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

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

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.

Worship through Music
Congratulations  - David French has been the Music director as a Diaconal Minister for Oak Forest United Methodist Church for 19 years. Please join us in congratulating him on his retirement from OFUMC.   Please keep David in your prayers and for OFUMC as we look for a new Music Director.

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. 



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.



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
LUKE 10: 25-37

The Parable of the Good Samaritan 

 

Luke 10:25-37

[25] On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

[26] "What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?"

[27] He answered: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"

[28] "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live."

[29] But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"

[30] In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. [31] A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. [32] So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. [33] But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. [34] He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. [35] The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.'

[36] "Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?"

[37] The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him."

Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."




 

The People of

Oak Forest United Methodist Church

Help people in their community

Accept you for w

ho 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.


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



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.



Oak Forest United Methodist


Cell:   479.858.2847                                   

2415 Fair Park Boulevard                    

                          Office:  501.663.9407

Little Rock, AR  72204                                

  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. 




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 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!



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. 


 


Sharing Faith that Makes a Difference…

 Making Disciples of Christ

through Ministries

 of Hospitality, Hope and Healing


JUNE  Events

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

12-2pm – Vision Clinic    


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


Wednesday 6:30 – Choir practice

11:30am – XYZ meets



Thursday 5:30-9pm Medical Clinic




June 19 – Father’s Day

 

June 19 -22– Arkansas Annual Conference at Hot Springs.

 

June 26Youth Sunday. OMP missioners will lead us in worship and share testimonies.


Upcoming Sermons:

 

 June 12 – Scripture: Luke 7:36-8:3 “Forever Branded?” 

June 19 – Scripture: Luke 8:26-39 “The Power of Witness”

June 26 – Youth Sunday

July 3 – Scripture: Luke 10:1-11 “The Kingdom of God has Drawn Near”

 

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

 



 

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.


“I’ll Fly Away”

Did You Know.....
this Arkansas connection to a favorite song...

“I’ll Fly Away”
Albert E. Brumley
The Faith We Sing
, No. 2282

Some glad morning when this life is o’er,
I’ll fly away;
to a home on God’s celestial shore,
I’ll fly away.
I’ll fly away, O glory, I’ll fly away.
When I die, hallelujah, by and by,
I’ll fly away. *

Albert Edward Brumley (1905-1977) was prominent in the shape-note tradition of gospel music as a composer and a publisher.

Growing up in rural Oklahoma, Brumley picked cotton on his family farm like most young people in that day and region. His fortunes changed when he enrolled in the Hartford Musical Institute in Hartford, Ark., in 1926.

In addition to “I’ll Fly Away,” Brumley wrote hundreds of other songs including “Turn Your Radio On,” “If We Ever Meet Again (This Side of Heaven),” “I’ll Meet You in the Morning” and “He Set Me Free.”



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...

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

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