Saline Baptist hosts Thanksgiving 'silent and live' auctions Nov. 24

HERMITAGE - Saline Baptist Church in Hermitage will hold a Thanksgiving Silent and Live Auction at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, The silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m. with a Thanksgiving meal at 6 p.m. The live auction will follow the meal.

All proceeds will be used to benefit Arkansas Baptist Children's Home in Monticello and The Hope Place in Warren.

Items to be auctioned include many handmade items from people within the community, a Buck Deer Basket, Razorback items, Christmas decorations, baked goods, toys, blankets, and much more.

Saline Baptist's pastor is Tim Saunders.


Hendrix and Flowers crowned at WBC Homecoming

WALNUT RIDGE – Moriah Hendrix of Mabelvale and Terry Flowers of Jonesboro were crowned the 2013 Homecoming queen and king Saturday at Williams Baptist College. The coronation took place before a full house at WBC’s Southerland-Mabee Center.

Moriah Hendrix of Mabelvale and Terry Flowers of Jonesboro were crowned the 2013 Homecoming queen and king Saturday at Williams Baptist College. Hendrix is a senior majoring in English. She is the daughter of Kevin and Michelle Hendrix.

Flowers is a senior English education major. He is the son of Wanda Flowers.

Also representing the senior class on the homecoming court were Makenna Wiedower of Denton, Texas, and Carlos Owens-Hughes of Bogota, Columbia.  Wiedower, a physical education and health major, is the daughter of Keith Wiedower and Susan Marabele.  Owens-Hughes, a psychology major, is the son of Stan and Debra Owens-Hughes.

Juniors on the court were Ebony Scott of Jonesboro and Cory Platt of Fort Bragg, N.C.  Scott is a family psychology major, and she is the daughter of Sharon Scott. Platt is a Christian ministries major and the son of Brian and Mary Platt.

Representing the sophomore class were Callie Brooks of Monette and Ben Carr of Cherokee Village. Brooks is majoring in physical education and the daughter of Robert and Michelle Brooks. Carr is a Christian ministries major and the son of David and Linda Carr.

Freshman class representatives were Bethany Cummins of Chiang Mai, Thailand, and Patrick Smith of Malvern. Cummins is the daughter of Richard and Connie Cummins.  Smith is majoring in biology-pre veterinary medicine and the son of Patrick and Leona Smith.

The homecoming court and the king and queen were selected by a vote of the Williams student body.


ABN card contest announced

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

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Clay Crosse joins First Baptist Church, Bentonville, as worship leader

BENTONVILLE – Clay Crosse, considered one of the top Christian male vocalists of the 1990s and winner of numerous Dove awards, has joined First Baptist Church, Bentonville, as worship leader.

CrosseCrosse, 46, performed Oct. 21 at the Northwest Baptist Association Annual Meeting held at Charity Baptist Church in Rogers. 

Prior to singing “Holy is The Lord, God, Almighty,” Crosse told the crowd he is grateful to be an Arkansas Baptist after “46 years as a Tennessee Baptist.” Crosse is a native of Memphis, Tenn. Crosse said he has been in Arkansas for about two months.

Crosse’s first album was released in 1995. "I Surrender All" was the most successful single from the album. He won “Best New Artist of the Year" at the 25th GMA Dove Awards.

He and his wife, Renee, have four children and work together through the Holy Homes marriage enrichment ministry


Stake rejoins ABSC counseling efforts

LITTLE ROCK – J.D. Stake, retired pastor and church staff counselor for the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC), is once again available to assist the convention, the ABSC has announced.

Stake retired in October 2011 – for a second time – from performing counseling services offered by the ABSC leadership and worship team. At the time of his retirement, ABSC counseling services were moved to the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries (ABCHomes). 

StakeStake will be an additional counselor available, as ABCHomes counselors will continue to be available at no cost in a variety of locations throughout the state.

In his renewed role, Stake will be a member of the ABSC staff on a contract basis, said Jimmie Sheffield, ABSC interim associate executive director.

“This is a unified approach for counseling through the Arkansas Baptist State Convention,” said Sheffield. “J.D. Stake is one part of the counseling services offered by the ABSC.”

J.D. “Sonny” Tucker, ABSC executive director, said he “very excited” about the counseling ministry provided to Arkansas Baptist pastors, staff and their families and by the partnership between ABCHomes and the ABSC.

“David Perry (ABCHomes executive director) has assembled a counseling team that is of the utmost quality and ability and is second to none. Due to their tremendous response and excessive workload, a man of the ability and reputation of J.D. Stake will be a great addition to this counseling team,” said Tucker.

Perry said the shift of counseling to ABCHomes has worked well for Arkansas Baptists, and he welcomed the addition of Stake and his wealth of knowledge.

“We love our partnership with the Arkansas Baptist State Convention in providing counseling services to church staff and their immediate family members,” said Perry. “With the addition of Dr. J.D. Stake’s services, as a counselor through the convention, we’re able to expand this offering, meeting the counseling needs of more ministers and their families.”

After Stake officially retired from the ABSC the first time in 2008, he continued to provide counseling for Arkansas Baptist pastors and church staff on a contract basis upon the request of Emil Turner, former ABSC executive director. Stake had served as ABSC pastor and church staff counselor since 1994.

Following his October 2011 retirement from the contract position, Stake focused his efforts on the counseling ministry of Calvary Baptist Association in Judsonia.

ABCHomes counseling centers are located in Fayetteville, Jonesboro and at Geyer Springs First Baptist Church, Little Rock. Additionally, counseling is offered one day a week at North Pulaski Baptist Association in North Little Rock and Harmony Baptist Association in Pine Bluff on Mondays; and Greene County Baptist Association in Paragould and First Baptist Church in Rogers on Thursdays. 

For a complete list of counseling centers and contact information, visit or call 800-838-2272 (toll free in state) or 501-376-4791, ext. 5167.