Jack Richardson reports that Barbara and him have their 4th great grandchild who was born yesterday to Jim and Brin Presley.   Jim is son of my middle daughter Terri.  First great grand daughter.   7 lbs 11 oz, 20 and a half inches long.


Long time members Julie and Chris Dow are dealing with the loss of Chris’s mother Diane Dow and could use our support.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 A.M. On Saturday, September 16th at Wesley United Methodist Church with Reverend Charles Sigman officiating. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the CCU staff and the second and third floor staff at Conway Regional, the CCU staff at Springhill Baptist in North Little Rock, and the long-term staff at Heritage Living Center. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Families Are Special at 2200 Main St., North Little Rock, AR 72114.


Harvey Relief Bucket collection point.



buckets and hygiene kits only.
Drop sites have been identified in each district and are listed below.

Deadline for drop off is September 12th. Call before drop off.

Items will be moved from these sites to a main gathering site in each district. Pick up from the main gathering site for delivery to Sager will be the week of the September 18th, specific date to be announced.

This list may be updated if additional sites are identified.
North East District

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UMC Batesville 479-970-0696
Paragould FUMC 870-239-8541

North West District

Harrison FUMC 870-741-2351
Central UMC Fayetteville 479-442-4237
Central UMC Rogers 479-636-1630
Wesley UMC Ft. Smith 479-646-9702
Russellville FUMC 479-968-1232
Mena FUMC 479-394-3051

Central District
Wesley UMC 501-339-3459
Vilonia UMC 501-796-2624
Little Rock FUMC 501-372-2256

South East District
Crossett FUMC 870-364-2127
Pine Bluff FUMC 870-535-0935
Monticello FUMC 870-367-2471
South West District

Springhill UMC 870-777-4950

Hot Springs FUMC  501-623-6668
Image result for umc bucket and hygiene sethttps://www.umcor.org/umcor/relief-supplies/relief-supply-kits/hygiene
ning Kit
Value: $65.00 per kit
Cleaning Kit Materials
 1 5-Gallon bucket with resealable lid
o Buckets from fast-food restaurants or bakeries can be used if washed and
o Do not use buckets that have stored chemicals such as paint or pool cleaner
o Advertisements on the outside are acceptable
 Liquid laundry detergent
o One 50-oz. or two 25-oz. bottle(s) only
 Liquid household cleaner
o 12‐16 oz. liquid cleaner that can be mixed with water
o No spray cleaners
 Dish soap
o 16-28 oz. bottle, any brand
 50 Clothespins
 Clothesline
o One 100-ft. or two 50-ft. lines
o Cotton or plastic
 7 Sponges
o No cellulose sponges due to mold issues
o Remove from packaging
 24-Roll heavy-duty trash bags
o 33-45 gallon sizes
o Remove from the box
 18 Cleaning wipes
o Handi-wipes or reusable wipes
o No terry cleaning towels
o Remove from packaging
 1 Can air freshener
o Aerosol or pump
 1 Insect-repellant spray
o 6-14 oz. aerosol or spray pump with protective cover
 2 Pairs kitchen dishwashing gloves
Last updated August 2017
o Should be durable enough for multiple uses
o Remove from packaging
 1 Pair work gloves
o All Cotton
o All Leather
o Cotton with Leather Palm
 5 Scouring pads
o Remove from wrapper
o No stainless steel, Brillo pads or SOS pads (nothing with soap built in)
 1 Scrub brush
o Plastic or wood handle
 5 Dust masks
Assembly Directions
Place all liquid items in the bucket first. Place remaining items in the bucket fitting them around
and between the liquid items. Sponges, scouring pads, clothespins and trash bags can be
separated in order to fit all of the items in the bucket. Ensure the lid is closed securely.
Important Notes
 All items must be new except for the actual bucket and lid.
 All cleaning agents must be liquid and in plastic containers. No powders, please.
 If you cannot find the requested size of a liquid item, use a smaller size. Including larger
sizes of any item will prevent the lid from sealing.
 If all of the items on the list are not included, please put a label on the bucket indicating
what has been omitted.
Packing and Shipping Kits Instructions
 Box weight: Each packed box cannot exceed 66 pounds.
 Complete 2 packing lists: One for your records and one to put on the shipping box.
 Paste the shipping label / packing list on the outside of each box you send. The shipping
list helps the depot to quickly process kits.
 Processing & Shipping Costs: Please enclose an envelope containing at least $1.50
for each Cleaning Bucket you send. This donation enables Cleaning Buckets to be sent
to areas in need
October 20 & 21, 2017
Old-Fashion Church-wide Bazaar
Rummage, Country Kitchen, Arts/Crafts, Silent Auction
We will have the Rummage sale in the Family Life Center (as usual) and the Country Kitchen, Arts/Crafts, and Silent Auction in the Children’s Area.
·         The Country Kitchen will be a separate area that will include baked and canned items, such as cookies, candies, casseroles, pies, cakes, jellies, pickles, etc. (all homemade or home canned).
·         The Arts/Crafts area will sell anything that is handmade (sewing, woodcraft, pottery, jewelry, painting, etc.).
·         The Silent Auction area will include items and services that have been donated by local businesses (gift certificates from restaurants and/or stores, tickets to events, car detailing, hair styling/cut, baskets of goodies, gift sets, lawn/landscaping services, live plants/bouquets, etc.).
Ways You Can Help by:
1.      Donating good used items to the rummage as well as any handmade arts and crafts items.
2.      Making fresh baked pastries, frozen casseroles, canned jellies, etc. (casseroles that do not sell will be kept for the bereavement committee).
3.      Asking local merchants to donate items and/or services, such as those listed above.
4.      Volunteering to help set up, sort/price, act as cashier, monitor the different areas, and/or clean up.
***Monetary donations are also welcome. All proceeds from this event will go toward the landscaping projects and the nursery remodeling.
***Volunteer Commitment Cards & Sign-up Sheets will be available in the Crossroads and in the pews.
THIS IS A CHURCH-WIDE EVENT THAT COULD BECOME AN ANNUAL EVENT (to replace the annual barbeque). The only way that it will be successful is if ALL of us work together.
If you have any questions, please call the office (870-932-2083) or contact Mary C. Wann at marycwann@yahoo.com or 214-738-3881.
If you ask merchants to donate, please copy the attachment below to hand to them. (There are 2 receipts on one page; please cut apart). This is a receipt that needs to be returned to the church with the donated item. It will then be used to send out thank-you cards to the businesses.


A Note from the Pastor’s Desk


With Holy Week and Easter behind us, we are tempted to take a deep breath and relax; however, the work of the Church is never done, nor does the church ever stop or relax. The church is always moving forward triumphantly. It never looks back. It expands into the future like yeast when guided by the Holy Spirit, but when guided by the efforts of men and women, the Church triumphant can stagnate or even move backwards to the point where the proclamation of the gospels are overlooked or replaced by the concerns of men and women. Ultimately, God’s concern and love for His church are often forgotten when it focuses inward on itself. We become blinded to God’s love for us. Perhaps this is not the best analogy to use, but I have used it before. As Nazi Germany  in World War II advanced or move forward into Russia, Josef Stalin’s orders to the Red Army were “not one step backwards.”

As a church, Saint Paul cannot take one step backwards. We must give of our finances to move forward. We must give of our time to move forward. We must give of out talents to move forward. We must draw that line in the sand in order to tell the world we will not step backwards over that line. We move forward. We cannot even stand still because if you are standing still, you are in fact moving backwards because the rest of the world is moving forward around you.

Moving forward means changes. Often change just simply happens because of the presence of the Holy Spirit. If or what that change might look like for Saint Paul has yet to be seen. Change is a reality because everything changes.  Yes, change is difficult because with change comes conflict over competing ideas.  Diversity of opinion concerning the direction churches should take is very biblical. Scriptures confirm the blessing of diversity when it comes to matters of interpretation and thought. In the Book of Acts we see several debates over how to reach out to the gentiles. For example, there may be a division on how to evangelize people. One group may say we need to work on existing church members who haven’t attended in a while; others may say we need to evangelize new folks. Conflict may arise over that, but ultimately, a compromise must be found. In regards to Paul’s day, some believed that the Gentiles must follow the same ritual laws as the Jewish Christian. Others believed that this would be a burden rather than a blessing. A compromise was eventually reached that preserved the Christian movement so that it can move forward. The Book of Acts is full of conflict within the church regarding its ministry and the direction in which the churches should go, but compromises were always reached.

One of the blessings of the Bible is that it is rich with a diversity of theology, perspectives, and insight into the ways of God. The Bible does not try to cover up such debates and disagreements. Within its pages we learn that it is possible to disagree on many facets of faith and still maintain a sense of unity in the Spirit (see Romans 14:1-23). Diversity of thought helps us all to grow while realizing the possibility of conflict.

As infinite and limited human beings, we do not have all the answers for every time and circumstance. However, the diversity of thought enriches our lives and helps us to grow in faithfulness and love even if that diversity of thought results in conflict. The early Church grew out of conflict.

–Rev. Charlie





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