Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief

Words do not capture the heartbreak coming from Houston and southeast Texas right now. As I'm sure many of you have been, I've spent the past couple of days checking in with friends and family that live in those areas. Like many of you in these kinds of disasters, I'm frustrated that I can't do anything to help directly. However, there are some things we can do to support the relief and recovery efforts. Here are some ways you can help:more...

Fall Study Opportunities

Brown Bag Study- Thursdays at Noon, Starts Sept. 7th more...

Against the Wind - Starts September 10th

Does it ever feel like your life is dictated by whichever way the wind blows? More than just fashion trends, popular culture, and technology, do you feel like all your life choices are made by the cultural norms and patterns? We receive so many messages about how to live our lives from the world around us. But do those messages lead us to the life we want and more importantly the life God intends? more...

First Church is going Back to School

Back to school is a big time in the life of a community. It’s more than just buying school supplies and fresh haircuts for kids. It means new schedules for families, long hours for teachers and administrators, exciting new opportunities for students, and longer commutes for everyone. Back to school is an important time for all of Little Rock, even if you don’t have grade-school aged kids.more...

Back-to-School School Supplies for Teachers

As school lets out, our teachers look forward to a well deserved summer break! But as they pack up their classrooms, you can be assured they are already making a list of things they will need in August. Many of these things will fall outside their allotted budget for classroom supplies, so how will they pay for any extras? If a teacher needs a new rug, it might take time to save up. If we at FUMC can help our partner teachers with the necessities, maybe they can afford extras that make learning fun! Yellow collection school buses have been set up outside the main office and in the children's wing beginning. Give generously as teachers are the trainers for our country's future.more...

Bread Making Ministry

This spring we began making our own bread for communion.  If you enjoy making bread and would like to be among those who participate in this meaningful ministry, please let me know.  If you've always wanted to learn how to bake bread, we've got room for you too! Communion is served once a month, typically.  However, the number of times you bake will be influenced by the number of people who sign up.
Thanks! Donna dhankins@fumclr.orgmore...

Little Free Library

img_2362.jpgIt is official. We are now part of a worldwide network of stewards who recognize the value of playing an active part in the mission to inspire a love of reading, build community and spark creativity in our neighborhood. We have a Little Free Library!

Our library is located on the west side of Center Street and exists because of the youth who helped build this small brick structure and Mary Hawks, who encouraged the extension of our library into our neighborhood.

You can support this new endeavor in a couple of ways. First, by spreading the word that it is here and available for all and any to use. It currently contains both adult and children's books. The other thing you can do is bring us some books. The idea behind Little Free Libraries is that people will bring a book and take a book. Our neighbors are using it, they are taking books! I will keep a supply of books in my office for restocking our selections. Feel free to drop off books in my office or with Mary Hawks. Installing a free library beyond our walls is one more way we are striving to be good neighbors in this city where we want all to thrive.

Thanks for your support!
more...

Kathleen McMurray to Preach

Dear Friends,more...

FUMC Music Ministry Invited to Carnegie Hall

Distinguished Concerts International New York City (DCINY) announced that FUMC’s Music Ministry has been invited to participate in a performance of Mark Hayes’ Spirit Suite 1 and 2 as well as the Carnegie Hall Premiere of his newest piece, Spirit Suite 3, on the DCINY Concert Series in New York City. This performance is planned to take place on Sunday, June 17, 2018 in Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. FUMC musicians will join with other choristers to form the Distinguished Concerts Singers International, a choir of distinction. DCINY Guest Conductors, Kevin McBeth and Andy Waggoner will serve as conductors of the performance and clinicians for the residency.

Dr. Jonathan Griffith, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for DCINY states: “The Choir Program at FUMC-Little Rock received this invitation because of the quality and high level of musicianship demonstrated by the singers and the personal recommendation of Kevin McBeth, who we’ve worked with in the past at DCINY. It is quite an honor just to be invited to perform in New York. These wonderful musicians not only represent a high quality of music and education, but they also become ambassadors for the entire community. This is an event of extreme pride for everybody and deserving of the community’s recognition and support.”

Our choirs will spend 5 days and 4 nights in New York City in preparation for their concert. “The singers will spend approximately 9-10 hours in rehearsals over the 5 day residency.” says Griffith. “Not all of the time is spent in rehearsals, since there is so much history and culture to see in New York City. However, the performance is the primary purpose for their visit to the city.”  In the coming months, First Church will be asked to support this wonderful opportunity.  If you would like more information or if you are interested in joining the music ministry, contact Kyle Linson (klinson@fumclr.org).

more...

Road Map Information Series

On Pentecost Sunday, we launched our new Road Map Vision Plan which will lead us in living out God’s vision of “being good neighbors to make Little Rock a place where children THRIVE.” During that time, we were only able to share a summary of the Road Map. If you would like to hear more details, you’re invited to attend an information session. These sessions will review the Road Map with more information, such as the theology behind the vision, proposed strategies for meeting our milestones, and the organizational structure and cultural changes we will need to make to follow this map. These sessions will take place in the Chapel on Sunday, July 23rd at 10:00 and Sunday, August 6th at 10:00 am. Choose the date that works best for you and join us. Following this map into God’s bold vision for our church will take a full commitment from all of us.more...

Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief

Words do not capture the heartbreak coming from Houston and southeast Texas right now. As I'm sure many of you have been, I've spent the past couple of days checking in with friends and family that live in those areas. Like many of you in these kinds of disasters, I'm frustrated that I can't do anything to help directly. However, there are some things we can do to support the relief and recovery efforts. Here are some ways you can help:more...

Fall Study Opportunities

Brown Bag Study- Thursdays at Noon, Starts Sept. 7th more...

Against the Wind - Starts September 10th

Does it ever feel like your life is dictated by whichever way the wind blows? More than just fashion trends, popular culture, and technology, do you feel like all your life choices are made by the cultural norms and patterns? We receive so many messages about how to live our lives from the world around us. But do those messages lead us to the life we want and more importantly the life God intends? more...

First Church is going Back to School

Back to school is a big time in the life of a community. It’s more than just buying school supplies and fresh haircuts for kids. It means new schedules for families, long hours for teachers and administrators, exciting new opportunities for students, and longer commutes for everyone. Back to school is an important time for all of Little Rock, even if you don’t have grade-school aged kids.more...

Back-to-School School Supplies for Teachers

As school lets out, our teachers look forward to a well deserved summer break! But as they pack up their classrooms, you can be assured they are already making a list of things they will need in August. Many of these things will fall outside their allotted budget for classroom supplies, so how will they pay for any extras? If a teacher needs a new rug, it might take time to save up. If we at FUMC can help our partner teachers with the necessities, maybe they can afford extras that make learning fun! Yellow collection school buses have been set up outside the main office and in the children's wing beginning. Give generously as teachers are the trainers for our country's future.more...

Bread Making Ministry

This spring we began making our own bread for communion.  If you enjoy making bread and would like to be among those who participate in this meaningful ministry, please let me know.  If you've always wanted to learn how to bake bread, we've got room for you too! Communion is served once a month, typically.  However, the number of times you bake will be influenced by the number of people who sign up.
Thanks! Donna dhankins@fumclr.orgmore...

Little Free Library

img_2362.jpgIt is official. We are now part of a worldwide network of stewards who recognize the value of playing an active part in the mission to inspire a love of reading, build community and spark creativity in our neighborhood. We have a Little Free Library!

Our library is located on the west side of Center Street and exists because of the youth who helped build this small brick structure and Mary Hawks, who encouraged the extension of our library into our neighborhood.

You can support this new endeavor in a couple of ways. First, by spreading the word that it is here and available for all and any to use. It currently contains both adult and children's books. The other thing you can do is bring us some books. The idea behind Little Free Libraries is that people will bring a book and take a book. Our neighbors are using it, they are taking books! I will keep a supply of books in my office for restocking our selections. Feel free to drop off books in my office or with Mary Hawks. Installing a free library beyond our walls is one more way we are striving to be good neighbors in this city where we want all to thrive.

Thanks for your support!
more...

Kathleen McMurray to Preach

Dear Friends,more...

FUMC Music Ministry Invited to Carnegie Hall

Distinguished Concerts International New York City (DCINY) announced that FUMC’s Music Ministry has been invited to participate in a performance of Mark Hayes’ Spirit Suite 1 and 2 as well as the Carnegie Hall Premiere of his newest piece, Spirit Suite 3, on the DCINY Concert Series in New York City. This performance is planned to take place on Sunday, June 17, 2018 in Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. FUMC musicians will join with other choristers to form the Distinguished Concerts Singers International, a choir of distinction. DCINY Guest Conductors, Kevin McBeth and Andy Waggoner will serve as conductors of the performance and clinicians for the residency.

Dr. Jonathan Griffith, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for DCINY states: “The Choir Program at FUMC-Little Rock received this invitation because of the quality and high level of musicianship demonstrated by the singers and the personal recommendation of Kevin McBeth, who we’ve worked with in the past at DCINY. It is quite an honor just to be invited to perform in New York. These wonderful musicians not only represent a high quality of music and education, but they also become ambassadors for the entire community. This is an event of extreme pride for everybody and deserving of the community’s recognition and support.”

Our choirs will spend 5 days and 4 nights in New York City in preparation for their concert. “The singers will spend approximately 9-10 hours in rehearsals over the 5 day residency.” says Griffith. “Not all of the time is spent in rehearsals, since there is so much history and culture to see in New York City. However, the performance is the primary purpose for their visit to the city.”  In the coming months, First Church will be asked to support this wonderful opportunity.  If you would like more information or if you are interested in joining the music ministry, contact Kyle Linson (klinson@fumclr.org).

more...

Road Map Information Series

On Pentecost Sunday, we launched our new Road Map Vision Plan which will lead us in living out God’s vision of “being good neighbors to make Little Rock a place where children THRIVE.” During that time, we were only able to share a summary of the Road Map. If you would like to hear more details, you’re invited to attend an information session. These sessions will review the Road Map with more information, such as the theology behind the vision, proposed strategies for meeting our milestones, and the organizational structure and cultural changes we will need to make to follow this map. These sessions will take place in the Chapel on Sunday, July 23rd at 10:00 and Sunday, August 6th at 10:00 am. Choose the date that works best for you and join us. Following this map into God’s bold vision for our church will take a full commitment from all of us.more...