Give Back During the Lenten Season in the 12th Annual Get Up & Give Collection Drive


For More Information, Contact:
Kelli Reep,
501-906-4210 or 501-766-1260 cell

LITTLE ROCK, AR (Feb. 2, 2021) – Methodist Family Health has a way for Arkansans to honor the Lenten season by contributing to our state’s children and families who are abandoned, abused, neglected and managing psychiatric, emotional, behavioral and spiritual issues.

The 12th 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. 17 through Thurs., Apr. 1 – 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.

“Many of the children in our care are abandoned, abused and neglected,” said Carolyn McCone, CFRE, executive director of the Methodist Family Health Foundation. “Others are in the foster care system or have families with few monetary resources. By providing them things like new underwear, deodorant, their own school supplies – even books and toys – our community demonstrates to them that there are people who care about them and 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 Arkansas children and families in our care. Please know we at Methodist Family Health know you are dealing with uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic. To donate virtually and maintain health and safety guidelines, you can shop online and have your donations delivered directly to us. Here’s how:

A Sunday Prayer

Dear God, 

Thank You for being the Creator of All That Has Been/Is Now/Ever Will Be. You are far more than we can ever begin to imagine, yet You love us as if we are more important than anything else. May we find our being, our identity and our purpose in Your majesty and love.  

Thank You for Your love that is as personal as we can imagine in Your Son – our Lord and Savior – Jesus Christ. May we entrust ourselves to him in all we think, feel and do, so that we follow him and embrace the life he beckons us to experience.

Thank You for Your love that comes to us through the Holy Spirit in so many ways – comforting, challenging and convicting – in just the ways You know we need it. May we constantly dwell in it every single day as we invite the Spirit to melt us, mold us, fill us and use us.

We pray this with eternal gratitude, giving You all honor, praise and glory in Jesus’ name.


Your Life’s Journey

You’re on a journey from birth to death different from that of anyone else. It will be filled with joy and grief, despair and hope, and surprises and the mundane. You will experience detours that take you places you never thought you would go. But here’s the thing you most need to know about your life’s journey. You don’t do it alone. That’s because Jesus shows up to walk with you every single step of the way. And, if you let him, he will guide you exactly where you need to go – right into the very heart of God.  

Deadline nears for communications ministry scholarship and fellowship

Deadline nears for communications ministry scholarship and fellowship

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Nashville, Tennessee – Persons interested in pursuing a career in religious communications are encouraged to explore education support offered by United Methodist Communications. Eligible parties have until March 15 to submit their applications for scholarship and fellowship consideration.

“We believe that it is vital to have professional communicators who reflect the diversity of the global United Methodist Church,” shares Gary Henderson, Chief Relationship Officer at United Methodist Communications. “Our fellowship and scholarship, named after communicators who exemplified excellence in communications ministry, provide critical training and experience for people interested in serving the church in this way.”

The agency’s annual education financial assistance options include:

The $6,000 Stoody-West Fellowship assists one United Methodist student in their post-graduate study at an accredited U.S. college or university who intends on pursuing a career in religious journalism. The purpose of the fellowship is to enhance the recipient’s professional competence through news writing for secular press, church press or church institutions in print, electronic and broadcast media formats.

The $2,500 Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Racial Ethnic Minority Students is awarded to an ethnic minority United Methodist undergraduate pursuing religion journalism or mass communications at an accredited U.S. college or university. The scholarship promotes excellence in communication ministry through electronic and print journalism.

Applicants for both opportunities will be judged on five criteria:

  • Christian commitment and involvement in the life of the United Methodist Church
  • Academic achievement as revealed by transcripts, grade point averages and the required letters of reference
  • Journalistic experience and/or evidence of journalistic talent
  • Clarity of purpose in plans and goals for the future
  • Potential professional ability as a religion journalism

Competed details and application information is available on the Communications section on

For 80 years, United Methodist Communications and its predecessors have led the church in telling inspirational stories of God’s work in the world through The United Methodist Church, reaching new people, supporting local churches in vibrant communications ministry, equipping leaders and delivering messages of hope and healing. Assisting the next generation of communicators is an important way that the agency fulfills their mission.


About United Methodist Communications

As the communications agency for The United Methodist Church, United Methodist Communications seeks to increase awareness and visibility of the denomination in communities and nations around the globe. United Methodist Communications also offers services, tools, and resources for communications ministry. Learn how to support our work at

God Is Up to Something

God is up to something in your life. Not occasionally, but every single day. This includes your best and worst days, your least and most faithful days, and your youngest and oldest days. Don’t spend a lot of time and energy debating whether it is happening. Because it is. Instead, invest your heart, mind and soul in discovering what it is God is doing in your life today – whether it’s embracing you, comforting you, prodding you, empowering you or convicting you. Not so you are a spiritual know-it-all who can brag about how special you are. But so you can get on board with God, who Is doing whatever it is God is doing for a divinely appointed reason.