Mom’s Day of Prayer set for Jan. 18

Mom’s Day of Prayer (MDOP), which began in Fort Smith through the efforts of an Arkansas Baptist in the 1990s, has spiraled into a worldwide event held every January.

The date for this year’s event is Jan. 18. However, Kathy Coleman, founder of MDOP, said MDOP events can be hosted on other dates if the set date is not convenient.

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Fort Smith CWJC celebrates Christmas

Valerie Fitch, Fort Smith Christian Women's Job Corps (FSCWJC) executive director, addresses those in attendance at FSCWJC’s Christmas party. About 60 people attended the party, which took place Dec. 9 at Oaks Manor Conference and Retreat Center in Van Buren. The event included a meal, a speaker, music and gifts. It also served as a time to celebrate God’s work in the lives of the women and families involved with FSCWJC in 2013.


Donation largest ever for Baptist Memorial

JONESBORO – A $5 million donation by an Arkansas couple announced Dec. 10 is the largest gift to Baptist Memorial Health Care in the Memphis-based hospital system’s 101-year history, according to hospital officals.

FowlerWallace and Jama Fowler of Jonesboro donated $5 million to the NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation. The money will be used to create the Fowler Family Patient Assistance Endowment, a fund that will expand support services for the health care center's cancer patients. A new cancer center at NEA Baptist's new medical campus at 4800 E. Johnson in Jonesboro will be named the Fowler Family Center for Cancer Care, NEA Baptist said.

"It is an honor to receive such a generous gift from the Fowler family for the new cancer center at NEA Baptist," said Brad Parsons, CEO and administrator of NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital. "The Fowlers have given to many great initiatives in our community and this is no different. This gift will help transform cancer care in northeast Arkansas for generations to come."

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new hospital in Jonesboro, which opens in January, was held Dec. 10.

The 80-acre campus features a 550,000-square-foot hospital, 212,000 square feet of clinic space and the 34,000-square-foot cancer center. NEA said 500 jobs in health care are being created as a result of the $400 million project.

All components of cancer care are being placed under one roof, including diagnostics and chemotherapy treatments, as a result of the Fowler Family Center for Cancer Care. The center has 22 chemotherapy infusion suites.

"We look forward to working with NEA/Baptist and the cancer center to help provide additional support for patients and their families," Wallace Fowler said.

Wallace Fowler is a business owner and banker. Earlier this year, Fowler sold his privately-held bank company Liberty Bancshares to publicly traded Home BancShares Inc. of Conway for $280 million, according to Arkansas Business. The deal marked the largest in-state bank transaction in Arkansas history.


Coronado Baptist dedicates new facility

Members of Coronado Baptist Church, Hot Springs Village, celebrated the completion of their new facility with a dedication service Oct. 20. Since the church’s inception in 2005, they had been meeting at Hot Springs Village’s Coronado Center. Now they have their own facility.

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“I Will Speak”: Former Point of Grace member lets voice be heard in solo album

Ouachita Baptist University (OBU) graduate Terry Lang Jones recently released her debut solo album “I Will Speak.”

But this is not her first experience in the music industry. Jones is a founding member of Point of Grace, a nationally acclaimed contemporary Christian music group.

The group was formed by Jones and three friends under the name Say So when Jones was a junior at Ouachita, according to a press release. They changed their name to Point of Grace after signing a recording contract with Word Records in 1992. Their debut album was released in 1993.

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