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story.lead_photo.caption Courtesy image An artist's rendering depicts a new 37,000-square-foot structure soon to be built for Life.Church at 5350 S. 28th St. in Rogers. Based in Edmond, Okla., Life.Church has 30 physical locations in nine states. The Rogers location will be the second in Arkansas after Fort Smith. "What I love most about Life.Church is that it's a place where you can belong and be accepted for who you are," says Rogers pastor Ben Shanahan. "No matter what you look like, where you've been, or what you're going through, I know you'll feel welcome." Information:

Benton County

Bella Vista Community Church, 75 E. Lancashire Blvd., hosts Carie O'Banion, speaking about her 400 mile walk on El Camino de Santiago, at 9 a.m. Jan. 19 in McKay Hall. Call the church office to sign up.

BVCC's Community Life Groups start Feb. 3. If you are interested in joining a group or learning more, please contact the church office or sign up at the Information Center on Sundays.

Information: 855-1126,

Bella Vista Lutheran Church, 1990 Forest Hills Blvd., opens its Shepherd's Food Pantry every Friday from 10 a.m. to noon and is in need of peanut butter, jelly and cereal. A container for donations is in the church narthex.

The Men's Bible Study meets on Mondays at 1 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Please park in back and enter the lower level.

Information: 855-0272,

Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rogers, 2305 S. Dixieland Road, hosts a monthly study on the Liturgy Tuesday at 7 p.m.; church council meets at 7 p.m. Jan. 15; and the Bible Study on doctrine is at 7 p.m. Jan. 23.

Information: 755-4520,

Highland Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Bella Vista, 1500 Forest Hills Blvd., welcomes its new pastor, the Rev. James Lynn "Skip" French.

French comes from the Berryville Christian Church. He has a Master of Divinity from Memphis Theological University and a Master of Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University. He initiated his ministerial career with the United Methodist Church, serving in several churches for over 20 years, then joined the Christian Church (DOC) and became pastor in Berryville in 2012.

His wife, Charlisa, is an art teacher in the Bentonville Public Schools.

Information: 855-2780,

The Presbyterian Church of Bella Vista, 1880 Forest Hills Blvd., hosts a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 14 in Fellowship Hall. Sign up by calling the church office, or church members can sign up in Connector Hallway.

Members of the community are also invited to an exercise class in Fellowship Hall every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8 a.m. for stretching and low-impact exercise using a chair or a mat.

Information: 855-2390,

Unitarian Universalists of Benton County, 1400 W. Walnut, No. 113, Rogers, hosts "Hope and Despair," a small group discussion, and the lighting of the sixth of seven Chalica candles representing the Unitarian Universalist sixth principle," The Goal of World Community with Peace, Liberty, and Justice for All," at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Information: 855-1485,

United Lutheran Church of Bella Vista, 100 Cooper Road, hosts movie night at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17. The event is free, and no RSVP is needed.

Information: 855-1325,

Unity Church of the Ozarks, 12 McKissick Creek Road, Suite 1210, Bentonville, hosts "We Stand in Peace," holding the vision to assist in manifesting peace for our world, at noon Sunday after the 10:30 a.m. service.

On Jan. 16, a new study, "Reading the Bible Again for the First Time" by Marcus Borg, begins at 7 p.m. All classes are followed by a 15 minute meditation.

For prayer needs, contact the Rev. Elise at

Information: 721-2752,

Village Bible Church in Bella Vista, 1591 Forest Hills Blvd., hosts special speakers Steve and Jane Wheeler, missionaries with Reach Global, at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16 in the Worship Center. The community is always welcome, and a nursery for infants and toddlers is available.

The Oasis Food Pantry will be open from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 16. All in need are welcome.

Information: 876-5764,


Washington County

Washington Regional Pastoral Care Department, 3 E. Appleby Road, Suite 102, Fayetteville, will offer a grief support group for women who have experienced loss through stillbirth or miscarriage.

The group will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. every Sunday. It will be led by Jacqueline Eakens, chaplain of the Benton County Sheriff's Department.

Information: 463-1267,


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NAN Religion on 01/12/2019

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