New Jerusalem to hold Christmas Service

New Jerusalem Baptist Church of 8 Taylor Circle in Conway will celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 7 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 25. Rev. Gerald Jagers, pastor of United Baptist Church in Conway, will deliver the Christmas sermon. The public is invited. Rev. William E. Forte’, Jr. is the host pastor.

Wesley to provide Communion service

A Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at Wesley United Methodist Church. The public is invited. The church is located at 2310 E. Oak St., across from Caldwell Country Store. 

FCL marking World Religion Day

World Religion Day Celebration 2011 will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, at the library. Interested in learning more about the world’s religions? Curious about leaders who have worked to make positive change through interfaith cooperation? Celebrate your own beliefs while sharing inspiration, thoughts, and prayers with others at the 2011 observance of World Religion Day. The event will be celebrated for the second year at the Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler St.

World Religion Day was first observed in 1950, when the national governing body of the Baha’i Faith of the United States established it to call attention to the essential oneness of the worlds’ religions and to show that religion is a motivating force for world unity.

This year’s interfaith panel will discuss the importance of the independent investigation of truth. Their presentation will be followed by a question-and-answers, an arts activity for children and their families, refreshments and socializing.

Panel members are:

• Baha’i Faith - Dan Reimer, M.P.H. - Baha’i Community of North Little Rock, Arkansas. Reimer is Deputy Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity. He regularly assists communities of the Baha’is in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

• Buddhism - Dr. Douglas Young - Journey Into Silence Group - Dr. Young recently moved to Conway where he practices meditation at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

• Christianity - Rev. Teri Dailey, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Conway. Rev. Daily practiced pediatrics before leaving medicine to pursue ordination in the Episcopal Church. She has served as priest at St. Peter’s since 2008.

• Hinduism - Dr. Umadevi Garimella - Dr. Garimella is director of the Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Institute at the University of Central Arkansas.

• Islam - Dr. Rifat Akhter - Assistant Professor of Sociology and Director of the Gender Studies Program at the University of Central Arkansas. She is a practicing Muslim by birth.

• Judaism - Mr. Sam Siegel - Currently a freshman at Hendrix College, Sam recently received a grant from the Crain-Maling Center for Jewish Culture to continue his work educating others about the Jewish religion and culture at Conway High through the Jewish Service Organization.

• Unification Church - Mr. Bruce Biggin - Bruce joined the Unification Church in 1972, and has served that faith most of his adult life as a church leader and as a missionary. Currently, he is director of the Ambassadors for Peace Association of Arkansas

For more information, contact Lisa Armstrong at 501-851-6608 or, or Jeanetta Darley at the Faulkner Library at 501-327-7482 or 

True Holiness Saints Center Holiday Schedule

The public is invited to spend the Holidays with True Holiness Church family. This, Sunday, Dec. 26, at 8 a.m. will be our special Christmas weekend worship time. Also, make plans to join us for New Year’s Eve. Service will begin Dec. 31st promptly at 10 p.m. 

First Methodist plans holiday services

The public is invited to worship services to be held Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at First United Methodist Church of Conway.

Christmas Eve services on Dec. 24 will be held at the following times:

• A contemplative and communion service will be held at noon in the Sanctuary.

• A communion service for the family of God will be held at 4 p.m. in the Great Hall. During this service, children attending will receive a special Christmas gift from the people of First United Methodist Church.

• A service of candlelight and communion will be held at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

The services will feature music by various musical groups in the church, including choirs, youth and adult handbell choirs and the Praise Band. 

On Christmas Day, a 10 a.m. worship service will be held in the Sanctuary. The Christmas morning service is joyous, not too long, informal, and a whole lot of fun! At the service you will experience how the atmosphere of quiet anticipation of Christmas Eve changes to one of pure joy.

The public is invited to all worship services and special activities at the church. Sunday worship services are held at 8:45 and 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary and 9 a.m. in the Great Hall.

The church is at 1610 Prince St. (corner of Prince and Clifton streets.)

For more information, call the church office at 329-3801 or visit the web site at