"Our mission is to equip generations to become spiritually maturing Christians."
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Traditional Worship: 8:00am & 10:45am
Contemporary Worship: 9:30am MORE
The local church is a strategic base from which Christians move out to the structures of society…Therefore, the local church is to minister to persons in the community where the church is located…to cooperate in ministry with other local churches…and to participate in the worldwide mission of the church… (2008 Book of Discipline)
Some local church members don’t realize that they are part of a bigger whole-the connection: an annual conference, a jurisdiction, the General Church, and churches and annual conferences around the world.
First United Methodist Church of Bella Vista is a strong supporter of local, national and international mission projects.
Mission of the Month
Each month, a specific mission program is highlighted for special giving by our congregation. We invite speakers from each mission to attend our worship services to provide information on how our giving helps them accomplish their goals. Keep an eye on the website – we’ll update the Mission of Month each month.
Congregational Care Ministry (CCM)
The Congregational Care Ministry (CCM) of FUMC was begun in June of 2017 when a core of four CCM’s were commissioned at Sunday Worship. They were given authority to work on behalf of the church and in partnership with the pastors to care for the Lord’s sheep within our church family.
Learn more about CCM
Goat Bank and Pennies from Heaven
We are constant supporters of Heifer Project International through two different programs – the Goat Bank and Pennies from Heaven. The Goat Bank is a specially designed bank that holds quarters. We encourage our members to “fill the bank” several times during the year and purchase livestock through Heifer International.
On the third Sunday of each month, we sponsor Pak-A-Sak. We ask members of our congregation to bring non-perishable food items to church. We collect those items and distribute them to a different helping agency in Northwest Arkansas each month. To date in 2009, members have donated items worth over $6,000.
Our congregation provides a home for the Shoebox Ministry. This ministry collects toiletry and other items to pack into shoeboxes, which are then delivered to homeless shelters in Benton and Washington Counties. In 2009, with the help of other congregations and service organizations, we were able to deliver over 3,000 shoeboxes for homeless men, women, children and infants. Shoeboxes and other supplies were also made available for disaster relief efforts in Arkansas. Excess supplies (and items that cannot be used for Shoebox) are shared with other programs such as Adopt a G.I. program. Nothing donated ever goes to waste.
Volunteers in Mission
This dedicated group travels to UMCOR’s Sager Brown in Louisiana to provide manpower for there relief projects. This group also responds to disasters closer to home such as the 2009 tornados in Mena, Arkansas.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity
is a non-denominational Christian housing organization working toward the elimination of poverty housing from within our county and making decent shelter a matter of conscience as well as action. Besides building homes, HFHBC builds relationships with our partners and the community that result in a sense of belonging. FUMCBV helps with manpower and fundraising.
Helping Hands Inc.
is a non-profit organization operated as a partnership of 26 churches from through-out Benton County . FUMCBV is one of the partnership churches. Members volunteer at the thrift store, food bank and offices of Helping Hands as well as participate in Saturday “work days” during the year.
Blankets of Hope
This ministry provides handmade blankets, afghans and quilts to various shelters in Benton County. During its first year, members provided 65 items to the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter, Peace at Home Family Shelter, and NWA Women’s Shelter.
During the summer months, members of our congregation share the bounty of their garden produce on Sunday morning. The Harvest Table allows members to pick up garden fresh produce grown by church members for a donation. The funds collected are then used to support our Mission partners. In 2009, $483.90 was donated through this program, and members reaped the benefits of fresh vegetables.
A variety of seasonal programs fall into this category. Our Missions Team has supported a camp scholarship for a child at Cooper Elementary School. We participate in Angel Tree program at Christmas Time. As the need arises – the Mission Team is ready to respond.
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