First Baptist, Searcy, dedicates new preschool and family education building

First Baptist Church, Searcy, celebrated the completion of its new preschool and family education building on Sept. 21 with a dedication service, open house and fellowship.

The new two-story building features state-of-the-art technology and new furnishings. The first floor will be used for preschool Sunday school and missions classes, Mother's Day Out ministries, as well as the Awana ministry. A computerized security system is in place for babies through kindergarten. The second floor will be used for young and median age adults and college and career Bible study space. The old preschool area was also renovated and will be used for senior adult life groups.

“The new building and the remodeled space are huge blessings. We are very thankful and humbled that God allowed us to do this work.  These resources are tools to reach people for Christ for years to come,” said Pastor Brian Whitney. 


ABN announced third annual Christmas card design contest

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Baptist News (ABN) is announcing its third annual Christmas card design contest.

“We’ve had great success with the contest the past two years, and we are excited to invite Arkansas Baptists to once again submit their designs for consideration,” said Tim Yarbrough, ABN editor. “To have an Arkansas Baptist artist featured on our official Christmas card is a real honor.”

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Arkansas State reverses decision, allows crosses on football team helmets

JONESBORO – Arkansas State University (ASU) has reversed its decision to ban crosses from being placed on back of the university’s football helmets.

“This is a great victory for the players of Arkansas State University,” Hiram Sasser , Liberty Institute Litigation director, wrote in a statement released to media.

Photo: Arkansas State University“According to the letter we received from the university and communications from the Arkansas Attorney General office, the players will be allowed to place the original cross sticker design on their helmets in the original location if they so choose,” wrote Sasser.

Liberty Institute is a national non-profit legal group dedicated to the defending religious liberty. On Sept. 15 the organization submitted a letter to Arkansas State demanding that the university “Restore Student Memorial to Fallen Members of the Football Program,” with 48 hours.

Arkansas State received national attention after the school’s administration and legal council called for crosses placed on the back of the university’s football team’s helmets to be removed. 

The crosses were added to ASU helmets by members of the football team as a way to honor juniors Markel Owens, a former team member, and Barry Weyer, the team’s equipment manager, both of whom died. The cross on the helmet included the initials of Owens and Weyer.


Sue Ann Jones, wife of Earl Jones, dies Aug. 31

Sue Ann Jones, age 60, died Aug. 31. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Augusta. Her husband, Earl Jones, formerly pastored Felsenthal Baptist Church in Felsenthal. She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant child. She is survived by her husband, two daughters and four grandsons.


Historic church renovation 'a labor of love'

View a photo gallery on renovation work at Parkdale Baptist.

Read the story about Parkdale Baptist published in the Nov. 27, 2008 edition of the Arkansas Baptist News (PDF file).