Francisca Jones

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Heart and soles

Ozark Water Project collects used shoes by the pound to fund water systems for villages in Haiti, other countries

Subscriber onlyKarla Allen, executive director of Ozark Water Projects, will make presentations in schools throughout Arkansas this fall to tell students how shoes can be turned into clean water. Continue reading...

Worshipping outside the box: Annual interfaith gathering in Arkansas opens arms to people of all faiths or no faith

Subscriber onlyReligious communities will gather at 6 p.m. Thursday in a show of religious unity at the sixth annual "Love Thy Neighbor" event at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Little Rock. Continue reading...

National Day of Prayer chooses Arkansas pastor as chief

Subscriber onlyRonnie Floyd, senior pastor of Cross Church in Northwest Arkansas and a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, has been named president of the National Day of Prayer, according to a news release issued Tuesday by the organization. Continue reading...

Changing troops: American Heritage Girls offers alternative to Girl Scouts

Subscriber onlyFive years ago, Jennifer Walker and her family were new to the Benton area and she was looking for an activity she and her 6-year-old daughter could do together while serving others. Continue reading...

End of an era: Little Rock store selling Catholic gifts, books since 1950 to close doors next month

Owner ready to retire, unique store selling Catholic church supplies, gifts, books since 1950 to close doors next month

Subscriber onlyGuardian Church Goods store owner Michael Lipsmeyer has been busier than usual over the past couple of weeks delivering candles to Catholic churches in the Little Rock area. Continue reading...

Flowing grace

Arkansas haven for sex-trafficking survivors will have its own water well, thanks to Conway nonprofit

Subscriber onlyWater for Christ, a faith-based nonprofit in Conway that drills wells in the African country of Ghana to provide people with access to clean drinking water, has drilled a well in southwestern Arkansas at the future site of Hebron Hills, a facility for those who escaped or were rescued from sex trafficking. Continue reading...

Musician, teacher Truby to play at NLR church

Subscriber onlyJason Truby, onetime guitarist for the award-winning rock band Payable On Death (known as P.O.D.), will weave performances of his guitar and vocal songs into Park Hill Presbyterian Church's 11 a.m. Sunday worship service. Continue reading...

Passing the baton

Dwindling, aging white congregation in Pine Bluff dissolves, turns over church to growing black congregation that never had a permanent home

Subscriber onlyPINE BLUFF -- In an act embracing the Southern Baptist idea that God owns everything and it's a person's responsibility to use what one has for the glory of God, Forrest Park Baptist Church has passed on its building and the property on which it stands to the congregation of New Fellowship Baptist Church. Continue reading...

8,000 Witnesses expected in Fort Smith

Subscriber onlyMore than 8,000 Jehovah's Witnesses will gather this month in Fort Smith for three regional conventions devoted to educating others about persistence and building resilience through Scripture. Continue reading...

Southern Baptists repudiate 'alt-right,' white supremacy

Subscriber onlySouthern Baptists voted Wednesday to condemn the political movement known as the "alt-right" after failing to take up a similar resolution Tuesday afternoon and throwing the national convention into turmoil. Continue reading...

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With closed eyes, a wide smile and arm outstretched, Thirland McKissic, pastor of New Fellowship Bap...

With closed eyes, a wide smile and arm outstretched, Thirland McKissic, pastor of New Fellowship Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, ta...

Published: July 8, 2017

A phrase from Luke 22:19 is inscribed on a table in front of the church’s pulpit.

A phrase from Luke 22:19 is inscribed on a table in front of the church’s pulpit.

Published: July 8, 2017

Congregants line the pews at Pine Bluff’s New Fellowship Baptist Church on June 25. The nearly 70-ye...

Congregants line the pews at Pine Bluff’s New Fellowship Baptist Church on June 25. The nearly 70-year-old church building and pro...

Published: July 8, 2017

A newly purple marquee marks New Fellowship Baptist Church’s official move to Cherry Street in Pine ...

A newly purple marquee marks New Fellowship Baptist Church’s official move to Cherry Street in Pine Bluff.

Published: July 8, 2017

Darrin McKissic, son of Thirland McKissic and the band director at Fort Smith Junior High School, pl...

Darrin McKissic, son of Thirland McKissic and the band director at Fort Smith Junior High School, plays “Blessed Assurance,” his g...

Published: July 8, 2017

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