"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.


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