Spring BreakWho doesn’t love spring break?  It’s a well-placed moment where we can all catch our breath – or lose it doing something fun and meaningful.  No matter where you find yourselves next week: a beach, the slopes, packing the Breadbox and headed to Dallas with your favorite youth pastors, I hope you take a moment to appreciate the goodness of God’s creation in the places you visit and the people you meet.

Please be in prayer for us as Jay and I lead a group of 12 from phyouth to Dallas for our 2015 Spring Break Experience.  We will be in mission and ministry with various organizations throughout the city.  Our group is being commissioned in the 11am New Heights worship service this Sunday (Mar. 22nd), so come to that service for prayer and support!

Let us also keep everyone who is traveling over the next week or so in our prayers, for safety and well being.

Here’s what is happening until then:



  • 7/8th Grade Girls Small group @ Panera with Jennie
  • 9/10th Grade Girls Small group @ PHUMC with Megan Rugg

8:00pm – 11th/12th Guys and Girls small group in Jay’s office


9am Worship

10am Sunday School – Spring Break Dallas group meets in Sunday School room to load vehicles and prepare for Commissioning

11am Worship – SBXD group commissioned in New Heights by Reverend Skarda


See you back next week for Romans and Christians on March 29th!


Jennie and Jay

Featuring: Hoovey and Kari



An Inspirational Movie

phyouth is excited to host a church-wide cinematic event!  This Sunday, at 6pm, we will be hosting all who would like to watch an inspirational movie about a teenage boy who overcomes physical and spiritual adversity.  I hope you invite your friends and join us.  For youth, the cost is $5 at the door, for everyone else, the cost is just $10 which covers the movie rights.  All youth are invited to come for dinner at our usual phyouth time- 5:30pm.

An inspirational Speaker

On Monday night at 6:30pm, PHUMC is hosting author Kari Kampakis for a presentation about her bestselling book:

51VnntWaWZL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know.

Kari shares her insights about how to be a teen girl who loves others and serves Christ in the face of societal and cultural opposition.  This experience is the perfect mother/daughter event.  Ages 3rd-12th grade welcome.  Cost is $10/person.  Please register on under the “sign up” tab in the right-hand corner.






6:30pm – Girls Small Groups

  • 7th/8th Grade @ PHUMC in the 7th/8th Grade Sunday School room
  • 9th/10th Grade @ Newk’s

7:45pm – 11th/12th Grade Small Group @ PHUMC in Jay’s office


Basketball Finals!


8:30am – Confirmation Day with the Bishop!  Come help PHUMC host confirmands from all over the state as we gather to talk about our faith in Christ and our commitment to our church family


9am Worship

10am Sunday School

11am Worship

4:20pm Cornerstone Choir

5:15pm Prison Ministry with Jimmy Faulkner (Senior High only)

5:30pm Snack Supper for phyouth

6pm Hoovey movie (ending at 7:30pm)


6:30pm – 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know ft. author Kari Kampakis (mother/daughter event)

Have a wonderful week!




Veritas + NO Sunday night phyouth



Sheesh!  Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow no more!  Thankfully, our sunny and relatively warm Friday has allowed us to continue with our weekend as planned and we will load up and leave for Veritas this evening at 6:45.  We will return on Sunday afternoon around noon.  Please be in prayer for our youth going, that God would move in them and motivate them to move out into the world as faithful disciples of Christ empowered by God’s Spirit.

We will not be meeting for our regular Sunday night youth gathering to allow for our Veritas group to catch up on sleep/school work.  Jimmy Faulkner’s Senior High Bible Study IS meeting, however, so we hope you can join us for that if you are in grades 9th-12th.


9am Worship

10am Sunday school (meet in the phyouth room)

11am Worship

12pm Veritas crew returns

4:20 Cornerstone

7:15 Senior High Bible Study with Jimmy Faulkner

NO YOUTH Sunday night!

Wednesday Night Small Groups Canceled!


Well, the weather has done it again! Everyone please stay home and safe and warm tonight – there will be NO SMALL GROUPS MEETING TONIGHT.


As for the rest of the week…

  • Veritas (Mar. 6th-8th) emails are going out today.  Be on the look out for schedule, packing, and payment info
  • Spring Break Dallas info will go out first thing next week


9am Worship

10am Sunday School – meet in the youth room for announcements and prayer

11am Worship

4:20pm Cornerstone Choir

5:30pm phyouth – LENT

7:15pm – Senior High Bible Study with Jimmy Faulkner


phyouth Sabbath


This Sunday is Youth Sabbath in all four services. Be in prayer for our youth as we participate in the Sanctuary and New Heights services.  It’s important that you come and support your youth group with your presence and your prayers in worship.  We are assigning parts in each service to our youth, so be ready to help.


Our February/March Newsletter has gone out in the mail this week.  For a digital copy look under our “About: Newsletter” at the top right side of the website.  Or you can click here on the icon.

This Week.


6:30pm – Girls Small Group

  • 7/8 Grade: meet at Panera with Jennie Williams
  • 9/10 Grade: meet at Newk’s with Susan Hoskyn

8pm – Senior Small Group: Meet at PHUMC in Jay’s office


7:30am – Breakfast Club at Chick Fil A (Markham)


9am: Youth Sabbath in Worship

10am: Sunday School (meet in phyouth room)

11am: Youth Sabbath in Worship

2pm: Nursing Home Ministry #valentinesedition

4:20: Cornerstone Choir

5:30: phyouth Hot Topix: Real Sex

Can’t wait to see you all this week!

Jennie and Jay


Veritas 2015

Veritas is coming up in just a little over a month (March 6-8th) for grades 7th-12th. The event will be in Hot Springs this year and cost is $125 which covers the cost of the event, lodging, and most meals.  If you would like to go we need to know by Thursday, Jan. 29th at 12pm.  Registration for the event closes this week, and the conference will not allow any late registrants.  Please email to add your name to the list.

Upcoming Payments.

  • For those going on Spring Break Mission Experience: Dallas, payment is due March 1st ($225)
  • If you have not paid your OMP deposit of $50, that is due immediately
  • The next payment of $200 is due March 15th for Youth 2015

Other Things.

  • Our next nursing home ministry outreach will be on February 8th.  We will be making around 200 Valentines cards for us to mail to our members in various facilities around Little Rock.  We will need all the help we can get so bring your friends and your most creative card-making skills!
  • Youth Sabbath is February 8th.  Please plan to come to one of our 4 worship services to show your support of phyouth to the whole congregation.  If you are interested in participating in any of the worship services, please email

This week.


6:30pm – Girls small groups

  • 7/8th Grade girls meet at PHUMC in the 7th/8th grade SS classroom.  Feel free to bring dinner or a snack with you!
  • 9/10th Grade girls meet at Panera!


9am – Worship

10am – Sunday School

11am – Worship

12pm – Super Bowl Sunday! (Lunch in the youth room and then flag football and other activities @ War Memorial stadium).  Pick up will be at 2:30pm at War Memorial!


Many thanks and much love,


We are back!


I love this verse from the book of Revelation because it holds such hope for the future.  No matter what struggles and frustrations we are living through we can know that God’s word tells us that all things are being made new and whole again!  And what a wonderful reminder at the change of the calendar year that God is going to do something new in our lives.  And yet this is not just something to look forward to, but something that we can expect now!  God is NOW beginning to make ALL THINGS NEW.  This starts with the Church, and we get to participate in God’s transformation of the world.

Somehow the transition of the New Year has come and gone and we are in the full swing of things!  Basketball, Sunday night youth, girls small groups, Sunday afternoon local missions – there are plenty of opportunities to stay plugged into your church!

Upcoming things.

  • Veritas (March 6-8th) Registration starting soon!
  • Deposits for SBXD, Youth2015, and OMP payments coming up!
  • Confirmation Day with the Bishop (March 15th) – More info coming from Jay soon!

This week.


Small groups

  • 7th/8th Grade girls – meet at Newks @ 6:30pm
  • 9th/10th Grade girls – meet at PHUMC @ 6:30pm


9am – Worship

10am – Sunday school

11am – Worship

2pm – Nursing home ministry

4:15pm – Cornerstone Choir

5:30pm – Shoot Christians Say! A look at some of the things we say without even considering what they mean in our worship services.


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays


I hope you all are able to make it to one of our 6 Christmas Eve Worship Services tomorrow (12pm, 2pm, 4pm – Children’s service, 6pm, 8pm, or 11pm).

For those traveling early, we are offering a Christmas Eve-Eve service in Wesley Hall tonight (Dec. 23rd) at 6pm.

Wherever you find yourself this holiday, may you take a moment to be overwhelmed by God’s gift of Peace, in Christ.  Safe travels and the merriest of Christmases to you all!

Reminder: NO phyouth on Sunday, Dec. 28th


We do have 2 mission and service opportunities on Sunday, Dec. 28th:

  • Methodist Family Health – meet in Jay’s office at 2pm to help plan and lead a worship service at MFH.  We will be back to the church around 4:30.
  • Prison Ministry – meet in the lower parking deck at 5:15, led by Jimmy Faulkner

Have a wonderful week!  We will see you soon!


Jennie and Jay


Let’s Party!

christmas party

Finals week! I hope everyone will be ready to party with phyouth after your tests and final projects are over!  We have three different grade-based options for your enjoyment this week:

7th/8th grade on Friday, Dec. 19th @ 6pm at Lydia Schallenberg’s.  Bring a $10 unisex gift  for gift exchange and a dish to share! (email for directions)

Confirmands on Sunday, Dec. 21st @ 12:15pm at US Pizza Hillcrest (in the party room upstairs).  Bring $$ for lunch and a $10 unisex gift for our gift exchange!

9th-12th on Sunday, Dec. 21st @ 6:30pm at Will and Claire Thompson’s house.  Bring a $10 unisex gift for gift exchange AND a dish to share. (email for directions)

***phyouth also has the opportunity to party AND earn service hours this weekend with foster families from around the area @ the Call Christmas party on Dec. 20th @ 1:30pm in the Great Hall.  Meet in the gym @ 1:00 to set up – you’ll be done by 3!  Talk to Jennie about getting service hours.

Looking forward.

  • Dec. 28th – 2 service opportunities: Methodist Family Health worship, meet in Jay’s office at 2pm.  Senior High goes to the Prison with Jimmy Faulkner that night, meet in the lower parking deck at 5:15pm
  • Dec. 28th night – NO PHYOUTH!
  • Jan. 4th 5pm – phyouth RESTART @ Professor Bowl

This week.


6-7:30pm – phyouth 7th/8th grade Christmas party @ Lydia Schallenberg’s


1:30-3pm – the Call Christmas party for foster families around Little Rock (qualifies for service hours)


9am – Worship

10am – Sunday School

11am – Worship

12:15pm – Cornerstone Choir

12:15 pm – Confirmation Christmas Party @ US Pizza Hillcrest (party room)

6:30pm – Senior High Christmas Party @ the Thompson’s

Good luck with finals!  Let us know if you need anything.

Peace and Love,



winters-peaceIt’s already that time of year, if you can believe it – Winter Peace!  Although, in my experience, nothing during Advent and Christmas seems peaceful!  For that reason I hope all youth and families will come participate in our Winter Peace Worship service this Sunday evening at 6pm in Wesley Hall, as we honor the Prince of Peace who came to us 2,000 years ago on that first Christmas morning.  This service is our gift to our PHUMC family.  phyouth need to be in Wesley Hall at 4:00pm for rehearsal!

Other things:

– Dec. 20th is The Call Christmas party 1:30pm-3pm in the Gym.  This Christmas party provides foster families from the area with gifts and helps meet other needs they may have.  phyouth can use this time for school service hours!

– Dec. 19th/21st-phyouth Christmas parties!  7/8th- Friday night, Confirmation – Sunday @ 12:15, US Pizza Hillcrest, 9th-12th – Sunday night



9am – Worship

10am – SS, meet in the phyouth room

11am- Worship

4pm – phyouth meet in Wesley Hall for Winter Peace Rehearsal

5:30pm – phyouth eats in youth room

6pm – Winter Peace!  We will be done around 7:15pm.

Have a wonderful week!