Oak Forest
 United Methodist Church
"The Little Stone Church with the Big Heart"

2415 Fair Park Blvd. Little Rock, AR 72204
 Phone:  501-663-9407                  Email:  oakforestumc@gmail.com
Rev. Mike Blanchard, minister

                                                                                                          established 1943

OPEN MINDS, OPEN HEARTS, OPEN DOORS

10:50 am   Sanctuary Worship Service




•  Be sure and see "Our Gatherings" page for a church calendar of events!



Thank you for being our guest and for your interest in our church family.We invite you to join a congregation that is taught by pastor, Mike Blanchard. He tells the Oak Forest story and you will find out where we've been, where we are going and why we do the things we do at Oak Forest. You will walk away with a message of hope and encouragement for the week ahead.  At the conclusion of the every service, you get the opportunity to join the church. Call us at 663-9407 to find out more, for our doors are always open. 


It is our hope that this online introduction will motivate you to actually visit us in person and worship with us sometime.
If you do not have a church home, we hope that you will consider becoming a regular part of our family here at Oak Forest.  There is a place for you here!

" Help us turn our Mission into Members,
and our Members into Mission ! "

watch this video....

YouTube Video


"Help us turn our Mission into Members, and our Members into Mission !"


Listen....are you being called to serve?

a note from our pastor...
Hope that you and your family join us for worship this coming new year. Invite your neighbors and friends who do not have a church home to join us. We are so grateful for the love and support our members and friends have offered during this year.
Oak Forest is truly a special place. With God's help, we offer much love to a hurting world.
Consider joining us in celebrating a simple New Year with God, family and friends.

Come, join us, we have a place for you!
Mike Blanchard, Pastor 


Since 1943 Oak Forest has been offering Christ and serving our neighbors. We still believe the words inscribed on the cornerstone of our building : Oak Forest is dedicated "to the service of men (and women) and the glory of God."

Scripture of the Week
 


  “It is through Him that we have received grace (God’s unmerited favor) and [our] apostleship to promote obedience to the faith and make disciples for His name’s sake among all the nations.” (Romans 1:5 AMP)

Do you want to see more of God’s favor in your life? Receive His grace. Grace is God’s favor, but it’s also His supernatural empowerment. When you have God’s grace and favor, it enables you to accomplish more and be more effective both in your own life and in building the kingdom of God.

This verse says that God’s grace enables us to promote obedience to the faith and make disciples among all nations. Maybe you can’t go to all nations today, but you can make a difference in the lives of the people around you. You can “promote faith” by being an example to others. God wants to empower you with His grace so that you can show love and encourage the people in your life — your coworkers, your family, your friends.

Receive His grace today by simply opening your heart and thanking Him for it. Thank Him for His grace that empowers you. Thank Him for a gift of faith in your life. Let Him empower you to walk forward in the favor and blessing He has prepared! 



Father, thank You for Your promise of grace in my life. Thank You for unmerited favor. I receive Your grace and power right now and invite Your love to flow through me today in Jesus’ name. Amen.




  Real love means we feed, tend, feed, and follow.  Join us in our missions....

Listen....are you being called to serve?



 Pray that God will give you an opportunity to share the gospel today through your tithes, your gifts, and your presence.




A Methodist Tradition 

During this Advent season
may these Chrismons remind you
of God's greatest gift to us all,
Jesus Christ!!

Chrismon Tree during Advent and Christmas time  

 
The Women’s Society of Christian Service (the
predecessor organization of United Methodist Women),
  led the women in making Chrismons. Symbols were cut from Styrofoam and the women of the church
decorated them with pins, sequins and beads.
The members of Oak Forest United Methodist
Women made new Chrismons. Using felt for the
symbols, they are decorated with gold and white
sequins and beads. Many women contributed to the
work of this special project.


"CHRISMON" is a combination of parts of two words: CHRist and MONogram.
A Chrismon is just that--a monogram of Christ. It may be a monogram, a symbol, a type, or a combination of such figures.  All of our Chrismons are made of white and gold.
White, the liturgical color of Christmas, refers to our Lord's purity and perfection;
Gold refers to His majesty and glory.
Each pearl is a symbol of our Lord's words.
The small white lights on the tree
point to Christ as "The Light of the World".


The Advent Wreath






 

The People of

Oak Forest United Methodist Church

Help people in their community

Accept you for who you are

Offer a place to belong

Care for and support each other

Show respect for other religions

Support people facing difficulty

Welcome diverse opinions and beliefs

Guide others to find deeper meaning.



 

Worship through Giving

God has blessed us this year, please
help Oak Forest

be a blessing to others
by your financial support!







The  size of our church is no barrier to  our ministry. You can see what all can be accomplished with just a small group of people and watch it grow by word-of-mouth. Your won’t be able to keep it a secret for long! 

You are going to see lives changed in dramatic ways. You are going to see hopeless marriages restored and people set free from all kinds of sinful habits, hang-ups, and hurts as they allow Jesus to be Lord in every area of their lives. To God be the glory! We’ll be praying for you.


 A counseling and social work center is now open at
Oak Forest United Methodist.
 
" Barnabas House"  
click on the blue link above to learn exciting
Oak Forest news!


Shepherd’s Hope
Shepherd’s Hope Neighborhood Health Center
 2404 S. Tyler Little Rock, AR 72204


JOIN US IN OUR MINISTRY OF HOPE, HEALING AND LOVE
Since July 2006, Shepherd’s Hope has been offering Christ in the form of medical and spiritual care for the working uninsured. In 2010, our dental clinic came online and then our vision clinic opened in 2011. Some of our patients have been with us since we first opened our doors while new patients arrive each Thursday evening.


Shepherd's Hope Newsletter 
click here  
email:     info@shepherdshopelr.org
web site:   http://www.shepherdshopelr.org



FOR OUR TINY MEMBERS...

NURSERY NOW AVAILABLE !

THANK YOU MISS TERESE!

CHURCH NURSERY NEEDS YOU!…Safe Sanctuary guidelines are to have two workers in the nursery at all times.  We need volunteers to take turns helping with these wonderful children during worship each Sunday. 


Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”  Matthew 19:14

If you would like to be a part of something special and grow too...

Join Oak Forest  UMC

It is simple.
Find out HOW.
663-9407 

Our doors and hearts are open.

Helen Lemmel wrote the words and music of Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus in 1922. The inspiration for Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, which Helen entitled The Heavenly Vision, came from the writings of author and artist Lilias Trotter (1853-1928).

Lilias Trotter was a brilliant artist whose talent opened the doors to wealth and influence. Her other love was missions. After struggling in prayer for two years, Trotter came to the conclusion that she must lay down her love of art in order to fix her eyes solely on Jesus, and on His calling to the mission field. She subsequently served for more than 38 years as a missionary to Muslims of Algeria. She also authored several books.


Sharing Faith that Makes a Difference…

 Making Disciples of Christ

through Ministries

 of Hospitality, Hope and Healing


DECEMBER Events

Up Coming Events AT A GLANCE...


WORSHIP
Every Sunday Morning: 10:50 a.m


Sunday School Classes 9:30a.m.
 

SANCTUARY CHOIR REHEARSAL -.Every Wednesday: 6:30p.m.


PRAYER GROUP
Every Monday  10:00 a.m.

FOOD PANTRY

New Schedule for the Matthew 25 Food Pantry

The Food Pantry is now open on the first and third Fridays of every month from 2 p.m to 4 p.m.


SHEPHERD’S HOPE MEDICAL & DENTAL CLINIC .
Tuesday & Thursday Evenings:
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

BART’S PLACE EYE CLINIC
by appointment

BARNABAS HOUSE
 Thursdays 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday Evenings 5:30–8:00 p.m.


ALSO...
   

Monday 10:00am – Prayer team meets


Tuesday 5:30-8:30pm – Vision clinic & Dental clinic

Wednesday 6:30 – Choir practice


Thursday 5-8pm Medical Clinic

Friday 2-4pm – Food Pantry and toy give-away. If you haven’t brought your toys, please drop them off at the church office next week.

Saturday December 6 (9am- noon)Hanging of the greens. Please come and help decorate our beautiful church for Advent and Christmas.

Sunday December 21 (after Worship) – PPR Meeting.

 

Wednesday December 24 (6pm) – Christmas Eve candlelight and Holy Communion service.

 

December 28 (5pm-?) – Youth Progressive Dinner.

 

January 4 (after worship) – Baby Shower for Mason and Nichole Ellis in Fellowship Hall. They are registered at Target and Babies-R-Us.

 
 
 

Wednesday December 24 (6pm) – Christmas Eve candlelight and Holy Communion service.




Join Oak Forest  UMC

It is simple.
Find out HOW.
663-9407

Membership at Oak Forest UMC is something that is sacred and serious, because membership in the church is an expression of discipleship to Jesus. Jesus’ call to his first followers, “Follow me,”has been carried throughout the world and down the ages by the Spirit of Christ, and is now offered to you. Our doors and hearts are open. We have a place for you.


Amazing Grace


Did You Know.....
Composed in the 1779, this hymn is probably the most popular hymn in the English language.  John Newton was a slave trader before coming to Christ.  We are all sinners who have a choice to be saved by God’s GRACE, as Mr. Newton writes about below.
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.

’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed!

Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.



John Newton, the composer of this hymn said:
Though I am not what I ought to be,
 nor what I wish to be, nor yet what I hope to be,
 I can truly say I am not what I once was . . . .
By the grace of God I am what I am.