Kathleen McMurray to Preach

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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).

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Road Map Information Series

On Pentecost Sunday, we launched our new Road Map Vision Plan which will lead us in living out God’s vision of “being good neighbors to make Little Rock a place where children THRIVE.” During that time, we were only able to share a summary of the Road Map. If you would like to hear more details, you’re invited to attend an information session. These sessions will review the Road Map with more information, such as the theology behind the vision, proposed strategies for meeting our milestones, and the organizational structure and cultural changes we will need to make to follow this map. These sessions will take place in the Chapel on Sunday, July 23rd at 10:00 and Sunday, August 6th at 10:00 am. Choose the date that works best for you and join us. Following this map into God’s bold vision for our church will take a full commitment from all of us.more...

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...

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...

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...

Road Map Information Series

On Pentecost Sunday, we launched our new Road Map Vision Plan which will lead us in living out God’s vision of “being good neighbors to make Little Rock a place where children THRIVE.” During that time, we were only able to share a summary of the Road Map. If you would like to hear more details, you’re invited to attend an information session. These sessions will review the Road Map with more information, such as the theology behind the vision, proposed strategies for meeting our milestones, and the organizational structure and cultural changes we will need to make to follow this map. These sessions will take place in the Chapel on Sunday, July 23rd at 10:00 and Sunday, August 6th at 10:00 am. Choose the date that works best for you and join us. Following this map into God’s bold vision for our church will take a full commitment from all of us.more...

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...

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...