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...

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...

FUMC is a Supporting Congregation for Lucie's Place

Lucie’s Place provides homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young adults in Central Arkansas with safe living environments, job training and counseling services in order to ensure lifelong stability and success, and works to promote equality and acceptance for LGBT young adults.

The First Church Board of Stewards recently voted to accept the Serve the World Committee’s recommendation that First Church become a Supporting Congregation for Lucie’s Place. That means we are one of 12 local congregations providing $600 for one month’s rent on the organization’s downtown office where non-residential services are provided.

Only 5-10% of the general population identify as LGBT, however 20-40% of the homeless population share this identity. Once homeless, these young adults cannot receive services at many local shelters due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Lucie’s Place provides services to help these young adults thrive, seek employment and become valued members of the community.

Currently Lucie’s Place manages one long-term transitional shelter in a residential neighborhood specifically for LGBT young adults 18-25 along with a downtown office providing job training and counseling services. The organization plans to open a second long-term transitional shelter in Little Rock within the next year.more...

Celebration for 30 Years of LIFT - April 30

On Sunday, April 30, First Church will celebrate the LIFT ministry, which served its final clients last fall after thirty years of ministry! After recognition during morning services, supporters and volunteers will be honored at a luncheon in Fellowship Hall.

In 1987, the leadership of First Church engaged in a discussion of how our unique downtown congregation could better meet community needs. A common thread emerged: there was no reliable way for needy people to reach medical facilities to take advantage of health and social services.

On August 4, 1987, LIFT (Laity Involved in Free Transportation) served its first clients. The church leadership had gathered a pool of 70 volunteers, who served in pairs. During its first fifteen months, LIFT carried more than 1,000 passengers to nine destinations. In 1989, a second car was put into service and a third weekday added to the schedule.

LIFT garnered much recognition for the church, including a feature presentation at a conference on infant mortality, a feature in the Arkansas Gazette, and recognition by Guideposts magazine as “Church of the Month” for its “particularly innovative and helpful community outreach program.”
In the intervening thirty years, other services emerged to meet the needs of our clients. Proving how visionary this program has been, by last fall First Church had successfully fulfilled a community need and moved on to embrace other opportunities through our THRIVE vision.

The celebration committee is working diligently to reconstruct a list of all volunteers and supporters over the life of the ministry. We do not want to overlook anyone. If you have ridden, driven, or supported the program monetarily or with in-kind gifts, please contact Anthony Falkowski at 372-2256 or afalkowski@fumclr.org. (For a history of LIFT’s early years, see A Church Afire: First United Methodist Church in Ministry 1980-2000 by Nancy Britton.)

more...

Faith Promise 2017

Consider Your Family’s Lenten Season Offering for Hunger Relief more...

UMW Lunch & Program - February 19th at Noon

Our speaker will be Kirby Fullerton,  Nechi Fullerton’s daughter.  She graduated from Central High School in 2014 and is now attending college at the University of Edinburgh, UK.  She is a third year student majoring in Social Anthropology and Social Development.  She will graduate in 2018 with a Master of Arts Honors Social Anthropology and Sustainability.

Kirby is currently a University of Edinburgh anthropology exchange student to Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.In 2015 she was a United Kingdom Youth Delegate to the United Nations Climate Summit in Paris.  She was also an intergenerational representative on the Human Rights panel and press conference at the COP21 (climate change summit) in Paris. At the United Nations Climate Summit in Paris, representatives of 195 nations reached a landmark accord that will, for the first time, commit nearly every country to lowering planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions to help stave off the most drastic effects of climate change.

Everyone is invited to attend to hear more about the Climate Summit in Paris as well as about living in South Korea.  Call the church office at 372-2256 to make a reservation for lunch.more...

Give. Empower. Transform.

Dear First Church,more...

Cuba Mission Opportunity

A Cuba Bible School team is now forming for the first week of July, 2017. In addition to morning Bible School, the team will witness the Cuban Methodist revival worshipping with the 2,000-member Catedral de Holguin, visiting missions, house churches, small groups and sightseeing. There will be a session for the mothers as well as 150+ children. Those not interested in volunteering at Bible school can be valuable team members as well. Contact Nechi Fullerton for more information or an application for this adventure. Nefullerton@yahoo.commore...

Brief Blessings and Toasty Toes

Each year at Christmas, FUMC is generous to those around us!  Again this year we have chosen to focus on the basic necessities, through Brief Blessings and Toasty Toes!  For four Sundays starting November 27th, we will be collecting NEW briefs and socks for Men, Women and children in need. Following you will find a schedule: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...

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...

FUMC is a Supporting Congregation for Lucie's Place

Lucie’s Place provides homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young adults in Central Arkansas with safe living environments, job training and counseling services in order to ensure lifelong stability and success, and works to promote equality and acceptance for LGBT young adults.

The First Church Board of Stewards recently voted to accept the Serve the World Committee’s recommendation that First Church become a Supporting Congregation for Lucie’s Place. That means we are one of 12 local congregations providing $600 for one month’s rent on the organization’s downtown office where non-residential services are provided.

Only 5-10% of the general population identify as LGBT, however 20-40% of the homeless population share this identity. Once homeless, these young adults cannot receive services at many local shelters due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Lucie’s Place provides services to help these young adults thrive, seek employment and become valued members of the community.

Currently Lucie’s Place manages one long-term transitional shelter in a residential neighborhood specifically for LGBT young adults 18-25 along with a downtown office providing job training and counseling services. The organization plans to open a second long-term transitional shelter in Little Rock within the next year.more...

Celebration for 30 Years of LIFT - April 30

On Sunday, April 30, First Church will celebrate the LIFT ministry, which served its final clients last fall after thirty years of ministry! After recognition during morning services, supporters and volunteers will be honored at a luncheon in Fellowship Hall.

In 1987, the leadership of First Church engaged in a discussion of how our unique downtown congregation could better meet community needs. A common thread emerged: there was no reliable way for needy people to reach medical facilities to take advantage of health and social services.

On August 4, 1987, LIFT (Laity Involved in Free Transportation) served its first clients. The church leadership had gathered a pool of 70 volunteers, who served in pairs. During its first fifteen months, LIFT carried more than 1,000 passengers to nine destinations. In 1989, a second car was put into service and a third weekday added to the schedule.

LIFT garnered much recognition for the church, including a feature presentation at a conference on infant mortality, a feature in the Arkansas Gazette, and recognition by Guideposts magazine as “Church of the Month” for its “particularly innovative and helpful community outreach program.”
In the intervening thirty years, other services emerged to meet the needs of our clients. Proving how visionary this program has been, by last fall First Church had successfully fulfilled a community need and moved on to embrace other opportunities through our THRIVE vision.

The celebration committee is working diligently to reconstruct a list of all volunteers and supporters over the life of the ministry. We do not want to overlook anyone. If you have ridden, driven, or supported the program monetarily or with in-kind gifts, please contact Anthony Falkowski at 372-2256 or afalkowski@fumclr.org. (For a history of LIFT’s early years, see A Church Afire: First United Methodist Church in Ministry 1980-2000 by Nancy Britton.)

more...

Faith Promise 2017

Consider Your Family’s Lenten Season Offering for Hunger Relief more...

UMW Lunch & Program - February 19th at Noon

Our speaker will be Kirby Fullerton,  Nechi Fullerton’s daughter.  She graduated from Central High School in 2014 and is now attending college at the University of Edinburgh, UK.  She is a third year student majoring in Social Anthropology and Social Development.  She will graduate in 2018 with a Master of Arts Honors Social Anthropology and Sustainability.

Kirby is currently a University of Edinburgh anthropology exchange student to Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.In 2015 she was a United Kingdom Youth Delegate to the United Nations Climate Summit in Paris.  She was also an intergenerational representative on the Human Rights panel and press conference at the COP21 (climate change summit) in Paris. At the United Nations Climate Summit in Paris, representatives of 195 nations reached a landmark accord that will, for the first time, commit nearly every country to lowering planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions to help stave off the most drastic effects of climate change.

Everyone is invited to attend to hear more about the Climate Summit in Paris as well as about living in South Korea.  Call the church office at 372-2256 to make a reservation for lunch.more...

Give. Empower. Transform.

Dear First Church,more...

Cuba Mission Opportunity

A Cuba Bible School team is now forming for the first week of July, 2017. In addition to morning Bible School, the team will witness the Cuban Methodist revival worshipping with the 2,000-member Catedral de Holguin, visiting missions, house churches, small groups and sightseeing. There will be a session for the mothers as well as 150+ children. Those not interested in volunteering at Bible school can be valuable team members as well. Contact Nechi Fullerton for more information or an application for this adventure. Nefullerton@yahoo.commore...

Brief Blessings and Toasty Toes

Each year at Christmas, FUMC is generous to those around us!  Again this year we have chosen to focus on the basic necessities, through Brief Blessings and Toasty Toes!  For four Sundays starting November 27th, we will be collecting NEW briefs and socks for Men, Women and children in need. Following you will find a schedule:more...