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 sprather@abchomes.org.


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 jeanie@arkansasbaptist.org.

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.


Statewide prayer gathering Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at Immanuel Baptist Church, Little Rock

Editor's Note: The following letter was sent to Arkansas pastors and ministers by J.D. "Sonny" Tucker, executive director of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, inviting them to participate in the Aug. 31-Sept. 1 prayer gathering at Immanuel Baptist Church.

Dear ABSC Pastors and All Ministers:

One of the distinguishing marks of great leaders is their willingness to humbly and courageously step to the plate when needed. I believe Arkansas is full of great ministry leaders, and we need to unite like never before in praying for revival and awakening. I am inviting you to join us, if possible, in another statewide prayer gathering as we seek a movement of God in Arkansas and America.

This gathering will be held at Immanuel Baptist Church, Little Rock, on Monday evening, August 31 and Tuesday morning, September 1, 2015. This is a prayer gathering for ABSC pastors and all ministers.

During the annual SBC annual meeting in June, Dr. Ronnie Floyd called for all Southern Baptists to join in prayer for revival and spiritual awakening. It is our desire to see all Arkansas Baptists praying to this end. Whether you are a pastor, a ministry staff member, a staff member of one of our ABSC agencies or institutions, an associational missionary, a student training for ministry, an itinerant minister, a retired minister or an ABSC staff member, we are inviting you to gather with us to call out to God, praying for revival and spiritual awakening in our nation. 

This event will be led by Dr. Ronnie Floyd, the praise and worship team from Cross Church, a special guest, Dr. Steve Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church, Cordova, TN and several other pastors.  Last year’s prayer gathering was an incredibly powerful event; we believe God will meet with us powerfully again this year.  Monday’s prayer time will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end around 10:00 p.m. Tuesday morning will begin with a breakfast being served from 7:30-8:15 a.m., prayer time will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude by noon.

We must be clear. This is not a “come and go” nor is it a “come and be seen” event. This is not a time to come hang out in the hallway. We are gathering for serious prayer “from start to finish,” appealing to God for revival and awakening. The Tuesdaymorning session is a continuation of Monday night’s prayer time so it is important that you attend both sessions.

There is no cost for the gathering. You are responsible for your travel and hotel room. You can register by emailing gmccallister@absc.org or at the link at PrayArkansas.Com. Please register by Monday, August 24 so that we may plan for seating and snacks.

We hope you can join us!

Praying for Revival and Awakening,

Dr. J.D. “Sonny” Tucker
Executive Director of the ABSC

Task Force: Manley Beasley, Jr., Diane Blackwood, Bill Elliff, Don Moore, Ken Shaddox, Lowell Snow, Larry W. White, Dennis Wilkins, David James, Greg Addison, Jimmie Sheffield and Sonny Tucker.