Conway's Central Baptist Church to celebrate 60 years of ministry Oct. 7.

CONWAY – Central Baptist Church in Conway will hold a 60th Anniversary Celebration at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. Pastor Don Chandler said the church will conduct a special joint worship service with all its members. 

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Special service to be held at Immanuel Baptist for Arkansas 'First Responders'

LITTLE ROCK — Immanuel Baptist Church of Little Rock will hold a special service at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, to honor all First Responders in Arkansas.

“These are the men and women who daily lay their lives on the line to protect our own lives, our property and our health, and who serve with little or no recognition,” said Gary Hollingsworth, pastor. “When I hear from our own members who are First Responders about the peril they face on every call, but also about the many positive outcomes that result, I believe the least we as citizens can do is say a public ‘thank you.’”

The program will include a brief address by Pulaski County Sheriff Doc Holladay, posting of the colors, a roll call of First Responders who have died in the line of duty and music by the Immanuel Sanctuary Choir.

Hollingsworth said all First Responders are invited to participate and stay for a reception for them and their families following the service.

The public is also invited to attend and a nursery will be provided. The church is located at 501 North Shackleford Road in Little Rock.


Associational missionary R.E. Clark pens devotion book: ‘Glasses in the Grass’

Leah Fender
Arkansas Baptist News 

R.E. ClarkBENTONVILLE – When one thinks of a social media user, it’s typically someone in their 20s or 30s with a Mountain Dew in hand, surfing the web daily – not a grandfather and great-grandfather. 

For Northwest Arkansas Baptist Association Missionary R.E. Clark, 58, debut author and father of eight children, 16 grandchildren and a great-grandchild, Facebook and blogging are a big part of life. In fact, he has been posting devotionals online for more than three years.

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Arkansas students pray for fellow students, their school and nation

STUDENTS FROM across Arkansas gathered at school flagpoles Sept. 26 for the annual See You at the Pole (SYATP) event.

SYATP is a “global day of student prayer,” according to the event’s website, The idea was began in 1990 after teenagers attending a Disciple Now weekend in Texas drove to several schools and gathered around the flagpoles to pray for “friends, schools and leaders.”

“God used what He did among those teenagers and others who were holding similar prayer meetings at their schools to birth a vision in the hearts of youth leaders across Texas. The vision was that students throughout Texas would follow these examples and meet at their school flagpoles to pray simultaneously,” a story about the 1990 event on the website says.

But the movement spread beyond just Texas.

On Sept. 12, 1990, more than 45,000 students in four states joined for prayer around school flagpoles. Since then, participation has grown from thousands to millions, with students from around the world participating, according to the site.

And students in Arkansas are no different. To view photos of students participating in SYATP in Arkansas, click here.

To read a blog and other information about how students participated in Arkansas, click the links below:



Lightning strike damages steeple at First Baptist, Heber Springs

This photo shows damage incurred to the steeple of First Baptist Church, Heber Springs, Sept. 21. Photo by Bill Bumpas

HEBER SPRINGS – Lightning struck the steeple of First Baptist Church in Heber Springs Friday, Sept. 21 – resulting in fire and water damage to a portion of the building.

“Our custodian just happened to be standing outside and saw the lightning strike and immediately called the fire department,” said J.R. DeBusk, pastor.

As a result of the fire department’s quick response, the fire was contained within the steeple area. However, DeBusk says that they did suffer some water damage to the worship area, the stairwell, classrooms and hallways as a result of the firefighters using water to get the fire out.

“We were not able to worship in the worship center on Sunday, due to the water damage, but we were able to set up in the fellowship hall and worship there,” DeBusk said. He added the church is working with a company to dry out the areas that suffered some water damage.

In addition, the lighting strike damaged some computers on the church's server.

“We are working on getting our computers up today (Sept. 24),” DeBusk said. 

All in all, DeBusk said that he’s thankful that it wasn’t worse.

“Because of the quick response and very minimal damage, in comparison to what might have happened had someone not have actually seen it when it happened, or if it had happened at night, we would have probably had a total loss,” DeBusk said.