Part-Time Choir Director – Des Arc UMC – Des Arc

Des Arc First United Methodist Church is seeking a part-time choir director and pianist to work with our choir, vocal performers, and handbell choir as well as accompany the worship service. Additional duties include: Directing the chancel choir Directing the bell choir Choosing music in consultation with the pastor Preparing special music for Christmas and Easter services and accompanying those services Available for High Holy Days ( i.e. Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, and Easter) Direct children’s choir as needed Available for weekly rehearsals with choirs Other duties as determined by Pastor and Staff Supervisors Required skills include: Formal music training including ability to read music Ability to transpose and arrange music Capacity to motivate and nurture volunteer musicians Ability to work with a variety of musical skill levels The salary is commensurate with experience and travel expense. To apply, send a resume and references to Rebecca Hayley,...

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Bishop Gary Mueller invites you to join him for a Laity Coffee

Bishop Gary Mueller extends a special invitation to Lay Leaders, Lay Members to Annual Conference, Finance, Trustee, SPRC and Administrative Chairs and any others who might be interested to join him for a Laity Coffee. The laity coffee will be held  Northeast District – September 24, Searcy FUMC, 3:00-4:30 Central District – October 15, Trinity UMC, Little Rock – 2:30-4:00  Southeast District – October 22, Star City FUMC 2:30-4:00 Northwest District – November 12, Fort Smith FUMC 3:00-4:30 Bishop Mueller will spend a few minutes sharing information about vital disciples, the 2017-2018 Vital initiative that began at the 2017 Annual Conference and the UMC Commission on a Way Forward. There will also be a time for him to hear your questions and comments. The laity coffees will last around an hour and fifteen...

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Empty Your Life So God Can Fill It

When you move you discover clutter you haven’t seen or used in years. But it’s not just stuff that clutters your life. It’s also mistakes, bad feelings, things others have done to hurt you and painful experiences. The problem with all of this junk is it leaves no room for anything else, especially the abundant life Jesus wants you to live. Let God empty the junk by forgiving, healing and helping you grow so there’s room to fill you with the love, compassion, generosity, joy and hope that matter...

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A Message from Bishop Gary Mueller

Brothers and Sisters, Greetings in the name of our risen Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ! We live in perilous times that are frightening to many of us. Terrorism, gun violence, extreme poverty and the threat of nuclear confrontation fill the headlines of social media, television and newspapers on a daily basis. In the midst of this, there increasingly are other headlines that point to the rising torrents of hate being broadcast by neo-Nazis and white supremacist groups. As followers of Jesus Christ, we do not have the option of pretending that we can do nothing as this is taking place. We must respond. First, we must let God’s love in Jesus Christ shape all of our responses. We have received the gift of salvation that transforms us from the inside out. This means that hate-in-kind is not an appropriate response. Love is. We are called to exercise the spiritual discipline of bold love even when we are righteously angry. Second, we must speak the truth about something that is fundamentally a spiritual issue. We cannot shy away from making it clear that the recent rise of groups like those that gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia is intolerable. Their vision of life is radically opposite of the Gospel of Jesus Christ because hatred, venom, racism and violence are radically opposite of the way our Lord lived and died. Sin must be called sin. But even as we speak this truth, we do so knowing we, too, are sinners. Third, we must have conversations as brothers and sisters in Christ around racism and the rising tide of violence. They will be painful because it is always difficult to address our own feelings, uncertainties and questions. But it must happen. Fourth, we must begin to build bridges in our world that bring about the reconciliation that Paul talks about in 2 Corinthians 5:18, “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.” (NIV) Media, government and educational establishments cannot accomplish this work. It is the work of the Church of Jesus Christ that we must embrace with humility and hope. Sometimes events like those that occurred in Charlottesville seem completely unrelated to you. They are not because you have embraced the salvation Jesus gives you, you are his disciple and you have answered, “Yes!” to the following questions: On behalf of the whole Church, I ask you: Do you renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of your sin? Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves? Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior, put your whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as your Lord, in union with the Church which Christ has opened to people of all ages, nations, and races? According to the grace given to you, will you remain faithful members of Christ’s holy Church and serve as Christ’s representatives in the world? Jesus Christ is the hope of the world. He invites us not only to live every moment of our lives in his hope, but also to share it with the world. I know the people of The United Methodist Church in...

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Danielle Williams Named Director of The Center for Communication

Danielle Williams has accepted the position of Director for the newly created Center for Communication in the Arkansas Annual Conference. Bishop Gary Mueller commented, “Communicating with congregations, enabling congregations to connect with their mission field and implementing strategic ways to share the Good News of Jesus’ love with ‘nones, dones and never-have-beens’ is essential as the Arkansas Annual Conference carries out our trajectory of creating vital congregations that make disciples of Jesus Christ, who make disciples equipped to transform lives, communities and the world. I am excited to welcome Danielle, because she is uniquely gifted and called to lead us in the exciting task of communicating in a technological world. She has an educational background in communications, the experience of leading an annual conference communication team, and a desire for sharing God’s grace. I believe the experience and qualities she brings to this position will enable us to act with passion and excellence.” Danielle is an Arkansas native who graduated from Hendrix College in International Relations and Global Studies. She also earned two Master’s degrees from Seton Hall University; one in Strategic Communications and a second in Diplomacy and International Relations. She worked with several annual conference campaigns raising money for “Imagine No Malaria” and has served as Director of Communication for the Northwest Texas Annual Conference. Danielle was First Reserve Lay Delegate to the 2016 General Conference, has served as a member of the Texas Methodist Foundation President’s Advisory Council and has won awards for excellence in communication. In talking about her new work that begins November 1, Danielle states, “I am elated to have the opportunity to do the work I love in my home conference. After nearly a decade of serving in communication and development roles for The United Methodist Church in 5 conferences, I have been surrounded by amazing mentors, talented colleagues, and passionate leaders. These remarkable individuals have made me a stronger disciple. I am so thankful for the people who are serving the church and I am eager to meet the incredible people God has placed in the Arkansas Conference!”     ...

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