Three Words Morphing

Three words quickly surfaced to describe my feelings during the craziness of the past couple of years. If we were playing Wordle, the new word game app that is so popular I would swear it is being played by every pastor in the United Methodist Church in Arkansas, I simply would set up the puzzle […]

Obituary – Lisabeth Ann Hoffman

Lisabeth Ann Hoffman, who resided in Charleston, Arkansas, passed away Wednesday, January 26, 2022, in Fort Smith. She was born July 14, 1955, in Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania, to the late Elmer Walter Huggler and Gladys (Goss) Huggler. She was 66 years old. Lisabeth was an APRN with a specialty in psychology and of the Lutheran […]

Steel-Hendrix Awards to Honor Four at March 14 Event

CONWAY, Ark. (January 25, 2022) – The 37th annual Steel-Hendrix Awards will honor four extraordinary church and community leaders on Monday, March 14: the Rev. Dr. Ulysses C. Washington, Mary Lewis Dassinger, Dr. Sara Tariq, and Lorrie McClure. Details of the celebration will be announced in February. Information about each Steel-Hendrix Award recipient follows: The […]

Wespath to offer “First Aid for Mental Health” sessions

The signs of someone struggling with mental health are often subtle, leaving many conditions undetected and therefore undiagnosed and untreated. It’s important to not only recognize these signs in ourselves but in our family, friends and colleagues so that we can give them the support they need when they need it. Recognizing this gap in […]

Obituary – Bill Shirron

Bill A. Shirron, 85 of Benton, died on January 21, 2022 in Benton, Arkansas. He was born in Sparkman, Arkansas on October 30, 1936 to Guy and Lula B. Shirron. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathy Shirron. He is survived by his children: Jim (Lori) Shirron of Prescott, Arkansas, John (Paula) Shirron […]

Obituary – Mellody Jane Owen Justice

Mellody Jane Owen Justice left our earthly world on January 19, 2022 to run into the loving arms of her Jesus. She was born on January 18, 1949 in Overton, Texas to the late Andrew and Nannie Lee Waller Owen. She was the youngest of 6 children – her brothers and sisters who all preceded […]

Obituary – Tara Denise Brewer

On Wednesday, January 19, 2022, the Lord called to rest Tara Denise Brewer. She was born October 29, 1978 to Rev. Denise Bray and Oscar Cole, Jr., in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Tara accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior at St. James Missionary Baptist Church at an early age. She served as a junior usher and […]

Soul Shop To Host Two Sessions In February

It’s estimated that one out of every two people in a given congregation has personally been affected by suicide. Soul Shop trains faith community leaders to offer support, hope and connection to those in their congregations. Co-sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Soul Shop equips participants with the resources and guidance they need […]

Obituary – Ruth Elizabeth “Liz” Workman

Ruth Elizabeth (“Liz”) Teague Workman died on January 1, 2022. She was 93 years old and had been a resident of Conway since 1985. Mrs. Workman was best known for her long and engaged involvement in the United Methodist Church’s social and human rights work. She was particularly active in advocating civil rights, women’s equality, […]

Beyond 2022 Cancelled

Due to the spike in COVID-19 transmission, the ARUMC Children’s Council voted to cancel the Beyond Conference on January 21 and 22, 2022. Registration refunds will be issued soon to all those who signed up for the in-person conference. Each district Children’s Ministry Representative will be planning a mini-Beyond specific to each district with a […]