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

•  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!

" 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
 

Mark 8:27-29.

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.


Mark, like Matthew and Luke, sharply distinguishes a turning point in Christ’s ministry. Each reports His early demonstrations of messianic authority, and each traces the intensifying hostility of the religious leaders. The turning point comes when Jesus asks the Twelve who people say He is, and then ask who they say He is.

Mark 8:29

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.


 



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

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


SEPTEMBER Events

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:

September 6 –

Scripture: Mark 7:24-37 “Loving Mercy”


September 13 – Scripture: Mark 8:27-38 “Leading by Following”


 
ALSO...
Up Coming Events AT A GLANCE...

September 18
5:30
Game Night
in Fellowship Hall



October 4
Sunday, 10:00
Blessing of the Animals
(on the front lawn)


October 25 after worship
 Charge Conference meeting with Rev. Nat Grady

October 31
2-4 p.m.
Trunk or Treat

November 15
FALL FLING !
Alda & Gerstle


November 21
In-Gathering
Making Health Kits



November 22
Stone Soup Sunday







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...

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.