Arkansas Christian Parent out for summer

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LITTLE ROCK – The phenomenal success of the first-ever Arkansas Christian Parent magazine has prompted the Arkansas Baptist News (ABN) to publish a summer 2013 edition.

“The reception of Arkansas Christian Parent surprised us all,” said Tim Yarbrough, ABN editor. “When the magazine debuted at the 2012 Arkansas Baptist State Convention Annual Meeting in Cabot, we had no idea that 13,000 would be distributed at the meeting alone. In all, 35,000 copies were distributed across Arkansas.”

Churches are encouraged to provide copies to families in the church, as well as distribute copies in local businesses throughout their communities.

“Perhaps never before has the influence of a Christian parent been more important,” said Yarbrough. “That’s why the ABN is making a resource like Arkansas Christian Parent available. It is published as a resource for parents to help them make sense of the world that surrounds their children growing and maturing in the 21st century.”

Yarbrough added, “As society continues to shift away from traditional Judeo-Christian values, the family that looks to the unchanging Word of God can provide stability and the assurance of salvation found only in Jesus Christ.”

The summer edition of Arkansas Christian Parent addresses a number of important issues such as sending children into the world, raising compassionate children, discussing today’s headlines with children, helping bring simplicity and clarity to a stressful world, preparing financially for your children’s futures and much more.

“The only way we can provide Arkansas Christian Parent free of charge to churches is through the generous support of our advertisers,” said Yarbrough.

“I encourage Arkansas Baptists to support our advertisers and be sure to tell them that you saw their ad in Arkansas Christian Parent.”

Yarbrough said Arkansas Christian Parent is made available free of charge to churches requesting copies. However, copies cannot be mailed and must be picked up in Little Rock at the ABN offices or in the following ways:

– Through Arkansas Baptist State Convention staff who are assisting with distribution as they travel the state and visit churches.

– At Baptist association offices located throughout Arkansas.

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Williams Baptist College Phi Beta Lambda heads to nationals June 22-25  

WALNUT RIDGE – Over the last half-dozen years, the Williams Baptist College (WBC) chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) has brought home 37 national awards. Beginning this weekend, the Williams business students will once again have a chance to shine on the national stage when they head to Anaheim, Cal., for the national PBL competition, held June 22 through June 25. 

In April, WBC students earned a total of 38 certificates and placed in 26 events at the state PBL conference. As a result of their standout state performance, 29 Williams students qualified for nationals, and 19 will make the trip and compete. 

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Ouachita trustees approve 2013-14 budget, expand campus weapons policy

ARKADELPHIA – Ouachita Baptist University trustees approved a 2013-14 operating budget and a concealed weapons policy, as well as several personnel recommendations, during their June 13 board of trustees meeting. The new operating budget is a slight decrease from the previous fiscal year.

The university’s weapons policy was expanded to address a recent law adopted by the Arkansas legislature. Ouachita officials chose to opt out of allowing concealed weapons on campus. The policy prohibits “the use, possession or carrying, concealed or unconcealed, of weapons of any type including but not limited to

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Ouachita alum to present university with U.S. flag flown in Afghanistan

ARKADELPHIA – Flag Day is coming early this year to the Ouachita Baptist University (OBU) campus.

ArnoldMaj. Johnpaul Arnold, a public affairs officer with the U.S. Army, will present an American flag flown in Afghanistan to Ouachita’s School of Humanities. The outdoor ceremony, set for 10 a.m. on Friday, June 7, will be held at Ouachita’s International Flag Plaza.

Arnold, a 1994 Ouachita graduate with a major in mass communications, was a Maj. Gen. Moise B. Seligman ROTC Scholar at OBU. He currently is stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Wash. 

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Mississippi River State Park dedicated  

Mississippi River State Park near Marianna features a 12,208-square-foot information and education facility to be staffed by both Arkansas State Parks and U.S. Forest Service employees.MARIANNA – The Mississippi River State Park near Marianna was officially dedicated May 16.

Then event also marked the grand opening of the park’s visitor center, a 12,208-square-foot information and education facility to be staffed by both Arkansas State Parks and U.S. Forest Service employees. The visitor center will serve as an information and interpretive center for the state park and the St. Francis National Forest.

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