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.

OPEN MINDS, OPEN HEARTS, OPEN DOORS

10:50 am   Sanctuary Worship Service




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



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!
Mike Blanchard, Pastor 


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."

Scripture of the Week
 


Matthew 21:1-11New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King

21 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

“Say to Daughter Zion,
    ‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
    and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”[a]

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

“Hosanna[b] to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[c]

“Hosanna[d] in the highest heaven!”

10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”




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

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



 Pray that God will give you an opportunity to share the gospel today through your tithes, your gifts, and your presence.




Many donkeys have a cross-shaped mark across their backs. Legends tells us that the donkey that carried Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday followed him into Calvary. Appalled by the sight of Jesus on the cross, the donkey turned away but could not leave. It is said that the shadow of the cross fell upon the shoulders and back of the donkey. A cross marking found on many donkeys today remains a testimony of the love and devotion of a humble, little donkey.



The stone was rolled away...



And the angel answered and said to the women,
"Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified.
He is not here, for He has risen,
just as He said. Come see the place where He was lying."

Go quickly and tell...

Our LORD Lives!



 

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.



 

Worship through Giving

God has blessed us this year, please
help Oak Forest

be a blessing to others
by your financial support!







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

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

Join Oak Forest  UMC

It is simple.
Find out HOW.
663-9407 

Our doors and hearts are open.

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.



Sharing Faith that Makes a Difference…

 Making Disciples of Christ

through Ministries

 of Hospitality, Hope and Healing


MARCH Events

Up Coming Events AT A GLANCE...


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


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

Wednesday 6:30 – Choir practice


Thursday 5-8pm Medical Clinic



 

Upcoming Sermons:


April 5 – Easter!

Who Will Roll theStone

Away?”Mark16:1-8



April 12 –

John 20:19-31

“Show Me!”



April 19 –
Luke 24:36 -48
Waiting and not Doubting




April 2 (Holy Thursday) 5:30pm – Worship and Holy Communion service.

 

SaturdayApril 4 10:30 am-1:30am

Easter Egg Hunt 


Egg hunts will start at 11am, 12pm, and 1pm. Volunteers are needed starting at 9am; Let Terese know if you are interested.

 

April 11 9am – 2pm – OFUMC leadership retreat

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.


Amazing Grace


Did You Know.....
Composed in the 1779, this hymn is probably the most popular hymn in the English language.  John Newton was a slave trader before coming to Christ.  We are all sinners who have a choice to be saved by God’s GRACE, as Mr. Newton writes about below.
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.

’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed!

Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.



John Newton, the composer of this hymn said:
Though I am not what I ought to be,
 nor what I wish to be, nor yet what I hope to be,
 I can truly say I am not what I once was . . . .
By the grace of God I am what I am.













"Our doors and hearts
are open."
 




CHAIR LIFT
We need your help...

The Administrative Council met and in unity voted to begin a capital campaign to fund the installation of new chair lifts on the steps leading from the sanctuary to the Fellowship hall. This will cost around $19,000. We ask you to be in prayer about this project. Please designate your donation with the words: “Accessibility Fund.”


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