Header photo: Richard Drilling, St. Paul UMC, Little Rock

The Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church is proud to share inspirational stories about our connection with Christ, connection with each other as Arkansas United Methodists, and connection with our communities through mission and being the hands and feet of Jesus. If you have a story idea for the Great Reconnection, please email Day Davis at day.davis@arumc.org.

Lemonade is always a good idea

Lemonade is always a good idea

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...

OMP 101 serves the NWA Food Bank

OMP 101 serves the NWA Food Bank

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....

Hope FUMC hosts Sock Drive benefiting Veterans

Hope FUMC hosts Sock Drive benefiting Veterans

First United Methodist Church in Hope, AR held a Sock-it to Veterans Sock drive and invited the churches and community of Hope to participate. Eleven churches accepted the invitation, and 1,095 socks were collected during the month of July. These socks will be...

Elm Springs Soul Food Supported by all Generations

Elm Springs Soul Food Supported by all Generations

For some, biking down a trail or rocking in a chair can be a favorite pastime. However, for Elm Springs United Methodist Church, it was a fundraiser for their weekly food pantry perfectly named “Soul Food Ministry.” Denise Crutchfield, Elm Springs’s Children’s...

Freedom Is As Freedom Does

Freedom Is As Freedom Does

I have always loved the Fourth of July. It’s a time to be with family and friends, eat picnic food and of course engage in the art of firework pyrotechnics. The Fourth is a time to celebrate the birthday of our nation. But like celebrating the birthdays of those we...

A Reflection on Independence Day from Rev. Blake Lasater

Flags, fireworks, and our national anthem nearly all bring tears to my eyes. As a Navy veteran and a veteran of the Iraqi War, I am extraordinarily proud of my country’s ideals. My Navy experience as a Chaplain has profoundly shaped my understanding of the world as...

A Reflection on Independence Day from Rev. Dr. Candace Barron

The statistics for the number of people serving in the military are very low compared to the actual population since the end of the draft. I understand that life gets in the way and the military is not for everyone. However, we...

A Reflection on Independence Day from Rev. Andrew Kjorlaug

This is my second July 4th as an Army Chaplain and I admit that I am still getting used to the title and the role. When I arrived at the Chaplain Basic Officer Leader Course in January of 2021, I didn’t know what was in store. I knew there were statements on...

West Memphis FUMC hosts first mobile food pantry

West Memphis FUMC hosts first mobile food pantry

Recently, First United Methodist Church of West Memphis partnered with the Mid-South Food Bank for their first mobile food pantry to provide groceries to food-insecure residents. Volunteers from the church sorted, bagged, and boxed food, which was provided by the...

Watch Where You Step!

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...