Houston Disaster Relief Trip: Dec. 4-8, 2017

First UMC is coordinating a disaster relief trip to Houston on December 4-December 8. With the well wishes of the Texas Conference, we will work with the nonprofit organization All Hands and stay at Parkway United Methodist. Through this program, we will initially focus on debris removal, mucking and gutting. All skill sets are welcome on this trip. If you feel called to serve our neighbors affected by the recent natural disasters and would like to join the team, please contact Haley (hjones@fumclr.org or 501-372-2256).more...

Young Adult Advent Study Group

Are you interested in simplicity, slow living, or responsible spending? Join us for an Advent small group on the book Dethroning Mammon: Making Money Serve Grace to explore how the Advent and Christmas season can be more about the abundance that God provides over the expectations of mammon (false influence of wealth). We will learn, engage, and discern ways that our aspirations for living intentionally meet our values. The small group will run for 4-5 weeks beginning on Wednesday, November 29. For more information or to sign up, please contact Haley at the church (hjones@fumclr.org or 501-372-2256).more...

Adult Literacy Program in 2018

“The most important indicator of a child’s success in school is the literacy level of his mother or father”, according to the national adult literacy organization ProLiteracy. FUMC plans to expand it successful tutoring program at Booker Elementary by helping the parents of those students and other adults in our neighborhood improve their literacy skills. This adult tutoring and family literacy program would run parallel to our vision to help children in Little Rock THRIVE. more...

How Deep? How Long? How Wide?

I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.  Ephesians 3: 18-21more...

Christmas CareFair - November 5th & 12th

You want to honor your friends and family at Christmas. You can do that while you support the causes they care about at the Christmas Care Fair 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 5 and 12 in Fellowship Hall.more...

#LoveYourNeighborLR

In the wake of tragedies, we believe that prayer and action must go together. Prayers are a must: prayers for victims, prayers for their families, prayers for the medical professionals caring for the injured, prayers for our nation, and certainly prayers that tragedies like what happened in Las Vegas will never happen again.more...

Harvest Festival - October 29th

It’s that time of year again!  First Church will be heading west to Rush and Linda Harding’s farm located at 24311 Kanis Road in West Little Rock for our Harvest Festival.  This event is always a lot of fun!  Food will be served, so we need your RSVP.  Please go online and register at www.fumclr.org/registrations or fill out the Journey Card on your announcement sheet or bulletin this Sunday. In the event of inclement weather, an email will be sent to all those that registered online, and announcements will be made Sunday morning and on Facebook.  We look forward to a wonderful afternoon of food, fellowship & fun!more...

Neighborhood Gatherings

A few weeks ago you should have received a letter in the mail inviting you to a Neighborhood Gathering. These meetings in various homes are a time to share how God is bringing our vision to life at FUMC and ways you can further empower that work. We are trying to get as many people to these gatherings as possible, so make a reservation by contacting Christi Harper in the church office at 501-372-2256 or charper@fumclr.org. Also, if you are unable to attend the Gathering (in your neighborhood) listed in your letter, or if for some reason you did not receive a letter in the mail, please call the church, and we'll find one you can attend. You may click on each gathering to register online.more...

Pray for Las Vegas

When we have no words or clarity of thought, the scriptures may be our voice...
“So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture: They kill us in cold blood because they hate you. We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one. None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.”
Romans 8:31-39 MSG
more...

Sowell Lecture Series - October 22, 23

Our church has an exciting opportunity coming October 22nd and 23rd as we host the inaugural Sam and Martha Sowell Lecture Series for Church Leadership. Our faithful member, Martha Sowell, is passionate about the church thriving in the future and has established this lecture series to empower and equip leaders of the church.  I am excited about this first offering for this lecture series and I hope you will take part.more...

Houston Disaster Relief Trip: Dec. 4-8, 2017

First UMC is coordinating a disaster relief trip to Houston on December 4-December 8. With the well wishes of the Texas Conference, we will work with the nonprofit organization All Hands and stay at Parkway United Methodist. Through this program, we will initially focus on debris removal, mucking and gutting. All skill sets are welcome on this trip. If you feel called to serve our neighbors affected by the recent natural disasters and would like to join the team, please contact Haley (hjones@fumclr.org or 501-372-2256).more...

Young Adult Advent Study Group

Are you interested in simplicity, slow living, or responsible spending? Join us for an Advent small group on the book Dethroning Mammon: Making Money Serve Grace to explore how the Advent and Christmas season can be more about the abundance that God provides over the expectations of mammon (false influence of wealth). We will learn, engage, and discern ways that our aspirations for living intentionally meet our values. The small group will run for 4-5 weeks beginning on Wednesday, November 29. For more information or to sign up, please contact Haley at the church (hjones@fumclr.org or 501-372-2256).more...

Adult Literacy Program in 2018

“The most important indicator of a child’s success in school is the literacy level of his mother or father”, according to the national adult literacy organization ProLiteracy. FUMC plans to expand it successful tutoring program at Booker Elementary by helping the parents of those students and other adults in our neighborhood improve their literacy skills. This adult tutoring and family literacy program would run parallel to our vision to help children in Little Rock THRIVE. more...

How Deep? How Long? How Wide?

I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.  Ephesians 3: 18-21more...

Christmas CareFair - November 5th & 12th

You want to honor your friends and family at Christmas. You can do that while you support the causes they care about at the Christmas Care Fair 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 5 and 12 in Fellowship Hall.more...

#LoveYourNeighborLR

In the wake of tragedies, we believe that prayer and action must go together. Prayers are a must: prayers for victims, prayers for their families, prayers for the medical professionals caring for the injured, prayers for our nation, and certainly prayers that tragedies like what happened in Las Vegas will never happen again.more...

Harvest Festival - October 29th

It’s that time of year again!  First Church will be heading west to Rush and Linda Harding’s farm located at 24311 Kanis Road in West Little Rock for our Harvest Festival.  This event is always a lot of fun!  Food will be served, so we need your RSVP.  Please go online and register at www.fumclr.org/registrations or fill out the Journey Card on your announcement sheet or bulletin this Sunday. In the event of inclement weather, an email will be sent to all those that registered online, and announcements will be made Sunday morning and on Facebook.  We look forward to a wonderful afternoon of food, fellowship & fun!more...

Neighborhood Gatherings

A few weeks ago you should have received a letter in the mail inviting you to a Neighborhood Gathering. These meetings in various homes are a time to share how God is bringing our vision to life at FUMC and ways you can further empower that work. We are trying to get as many people to these gatherings as possible, so make a reservation by contacting Christi Harper in the church office at 501-372-2256 or charper@fumclr.org. Also, if you are unable to attend the Gathering (in your neighborhood) listed in your letter, or if for some reason you did not receive a letter in the mail, please call the church, and we'll find one you can attend. You may click on each gathering to register online.more...

Pray for Las Vegas

When we have no words or clarity of thought, the scriptures may be our voice...
“So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture: They kill us in cold blood because they hate you. We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one. None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.”
Romans 8:31-39 MSG
more...

Sowell Lecture Series - October 22, 23

Our church has an exciting opportunity coming October 22nd and 23rd as we host the inaugural Sam and Martha Sowell Lecture Series for Church Leadership. Our faithful member, Martha Sowell, is passionate about the church thriving in the future and has established this lecture series to empower and equip leaders of the church.  I am excited about this first offering for this lecture series and I hope you will take part.more...