5 Week Grief Series - Starts June 15th

Life After Loss is a 5 week series that deals with the realities of grief following death.  The grief of losing a loved one touches numerous areas of our lives, physically, emotionally and spiritually. There are common experiences that most grieving people share, yet grief is a very personal experience.  

In the midst of a grief experience are a couple of important questions - “How?” - How can I move gracefully through the ache of loss?  How do I cope when life presses painfully against my happiness? “Who?” - Who will be with me in this process? - because I know that I cannot go through this alone.  
 
In response to these questions, First Church is offering a five-week Grief Support Group Series beginning June 15 - July 13.  The group will meet on Thursday evenings from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the church.  During this series, we will explore life after loss focusing on the realities of grief following the death of a loved one.   Group participants will share together the pain of loss as well as gain strength from the loving support of others who are grieving.
 
The group will meet Thursday evenings from 6 - 8 pm beginning June 15.  Contact Rev. Mary Jane Cole (mjcole@arumc.org or 501-960-7731) to register or for more information.more...

UMW General Meeting & Lunch - March 19

12:15 pm in the Fellowship Hall Speaker: Georgia Mjartan,  Executive Director of “Our House” more...

Raising of America

Join us for conversations around the documentary series The Raising of America.  This six week series is in keeping with our THRIVE initiative as it explores how a strong start for all our kids can lead to a healthier, more prosperous and more equitable America.  Sunday mornings, starting on January 15th, Darlene Kurtz will facilitate discussions surrounding early childhood and the future of our nation.  It is an excellent documentary series and topic that has implications for us all.  We’d love to add your voice to the conversation as we meet in room 205.  Hope to see you there.more...

Financial Peace University

Find peace in your life by taking control of your finances. Learn the basics of budgeting. Get out of debt. Plan for your future. Do it all as a matter of your faith in God. Financial Peace University is a 9 week class for anyone wanting better control of their financial and spiritual life no matter how much money or debt you have. Starting February 7th, from 6:30 to 8:00, these classes will be every Tuesday evening through April 4th. Class materials cost $100 per family. The first 12 registrations will receive 10% off course materials. In order to receive materials before the class starts, registration will close Sunday, January 29th. Childcare is available on request. To sign up or for more information contact Christi Harper (charper@fumclr.org) or register online at  fumclr.org/registrations.more...

Sacred Conversations- January 18

Our open lunch discussions, Sacred Conversations, is returning for 6 weeks during the “Things we tell ourselves” series. Each week we’ll have a discussion around the sermon topic from the Sunday before. If Sunday raises more questions for you or leaves you wanting to talk it through with others, join us each Wednesday at 12:00 in the Cokesbury Center. Bring a brown bag lunch and invite your friends and co-workers.more...

Listening to our Neighbors

Monday, October 10th at 6:30 pm more...

Taking Care: Supporting Parents and Grandparents

This parent support and spiritual care group will begin in October and be led by UMC Deacon, Rev. Michelle Whitfield, LCSW. The group will serve the parents and grandparents of children who have developmental challenges and special needs. We will focus on the emotional and spiritual care of parents and grandparents. Our journey will include addressing those difficult spiritual questions we ask ourselves when caring for children with intense needs. The group will also seek to improve guidance techniques, reduce parenting stress, and affirm our families’ participation in a faith community. Details: October 2nd-October 23rd, Sundays 9:45-10:45 am, First United Methodist Church in Little Rock. Confidentiality of group content will be maintained. Coffee and light refreshment will be served. Child care is provided. Contact: Michelle at 501-539-8136 or michelle.whitfield@arumc.org. more...

United Methodist Women's Sunday - September 18th

Lunch and Program at 12:15 pm in the Fellowship Hall  more...

Sacred Conversations - Aug. 17th- Sept. 21

In a dualistic world that sees things as either sacred or secular, physical or spiritual, we need more spaces where we find the sacred in the mundane or the spiritual meeting the physical. Sacred Conversations is an opportunity for people to gather in the midst of their everyday lives and engage in conversations to see the sacred all around them.  Each Wednesday at 12:10, these discussions, led by David Freeman in the Cokesbury Center, will explore questions such as "How do I find more purpose and meaning in my life?" "How do I think theologically about current events in our world?" and "What is the connection between my work and my faith?" There will be no homework or preparation required. Just bring a brown bag lunch and join us Wednesday for 6 weeks beginning August 17th (through September 21). We will be finished by 1:00 each time. Invite your co-workers and friends.more...

Music’s Positive Contribution to Race Relations

Third Agers and friends will have a real treat at noon Wednesday, May 18th when attorney Dent Gitchel provides a program about the origins of Rock ‘n Roll music in African American culture. Dent wrote a paper on this topic while teaching at the University of Memphis Law School, according to his friend Jim Newell who will introduce him. Jim is a member with Dent of the “Outback Band,” an informal group which gathers almost weekly to enjoy good music and fun times together. Members of the Bowen- Cabe class heard this program recently and suggested that more of our church members would enjoy it as well. Come about 11:45 am and pick up a sandwich lunch and beverage for a $10.00 contribution.  Remember, you do not have to be a member or to be of a certain age to come for our programs. Questions? Contact Jim Newell at jnewell@windstream.net or Pat Lile at plile@sbcglobal.net. For reservations, email Kat Marsh at  kmarsh@fumclr.org.

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5 Week Grief Series - Starts June 15th

Life After Loss is a 5 week series that deals with the realities of grief following death.  The grief of losing a loved one touches numerous areas of our lives, physically, emotionally and spiritually. There are common experiences that most grieving people share, yet grief is a very personal experience.  

In the midst of a grief experience are a couple of important questions - “How?” - How can I move gracefully through the ache of loss?  How do I cope when life presses painfully against my happiness? “Who?” - Who will be with me in this process? - because I know that I cannot go through this alone.  
 
In response to these questions, First Church is offering a five-week Grief Support Group Series beginning June 15 - July 13.  The group will meet on Thursday evenings from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the church.  During this series, we will explore life after loss focusing on the realities of grief following the death of a loved one.   Group participants will share together the pain of loss as well as gain strength from the loving support of others who are grieving.
 
The group will meet Thursday evenings from 6 - 8 pm beginning June 15.  Contact Rev. Mary Jane Cole (mjcole@arumc.org or 501-960-7731) to register or for more information.more...

UMW General Meeting & Lunch - March 19

12:15 pm in the Fellowship Hall Speaker: Georgia Mjartan,  Executive Director of “Our House” more...

Raising of America

Join us for conversations around the documentary series The Raising of America.  This six week series is in keeping with our THRIVE initiative as it explores how a strong start for all our kids can lead to a healthier, more prosperous and more equitable America.  Sunday mornings, starting on January 15th, Darlene Kurtz will facilitate discussions surrounding early childhood and the future of our nation.  It is an excellent documentary series and topic that has implications for us all.  We’d love to add your voice to the conversation as we meet in room 205.  Hope to see you there.more...

Financial Peace University

Find peace in your life by taking control of your finances. Learn the basics of budgeting. Get out of debt. Plan for your future. Do it all as a matter of your faith in God. Financial Peace University is a 9 week class for anyone wanting better control of their financial and spiritual life no matter how much money or debt you have. Starting February 7th, from 6:30 to 8:00, these classes will be every Tuesday evening through April 4th. Class materials cost $100 per family. The first 12 registrations will receive 10% off course materials. In order to receive materials before the class starts, registration will close Sunday, January 29th. Childcare is available on request. To sign up or for more information contact Christi Harper (charper@fumclr.org) or register online at  fumclr.org/registrations.more...

Sacred Conversations- January 18

Our open lunch discussions, Sacred Conversations, is returning for 6 weeks during the “Things we tell ourselves” series. Each week we’ll have a discussion around the sermon topic from the Sunday before. If Sunday raises more questions for you or leaves you wanting to talk it through with others, join us each Wednesday at 12:00 in the Cokesbury Center. Bring a brown bag lunch and invite your friends and co-workers.more...

Listening to our Neighbors

Monday, October 10th at 6:30 pm more...

Taking Care: Supporting Parents and Grandparents

This parent support and spiritual care group will begin in October and be led by UMC Deacon, Rev. Michelle Whitfield, LCSW. The group will serve the parents and grandparents of children who have developmental challenges and special needs. We will focus on the emotional and spiritual care of parents and grandparents. Our journey will include addressing those difficult spiritual questions we ask ourselves when caring for children with intense needs. The group will also seek to improve guidance techniques, reduce parenting stress, and affirm our families’ participation in a faith community. Details: October 2nd-October 23rd, Sundays 9:45-10:45 am, First United Methodist Church in Little Rock. Confidentiality of group content will be maintained. Coffee and light refreshment will be served. Child care is provided. Contact: Michelle at 501-539-8136 or michelle.whitfield@arumc.org. more...

United Methodist Women's Sunday - September 18th

Lunch and Program at 12:15 pm in the Fellowship Hall  more...

Sacred Conversations - Aug. 17th- Sept. 21

In a dualistic world that sees things as either sacred or secular, physical or spiritual, we need more spaces where we find the sacred in the mundane or the spiritual meeting the physical. Sacred Conversations is an opportunity for people to gather in the midst of their everyday lives and engage in conversations to see the sacred all around them.  Each Wednesday at 12:10, these discussions, led by David Freeman in the Cokesbury Center, will explore questions such as "How do I find more purpose and meaning in my life?" "How do I think theologically about current events in our world?" and "What is the connection between my work and my faith?" There will be no homework or preparation required. Just bring a brown bag lunch and join us Wednesday for 6 weeks beginning August 17th (through September 21). We will be finished by 1:00 each time. Invite your co-workers and friends.more...

Music’s Positive Contribution to Race Relations

Third Agers and friends will have a real treat at noon Wednesday, May 18th when attorney Dent Gitchel provides a program about the origins of Rock ‘n Roll music in African American culture. Dent wrote a paper on this topic while teaching at the University of Memphis Law School, according to his friend Jim Newell who will introduce him. Jim is a member with Dent of the “Outback Band,” an informal group which gathers almost weekly to enjoy good music and fun times together. Members of the Bowen- Cabe class heard this program recently and suggested that more of our church members would enjoy it as well. Come about 11:45 am and pick up a sandwich lunch and beverage for a $10.00 contribution.  Remember, you do not have to be a member or to be of a certain age to come for our programs. Questions? Contact Jim Newell at jnewell@windstream.net or Pat Lile at plile@sbcglobal.net. For reservations, email Kat Marsh at  kmarsh@fumclr.org.

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