The Gospel According to Broadway

Every story tells the story of God—even the stories told through song and dance. Some of Broadway’s greatest hits hold the deepest spiritual truths of God. From Les Mis to Kinky Boots we find stories of suffering, redemption, and joy.more...

Kids@First Summer Reading Program

We are excited to announce a summer reading program here at FUMC this summer! We are making arrangements to relocate and organize loads of children’s books downstairs into our transition nook, located just outside the movie theater, creating easy access to materials for families to borrow each week! The nook will have seasonal books, picture books, chapter books and more! As an incentive to keep our young people reading throughout the summer, small prizes will be awarded to students who meet certain reading goals. If you love reading to children or would like to help some of our youngest members learn to love reading, please volunteer to help in the reading nook! This is a great intergenerational opportunity to help inspire a child. As you know, it takes a village to raise these children; and we are counting on you to help us! More information will be sent along in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, please join me in prayer for the library volunteers and teachers that will help make our Summer Reading Program dream a reality!more...

Family Promise Furniture Needed

Family Promise of Pulaski County helps families with children who are experiencing homelessness achieve independence. The Family Promise furniture warehouse supplies are getting woefully low. Furniture and household items are needed. The top needs are beds, dining tables and dressers. If you have any items that you are wanting to remove from your home, contact Randall Eller at reller@2bclr.com to arrange for a donation. Items should NOT be brought to the Church.more...

OMP: A First Church Commitment

Ozark Mission Project has been a perennial part of First Church since we were one of the 5 founding churches back in 1986. Over the years we have sent thousands of youth and adults to camps all over Arkansas. OMP has been an important part of my life as I attended as a youth, worked on their college staff, and directed camps as an adult. It’s where I first started experiencing my call to ministry, and my wife and I first met when we were working with OMP. I know first hand the impact it has on the participants, and that’s to say nothing of how it helps the neighbors they serve. I remember building a wheel chair ramp for a man who had not been outside his house in 8 years. Talk about a transforming impact! Things like this happen through OMP hundreds of times each summer.  As we have the past two summers, we are hosting an OMP camp at our church June 24-30. And we need YOUR help! We need “shower houses” and “assistant chefs.”  There are descriptions below for what those require. You can sign up online at fumclr.org/registrations or email swilliams@fumclr.org to volunteer or to offer your shower. Because OMP has been such a major part of our ministry, First Church needs to show our commitment. And that means we need you! These are very small commitments that make a big difference. With you on your journey, Davidmore...

SERVE Opportunity: Donations for State Hospital

The Arkansas State Hospital, a 226-bed psychiatric hospital, is accepting gently used clothing for their clothing closet for ages 13 and older.  Many of the patients are admitted with little support, and the facility relies upon community donations to clothe the patients in need.  Winter clothing, including coats that can be saved for next winter, are encouraged.  Items that CANNOT be accepted include belts, scarves, undergarments, and socks.  Please be sure to check your pockets prior to donation!  Donations will be accepted through Sunday, April 29.  For details, please contact Sam House at house.samuel@gmail.com. Your donations can be dropped off downstairs in the children’s department prayer room.more...

FUMC to Sponsor Three Children for Freedom School

Due to your generous support in the communion rail offering last Sunday, FUMC will be sponsoring three children from Booker and Washington Elementary to attend the Central Arkansas Freedom School. Freedom School, a project of the Children’s Defense Fund, serves children across the nation in the summer months to curb reading loss and provide a safe environment that encourages them to believe in their own ability. Freedom School has a rich history of helping liberate people from oppression using the tool of education. Thank you for helping us provide a safe and enriching summer experience for a few students in Little Rock!more...

Repairing the Breach: A Course in Reconciliation

What is required to reconcile people or communities after conflict? What can we learn from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa? What does our faith require us to do with our enemies? If you’d like to explore any of these questions in more depth, join us for a 5 week introductory course on reconciliation from 6:30-8:00 beginning Monday, April 23 . The course will explore components of the reconciliation process, examine reconciliation as a gospel imperative, develop a spirituality of conflict for application, and practice new ways of engaging in difficult dialogue. The course is limited to 15 people for dialogue purposes. You can sign up for this course by contacting Haley at the church (hjones@fumclr.org or 501-372-2256 ex. 219) or sign up on the journey card.more...

Conversations on Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Sexuality has been a major topic of conversation in United Methodism for decades. As a global denomination we’ve tried to hold together conflicting perspectives of what some consider Biblical authority and what some consider human dignity and hospitality. We’ve come to a moment in our history where we are struggling to find a way forward together. The Council of Bishops has called a special General Conference in February 2019 to consider proposals for how and if our denomination can move ahead together. more...

Second Hand Sale - March 17th, 7 am - 3 pm

The choir has been collecting your “stuff” for weeks. Now we’re ready to sell it!more...

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...

The Gospel According to Broadway

Every story tells the story of God—even the stories told through song and dance. Some of Broadway’s greatest hits hold the deepest spiritual truths of God. From Les Mis to Kinky Boots we find stories of suffering, redemption, and joy.more...

Kids@First Summer Reading Program

We are excited to announce a summer reading program here at FUMC this summer! We are making arrangements to relocate and organize loads of children’s books downstairs into our transition nook, located just outside the movie theater, creating easy access to materials for families to borrow each week! The nook will have seasonal books, picture books, chapter books and more! As an incentive to keep our young people reading throughout the summer, small prizes will be awarded to students who meet certain reading goals. If you love reading to children or would like to help some of our youngest members learn to love reading, please volunteer to help in the reading nook! This is a great intergenerational opportunity to help inspire a child. As you know, it takes a village to raise these children; and we are counting on you to help us! More information will be sent along in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, please join me in prayer for the library volunteers and teachers that will help make our Summer Reading Program dream a reality!more...

Family Promise Furniture Needed

Family Promise of Pulaski County helps families with children who are experiencing homelessness achieve independence. The Family Promise furniture warehouse supplies are getting woefully low. Furniture and household items are needed. The top needs are beds, dining tables and dressers. If you have any items that you are wanting to remove from your home, contact Randall Eller at reller@2bclr.com to arrange for a donation. Items should NOT be brought to the Church.more...

OMP: A First Church Commitment

Ozark Mission Project has been a perennial part of First Church since we were one of the 5 founding churches back in 1986. Over the years we have sent thousands of youth and adults to camps all over Arkansas. OMP has been an important part of my life as I attended as a youth, worked on their college staff, and directed camps as an adult. It’s where I first started experiencing my call to ministry, and my wife and I first met when we were working with OMP. I know first hand the impact it has on the participants, and that’s to say nothing of how it helps the neighbors they serve. I remember building a wheel chair ramp for a man who had not been outside his house in 8 years. Talk about a transforming impact! Things like this happen through OMP hundreds of times each summer.  As we have the past two summers, we are hosting an OMP camp at our church June 24-30. And we need YOUR help! We need “shower houses” and “assistant chefs.”  There are descriptions below for what those require. You can sign up online at fumclr.org/registrations or email swilliams@fumclr.org to volunteer or to offer your shower. Because OMP has been such a major part of our ministry, First Church needs to show our commitment. And that means we need you! These are very small commitments that make a big difference. With you on your journey, Davidmore...

SERVE Opportunity: Donations for State Hospital

The Arkansas State Hospital, a 226-bed psychiatric hospital, is accepting gently used clothing for their clothing closet for ages 13 and older.  Many of the patients are admitted with little support, and the facility relies upon community donations to clothe the patients in need.  Winter clothing, including coats that can be saved for next winter, are encouraged.  Items that CANNOT be accepted include belts, scarves, undergarments, and socks.  Please be sure to check your pockets prior to donation!  Donations will be accepted through Sunday, April 29.  For details, please contact Sam House at house.samuel@gmail.com. Your donations can be dropped off downstairs in the children’s department prayer room.more...

FUMC to Sponsor Three Children for Freedom School

Due to your generous support in the communion rail offering last Sunday, FUMC will be sponsoring three children from Booker and Washington Elementary to attend the Central Arkansas Freedom School. Freedom School, a project of the Children’s Defense Fund, serves children across the nation in the summer months to curb reading loss and provide a safe environment that encourages them to believe in their own ability. Freedom School has a rich history of helping liberate people from oppression using the tool of education. Thank you for helping us provide a safe and enriching summer experience for a few students in Little Rock!more...

Repairing the Breach: A Course in Reconciliation

What is required to reconcile people or communities after conflict? What can we learn from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa? What does our faith require us to do with our enemies? If you’d like to explore any of these questions in more depth, join us for a 5 week introductory course on reconciliation from 6:30-8:00 beginning Monday, April 23 . The course will explore components of the reconciliation process, examine reconciliation as a gospel imperative, develop a spirituality of conflict for application, and practice new ways of engaging in difficult dialogue. The course is limited to 15 people for dialogue purposes. You can sign up for this course by contacting Haley at the church (hjones@fumclr.org or 501-372-2256 ex. 219) or sign up on the journey card.more...

Conversations on Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Sexuality has been a major topic of conversation in United Methodism for decades. As a global denomination we’ve tried to hold together conflicting perspectives of what some consider Biblical authority and what some consider human dignity and hospitality. We’ve come to a moment in our history where we are struggling to find a way forward together. The Council of Bishops has called a special General Conference in February 2019 to consider proposals for how and if our denomination can move ahead together. more...

Second Hand Sale - March 17th, 7 am - 3 pm

The choir has been collecting your “stuff” for weeks. Now we’re ready to sell it!more...

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...