"Our mission is to equip generations to become spiritually maturing Christians."
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Sunday Schedule
Traditional Worship: 8:00am & 10:45am
Contemporary Worship: 9:30am MORE

On May 25, 1976, the first organizational meeting leading to the formation of a United Methodist Church at Bella Vista was held at the Hill ‘N Dale Restaurant with 54 present. The Reverend Samuel B. Teague, Senior Pastor of the Bentonville Methodist Church and The Reverend Vernon Becker, Associate Pastor guided the congregation throught the initial stages of organization.

The first worship service was held June 6, 1976 with an attendance of 98. The first Charge Conference was held June 28, 1976 and a second convened on September 12, 1976 when the congregation voted on a building site. The first meeting of the United Methodist Men was held August 12, 1976 & the first organizational meeting for the United Methodist Women met at the home of Ann Basore, August 23, 1976. Reverend D. Max Whitfield was appointed Sr. Pastor and Teverend Vernon Becker, Associate Paster on January 1, 1977, A ground breaking ceremony for a fellowship hall/education wing, was held October 9, 1977 and Bishop Kenneth W. Hicks conducted the Service of Consecration October 1, 1978.

On June 1, 1979, a ground breaking ceremony was held for the church sanctuary, and March 9, 1980 Bishop Kenneth W. Hicks and District Superintendent Wm. P. Connell participated in the Service of Consecration. On this date the church conferred upon Vernon Becker the title of Pastor Emeritus.

Volunteers began the construction of the lower level of the church January 19, 1981, with a Service of Consecration held April 26, 1981, led by Reverend Wm. P. Connell.

Reverend Joe L. Wilkerson was appointed Sr. Pastor on June 15, 1981. On February 27, 1983 the congregation approved plans for a parsonage. Ground breaking took place March 1, 1983 with a Service of Consecration September 11, 1983. A mortgage burning dedication was conducted March 10, 1985.

On June 15, 1985, Reverend Gerald Hammett was appointed as Sr. Pastor. The tenth anniversary was held June 8, 1986, at which the Founding Members and Charter Members were recognized.

On June 1, 1988 Reverend Wendell R. Dorman was appointed as Sr. Pastor. The mortgage burning of the church took place June 12, 1989 and the steeple was raised March 22, 1990.

Ground breaking for the new addition, a fellowship hall/kitchen, classrooms and remodeling of the old fellowship hall was held September 9, 1990. Participating in the service were Reverend Wendell R. Dorman, Sr. Pastor and Reverend Aaron F. Barling, District Superintendent. The cross in the sanctuary was raised July 8, 1991 and the new addition was completed November 1, 1991.

The fifteenth year anniversary was held in 1991 honoring Charter members and a suprise dedication of the fellowship hall was named “Becker Hall” in honor of Reverend Vernon and Georgia Becker.

Under the guidance of the Vision 2000 Committee a 20 year anniversary was held at the church September 19, 1996.

At the 1987 Charge Conference our church sponsored Jocelyn Bernholdt in her study of deaconal ministry. On June 12, 1998, she was ordained as deacon in full connection.

To meet the needs of our membership each Sunday three worship services are provided with Sunday School for all ages. With our church-owned bus, transportation is provided for church residents of Concordia. The first service is video taped and aired each Sunday on TV for those who are unable to attend church.

Through the dedication of our members on various committees, UMM, UMW, Shepherd Groups, ect., First United Methodist Church of Bella Vista strives to fulfill our “Statement of Purpose.”

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Friday, January 1, 2016

A New Year’s Prayer for Spiritual Revival
Bishop Gary Mueller

Lord,
It’s a new year. A fresh beginning. A chance to start again.
Of course, we say the same thing almost every year and we too quickly seem to end up right back where we were almost every year. Which is why we need to start getting honest. Even if it means we see the truth about ourselves. Like the fact that we’re too busy making life about us and not about You.
And even if it means we see the truth about our church. Like the gut-wrenching reality that we grow smaller and older, struggle to reach the young, and fail to see lives, communities and the world transformed by the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We are sorry, Lord. Truly sorry, Lord. Eternally sorry, Lord.
Speak the truth to us until we understand we are in a spiritual crisis because we don’t allow Jesus to be our Savior and Lord – as individuals or the church.
Help us get serious about spiritual revival rooted in Jesus’ unconditional, transformational and invitational love. Help us pray for it. Help us look for it. Help us celebrate it. And, most of all, help us be consumed by it.
Empower us to keep seeking Your way when we are tempted to shy away because spiritual revival has too many negative connotations for too many people, when we try to engineer it instead of receiving it as a gift from the Holy Spirit, and are lured into using it as a way of saving our churches instead of becoming Your church.
Come, Holy Spirit, come. Send the fire of spiritual revival. Bring us together as the living Body of Christ in a world that is so deeply broken. Grow us into a movement that welcomes all who long to be Christ-followers. Enable us to make disciples of Jesus Christ, who make disciples equipped to transform lives, communities and the world.
We pray this boldly in the name of Jesus, our Savior, Lord, Brother and Friend. Amen

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Come, Holy Spirit. I yield my life to you in this moment that I might breathe in your saving love and exhale grace into the world. Today let my life be a testimony to the love that I have received through Christ, so revival might be sparked by my words and deeds. Lead me to the places and people You want to bless, I am ready to be your witness in the world. Come Holy Spirit, so I will be able to go in your name. Amen.

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Gracious God, forgive me when I substitute church busyness for spending time with you and you alone.
Forgive me when it is my insecurities about achievement that drive me to do ministry instead of a genuine desire to serve you and your people. Forgive me when I seek the approval of others instead of allowing your perfect love to drive out all my fears of faithfully following you.
Through all the self-improvements of diet and exercise and time management which I have attempted multiple times, I realize that what I really need is not more self – I’ve got plenty of that – I need You. Please help me to ignore the distractions of life and competing with others so that I can enjoy your presence in my life and let that be more than enough for my life of faith in You.
Guide me to do what I need to do and be what I need to be in order to allow your Spirit to permeate my life. For the sake of Christ, I pray. Amen.

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