Support Our College Students

This time of year always brings the warm smell of pumpkin spice, the taste of good food, and for some the feeling of anxiety due to college exams. We are looking for a few adults who would like to help ease the stress for our college students by putting together care packages. This is an easy way you can help our young people, whom we may not regularly see on Sunday, know they are loved by their church family. If you are interested in serving our faith community in this way, please contact Austin Hubbard @ ahubbard@fumclr.org.more...

Summer Youth Schedule

This Summer we are going to change our schedule up and focus most of our time on Wednesdays. We will continue to meet every Sunday morning for "Sunday Morning at the Movies", however we will not meet during Sunday evenings for "Sunday Night Youth" from June 5- Aug.7.more...

Bible Boot Camp, August 21-22

Please Register by August 16th to allow time for camp preparation to be completed. This fun mini-camp will run August 21-22  from Friday 5 pm-Saturday 4 pm. Entering third and fourth graders learn to use their Bibles during an overnight camping experience at Camp Tanako in Hot Springs. Scholarships available if needed. Please contact Pam at psnider@fumclr.org. Register online at http://www.fumclr.org/registrationsmore...

Youth Urban Kingdom Experience, August 3-8

This Summer we are offering a week of uniquely interwoven service experiences. Students will discover new and interesting things about our city. Their eyes will be opened to just how much everything we do matters in the Kingdom of God. Our week will include a float trip and will wrap up with an evening at Wild River Country and a lock-in at the church. Registration forms are available in the Youth Studio. For more information contact Austin Hubbard @ ahubbard@fumclr.org more...

Confirmation Sunday - June 1st

Know your story.  Confirm your faith.   Live your commitment. For the past two years Bradshaw Held, Thomas Hopkins, Andrew King, Aiden Massenelli, William Purifoy, and Tristam Thompson have been following the Credo confirmation curriculum as they learned the story of who they are as disciples of Jesus in the United Methodist Church.  During First Tradition on June 1st, they will take the next step on their faith journey and confirm their faith.  The Sunday morning lessons, weekend service opportunities and numerous conversations over the last couple of years have prepared this group to move to the final stage, live your commitment.  Join us on June 1st as we celebrate the confirmation of these young men.more...

New Confirmation Program Going Strong

Confirmation is an important step in our journey of faith.  The First Church Confirmation program has been “revamped,” using the newest United Methodist confirmation curriculum called Credo. Credo is not just your conventional classroom experience! It brings worship, Sunday school, Bible study, service, and church ministries into confirmation. Confirmation typically starts at the beginning of students’ 7th grade year, and they are confirmed into full membership near the end of their 8th grade year.

This year’s confirmation class of 8th graders began their journey in the fall of 2012.  In addition to learning about the United Methodist Church in their Sunday School curriculum, they, along with their mentors, have participated in First Youth activities; led in worship lighting the Advent candle; and engaged in service and mission projects by volunteering with the Quapaw UMC Sunday breakfast, the LR Marathon, the Barnabas House 5K, and church life events at FUMC. As a part of learning about the church’s history and other faith traditions, they have worshipped at Temple B’Nai Israel, the Cathedral of St. Andrew (Roman Catholic church), St. Mark Baptist Church (primarily African-American), and the Society of Friends (Quaker) Meeting. They have also enjoyed social events (including a Mardi Gras party complete with a costume contest) and participated in a retreat, where they made stoles they will wear as part of their confirmation ceremony.

The 7th graders, who began confirmation in the fall of 2013, met with the 8th graders for Sunday School in the fall semester, and are now making their own visits to other places of worship.  (They visited the Cathedral of St. Andrew last Sunday.)

On June 1, Bradshaw Held, Tom Hopkins, Andrew King, Aiden Massenelli, William Purifoy, and Tristam Thompson will be confirmed in the First Tradition worship service. Please encourage them and pray for them as they continue their faith journey.
Ginny and Shawn McMurray
Confirmation Leadersmore...

Kroger Rewards Program

First Church youth are now registered and eligible to participate in the  Kroger Rewards Program. This program pays cash to the church based on total purchases using your KrogerPlus card or key-tag.  KrogerPlus cards are available, free of charge, to all customers from the service desks in any Kroger store.  To earn credit for FUMC Youth, members need to register on-line at www.Kroger.com. Have your KrogerPlus card handy, you will need that number, and follow these steps:
1.) Log-on to www.Kroger.com
2.) Create an account or sign-in
3.) Click on “My account”
4.) Under “Account Settings” select “community rewards”
5.) “Find your organization” and select your organization (NPO number 81402)
For members who do not use computers, we can sign up for you.  Participation in the Community Rewards Program does not affect your gas points.  Please let us know if you have any problems with this process, we will be glad to help work it out. Kroger gift cards are no longer part of the Kroger Rewards program. All monies received from this program will be used to support youth mission and outreach programs.  For more information, please contact Austin Hubbard (ahubbard@fumclr.org). On February 9th, the youth will be set up in the First Cup Cafe after First Tradition to help you register your Kroger Card if you need assistance.

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VOICES Performance, October 20th

VOICES will sing and play in First Tradition on October 20th!  They will be offering “Why We Sing” by Kirk Franklin.  If you like to sing and or play an instrument now is the time to join!  We meet on Sunday afternoons at 4:30pm.  Everyone is welcome!  

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Missions Class to Visit Farmer’s Market

Our Missions class will be taking a trip down the street to the Bernice Garden Farmer’s Market off Main Street this Sunday to better understand our downtown community.

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Story Tellers needed!

Jesus often taught His disciples by telling parables or stories, so our youth need to hear your funny, sad, and weird faith stories. This is part one of our new Youth Academy classes. These classes take place during the Sunday school hour. To sign up to be a story teller, contact Austin Hubbard- ahubbard@fumclr.orgmore...

Support Our College Students

This time of year always brings the warm smell of pumpkin spice, the taste of good food, and for some the feeling of anxiety due to college exams. We are looking for a few adults who would like to help ease the stress for our college students by putting together care packages. This is an easy way you can help our young people, whom we may not regularly see on Sunday, know they are loved by their church family. If you are interested in serving our faith community in this way, please contact Austin Hubbard @ ahubbard@fumclr.org.more...

Summer Youth Schedule

This Summer we are going to change our schedule up and focus most of our time on Wednesdays. We will continue to meet every Sunday morning for "Sunday Morning at the Movies", however we will not meet during Sunday evenings for "Sunday Night Youth" from June 5- Aug.7.more...

Bible Boot Camp, August 21-22

Please Register by August 16th to allow time for camp preparation to be completed. This fun mini-camp will run August 21-22  from Friday 5 pm-Saturday 4 pm. Entering third and fourth graders learn to use their Bibles during an overnight camping experience at Camp Tanako in Hot Springs. Scholarships available if needed. Please contact Pam at psnider@fumclr.org. Register online at http://www.fumclr.org/registrationsmore...

Youth Urban Kingdom Experience, August 3-8

This Summer we are offering a week of uniquely interwoven service experiences. Students will discover new and interesting things about our city. Their eyes will be opened to just how much everything we do matters in the Kingdom of God. Our week will include a float trip and will wrap up with an evening at Wild River Country and a lock-in at the church. Registration forms are available in the Youth Studio. For more information contact Austin Hubbard @ ahubbard@fumclr.org more...

Confirmation Sunday - June 1st

Know your story.  Confirm your faith.   Live your commitment. For the past two years Bradshaw Held, Thomas Hopkins, Andrew King, Aiden Massenelli, William Purifoy, and Tristam Thompson have been following the Credo confirmation curriculum as they learned the story of who they are as disciples of Jesus in the United Methodist Church.  During First Tradition on June 1st, they will take the next step on their faith journey and confirm their faith.  The Sunday morning lessons, weekend service opportunities and numerous conversations over the last couple of years have prepared this group to move to the final stage, live your commitment.  Join us on June 1st as we celebrate the confirmation of these young men.more...

New Confirmation Program Going Strong

Confirmation is an important step in our journey of faith.  The First Church Confirmation program has been “revamped,” using the newest United Methodist confirmation curriculum called Credo. Credo is not just your conventional classroom experience! It brings worship, Sunday school, Bible study, service, and church ministries into confirmation. Confirmation typically starts at the beginning of students’ 7th grade year, and they are confirmed into full membership near the end of their 8th grade year.

This year’s confirmation class of 8th graders began their journey in the fall of 2012.  In addition to learning about the United Methodist Church in their Sunday School curriculum, they, along with their mentors, have participated in First Youth activities; led in worship lighting the Advent candle; and engaged in service and mission projects by volunteering with the Quapaw UMC Sunday breakfast, the LR Marathon, the Barnabas House 5K, and church life events at FUMC. As a part of learning about the church’s history and other faith traditions, they have worshipped at Temple B’Nai Israel, the Cathedral of St. Andrew (Roman Catholic church), St. Mark Baptist Church (primarily African-American), and the Society of Friends (Quaker) Meeting. They have also enjoyed social events (including a Mardi Gras party complete with a costume contest) and participated in a retreat, where they made stoles they will wear as part of their confirmation ceremony.

The 7th graders, who began confirmation in the fall of 2013, met with the 8th graders for Sunday School in the fall semester, and are now making their own visits to other places of worship.  (They visited the Cathedral of St. Andrew last Sunday.)

On June 1, Bradshaw Held, Tom Hopkins, Andrew King, Aiden Massenelli, William Purifoy, and Tristam Thompson will be confirmed in the First Tradition worship service. Please encourage them and pray for them as they continue their faith journey.
Ginny and Shawn McMurray
Confirmation Leadersmore...

Kroger Rewards Program

First Church youth are now registered and eligible to participate in the  Kroger Rewards Program. This program pays cash to the church based on total purchases using your KrogerPlus card or key-tag.  KrogerPlus cards are available, free of charge, to all customers from the service desks in any Kroger store.  To earn credit for FUMC Youth, members need to register on-line at www.Kroger.com. Have your KrogerPlus card handy, you will need that number, and follow these steps:
1.) Log-on to www.Kroger.com
2.) Create an account or sign-in
3.) Click on “My account”
4.) Under “Account Settings” select “community rewards”
5.) “Find your organization” and select your organization (NPO number 81402)
For members who do not use computers, we can sign up for you.  Participation in the Community Rewards Program does not affect your gas points.  Please let us know if you have any problems with this process, we will be glad to help work it out. Kroger gift cards are no longer part of the Kroger Rewards program. All monies received from this program will be used to support youth mission and outreach programs.  For more information, please contact Austin Hubbard (ahubbard@fumclr.org). On February 9th, the youth will be set up in the First Cup Cafe after First Tradition to help you register your Kroger Card if you need assistance.

more...

VOICES Performance, October 20th

VOICES will sing and play in First Tradition on October 20th!  They will be offering “Why We Sing” by Kirk Franklin.  If you like to sing and or play an instrument now is the time to join!  We meet on Sunday afternoons at 4:30pm.  Everyone is welcome!  

more...

Missions Class to Visit Farmer’s Market

Our Missions class will be taking a trip down the street to the Bernice Garden Farmer’s Market off Main Street this Sunday to better understand our downtown community.

more...

Story Tellers needed!

Jesus often taught His disciples by telling parables or stories, so our youth need to hear your funny, sad, and weird faith stories. This is part one of our new Youth Academy classes. These classes take place during the Sunday school hour. To sign up to be a story teller, contact Austin Hubbard- ahubbard@fumclr.orgmore...