Park Hill Baptist to hold mental health forum Dec. 1

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Park Hill Baptist Church, North Little Rock, will hold a mental health forum at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 1. The event will feature a series of short talks by area professionals, addressing topics such as grief and loss, substance abuse, suicide and more. A time for questions and answers will follow.

The theme of the event is Changing Attitudes.

Garrick Conner, discipleship pastor at Park Hill Baptist Church, said the idea of “changing attitudes” refers to two things: (1) how the Church’s attitude is already changing in regard to ministering to those with mental and emotional issues and (2) how the Church needs to help change others’ attitudes and fight the stigma associated with mental issues.

The forum will emphasize how churches can help those with mental illness, and it will highlight area resources like support groups and counseling services.

Conner said through the forum, they want to provide an opportunity “to speak to hearts that are struggling.”

He said he thinks “churches should be a first line of emotional and spiritual help for people at crisis points.”

He explained that not only do people struggle with issues like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but also they struggle with things like parenting issues and life adjustment issues due to loss or divorce.

“I see counseling as part of a larger discipleship process in our lives,” said Conner. “It’s about discovering where grace meets life. … I think we learn a lot about God through situations that we would never ever choose for ourselves.”

Conner said the mental health forum will coincide with the Nov. 30 Sunday school lesson in LifeWay Christian Resources’ Bible Studies for Life curriculum series. The lesson focuses on mental illness and the Church.

“Those who are walking through valleys in life are not alone, and as churches, I think we have a responsibility to provide encouragement, support and resources designed specifically to meet needs spiritually, emotionally and mentally in the lives of our members and in our communities,” Conner said.


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.