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UMFA Grants Send Congregations to COR Leadership Institute and Young Preachers to Training Event

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (June 29, 2016) – The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas recently awarded two grants administered by the Arkansas Conference Center for Vitality that will send local church congregations and clergy to the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection (COR). One will enable Arkansas United Methodists to attend COR’s  Leadership Institute, and the other will send youth and college students to COR’s Young Preachers Festival. For the fourth year, UMFA... Read More
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Legacies - June 2016

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The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas Welcomes Eight New Members to the Board of Directors

Eight new members recently were elected to the UMFA Board of Directors, including Rev. Bruce Bennett of Texarkana; Debra H. Fiser, M.D., of Little Rock; Pam Harris of North Little Rock; Rev. Phil Hathcock of Maumelle; Rev. Lynn Kilbourne of Conway; Rev. Jim Polk of Arkadelphia; Steve Shults of Little Rock; and Dewitt Smith of Bella Vista.   “We are excited to welcome these incoming board members,” said Jim Argue, Jr., UMFA President and CEO. “Our organization is dedicated to creating... Read More
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Rev. Mackey Yokem to Join UMFA Staff as Grants Administrator

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (April 18, 2016) – Rev. Mackey Yokem, Executive Director of the Office of Mission and Ministry for the Arkansas Conference, will retire this summer and join the staff of the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas as Grants Administrator July 1. Last year the Foundation awarded more than $1 million in discretionary grants to enhance ministries in the Conference. “We are pleased to have someone with Mackey’s dedication and knowledge join our staff to assist the Grants... Read More

UMFA Grant Allows First-Time Attendees to Experience Mission u at No Cost

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (March 23, 2016) – The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas recently made an $8,000 grant to Mission u for first-time attendee scholarships.  Mission u is an annual UMW-sponsored opportunity to study current issues impacting society with particular attention to the responsibilities of women in fulfilling the mission work of the church.   We are appreciative of the grant from the Foundation,” said Mission u Dean Rosemary Kirby of First UMC, Sardis. “We hope to... Read More

Arkansas Conference Clergywomen Will Attend Global Conference Thanks to UMFA Grant

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (March 4, 2016) – Clergywomen of the Arkansas United Methodist Conference will attend the UM Clergywomen Global Gathering in Houston in August thanks to a $15,000 grant from the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas. “Attending the global gathering is a once-in-lifetime opportunity to fellowship with our sisters in ministry around the world, learn from each other about making disciples of Jesus Christ in mission fields both close and far away, and support each other in... Read More

Legacies - March 2016

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Two UMFA Grants Help Develop Clergy and Laity Leadership

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (January 25, 2016) –The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas recently awarded a $9,000 grant to send a group of clergy to the Academy of Faith and Money and a $15,000 grant to send worship teams to the FUSION Conference as a part of the UMFA Grants Committee’s commitment to building leadership. "The UMFA continues to be committed to developing faithful and fruitful clergy leaders for the Arkansas Conference by supporting life-long learning for pastors in local... Read More

Camp Tanako High Ropes Course Made Possible By a Grant from The United Methodist Foundation

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (Jan 11, 2016) – Camp Tanako in Hot Springs has received a $20,000 grant from The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas to install a high ropes challenge course. The grant will purchase ropes, harnesses, helmets, other hardware, and Association for Challenge Course Technology facilitator training.   The Camp Tanako high ropes course will include a climbing tower with a rappelling wall, four individual challenge elements, a team challenge element, and a zip line. It... Read More

Hendrix College Receives $150,000 Grant from The United Methodist Foundation

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (December 30, 2015) – Hendrix College in Conway will receive a $150,000 grant over the next three years from The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas as a part of a capital campaign to build the new Mary Ann and David Dawkins Welcome Center on its campus. This commitment enables the Foundation to name the center’s Conference Room in memory of Richard and Gertrude Butler. “To successfully recruit the best and brightest students and provide ample space for all guests to... Read More

Legacies - December 2015

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Helen Bernice Burns Gift to UMFA Will Benefit Asbury UMC and Conference Ministries

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (July 27, 2015) – The late Helen Bernice Burns, a long-time member of Asbury UMC in Little Rock, established a fund at the United Methodist Foundation through her estate plan to continue to support her local church and Arkansas Conference ministries beyond her lifetime.   Through the Helen Bernice Burns Memorial Endowment Fund, Asbury UMC and the UMFA will receive annual income from the investment of $560,000 in perpetuity. Half will go to Asbury to support local... Read More

Representatives from Six Congregations Attend Large Church Initiative Conference

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (June 10, 2014) – Clergy and lay people from six congregations recently attended the Large Church Initiative Conference at Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church in Atlanta. Representatives from First UMC in Conway, First UMC in Russellville, Central UMC in Fayetteville, Trinity UMC in Little Rock, First UMC in Springdale and First UMC in Jonesboro participated. Rev. Roy Smith, Senior Pastor at First UMC in Russellville, said his biggest takeaways from the meeting were... Read More

$50,000 UMFA Grant Helps Fund Activity Center Programming at Camp Aldersgate

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (May 19, 2015) – A $50,000 grant from The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas is being used to help Camp Aldersgate set up a fund to maintain its soon-to-be-built Activity Center where campers can play indoors during rainy or hot weather and enjoy both arts and recreation.   “We are grateful to The Foundation for its continued support of Camp,” said CEO Sarah Wacaster. “The latest $50,000 grant is a part of a fund that will support programming for a new Activity... Read More

Lucile Barnett: Forever Giving

The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas was trustee for Lucile Barnett’s Revocable Trust and Charitable Remainder Unitrust until her death in 2010. Upon her death, the Rollin and Lucile Barnett Memorial Endowment Fund was created with approximately $650,000. Her estate plan left instructions that the original gift was to never be spent, it was to be invested wisely, and the annual income was to be distributed each year according to her instructions.   The annual income from the... Read More
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Nancy and Craig Wood: A Solid Choice

Nancy and Craig Wood are leaders at First United Methodist Church in Little Rock. They are pleased to know the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas manages their local church’s endowment funds.   “Dick Butler Sr. was a member of our church. He was a big advocate and supporter of the Foundation,” said Craig. “We know and trust Jim Argue and his staff for their expertise and their commitment. Also, working with the Foundation takes some politics out of the fund management decision when... Read More
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Peggy and Winfred Polk: Faithful Stewards

The late Winfred Polk of Corning believed in the United Methodist Foundation in its infancy. He made significant gifts of resources, time and talent with a steadfast commitment to a Foundation that could eventually support United Methodist ministries throughout the state.   Mr. Polk was a Chevrolet dealer and long-time leader in the Corning United Methodist Church. He had a great interest in Methodist history and traveled to England to visit key places in the history of the Church for... Read More
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Eva Lee Paysinger: Feeding the Hungry

“Vernon and I decided to put our money to good use through the Foundation,” said the late Eva Lee Paysinger. “It’s our way of saying thanks to a church that has done so much for us.”   The late Rev. Vernon Paysinger and his wife dedicated their lives to Christian ministry long ago, and it was only natural for them to leave their estate to the United Methodist Foundation. After her death, the $750,000 Vernon and Eva Lee Paysinger Endowment was established to make grants to causes that... Read More
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Bill and Karon Mann: Laying the Groundwork

Bill and Karon Mann joined the Bishops’ Club because they believe UMFA is a resource for the entire Arkansas Conference. Bishops’ Club members make the Foundation’s ministry possible.  Because of their generosity and foresight, the Church is strengthened and more is done in the name of Jesus Christ.    "In addition to helping the Conference as a whole, the Foundation makes a big difference for local churches," said Bill. "Congregations all over the state who participate in... Read More
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John and Becki Lusk: A Local Church Legacy

John and Becki Lusk love their church – First United Methodist Church of El Dorado.  He was a hands-on Board of Trustees Chairman and has participated in mission trips to the Mississippi coast and Haiti.  Becki has made three mission trips to Mexico, is a leader in UMW and helped with interior design for the refurbished Fellowship Hall.   John, a stockbroker for 31 years, decided after retirement to create a $1 million endowment to support his local church.  The couple... Read More
Posted by Katie Holley at Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Tony and Barbara Hill: Peace of Mind

Rev. Tony and Barbara Hill want to make the transfer of their estate to their four children and five grandchildren as easy as possible during what they know will be a difficult time in the future. “I’ve seen lots of families torn apart because there was no will, and we’ve seen for ourselves the difference it makes,” said Tony, senior pastor at DeWitt First United Methodist Church.   “My mother did it the right way. She had a will, a living will and plans for... Read More
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Gertie and Dick Butler: Faithful Stewards

When you look up the meaning of philanthropist-“a person who seeks to promote the welfare of others, especially by the generous donation of money to good causes”, it describes Dick and Gertie Butler of Little Rock.   Dick Butler spent many years helping the fledgling United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas become the strong ministry partner it is today. Dick and Gertie Butler are an appropriate beginning for the story of the UMFA. One of the original incorporators in 1963, he had a... Read More
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Dewitt and Cindy Smith: A Wesleyan Viewpoint

“I’m a long-term planner. The future of our children is to get United Methodist trained pastors into our churches to teach and preach the Wesleyan culture,” said Dewitt Smith of Bella Vista. “I define that culture as taking it to the streets and living your faith.”   Dewitt Smith, III, has a long family history of service to Methodism.  His direct ancestor on his paternal grandfather’s side opened his home at Isle of Wight, Virginia, to Francis Asbury for a meeting with American... Read More
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Kenneth Brumley: Serving His Church Family Forever

The congregation of Wesley United Methodist Church in Conway is family to retired engineer Kenneth Brumley.  He moved from Richmond, Indiana, after his wife passed away to be near one of his daughters and her family.  A lifelong Methodist, he considers the church to be the focus of his life.   “My faith directed me toward this church family,” he said. “When you go to church regularly and make it a part of your life, your personal faith is easier to nurse. The idea is to go... Read More
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41 Arkansas Students Heading to United Methodist Colleges Named 2015 Dollars for Scholars Recipients

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (May 15, 2015) – The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation recently named 41 Arkansas students as recipients of the Dollars for Scholars scholarship awards. For each recipient, the students’ local churches give $1,000, and the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation matches that contribution. Then the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas gives $1,000, and the student’s selected college contributes $1,000 for a significant $4,000 award.  “More Arkansas... Read More

United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas Elects New Board Members

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (June 12, 2015) – Rev. J. Wayne Clark of Conway, Daryl Coker of Little Rock, The Honorable Beth Deere of Little Rock, Rev. Dr. John Robbins of Fayetteville and Bill Wisener of Monticello recently were elected to the board of directors for The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas. The Foundation builds endowments to enhance United Methodist ministries in the Arkansas Conference and manages endowment funds for local churches and United Methodist institutions.   “We... Read More

$40,000 UMFA Grant Funds Vehicle for Mobile Food Pantry

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (May 26, 2015) – A $40,000 grant from The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas will fund the purchase of a vehicle to begin a mobile food pantry ministry serving students at ASU Beebe, ASU Marked Tree, and ASU Newport, along with supplementing a backpack food program for elementary and middle school students in Harrisburg.   “We believe this innovative ministry will make a huge difference for students at two-year colleges in east Arkansas and could be a pilot for... Read More