Obituary – Mary Sue Tanner

With her loving husband of 65 years holding her hand, Mary Sue Tanner of Hot Springs Village died on April 29, 2022. Sue was born on January 20, 1934 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to the late P.A. and Lois Marie Smith. Following a childhood surrounded by friends, loving aunts and uncles, her brother and a […]

Obituary – Johnnie Merle McDowell

Johnnie Merle McDowell passed away on April 29, 2022, surrounded by her family. Born on August 5, 1933, in Yell County, Johnnie’s family moved to West Helena when she was a young girl, and she lived there until she moved to Little Rock to be closer to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Thurman Robert “Bobby” […]

Surprise, I Got You!

contributed by Rev. Nathan Kilbourne, Jacksonville First UMC One of my daughter’s favorite activities is to crawl into our bed in the morning, hide under the sheets, and surprise my wife while she is getting ready. Often, I’ll still be in bed, and she’ll say, “Daddy, hide me so I can surprise mom.” So, we […]

FUMC Sheridan Brings Last Supper to Life

contributed by Jim Lancaster, FUMC Sheridan member In a spectacular Holy Week drama, thirteen men of the First United Methodist Church in Sheridan portrayed Jesus and the twelve disciples as they appear in the 1494-98 Leonardo Da Vinci painting of the “Last Supper.” One by one, the disciples captured the tension of the moment when […]

United Methodist Men Announces New Resources and Brand

Nashville, TN – April 4th, 2022 – The General Commission on United Methodist Men (GCUMM) is introducing a “modern way” of doing men’s ministry. Greg Arnold, General Secretary & CEO, said we are approaching men’s and scouting ministry with a much larger and more modern vision. The Commission has re-imaged how men’s and scouting ministry […]

200k More Reasons Announces Local Church Grants

Mary Lewis Dassinger, Project Coordinator for 200,000 More Reasons, recently announced its local church grant recipients for the spring and summer grant cycle. “One of the best parts of my job is to join with our grant review committee to make grant awards to local church feeding and literacy ministries,” said Dassinger. “Thanks to the […]

UMCOR collaborating to relieve the suffering of Ukrainians
Nearly $1 million of essential medical supplies and equipment sent to Ukraine thanks to joint effort between UMCOR, the Arlene Campbell Humanitarian Foundation and Ohio Health

ATLANTA (April 20, 2022) – The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), a Texas-based humanitarian organization focused on Ukraine and Ohio Health, are collaborating to send 47,895 pounds of medical supplies and equipment worth $935,000.00 to three hospitals in Kyiv, Ukraine. AEC Parcel Services is handling transport of the supplies, which are being sent in […]

ARUMC Center for Communication Receives Awards and Nominations

Each year, the United Methodist Association of Communicators invites general agencies, annual conferences, and local churches to submit their very best work to be evaluated by a panel of judges. The contest recognizes excellence in print publications, digital publications, writing, internet communications, video production, audio, photography, visual design, publicity/advertising, and media presentations.  This year, the […]

Serving Soup and Connection in Grady

Grady United Methodist Church, in the Southeast district, has recently started Soup Tuesdays, a feeding ministry in which church members gather every second and last Tuesday of the month to feed the food insecure in their small community. “It is take-out only at this time, but it is a great way to help those in […]

Coffee, Connection in Columbia County

Each Wednesday morning, the clergy in the Magnolia area gather for coffee in fellowship to support one another and pray. A few months ago, part of this coffee group discussed how they would like to join together for Holy Week. Once they visited with other pastors from the area, the “Columbia County United Methodist Holy […]