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.
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.
• 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.
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!
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
27And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi: and by the way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am? 28And they answered, John the Baptist: but some say, Elias; and others, One of the prophets
In Mark, chapter 8, we find Jesus teaching, healing and preaching around the areas of Galillee and Caesarea. He has just healed a man blind from birth, who exclaimed upon first sight that men looked like trees walking. It is argued that this testimony is a solid proof of the miraculous cure because immediate sight would fill is brain with bright images, but without experience, the brain would have no way of figuring out what they actually were, thus the confusion. So, for some time now, the disciples have been exposed to Jesus’ teaching and witnessed many miraculous acts. It is now time for Jesus to challenge the disciples on their personal faith.
29And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ.
Today, as in the first century, men and women must make a decision about Jesus.
Mark reminds us that the evidence is in, and each of us must choose. Will we simply be
amazed and awed? What is an appropriate response when one discovers who Jesus really is?
(Trust ourselves to Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the living God, the Messiah.)
Who is Jesus to you?
Pray that God will give you an opportunity to share the gospel today through your tithes, your gifts, and your presence.
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!
SHARE THE MESSAGE...
Real love means we feed, tend, feed, and follow. Join us in our missions....
Listen....are you being called to serve?
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.
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.
“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."
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.