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Scam is aimed at Methodists

United Methodists in Arkansas have been the target of a recent phishing scam, according to the denomination.

A news release Tuesday from the Church’s Arkansas Conference stated that people claiming to be clergy members of United Methodist churches in the state have reached out to members to solicit gift cards, checks and other forms of payment via email and texts from unfamiliar numbers.

The email addresses used to send these requests usually come from email service providers including Gmail and Yahoo. They mimic the actual addresses of clergy in the state, using the names of pastors, district superintendents, church names and that of Arkansas Conference leader, Bishop Gary Mueller, according to the release. The senders have often solicited requests under the pretext of seeking help for a sick family member.

Messages deemed suspicious should be forwarded to Palmer Lee at [email protected]


145th anniversary set for NLR church

First Baptist Church, 811 Scipio A. Jones Drive in North Little Rock, will celebrate its 145th anniversary at 10:45 a.m. Sunday.

The church is known as the oldest black church in North Little Rock, according to member Linda Gray. It’s also known as home to the annual Citywide Revival, which developed from a four-church fellowship of monthly gatherings that took place during the 1980s and early 1990s. First Baptist’s pastor of 37 years, the Rev. William Robinson, has hosted the annual event since 1995.

During the celebration service, First Baptist’s choir will present special music. The Rev. Tim Rogers, pastor of The Hope Church in Blytheville and a national recording artist, will be the guest preacher.


Celebrations set to mark anniversary

Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, 1700 S. State St. in Little Rock, will host events Nov. 9-10 in honor of its 150th anniversary.

Canaan, whose pastor is the Rev. D.A. Witcher, will host a Fellowship Banquet at 4 p.m. Nov. 9 in the ballroom of the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel, 2 Riverfront Place, North Little Rock; tickets are $40.

The church continues the celebration Nov. 10 with the Rev. Herbert Brooks, associate pastor at Little Rock’s St. John Missionary Baptist Church, who will speak at its 9 a.m. Sunday School; A.L. Bell, pastor of First Baptist Church in Texas City, Texas, will speak at its 10 a.m. service; and pastor of Eighth Street Missionary Baptist Church of North Little Rock, the Rev. Jameel Wesley, will address the 3 p.m. service.

Contact the church for tickets and information at (501) 374-0485.


Annual meeting set at Russellville church

The State Association of Missionary Baptist Churches of Arkansas will hold its 118th annual meeting Thursday and Friday at Victory Baptist Church, 517 Reasoner Lane in Russellville.

The church will also hold a special service with worship and fellowship at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Visit for more information, or contact Jerry Grimes at [email protected] or Cederic Etheridge at [email protected]

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