That’s a Lot of Love

God loves you so much God uniquely created you in God’s own image. That’s a lot of love. God loves you so much God will never give up on you. That’s a lot of love. God loves you so much God got personally involved in the most intimate way imaginable by sending Jesus to show, share and unleash God’s love through his death on the cross. That’s a lot of love. God loves you so much God wants to transform you from the inside-out. That’s a lot of love. Thank you, God!

Methodist Behavioral Health System, Inc. Publishes Community Health Needs Assessment

LITTLE ROCK, AR (Mar. 27, 2019) – The state’s only nonprofit behavioral hospital exclusively for children released its Community Health Needs Assessment this week.

This report is Methodist Behavioral Health System, Inc.’s initial Community Health Needs Assessment. We anticipate the programs and processes set forth in this assessment will continue to change as we identify and prioritize needs for improving the psychiatric, behavioral and emotional health of the Arkansas children and their families we serve.

The report can be accessed at, on our blog at, and at

Methodist Behavioral Hospital in Maumelle, a program of Methodist Family Health, provides acute (short-term) care to boys and girls ages 3-17 and sub-acute (longer-term) care to boys ages 5-11. If a child is assessed to be a danger to him/herself, someone else or both, Methodist Behavioral Health System, Inc. can provide care to stabilize his/her behavior, so he/she can return to a less restrictive environment. This can mean he or she can return to the family home, a psychiatric residential treatment center or group home.

According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the ACA), enacted March 23, 2010, added new requirements codified under Section 501(r) for organizations that operate one or more hospital facilities (hospital organizations) to be described in Section 501(c)(3), as well as new reporting requirements and a new excise tax.

A hospital facility is a facility that is required by a state (including only the 50 states and the District of Columbia) to be licensed, registered, or similarly recognized as a hospital. Multiple buildings operated under a single state license are considered to be a single hospital facility. In addition to the general requirements for tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) and Revenue Ruling 69-545, hospital organizations must meet the requirements imposed by Section 501(r) on a facility-by-facility basis in order to be treated as an organization described in Section 501(c)(3). These additional requirements are:

  1. Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) – Section 501(r)(3),
  2. Financial Assistance Policy and Emergency Medical Care Policy – Section 501(r)(4),
  3. Limitation on Charges – Section 501(r)(5), and
  4. Billing and Collections – Section 501(r)(6).

These provisions apply to taxable years beginning after the date of enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), except for the CHNA requirement, which applied to tax years beginning after March 23, 2012.

Founded in 1899 as the Arkansas Methodist Orphanage, Methodist Family Health is celebrating 120 years of rebuilding the lives of Arkansas children and families. Our mission is to give the best possible care to those who may need our help. Our continuum of care serves thousands of Arkansas children with psychiatric, behavioral, emotional 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, seven therapeutic group homes, an emergency shelter, a day treatment program, eight counseling clinics, nine school-based counseling clinics, a grief center for children and their families, and the Arkansas Center for Addictions Research, Education and Services (Arkansas CARES).


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God Wants All of You

You have to decide if you believe in God or not. Figure out if God is going to play a big or insignificant role in your life. Choose whether you are going to follow God’s Will or do it your way. And commit whether you’re going to do things differently because God is at the heart of your life or let life churn along the way it is? So why are these choices so important? Believing in God is not the same thing as giving yourself fully to God. And God wants all of you.


Too many people spend their lives hearing ‘You’re no good’ until they believe ‘I’m no good’.  Are you going to be one of these people, or are you going to be listening to a different message? Hopefully you’re going to be a God-Hearer and embrace God’s message that you are loved as if you are the only person ever born, you have a unique purpose in life, and you are the recipient of God’s take-the-initiative, it-doesn’t-matter-what’s-going-on and never-give-up love. It’s actually a pretty simple choice. And if you haven’t done so before, today’s a great time to make it.

Disaster Response aids in aftermath of Yellville tornado

By Janice Mann

Arkansas Conference Disaster Response Coordinator


There was a lot going on in the middle of the country to begin February. It felt like winter to the north and west, but conditions were more like spring in Arkansas. With vastly different air masses colliding, there was a wide variety of weather conditions. Areas of snow and ice were ongoing during the wee hours of Feb. 7 from the Plains to the upper Midwest. In milder air from southern Missouri to the Ohio Valley, there was a potential for severe storms in Northern Arkansas.

The event started with thunderstorms moving from Northeast Oklahoma into Northwest Arkansas around 2 a.m. CST. Initially, storms struggled to become severe. One storm managed to ramp up as it headed from Northwest Searcy County into Southern Marion County.

According to the National Weather Service in Little Rock, shortly before 4:30 a.m. CST, this storm produced a weak tornado (rated EF1) south of Yellville (Marion County). It was the first tornado of 2019 in the state. Numerous trees and power lines were downed, with a few trees landing on houses and blocking Highway 14 temporarily. Several mobile homes were destroyed. At least three people were trapped in damaged structures, with one injury reported.

Preliminary assessments by emergency management identified nine homes damaged and two destroyed as of Feb. 12.

The American Red Cross referred two survivors they feel will need further assistance. Emergency Management referred one and confirmed the previous two from Red Cross.

Byron and Janice Mann of Arkansas Conference Disaster Response spoke with the three families whose homes were destroyed and who needed assistance in recovery. Resources are very limited after completing the last recovery project. Anyone wanting to help can donate at or designate “Disaster Response” and mail to: Arkansas Conference P.O. Box 55588 Little Rock, AR 72215

Disaster Response WANTS YOU!

Local church involvement when disaster strikes is vital in assisting individuals and families affected. Disaster Response wants to help local churches understand how important they are as partners in this ministry. We would love to come talk to your group, class, or church and begin a partnership that will make a meaningful difference when disaster strikes. Contact Janice at to find out more.

Disaster Basic Early Response Team Training

Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Harrison FUMC Email to register. Registration deadline is Monday, April 1. Registration fee is $20 to cover training materials and lunch.

Temporary housing

Many times after a disaster, temporary housing in the form of a camper home is a good match for an individual, couple or small family. Sometimes other forms of temporary housing are not feasible for whatever reason. Disaster response has provided a used camper home on several occasions in certain situations. Anyone who has a retired camper trailer and is ready to part with it, please consider donating it to a family affected by disaster. A donation receipt for the market value can be provided. Contact Byron at for more information.

Current In-Conference VIM projects:

  • • ECHO Village
  • • Crawford County Tornado Recovery
  • • Delta Dream Facility Repair

Contact Byron at for more information and to schedule.

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There is lots of good information there for individuals, teams, and local churches.