ABSC prayer gathering Aug. 31-Sept. 1

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Baptists’ focus on prayer, revival and spiritual awakening continues during a two-day prayer gathering Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock.

“A Call to Pray for Revival and Awakening: A Gathering for Pastors and All Ministers” will begin at 6 p.m. and conclude by 10 p.m., Monday, Aug. 31 and will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude by noon, Tuesday, Sept. 1. A light breakfast will be served on Tuesday prior to the session.

The event is being sponsored by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) Prayer Task Force, Immanuel Baptist and Cross Church of Springdale.

Pastors, ministers, ministry staff members, staff members of ABSC agencies and institutions, associational missionaries, retired ministers and ABSC staff members, students training for ministry and itinerant ministers are all invited to take part in the gathering.

The event will be led by Ronnie Floyd, president of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas; the praise and worship team from Cross Church; a special guest; Steve Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church, Cordova, Tenn., and several other pastors.  

“The last prayer event for pastors and staff triggered a movement of prayer in our state like nothing we have seen in the last 60 years,” said Don Moore, former ABSC executive director, retired pastor and member of the ABSC Prayer Task Force.

There is no cost to attend. Call 800-838-2272, ext. 5103, or email to register.


Judsonia Emergency Receiving Home holds open house 

The Judsonia Emergency Receiving Home, a ministry of Arkansas Baptist Children's Homes and Family Ministries (ABCHomes), will celebrate its 30th anniversary with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 30. The home provides immediate sanctuary for children and teens in need of emergency care. Longtime staff member Juanita Gay, who recently retired after 22 years of service, will be recognized during the open house. For more information, contact ABCHomes at 501-376-4791, ext. 5168, or


2015 associational annual meetings schedule

Following are the dates, locations and times of the 2015 associational annual meetings. Those without specific information were listed as "to-be-announced" (TBA). Information was provided by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.

The staff of the Arkansas Baptist News is available to attend your association's annual meeting. Contact us at

Associational annual meetings schedule:

Arkansas River Valley: Oct. 13 at First Baptist, London, time TBA

Arkansas Valley: Oct. 19 at First Baptist, Brinkley, time TBA

Ashley County: Oct. 20 at South Main Baptist, Crossett, time TBA

Bartholomew: Oct. 19 at Immanuel Baptist, Warren, time TBA

Big Creek: Oct. 16 at Spring River Baptist, Hardy, 5:30 p.m.

Black River: Oct. 13 at First Baptist, Newport, 6:45 p.m. (meal at 6 p.m.)

Buckner: Oct. 13 at Pleasant Grove No. 2 Baptist, Mansfield, 7:00 p.m.

Buckville: Oct. 11 at Mt. Tabor Baptist, Jessieville, 1:30 p.m.

Caddo River: date TBA at First Baptist, Norman, time TBA

Calvary: Oct. 20 at First Baptist, Kensett, time TBA

Carey: Oct. 19 at First Baptist, Fordyce, time TBA

Caroline: Oct. 6 at Steel Bridge Baptist, Lonoke, 3 p.m.

Centennial: Oct. 12 at First Baptist, Stuttgart, time TBA

Central: Oct. 22 at First Baptist, Benton, 12:30 p.m.

Clear Creek: Oct. 13 at First Baptist, Mulberry, time TBA

Concord: Aug. 30 at First Baptist, Lavaca (tentative), time TBA

Conway-Perry: Oct. 20 at Bigelow Baptist, Bigelow, 6 p.m. (meal at 5 p.m.)

Current-Gaines: Oct. 20 at First Baptist, Corning, time TBA

Delta: Oct. 11 at Dermott Baptist, Dermott, time TBA

Faulkner: Oct. 22 at Cold Springs Retreat, Conway, 6 p.m.

Garland County: Oct. 13 at Mill Creek Baptist, Hot Springs, 6 p.m.

Greene County: Oct. 13 at First Baptist, Paragould, time TBA

Harmony: Oct. 19 at First Baptist, Pine Bluff, time TBA

Independence: Oct. 12 at First Baptist, Mountain View, time TBA

Liberty: Oct. 19, location and time TBA

Little Red River: Oct. 19 at West Side Baptist, Greers Ferry, time TBA

Little River: Oct. 12 at Oak Grove Baptist, Ashdown, 4 p.m.

Mississippi County: Oct. 20 at First Baptist, Keiser, 6 p.m.

Mt. Zion: Oct. 19 at South Caraway Baptist, Jonesboro, time TBA

North Arkansas: Oct. 27 at Eagle Heights Baptist, Harrison, time TBA

North Central: Oct. 12, location and time TBA

North Pulaski: Oct. 19 at First Baptist, Sylvan Hills, time TBA

Northwest Arkansas: Oct. 19 at First Baptist, Highfill, 6:30 p.m.

Ouachita: Oct. 12 at First Baptist, De Queen, time TBA

Pulaski: Oct. 13 at Markham Street Baptist, Little Rock, time TBA

Red River: Oct. 18 at Third Street Baptist, Arkadelphia, time TBA

Rocky Bayou: Oct. 15 at Oxford Baptist, Oxford, 6:30 p.m.

Rocky Bayou: Oct. 16 at First Baptist, Cherokee Village, 6:30 p.m.

Southwest Arkansas: date, time and location TBA

Tri-County: Oct. 19 at Cornerstone Baptist, West Memphis, time TBA

Trinity: Oct. 19 at First Baptist, Lepanto, time TBA

Washington Madison: Oct. 19 at Calvary Baptist, Huntsville, 5:30 p.m.

White River: Oct. 19 at First Baptist, Mountain Home, 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (break 5:30 p.m.)


Humphrey Baptist, Humphrey, holds revival services

Humphrey Baptist Church, Humphrey, will hold revival services at 6 p.m. nightly Aug. 9-11. Eddie Douglas will bring the messages and Dewayne Tanton will lead the worship.


New Fellowship Baptist, Pine Bluff, holds revival services

New Fellowship Baptist Church will hold revival services at 7 p.m. nightly Aug. 3-5. Robert White from Freedom Church in Bedford, Texas is the evangelist.