Holy Week

Holy Week is only a few weeks away, and we have plans for many powerful experiences. We will begin the week on Palm Sunday, March 25, with an extended palm processional covering several blocks around the church. Then Maundy Thursday we will celebrate Holy Communion together in the Cokesbury Center at 6:30 p.m. This will be a traditional style service even though we will be in our contemporary space. Our friends from 2nd Baptist Church will worship with us that night as well. The next day we will gather in the sanctuary for our Good Friday service at noon. These services will lead us on that journey with Christ to the cross that is necessary to experience the fullness of Easter. more...

Youth Wall of Support

You may have noticed some movable walls throughout the church this past Sunday.  These walls are part of the YOUth Ministry’s Wall of Support Fundraiser.  All funds will be used to support new and emerging mission and ministry opportunities for youth, as well as to enable students to participate in ministries that they may not be able to afford otherwise.  One pilot ministry that the YOUth Council has discussed is to focus on mental health of teenagers, and how to assist friends who may need help. Also, we hope to have youth participate in connectional, United Methodist Youth events such as Refuge, Veritas, and Jr. High and Sr. High Assembly, as these are opportunities for worship, connection, relationship building, and faith development that we cannot provide on our own.more...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service - January 15

Join us on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day for a day of service at Pulaski Heights UMC working to help meet the physical and emotional needs of children and teens across Little Rock. We have partnered with local chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Incorporated, Little Rock small businesses, and other local churches to serve together in celebration of MLK’s values of justice and equality. Volunteers are needed to help pack school supply bags, non perishable food bags, monitor the children’s play area, help make no-sew blankets, and much more! Join us on your day off for a day of service from 10:00-2:00 at Pulaski Heights UMC on January 15, 2018. If you cannot join us on the day, we are gathering canned fruit to take with us for the nonperishable food bags - DROP OFF IN CHURCH OFFICE. If you would like to volunteer for a few hours or for the day, please contact Haley at the church at hjones@fumclr.org or 501-372-2256 or sign up here: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F054CACAB2BA1F49-2018more...

Dollars for Scholars Application Now Available!

Any high school seniors, current college students or graduate students who are attending or planning to attend a United Methodist college or university next year and who are active here at FUMCLR, should apply for the William H. Bowen Dollars for Scholars Fund scholarship!  This annual scholarship, worth $1,000, can be matched by the United Methodist college or university accepting the applicant, the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas and the United Methodist Higher Education Fund, for a total scholarship of $4,000 for approved applicants.  Don’t miss this opportunity to highlight your FUMCLR involvement and boost your college funding!  Find the application on the church website at fumclr.org/dollarsforscholars or contact Brandon Bates, Youth Director, at BBates@fumclr.org. Apply by January 15, 2018. more...

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...

Holy Week

Holy Week is only a few weeks away, and we have plans for many powerful experiences. We will begin the week on Palm Sunday, March 25, with an extended palm processional covering several blocks around the church. Then Maundy Thursday we will celebrate Holy Communion together in the Cokesbury Center at 6:30 p.m. This will be a traditional style service even though we will be in our contemporary space. Our friends from 2nd Baptist Church will worship with us that night as well. The next day we will gather in the sanctuary for our Good Friday service at noon. These services will lead us on that journey with Christ to the cross that is necessary to experience the fullness of Easter. more...

Youth Wall of Support

You may have noticed some movable walls throughout the church this past Sunday.  These walls are part of the YOUth Ministry’s Wall of Support Fundraiser.  All funds will be used to support new and emerging mission and ministry opportunities for youth, as well as to enable students to participate in ministries that they may not be able to afford otherwise.  One pilot ministry that the YOUth Council has discussed is to focus on mental health of teenagers, and how to assist friends who may need help. Also, we hope to have youth participate in connectional, United Methodist Youth events such as Refuge, Veritas, and Jr. High and Sr. High Assembly, as these are opportunities for worship, connection, relationship building, and faith development that we cannot provide on our own.more...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service - January 15

Join us on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day for a day of service at Pulaski Heights UMC working to help meet the physical and emotional needs of children and teens across Little Rock. We have partnered with local chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Incorporated, Little Rock small businesses, and other local churches to serve together in celebration of MLK’s values of justice and equality. Volunteers are needed to help pack school supply bags, non perishable food bags, monitor the children’s play area, help make no-sew blankets, and much more! Join us on your day off for a day of service from 10:00-2:00 at Pulaski Heights UMC on January 15, 2018. If you cannot join us on the day, we are gathering canned fruit to take with us for the nonperishable food bags - DROP OFF IN CHURCH OFFICE. If you would like to volunteer for a few hours or for the day, please contact Haley at the church at hjones@fumclr.org or 501-372-2256 or sign up here: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F054CACAB2BA1F49-2018more...

Dollars for Scholars Application Now Available!

Any high school seniors, current college students or graduate students who are attending or planning to attend a United Methodist college or university next year and who are active here at FUMCLR, should apply for the William H. Bowen Dollars for Scholars Fund scholarship!  This annual scholarship, worth $1,000, can be matched by the United Methodist college or university accepting the applicant, the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas and the United Methodist Higher Education Fund, for a total scholarship of $4,000 for approved applicants.  Don’t miss this opportunity to highlight your FUMCLR involvement and boost your college funding!  Find the application on the church website at fumclr.org/dollarsforscholars or contact Brandon Bates, Youth Director, at BBates@fumclr.org. Apply by January 15, 2018. more...

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...