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       Sunday       
Hospitality Time
Coffee/Donuts
8:30 a.m.

Sunday School
9:00 a.m.

Worship
10:00 a.m.

Puppet Practice
4:00 p.m.

Youth
5:00 P.M.

     Wednesday     
Kidz
5:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
(Sept.  -  May)

Chancel Chimes
5:45 p.m.  (Oct.  -  May)

Chancel Choir
Rehearsals at 6:45 p.m.
 



Pastor Ann Ferris
Extracts from our 2016 Charge Conference Pastor’s Report
 
This has been a good year in the life of Mena FUMC and we are experiencing new vitality.  We recently celebrated our 120th anniversary with a special service in which we honored those people who have been members for fifty or more years and welcomed back several former pastors and their families. The puppets performed an interesting play about the past, present and future of our church. District Superintendent Rev. Stephen Coburn preached. At the end of the service we blessed the backpacks of students and teachers who were about to begin a new school year. Then we enjoyed a celebration lunch. It was a wonderful multi-generational celebration.

Earlier this year I held a confirmation class.  Ten young people made the decision to be confirmed and join the church at the end of the class.  They are all still very involved in the church and serving in various ways such as the puppet program, preparing the Sunday flowers for delivery to sick and homebound individuals, acting as ushers and running the slides for Sunday worship.  Several also helped serve a meal in our Ninth Street Ministry.

Sharon and Ernie retired from running our Ninth Street Ministry after 16 years of faithful service. Mike and Mary joined the church on profession of faith and immediately took over this ministry. They are doing a great job recruiting new people (even some inactive members) to help prepare and serve food to over 300 people once a month.  Our members are also very generous in their support of various other mission projects such as the Backpacks for Kids Program (food for hungry local children), Back to School Bash (school supplies for local children), Baby Bottle Boomerang (money for the Fresh Start Pregnancy Resource Center) and the Ingathering. We took up an offering for Methodist Family Health on Christmas Eve. We started a new ministry, New Life-New Beginnings, to provide layettes for babies born in our local hospital who would otherwise have no clothing to go home in.

We restarted the United Methodist Men’s group a little over a year ago. It is going well. Between twenty and thirty men meet each month for a home-cooked meal, devotion and to hear a speaker talk about his work and faith. In September they held an indoor garage sale and raised over $1,000 for missions.

Our FUMC Kidz program for children aged 3 through fifth grade is thriving.  The children sing in church about four times a year and they are outstanding.  We are revamping our Youth Group to encourage more participation by our youth. We have added new Sunday School classes for young adults and middle high youth. A new group of ladies meets monthly for coffee, fellowship and to participate in various mission projects.  This group began a ministry to deliver pies to local first-time visitors at Sunday worship. I am thankful to have been re-appointed as pastor of Mena FUMC at this exciting time in the church’s history.

Respectfully submitted,
Ann Ferris
Pastor
 

Chancel Choir
December 7th
6:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m
Sancutary Choir Loft

  The Upper Room Daily Devotional


What's Happening at FUMC?
  • Every Saturday - 6:00 p.m. - Pastor Ann Ferris and her husband, James, invite you to join them each Saturday for a "Prayer Journey" through the rooms of the church asking God's blessings on the activities in each room for Sunday.  Please come when you can and participate in this joyful expression of our faith.




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ABOUT US

The year was 1896, and the first KCS train had not yet come to Mena, but a group of Methodists who had just arrived met for prayer meetings and testimonies under a brush arbor on the corner of Maple and Fourth Streets.  Their pastor, Reverend J. Y. Christmas, instigated the construction of a simple church with a sawdust floor and rough timber walls, for the congregants to have shelter from the elements.

On August 2, 1896, the first formalized religious service was held in Mena.  The group later purchased the lot on the corner of Seventh and Church Streets.  During that first year, about 100 new members were added to the rolls.  One of the earliest members was Mrs. Dora Horner Harshman, mother to Holly Harshman, for whom the elementary school is named.

In 1906 two lots were purchased on the corner of Port Arthur and Ninth Streets due to the rapid growth of the church.  In 1907 the cornerstone was set at that site for Mena First United Methodist Church which remains at that location today.  Several additions and renovations have added space and beauty to the existing structure.

FUMCs organizations. Throughout the years, FUMC has remained strong in the foundations of faith laid by the Reverend John Wesley and his teachings on equality and caring.

A complete church history is available in the church office.