Praying Our Way Forward team unveils details of February 23 Day of Prayer

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Praying Our Way Forward team of the Council of Bishops has released details of the Day of Prayer, which will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CST in the St. Louis America’s Center Convention Complex on Saturday, February 23, the first day of the 2019 Special Session of General […]

Bright Nights at Searcy FUMC

contributed by Melinda Shunk, Children’s Ministry Coordinator In early November, I attended the Northeast District small group Children’s Ministry. They try to meet at least six times a year for lunch, praying and sharing. I met Catherine Vest, who had only been on staff as a Children’s Minister for two years but has more than […]

A different kind of worship service
Amboy UMC reaches more people through Facebook Live

contributed by Sam Pierce Amboy United Methodist Church in North Little Rock was searching for a way to reach its Hispanic community. The Rev. Candace Barron, who is also the senior pastor at Gardner Memorial United Methodist Church, said in November they came up with the idea for broadcasting their sermons through Facebook. “We started […]

Twenty-Six Jurisdictional Conferences and eight Central Conference Episcopal areas pay 100 percent General Church Apportionments in 2018

Nashville, TN – The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) is pleased to announce that twenty-six jurisdictional annual conferences and eight central conference episcopal areas paid 100% of the general Church apportionment in 2018. GCFA also recognizes that giving to the Africa University Fund still remains a high priority for United Methodists with a 93% […]

Arkansas Conference churches offer free meals for furloughed federal workers

As the partial government shutdown enters its fifth week, United Methodist Churches from around the state are finding ways to aid furloughed workers and their families by providing a fresh meal and a place to fellowship. The shutdown — centered around legislative disagreements on border security funding between congressional Republicans, Democrats and the White House — […]

Camp Tanako offers three days of learning during Confirmation Camp weekends
February and April dates set for United Methodist confirmands

Confirmation is an important step in the spiritual journey of United Methodists, and Camp Tanako is hoping to give more young adults the opportunity to go through confirmation thanks to their Confirmation Camp weekends. “Confirmation Camp began as a response to conversations that I was having with pastors throughout the Arkansas Conference who were having […]

Obituary for Albert William Martin Jr.

Albert William (Bill) Martin, Jr. passed away peacefully in Waverly, OH on January 9, 2019. He was born in Nashville, TN on June 6, 1930, to Albert William Martin, Sr. of Pea Ridge, AR and Sallie Hairston Martin of Conway, AR. Bill grew up in Arkansas and moved to Dallas, TX, where he graduated as […]

United Methodists urged to join in Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is urging all United Methodists to join in the global Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which starts on January 18 and runs until January 25. Organized by the World Council of Churches, this year’s Week of Prayer is under the theme “Justice, and […]

7 Ways to Fight Off the Winter Blues

contributed by Kat Armas Winter can be rough. While its onset can have us feeling like giddy little children with the romantic nostalgia of snow, holiday movies, hot chocolate, and cozying up by the fire, those feelings may surely be gone by February after the holiday cheer has passed and the cold weather keeps lingering. […]