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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Memorial Day Weekend

In Memory of Many, In Honor of All We thank you for your service and sacrifice. more...

Pentecost is going to be BIG!

Are you ready to get your red on? Come to the amazing worship services on Sunday, June 4th. The 11 am service will feature special music from the combined choirs, bell choir, children's choir. After the service at noon, we will all go to the Faulkner Gymnasium for a wonderful Pentecost Potluck. The church will provide the main dish, so we need you to bring the sides and desserts! If your last name starts with A-P please bring a side item. If your last name begins with Q-Z, please bring a dessert! ALL are welcome. The only requirement is that you wear some red and bring on the Holy Spirit! Click HERE to register for the potluck - we need to plan!more...

Holy Week and Easter

Holy Week is almost here, and we’re preparing for several powerful worship experiences to walk those final steps of Jesus to the cross and experience the glory of the resurrection. Highlights include a Palm Sunday procession that will begin in the parking lot across from the sanctuary. Everyone is invited to gather there and join the procession into the sanctuary (where the rest of the service will take place, a Maundy Thursday service with Holy Communion and stripping the altar, and a Good Friday Tenebrae (service of shadows) at noon, and of course, our glorious Easter celebrations.

An exciting new element to our Holy Week experience this year is how we’re reaching out as good neighbors to worship with our friends and neighbors of Second Baptist Church. Members of Second Baptist will worship with us at our Maundy Thursday service in the sanctuary at First Church. Then they’ve invited us to worship on Good Friday at the service they are holding at Lake Nixon. This is a great way to practice “neighboring” and join with other Christians in this holy time. I’m confident we will be overly hospitable to our friends from Second Baptist on Thursday, and I hope a great number of you will come out for worship at Lake Nixon on Good Friday. Finally, in order to have more seating for our guests, we invite you to our first Easter worship service in the Chapel at 8:30 am.  

Following is a complete Holy Week Schedule:  



Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday, April 9
8:30 Communion and Prayer in the Chapel
9:00 First Word in The Cokesbury Center
11:00 First Tradition in the Sanctuary (meet in the parking lot to start the Palm Procession)

Maundy Thursday, April 13
7:00 Worship with 2nd Baptist at First Church (Sanctuary)

Good Friday, April 14
12:00 Tenebrae Service at First Church (Sanctuary)
6:00 Worship with 2nd Baptist at Lake Nixon (18500 Cooper Orbit Rd.)

Saturday, April 15th
Easter Hootenanny, 10:30 (Easter Egg Hunt, Fellowship, Bounce House, Food & Music)
Terry House, 411 East 7th Street - Downtown Little Rock
In Conjunction with Canvas Community, Wesley Chapel, Quapaw Quarter UMC

Easter Sunday, April 16
8:30 First Light in the Chapel
9:00 First Word in The Cokesbury Center
11:00 First Tradition in the Sanctuarymore...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Memorial Day Weekend

In Memory of Many, In Honor of All We thank you for your service and sacrifice. more...

Pentecost is going to be BIG!

Are you ready to get your red on? Come to the amazing worship services on Sunday, June 4th. The 11 am service will feature special music from the combined choirs, bell choir, children's choir. After the service at noon, we will all go to the Faulkner Gymnasium for a wonderful Pentecost Potluck. The church will provide the main dish, so we need you to bring the sides and desserts! If your last name starts with A-P please bring a side item. If your last name begins with Q-Z, please bring a dessert! ALL are welcome. The only requirement is that you wear some red and bring on the Holy Spirit! Click HERE to register for the potluck - we need to plan!more...

Holy Week and Easter

Holy Week is almost here, and we’re preparing for several powerful worship experiences to walk those final steps of Jesus to the cross and experience the glory of the resurrection. Highlights include a Palm Sunday procession that will begin in the parking lot across from the sanctuary. Everyone is invited to gather there and join the procession into the sanctuary (where the rest of the service will take place, a Maundy Thursday service with Holy Communion and stripping the altar, and a Good Friday Tenebrae (service of shadows) at noon, and of course, our glorious Easter celebrations.

An exciting new element to our Holy Week experience this year is how we’re reaching out as good neighbors to worship with our friends and neighbors of Second Baptist Church. Members of Second Baptist will worship with us at our Maundy Thursday service in the sanctuary at First Church. Then they’ve invited us to worship on Good Friday at the service they are holding at Lake Nixon. This is a great way to practice “neighboring” and join with other Christians in this holy time. I’m confident we will be overly hospitable to our friends from Second Baptist on Thursday, and I hope a great number of you will come out for worship at Lake Nixon on Good Friday. Finally, in order to have more seating for our guests, we invite you to our first Easter worship service in the Chapel at 8:30 am.  

Following is a complete Holy Week Schedule:  



Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday, April 9
8:30 Communion and Prayer in the Chapel
9:00 First Word in The Cokesbury Center
11:00 First Tradition in the Sanctuary (meet in the parking lot to start the Palm Procession)

Maundy Thursday, April 13
7:00 Worship with 2nd Baptist at First Church (Sanctuary)

Good Friday, April 14
12:00 Tenebrae Service at First Church (Sanctuary)
6:00 Worship with 2nd Baptist at Lake Nixon (18500 Cooper Orbit Rd.)

Saturday, April 15th
Easter Hootenanny, 10:30 (Easter Egg Hunt, Fellowship, Bounce House, Food & Music)
Terry House, 411 East 7th Street - Downtown Little Rock
In Conjunction with Canvas Community, Wesley Chapel, Quapaw Quarter UMC

Easter Sunday, April 16
8:30 First Light in the Chapel
9:00 First Word in The Cokesbury Center
11:00 First Tradition in the Sanctuarymore...