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!

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.

 

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!
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
 


John 15:26-27King James Version (KJV)

26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.

 


Now it is Pentecost. Pentecost stands as the culmination of Easter's reflection on the promise of the resurrection and as a transition to the season of the Trinity.

So the lesson for today invites reflection on the assurance of the resurrection promises, now explored and made real in the varied dimensions of Christian life and mission. That "abundant life" is the promise of the unfolding love of God, shown in the glory that is for us in the death and resurrection of Jesus the Christ and in the abiding presence of the Spirit, who confirms that promise in our hearts and sends our communities into the world to bear witness to that good news.





 




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


 



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!



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!



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.



CHAIR LIFT
We need your help...

Help in accessing Fellowship Hall

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.”


Sharing Faith that Makes a Difference…

 Making Disciples of Christ

through Ministries

 of Hospitality, Hope and Healing


MAY  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:
 
May 24 –John 15:26-27; 16:4-15 Pentecost Sunday


May 31 – John 3:1-17“Born to be Wild!”

June 7 - Scripture: Mark 3:20-35 “Family


June 14 – Scripture:
Mark 4:26-34  “Properly Planted”  

May 29 6pm – Game Night in Fellowship Hall. Food, Fun & Fellowship.

 


June 1 –July 31 – Quad “W” students helping us reach out to our neighborhood from 9:30-3:30 mon-fri (first week is orientation). They will be living at the Barnabas House. Oak Forest UMC will be part of the “No Kid Hungry” campaign offering breakfast and lunch to neighborhood Children. Interested?



 

June 6 10am-2pm – Kickball and Fun in the Park – at Curran-Conway Park.

Free food and drinks, water balloon fun, Face painting. Youth 6-16 years.

 

June 14-17 – Arkansas Annual Conference meets. Pam Fish and I will be attending. Please be in prayer for this conference as we will be voting on delegates to the General Conference, about a new apportionment formula and other business of the church.

 


June 28 after worship – Leadership team meets in Fellowship Hall.



 

July 13-July 17 – Vacation Bible School. Mason and Nicole are coordinating. Let them know if you are interested.



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."