Commission on a Way Forward Town Hall Meetings RSVP

It is time to RSVP for the Commission on a Way Forward Town Hall Meeting closest to you! If you plan to attend one of these events, please take the time to register your attendance. Seating is limited....

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Congregation Care: Ministry Seminar

Congregational Care is critical in every local church. The Church of the Resurrection’s Congregational Care team invites you to join them April 19 – 21, 2018 for comprehensive training and networking with other local church leaders regarding congregational care best practices and standards. The Seminar is designed to train volunteers to become partners in ministry with pastors and staff to provide care for a congregation. For more information, visit cor.org/ccm-seminar...

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United Methodists asked to join Week of Pray for Christian Unity

The Council of Bishops is urging all United Methodists to join with other Christians throughout the world to participate in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which begins tomorrow, January 18, 2018. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is promoted by the World Council of Churches, most regional councils of churches, and most mainline denominations, including The United Methodist Church. This year’s Week of Prayer (January 18-25, 2018) uses Exodus 15:6 with the theme “Your Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power.”  An ecumenical group from the churches of the Caribbean have taken the lead this year in writing the materials and creating the theme. The contemporary Caribbean is deeply marked by the dehumanizing project of colonial exploitation. During 500 years of colonialism and enslavement, those who brought the Bible to this region used the scriptures to justify their subjugation of a people in bondage. Yet in the hands of the enslaved, the Bible became an inspiration, an assurance that God was on their side, and that God would lead them into freedom. Thus, Christians are reminded of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples that “they may be one so that the world may believe.” (see John 17.21). Congregations and parishes all over the world are invited to celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity by exchanging preachers, holding special ecumenical worship or prayer services, or however seems appropriate in your local setting. Check for events in your area. Click here to read a prayer offered for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity by Bishop B. Michael Watson, Ecumenical Officer of the Council of Bishops, and the Rev. Dr. Jean Hawxhurst and Rev. Dr. Kyle R. Tau, ecumenical staff officers of the Council of bishops. Click here for more details about Week of Prayer for Christian Unity   ## Media Contact: Rev. Dr. Maidstone Mulenga Director of Communications – Council of Bishops The United Methodist Church mmulenga@umc-cob.org  202-748-5172...

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Commission on a Way Forward Town Hall meetings

Greetings in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ! As I shared in the video message you just viewed, I would like to invite you to participate in the Commission on a Way Forward Town Hall meetings. These meetings will be strategically facilitated to allow participants to provide feedback and ask questions about the conceptual models the Commission on a Way Forward proposed to the Council of Bishops in November. The Commission on a Way Forward Town Hall meetings have a threefold purpose. Provide attendees with an overview of the history, process, three preliminary models, and next steps of The Way Forward. (Click here to read about the three models.) Facilitate discussion among attendees about strengths, weaknesses, and questions regarding the three preliminary models. Gather feedback to share with The Commission on a Way Forward. Your participation and input will be extremely beneficial, so I invite you to attend any of the scheduled gatherings at your convenience. I will be hosting the first three listed meetings at FUMC North Little Rock, FUMC Jonesboro and Central UMC Fayetteville. District Superintendents will host the remaining eight meetings. It is important to note that all meetings will be the same. Saturday, January 13, 10 am at FUMC North Little Rock Sunday, January 14, 2:30 pm at FUMC Jonesboro Saturday, January 20, 10 am at Central UMC Fayetteville District Commission on a Way Forward Town Hall meetings: Saturday, January 20, 10 am – Southwest, El Dorado FUMC Sunday, January 21, 2:30 pm – Southwest, Arkadelphia FUMC Sunday, January 21, 2:30 pm – Northeast, Searcy FUMC Sunday, January 21, 2:30 pm – Southeast, Monticello FUMC Saturday, January 27, 10 am – Central, Salem Conway Sunday, January 28, 3 pm – Northwest, Russellville FUMC Sunday, January 28, 2:30 pm – Southeast, Pine Bluff FUMC Sunday, February 4, 2:30 pm – Southeast, Forrest City FUMC This is a very important time in the history of the United Methodist Church. Please pray every day for our church. I look forward to seeing you in January, Register:...

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Get Up & Give a Great Way to Participate in Lenten Season

LITTLE ROCK, AR (Jan. 9, 2018) – With the holidays behind us and the 40 days of Lent just ahead, Methodist Family Health has a way for Arkansans to honor the Lenten season by contributing to Arkansas children and families managing psychiatric, emotional, behavioral and spiritual issues. The 9th Annual Get Up & Give collection project asks Arkansans to contribute necessities to the children and families in our care. The project is during the entire 40 days of Lent – Wed., Feb. 14 through Thurs., Mar. 29 – and both children and adults can participate by donating personal hygiene items, clothes, shoes, school supplies, bedding, funds and other necessities to the Methodist Counseling Clinic in their community. “We often think of Lent as a time to give up or fast from something in our lives, but it also can be a time to take on something that renews our spirit and connection to our neighbor,” said Kelli Reep, director of communications at Methodist Family Health. “Get Up & Give is an easy project to take on and makes a tremendous impact on the children and families we serve. Many of our kids are in the foster care system or have families with few monetary resources. Providing them things like new underwear, soap, their own school supplies – even books and toys – demonstrates to them that someone they have never even met cares about their well-being.” Methodist Family Health asks that all items contributed through Get Up & Give are new. Monetary donations also can be contributed so specific items can be purchased to meet the needs of the children at MFH. Contributions can be delivered to the Methodist Family Health Counseling Clinic serving the community closest to the contributor after April 1, and drop-off locations include: Alma: 1209 Hwy 71N, Suite B, Alma, AR 72921; phone 479.632.1022 Batesville: 500 E. Main St., Suite 310, Batesville, AR 72501; phone 870.569.4890 Fayetteville: 74 W. Sunbridge Dr., Fayetteville, AR 72703; phone 479.582.5565 Heber Springs: 407 S. 7th St., Heber Springs, AR 72543; phone 501.365.3022 Hot Springs: 100 Ridgeway, Suite 5, Hot Springs, AR 71901; phone 501.318.6066 Jonesboro: 2239 S. Caraway, Suite M, Jonesboro, AR 72401; phone 870.910.3757 Little Rock: 1600 Aldersgate Road, Suite 100B, Little Rock, AR 72205; phone 501.537.3991 Magnolia: 621 E. North St., Magnolia, AR 71753; phone 870.234.0739 For more information, visit https://www.methodistfamily.org/get-up-give/ or contact Kelli Reep at kreep@methodistfamily.org or 501-906-4210. About Methodist Family Health Founded in 1899 as the Arkansas Methodist Orphanage, Methodist Family Health has expanded into a continuum of care to serve thousands of Arkansas children with psychiatric, emotional, behavioral and spiritual issues and their families each year. Methodist Family Health has locations throughout the state, including the Methodist Behavioral Hospital, two residential treatment centers, eight therapeutic group homes, an emergency shelter, a day treatment program, eight counseling clinics, nine school-based counseling clinics, the state’s only grief center for children and their families, and the Arkansas Center for Addictions Research, Education and Services (Arkansas CARES). Our mission is to give the best possible care to those who may need our help and to treat the whole person: behaviorally, emotionally and...

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