Thursday, June 23, 2011

July Newsletter.

Instillers and parents,

Our summer has started with a bang with the Messy Olympics, All-Night Extravaganza and so far two Ozark Mission Projects just in the month of June. We also have had a kick off for Summer Sizzle Sundays and our summer sermon series Flip Flop Faith. This summer we are talking all about Faith; we began talking about what our faith is comprised off: scripture, experience, community, worship, tradition, and service. We will continue talking about faith throughout the summer.
I love summer so much, but in student ministries a lot of what happens in the summer is planning and preparing for the fall. I have been in prayer about where God is visioning student ministries to go this year. Our power team has already met and planned out some amazing sermon series that have the power to transform the lives of our students. Check out all the dates for the summer sermon series and all the other events taking place in July and August.
God’s vision for Instill 4:12 Student Ministries is that it is a place of movement. In God’s vision and power, we plan to take Instill 4:12 to a new place by this time next year. We believe God’s vision incorporates all areas of our ministry including worship, service, and relationships both with God and our friends. With this in mind, we are hoping two things from you. First is that you will join us August 28th for Vision Night. All families of First Church are invited to attend this night. Second, we ask that you be in continual prayer about what your commitment will be for Student Ministry this year. We would like to challenge everyone to volunteer in some way for Student Ministries. Student Ministry needs a strong volunteer base in order to be successful in working towards the vision that God has laid out. We want everyone at First Church to be connected to this amazing ministry where God is moving and changing lives.
Finally, the power team and I would like to request continual prayers as we continually plan for this school year. We want every event to in some way add to the movement that God is bringing to Instill 4:12.

In grace abundant,

Alli Kemp

Mystery Tour
Mystery tour is August 2-8th!
1) How do I sign up for Mystery Tour?
This year we are going through Little Rock Tours for Mystery Tour. Therefore, there are two ways to sign up, both of which are online. The first way is directly through Little Rock Tours through this website: 

Using this method, you have to pay with a credit card and you must pay the whole price all at once.
The second way to sign up is through the First Church Maumelle Registration Site:
Using the maumelle website you can pay installments until July 24th.
2) What is the cost?
The cost of Mystery Tour is $575. You now might be asking why is it so expensive, and the answer is expansive. We are taking chartered buses, because last year our church vans proved to not be so reliable in the long distance. Also, breakfast and dinner is included in the price. The out of pocket expense when your student arrives will be lunch each day and souveniers. The trip is really amazing and will be completely worth the money spent.
3) Who can go to Mystery Tour?
All students entering 7-12th grade are able to attend Mystery Tour. Also, we need parent volunteers for this trip. The trip will be fun for all ages. Parent volunteers will have to pay to attend, but we know that you will have a great time meeting new parents and the trip will be just as fun for you.
4) Are there any scholarships?
We will not have any scholarships for Mystery Tour. However, at each Summer Sizzle we will have give aways for small amount coupons for Mystery Tour. So come to summer sizzle at 6:30 on Sunday and you might win a small coupon for Mystery Tour.
5) Are we doing any fund raisers?
Yes, we will be doing fund raisers. Keep watch out in your email and texts for fund raiser dates.
WE NEED YOU TO SIGN UP ASAP because Little Rock Tours is trying to stay in contact with us and work out all the details and the better idea they have of how many people going the better they can plan for our trip.
Also you can sign up by calling Alli Mon-Thursday from 9-5 at 5014549858 or 5018512377. Or emailing Alli at You can also reach me at these places for any further questions.

Ozark Mission Project
First Church Maumelle will send a total of 54 youth and 14 adults to Ozark Mission Project this summer. As you are receiving this newsletter, one group is in Hot Springs working with neighbors from the area; fixing porches, painting houses, building wheel chair ramps. Ozark Mission Project is truly an amazing opportunity for our youth and adults of our church. In an effort to send more youth to this amazing week of service, we have discounted the price for the students. If you would be interested in ponsoring a student that went or will be going to Ozark Mission Project 2011, please contact the church office at 501.851.2377. In sponsoring a student, your student will send you a letter letting you know the projects that they worked on and about the neighbors that they had the pleasure to work with. Our theme this summer was Sustain from Isaiah 46:3-4, and we discussed, prayed and discovered that our God sustains us no matter circumstance. We are in continual prayer that this amazing opportunity of Ozark Mission Project for our students at First Church will be sustained, and we need sponsors, big or small, to create this experience. I hope you will join us in Ozark Mission Project, and the joy, love, and power of God that is experienced in its midst.
For Ozark Mission Project 2012, we will begin taking sponsors this coming September.

4:12 Ministries Under Construction
Beginning August 9th and lasting through August 27th, 4:12 Ministries will be undergoing a facelift of many sorts. During this time, the church areas connected with children and student ministry will be cleaned, organized, fixed, rearranged and made ready for the upcoming school year. We will then kickoff the school year August 28th with Vision Night! WE NEED YOUR HELP. Please sign up for a day or afternoon that you can join us in 4:12 Ministries Under Construction. Contact Michele or Alli at 501.851.2377 Monday-Thursday from 9-5.

Summer Sizzle
Summer Sizzle will continue through the month of July and August on July 10th, July 17th, and August 14th. Join us on these Sundays for our sermon series Flip Flop Faith at 6:30 pm in the Instillary.
Text Messaging
Our main method of communication in Student Ministry is through Text Messaging so if you want to receive texts from Instill 4:12 email your number, name and service provider to

Volunteers for the Fall
We are beginning sign ups for Volunteers for the Fall for Student Ministry. If you are interested in volunteering, please email and she will send you an email with Job Description.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

June Newsletter

From the Instillary…..

Students, Families, Parents and Friends,

Everyone is finishing up with school and summer is here! We have so many exciting plans this summer and I have already started packing for all the fun adventures.
I know that many people take family vacations and have fun lake trips throughout the summer, but please keep you ears and eyes open about what happening this summer.
This summer we will meet on Sunday night at 6:30 with 7-12th grade. There are some Sundays that we will not meet so included in this newletter are the list of Sundays that we will be meeting. Our summer sermon series is “Flip Flop Faith”.
I will be praying for you and your families this summer as you travel, soak in some sun, enjoy the pool and the lake and grow closer to God’s goodness.

In grace abundant,

Alli Kemp

Summer Sizzle Kick-off Messy Olympics
Ready to kick off the best summer ever?! Well if you are, join us Sunday June 5th from 2-4 in the church parking lot. Wear clothes you don’t mind throwing away, bring some friends, and lets have a messy ole time!

Last Jump of the School Year
Join us June 5th from 6:30-8:30 for the last Jump of the year. We will have one last amazing message from our Instill Class of 2011 in our Stuck like Glue Sermon Series and we are ready to worship!

Summer Sizzle
Summer Sizzle is what we call all of our amazing summer events. Be sure you are signed up for Ozark Mission Project and Mystery Tour. Also, join us on Sunday nights (that we are not out of town) for worship and a great summer message. Our summer series is called Flip Flop Faith, and our first sermon will be “Cheeseburger in Paradise”.
Our first Summer Sizzle Sunday Night is June 19th 6:30-8:30. We will have dinner available for $5 from 6:30-7:15 and we will of course be having cheeseburgers.

All Night Extravaganza
Everyone needs to sign up for this amazing night of fun June 24th-June 25th. The night will start at 6:00pm and last until 6:00am. The cost is just $75 and includes fun at Playtime Pizza and Cars II at Rave Motion Pictures. We will also be having a junk food buffet!

Ozark Mission Project Training Days
The following are a list of Ozark Mission Project training days. Everyone must attend a training day in order to attend OMP (even if you have been before):
June 8th- 9-11
June 10th- 9-11
June 11th-9-11
June 22- 9-11, 1-3
June 25- 9-11, 1-3
July 3rd-1-3
If for some reason you cannot make any of these training days, call Alli will schedule a 1 on 1 training day for you. Alli 501.454.9858

Summer Sizzle Dates

June 19th
June 26th
July 10th
July 17th
July 31st
August 14th
August 21st

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Mission Opportunity


Saturday, April 30

As many of you know, one of our neighboring church's was destroyed by this week's tornado. The church building is a total loss and the graveyard next door has extensive damage. This morning, their congregation is there trying to clean up the grave yard and remove the debris from the church. THEY NEED OUR HELP! Please join us this morning and help our neighbors begin the process of rebuilding.
Bring your gloves, chain saws, trailers, trash bags, etc. The church is located on Hwy 365 north directly across the street from Palarm Liquor, and Sody's Liquor Store. Let's BE the church that God has called us to be today!

Thursday, April 28, 2011


FIRST AND FOREMOST: The youth room has officially changed its name to THE INSTILLARY

This Sunday is Senior Sunday. Come celebrate our amazing Instill Class of 2011 with us at 9:30 in the Family Life Center!

Get the 4.1.1 on Instill 4:12
Summer is almost here and we want to make sure we can stay in touch with you! Get plugged in to one of these “Top 4 ways to communicate with Instill 4:12”:
1) TWITTER: Follow @instill412 or @allikemp for constant updates on Instill 4:12
2) FACEBOOK: Become a fan of both Instill 4:12 and First United Methodist Pages and check their newsfeed.
3) BLOGSPOT: Follow
4) EMAIL: Starting May 2nd. Weekly INSTILL 4:12 Emails will be sent out about upcoming events. Sign up at the front desk today for these weekly emails
BONUS: Check out the bulletin every week for exciting new updates!
Morning with Mom
May 7th from 9-10:30, 4:12 Ministries is hosting Morning with Mom. The cost if $5 per person and reservations can be made at the front desk. Breakfast will be served. There will be door prizes, crafts and surprise entertainment.
Summer Sizzle Registration
All summer sizzle registration is online! Jr High OMP sign up deadline is May 12th so please hurry and register! All of these events are going to be awesome so don’t forget to sign up!
Stuck Like Glue
Stuck Like Glue sermon series starts tonight May 1st at 6:30 pm in the Youth Room for [SR]High and Wednesday May 4th for [JR]High. COME WORSHIP and HEAR A GREAT MESSAGE EACH WEEK THIS MONTH!! Also, there is an Instill 4:12 Family Scripture Guide for Stuck Like Glue Series. The messages this month will be rooted in Isaiah 43:1-7.
Bags-R-Packed Fund Raiser
We are hosting our last Honduras Fund Raiser next week May 8th. We will be collecting money and supplies for our trip to Honduras to House of Hope. Suitcases will be placed in the main lobby of the church where supplies and money may be given to the Honduras Mission Team. Please be in prayer this week about making a donation to this mission team.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Instill 4:12 May Newsletter

Instill 4:12 and Families,
April has been an amazing month of service and community. We started with Madhouse and have continued to grow in our understanding of being the church throughout this month.
As May begins, I ask that you continue to be in prayer with us as we enter into a series called “Stuck Like Glue”. In this sermon series, we will be talking about sticky faith. The glue of sticky faith is comprised of scripture and our identity. Scripture, or God’s word, allows us to continually be connected with God and grow in our understanding of who God is and what God wants for our lives, or our callings. Our identity is continually being changed, but one thing that is for sure is that from scripture we can gain a more complete understanding of who we are by gaining a deeper understanding of who God is. So this month, the Instill Class of 2011 will be preaching what it means for them to be “Stuck Like Glue”. However, we want this message of scripture and identity to not end at church. We are asking that all Instill 4:12 families will covenant with us this month to study scripture and learn about God’s vision for our identity. In order to make this simple and enjoyable, we have provided a list of scripturally based identities with bible passages connected to them. We ask that you and your family make a commitment to plan out when you will read these scriptures and further understand God’s identity for our lives.
There is also a list of calendared events listed below as a reminder of all the Instill 4:12 activities we have planned for the months of May, June, July and August.

In Grace Abundant,
Alli Kemp
Instill 4:12 May – Stuck Like Glue Family Guide

God’s Vision for My Identity
Below is a list of names that describe God’s vision for your identity from Scripture. Some of them may make you uncomfortable. Some of them may make you laugh. Good. Take time as you’re reading to hear God say them about you, and about the Church.
Image of God Genesis 1:26
God’s Delight Isaiah 62:4
The Redeemed of the Lord Isaiah 62:12
Sought Out/Desirable Isaiah 62:12
Not Forsaken Isaiah 62:12
Salt of the earth Matthew 5:13
Light of the world Matthew 5:14, Ephesians 5:8
Beloved John 15:9
Temple of the Holy Spirit 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19-20
New Creation 2 Corinthians 5:17
Chosen 1 Peter 2:9
Royal Priest 1 Peter 2:9
The Holy People/Nation 1 Peter 2:9, Isaiah 62:12
Child of God 1 John 3:1, Galatians 3:26
Bride of Christ/God Revelation 19:7,8

Imagine yourself a year from now. Write down words or phrases that describe who you hope to be in the following areas…

In my relationship with God, I want to be…

In my relationship with my family, I want to be…

In my relationship with current friends, I want to be…

In my relationship with new friends, I want to be…

In the way I think and feel about myself, I want to be…

In my job or studies, I want to be…

Based on the words and phrases you’ve jotted above, write a 3-5 sentence description of who you want to be a year from now:
A year from now I want to be…

May 2011– Stuck Like Glue Sermon Series
1-Senior Sunday; No Sunday School; Jump 6:30 pm
4-Lift 6:30 pm
6- 4:12 Ministries Morning with Mom 9:00-10:30 $5 per person
8-Mothers Day; Jump 6:30 pm
11- Lift 6:30 pm
13-14 Relay for Life
15- No Sunday School; Confirmation Sunday
18- Lift 6:30 pm
20-28- Honduras
22 – Jump 6:30 pm
25- Lift 6:30 pm
29- No Jump; Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon 12-1:30 pm
June 2011– Flip Flop Faith Sermon Series
1-Movies in the Park TBA
18-4:12 Ministries Father/Daughter Crazy Cotillion 7-9 pm
19-SUMMER SIZZLE 6:30-8:30 pm
22-Movies in the Park TBA
24-25 All night EXTRAVAGANZA- Dropoff – 6:30 pm– Pickup 6:30 am Church 7-12th
26-2 OMP SR High
July 2011– Flip Flop Faith Sermon Series
3-No Sunday School; No Summer Sizzle
4- 4:12 Ministries Maumelle Parade Float TBD
6-Movies in the Park TBA
7- Travelers Baseball Game Meet at the Church 6 pm
10-16 OMP SR High
17-Last Day to Register for Mystery Tour
21-23 VBS Work Day- Instill 4:12 Volunteers Needed
23– VBS Volunteer Meeting 3pm
24-VBS Begins at 6:00-8:30
24-29 VBS 6:00- 8:30 Instill 4:12 Volunteers Needed
30- VBS Cleanup day
August 2011– Flip Flop Faith Summer Sermon Series
2-8 Mystery Tour
9- 20 4:12 Ministries Under Construction Volunteers Needed
21- Last Summer Sizzle 6:30- 8 pm; Volunteer Training 2-4 pm Location TBA
28- Vision Night 2011-2012 5 pm; FLY MISSION TRAINING 9-12th 7 pm

Sunday School – 7th-8th- 9:30-10:30 Every Sunday unless stated otherwise
Jump– Sunday Nights- 6:30-8:30
Lift– Wednesday- 6:30- 8

Fall 2011 Preview
September 4th- No Sunday School
September 9th- 2nd Annual Wacky Tacky Back to School Night
September 10th- Back to Sunday School Bash
September 11th- First Sunday School
September 11th First Jump
September 15th- First Lift

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Oh May Oh MY!

Instill 4:12

May is going to be an amazing month and I just want to keep you updated on all the things we have coming up!
May 1st starts our new Sermon Series " Stuck Like Glue". We are talking about how God's love has nothing to do with circumstances and that we are loved through situations with a love that sticks to us like Glue. I am chilled by the power that God has placed on this sermon series has to share God's amazing grace and love. We have been praying about this sermon series since January and we hope that you will pray with us as we continue to prepare for it.



2) MAY 8TH IS MOTHERS DAY! WE ARE HAVING MORNING with Mom day on May 7th from 9-10:30
3) May 15th is Confirmation Sunday (No Sunday School)

4) May 22nd. I will be in Honduras. Please pray for the group as we prepare for this amazing adventure.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Quickly enough the days often turn over into nights and nights into days. And yet our overwhelming thoughts that turn in our heads just create for one lump sum of time in which things are stagnant and overwhelmingly transparent. They spew from us like liquid truth. When we are alone we can often clean up the mess and hide the remnants. But the truth is, we all spew and those truly amazing people in our lives are the ones that can be transparent with us.
Spew: We pray over and over for a break in the consequences and yet despite our best effort to please we are overwhelmed with the reality that we screw up. We are left with our shame, our guilt and again our minds with no comfort to speak of. Why does life have to be so prize seeking? From diplomas to rings to the big checks, we are all after something. Yet when we meet people who are seeking an alternative goal we are quick to run fr them because they might be in our way to the goal we are currently after. Sometimes goals are stereotyped to our age and gender, so much so that people will run from just the thought if what we might be after. Get over yourselves. I am here to live my life not according to your rules. Yes I am lonely but I do not want your ring. I want your company. I want your honesty. I want your hand in mine on nights like this when the world is quiet and my thoughts resonate. I want fun and skating rinks. I want your company to musicals and I want to be your company to the big game. I want your kiss but then I want you to linger not in lust but in purity. I want you to long for me and wait for me. I want to give the same to you. I want to be persued. I want you to make me a priority and I want you to be my person. Give me your love. That's all I want. And I'll give you lavender.