Come Worship
with Us

Hospitality Time
8:30 a.m.

Sunday School
9:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Puppet Practice
4:00 p.m.

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
(Sept.  -  May)

Betweens and Youth
5:30 p.m.

Youth Choir
6:00 p.m.

Chancel Choir
Rehearsals at 6:45 p.m.
(October - May)

Pastor Ann Ferris
Mena First United Methodist Church is a multi-generational community of disciples of Jesus Christ.  We are striving to live out our Mission Statement which is “growing in the love of God and our neighbors."

The “love of God” includes worship, personal discipleship, education and encouraging each other in our faith.  We offer a mainly traditional worship service (with some more contemporary songs) on Sundays at 10 a.m.  Sunday School for all ages is on Sundays at 9 a.m. and there are various activities during the week for children aged 3 through 18.  We are blessed with a wonderful pipe organ and a very talented choir, youth choir and chime choir.  Our youth puppeteers share a message with us during worship once a month.  We also offer special services for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Christmas Eve, as well as an outdoor Blessing of the Animals service every October.  A group meets in the sanctuary every Saturday evening at 6 p.m. to pray for the worship service and other events that are scheduled to take place the next day.

Loving “our neighbors” starts with our family members, friends and fellow church members and then reaches out to our community and our world.  This includes caring for each other, evangelism, inviting others into our church community and service.  Some of our ongoing mission activities include delivering flowers to sick and homebound friends each Sunday, providing layettes for babies born in the Mena hospital who have nothing to go home in, proving a home-cooked monthly meal for over 300 people through Ninth Street Ministry, and providing food for hungry children in local schools to eat over the weekends.  We also have several seasonal projects.

We have a Men’s Ministry group and several women’s groups for mutual support, service and learning.

If you are visiting our town or if you live in the Mena area and do not currently have a church home, we would love you to join with us on our journey to grow in the love of God and our neighbors.  We invite you to visit one of our worship services or call the me, or Sandy our office manager, at the church on 479-394-3051 for more information.

Grace and peace,
Pastor Ann Ferris

  The Upper Room Daily Devotional

What's Happening at FUMC?
  • Interim Pastor - As of October 1, 2019, our new interim minister will be Donald L. Hall, Jr. He is a retired minister with 39 years experience in Methodist churches of all sizes. Prior to that he was a public school music teacher.

    He is married to Cheryl who is a watercolor artist and master naturalist. They ahve five children, nine grandchildre, and one great-grandchild.

    He has his Doctorate of Ministry from St. Paul School of Theology and has numeroud academic awards.

    We want to welcome tham and thank Donald for joining us at this time.

    Regards, Bob Mathiews, SPRC
  • FUMC Kidz - Children aged 3 through 4th grade are invited to attend FUMC Kidz every Wednesday September through May, from 5:30-6:35 p.m., for singing, a snack, Bible story and fun activities.
  • Youth Group - On Wednesdays from September through May, 5th through 12th graders are invited for a meal, lesson adn fun activities, 5:30-6:45 p.m.
  • Pauline's Puppeteers for Christ - Sundays 5:00-5:30 p.m. during the scool year.  No experience necessary - instruction will be provided.  Open to anyone 4th grade and above.
  • United Methodist Men's Ministry - Typically on the third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m..  Meetings include a devotional, meal and an interesting speaker.  Men also participate in fund-raisers like their annual inside garage sale and "Rent a Methodist Man week."  They use the money raised to fund missions such as helping local schools, helping needy families and sponsoring an orphange in Haiti.  The men also do some construction projects to help needy individuals, such as installing wheelchair ramps and grab bars.
  • Youth Choir - Sundays, 5:30-6:00 p.m.
  • Chancel Choir - It you like to sing, come on Wednesdays 6:45-7:45 p.m.  No auditions necessary!
  • Do you knit or crochet, or would you like to learn how to? - Join our "crochet fellowship" for a time of fellowship and working on projects on Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. in fellowship hall.


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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.