Still Time for What Matters Most

Christmas has a way of sneaking up on you. Even though you started with the best of intentions not to let it happen yet again, there’s a pretty good chance you’re in a panic trying to get everything done. But you’ve got plenty of time because Christmas is over a week away. Even more importantly, you have the perfect amount of time for what matters most in these remaining days before Christmas – getting your heart, mind and life ready to celebrate the birth of the Savior of the...

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The Heart of Christmas

Since it’s true, I’ll just go ahead and admit it. I’m a Christmas Geek. I love this time of the year with all the decorations, parties, carols and just about anything and everything Christmas…except the commercialization, of course. Which means, once again, I will enjoy it all without any guilt whatsoever. And I hope you do as well. But in some of my quieter moments, I wonder whether my delight with all things Christmas camouflages what matters most about Christmas. And that’s why I hope you will join me in doing something essential and urgent in these days leading up to Christmas—get to the heart of Christmas. Here is the heart of Christmas: For reasons we can never begin to comprehend, God decided to overlook all our sin and turning away from God and become one of us. God did this in order to give us what we absolutely need, but can never get on our own—salvation. In other words, God loves us so much God doesn’t give up on us. Doesn’t turn away from us. Embraces us. And is deeply involved in our lives. So why does this matter? The heart of Christmas changes everything. It impacts how you see yourself. The heart of Christmas influences what matters most to you…how you deal with others… the ways you spend your money…how you decide to vote…even how you feel about your life. In fact, if you let the heart of Christmas take root in your own heart, it literally will shape your life forever. But this can only happen if you are serious about focusing more on the baby Jesus in the manger than you are on all the wonderful things of Christmas. So the question you have to answer is just how serious you are willing to get about all of this. Not just in general, but when enmeshed in the Christmas frenzy. Or exhausted. Or when the family leaves. Or when the decorations come down. Or when you think you’ll get sick if you hear “Santa Baby” one more time. Or especially when it’s time to pay off the credit card? May the reality of the incarnation that is the baby Jesus who has come to us as one of us live in your heart—now and forever. Merry Christmas! Bishop Gary...

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Administrative Assistant (Part-Time) – Wesley UMC – Conway

Wesley United Methodist Church, Conway is seeking a part-time administrative assistant (18 hours/week).  Job duties include typical secretarial activities and requires the individual to be self-motivating, work with minimal supervision, friendly, and proficient with various computer programs. A resume is required; for more information, please call...

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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...

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Director of Traditional Worship Music (Part-Time) – Salem United Methodist Church

Salem United Methodist Church seeks a part-time (10 hours/week) Director of Traditional Worship Music for an open position beginning January 2018.  Salem UMC is a growing church located in Conway, AR, The City of Colleges, and has an average worship attendance of 89.  The ideal candidate is one who can work with the church staff and congregation as a team player to assist in leading the congregation in passionate worship, has a positive attitude, a strong work ethic, self-motivated, and an appreciation for and willingness to work in a traditional worship setting.  Qualifications include the ability to read music, sing well, lead congregational singing, direct a chancel choir, pick appropriate music for the season/theme, and a commitment to United Methodist doctrine and theology.  Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, a video demonstrating your ability to direct a choir and/or a congregation, and resume to Rev. Todd Vick – 1018 Salem Road, Conway, AR 72034 or pastor@salemumcconway.org.  You can find out more about this position and the church at our website www.salemumcconway.org.  Closing Date 12/31/17.  All employees at Salem must pass a criminal background check, a child maltreatment check and follow the policies and guidelines set by the church.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, or...

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