FUMC Springdale Renovates 80-Year-Old Chapel for Modern Use

In November, First United Methodist Church Springdale celebrated the opening of their newly renovated chapel. The project, according to Senior Pastor Andrew Thompson, began in the fall of 2017 with a fundraising campaign, and all of the money needed to fund the project was raised by the congregation. The original chapel was built in 1936 […]

New Executive Director for Hot Springs Nonprofit is Servant-Minded

contributed by Sam Pierce Originally Published in the Tri-Lakes Edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Kim Carter was happy where she was and was not looking for a new job. “It was kind of serendipitous how I found this position,” she said. “I’ve been part of a camping retreat ministry in the United Methodist Church all […]

Methodist Thrift Shop Raises More Than $1 Million in 10 Years

For more than 70 years, the Clinton United Methodist Church’s Thrift Shop has been serving the mountain community of Clinton, Arkansas with low-cost goods and generous grants that are given back to their neighbors in need. The thrift shop, which was started and is currently maintained by the church’s United Methodist Women chapter, has served […]

Zimbabwe Theology Student Visits Little Rock

contributed by Franklin C. Walker, Member at Wesley Chapel UMC, Little Rock Portia Kuzanga — a Zimbabwe Theology student studying at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina — was in Little Rock visiting friends that help support her stay in America. In Zimbabwe, Portia served as a pastor in the Zimbabwe Annual Conference and has […]

Seniors Day Out Gets Older Citizens Up and About

contributed by Sam Pierce The older we get, the more we convert back to our younger selves. At least, that’s the thought behind the Seniors Day Out program at Trinity United Methodist Church in Little Rock. “It is the little things that make them happy,” said volunteer Jenny Sweatland. “They really enjoy Christmas and Santa […]

Saline County Cares Hosts Resource Fair at Benton First UMC

On Nov. 12, Benton First UMC, in partnership with Saline County Cares, hosted a Community Resource Fair at the church. The fair featured more than 25 vendors, including nonprofits, businesses and government agencies. The goal of the fair is to provide resources for the low-income population in Saline County. These resources include free flu shots, […]

Order to the Disorder

contributed by Rev. Dr. Michelle J. Morris, CouRSe Coordinator Hope. Peace. Joy. Love. After some significant debate, that is what we settled on, this group of pastors who was trying to remember the order of the words associated with each of the weeks of Advent. Just for good measure, I checked the source of all […]

Advent Is Where We Live

contributed by Rev. William O. “Bud” Reeves, Senior Pastor, First UMC Fort Smith We live in a world of uncertainty. We never know what the next day—or even the next hour—will bring. Not a week goes by that I don’t have to deal with someone whose world, in a moment, has radically and forever changed. […]