ARUMC Young Adult Book Beginning Sunday, September 11

The Council on Young Adult Ministries in the Arkansas UMC will begin hosting a monthly zoom book club on Sunday, September 11 from 8-9 pm on Zoom. We’ll be reading the book The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cone over three months. Each month when we meet, we’ll discuss a section of the book together. If you’d like more information or to sign-up, you can click here. Questions? Contact Pastor Lauren DeLano at lauren.delano@arumc.org.

Friends of Korea Day Planned

Rev. Dr. Naomi Rogers (center) taught Pastor Troy Conrad and his wife Shelli how to make Korean style egg rolls during their planning session for Arkansas Korean Day. The event will be held Saturday, August 13 at MacArthur Park in Little Rock. The eggroll recipe has been passed down through Naomi’s family for generations.

There will be a Celebration of Arkansas Korean Day with Friends of Korea on Saturday, August 13, 2022, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at MacArthur Park in Little Rock. This special event will include a ceremony in honor of Arkansas Korean Day, followed by opportunities to experience Korean culture through food, music, dance, fashion, and taekwondo.

August 15th marks the newly established Arkansas Korean Day, which coincides with the Korean National Independence Day. The Korean National Independence Day is a significant day in the country’s history, marking its liberation from Japanese colonization and the start of the building of a successful nation with some of the world’s leading industrial corporations. It is recognized that this aspect of the celebration is thanks in part to the bravery and sacrifice of the Korean War Veterans, some of whom were from Arkansas. Therefore, it is through this event that we would like to honor Arkansas Korean War Veterans for their contributions.

With the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been increasing amounts of racial discrimination against Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. In the greater Little Rock area, Asians are a part of the community and play active roles in business, medicine, education, and so much more.

This event is an opportunity not only to remind people of the historical significance of Arkansas’ relationship with Korea but to reveal the shared values that both groups embody and break down any barriers of prejudices.

The Rev. Dr. Naomi Rogers is the chairperson of the event. Dr. Rogers is an Arkansas United Methodist Clergy person.  For more information, please contact her at naomi.rogers@arumc.org.

Let’s Talk About ARORA’s Registration Kiosks!

We’re entering the dog days of summer! The stifling heat, humidity, and long days are enough to demand most of us stay indoors or find some breezy shade. Luckily, our ARORA registration kiosks are all located on the INSIDE of buildings across Arkansas, keeping you cool while you register to save lives.

Chances are, there’s an ARORA kiosk near you. Here’s how you can register as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. First, find a registration kiosk in your area at https://www.arora.org/kiosks/. 
  2. Next, follow the instructions on the kiosk tablet including scanning the barcode on the back of your driver’s license.
  3. Finally, either confirm your previous registration as a donor or fill out the form to register as an organ and tissue donor.

ARORA has registration kiosks from Pine Bluff to Springdale! As a Workplace Partner, you have a unique opportunity to educate and inform your community and staff about the importance of organ donation. If there’s not a kiosk in your area yet, check back later, as we will continue to add more locations statewide. If you’re interested in having a registration kiosk installed at your business or public building, please contact kiosk@arora.org.

Church and Society Announces 2022 Grant Funding Cycle
Grants support local UMC churches, annual conferences, caucuses and community partners to further ministries of justice and peace

The timeframe to submit grant applications to The General Board of Church and Society is August 1, 2022 to September 16, 2022 via our new online application system opening on our website (Grants page) August 1, 2022.

Funding is provided through three grant programs

  1. Ethnic Local Church Grants focus on the self-identified needs of ethnic local churches and persons as they address one or more chronic social issues or concerns.
  2. Human Relations Day Grants support advocacy and community engagement aimed at uplifting the right of all God’s children to realize their potential in right relationship with one another.
  3. Peace with Justice Grants support programs and projects that witness to God’s demands for a faithful, just, disarmed, and secure world.

What to Expect When Applying for a Grant

Applicants are asked to provide (1) a program/project summary, (2) budget and supporting documentation including no fewer than two references and (3) a letter from the Resident Bishop. Complete criteria and required documentation are provided on the application.

Grants awards range from $2000 – $5000. None of money can be used to fund individual scholarships, salaries, purchase of equipment, purely administrative costs, or direct delivery of services.

Funding decisions for all qualified applications will be made at the GBCS Board of Directors Meeting in October, 2022 and announced shortly thereafter.

Please note that applicants must use our new online application system opening August 1, 2022. If you have previously submitted an application, please re-apply using the revised form. Only complete applications with all required documentation will be considered.

Questions? Contact us by email: grants@umcjustice.org

Davidson Methodist Campground to hold annual encampment

Davidson Methodist Campground will hold its 138th annual revival encampment from July 22 through July 31, 2022.

Dr. Kyle Peters will hold the services on July 22 through 27. On Thursday, July 28, services will be held by Rev. Charlie Williams. On Friday, July 29, services will be held by Rev. Zeke Allen. Services on Saturday, July 30, will be held by Rev. Michael Procter.

Services will be held daily at 11:00 A.M. and 7:45 P.M. Sunday School services will be each Sunday at 9:00 A.M. The dress is casual. An Opening Prayer Service will be on Thursday, July 21, 2022, at 7:45 P.M by Rev. Darrell Bridges. The Memorial and closing services will be held on Sunday, July 31, 2022, at 11:00 A.M. by Rev. Travis Langley.

Each night singing groups and special music will be performing starting at 6:45 P.M. Crafts for Children will be Monday through Friday at 3:00 P.M.

For RV space or cabins, please contact blake@davidsoncampground.com or call 870-345-9711.

The campground is located 12 miles west of Arkadelphia off of Highway 26 West.