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.


Sivils to be honored on their 65th wedding anniversary

A reception for Robert and Mary Jo Armstrong Sivils will be given by their children from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Friendship United Methodist Church, 110 Caney Road, Friendship, in honor of their 65th wedding anniversary. They were married Oct. 21, 1949 in Louisiana. Robert is a retired Baptist minister having pastored Gum Springs Baptist Church and Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Benton, Anderson Chapel, Dumas, as well as several churches in Louisiana. Mary Jo taught school for over 40 years in Benton and Dumas as well as in several schools in Louisiana. The Sivils were also very active in gospel music having sung or recorded with the Messengers, The Harbingers, Joyful Noise and the Sivils Quartet.  The Sivils Quartet was inducted into the North Louisiana Gospel Music Hall of Fame last October. They have three sons, ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


Heber Springs Baptist Church, Heber Springs, to hold Prayer Empowering Weekend, Oct. 10-12

Heber Springs Baptist Church, Heber Springs, will hold a Prayer Empowering Weekend Oct. 10-12, led by Lowell Snow, Lowell Snow Ministries. Snow has a bachelor’s degree from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia and a master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.


Camp Siloam offers Hold Fast retreat for youth

Camp Siloam’s Hold Fast retreat for junior high and senior high students will be held Oct. 17-19.

The goal of the retreat is to encourage students in their Christian walks and to help them understand what it means to “hold fast” to Christ with all their hearts and souls.

Student speaker and evangelist Brian Burgess will serve as speaker; and Clay Helder, of northwest Arkansas, will lead worship.

The retreat’s theme verse will be Joshua 22:5.

"A few years ago I noticed throughout the Bible there is this phrase ‘hold fast,’” said Jason Wilkie, Camp Siloam executive director. “As I began to look at the phrase, it literally meant to ‘cling.’ Junior high and high school are difficult times to hold on to your faith. Hold Fast is an opportunity for people to remember what God said to them this summer – no matter what camp you went to – and to cling to His Word.” 

For more information, visit campsiloam.com and look under the “Retreats” tab.


Brush Creek Baptist Church, Springdale to hold revival services Oct. 12-15

Brush Creek Baptist Church, Springdale, will hold revival services Oct. 12-15 with evangelist Sam Moore. Moore pastored for 22 years in four different churches, three in Arkansas. He resigned the pastorate in 2009 to enter vocational evangelism as a full-time Southern Baptist evangelist. Revival services are at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Oct. 12. Weekday services are at 7 p.m.