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Accountable Discipleship – Most churchgoers are looking for something substantial. Accountable discipleship may be the answer. Faith sharing – No need to start from scratch. We’ve got a plan for church-wide faith sharing Stewardship = The steward needs an open hand to receive from God and then an active hand to give to God and to others.”—Murray J. Harris 200K Reasons – Fill a child’s plate and stomach by joining the 200K Reasons movement....

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Commission starts to sketch options for the way forward

COMMISSION ON A WAY FORWARD PRESS RELEASE September 21, 2017 Commission starts to sketch options for the way forward BERLIN, Germany – The Commission on a Way Forward has started sketching models to share with the Council of Bishops as options for finding a way forward for The United Methodist Church (UMC) over the issue of human sexuality. During the meeting in Berlin, Germany (Sept. 18-20), members of the Commission expressed the need for the unity of the UMC, yet recognizing the different theological understandings and expressions on human sexuality. From spirit-led devotions through heartfelt discussions to one-on-one dialogues, the members of the Commission delved deeper into the LGBTQ issues, guided by the values of multiplying our Wesleyan witness, fruitfulness, a heart at peace, de-centralization and simplicity.  “I am totally convinced that together we can get through this and with the hope we have, we can get through this together,” Dr. Hortense Aka from Ivory Coast said in the Monday morning devotion at the start of the Berlin meeting.  She noted that her own personal journey was continuing “with faith, I can listen and see what God wants us to do.” Dr. Aka, who is a lay leader and psychology professor, urged fellow members to be open as “I offer you my hospitality, my friendship, and my fellowship,” using the statue in her country as a symbol of welcoming to all of God’s children. Reflecting on Ephesians 4:4-6, she noted that there is hope of unity in diversity.  Recognizing that the UMC was a global church that is present in Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States, the Commission held the meeting in Berlin to help members see the implications of their work in a non-U.S. context. It was also an opportunity for members from Africa and Europe to travel for shorter distances since all the previous meetings have been held in the United States. During its work in Berlin, the Commission started looking at missional and institutional models for a way forward. Those models are connected through resources of unity that were listed in the status report made available to the church in August. The Commission’s moderators Bishops David Yemba, Sandra Steiner Ball and Ken Carter expressed optimism at the work done during the Berlin meeting and are hopeful that the members will offer useful models for the way forward. “Our commission members moved more deeply into their convictions that lead them to love God and envision the future of our denomination.  While we are exploring models of a way forward, we are ‘sketching’ them, with a pencil in one hand and an eraser in the other,” said Bishop Carter, who is the Florida Area resident Bishop. “This is the work of conciliar discernment—we know that the Holy Spirit is not the possession of any one of us, but is in the midst of us.  We know that members of our denomination want space from each other—because of theological differences from each other and the harm we have done to each other—and at the same time connection—because this is in our DNA. We are the one Body of Christ with many members, and God uses this diversity to offer grace and healing to the world,” he said. In her devotion on Tuesday, Rev. Casey Orr, a deacon from Tennessee but currently serving...

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200 Year’s of Methodism in Arkansas

HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE: This year marks the 200th anniversary of the erection of the first Methodist church building in Arkansas. It was named “Henry’s Chapel.” The chapel was located at the site of Mound Prairie where a monument now stands. The site was recognized by the Little Rock Conference in 1917. The Historical Society of the Little Rock Conference placed a monument there in 1961, on 25 sq. feet now owned by the Arkansas Conference. EVENT INFORMATION: The worship celebration will be held at the site of Henry’s Chapel. Arrive in Washington, near Hope, by 10:00 a.m. to ride a bus to the worship site. Buses will leave from the WPA Gymnasium across the street from the Washington United Methodist Church at 124 Hwy.195 So., Washington, AR, 71862. At the site chairs, water, and toilets will be available. Bring your own chairs if you like. Come casual; wear walking shoes and hats. Dress in character if you like. WORSHIP: The celebration worship will begin at 11:00 a.m. Enjoy old fashioned a cappella singing. Holy Communion will be served. Preaching will be by our own Bishop Gary Mueller. PLACES TO SEE THAT DAY: Enjoy a tour of the Washington United Methodist Church, Historic Washington State Park, the museum and Washington with its carriage rides. There are no camping spaces at the park but there is camping near by. LUNCH: Free burger lunches will be provided at the WPA Gymnasium in Washington across the street from the church. Enjoy meeting and greeting friends. There will be historical exhibits at the gymnasium. QUESTIONS: washingtonmethodistchurch@gmail.com or call (870)...

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Silent Centering Prayer Retreat

October 22 @ 4:30 am – October 25 @ 12:00 pm Consider giving yourself the gift of a silent retreat in the foothills of the Arkansas Ozarks in the beauty of October. This retreat will be conducted in silence following evening prayer on Sunday until breakfast on Wednesday. The retreat will conclude after a time of debriefing and fellowship over lunch that day. There will be an opportunity for three hours of centering prayer in community each day, as well as live and video teaching on the contemplative journey. The retreat will be facilitated by the clergy and lay spiritual directors: Rev. Dr. Bill Buchanan, Rev. Gail Brooks, and Rev. David...

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ARKANSAS CONFERENCE JOURNAL 2017 AND DIRECTORY 2017

You may purchase the new hot-off-the-press 2017 Journal of the Arkansas Annual Conference.   Also the New and Improved 2017 Arkansas Conference Directory soon will be available in print, in the meantime, get the digital edition.   Here is the link to order: https://www.eiseverywhere.com/journal-directory. Get the digital...

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