Oak Forest United Methodist Church, a classic landmark stone church in Little Rock, needs you!All Christians are called by God, through their baptism, to be in ministry in the world. Therefore, the term minister is
appropriately used to describe any Christian who responds to God's call
to reach out to the world and its people through loving acts of
service. The ministers of the church are called to serve in a variety of
ways. We are a community of believers with a heart for those in need and we answer the call of dicipleship through our wide ranging ministries. We average about 80 people for Sunday worship and our goal is to grow to 120 every week.If you are looking for a place to belongA place that celebrates you and your talentsA place to sing and prayA place to volunteer in our health clinicA place to learnA place to grow as a ChristianA place to think and let thinkA place where you are accepted and loved and challengedThen join us Sunday mornings at 10:50 for Worship. And we would love to have you share in our ministries during the week...
Shepherd's Hope Center -
Free Medical Clinic
For those who do not have insurance and cannot afford to see a doctor,
Oak Forest United Methodist Church has partnered with Fellowship Bible
Church to form, Shepherd's Hope, a community based clinic open every
Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. We have been blessed with doctors,
nurses, receptionists, and pastoral counselors. We are working hard to
welcome and heal in the name of Christ. Come join us! Park in the church
parking lot off 25th Street and Fair Park and look for the clinic. Look
for the wooden ramp off the back of the parking lot that leads to the
clinic. Serving those people who do not have insurance who live in the 72204 zip code area.
Medical Clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays
5:30 to 9 p.m.
Dr. John Ransom and Dr. Preston Jackson, two of our good doctors!Dental Clinic Ministry
Dr. Brenda Covington,
Medical Director of Shepherd's Hope
The dental clinic is open BY APPOINTMENT. Right now we
are only performing extractions (pulling teeth). We serve people from
72204 and 72209.
Vision Clinic Ministry...Bart's PlaceThanks to Wal-Mart and volunteer doctors, our Oak Forest Eye Clinic, Bart's Place is now a reality.
We have added a new
photocopier to the eye clinic.
The last quarter of 2011 we
served 87 patients. Most of those
patients received a pair of glasses.
Many patients needed bifocals.
In January, we served women
from Dorcas House. This is a
program for victims of domestic violence and women who are in a drug and
A physician from the Little
Rock Eye Clinic provided a pro bono laser surgery for one of our patients and
we have a cataract surgery scheduled for a grandmother who is originally from
El Salvador on Feb. 15. Pray for
our vision ministry and our patients. We especially thank God for our optical techs who serve beside
To qualify for the vision clinic you need to:
Not have any insurance
Meet the income guidelines
Be a Shepherd’s Hope patient
or a resident of 72204 or 72209
Call 614-9523 to schedule an appointment.
The Vision Clinic is located in Oak Forest United Methodist
Church, waiting area is Fellowship Hall.
We have two complete vision lanes with two chairs, slit
lamps with applanation tonometers and two
phoropters. Jack Stone who installed the equipment says
we are probably the best equipped charitable eye clinic in Arkansas.
Dr. Ted Penick will be our clinic director. He is an opthamologist from the Deer Penick Eye Center on
Markham, and a member of Pulaski Heights UMC.
Dr. Susan DeBlack, an optometrist from Conway will also be
volunteering. Dr. DeBlack is a
member of First UMC, Conway. We
also have five optical technicians who are on board.
Thank God for these good doctors who are coming to Oak
Forest to be our partners in ministry.
Glad to get some United Methodist doctors on board!
God is blessing us.
Byrdie McSwain has agreed to be our clinic manager and Gloria Minor will assist her.
We always welcome donated "gently used" eyeglasses, if you have had laser eye surgery and do not need them any more. We welcome your donation!
From its earliest days, Methodism has been a lay movement. The term laity comes from laos,
which means of the people. The laity are the whole people of God, who
serve as ministers witnessing to the work of God in individual lives and
in the world.
YOUR GIFTS of TIME, MONEY, ENERGY AND SERVICE are always welcomed.
Everything that we have comes from God and we are asked to be good
stewards of those resources that God has given us. This giving of our
resources is our joyous response to what God has done, what God is
doing, and what God calls us to do. This giving of our resources is a
part of living out our promise of "prayers, presence, gifts, and
service" in the name of Christ.What shall I return to the Lord for all his bounty to me? (Psalm 116:12)
Ozark Mission Project
We bring together youth and adults for
service in the spirit of Christ to individuals and families, called
neighbors, who are in need of minor construction and yard work. In
addition to the physical service projects, we strive to meet social and
emotional needs by spending part of our time visiting, sharing lunch and
a devotional with our neighbor, if the neighbor so chooses. OMP does
not demand specific requirements, such as race, age, income or religion,
in the selection of our neighbors.
We also encourage new
partnerships through the gifts of time, money and prayer. Every year,
over 250 people volunteer with Ozark Mission Project. It is a labor of
love that returns blessings on all of us. Our volunteers are the
backbone of OMP and we couldn’t do it without them!
There is a
place for you at OMP. We encourage diversity in our campers and our
volunteers. After reading about our unique camping experience, contact
us about sharing your gifts and graces to benefit our brothers and
sisters in Christ. You will not only be a blessing to someone but you
will be amazed at the blessings you will receive.
Spencer Brown paints at OMP
United Methodist Women
United Methodist Women is the largest denominational faith organization
for women with approximately 800,000 members around the world whose
mission is fostering spiritual growth, developing leaders and advocating for justice.
UMW Circle Meets the 2nd Wednesday
at 1:30 p.m.
United Methodist Women is a community of women whose purpose is:
We welcome new members and are always excited to share about the
many ways that United Methodist Women are involved in mission...making a
difference, every day, in the lives of women, children and
youth...around the world, and in our own communities.
- To know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ
- To develop a creative supportive fellowship and
- To expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church
Open Hearts, Open Door Food Pantry The Food Pantry is open THE FIRST AND THIRD FRIDAYS OF THE MONTH. We served our neighbors in need who live in the 72204 zip code area.
of You wonderful folks have told your friends and family that rather birthday
presents the gift be a can of food or donation to the pantry. What a wonderful idea and what a blessing! Thank You so much for your
____Mrs. Linda Pringle
"For I was
hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me
something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed
clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was
in prison and you came to visit me.'
"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry
and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we
see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe
you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'
"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one
of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'"
seriously our responsibility to those who are hungry and need food.
Through the donations of the members of our congregation, we have
established a food pantry that supplies staple food items to those in
the community who may be hungry and in need.
Together, we want to alleviate hunger from people in our community and promote healthier food choices for a healthier community.
Oak Forest UMC and Shepherd's
Hope are partnering with the UALR School
of Social Work. This semester
graduate students who are specializing in family therapy will offer services to
our clients from the clinics and our food pantry.
Pastor Mike Blanchard
is calling us to grow spiritually and in numbers. We are looking for members
who are not afraid of the work of the gospel. We are looking for members who
need to find a place at the table where they can be loved and appreciated for
who they are. Help Oak Forest tell our story of success and to seek out
the lost, the sad and the lonely to join us. Invite your friends and neighbors
to join us in "The Stone Church." May this holy place be
a place where God's grace is found and the power of the Holy Spirit lives.
Here is a vision for the church that is found in our United Methodist Hymnal:
"When the poor ones who have nothing share with strangers, when the
thirsty water give unto us all, when the crippled in their weakness strengthen
others, then we know that God still goes that road with us."
"When at last all those who suffer find their comfort, when they hope
though even hope seems hopelessness, when we love though hate at times seems
all around us then we know that God still goes that road with us.
Let's keep on walking down the road!
Our Daily Ministry
For those who are alert to the needs of others, each day abounds with
opportunities to serve. We minister with our families as we inquire
about one another’s lives, as we listen and respond with care, as we
touch, as we smile and offer a kind word, and as we decide questions and
reconcile conflicts. We take time to listen to a friend in need and we
respond; this is often the greatest gift we can offer. We minister at
work, to both co-workers and those we serve. We minister in the
neighborhood or the shops as we go about the day’s work.
Inspired by the example of Jesus and empowered by God’s love for us, we
all carry out our ministry, both individually and together with others.
For monetary gifts, and volunteer opportunities contact the church office: (501) 663-9407
From the Pastor …
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to
prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” –
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
Are you are worrier? Do you
worry about what shoe is going to drop next? Do you sometimes find yourself
worrying about problems that MAY happen but have not actually happened yet?
Maybe you don't worry. Maybe
you are one of those people who just ‘goes with the flow’. The future is
coming whether we worry about it or plan for it. The truth is many circumstances in our life are beyond our
control, but we do have one choice… the choice to decide to be content with
whatever comes. I, like some of
you, worry about our small numbers in worship. I love to say "We do so much for a small church"
but I'm not sure God is calling us to stay a small church. It's not enough to have wonderful
outreach ministries if we do not invite people in to be a part of the
church. We are called to be in
ministry WITH the poor not just in ministry To the poor.
I believe that God has great plans for Oak Forest United Methodist.
We can't see the future and some of us may not get there, but I believe this
community of faith's future is good.
God has a plan for this church.
God keeps blessing our medical ministries. We are the only United Methodist Church in the state of
Arkansas to my knowledge that has a medical clinic, dental clinic and now a
vision clinic. Corporations are
blessing us, foundations are reaching out to us and now it is time for our
congregation to continue reaching out.
I need you to bring in people to our community of faith. You have neighbors, family and friends
who do not have a church home.
Invite them to worship with us.
Most visitors like Oak Forest when they come see us. They tell us..."the spirit of God
is in this place." Let's pray that God will lead us to call and
invite people who need a relationship with Christ and with a community of
See you in church this Sunday,
Program Can Help You With Your Plans
Making important life and death decisions is part of
being a faithful Christian disciple, and the United Methodist Foundation’s new GiftLegacy program
is a valuable resource for individuals dealing with family issues, healthcare
concerns, current and future finances, estate planning, and charitable giving.
GiftLegacy includes complete
information from a newly expanded website, an online or printed Wills Planning
Guide, and Provide & Protect Seminars that can be requested by any United
Methodist Church in Arkansas. Go to www.umfa.org or contact Foundation Vice
President of Development Janet Marshall at 501-664-8632, toll-free at 877-712-1107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New volunteers are always
welcome! Contact our pastor, Michael if you are interested in joining any of these exciting