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

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!

Bible Study –Bible study/Wesley study beginning September 4 and going through October 2 we will meet from 3-4:30pm. The name of the study is “Revival” and it is by Adam Hamilton. Pick up your books today.

Bible Study  

"I would like to lead a five week bible study/Wesley study beginning in September 4 and going through October 4 we will meet from 3-4:30pm. The name of the study is “Revival” and it is by Adam Hamilton. Let me know as I need to order the books by mid August. I would also like to do a Lenten study on our UMC beliefs. I think this fall study would lay the foundation for the study in the spring."

- Pastor Mike


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.  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....

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 



Scripture of the Week
 

1 Timothy 2:1-7

PRAY FOR ALL PEOPLE1 Therefore I 1 exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 a for kings and b all who are in 2 authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and 3 reverence. 3 For this is c good and acceptable in the sight d of God our Savior, 4 e who desires all men to be saved f and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 g For there is one God and h one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 i who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,7 j for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle - I am speaking the truth 4 in Christ and not lying - k a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

 

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




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Oak Forest United Methodist


Bro. Mike Blanchard     Cell:   479.858.2847                         
2415 Fair Park Boulevard             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. 


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 6:30!

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


SEPTEMBER  Events

WORSHIP
Every Sunday Morning: 10:50 a.m


Sunday School Classes 9:30a.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.



  

Monday  12:00 -2:00 pm – Vision clinic & Dental clinic


Wednesday 6:30 – Choir practice

11:30am – XYZ meets


Thursday 5:30-9pm Medical Clinic


Upcoming Sermons:

        Series: God’s Grace

September 18 – Scripture: 1Timothy 2:1-7 “Praying for All People, Everywhere”

 September 25 – UALR Wesley Foundation

October 2 – Scripture: Luke 17:5-10 “More Faith or a Different Kind of Faith?”

October 9 – Scripture: Luke 17:11-19 “Healing: Inside and Out”

October 16 – Laity Sunday


 

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

 

September 18 after worship - Children & Youth ministry meeting. Please plan on attending.

 

September 25 – UALR Wesley Foundation will lead worship.

October 9 – Fall Fling at Alda and Gerstle’s. Gather at 5:30, dinner at 6:00, music and fellowship around the campfire to follow. Please make plans to attend.  Yes! Samuel's band is playing!

 October 16 – Laity Sunday. Worship planned and led by the lay people.

 

November 6 after worship – OFUMC Charge Conference.


November 6 after worship – UMW Chicken Salad plate lunch and Christmas Room craft sale fund raiser. Also a quilt will be given to the lucky randomly drawn raffle ticket holder.


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?



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’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 




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 ? 

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 and counsel 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.