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MISSION Ministries

Covenant Missionary Relationship (partnering with FUMC /UMW):

Rev. Carol  Sherer (clsherer@hotmail.com)

There are over 300 Global Ministries Missionaries serving in over 60 countries. We began in 2014 partnering with two of the missionaries: our own Rev. Stephen Copley and Theodore Warnock (UMCOR Special Projects-Africa). To participate in this program we give $1250 from our Mission & Outreach budget to Global Ministries on behalf of each missionary selected.($5 per congregant is recommended.) We offer prayers for their work and invite them to share information about their ministries with our church.

 

F.L.A.M.E. (Funding Loans as Ministry to Entrepreneurs):

Paula Johnson (ppj@swbell.net)

A micro lending program for the working poor offered through FUMC whereby a lender can make a small loan to those who lack collateral in her or his business. Microloans are small (e.g. $50) and offer low interest rates and flexible repayment schedules. FLAME works through kiva.org, a non-profit organization that facilitates small online loans between individuals and struggling small-business owners throughout the world. FLAME selects a business it wants to support and makes a loan over the Internet. Then FLAME reinvests the borrowers’ repayments into new borrowers’ businesses. Plans are to develop an opportunity for youth to be involved.

 

Missions (International):

Nechi Fullerton (nefullerton@yahoo.com)

A 12-member team (already full) will go to Cuba in 2016 in coordination with United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (VIM), a Global Ministries grassroots organization for Christians, both lay and clergy, to offer their skills and talents for service at home and around the world on short term assignments at their own expense.

 

 

FOOD COMMUNITY OUTREACH Ministries:

FANN (Friends & Neighbors Network):

Elaine Bultena (bultenae@yahoo.com)                         

FANN meets twice a month to combat food insecurity in downtown LR by providing fresh produce and nutritious foods to low income families.  At the heart of FANN is community. It is a dignified, community building program that offers a “hand-up” rather than a “hand-out.” New in the fall of 2014, this is the first program of its kind in Arkansas. The FANN team is considering offering a second FANN program in 2016.

 

Cooking Matters:

Joan Dudley (joananderik@yahoo.com)                                                    

Partnering with the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, Cooking Matters is a 6-class course designed to empower families at risk of hunger with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make healthy and affordable meals.  Classes are offered at FUMC and at the BCD Empowerment Center on 12th Street.

 

Stewpot Soup Kitchen at First Presbyterian:

 Anthony Falkowski (afalkowski@fumclr.org), FUMC staff        

Volunteers serve a nutritious lunch, as well as doing cleanup following the meal, on the 4th Tuesday of each month at First Presbyterian Church, 8th and Scott, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., to the homeless and working poor.    

 

Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church Community Breakfast: 

Georgia Bell (geobell.ar80@yahoo.com) assisted by Austin Hubbard  (ahubbard@fumclr.org) with Youth

Volunteers cook and serve a nutritious breakfast, as well as doing cleanup following the meal, on the second Sunday morning of each month at Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church, 1601 S. Louisiana., to the homeless and working poor. Volunteers are needed from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

 

Faith Promise:  SERVE Leadership Team

A second-mile Lenten offering to alleviate hunger. Since its inception in 1988, church members pledge money annually “on faith,” with members striving to meet personal pledge goals. The season of Lent is a time of reflection and sacrifice, and the Faith Promise offering gives members an opportunity to convert “giving up” to giving. The offering aids programs that serve the hungry both locally and globally. In 2015 over $22,000 was raised and distributed to FANN, Cooking Matters, Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church Community Breakfast, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and the food programs of UMCOR.

 

Pancake Breakfast:

Joe Roddy (jroddy@werarch.com)

A pancake breakfast held up to six times a year payable by donation. Besides providing a great breakfast, the profits raised are used to support a variety of Missions & Outreach programs and ministries.

 

Our House:

Kim Marsh  (marshfamily85@gmail.com)

Supper for the residents of Our House on the second Sunday of each month. Furnishing the food ingredients, cooking and serving. No cleanup. Volunteers are invited to join the residents for the meal.

 

COMMUNITY OUTREACH Ministries

Alternative Christmas Market:

Jane Harkey (jane.harkey@sbcglobal.net)

Since 1985 the Alternative Christmas Market has given the congregation an opportunity to purchase meaningful gifts, held prior to Thanksgiving each year. (2015: November 8 and 15). Fellowship Hall is filled with market stalls offering gifts from local nonprofits or gift cards to our Serve ministries and other FUMC projects.

 

Caring Christmas:

Kay Brown (hkbbrown@gmail.com) and Jessica Szenher (jszenher@swbell.net)

Christmas gifts are purchased for 150 children identified as qualifying for the program from (50 per site) FUMC’s Butler Child Development Center (CDC), Better Community Development (BCD) and St. Andrews United Methodist Church. Children are selected from families with limited resources and help them to provide Christmas for their children. The program kicks off in November at Alternative Christmas Market when FUMC members are given the opportunity to sign up to provide gifts for the children that the parent or custodian can wrap and give.

 

Community Assistance:

Anthony Falkowski (afalkowski@fumclr.org) and FUMC staff

Financial assistance is offered to those who qualify for transportation to job interviews, to new jobs or to new opportunities in other communities. Transportation assistance may also be offered to those fleeing from domestic violence situations. Participants are referred by local agencies. Currently a training manual for future lay participation is being developed.                                                                                            

 

L.I.F.T. (Laity Involved in Free Transportation):

Kim Marsh (marshfamily85@gmail.com) and  FUMC staff   

Volunteers offer one day a month to give transportation to medical appointments to those who cannot drive and have no other transportation. Age is no factor, and the only requirement is a valid driver’s license. L.I.F.T. operates Tuesday through Thursday. Strict guidelines are available to protect the program, patients and drivers, and a professional team is available from FUMC to assist with any questions or issues that may arise to determine qualified participants. Appointments are scheduled through the church office. L.I.F.T. has been in continuous operation at FUMC since 1987. 

 

Literacy-A New Step:

Pamela Owen (anewstep2013@gmail.com)

Volunteers tutor children at Franklin Elementary, in conjunction with AR Kids Read and Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) through the Little Rock School District, from 3:30 until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Training is offered through VIPS.  Last year, FUMCLR served over 200 volunteer hours at Franklin Elementary. FUMCLR has been a partner with Franklin Elementary through VIPS since 2013. "A New STEP" carries on the tutoring tradition started in the late 1980's by Betty Ann and Alan Bullard with the Student-Tutor Enrichment Program (STEP).

 

Sew and SERVE:

Nechi Fullerton (nefullerton@yahoo.com) and Barbara Wise (bgcdwise@swbell.net)

At FUMC: Sewing for UMCOR related projects and to create fellowship among FUMC members

At St. Andrews United Methodist Church: Sewing with Hispanic women at St. Andrews to improve their sewing skills for purpose of selling their products and to create fellowship among the participants.

 

 

EMERGENCY RESPONSE Ministries

Disaster Relief & Revitalization (as needed):

Joe Roddy(jroddy@werarch.com)

FUMC is a member of a 5-church Metro Disaster team.  We will pool logistical, volunteer and financial resources should a weather event occur in our area.  If we don’t actually go to a site to physically assist, we may make a financial contribution.

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE EDUCATION & AWARENESS Ministries

Forum:

Claire Martin (clairgpm@swbell.net)

A team is ready to offer a forum on community and social justice issues as requested and to support ideas for new programming.

 

Interfaith & Ecumenical:

Richard Butler (richardbutlerlr@gmail.com)

Offering information and opportunities to connect with people of different faith traditions. Although our traditions may vary, we all share the same basic values. A new project, an Interfaith and Ecumenical Library, opened to the public November 15, 2015 in the former Pastor’s Study across from our FUMC library.

FUMC Interfaith Library contact: Becky Falkowski (becky.falkowski@gmail.com)

 

Environmental Stewardship:

Rev. Steve Copley (scopley438@gmail.com)

This past year the ministry sponsored two community garden plots in MacArthur Park.