Q&A with Bishop Laura Merrill

In November 2022, Bishop Laura Merrill was elected as a United Methodist Bishop and assigned to the Arkansas Annual Conference. She has recently moved to Arkansas and begun serving in her assignment, and she has plans to travel to meet as many clergy and laity as possible over the next few months.  So that you […]

Malvern First UMC served a Thanksgiving Feast

On Thanksgiving day, Malvern First United Methodist Church provided over 700 Thanksgiving meals to members of the community. Many area businesses and non-profits donated food, and church members helped to prepare desserts. About 30 volunteers split between church members and community volunteers came to prepare the food, put the meals together, and deliver to many […]

South Central Jurisdiction Announces Rev. Laura Merrill as New Arkansas Area Bishop-Elect

November 3, 2022 | HOUSTON, Texas The Rev. Laura Merrill, currently serving the Rio Texas Conference, has been assigned to the Arkansas Annual Conference as Bishop for two years, beginning January 1, 2023.  Delegates elected Laura Merrill, age 59, at the South Central Jurisdiction’s meeting at First United Methodist Church in Houston, on the first […]

Watch Where You Step!

This past week, I was able to have coffee with several clergy friends in the Northwest District. I was truly blessed by the presence of each person and was inspired by their stories of faith, hope, and mission. One of the pastors that I visited with was Rev. Sara Pair of Sequoyah UMC in Fayetteville, […]

The Vine of NWA is Doing Church Differently

“Do Church Differently” is the concept being shared by The Vine of Northwest Arkansas, led by Rev. Todd Lovell, to reach people with the gospel of Jesus Christ (read more here). Recently, this newest church plant of the ARUMC teamed up with Spreading Hope NWA to hand out free boxes of donuts to people driving […]

Online Ministry with No Bounds

The hymn “Go ye, go ye, into the world, and make disciples of all the nations” can be energetically sung when your online services are, indeed, reaching persons across the globe. Rev. Peaches Smith, pastor of Haven United Methodist Church in Hot Springs, is aware of views from different states for their online services. But […]

Arkansas Annual Conference 2022: REset, REpair, REnew

Arkansas Annual Conference 2022: REset, REpair, REnew June 2 – 4, 2022 https://arumc.org/ac2022/ written by Amy Ezell & Colleen Holt Wednesday, June 2 The 2022 Arkansas Annual Conference opened on June 2, at the Hot Springs Convention Center in Hot Springs, with meaningful worship, vibrant music and prayers. The Praise Band led by Brooke Sanchez-Hobbs […]

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 […]