a backpack from the Arkansas Rice Depot.

Tyler Wayman
On Sunday, April 10, the Mission Committee and the April Activity Committee hosted a chicken spaghetti lunch.   Donations were taken to help Tyler Wayman with his mission trip to Guatemala this summer.   Tyler is going with a group of Christian athletes from the University of Arkansas.
Mission Committee and members of U of A Christian Athletes


Sager-Brown Methodist Mission Center
National Headquarters for United Methodist Committee On Relief
Baldwin, Louisiana

By all means you can
In all ways you can
In all places you can
To all people you can
As long as you can.
     --John Wesley