J.D. Walt to Preach All Services on Nov. 6 at St. James UMC

Little Rock, Ark. (August 22, 2022) – Reverend J.D. Walt will preach at all services at St. James United Methodist Church in Little Rock on November 6, 2022. Reverend Walt will speak on “Band Meetings — Wesleyan Community and Renewal” at the 8:30 am, 9:30 am and 11 am services at 321 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock, AR  72211.

Reverend John David (J.D.) Walt is the Founder and President (a.k.a. The Sower-in-Chief) of Seedbed, Inc. (founded 2012) whose mission is to gather, connect and resource the people of God to sow for a great awakening.  Seedbed, a non-denominational ministry, publishes a full complement of awakening and disciple-making resources, hosts the annual NewRoom Conference which has grown from an attendance of 200 to approaching 3,000 over the past eight years, and connects leaders of all sorts, lay and clergy, in the work of sowing for the awakening throughout the world. He writes every day for The Seedbed Daily Text, a devotional followed by tens of thousands of readers.  He is a licensed attorney in the state of Arkansas and an ordained elder in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

The FISER-CHRISTIE ENDOWMENT was established in 2013 in memory of Dr. Paul Martin Fiser and Rev. James and Marie Christie to support an annual lectureship at St. James United Methodist Church focused on the missions of the church.  The purpose of the Paul Martin Fiser, M.D. – Rev. James and Marie Christie Endowed Missions Lectureship Series is to educate and engage the congregation in the missions of the church. The focus of the 2022 Lectureship Weekend will be as follows:

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you.”

Matthew 28:18-20


St. James United Methodist Church’s mission is to know Jesus Christ and make him known. The senior pastor is Reverend Ben Crismon.

Bay First UMC receives grant to expand feeding ministry

Bay First UMC receives grant to expand feeding ministry

Rev. Pam Lamb-Lee

pastor at Bay United Methodist Church

Bay United Methodist Church recently received a grant from the Arkansas Hunger Alliance for $3,327.00 to go toward their “Enlarging our Territory” project.

The pastor and congregation are working very hard to enlarge their food pantry. Over the last year, the need has grown from serving 12 families to nearly 40. With these grant funds, the church will be able to purchase a commercial freezer to allow them to store meat, dairy, and frozen foods in addition to dry and canned foods. They will also be able to purchase thermal bags to deliver warm breakfasts to the elderly every month. All other funds will go toward shelves and paint to revive the older portion of the church and give it new life as it will allow those served to “shop” for their own choices rather than pre-packed assumptions. Everyone is excited and looking forward to working with the Hunger Alliance and the NEA Food Bank to bless our community.

Donuts with Grownups

The First United Methodist Church of Pocahontas sponsored Donuts with Grownups on Friday, September 9 at Pocahontas Elementary School. Six hundred pre-k through third-grade students and grandparents and grand-friends enjoyed donuts and milk.

Rev. Pat Bodenhamer challenges her church to find “pop-up outreach” opportunities throughout the community, and once again, they answered the call to share the sweet (taste) of God’s love with the community of Pocahontas.

Obituary – Blanca Mendez

Please pray for the family of Blanca Mendez, sister of Rev. Vitalino Mendez of Nueva Vida (Dardanelle UMC). Blanca passed away recently in Guatemala, where her services will be held.

Notes of condolences may be sent to:
Rev. Vitalino Mendez
14721 N St Hwy 28
Dardanelle, AR 72834-3137

Obituary – Raymond Cammack

Dr. Raymond Cammack, 79, of Magnolia, Arkansas died Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at the Claiborne Memorial Medical Center in Homer, Louisiana.

Dr. Cammack spent his life in the ministry and teaching. He received a Doctor of Education in Mathematics and was a professor of mathematics for 34 years at Southern Arkansas University. He served in the Arkansas United Methodist Church Conference, Columbia Charge for 21 years as Senior Pastor to Unity, Philadelphia, and Harmony United Methodist Churches in Columbia County, Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, James Cammack; and sister and brother-in-law, Mary Jo and Gordon Ward. Dr. Cammack is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sharon Cammack of Magnolia; daughter, Mitzi Bagwell and husband Jimmy of Coppell, Texas; grandchildren, Cameron Bagwell and wife Claudia of Rogers and Elizabeth Buchannan and husband John of Midlothian, Texas; great-grandchildren, Stetson Bagwell, Carter Weldon Buchannan, and Conway Jane Buchannan.
A private family interment will be held at a later date at the Magnolia Memorial Park Cemetery. Cremation services were provided by Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. in Magnolia, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 320 West Main, Magnolia, AR 71753 or Columbia County animal Protection Society (CCAPS), PO Box 2003, Magnolia, AR 71754.