OPEN MINDS, OPEN HEARTS, OPEN DOORS



Oak Forest
 United Methodist Church

Making Disciples of Jesus through Hospitality, Hope, and Healing



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

                                                                                                          established 1943

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.
We gather for weekend services to worship together. We connect with one another throughout the week. And we serve our city and the world around us.

We invite you to join us every week as we learn about God and discover his great story. Let's Go To Church...Together.

OPEN MINDS, OPEN HEARTS, OPEN DOORS

9:30 Sunday School
10:50 am   Sanctuary Worship Service

You're welcome here.  Take a look around... open doors... peak into corners, you'll find much here to deepen your passion and appreciation for Jesus, the Son of God and Savior of man.


If you are interested in joining the Oak Forest United Methodist Church, please contact Pastor Mike....663-9407  

You are invited....Join us! 


Whether online or in person, the doors of our Community-- like the Arms of God's Grace-- are wide open to all.  We want the men and women who believe they're too bad or too broken to belong anywhere else ...the least, the last, and the lowest.  We believe in the phenomenal power of Jesus' saving and sacrificial love to heal the broken heart and restore the wounded soul.



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....



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"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 



Scripture of the Week

 


Matthew 14:13-21New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns.14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.









 

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.






FOR OUR TINY MEMBERS...

NURSERY NOW AVAILABLE !

 

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



 

Oak Forest United Methodist

2415 Fair Park Boulevard 
Bro. Mike Blanchard     

Cell:   479.858.2847                

              Office:  501.663.9407                               

  e-mail: oakforestumc@gmail.com

                    Webpage: oakforestumc.com                                

Sunday School @ 9:30  Worship @10:50

Join Oak Forest  UMC

It is simple.
Find out HOW.
663-9407 

If you are interested in joining the Oak Forest United Methodist Church, please contact Pastor Mike

Our doors and hearts are open. 


From Our Bishop - Gary Mueller
Offer God Your Heart and Hands

You may not think it’s even remotely possible. And, sadly, you can point to many things that call it into question. But it’s still true. God’s at work right now transforming the world through ordinary people just like you. People who have questions about God. People who sometimes struggle to get through life. And people who are far from perfect. But, in spite of all of this, ordinary people just like you have made a choice to invite God to use their hearts and hands to make God’s Will just as real on earth as it already is in heaven. And what’s the result of ordinary people making this extraordinary decision? They’re doing remarkable things. Just like God wants you to be doing remarkable things. So offer God your heart and your hands. Do it right now. And, then, be amazed by what God does through you.


Our Choir

Ready to make a joyful noise unto the Lord? No matter what your skill level, we hope you’ll join us in singing a variety of contemporary and traditional music each week during service. We also have opportunities for soloists, groups, and instrumentalists. Whatever your musical gift may be, we hope you’ll share it with Oak Forest!

Each December the Oak Forest Choir celebrates the birth of Christ with a Christmas Cantata that features new favorites and classic carols.

Please contact our church 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!

Our doors are open...You are invited...not only at Christmas, but EVERY SUNDAY !

We invite you to become a part of this congregation as together we praise God, transform lives and serve others.  


Worship through Music

Oak Forrest is a diverse, loving, and historic congregation located on Fair Park BLVD. We have a two manual Rodgers organ with a small choir. 

For more information about compensation and all other inquiries, please contact

 Rev. Michael Blanchard 

at michael.blanchard@arumc.org 

or (501) 663-9407. 

 


Sharing Faith that Makes a Difference…

 Making Disciples of Christ

through Ministries

 of Hospitality, Hope and Healing  

Events

WORSHIP Every Sunday Morning: 10:50 a.m

Sunday School Classes 9:30a.m


Church Directory pictures in June – Please sign up to have your individual and/or family pictures made during the month of June. We hope to publish the directory by the end of the summer. Mark Scott is coordinating this effort.


Pictures for our Church Directory –You may either call Mark or add you name to the sign-up sheet. Mark’s phone number 

(501) 840-0197. 


Food Pantry

 Commodity Donations in September: Please help our Food Pantry this month by donating breakfast cereal. Any Sunday in September, you can drop your packages in the basket at the front of the church. Thanks so much for your help. 


 September 10 9:30am - Chris Conatser will be leading a Sunday School small group 6 week bible study class. The text will be from “A Disciple’s Path” by James A. Harnish. Let us know if you are interested.


 September 24 after worship – Church-wide meeting, and potluck. Plan to attend; we’ll share stories and vote about our needed roof repair.  


 September 29 & October 27

6-8:30pm – Game night. Bring your favorite games and finger foods to share. 

October 1 – PPR meeting 

October 7     1-2pm – Blessing of the Animals service.

 October 29 – Oak Forest UMC Charge Conference 

November 18 – Ingathering at Arkansas Food Bank. There will be two “shifts” this year. Please let me know which one you would like: 8:30am-9:45am or 10:15am-12pm with worship @10am. 




SHEPHERD’S HOPE MEDICAL & DENTAL CLINIC.
Tuesday & Thursday Evenings:
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.



BART’S PLACE EYE CLINIC

Monday 12-2pm – Vision Clinic







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.

 








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."

"Our doors and hearts
are open."
 


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


Great things grow from a tiny acorn !






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

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










What’s the bedrock of life for Christians? Is it Bible reading? Church participation? Prayer? Is it a belief that Jesus is God’s Son?

The foundation of Christian living is faith in Christ. Faith is the central loyalty that gives purpose and direction to our lives. Christian faith is grounding our lives in the living God as revealed especially in Jesus the Christ.

This faith does not happen overnight. It’s a journey. From birth to death we’re growing in faith. There are ups and downs — and sometimes long flat stretches where we seem to be stalled in our journey. But little by little, most of us deepen our relationship with God.

In part, this growth in faith is a gift. Through our participation in the community of faith, through our openness to God’s love, we receive this marvelous treasure. But faith is also a choice we make, an often difficult decision to put God and God’s reign first in our lives, no matter what the cost.

Shepherd’sHope 
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 



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!




DID YOU KNOW ? 

Methodists

Methodism came into what is now Arkansas at least two decades before statehood, just as it had been brought to North America at least two decades before the American Revolution. Led by John Wesley, an Anglican priest; his brother Charles; and a few others, Methodism had begun as a movement within the Church of England in the 1720s. Wesley never considered himself anything but an Anglican priest, but after the Americans had won their independence, his followers here demanded a new and separate church.

Structure of the Church
Wesley’s followers studied and worshiped as small independent classes or societies until the Methodist Episcopal (ME) Church in America was officially organized in Baltimore in 1784. At that time, the church had nearly 15,000 members.

The United Methodist Church today retains the structure Wesley created, adapting it from the Church of England in the eighteenth century. The ruling body of the church is the General Conference, which has met regularly since 1784 and today includes both clergy and lay delegates. The General Conference meets every four years to review the Discipline, the statement of beliefs of the church, to make changes or additions as needed.

Methodism kept pace with pioneers as they moved west, and geographical conferences were organized as the areas were settled. Each conference was governed by a body consisting of all the clergy members assigned within its geographical area; an equal number of lay members are now elected to each annual conference. The geographical conferences were sub-divided into districts, and each district was composed of circuits (many churches over a wide area), charges (two or three churches in a smaller area), and station churches (a single congregation). Preachers are assigned to each appointment by the bishop, with the advice andcounsel of his or her cabinet, at each annual conference session. Each level of church organization meets annually to review its work; the Arkansas Conference now meets each June.