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MY D GROUP | BY MATT SUMMITSince our D Group started meeting in the fall of 2013, it has been amazing to see God at work. I have always enjoyed being a part of and leading a small group, but I wasn’t sure where to start at such a large church. Over those first few years, we were members of multiple small groups, and every member in our current group can be connected through the path that God placed before us during that time.

The immediate camaraderie in our group has been such a blessing. Many of us share common spiritual upbringings, but also bring a different viewpoint to God’s Word. One of the most impactful studies we have done together was The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. The study challenged us to “circle” our prayer requests to God and continue to bring issues before Him – to truly pray without ceasing. During this time, there were numerous large issues facing members of our group – from job changes, to house selling, to family matters. Each day we deliberately prayed for these issues and God did not disappoint! We were able to witness so many answered prayers during this time that it left each of us in awe.

Recently we have been reading Galatians for You, the study on grace that follows the sermon series. This book has had an incredible impact on our personal relationships with God and our relationships with each other. I have often felt like this was the first time I was reading the book of Galatians! We have seen that moving past a performance-based salvation frees us from the burden of trying to carry the weight of our own sin, and allows us to spend more time loving, caring, discipling and praying for those around us.

To learn more about our discipleship groups stop by the Connection Center or website.

Matt, Lana and Shelby Summit with Co-Leaders Kendyl and Austin Bryan

We’d love for you to get connected at Fellowship. Here are some easy ways to get involved:

FELLOWSHIP NEXTThis class is hosted by our pastors. You’ll hear about:

• our mission of discipleship• our strategy for growing as disciples of

Jesus and making disciples• our ministries and how you can get more

connected• the steps you can take to join Fellowship

as a member

We’ll gather after second service, get to know one another and answer questions you may have. Lunch and child care provided.

BENTON May 18 | CABOT Summer 2014

D GROUPS The key strategy we use for being and making disciples is our small groups, which we call D Groups (short-hand for Discipleship Groups). Stop by the Connection Center to be placed in a group.

BAPTISM Baptisms are some of our favorite events because we get to acknowledge public decisions to follow Christ. If you’re interested in taking this important step, stop by the Connection Center or email us. BENTON Baptism Class April 2 | Baptism on April 13 CABOT Baptism Class April 6 | Baptism April 27 STAY ENGAGED You’ll find the latest information and registration online and on our MyFellowship App available for Apple, Android and Windows phones.



1401 Kirk Road, Little Rock, Arkansas 72223 fellowshiponline.com 501.224.7171


fellowshipbenton fellowshipben 5724 Alcoa Road, Benton, Arkansas 72015

fellowshipbenton.com 501.315.1560 email [email protected]


fellowshipcabot fellowshipcab 2895 Bill Foster Mem. Hwy, Cabot, Arkansas 72023

fellowshipcabot.com 501.605.8400 email [email protected]


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EASTERGood Friday Communion Service Friday, April 18 at 6:00 pm in the Worship Center. Join us for a powerful time remembering the death of Jesus, the payment for our sin. Through scripture, song and story we will embrace forgiveness and anticipate our hope in the resurrected Christ! Child care available for children 4 and under.

Community Wide Egg Hunt Join us at the church Saturday, April 19, 10:00-11:30 am. Please bring candy to the Connection Center by April 13.

FSM Secret Church Good Friday, April 18, 6:00 pm at the FSM Barn. Join us for this powerful Bible study and time of worship.

Easter Worship Services Sunday, April 20, 9:00 and 11:00 am. Invite family and friends to join us this Easter as we experience the transforming power of the risen Jesus Christ.

ADULT DISCIPLESHIPD Café April 27, 6-8 pm. Come be challenged by our pastors to grow in the areas of theology, relationships, missions and practices. Coffee, snacks and childcare provided. Email [email protected] to reserve child care.

Connect Groups Our Connect groups are digging in to Tim Keller’s book, Galatians For You. This is a great companion to our current sermon series. It’s not too late to join a group. Sign up at the Connection Center.

Core Groups Core is a discipleship group made up of 4-5 men or women who meet with someone weekly more mature in the faith for 14-16 months. We are looking for leaders to be trained to launch new groups. If interested, email [email protected].

FAMILY DISCIPLESHIPFellowship Kids (FSK) It is our desire that FSK becomes a home away from home for your children (infants–6th grade). At either of our services, 9 and 11 am, you’ll find a warm, inviting atmosphere for your children to grow and learn.

Fifty6 Our 5th and 6th graders are starting a series called The Masquerade. Ultimately, we want preteens to realize how God’s grace has rescued us from the darkness and redeemed us in Christ.

We NEED you in FSK! We’re looking for folks to help provide safe and loving environments for our kids Sunday mornings. We currently have twenty vacancies: First Service–nursery, three and four year olds, third/fourth grade class; Second Service– nursery, toddlers and first/second grade class.

FSM Echo (Fellowship Student Ministries, 7–12th grade) Echo is our large-group midweek services that take place every Wednesday from 6:30–8 pm. Join us to enjoy some hangout time, praise and worship, and a time to hear Biblical teaching from our FSM Pastor.

FSM D Groups These small groups meet Sundays, 4-5:30 pm to provide more personal connections. It’s our desire that each student grows in their knowledge of Jesus Christ and learns to trust Him in their daily walk as they take ownership of their faith.

College Ready For Seniors This course, for parents and students, is designed for Seniors to prepare them for college and offer sound wisdom for what is ahead. The sessions are March 30, April 6, and April 13 from 1:00–3:00 pm at the FSM Barn. Bring a sack lunch. For more FSM info, email our FSM Pastor, Zach Martin, at [email protected].

Girls Night Out Friday, April 4, 6:30-8:30 pm. Bunco Bash! Experience not necessary. Meet other women in a fun and non-threatening atmosphere! Child care by reservation only to [email protected].

Baby Dedications On May 11 we’ll celebrate God’s love and new life in this special dedication service! If you’re interested in dedicating your child, a Baby Dedication parent’s class will be held April 30. Register by April 27. Email [email protected] or stop by the Connection Center.

FSM United Panama City, FL, June 28–July 4 Application is due April 2. This multi-campus trip for 7th–12th graders includes great messages and worship as well as opportunities to serve in areas like sports outreach, soup kitchens, beach evangelism, construction, and more! Pick up an application today.

MISSIONSEPIC After School This ministry is supported by Fellowship and hosted at the FSM Barn. Epic meets Wednesdays from 3-5:30 pm for a time of tutoring and investing in Chapel Ridge students. This gives volunteers the opportunity to invest in the lives of the students and their families.

Short-Term Mission Trips This year we have a trip to Guatemala, June 21-29. If you’re interested in being a partner, meet us at the Connection Center to learn more.



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EASTER Easter Services Have you ever wondered what love is? God gives us the most powerful picture of love in the risen Jesus. Invite friends and join us Sunday, April 20 at one of our three services at special times, 8, 9:30 and 11 am. Fellowship Kids classes will be open for all services.

Good Friday Service April 18, 6-7 pm. Prepare yourself for Easter by remembering the story of the cross. This service will help us embrace forgiveness and anticipate our hope. Child care is available for nursery- kindergarten.

Easter Egg Roll Bring your Easter baskets, invite some friends, and join us Saturday, April 12 at 10 am for a fun morning of games, crafts and prizes (and of course, candy!). Please bring two dozen candy-filled eggs per child and drop them off in the lobby bins by April 6.

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP D Café April 27, 5-7 pm. Come be challenged by our pastors to grow in the areas of theology, relationships, missions and practices. Coffee, snacks and child care provided.

Connect Groups The focus of a Connect Group is to grow as disciples within the context of life and relationships. Groups have 5-15 members, are coed, and meet weekly at various times. Stop by the website or Connection Center to find a group today.

Core Groups Core is a discipleship group made up of 4-5 men or women who meet with someone weekly more mature in the faith for 14-16 months. We are looking for leaders to be trained to launch new groups. If interested, email [email protected].

Girls Night Out May 2, 6:30 pm. Bring a friend or meet some new ones during this fun night out. For details and registration, email [email protected].

FAMILY DISCIPLESHIPBaby Dedication Services During the 9 and 11 am services on Mothers Day, May 11. There will be a required class on Sunday, April 13. Baby Dedication services are an opportunity to think about what really matters most in the life of your child, and to publicly affirm your desire to raise your child in a godly way. It’s also our commitment as a church family to come alongside you in that great task.

Fellowship Kids (FSK) We are looking for volunteers to fill some important roles in our kids classes on Sunday mornings during our 9 and 11 am services. If you have questions or would like to serve, email Bryan Crowley at [email protected].

Fifty6 In April we begin a new series, Uprising. We invite all 4th-6th graders to join us every Sunday at 9 am in the Garage as we celebrate Easter and the greatest and biggest uprising of all time—Jesus’ resurrection!

Easter We will have Fellowship Kids classes at all three Easter services (8, 9:30 and 11 am) for all kids, nursery-6th grades. If you are an adult and able to serve during one of these services, please email [email protected].

FSM Echo Our midweek meeting for all 7-12th graders from 7-8:30 pm. Come hang out, worship and hear biblical teaching. This month’s series: Unexpected Jesus.

College Ready for Seniors This course is designed to prepare seniors for college by offering wisdom for what is ahead. First session: Sunday, March 30, 6-7:30 pm, for both parents and students. Next three sessions: April 6, 13 and 20, for students only. Classes are held at our Little Rock campus. Meet at the Cabot campus at 5 pm to carpool.

Crawfish Boil Sunday, May 18 after 2nd service. Purchase your tickets in the lobby beginning April 13 for crawfish or chicken in the lobby. Adults ($10), Kids 12 and under ($5). All proceeds go to FSM United summer mission trip. For more information email [email protected].

For more FSM info, email our FSM Pastor, Austin Walker at [email protected].

MISSIONSShort Term Mission Trips This summer we will be sending two teams to Tegucigalpa, Honduras to serve the children and families of New Life Deaf Ministry. Trips are June 13-20 and July 13-20. If you are interested in participating, email [email protected] for info and deadlines.

Cabot Missions To find out about upcoming events and opportunities to serve with our local ministry partners: The CALL and CASA (foster and adoption care), Options Pregnancy Center, Lonoke County Christian Clinic, or First Care and Hope’s Closet (food and clothing pantries), visit fellowshipcabot.com/missions.


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ON OUR LITTLE ROCK CAMPUSFellowship is one church with locations in Benton, Little Rock and Cabot. We are united by one teaching, mission and vision. We want to make sure you are aware of opportunities held on our Little Rock campus that are of interest to all campuses.

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP Renew Groups Tuesday nights from 6:30–8:30. Renew provides discipleship at your point of need whether it is a personal crisis, growth in your marriage or finances, addressing a sin issue or a need for specific support. Newcomers are welcomed weekly in most groups, and free child care is provided through preregistration. For more info about Renew or to register for child care, visit fellowshiponline.com/renew.

Marriage Renewal We all experience some level of struggle in our marriage. Marriage Renewal is a place where God’s grace can be experienced as He transforms us in the discipling context of our marriage. Newcomers are welcomed weekly.

Divorce Care If you have experienced a divorce or are in the midst of a marital separation, you know how painful it can be. DivorceCare is a video seminar and support group conducted by people who understand what you are experiencing. A New Divorce Care discipleship group will meet in May!

Sageworks Main Event May 4, 6-7:30 pm in the Warehouse. Join Bill Parkinson, Robert Lewis and Dave Kella as they share a new, “involving” strategy for reaching not only Sages but also families who are launching families and entering into a new season with little or no vision.

MISSIONSMissions Tour March 4 from 4–7 pm. Discover what God’s doing here in Central Arkansas and how you can get involved! To sign up for this or another tour, contact Linda at 224-7171 or [email protected]

Come Meet The Nations March 3 and 10, 6 pm, MetroBCM, 5515 West 32nd St. on the UALR campus. International Friendship Outreach’s Conversation Club is starting for the spring semester! Enjoy a potluck dinner, meet students from over a dozen countries and have global impact without leaving the country! Email [email protected] for info.

Mystery of the Shroud of Turin April 6, 6-7:30 pm in the Warehouse. Sageworks presents the lead research physicist and archaeologist as they discuss their findings on the Shroud of Turin, the possible burial cloth of Jesus Christ.

Walk for the Waiting What if there was one simple thing each person could do to care for Arkansas’s waiting children? What if it was as simple as walking? Please join the state’s three leading orphan care ministries who are uniting forces again for the second annual Walk for the Waiting, April 26 at 9:00am at War Memorial Stadium.

Central Arkansas 2014 National Day of Prayer 7pm, May 1 in the Warehouse. Join other believers in Central Arkansas to pray around this year’s theme “One Voice…United in Prayer” from Romans 15:6 “So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Hidden Creek Yard Sale Saturday, May 3. We are collecting any of your unwanted items laying around the house or in storage. Drop your items off at Hidden Creek, 10905 West Markham Street, between 8-4 pm, Monday through Friday; deadline to donate is Friday, April 25 by 4 pm. All proceeds from the yard sale will benefit the day-to-day operations of Hidden Creek. A receipt will be provided for your donations. For more info, contact Pam Ferguson at [email protected].

Missions Summer Internships Fellowship Missions internships are intensive local discipleship experiences designed for future leaders to work alongside the missions team at Fellowship in order to gain an understanding of what happens ‘behind the scenes’ of ministry. Applications will only be accepted through the end of April. For more information or to apply visit our website: fellowshipmissions.com/internships

Missions Leadership Residency This nine-month experience is designed to strengthen a college graduate’s spiritual foundation and provide practical knowledge in areas of social justice, community development and gospel movements. For more information or to apply visit fellowshipmissions.com/residency.

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LOCALInternational Friendship Outreach by Jeremiah Dennis

It all started for me when I spent a year in India, sharing the gospel with college students. During that year God placed in my heart a love for international students and a desire to share Christ with those who have never heard of Him. Then a few years ago God led me to get involved with a ministry at UALR called IFO, or International Friendship Outreach. IFO’s purpose is to connect Americans and international students through Conversation Club, a weekly meeting where we come together to eat, have conversation and practice their English. Ultimately the goal is to develop relationships with these students, many of who are from restricted or closed countries, and share the love of Christ and His gospel with them.

Through my involvement with IFO, God has provided me with numerous opportunities to love, serve and invest in these precious students. As we spend time together, eating meals, or having intense UNO games, the Gospel naturally flows out. Sometimes it involves telling a story about Christ and His miracles, while other times it means listening to a student describe his anxieties then sharing my experience with Christ as the absolute Lord and leader of my life, the one who gives me peace. While it never looks the same, God is always faithful to provide moments in which to share Christ.

As I reflect on the opportunities that God has given me over the last few years, I can’t help but marvel at all that He has done. To use me at all in this great work of sharing Christ with the world is a marvelous display of His abundant grace and mercy. I eagerly look forward to what God will to do in the coming years. By His grace, I hope to join Him directly in His work by moving overseas and pouring out my life among those who have never heard the name of Christ. O what a God we serve!

Interested in finding out more about international student ministry? Contact [email protected]!

GLOBALHosean International Ministries

Hosean International Ministries (HIM Haiti), located in Pignon, Haiti, was founded by Caleb Lucien in order to empower Haitians with the Gospel through education, life skills training and economic growth.

Caleb Lucien grew up in Pignon watching leaders of his community, including his own father, face one obstacle after another as they tried to meet the needs of their people. Caleb was able to study in the United States, earning three degrees. He knew God had blessed him and was convinced that he was being called to return to Haiti to minister and help his community.

In 1984 Caleb returned to Pignon and founded Hosean International.

Because neither public or private education is free in Haiti, many families cannot afford to send their children to school. HIM is committed to helping these children get an education that will allow them to succeed and lead a healthy, well rounded life. HIM has set up several schools including College de la Grace, a secondary school, and Lapila Christian School. Lapila Christian School was founded in 1992 and was the first school in the community. It now teaches 385 kindergarten through sixth graders. HIM also works to train the teachers at College de la Grace and Lapila Christian.

Hosean International also works to create jobs, teach job skills, train leaders, and encourage the entrepreneurial spirit. One way they accomplish this is to have adult and children’s Life Skill training camps run by American volunteers at Camp de la Grace.

This year, Hosean will celebrate 30-years of ministry and the devotion and courage of Caleb Lucien and his staff. To learn more about Hosean International Ministries visit hosean.org.

Fellowship Missions, in partnership with HIM, will lead a trip to Haiti July 11-19. If you are interested in learning more visit fellowshipmissions.com/global.