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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The Academy for Spiritual Formation

What is a JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS? It is an ecumenical five-day retreat designed for clergy and laity. The purpose is to deepen one’s relationship with God through a daily rhythm of prayer, worship, study, and reflection. Each day will include teachings by gifted spiritual leaders, periods of silence and reflection, morning and evening prayer, Eucharist, and small group discussion. Time for rest and relaxation are also part of each day. AR/LA/MS FIVE-DAY ACADEMY Featuring Pat Luna, Jerry Webber, & Elise Eslinger APRIL 15-20, 2018 Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center 1720 Ferncliff Road, Little Rock, Arkansas Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center is 1200 acres located just ten miles west of Little Rock. This Earth Care Award winning camp focuses on hospitality, sustainability, and outreach. All participants have available either private or shared rooms with private bathrooms, linens and towels. Delicious meals are provided and special diets are accomodated.   OUR FACULTY PAT LUNA is the Retreat Leader for the Two-Year Academy for Spiritual Formation, a writer, speaker, teacher and consultant in the areas of spiritual formation, stewardship and fundraising. She is a delegate to General Conference and President of Compass Consultants. Pat says this about her focus for the Five-Day: “During our week together at the Academy we are going to unpack Howard Thurman’s seminal work for spiritual formation, Disciplines of the Spirit, and how five particular disciplines, Growth, Prayer, Commitment, Reconciliation and Suffering, can lead us to greater healing and wholeness.” ELISE ESLINGER is one of the foremost leaders, teachers, writers and consultants in Worship, Music and Spiritual Formation. Editor of the Upper Room Worshipbook and writer of many of the resources in the book, Elise will be leading our worship during this Five-Day Academy! JERRY WEBBER is the community pastor and spiritual director for the Center for Christian Spirituality at Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Houston. Jerry leads worship services in a contemplative style as well as classes and retreats and provides spiritual direction. He has taught at several Two-Year and Five-Day Academies for Spiritual Formation, and is a guide for all who seek to deepen their connection with God to live differently in relation to self, others and the created world. Jerry has titled his focus “Unfolding: Scripture, Stories and Poetry for Uncovering the Self in God.” We will explore ourselves, our relationship with God and our faith development as we unfold our true selves in God and our own belovedness. “The process of spiritual unfolding is the process of becoming who God created us to be.” REGISTER TODAY at http://academy.upperroom.org/events/34. Total cost for room, board, and tuition for a single room is $575 before 1/15/18 and $625 after 1/15/18. The cost for shared accommodations is $475 before 1/15/18 and $525 after 1/15/18. A $75 non-refundable deposit is required. Space is limited. Register today! QUESTIONS? NEED MORE INFO? Visit: https://goo.gl/8Bybme or Contact: (AR) Roy P. Smith (479) 968-1232 – rsmith@fumcrsvl.org (LA) Catherine Long (318) 272-0091 – clong91@bellsouth.net (MS) Susan Meadors (601) 316-3351 – susanmeadors@comcast.net (MS) Paige Swaim-Presley – (601) 974-1246...

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Leadership Unleashed is back!

Leadership Unleashed is back! Check out the dates for 2018, register online, and learn more. Dates, locations, and registration links are below. Unless otherwise noted, all sessions will meet 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Thursday, Jan. 25 – Hunter UMC, Little Rock – https://goo.gl/u5Yd2y Tuesday. Jan. 30 – St. Paul UMC, El Dorado – https://goo.gl/ekpux9 Thursday, Feb. 1 – Hope FUMC – https://goo.gl/Xi6Z5W Thursday, Feb. 8 – Arkadelphia FUMC – https://goo.gl/Tc78cX Thursday, Feb. 15 – Star City FUMC – https://goo.gl/2Gskn4 Sunday, Feb. 18 – Shiloh UMC Paragould (3-5pm) – https://goo.gl/NwHUnV Tuesday, Feb. 20 – Stuttgart FUMC – https://goo.gl/MQtnRa Monday, Feb. 26 – Clarksville FUMC – https://goo.gl/tQYj31 Thursday, Mar. 1 – Beebe FUMC – https://goo.gl/HR8xoP Wednesday, March 7 – Forrest City FUMC – https://goo.gl/qgaoXT Additional dates will be announced...

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UMFA Seminary Scholarship Applications are now being accepted

UMFA Seminary Scholarship Applications are now being accepted. This $22,000 yearly scholarship is for those seeking Elders orders, planning to serve in the Arkansas Conference and attending a UM Seminary (i.e. Perkins, Duke, Iliff, St. Paul, Candler, Boston, Garrett, Gammon, United, Claremont, Drew, Wesley, Methodist Theological). The deadline for applications to be submitted is March 1, 2018. 2018 UMFA Seminary Scholarship Application &...

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Beyond Children’s Ministry Leadership Conference 2018

Beyond Children’s Ministry Leadership Conference 2018 is coming to Philander Smith College Friday, January 26 – Saturday January 27! Melanie Gordon from Discipleship Ministries will be our leader. Register by January 19: https://goo.gl/YBqpGe | Apply for a Scholarship by January 12 at: https://goo.gl/si2htR Agenda Friday – January 26, 2018 8:30am Registration (breakfast snacks) 9:00 Opening Worship 9:30 Unity and Diversity: Inviting the Holy Spirit Into the Dance (Melanie Gordon) 10:45 Break 11:00 Unity and Diversity: Inviting the Holy Spirit Into the Dance (Melanie Gordon) 12:30 Lunch (catered) 1:15 Neither Greek nor Jew – Tolerance Experiences/Panel Discussion 2:45 Break (snacks) 3:00 Bullying: A Christian Response (Melanie Gordon) 5:00 Dismiss for evening Evening on your own in Little Rock! Saturday – January 27, 2018 8:30 Registration (breakfast snacks) 9:00 Worship 9:30 Violence: A Christian Response (Melanie Gordon) 10:45 Break (snacks) 11:15 What Every Child Should Experience in United Methodist Congregations (Melanie Gordon) 12:30 So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye. Learn more...

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