First Baptist, Pangburn, to celebrate 125 years Nov. 16

First Baptist Church, Pangburn, will celebrate its 125th year in existence Nov. 16 with an 11 a.m. homecoming service, followed by lunch. The First Baptist Church Praise Singers Quartet will present the music and Sonny Tucker, Executive Director of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, will bring the message. The program will also include other recognitions and history of the church. The church was started at Henderson Cemetery, just outside Pangburn, in 1889 by the Henderson family and, in 1904, moved inside the Pangburn city limits to its current location. Alan Cook is pastor.


WOM at Central Baptist, Hot Springs, hosts speakers

The Women on Mission group at Central Baptist Church, Hot Springs, will hear guest speaker Kevin Hall at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11. In addition, they will hear guest speaker Greg Wootten at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9.


Williams Baptist College's Homecoming and Parents Day set for Nov. 1

WALNUT RIDGE - Williams Baptist College is set to host its annual Homecoming/Parent’s Day on Saturday, Nov. 1, when alumni and parents will journey to the campus to participate in a full day of activities.

The day will kick off with an alumni soccer game at 9 a.m., and a Golden Eagles reunion brunch in the president’s home at 10 a.m. The Golden Eagles are those who attended Williams at least 50 years ago.

An alumni baseball game is scheduled for 11 a.m.

Performances by the Williams Singers, Williams' choir, and The Cast, the college’s Christian drama group, are also slated for 11 a.m.

The newly renovated cafeteria will open for lunch at 11 a.m.

Varsity athletic events include the Lady Eagles volleyball team taking on Stephens College, starting at noon, in the Southerland-Mabee Center (SMC). The women’s basketball team will then host Philander Smith University at 2 p.m., in the SMC. Homecoming coronation will take place at halftime of the basketball game.

Current and former Lady Eagles volleyball players are also invited to a reunion, which will be held in the Rose Room of the SMC at 1:30 p.m.

The day’s events will draw to a close at 7:30 p.m., when the college’s fall drama, titled “Charley’s Aunt,” is scheduled to begin. The production will be held in the Old Chapel, and admission is $1 for Williams students and $3 for general admission.

For more information, contact Aaron Andrews at 870-759-4105 or by email at, or Mary Norvell at 870-759-4134 or by email at To view a complete schedule, visit


First Baptist Church, Hackett, to hold building dedication Nov. 23

First Baptist Church, Hackett, will hold a dedication Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. for the new worship center, followed by a thanksgiving dinner and concert by New Creation of Van Buren. For more information, call 479-597-6644.  



Williams Baptist College opens theater season Oct. 31

WALNUT RIDGE – Williams Baptist College’s theater department will open its 2014-2015 season as a part of the college’s upcoming Homecoming/Parents Day festivities. The fall production, “Charley’s Aunt,” written by Brandon Thomas, will be staged Friday, Oct. 31, and Saturday, Nov. 1.

 “Charley’s Aunt” is about two college men from Yale during the early 1900s, according to Melinda Williams, head of the theater program and director of the production. The students want to invite two ladies to lunch, but cannot without a chaperone.

“One of the young men, Charley, has an aunt visiting from Brazil, but she telegraphs to say she has been delayed,” explained Williams. “It just so happens the young men have a friend who is appearing in a theatrical production as a women so he ‘agrees’ to dress up as Charley’s aunt to chaperone the date. But, of course, all kinds of chaos occurs, especially when the real aunt shows up.” 

In the spring, Williams’ theater department will produce Jules Tasca’s “Women in Congress,” which is an adaptation of Aristophanes’ Greek comedy “Women in Power.” Even though the spring play is also a comedy, the director explained it is different than the fall production.

“It is a comedy, but less physical and more intellectual,” noted the director.

“Charley’s Aunt” is one of the many activities scheduled for Williams’ Homecoming. The production will be held in Williams’ Old Chapel. It will begin at 8 p.m. on Oct. 31, and it will start at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 1. Admission is $1 for students and senior citizens and $3 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at the door.