Scotland Baptist Church to celebrate 140th anniversary Oct. 6

Scotland Baptist Church, Scotland, will celebrate its 140th anniversary Sunday, Oct. 6. Former pastors and members are invited to attend. For more information call 501-592-3787. Charles Deckelman is pastor.


Darby Lane Baptist VBS July 29-Aug. 2

Darby Lane Baptist Church, 420 Darby Lane, Russellville, will host their vacation Bible school, Bug Zone — Transformed by our Big God, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. July 29 through Aug. 2 for children who have finished kindergarten through 6th grade. The kickoff party will begin at 10 a.m. July 27. For more information call, Jeannie Luu at (479) 747-3962.


Second ‘Celebrate the Word’ set for Magic Springs July 19-20

Mercy Me.HOT SPRINGS – The second of three Celebrate The Word weekends is set for July 19-20 at Magic Springs Water and Theme Park.

Todd Burpo and family.The event features Heaven Is for Real: Live and Christian music group MercyMe.

Heaven Is for Real: Live will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, July 19 and MercyMe will performer at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 20. Citizen Way and Big Daddy Weave will take perform at 6:30 p.m.  prior to MercyMe.

Heaven Is for Real: Live features author Todd Burpo and a live show of “song, story and hope,” according to press release about the event. “It all began after Burpo’s 4-year old son, Colton, experienced heaven during emergency surgery. He talked about looking down to see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room,” the release states.

Also on hand at the park for the Celebrate the Word weekend is illusionist Harris III, performing at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. at the Lakeside Theater on Friday and Saturday.

 “These weekends are highly anticipated by many of our guests,” said Steve Honeycutt, general manager of the park. “This is a special festival with a focus on faith and family with a tremendous lineup of the best talent in contemporary Christian entertainment.”  


Sold Out youth conference set for Aug. 17

RUSSELLVILLE – Youth from Russellville and surrounding areas are invited to attend the Sold Out conference set for Saturday, Aug. 17, at Fair Park Baptist Church, 615 S. Knoxville Ave., Russellville.

HamKirby Vardeman, pastor of LifeStone Church in Russellville, is the organizer of the event. The conference theme is Marvelous Grace. 

“Sold Out is back, and this year is better than before,” said Vardeman. “Our emphasis in this year’s conference is on the gospel of God’s grace. His grace saves us, sustains us and changes us. His grace is what helps us to be the Church that He saw us being as He died for us.”

MorganMore than 60 youth attended last year’s conference, but Vardeman said he expects more than double for this year’s event.

Speakers included at the conference are Brad Morgan, LifeStone Church student pastor, and Jay Ham, equipping pastor for missions, outreach and recreation at First Baptist Church, Russellville.

The Elliott Andrews Band of Crossett will be featured in worship, and the worship leader for the day is Paul Rideout, LifeStone Church worship pastor.

RideoutVardeman said the main session will be “a time of powerful worship focusing on God and His grace through instrument and song, along with teaching relevant to the student to glorify God and stir His people to act out in love for Him.” 

AndrewsAlso included during the day will be several breakout sessions “in which students can more closely focus on the teaching and openly discus how what they have learned can change how they live,” Vardeman added.

A mission emphasis will give students the opportunity to hear about the various people groups around the world and how each can participate in reaching their city, state, country and world through Jesus as well. 

For more information or to register, visit or call Vardeman at 479-567-8850.

Sold Out Conference schedule:

8:00 – Registration

9:00 – Welcome

9:30 – Main Session

10:45 – Breakdown Groups

11:15 – Lunch

12:00 – Mission Emphasis

12:30 – Main Session

1:45 – Breakdown Groups

2:15 – Experience of Prayer

2:45 – Main Session

4:00 – Release


2013 WEE Workshop deadline July 8

Weekday Early Education (WEE) is a faith-based early childhood education program designed to provide a learning experience for infants through kindergartners by develop their physical, mental, social-emotional and spiritual needs.

Two workshops are scheduled. The first will be held July 29 at First Baptist Church, Rogers. The second is set for Aug. 1-2 at Geyer Springs First Baptist Church, Little Rock. Registration for both conferences ends July 8.

The workshop is designed to assist early childhood centers in Arkansas Baptist State Convention-affiliated churches, as well as other weekday centers in meeting these needs. Early childhood leaders are encouraged to guide the spiritual development of young children by including Bible truths in their curriculum, working cooperatively with families and providing a loving Christian environment while the child is in their care. For more information and to register, go to

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