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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Mike Blanchard, ministerestablished 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.
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.
" Help us turn our Mission into Members,watch this video....
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
Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother, John,
and led them up a high mountain by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them;
his face shone like the sun
and his clothes became white as light.
And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them,
conversing with him.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
“Lord, it is good that we are here.
If you wish, I will make three tents here,
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, behold,
a bright cloud cast a shadow over them,
then from the cloud came a voice that said,
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
listen to him.”
When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate
and were very much afraid.
But Jesus came and touched them, saying,
“Rise, and do not be afraid.”
And when the disciples raised their eyes,
they saw no one else but Jesus alone.
As they were coming down from the mountain,
Jesus charged them,
“Do not tell the vision to anyone
until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”
Here are some words from the author Michael Willson:
The news of the gospel is not moral perfection nor sinlessness, it is forgiveness.’ Through forgiveness and love, evil is reversed and can be changed into good. Jesus is less interested in the causes of evil but in its transformation’
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 !
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.
Oak Forest United Methodist
2415 Fair Park Boulevard
Sunday School @ 9:30 Worship @10:50
Join Oak Forest UMC
It is simple.
Our doors and hearts are open.
From Our Bishop - Gary Mueller
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.
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
or (501) 663-9407.
Sharing Faith that Makes a Difference…
Making Disciples of Christ
of Hospitality, Hope and Healing
Lenten Series “I Believe”
March 19 – 1 Corinthians 3:16 “God’s Spirit”
March 26 – Colossians 1:17-18 “The Church” (An “Ensemble” Music Sunday)
April 2 – Matthew 6:14-15 “The Answer is: Forgiveness”
April 9 – Matthew 21: 1-11 “Who is This Jesus?”
April 16 Easter Sunday
Matthew 28:1-10 “Do Not be Afraid”
It is simple.
Find out HOW.
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”
this Arkansas connection to a favorite song...
“I’ll Fly Away”
Some glad morning when this life is o’er,
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
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
If you would like to be a part of something special and grow too...
Great things grow from a tiny acorn !
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’sHopeShepherd’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
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 ?
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
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.