Community Engagement News & Opportunities

Afghan Family Update

By Lesley Andrews | January 4, 2022

We officially have a rental house for our Afghan family of 5. For their safety, the address is being kept private at this time. However, there is much to be done to get the house up and running. Please check out our Amazon wish list and help us prepare the house.  The list will be…

Methodist Family Health Back-to-School Drive

By Lesley Andrews | August 6, 2021

Our August service project is in partnership with Methodist Family Health. Donate to their back to school drive by bringing some of the items listed to worship on Sunday, August 1 or Sunday, August 8. We will deliver them to Methodist Family Health on behalf of FUMCLR. For questions, contact Rev. Haley at

UAMS COVID Floor Needs Holiday Cheer

By Lesley Andrews | December 13, 2020

A COVID-19 floor at UAMS is having a particularly difficult time right now. We are partnering with the Chaplaincy Office to bring cheer to the staff. We need help writing letters of encouragement and support. We are gathering a list of first names on that floor from the hospital to send personalized cards. If you…

Advent Kit

By Lesley Andrews | December 13, 2020

You may not be able to come to the church this December, but Advent is coming to you! We’re creating Advent Kits for you to celebrate the season at home. They will include candles to make your own wreath and light during worship, a daily devotional book written by your First Church friends, activities for…

Christmas Care Fair Goes Virtual

By Haley Jones | November 25, 2020

Are you looking for Christmas gifts that will truly make an impact in our world? It’s time to shop the FUMCLR Christmas Care Fair! COVID 19 will not stop our annual tradition of shopping for alternative Christmas gifts that support FUMCLR ministries and our community, both locally and globally. Click on the link to buy local artisan…

Caring Christmas 2020

By Haley Jones | November 25, 2020

Our congregation sponsors 100 children with Christmas support each year. Fifty children are from the Child Development Center and fifty are from St. Andrew United Methodist Church in southwest Little Rock. We cannot gather in person to collect gifts or have our celebratory Christmas potlucks, but the ministry continues despite COVID 19. We currently have 70…

History and Update on Camp Aldersgate

By Lesley Andrews | October 15, 2020

In the summer of 1947, Camp Aldersgate was formally dedicated.  The original purpose of the Camp was to serve as a place for interracial fellowship, meetings, and Christian training.  A group of women from the Little Rock Methodist Council requested a grant of $25,000 from the Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries to purchase…

Want to vote ‘Absentee’ but not sure how?

By Lesley Andrews | August 30, 2020

Voting in any year can pose a challenge, but this year presents special concerns for the health and safety of many of our members. Anyone may vote absentee due to COVID 19, and we’re here to help. For those of you who need or want to vote by absentee ballot this November, just follow these…

SPEAK Advocacy During Covid-19

By Haley Jones | July 16, 2020

Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act Our work to SPEAK truth to power, SPEAKing the love of Jesus Christ into unjust systems, continues during the pandemic. Economic insecurity plagues many Arkansans as they try to make ends meet in the wake of job loss due to COVID-19. The “Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act” (HR…