Belview Baptist packs 1,202 Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes

MELBOURNE – One thousand boxes of hope. One thousand boxes of joy. One thousand boxes each filled with a little bit of Jesus. One awesome God who can do great things.

That is what Belview Baptist Church in Melbourne experienced as they packed Operation Christmas Child (OCC) shoe boxes. The church set a goal of packing 750 boxes, about 150 more than they collected last year. But by the time they were done, they had packed 1,202 boxes.

Not bad for a church that regularly has about 150 in worship every Sunday.

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Hall and Howard crowned at Williams Homecoming

Porche Hall and Tevin Howard.WALNUT RIDGE – Porche Hall of Wynne, and Tevin Howard of Luxora, were crowned the 2015 Homecoming queen and king Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Southerland-Mabee Center on the Williams Baptist College campus.

Hall is a senior psychology major and the daughter of Joyce Harris and Conley Holmes. Howard is a senior liberal arts major and the son of Donna Chew and Jimmy Howard.

Also representing the senior class on the Homecoming court were Michaela Thompson of Viola, and Aaron Hamby of Malvern. Thompson, a business administration major, is the daughter of Mike and Lisa Thompson. Hamby, a liberal arts major, is the son of Mark and Terri Hamby.

Juniors on the court were Brooke Howell and Patrick Smith. Howell, a biology major from Bryant, is the daughter of Mike and Kay Howell. Smith, a biology major from Malvern, is the son of Leona and Patrick Smith.

Sophomore class representatives were Erin Gay and Conor Karwath. Gay, a native of Memphis, Tenn., is majoring in early childhood education. She is the daughter of Jimmy and Dionza Gay. Karwath is from Gonzales, La., and is majoring in finance. He is the son of Tami Wickboldt and Fred Karwath

The freshman class representatives were Kristen Smith and Rico Baldon. Smith, an English major from Bono, is the daughter of Glenn and Melissa Smith. Baldon, a business administration major from Sao Paulo, Brazil, is the son of Sylvana Baldon and Joao Batista Baldon.

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


James Phillip "Phil" Whitten, 76, dies

James Phillip “Phil” Whitten, 76, died Nov. 9. He began serving the Lord by leading music in his hometown of Muskogee, Okla. He received his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Tulsa. He served in the music ministry throughout Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and Arkansas. He received his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of Oak Cliff Baptist Church in Fort Smith for 21 years, retiring in 2004. Following retirement, he served as interim pastor throughout the area. He is preceded in death by his wife, Merlene, his parents and a brother. He is survived by three children, three grandchildren, two sisters and two brothers. Funeral services will be held Nov. 14 at Grand Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Smith. Burial will follow at Roselawn Cemetery in Fort Smith.


Thomas Jefferson Cunningham III, longtime pastor, dies

Thomas Jefferson Cunningham III, 71, of Dermott, died Nov. 6. He would have celebrated his 50th anniversary as a pastor Dec. 15. He was serving as pastor of Dermott Baptist Church, Dermott, at the time of his death. He was a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, and Luther Rice Seminary. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Susan Cunningham, and a sister. He is survived by his wife, Carol Cunningham; a son, a daughter, three step-daughters, a brother, five grandchildren and three step-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Nov. 9 at Dermott Baptist Church in Dermott. Graveside services were held in Gassville.


North Pulaski association shares new plan

Jessica Vanderpool
Arkansas Baptist News

SHERWOOD – Almost 54 years to the day after North Pulaski Baptist Association was founded, the association announced its new missions statement, core values and objectives, as well as activities for 2016.

The announcement took place at the association’s annual meeting, which was held at Sylvan Hills First Baptist Church, Sherwood, on Oct. 19. The association was founded on Oct. 17, 1961.

Marty Watson, pastor of Baring Cross Baptist Church, Sherwood, who spoke at the annual meeting about the new aspects, noted the importance of churches working together.

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