“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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ABSC Executive Board employees receive service awards

Nine Arkansas Baptist State Convention Executive Board employees received service awards for their time in ministry at the convention. Awards were presented during the annual state convention Christmas celebration. Back from left: Travis McCormick, missions support team member, five years; Darrel Ray, Arkansas Tech University campus minister (formerly campus minister at West Ark Community College, now University of Arkansas–Fort Smith) on the collegiate ministry team, 25 years; Jeff Corley, business affairs team member, 10 years, and Lynn Riley, evangelism and church growth team member, 15 years. Front from left: Gwen McCallister, executive support team member, five years; Diane Parker, missions support team leader (formerly collegiate ministry team member), 20 years; Connie McCall, leadership and worship team member, five years, and Marty Davis, ministry planning team member, 15 years. Not pictured: William Jaques, leadership and worship team member, five years.

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Arkansas Baptist DR teams respond to Mena following winter storm

MENA – Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) disaster relief currently has two recovery units deployed to Mena in the aftermath of the winter storm of recent days. The units are from Ouachita Baptist Association and Southwest Arkansas Baptist Association, according to the ABSC missions ministries team. Twelve recovery jobs have been completed. 

Additionally, Dallas Avenue Baptist Church in Mena has opened its family life center to families without power, providing lodging and meals. Arkansas Baptist disaster relief is assisting with the purchase of food at Dallas Avenue.

A spokesperson for the missions ministries team said an assessment team is en route to Waldron to help determine additional assistance that might be needed.


"Heaven Help Us All" performance at the Siloam Music Festival at Camp Siloam

SILOAM SPRINGS – Click on the link below to watch a performance of "Heaven Help Us All" at the Siloam Music Festival at Camp Siloam (formerly Arkansas Baptist Assembly) Nov. 16.

The festival is an annual event featuring local artists that is free to the public and coordinated by local musician Mark Barnett, according to Jason Wilkie, executive director.

"Heaven Help Us All" features Grady Nichols, a professional jazz musician who grew up in Siloam Springs, attending First Baptist Church, and who once was a camper at Siloam. Nichols is a Christian who ends every performance with “Amazing Grace.” "Heaven Help Us All" also features singer Rose Sparrow, who was a victim of Hurricane Katrina. Sparrow spent time at Camp Siloam during the aftermath of Katrina and has made Siloam Springs her home, said Wilkie. Backing up Sparrow is the St. James Gospel Choir of Fayetteville and other local musicians.

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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.