Hot Springs First UMC Blessed the “Loveys”

Last Sunday, First United Methodist Church in Hot Springs hosted a special celebration of God’s love for all by inviting children of ANY age (adults, too!) to bring their “lovey” (stuffed animal or special blanket) to worship for a special blessing. Michelle Wilkins, children’s minister, shared, “Children learn through play, so this is a unique […]

Cabot United Methodist Church receives gift for debt and pastoral expenses

January 9, 2023: (Little Rock, AR) After the November 2022 Special Called Session of the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church did not ratify the request to disaffiliate from Cabot United Methodist Church, and after the senior pastor and a part of their membership chose to withdraw from the United Methodist Church to begin a […]

Bishop Appoints Interim Co-Superintendents to the Northeast District

Bishop Gary Mueller has announced the appointment of Rev. Phil Hathcock and Rev. Rodney Steele to serve as interim Superintendents and Mission Strategists for the Northeast District, effective January 1, 2023, and continuing through June 30, the end of this appointment year. This appointment has been made in consultation with Bishop Laura Merrill, incoming Arkansas […]

Blue Christmas Services Provide Hope & Healing

The holidays aren’t always a happy time for people. Many experience deep sorrow and discomfort during the season that is most often associated with joy. Which is why many churches have chosen to offer a Blue Christmas Service (also known as a Longest Night Service or A Service of Hope & Remembrance) in addition to […]

Pocahantas First UMC: Dismantling the sin of racism

As a kickoff to a longer discussion about how to dismantle the sin of racism, Pocahontas First United Methodist Church members and youth joined Pastor Pat Bodenhamer to see the movie Till, on November 6. Till is a profoundly emotional and cinematic film about the true story of Mamie Till Mobley’s relentless pursuit of justice […]

Arkansas Conference United Women in Faith Announce New Leadership Team for 2023

On Saturday, November 5, 2022, The Arkansas Annual Conference Women in Faith gathered for the Annual Meeting and training at First United Methodist Church in Conway.  The new leadership team was approved and the 2023 Arkansas United Women in Faith President is Maybelline Strong.  “I am honored to become the 2023 Arkansas Conference President of […]

Late Bishops and Spouses honored at South Central Jurisdictional Conference

Last evening, the South Central Jurisdiction joined together for an evening of worship to honor those Bishops and Episcopal Spouses who have entered the church triumphant. Arkansas Bishop Gary Mueller, retired Arkansas Bishop Janice Huie, and retired Arkansas Bishop Charles Crutchfield were part of the service that honored those who have died since the last […]

Faith UMC Exceeds Collectober Goal

For 45 years, United Methodist Churches in Arkansas have participated in Ingathering, a 200,000 More Reasons state-wide service event to replenish disaster relief supplies and feed the hungry. This year’s Ingathering included a month-long collection event, entitled Collectober, during which churches and districts were given a challenge to “one-up” themselves by collecting more disaster kits and food than […]

Obituary – Rebecca Boggan

For the Rev. Rebecca Walker Boggan, Christian theology came with a melody and sometimes you could even dance to it. The United Methodist deacon, who helped shape music ministry across the Arkansas Conference, died Oct. 18, 2022, in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was 67 and for the past two years had suffered from cerebral amyloid […]

Small Church Serves in a Big Way

Fighting food insecurity is a year-round effort embraced by many United Methodist churches. The Arkansas conference’s month-long collection endeavor, affectionately dubbed ‘Collectober,’ encourages churches to gather food and disaster kits to supply those in need and concludes with the Ingathering event in November. To nurture this month’s ministry, we recognize previous seasons of giving led […]