New Beginning Church
By Diane Robinson
Sin will be destroyed, judgment day will come, and believers in Jesus will avoid condemnation and enter eternal life. Revelation 18:19-24 was the scriptures for our message Sunday night from Pastor Bob.
God’s judgment is designed to punish evil, and by giving our hearts to Jesus and living a righteous life only then will we be able to avoid hell. Think about it, heaven or hell it’s your choice and God gives us that choice. Satan will not give you a choice.
The holidays are upon us and its a time of celebrating with family and friends. I pray that no one will neglect the Lord during this time. Just remember to put Him the center of your celebrating and to be thankful and blessed to be able to spend it with your family and remember to pray for those who do not have family to spend it with and pray for our country, our leaders and our service men and women. So many of us are so blessed to have so much. Try blessing others this season. "God loves each of us, as if there was only one of us." Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from New Beginning Church.
BY WANDA "LULU" HARRIS
Where to begin is the question. What an event filled week we have had at Calvary Church. Friday night was spent in a wonderful service with the Ladies Fall Tea. I would like to personally thank Angel Duncan, Mary Mayall and Debra Lawrence for all their hard work at making the tea a success. The food was great as well as the fellowship with all the other ladies. The Ladies of Calvary provided the music with a special called "Under His Wings".
Pat Mayall shared her testimony with all the ladies and what a moving testimony it was. I have thought to myself how small my troubles are compared to what the Lord has brought her through. What an inspiration! Not a dry eye in the place! Andrea Lennon was the guest speaker who taught us how to take time to gaze at the Lord and to do more than just glance at him. What a powerful statement! The night ended with the young ladies of Calvary doing a special to say "Goodnight." Oh what a special night, one that will remain with me forever.
A very special speaker was heard both Sunday morning and evening. That person was Bro. Jamie Coulter. He has overcome many obstacles to preach the word of the Lord. What talent, singing, writing music and preaching the word of God. A very special thanks to him for sharing what the Lord had laid on his heart to share. We at Calvary were very blessed to have him speak to us. Jamie and his friends provided great southern gospel music for all to enjoy. The power of the Lord could definitely be felt.
After the service on Sunday night, we had three sisters follow the Lord in baptism. What joy to know that they have an eternal home in heaven. For everyone who attended the services on Sunday, blessings were received all around. I thank the Lord everyday for saving me and giving me this precious church to call my home.
Remember Wednesday services begin at 6 p.m. with a potluck followed by prayer service. Awanas and the youth group will meet at 6:45-7 p.m. We pray that you will join us in our fellowship and praise of the Lord.
Calvary Church is located at 1832 Robinson Ave. in Conway. "A Fellowship of Baptist Believers."
Wesley United Methodist Church
By Lynn Beatty
It was a joy to have the students with us last Sunday for "Wesley at Wesley Day." Accompanied by the Rev. John Palmer, 10 students from the Wesley Foundation Campus Ministry of the University of Central Arkansas joined us and led us through our morning worship service. The message the students shared, first with the children during children’s time, and then during the main sermon, was one of hope.
Sara Bayles is a junior at the University of Central Arkansas. She is a graduate of Springdale Har-Ber High School where she was a member of the girls’ basketball team. She has also felt called to the ministry.
She has begun the process for this, and what we experienced during her sermon on Sunday was that the Methodist Church will be blessed to have her in its ministry. The message she chose to share with us was "hope", an everyday word seen everywhere and used by everyone, Christian or not, church-going or not. Through Scripture as well as personal stories ranging from good-humored to heart-rending, her message was shared with a sureness of strength which was refreshing to see in one so young. She spoke of the importance of hope in our lives and living in such a way as to ignite, instill, and invite that hope into the lives of others.
But what was also evidenced on Sunday was Sara going forward as a minister. How this hope and spark of which she spoke was also seen in her, and how it will be passed forward when she begins her life in the ministry.
Having the UCA students take over for a day was very uplifting but also gave our pastor, the Rev. David Hoffman, some rare time off as he was able to sit in the congregation with his wife, Kim, instead of his usual place behind the pulpit. His days are filled with responsibilities one would expect of a pastor, but soon he will be packing his bags for a week in December in Baldwin, La. Our church is heavily involved in the Ingathering ministry, and in a few weeks he will be taking a team of seven people down to Sager Brown, the headquarters of UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief in southern Louisiana. This will be Pastor David’s fourth time to volunteer there, and he enjoys it more each time he goes. He believes the Sager Brown ministry is one of the best things the United Methodist Church does. While there, these volunteers will be among thousands of others who go each year to help sort and pack supply kits to be shipped all over the world, to places such as storm-torn Haiti, or perhaps across town to the elderly or homeless in Baldwin.
Wesley United Methodist Church is a compassionate and friendly family of faith. Located at 2310 E. Oak St., guests are welcomed with "open hearts, open minds, open doors". Our Sunday worship service begins at 10 a.m., with Sunday School at 9 a.m.
Nursery is provided. We also have a Wednesday evening service which includes a prayer team at 6 p.m., potluck supper at 6:30 p.m., and Bible study at 7 p.m.
All of our services are open to the public, and guests of all ages are welcome at each one. If you have any questions, call our church office at 327-7629. We are proud of our church and our members, but we also love to see new faces, and our doors are always opened wide. If you do not have a church you regularly attend, please feel free to join us.
Immanuel Baptist Church
By Tracy Everett
"This is my story. This is my song. Praising my Savior all the day long. This is my story. This is my song. Praising my Savior all the day long." What is your salvation story? Is it a spectacular conversion that rivals Saul’s in Acts 9? Or is yours a soft whispered prayer as a young child in the corner of your bedroom, or as an adult on an altar at church?
As Bro. Jurl Mitchell shared with us this past Sunday, everyone’s salvation story is different but praise God, the results are all the same. Salvation changes lives and always shows the mercy of God. Ephesians 2:8-9 says "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God..Not of works, lest any man should boast." Have you received that merciful, wonderful gift from God? If you haven’t, God is still there, waiting to give you your own special salvation story. You may ask, as Saul did in Acts 9:6, "Lord, what wilt Thou have me do?" Romans 10:9 reads "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."
Won’t you accept that sweet, loving gift of salvation today and feel the blessed assurance of eternal life in Heaven? God loves you. He is waiting for you to come, just as you are, and to accept His perfect and priceless gift.
Before our services Sunday morning, our Children’s Choir brought their annual Thanksgiving special. It was such a blessing to here these children sing with all their hearts about the gladness that God brings them and the thanksgiving praises that they bring to God. Speaking of being thankful, we really enjoyed having a special book signing by our resident "famous" author Sunday morning.
Randy and Verna Higgins took on the special task of having Bro. Jurl Mitchell’s first book reprinted, and Bro. Jurl was generous enough to sign them for us Sunday.
"En La Manana" was written by Bro. Jurl about he and his family’s first months as missionaries in Bolivia almost 40 years ago. I finished reading it last night and am amazed at the way the Lord provides when these missionaries step out on faith alone to preach the word and spread the Gospel in foreign, unknown lands. If you would like this special book, they are available at our church for $12, where the proceeds will go toward our new hymnal fund. Just call 501-679-2612 for more information.
Also, don’t forget that this Sunday evening, beginning at 5 p.m., we will be having our annual church Anniversary and Thanksgiving feast and fellowship. Bring a couple of side dishes and a dessert and enjoy this special time of fellowship and thanksgiving with your church family and friends.
We would love to see you at Immanuel in Greenbrier. Our regular services begin at 10 a.m. Sunday morning with Sunday School and 11 a.m. for worship. If you have any questions or need information for activities or service times, don’t hesitate to call 501-679-2612.
Have a very Happy Thanksgiving and a very blessed week!
Bethlehem Baptist Church
By Hazel Love
We had good attendance this past Sunday despite opening day of deer season and so many that were ill. Bro. Danny Fagala delivered the morning message. A good special in song by Shane and Amber Atkinson was enjoyed by the congregation. Sunday evening, Bro. Brian Harvison was our guest speaker.
There will be a special business meeting during tomorrow night’s service to select a "Pastor Search Committee". All members are urged to attend and be a part of this selection process.
Approximately 160-170 of Bethlehem’s family enjoyed the Annual Thanksgiving Dinner this past Wednesday night. There was lots of turkey, ham and all of the fixin’s for everyone to indulge in.
The Bethlehem Food Bank broke another record this past Monday. We served 86 families that were in need of help. If you feel led to help in this ministry, we are always looking for volunteers. If you cannot work, monetary donations are gladly accepted. This ministry is not financially funded by Bethlehem Church but is supported by donations from the community and individuals. Donations may be sent to Bethlehem Church and they will be directed to the Food Bank.