48 Students Receive 2020 Dollars for Scholars Grants

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (August 17, 2020) – The Methodist Foundation for Arkansas is proud to make $48,000 in scholarship contributions to 48 students receiving 2020 Dollars for Scholars awards to begin or continue their education at United Methodist colleges, universities, and seminaries.

For each recipient, the students’ local churches gave $1,000 and the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation matched that contribution. The Methodist Foundation for Arkansas gave $1,000, along with the student’s selected college contributing $1,000 for a significant $4,000
scholarship award to each student.

Undergraduate Students Home Church College
Mr. Lincoln G. Pritchard Asbury United Methodist Church. Little Rock, AR Hendrix College
Mr. Benjamin L. Cogbill Asbury United Methodist Church. Little Rock, AR Hendrix College
Mr. Maxwell Dawson Central United Methodist Church, Fayetteville, AR Hendrix College
Ms. Makala J. Strang Fairfield Bay United Methodist Church, Fairfield Bay, AR Hendrix College
Ms. Hannah N. Cozart Faith United Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR Oklahoma City University
Ms. Sydney R. Wagner First United Methodist Church, Bentonville, AR Hendrix College
Ms. Lauren Seckington First United Methodist Church, Bentonville, AR Hendrix College
Mr. Adam P. Kerr First United Methodist Church, Bentonville, AR Oklahoma City University
Ms. Allison M. Epperson First United Methodist Church, Bryant, AR Hendrix College
Mr. Tyler J. Odell First United Methodist Church, Clinton, AR Hendrix College
Mr. Lawson B. Points First United Methodist Church, Conway, AR Hendrix College
Mr. Joseph S. Winningham First United Methodist Church, Conway, AR Hendrix College
Ms. Gwen T. Boone First United Methodist Church, Conway, AR Hendrix College
Mr. Joseph R. Coker First United Methodist Church, Conway, AR Hendrix College
Ms. Rebekah L. Dodson First United Methodist Church, El Dorado, AR Hendrix College
Mr. Silas B. Myane First United Methodist Church, Farmington, AR Hendrix College
Mr. Robert C. Parker First United Methodist Church, Fort Smith, AR Southern Methodist University
Ms. Katherine G. M. Delony First United Methodist Church, Fort Worth, TX Southern Methodist University
Ms. Anna E. R. Delony First United Methodist Church, Fort Worth, TX Oklahoma City University
Ms. Lacey N. Crosby First United Methodist Church, Greenbrier, AR Hendrix College
Mr. Kyle A. Bounds First United Methodist Church, Greenbrier, AR Hendrix College
Mr. John M. Mathis First United Methodist Church, Greenbrier, AR Hendrix College
Ms. Madison R. Connaway United Methodist Church, Hot Springs, AR Hendrix College
Ms. Alexis S. Tanner First United Methodist Church, Russellville, AR Oklahoma City University
Ms. Alyssa M. Savage First United Methodist Church, Sheridan, AR Hendrix College
Mr. Creighton M. Polk First United Methodist Church, Wooster, AR Hendrix College
Mr. Samuel E. Adkisson, IV Lakeside United Methodist Church, Lake Village, AR Millsaps College
Ms. Lexie N. Burleson Lakewood United Methodist Church, North Little Rock, AR Hendrix College
Ms. Stephanie J. Rodriguez Paris United Methodist Church, Paris, AR Central Methodist University
Ms. Gracie L. Singleton Portland United Methodist Church, Portland, AR Millsaps College
Ms. Jessalyn E. Hoskyn Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR Hendrix College
Ms. Lauren L. Berry Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR Hendrix College
Mr. Reece C. Forrest Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR Hendrix College
Mr. Robert P. Shannon, II Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR Hendrix College
Ms. Emma K. Piercy St. James United Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR Hendrix College
Mr. Darryl D. Swinton, Jr. Theresa Hoover United Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR Clark Atlanta University
Ms. Annabelle N. Neilson Village United Methodist Church, Lake Village, AR Hendrix College
Mr. Jo’Nathan Yow Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR Philander Smith College
Mr. Sandarius S. Gillisipe Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR Philander Smith College
Ms. Valricka J. Mitchell Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR Philander Smith College
Mr. Mark T. Ricard, II Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR Philander Smith College
Ms. Myicara A. Spencer-Cole Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR Philander Smith College
Mr. Jawan Wright Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR Philander Smith College
Mr. Robert L. Nichols, III Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR Philander Smith College
Ms. Paulina C. Webber Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR Dillard University
Ms. Kelly J. Murray-Norman White Hall United Methodist Church, White Hall, AR Hendrix College

 

Seminary Student Home Church Seminary
Mr. Samuel M. Coker First United Methodist Church, Conway, AR Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

“The board of the Methodist Foundation for Arkansas is pleased to award $48,000 in grants to Arkansas students attending United Methodist colleges and universities during the 2020-2021 school year,” said MFA President and CEO, Rev. J. Wayne Clark.

The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation is committed to helping students achieve their dreams by providing scholarship aid for United Methodist students attending 122 United Methodist-related institutions. The Methodist Foundation for Arkansas is one of the largest United Methodist Foundations in the country. Founded in 1963, MFA is responsible for over 800 funds with combined assets over $175 million.

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For more information, contact:
Haley Walker Klein
501.664-8632 or hklein@methodistfoundationar.org

Bishop J. Woodrow Hearn dies

Bishop J. Woodrow Hearn dies

bishop hearn

Retired United Methodist Bishop J. Woodrow Hearn died last night (August 30, 2020) at home in Galveston, Texas, after a long battle with illness. 

He was elected to the episcopacy by the South Central Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church in July 1984. He was assigned to the Nebraska Area for 1984-1992. In 1992, he was assigned to the Houston Area where he served until his retirement in 2000.

Funeral arrangements are not complete, but it is likely that there will be a family-only burial in Ruston, Louisiana. A memorial service in Galveston, Texas, will be scheduled when it is safe to hold one sometime in the future.

His bio: https://www.unitedmethodistbishops.org/person-detail/2463672

What You Can See

God’s up to something in the world, the lives of people you don’t know, and – even though it’s probably pretty hard to believe – your life as well. While this is something you can easily affirm, it’s only the beginning. You’ll be amazed what you can see God doing when you put on the lens of faith. You’ll be more amazed what you can see God doing when you take time to talk about what you’re seeing. And you’ll be most amazed what you can see God doing when you praise God for it.

A Sunday Prayer

Lord,

Our world has been turned upside down by the Coronavirus pandemic. Bring Your healing to those who are sick, hope to those who feel alone, and relief to those who are struggling financially. 

Our nation struggles with dismantling racism and building reconciliation. Enable us to address the deep pain and struggles of racism’s victims, uncover our own role in it, and bring about a new era of racial justice.

Our political system is becoming more polarized and broken. Help those who battle stop demonizing each other, reach out, and work together to solve the many critical issues facing us.

Our communities are filled with people who do not know Jesus’ love. Embolden us to both proclaim and show his love, help people experience his saving love, and live as faithful disciples in everything they do.

Lord, in Your mercy hear our prayers. Lord, in Your mercy let us hear Your answers. Lord, in Your mercy may Your will become just as real on earth as it already is in heaven.

We pray this in the strong name of Jesus.

Amen.

Seeing with Eyes of Faith

Too many people look at the world and see only what’s in it for them, a giant cosmic crapshoot, and how so little of it seems to make sense. Jesus’ followers look at the world and see God’s hand in all of creation, Jesus’ footprints covering the earth, and the new creation God is bringing about in which God’s will is going to be just real on earth as it is in heaven already popping up all over the place. Indeed, seeing with eyes of faith changes what you actually see, how you feel and, most importantly, how you live.