United Methodist Church
Making Disciples of Jesus through Hospitality, Hope, and Healing
2415 Fair Park Blvd. Little Rock, AR 72204
Oak Forest is a place where people of all generations come together to worship Jesus, hear the Bible taught, develop spiritual friendships, and live in such a way that our community comes to know and love Jesus! We want the people of our city to know Jesus personally and for our church family to build relationships with neighbors and co-workers, demonstrating and declaring the gospel in everyday life.
• 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!
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
26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
As United Methodists, we believe that baptism unites us with Christ's church. Baptism brings new members into the fellowship of the church and marks the beginning of a process of growth toward God. It's a symbol of new life and a promise of God's saving love, and a sign of God's forgiveness for our sins. Water is the special symbol of baptism.
Baptism is an especially sacred time for both the congregation and those being baptized. Therefore, we conduct baptisms as part of our regularly scheduled worship services.
How baptism occurs in worship
When a person is baptized, the pastor will sprinkle water three times on the head of the baptized: in the name of God, of Christ Jesus, and of the Holy Spirit. The water symbolizes the grace of God being celebrated in this sacrament through Jesus, the living water (John 4:10-11).
SHARE THE MESSAGE...
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, pleasebe a blessing to others
help Oak Forest
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!
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
web site: http://www.shepherdshopelr.org
FOR OUR TINY MEMBERS...
NURSERY NOW AVAILABLE !
THANK YOU MISS TERESE!
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.
If you would like to be a part of something special and grow too...
It is simple.
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).
Sharing Faith that Makes a Difference…
Making Disciples of Christ
of Hospitality, Hope and Healing
It is simple.
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.
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.
We need your help...
The Administrative Council met and in unity voted to begin a capital campaign to fund the installation of new chair lifts on the steps leading from the sanctuary to the Fellowship hall. This will cost around $19,000. We ask you to be in prayer about this project. Please designate your donation with the words: “Accessibility Fund.”
Help in accessing Fellowship Hall
Each December the Oak Forest Choir celebrates the birth of Christ with a Christmas Cantata that features new favorites and classic carols.
Please contact Dave French, our Minister of Music at 663-9407 to find out how you can be a part of our Oak Forest Choir. Both men and women welcome, no audition is necessary...or just come Wednesday nights at 6:30!
We invite you to become a part of this congregation as together we praise God, transform lives and serve others.