Tuesday
Nov202012

Ouachita to host 16th annual Service of Lessons and Carols Dec. 4

ARKADELPHIA – When Ouachita Baptist University students, faculty, staff and guests gather on Dec. 4 for A Service of Lessons and Carols, they will have the opportunity to participate in a traditional Christmas service that dates back to the late 1800s. For Ouachita, A Service of Lessons and Carols began in 1997 and has become an annual part of the Christmas season on campus. This year's service will be held Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Ouachita's W. Francis McBeth Recital Hall.

"A Service of Lessons and Carols helps the Ouachita community truly understand the meaning of the Christmas season," said Dr. Gary Gerber, chair of Ouachita's Division of Music, professor of music and director of choral activities.

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Tuesday
Nov132012

Top Cooperative Program giving in Arkansas

Top percentage giving: 0-49 in Sunday school attendance 

  1. First Baptist Church, Sparkman
  2. Military Road Baptist Church, Jacksonville
  3. Parkway Baptist Church, Lake Village
  4. First Baptist Church, Gould
  5. Big Fork Baptist Church, Mena
  6. Bellaire Baptist Church, Dermott
  7. New Providence Baptist Church, Hackett
  8. Angora Baptist Church, Hackett
  9. Rock Springs Baptist Church, Eureka Springs
  10. Newark Southern Baptist Church, Newark

 

Top percentage giving: 50-99 in Sunday school attendance

1.  Union Baptist Church, Harrison

2.  Dell Baptist Church, Dell

3.  Fairfield Bay Baptist Church, Fairfield Bay

4.  Magnolia Baptist Church, Crossett

5.  Temple Baptist Church, Searcy

6.  First Baptist Church, Stamps

7.  First Baptist Church, Yellville

8.  Ridgeway Baptist Church, Nashville

9.  First Baptist Church, Carlisle

10. Houston Baptist Church, Bigelow

 

Top percentage giving: 100-149 in Sunday school attendance

1.  First Baptist Church, Almyra

2.  First Baptist Church, Piggott

3.  First Baptist Church, McCrory

4.  Harlan Park Baptist Church, Conway

5.  First Baptist Church, Monette

6. First Baptist Church, Leachville

7.  Meridian Baptist Church, Crossett

8.  Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Bauxite

9. Calvary Baptist Church, Benton

10. Grand Avenue Baptist Church, Hot Springs

 

Top percentage giving: 150-299 in Sunday school attendance

1.  First Baptist Church, Des Arc

2.  Lonoke Baptist Church, Lonoke

3.  First Baptist Church, Dover

4.  First Baptist Church, Stuttgart

5.  First Baptist Church, Batesville

6.  Trinity Baptist Church, Searcy

7.   First Baptist Church, Blytheville

8.  Second Baptist Church, Russellville

9.  First Baptist Church, Mansfield

10. First Baptist Church, Waldron

  

Top percentage giving: 300-499 in Sunday school attendance

1.  Union Valley Baptist Church, Beebe

2.  First Baptist Church, White Hall

3.  Watson Chapel Baptist Church, Pine Bluff

4.  Balboa Baptist Church, Hot Springs Village

5.  First Baptist Church, West Memphis

6.  Calvary Baptist Church, Camden

7.  First Baptist Church, Sherwood

8. Eagle Heights Baptist Church, Harrison

9.  Central Baptist Church, Magnolia

10. Friendship Baptist Church, Conway

 

Top percentage giving: 500-749 in Sunday school attendance

1.  First Baptist Church, Fayetteville

2.  Valley Baptist Church, Searcy

3.  East Side Baptist Church, Mountain Home

4.  Hot Springs Baptist Church, Hot Springs

5.  Nettleton Baptist Church, Jonesboro

6.  First Baptist Church, Marion

7.  Grand Avenue Baptist Church, Fort Smith

8.  First Baptist Church, Hot Springs

9.  Walnut Street Baptist Church, Jonesboro

10. Indian Springs Baptist Church, Bryant

 

Top percentage giving: 750 + in Sunday school attendance

1.  First Baptist Church, Russellville

2.  First Baptist Church, Benton

3.  East Side Baptist Church, Fort Smith

4.  Park Hill Baptist Church, North Little Rock

5.  Geyer Springs First Baptist Church, Little Rock

6.  First Baptist Church, Cabot

7.  Central Baptist Church, Jonesboro

8.  Immanuel Baptist Church, Little Rock

9.  First Baptist Church, Bentonville

10. First Baptist Church, Greenwood

 

Top overall percentage giving

1.  First Baptist Church, Sparkman

2.  Union Baptist Church, Harrison

3.  First Baptist Church, Almyra

4.  Dell Baptist Church, Dell

5.  Military Road Baptist Church, Jacksonville

6.  First Baptist Church, Des Arc

7.  Parkway Baptist Church, Lake Village

8.  Fairfield Bay Baptist Church, Fairfield Bay

9.  First Baptist Church, Gould

10. Big Fork Baptist Church, Mena

 

Top overall per capita giving

1.  First Baptist Church, Sparkman

2.  Dermott Baptist Church, Dermott

3.  Cushman Baptist Church, Cushman

4.  West Rock Baptist Church, Little Rock

5. First Baptist Church, Stuttgart

6.  First Baptist Church, Dover

7.  Fairfield Bay Baptist Church, Fairfield Bay

8.  First Baptist Church, Camden

9.  Joyce City Baptist Church, Smackover

10. Temple Baptist Church, El Dorado

 

Top overall giving

1.  Cross Church, Springdale

2.  Geyer Springs First Baptist Church, Little Rock

3.  First Baptist Church, Benton

4. Central Baptist Church, Jonesboro

5.  First Baptist Church, Russellville

6.  Park Hill Baptist Church, North Little Rock

7.  Immanuel Baptist Church, Little Rock

8.  First Baptist Church, Fayetteville

9.  East Side Baptist Church, Fort Smith

10. Watson Baptist Church, Pine Bluff

 

Friday
Nov092012

Lakeview Baptist Thanksgiving service set for Nov. 18

Lakeview Baptist Church, Arkadelphia, will hold its annual Thanksgiving service at 10 a.m. Nov. 18, featuring music by the Hawkins Family of Hot Springs. Dinner will follow the service. All are invited. For more information, call 870-260-5918.

Wednesday
Nov072012

U.S. News ranks Ouachita among nation’s top schools graduating low-income students  

ARKADELPHIA – Achieving a major milestone for the benefit of low-income students and their families, Ouachita Baptist University has been named among the top 10 universities in the nation that graduate low-income students.

The findings, posted by www.USNews.com, also show that Ouachita is the only university, private or public, in the state of Arkansas to earn that recognition. Other universities in that category range from the University of San Francisco to Stonehill College in Massachusetts.

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Monday
Oct222012

The Great Passion Play faces closure

EUREKA SPRINGS – Tough economic times could potentially claim an Arkansas family and group destination seen by millions of people since 1966 – The Great Passion Play located in Eureka Springs.

“Since 1966, 7.5 million people have made a pilgrimage to The Great Passion Play in the beautiful Ozark Mountains and countless more have seen the Christ of the Ozarks Statue,” said Keith Butler, chairman of the non-profit foundation that oversees the play’s operation, in a Sept. 21 press release.

“The Great Passion Play offers a unique and affordable opportunity for visitors to experience the events in the last week of Christ’s life performed by over 150 actors and animals,” said Butler. “However, the opportunity for people to witness the Scriptures come alive first-hand is under threat. These difficult economic times have led to declining attendance.”

“The needs are great,” said Sam Ray, executive director of The Great Passion Play, “but we serve a God who is greater. God works through people, and we are asking people for help.”         

Ray added that while The Great Passion Play would benefit from donations including “functional used vehicles, up-to-date computers, LCD monitors, software, office supplies, lumber, gravel and other material goods; its greatest need is funds to keep the attraction running.” 

“The Great Passion Play has encouraged millions of people in their faith,” said Butler. “(The play) is a significant part of Christian culture.”

More information about The Great Passion Play is available at www.greatpassionplay.org.