UCA Wesley Foundation Welcomes Students Back to Campus

The Wesley Foundation at the University of Central Arkansas has been in a time of transition over the past school year as we moved under the ministry umbrella of First United Methodist Church in Conway. This has proven to be a huge blessing as we are able to benefit from the use of First United […]

Project Neuro provides guidance and training

First United Methodist Church of West Memphis celebrated a new ministry on Thursday, August 11, called Project Neuro. Sixty-five persons were in attendance for this program launch including school personnel, business owners, and the mayor of West Memphis. Project Neuro was named after the term “neurodiversity” which refers to variations in the human brain and […]

Creating a Culture of Testimony

contributed by Colleen Holt The people of Jacksonville First United Methodist Church are busy working on creating a culture of testimony in their church family and their local community, thanks to a grant from Testimony HQ through Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Rev. Nathan Kilbourne, senior pastor, said the purpose of the […]

33rd Annual Conference for the Black Clergywomen of the United Methodist Church

The 33rd Annual Conference for the Black Clergywomen of the United Methodist Church was held in Chicago earlier this month. Eight women represented Arkansas at the conference including Reverend Maxine Allen of St. Paul Maumelle who was elected to the position of National Historian while in attendance. Funding for their journey was provided by the […]

Gray hair is no deterrent to joyful service

contributed by Caroline Loftin St. Paul UMC in Little Rock hosted its first-ever music camp for children this summer. Camp is always a fun opportunity for summertime fellowship, but what makes this one so special is the significant generational gap between its hosts and participants: all of St. Paul’s volunteers were 70 or older, and […]

Hang-Outs are In

contributed by Caroline Loftin Pastors are typically thought of as welcoming fixtures in sanctuaries, beacons of faith offering guidance to a crowd of people. While this description is accurate, for some Arkansas pastors, it’s only half of it. “Interacting with my congregation for one hour on Sunday mornings is not enough; occasionally attending ball games […]

Taco ‘Bout a Party

contributed by Libby Doss Lloyd, APR Fellowship. Community. We seek both. When we’re fortunate to find them, we embrace them. The North Little Rock First United Methodist Church (NLRFUMC) did that when recently hosting their first-ever back-to-school event for the youth, their families, and those they had connected with through summer ministries. The “Taco ‘Bout […]

Samantha Menley named Community Coordinator for 200,000 More Reasons

Samantha Black Menley was recently named the new Community Coordinator for the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church 200,000 More Reasons initiative. She is a recent graduate of the Clinton School of Public Service, where she received her Masters in Public Service.   Samantha’s experience includes an internship with Heifer International where she helped create […]

Watching Seeds Grow

Matthew 13:32 says, “It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown, it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree so that the birds come and perch on its branches.” The First United Methodist Church of Maumelle has done just that with its Backpack Ministry – planted a […]

Obituary – Jake Mosby

Jake Mosby Jr., 92, of Hazen, Arkansas, passed away on August 21, 2022 at the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas. Jake Mosby Jr. was born on September 26, 1929 to Jake and Delphia Mosby at Hall’s Crossing (between Hazen and DeValls Bluff, Arkansas). Jake Mosby Jr. completed the 5th grade at […]