APRIL 21, 2019
No matter your background, you will find a warm welcome, uplifting music, and a clear, relevant message.
Our doors are open to all.
Welcome to First United Methodist Church of Arkadelphia
We want to make you feel welcomed and comfortable at First United Methodist Church. Going to church can be intimidating, whether you have visited churches before or this is your very first time in a church. Our congregation continues to provide more and more opportunities for Christians and seekers to practice their faith. FUMC provides ministry opportunities for persons of all ages: children, youth, young adults, seniors, singles, couples, professionals, and single parents. First United Methodist Church gathers weekly to worship the living God. We gather throughout the week for Bible study, prayer, and for organizing ways to help those in our community and around the world with their physical and spiritual needs.
April 14, 2019 9am & 11am
Palm Sunday commemorates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and begins the series of observances focusing on the events of Holy Week. This Sunday is also often referred to as Passion Sunday, marking the beginning of the passion or suffering of Jesus leading to and including the crucifixion.
We emerge this week from our wilderness wanderings and find ourselves caught up in a parade, a party, a procession of palms! It has been a long journey to arrive at the gates of Jerusalem where Jesus will make his grand entry into the heart of political power and religious authority.
Noon Time Services
Monday, April 15-Wednesday, April 17
Our church is hosting this year’s Holy Week Services Monday-Wednesday, April 15th-17th. Lunch will be in the Fellowship Hall at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm with the service at 12 noon in the Sanctuary.
These services are”inter-denominational” Christian services where people from all kinds of religious and nonreligious backgrounds are welcome so we can worship God together. Our doors are wide open, embracing everyone, regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey. Our heart is, “To worship God and to encourage and equip believers for the purpose of seeing all people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.”
Maundy Thursday Service
April 18- 6pm
Maundy Thursday is an alternate name for Holy Thursday, the first of the three days of solemn remembrance of the events leading up to and immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus. The English word “Maundy” comes from the Latin mandatum, which means “commandment.” As recorded in John’s gospel, on his last night before his betrayal and arrest, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and then gave them a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them.
Good Friday Service
The source of our term for the Friday before Easter, “Good Friday,” is not clear. It is a day that proclaims God’s purpose of loving and redeeming the world through the cross of our Lord, Jesus Christ. It is a day that is good because God was drawing the world to God’s self in Christ. As seen in John’s gospel, particularly, God was in control. God was not making the best of a bad situation but was working out God’s intention for the world — winning salvation for all people. We call it “good” because we look backward at the crucifixion through the lens of Easter!