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story.lead_photo.caption NWA Democrat-Gazette/LYNN KUTTER First Baptist Church in Farmington has rearranged its words and now has a new name, Farmington First. "We're Farmington," said Senior Pastor Cary Weaver, who is celebrating his first year with the church in June. "We need to put Farmington first." In February, the church moved to two identical services on Sunday mornings -- 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. -- to provide more access and more opportunities for church members and visitors. The church has grown just by adding another service, Weaver said. Average attendance is around 350 and that is up by about 100. The church had 440 people at the Easter morning service in 2017 and 579 on Easter Sunday this year. The church is located at 589 Rheas Mill Road.


Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rogers, 2305 S. Dixieland Road, offers a study on Christian doctrine at 7 p.m. Wednesday. A special voters' meeting will be held following this Sunday's service.

Information: 755-4520,

Millwood Christian Church in Rogers, 3450 W. Pleasant Grove Road, will host bingo at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Funds raised go to provide personal care items to those in need. Participants who bring a personal care item to donate will receive a discount on buy-in. Concessions will be available.

Information: 621-0021.

Unity Church of the Ozarks in Bentonville, 12 McKissic Creek Road, offers a Wednesday night discussion from "Seven Theories of Human Nature" at 7 p.m. A 20-minute meditation follows.

Information: 721-2752 or

First Presbyterian Church in Bentonville, 901 N.E. J St., offers vacation Bible school, the "Rolling River Rampage," from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Each night begins with supper for the family, followed by different classes for adults and children.

Information: 273-5450,

Bella Vista Presbyterian Church, 1880 Forest Hills Blvd., sponsors a magic show and ice cream float social at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Reservations are requested by Tuesday.

Information: 855-2390,

Bella Vista Community Church, 75 E. Lancashire Blvd., begins a new eight-week Bible study July 12, based on the book Really Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs.

Information: 855-1126,

United Lutheran Church of Bella Vista, 100 Cooper Road, offers free blood pressure screenings by the church's nurses before and after the worship service July 1.

The ULC Men's Club has a monthly breakfast series that features a guest speaker. This month's guest speaker at 8 a.m. July 9 is Tom Judson, chief operating officer of the Bella Vista Property Owners Association. The devotion will be given by Orv Wobig.

Information: 855-1325,

Bella Vista Lutheran Church, 1990 Forest Hills Blvd., offers a special worship service July 5 for those unable to attend a regular service. Lunch will follow. Transportation is available.

The church choir has been invited to sing the National Anthem at the Naturals baseball game on July 13.

The Shepherd's Food Pantry is open every Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations needed include canned vegetables (not corn) and canned pinto and kidney beans. They are also collecting Best Choice UPC codes. A container for donations is in the church narthex.

Information: 855-0272,

Village Bible Church in Bella Vista, 1591 Forest Hills Boulevard, hosts a Men's Bible Study at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Oasis Center with a meeting of the ladies' KniTTogether ministry and the White Cross Women's Mission ministry at the same time.

The Oasis Food Pantry will be open from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday. A poluck fellowship dinner follows at 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, with singing, devotions and prayer at 7 p.m.

Information: 876-5764,


Holiday Island Community Church, 188 Stateline Dr., presents Caitlin Secrest performing in a free concert at 1:30 p.m. July 1. Secrest currently performs in the "Hits of the Hollow" show at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo. Her performance is part of the church's Woodward Memorial Concert Series.

Information: 253-8200,

NAN Religion on 06/23/2018

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