The Church at Meadowlake
In a day when church splits are common, two local congregations, Conway Celebration Church and Meadowlake Missionary Baptist Church, are combining.
The new combined church will be The Church at Meadowlake.
"We decided to name ourselves simply, according to churches in the New Testament," said Cary Cox, pastor. "So we are an assembly of Christ followers at the Meadowlake location." The Church at Corinth is one example Cox used from the Bible of identity through location.
The Church at Meadowlake will be built upon a simple concept, Cox said.
"We are not a business model church," he said. "We want to be a simple family of believers who love each other and who seek to share life outside of Sunday service. We are about Jesus and his gospel. We exist for the glory of God."
The two former churches both began in the mid-1990s. CCC is best known for formerly meeting in a restored dairy barn on South Donaghey. MMBC is the large white church at the corner of Meadowlake and Donaghey.
"We went through the process of meeting, praying, and just hanging out together for about a year and a half until both congregations unanimously believed God brought us together to become one local church," Cox said. "We are eager to shine a light of Christ into an area of Conway not inundated with church presence."
Cox said The Church at Meadowlake’s gatherings are meant to be encouraging to each member and glorifying to God, with three main focuses — upward, inward and outward.
"We look up in praise to God as our highest concern, inward with community as our people grow in depth and maturity and love, and outward in missions, speaking truth in love to our city and beyond," Cox said.
Mickey McCall, another pastor at The Church at Meadowlake, said he is looking toward the future.
"God has made us truly one people unified around the truths of his word," he said. "I’m really excited about what God has in store for us."
Cox said church members are ready to get to work.
"We want to be real — not a show. No gimmicks or slick presentations here," he said. "We are real people, with real struggles and sins. But we have a real Savior who has made us his sons and daughters by his grace, through the work of Christ on the cross. And we want to walk through life together, serving God. If you’re not part of a church family, come be a part of ours," he said.
The Church at Meadowlake (2105 Meadowlake Rd.) will hold its inaugural celebration at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 15. For more information, visit churchatmeadowlake.org.
First United Methodist Church, Morrilton
The Wesley Bell Ringers of Salt Lake City, Utah will perform at the First United Methodist Church in Morrilton at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 26. The concert will be part of the choir’s 49th annual concert tour, and will feature 30 teenaged ringers playing more than 225 handbells and handchimes.
In 1963, The Wesley Bell Ringers, a music ministry of Christ United Methodist Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, began with nine youth ringers and 25 bells. From the very beginning, though, it was expected that if you wanted to participate you would be dedicated to the group, commit to play handbells to the best of your ability, and most importantly, to caring for, and about, the other members of the group.
Fast forward 51 years! The 30 current ringers are the most recent of the 464 youth who have participated in the choir. The expectations have never changed. They provided a foundation to which were added traditions, awards and travel. The choir developed a reputation for musical excellence that has, and continues to open doors to exciting opportunities.
The previous 48 summer tours have taken the choir to all 50 states and most of the Canadian provinces. They have performed at the US Capitol, Cathedral of the Pines National Monument, Mt. Rushmore, Disneyland and Disneyworld. The choir has participated, as the featured choir, at numerous handbell festivals around the United States, and performed for The National Music Educators convention. Performances with The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and The Utah Symphony Orchestra have been repeated honors over the choir’s history.
The 2014 concert includes the music of Rossini, Handel and Copland. The choir will also play the music of many of the finest arrangers and composers in the world of handbells. Admission to the concert is free and a free will offering will be collected. A nursery will be provided. The church is at 201 S. Chestnut in Morrilton. For more information about the group, go to www.wesleybells.org.
Holland Baptist Church
Brother Chad Brandon has been preaching sound messages from I John 1 concerning our fellowship with God which is based on our relationship with Him. Sin can break that fellowship. "Sin needs quenching in the blood of Christ," said Charles Spurgeon. Trying to cover up sin is dangerous. We will be chastised if we try to cover up our sin. We must confess our sin. The Lord is then faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Because of His mercy He doesn’t give us what we deserve. Because of His grace He gives us what we don’t deserve.
The men’s and boys fishing and camping trip was cut short for most because of the weather. They enjoyed one day and night. Some, however, stayed for the duration. TeJohn Petty was the leader of this event. We do appreciate him!
We had a good group of kids for the first week of our summer Wednesday night schedule of which Betsy Petty is in charge. Brother Chad gave the devotional and fun and games were enjoyed by the group.
We’re excited about Vacation Bible School! "Agency D 3" will begin Monday, June 16, at 5:45 p.m. for children through 6th grade. We will meet each evening through June 20 dismissing at 8 p.m. We invite all children to join us for the study of God’s word, music, crafts, and games. Kellie Martin is our VBS director.
The church will have an Independence Day celebration Sunday, June 29. After the morning service a BBQ lunch will be served. Everyone is asked to bring their favorite dessert. Nina Johnston is in charge of this celebration. Games will follow in the afternoon. Evening services will be dismissed.
We would be delighted for you to join us for worship Sunday at 11 a.m. and all other activities as well. May God bless you in His service.