OPEN MINDS, OPEN HEARTS, OPEN DOORS



Oak Forest
 United Methodist Church

Making Disciples of Jesus through Hospitality, Hope, and Healing

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

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

Pastor Jana Green

                                                                                                          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

This is a place of hope, meaning and purpose. Visit and become a part of something bigger - a movement that is changing lives.


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 Jana...663-9407  

You are invited....Join us! 

Oak Forest United Methodist Church 

is a welcoming congregation open to all people.

We are a church, like Matthew 25 asks us to be, that reaches out to those who are hungry, those who are hurting physically, and mentally, those who are spiritually lost and confused, and those who need a spiritual home.

Also, we seek as Charles Wesley so eloquently wrote, “we seek to unite the two so long disjoined, Knowledge and vital piety: Learning and Holiness combined, And all truth and love, let all people see.”

Our members served an additional 2500 volunteer hours for the SHNHC, our food pantry, a backpack program, Ozark Mission Project, and other outreach projects throughout the year.


Since our founding in 1943, we have been a mission minded people. The church began with an open air “revival” of 15 days on the corner of 25th street and S. Tyler. It was led by the then pastor of Scott Street Methodist Church, Rev. John McCormack. The fledgling Oak Forest/Fair Park community responded knowing the need in the community was great for the presence of Jesus Christ’s love to be known. In 2019, we are proud of our heritage, our connection to other Little Rock churches, and our current mission outreach.



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....



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!
Jana Green, Pastor

Preaching Schedule for November
Nov. 3rd - "All Saints Sunday" - Rev. Jana Green
Nov. 10th - Rev. Trinette Barnes
Nov. 17th. - Rev. Jana Green
Nov. 24th - "Christ the King" Rev. Jana Green





Advent Bible Study

While We Wait, comes from a fresh angle and provides new territory for connecting people to their own faith questions.While We Wait addresses Advent as God's deepening search for us. This study helps readers understand that real-life struggles and questions are a legitimate part of Advent's spiritual exploration. A complete Advent study, While We Wait offers readers a unique perspective, daily scripture accompanied by questions, and spiritual disciplines. Join us as we wait for Christ to come.

We will have a soup lunch and journey together. We will meet after church beginning Dec. 1st in the fellowship hall.




Pastor's Message:

I love fall. It is one of my favorite seasons and I love the month of November because people begin to be more joyous. They live in a spirit of gratitude. Thankfulness changes us and how we approach others. It makes us kinder, more graceful, loving, and it can be contagious. I recently heard that when people maintain the practice of gratitude it has the effect similar to low dose medicine to treat depression. The benefits of practicing gratitude are nearly endless. People who regularly practice gratitude by taking time to notice and reflect upon the things they're thankful for experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-19 "16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit."

Our faith points us to give thanks in everything. We are encouraged to give thanks  and to rejoice. If we don't it's implied we might be quenching the Spirit. We allow the Holy Spirit to work through us in our gratitude. We know the physical benefits, but do we truly understand the spiritual side as well? Let your thanks flow through you. Open your hearts to the Holy Spirit to flow through you. Watch and see how God will move through you.

My gratitude is to you all. I give thanks for those who have shared their musical talents. I give thanks to those who serve faithfully through the food pantry, medical clinics, ushering, acolyting, working in the nursery, visiting the homebound, sharing prayer requests, cooking breakfast, welcoming those to the church. The list could go on. I am thankful to Oak Forest UMC for your generous hearts and the way you follow Christ.


Jana





New Sunday School Class

Nov. 10th will be a new Sunday School class.
 It will meet in the parlor. This is a class for those in college, young adulthood, or any one young at heart.





 

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 
Rev. Jana Green   

             

              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 6:00!

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  

Events

WORSHIP Every Sunday Morning: 10:50 a.m

Sunday School Classes 

9:30a.m

-       Three Adult Classes 

-       Middle School

-       Children

-       Nursery

A short-term small group class is offered in the fall and spring

 

Find out all our latest information on Facebook  


https://www.facebook.com/oakforestumclr

Current Events are posted frequently to keep fresh....Message  us on Facebook if you have a question about an event.  Let us hear from you ..exciting things are in the works!



 



Food Pantry

Food Pantry Commodity Donations  

 Please help our Food Pantry this month by donating CEREAL. Any Sunday  you can drop your packages in the basket at the front of the church. Thanks so much for your help.


Monday 12-2pm – Vision Clinic.


Tuesday 5:30-8:30pm 

– Medical Clinic & Vision Clinic.


Wednesday 6pm 

  Choir meets. 



Thursday 5:30-8:30pm –

 Medical Clinic.



Food Pantry.   

1st & 3rd THursday of every month  11-1pm –

 

Wednesday – Choir 6pm.  


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HELP!  Our Dental Clinic is closed as of now for we need to update volunteers...please help if you can spare a few hours of your time for this tremendous service.




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














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.

 


Ingathering

Nov. 23rd 9:30 

We will meet at the church to head to the Food Bank. There is a job for everyone. Register by going to this link: https://arumc.org/ingathering/





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 





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.