Save the Date: United Methodist Men virtual gathering with Bishop Gary Mueller

The mission of the United Methodist Men is to support spiritual growth among men, helping men to mature as disciples as they encourage spiritual formation in others. The pathway toward this mission is a lifelong commitment to spiritual growth to maturity as Christ followers. Our spiritual formation is marked by spiritual reproduction, as our faith passes on in others.

Men wanting to be a part of this mission are expected to commit to daily Bible study and prayer. There are many resources on the General Commission on United Methodist Men website (gcumm.org) to help you in this journey. The newest resource released is United Men’s Ministry (unitedmensministry.com). This is an app-based program that has several components.

The “Live Bold” app is free to download on a smartphone and it contains a daily devotion with a link to a Bible reading. It also contains a prayer wall where you can submit prayers or let others know you are praying for them. There are stories that are longer than the daily devotions but relate to Christian principles.

Registering your congregation for United Men’s Ministry will get you a kit with step-by-step instructions for implementing the Adventure Men program. This program will help you build a ministry to men through small groups. The material for the small group studies is all available on the Adventure Men app that you can download. The studies are short-term so they do not require several months to complete. After you finish one study, suggestions are made and material is available to start another study.

There are many small congregations in Arkansas that may think they are too small for something like this. If this is the case, it is okay for multiple churches to work together to form multiple small groups. Christianity is a community activity not a solo journey and we can do more for Christ by walking alongside each other than any of us can do walking alone. So, do not feel like you have to do this alone.

There will be a Zoom meeting on September 13, at 6:30 pm to ask questions about this new ministry program. Bishop Gary Mueller will join us to share more information about the new materials and resources available to use in your church.

To join this Zoom meeting use this link: https://arumc.zoom.us/j/82452098191?pwd=UTlPaUxscm04czhMcUlRM1oxeGdlZz09

Contact Clay McCastlain, Arkansas Conference UMM President, at clay.mccastlain@arumc.org with any questions you have or any help you need building your ministry to men.

Announcement of In-Person Annual Conference Session

Bishop Mueller, with concurrence of the District Superintendents and in accordance with ¶603.5 of The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church, has called a Special In-Person Session of the Arkansas Annual Conference to be held in Horner Hall at the Hot Springs Convention Center on Saturday, November 19, 2022 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.

This special session has been called to deal with the following two issues, and is limited to dealing only with these two issues:

  1. The consideration of recommendations from the Conference Board of Trustees requesting ratification of Disaffiliation Agreements with various congregations of the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church, in accordance with ¶2553 of The 2016 Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church, the Principles adopted at the 2021 Arkansas Annual Conference Session and Judicial Council Decision 1379.
  2. If allowed by the Judicial Council’s upcoming decisions concerning Docket 0522-02, the consideration of legislation to adopt a standard process governing the use of ¶2548.2 for the transfer of churches from the Arkansas Conference to one of the Pan-Methodist denominations or another Evangelical Denomination that was deferred by the 2022 Arkansas Annual Conference to the first Special or Regular Annual Conference Session.

All current clergy members of the Arkansas Annual Conference, including appointed local pastors, are authorized to participate. Lay members authorized to participate are those lay members or alternates who were last seated at the June, 2022 Annual Conference Session as provided by ¶602.5 of The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church. Any lay member unable to attend because of death, serious illness or cessation of membership who cannot be replaced by an alternate to the June, 2022 Annual Conference Session may be replaced by a lay member duly elected by the charge conference.

Lemonade is always a good idea

Lemonade is always a good idea

Caroline Loftin

contributing writer

Lemonade stands are a summertime staple for most kids. For Texarkana, AR third grader, Maxwell Bennett, the traditional operation came with a higher purpose.

On July 4th, with her parents’ permission, Maxwell set up shop in her neighborhood. Her cause? To sell refreshing pink lemonade and donate all proceeds to First United Methodist Church of Texarkana, Arkansas. Her gift was given specifically to benefit the general operating expenses of the church and its missions serving the local homeless population.

“I chose to give to my church because I love my church and they help other people,” said Maxwell of her decision.

Her neighbors waited in line together to support this enterprising young lady, exchanging $1 for the sweet treat. For an extra dollar, Maxwell served a signature drink appropriately dubbed ‘The Sparkler.’ She also sold cookies for a dollar a piece and handed out brownies that were donated to her cause for free.

“Maxwell is 8 years old and came up with this whole plan by herself,” said her mother, Morgan Bennett.

“Brent and I just helped her setting it all up! She had a few friends help her while she was selling the lemonade and then a bunch of great neighbors and friends who bought all of her treats,” Bennett continued.

FUMC in Texarkana recognized Maxwell and her family the next Sunday in church. She was proud to place the overall total of $206 in the offering plate. Brother Jaimie Alexander called her project “an amazing act of ministry.”

Obituary – Rev. Earl B. Carter

Rev. Earl B. Carter
September 16, 1926 — July 9, 2022

Rev. Earl B. Carter of North Little Rock passed away July 9, 2022. Earl was born in Altus, Arkansas on September 16, 1926. He graduated from Ozark High School, Hendrix College, and Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. He was awarded a Doctor of Divinity Degree and received a Christian Education Award from Hendrix College.

Earl served as minister in the United Methodist Church from 1945 until his retirement in 1992. He served churches in the Prairie View-Scranton Circuit, Union Point Methodist Church (Dalton, GA.), Hartman Circuit, Nettleton, Leachville, Jacksonville, and North Little Rock. He served in the Office of the Conway District Superintendent, the Program Council for the North Arkansas Conference, and as Executive Director for the South Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church with offices in Dallas, Texas.

Earl was a former member of the Board of Trustees of Hendrix College, Southern Methodist University, Lydia Patterson Institute, St. Paul School of Theology, Mt. Sequoyah Assembly, Camp Aldersgate and United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas.

He was a member and former president of the Sherwood Rotary Club and a three-time recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow.

Earl served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and saw action in the Philippines, Iwo Jima and Okinawa and was awarded three battle stars.  Six of his brothers also served in the Armed Forces during World War II and the Korean Conflict.

Earl is predeceased by his parents, Elmer Truman and Archie Beatrice Carter and by nine brothers and two sisters; Truman, Garner, Margaret, Willard, Joanna, Donald, Maurice, James, Claud, Albert, and Carroll.  He is survived by his wife, Emma and three children.  Their children are Bonnie (Lee) Hartz of North Little Rock, Stephen (Paula) of Bentonville, and Nan (Brooks) Clem of Hot Springs.  He is also survived by seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Grandchildren and Great-grandchildren include Ehren (Katie) Hartz with Wyatt, Nate and Graham; Amanda (Shepherd) Russell with Ellis and Shepherd; Chris Carter; Richard (Chika) with Keiichiro; Kyle Clem with India; Stephen Clem; Jon (Jamie) Clem with Jace and Jensen.

A memorial service for Rev. Earl Carter will be held on Saturday, August 13 at 10 a.m. at North Little Rock First United Methodist Church (6701 John F Kennedy Blvd, North Little Rock, AR 72116). Prior to the service, there will be a visitation reception in the Narthex beginning at 9 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church of North Little Rock (6701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, North Little Rock, AR, 72116) or the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas (601 Wellington Village Road, Little Rock, AR, 72211).

Arrangements by Smith North Little Rock Funeral Home, 1921 Main St, North Little Rock, AR 72114, 501-758-1170.

OMP 101 serves the NWA Food Bank

OMP 101 serves the NWA Food Bank

Day Davis

Content Engagement Specialist

Last week, Karen Anderson, Project Manager for Ozark Mission Project, delivered over 1,000 gleaning bags that were made by the NWA OMP 101 community builders.

“Gleaning bags are used to give fresh vegetables to our neighbors who visit the food bank,” Karen shared. “God gave directives to the people of Israel on what their heart should be regarding the poor and how they could express this heart in tangible ways. One mechanism to helping the poor was called gleaning.”

The gleaning bags will be used in the warehouse where volunteers will sort bulk sweet potatoes and apples. They will be distributed this week at the mobile pantries and through other pantry partner agencies.

“It takes many partnerships and many volunteers to nourish our community in Northwest Arkansas. We are grateful for the gleaning bags provided by the campers at OMP 101,” said Rev. Lindsey Russell, who serves as the pastor of worship and engagement at Elm Springs UMC and as the mobile services coordinator at The NWA Food Bank.