Thursday
Mar272014

OBU trustees elect two new faculty members, honor Keck and Webster

Trennis Henderson
Ouachita Baptist University

ARKADELPHIA – Ouachita Baptist University trustees approved two new faculty members and honored two retiring professors during the university’s quarterly board of trustees meeting.

The two new faculty members, Myra Ann Houser and Allyson Phillips, were named to Ouachita’s Sutton School of Social Sciences effective this fall. Houser was named assistant professor of history, and Phillips was named assistant professor of psychology. The two retiring faculty members, Ouida Keck and Robert L. Webster, were named emeriti faculty.

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Tuesday
Mar252014

Kirk Cameron to host marriage conference April 3 at Immanuel Baptist, Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK – TV and movie star Kirk Cameron is bringing his Love Worth Fighting For: Marriage Event to Immanuel Baptist Church, Little Rock, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 3.

Cameron“In today’s evolving world, some people are often heard saying that marriage is too difficult, or that the sanctity of marriage has been destroyed. Don’t tell that to television and movie star Kirk Cameron…,” reads a press release about the event.

“Marriage is the foundation upon which you build a family, and if families fall apart, then our churches, our communities and ultimately our whole nation crumbles,” said Cameron, adding “We’re excited to share this event with the people of Little Rock and know that it will bring both hope and healing.”

For the last four years, Cameron, and musical guest Warren Barfield, have used the marriage event to spread “their passion and faith in the power of marriage at churches and complexes throughout the country by sharing their personal experiences and using the tools of music and humor to help couples who are either married or preparing to be,” the release reads.

More than 200,000 people have attended The Love Worth Fighting For tour, which is sponsored by Feed Your Faith, since its inception five years ago. In addition to the event in Arkansas, the 2014 tour will be making more than 30 stops across the United States. Other states to host events include Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, California, Ohio, Missouri, Indiana, Florida and Alabama.

For more information about Feed Your Faith’s Love Worth Fighting For tour visit www.loveworthfightingfor.com.

Friday
Mar212014

North Pulaski Association to hold 'Golf for the Hungry'

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – The North Pulaski Baptist Association (NPBA) will host its annual “Golf for the Hungry” golf tournament May 17 at Stonelinks Golf Course in North Little Rock.

Money raised through the event will help the association fight hunger within the North Pulaski County community through their three caring centers.

In a letter promoting the event, Jerry Gay, associational missionary for NPBA, cites statistics from the Arkansas Hunger Alliance, which state that 28 percent of Arkansans “have difficulty affording food” and that Arkansas is “ranked the 6th worst state in providing food for families with children.”

The tournament will be a scramble format with a shotgun start and will begin at 8:30 a.m. Barbecue will be provided free of charge by Whole Hog Café in Sherwood, and multiple contests will be held, including a hole-in-one contest with a $5,000 prize and a long drive contest. Participants will also receive a free golf club. Door prizes will also be raffled.

The tournament will provide participants two ways to compete: the actual golf tournament and “bring the bucks,” where individuals or teams that raise the most money will receive a gift and certificate. 

Participants are encouraged to begin raising money before the event through their local churches, Sunday school classes, small groups, friends, business associates and through personal contributions. Participants can also sponsor holes during the event as a way to raise money.

“Every dollar you raise is three meals for the hungry in your community,” said Gay. 

For more information on Golf for the Hungry, contact Dennis Wilkins, the tournament’s director, at 501-259-8197.

Monday
Mar172014

Otter Creek Community Church merges, launches

LITTLE ROCK – March 2 was a time of celebration for Southern Baptists – a celebration of how God has brought together people from all walks of life to make an impact on the Otter Creek community for Christ.

It was the day Otter Creek Community Church (OCCC) held an of- ficial launch with a special Sunday morning service. The launch also marked OCCC’s merger with Otter Creek First Baptist Church. 

Click here to read a complete history of First Baptist Church, Otter Creek, and Otter Creek Community Church (PDF file).

Read more in the March 20 edition of the Arkansas Baptist News

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Wednesday
Mar122014

Fort Smith church hosts ‘Top Shot’ event

FORT SMITH – The History Channel's "Top Shot" Season 3 winner Dustin Ellermann is featured at a special event set for 6 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Immanuel Baptist Church, Fort Smith.

EllermannThe TV show watched by millions features the world's best military, civilian and law enforcement shooters using a variety of weapons systems to face diverse shooting challenges, said George Spears, pastor.

“Dustin will be sharing his experiences on the show and how his faith played an important role,” said Spears in an email about the event. “Living in a home with much drama, tension and challenge, Dustin displayed poise and character throughout the series. After winning the show, he returned to Texas where he operates a Christian campgrounds.”

Spears said Ellermann will share clips of the show as he discusses what it took for him to become a "Top Shot."

A meet and greet with free refreshments will follow the event. Door prizes will given away.

Spears said the event is free, but registration is required due to limited seating. More information is available at www.immanuelbaptistfs.org or by calling 479-782-1009.