First United Methodist Church Stuttgart
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
A church worth finding at the corner of 4th and Grand



Douglas L. Hill Memorial Library


The church library will be:
     * a place to research for Sunday School lessons -- both for teachers and students
     * a place to find help in dealing with problems that are faced in everyday life and the Christian viewpoint on them
     * a place to find pleasurable reading material that can enrich the mind
     * a place where children and teens can find good reading material that deals with Christian views of living.

If there is something you are looking for that you cannot find, please let me know. I will be happy to get it for you.
If you do borrow a book or a video or any item from the library, please take just a moment to complete the checkout card. I am trying to inventory the library collection to see what kind of weeding needs to be done. Those items not checked out will be marked “lost” and deleted from the library catalog.
Thanks for your help!

Popular Bible Websites
In the current issue of Libraries Alive (page 5), Carol Anderson and Barbara Houston recommended these Web sites:
Bible Gateway
searches the Bible in more than 80 languages with many in audio format; includes links to Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Bible
Bible Words
alphabetical list of Bible names includes audio pronunciation and links to other related resources
virtual library that includes an atlas, thesaurus, commentaries, concordance, dictionary, and the Bible in 40 languages; also offers devotions and graphics
Blue Letter Bible
audio passages of the Bible with commentary and images; includes Hebrew and Greek texts; allows option to search by chapter and verse or use Daily Bible Readings
E Bible Teacher
includes free graphics and backgrounds for PowerPoint presentations that can be used in Bible teaching and worship

Picks of the Week!
  • Disappointment With God, Three Questions No One Asks Aloud by Philip Yancey
Is God Unfair? Is God Silent? Is God Hidden? These three questions – that Christians often wonder about, but seldom ask aloud – are asked with piercing honesty in this book and answered with clarity, richness, and Biblical certainty.
  • Exodus, Leaving Behind, Moving On by Barbara K. Mittman
You know what it is like to move to a new place, to have to deal with transitions in school or work or in relationships. This book helps readers appreciate learning how God is in the midst of those movements, no matter how minor or how transformational.


Need help for a devotional moment? 

Looking for material to use in your lesson?  Do you just want to read an inspirational story? 

The church library has several journal subscriptions with articles that might be helpful to you.  Currently, we are receiving the Arkansas Methodist Newsletter, Campus Life’s Ignite Your Faith, Christianity Today, Focus on the Family, Guideposts, Jews for Jesus Newsletter, and Response Magazine. 

Check them out in your library.

Jerrie Townsend


In the Library
Religious Literacy … What Every American Needs to Know … and Doesn’t by Stephen Prothero
The United States is one of the most religious places on earth, but it is also a nation of shocking religious illiteracy.  Only 10 percent of American teenagers can name all five major world religions and 15 percent cannot name any.  Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe that the Bible holds the answers to all or most of life's basic questions, yet only half of American adults can name even one of the four gospels and most Americans cannot name the first book of the Bible.  Religion scholar Stephen Prothero makes the provocative case that to remedy this problem, we should return to teaching religion in the public schools. Alongside "reading, writing, and arithmetic," religion ought to become the "Fourth R" of American education.  Complete with a dictionary of the key beliefs, characters, and stories of Christianity, Islam, and other religions, Religious Literacy reveals what every American needs to know in order to confront the domestic and foreign challenges facing this country today.


Read about Christmas all year long!

  • Christmas Reflections from James W. Moore,
  • All About Christmas by Maymie R. Krythe
  • Unafraid (a story of Mary) by Francine Rivers
  • Why Christmas Trees Aren’t Perfect by Richard H. Schneider
Christmas Stories From Around the World:
  • Honoring Jesus in Many Lands by J. Law-rence Driskill, editor
  • The Christmas Story by Carol Heyer
  • The Legend of St. Nicholas, A Story of Christmas Giving by Dandi Daley Mackall

Visit our Library

It's easy to check out a book from our library.  After you have made your selection, just write your name and the current date on the checkout card found inside the book.  Place the card in the checkout box according to the first letter of your last name.
Books check out for 3 weeks and can be renewed by updating the checkout card.
When you have finished with the book, just place it in the black crate located under the card catalog cabinet.  Library staff will check it in for you and retrun it to the shelf.
If there is a book you would like for us to add to the library collection, please e-mail Jerrie Townsend at


Recent Additions to THE CHURCH LIBRARY


  • Opting for Virtue in Public Life edited by Wayne G. Reece
  • Sacred Bridges, Making Lasting Connections Between Older Youth and the Church by MIke Ratliff
  • Parenting by Cheryl Reames
  • Parenting Your Parents by Dorothy Gager
  • Disappointment With God, Three Questions No One Asks Aloud by Phillip Yancey
  • Amish Grace, how Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy by Donald B. Kraybill, Steven M. Nolt, and David L. Weaver=Zercher.
  • 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper
  • The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
  • The Parables of Dr. Seuss by Robert L. Short
  • A Quiet Strength, A Memoir by Tony Dungy

     High gasoline prices got you down?   Why not stay home and visit the charming town of Mitford from the comfort of your favorite reading chair?  Get acquainted with Father Tim, his rowdy dog Barnabas, and all the quirky residents in The Mitford Series of novels by Jan Karon.  And, when all else fails, join Father Tim in "the prayer that never fails."
     Check them out today - we have the entire series.
Prayer impacts all of us.  Check out The Power of Prayer series by Stormie Omartian:
  • The Power of Praying Together (with Jack Hayford)
  • The Power of a Praying Woman
  • The Power of a Praying Wife
  • The Power of a Praying Husband
  • The power of a Praying Teen
  • The Power of a Praying Kid
  • Ther Power of a Praying Parent
    While you are in the library, take a look at these new titles that have been added to our library collection:
  • Christianity's Family Tree, What Other Christians Believe and Why - by Adam Hamilton
  • The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict - by Josh McDowell
  • Come as a Child, Children's Sermons to See and Hear - by Jim Penner
  • Ten Things I Wish I'd Known Before i Went Out Into the Real World - by Maria Shriver
  • Caring for Mother, A Daughter's Long Goodbye by Virginia Stem Owens
  • Celebrating the Gift of Marriage by James W. Moore
  • Dinner With a Perfect Stranger by David Gregory
  • Messy Spirituality by Michael Yaconelli
  • What Do They Hear?  Bridging the Gap Between Pulpit & Pew by Mark Allan Powell



     The following magazine subscriptions have been added to the church library collection and are available for reading.
  • Arkansas Methodist Newsletter
  • Jews for Jesus Newletter
  • Libraries Alive
  • Response Magazine