The men of First United Methodist Church will host the 9th Annual Men’s Summit on Thursday, February 28 at 5:30 pm in the Christian Life Center. This annual event brings the men together for a night of fun, food, fellowship, and spiritual renewal. Previous Summit speakers have come from a variety of backgrounds, including sports officials, coaches, players and jockeys, as well as a well known television outdoorsman, and the parents of a war hero. All speakers have presented a Christian theme appropriate for all men, their sons, and grandsons. The Men’s Summit is a “must attend event” for the men in the Hot Springs community.
The theme for the 2019 Summit is “Heart Healthy” with the accompanying scripture Matthew 6:21, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”.
The 2019 Summit will, as usual, include an exceptional menu. Brad Hudgens, FUMC’s resident chef, will present an outstanding menu of Campaign salad, beef Bourgeoisie, potatoes dauphinoise, French style veggies and Bananas Foster for dessert. Contemporary Worship Leader Lauren Britton and The ConneXion Praise Band will entertain during the dinner hour.
Tickets will go on sale on Sunday, February 3 when the Methodist Men will visit Sunday School Classes. Tickets are $20 and each ticket admits two men. Tickets will be on sale in the church office throughout February.
Our keynote speaker and entertainer for this year's event will be Ken Goodman. Ken is well known in the Hot Springs area for his vocal talents, as well as his inspirational messages. He performed in his own Central Avenue music center for a number of years and has also performed with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and at Murry's Dinner Playhouse in Little Rock. Ken supports many local worthwhile projects, including volunteering in fundraising for The Caring Place, a ministry of our church. His impressive bio will appear in a future email message promoting the Summit.
Ken Goodman grew up a PK (Preacher’s Kid) and then as an Air Force Brat, eventually graduating in the Philippines. He returned to his roots in Arkansas for college, ministry, and professional entertainment. Ken has appeared on the international stage with Kiwanis International as Master of Ceremonies. He’s been summoned to New York City to be heard by directors of numerous national Broadway Tours, and he has performed at the state level with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra as their Bing Crosby for the ASO Christmas Show. For three years, Ken was the leading man for Murry’s Dinner Playhouse summer musicals. Currently based in Hot Springs, Ken entertains hundreds of tourists and guests each season with his one-man show.
Ken was recently part of the formation of a non-profit company, The Entertainment Foundation, whose mission is to enrich the lives of veterans, senior adults, and the underserved by providing quality live entertainment and excellence in music.
When he is not on a stage somewhere, Ken enjoys time with his family, including Stephanie (two-time Hot Springs Teacher of the Year), three children Rachel (husband Patrick), Samantha, and Graham, and two grandsons, Avery and Emery.