Dr. Ray Higgins We were driving through Little Rock the other day with one of our siblings who had her Pokemon Go app on. I get the fascination now. This video game incorporates your real world. You are the real player. You go around catching different kinds of small creatures, 151 species of creatures my son, Adam, and nephew, Kyle, tell me. The more creatures you capture, the more points you accumulate, the higher the skill levels you achieve. The game reminds me of a popular “game” that Dr. Henry Blackaby created about twenty-five years ago, when he asked us to look around in the world for the places where God is at work and to join God there. Being involved with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship means joining God at work through CBF global field personnel (100), churches (1,800), members (1 million), Together for Hope sites (10 states, 26 counties), state and regional organizations (18), church starts (65+), pastor peer learning groups (100+), chaplains and pastoral counselors (1,000+), partner seminaries (15), partner organizations (32), and student.go interns (58). We aren’t capturing creatures or earning points, but we are seeking to be the presence of Christ in the world. In this newsletter, we are sharing what CBF Arkansas and TFH Arkansas have been doing. We say thank you to Stacy Henderson for her four years in Helena with TFHAR. We say thank you to Mollie Palmer for her eight years and for continuing to lead TFHAR through the transition. We say thank you to Megan Pike for her year as CBFAR’s Associate Coordinator. We’re excited for recent seminary graduates who are serving in Arkansas: Tiffany Pickett (McAfee School of Theology), and Marty Pike, Megan Pike, and Mick Colananni (Truett Seminary). Join us for a conversation with CBFAR churches, leaders and friends on race relations on September 24 at New Millennium Church, Little Rock. Connect with Shane and Dianne McNary while they are in Arkansas on their Off Field Assignment from October through March. I’m grateful for Dr. Pat Griffen, our outstanding moderator, who is traveling the state with me as we worship with and resource partner churches, meet with leaders and friends, strengthen CBFAR, and support TFHAR in Helena. This is a fascinating faith “game” as we join God at work in the world in being the presence of Christ. Forming Together, Ray
Fond farewell to Stacy Henderson, TFHAR Assistant Director I am extremely grateful for the support that the people of CBF Arkansas have given to the work of Together for Hope Arkansas and to me personally over the last 3+ years. You sent volunteers, provided school supplies, gave new books at Christmas, hosted our children in your homes and made them feel a part of the family; you came on visits to learn about our beautiful town, sent texts and emails offering prayers and emotional support in trying times, gave sacrificially through offerings and personal gifts, made two-hour trips with fun/ exotic groceries to make sure we felt loved and remembered - the list goes on and on. Thank you. Above all, you championed the work. You celebrated with us in the good times, and mourned with us when unthinkable things happened. You shared posts on Facebook, made phone calls, sent emails and showed up to made sure the work continued when it looked like we didn’t have the people or the money to make it happen. You fell in love with our kids and our community and did whatever you could to support them. Thank you thank you thank you. I am confident that whoever comes into this role next will be successful in continuing the work of community development in Phillips County, in large part because of you. It is my prayer that TFHAR will grow and continue for many years to come, and that the people of Arkansas will continue to be its advocates. Thank you for allowing me to be a small part of this incredible community-building, justice-seeking, reconciling, empowering and holistic work. Peace and Blessings, Stacy From Mollie Palmer, TFHAR Director: Stacy brought compassion, thoughtfulness, and wisdom beyond her years to Helena when she joined us three years ago as the Assistant Director of Together For Hope Arkansas. Her first instinct is to listen and learn from this beloved community, to build relationships and to avoid the temptation to jump to answers of her own. Stacy is the architect of our preschool literacy program, developing partnerships that are both preparing students to be successful throughout their educational careers, and equipping future teachers to use creative approaches to ensure student success. Stacy has made a significant impact in her three years here, empowering young people through her listening ear, her sense of humor, and her love for them and this community. Stacy was an Integral part of developing the Read IT program for Together for Hope, Arkansas.
2016 CBF of Arkansas Annual Gathering with the Baptist Joint Committee
Ray Higgins and Pat Griffen acknowledge Mollie Palmer (L) and Stacy Henderson for their dedication to their work in Helena West Helena leading Together for Hope, Arkansas Friday evening of the Annual Gathering. Stacy transitioned out of her TFHAR assistant director role in August and Mollie will be transitioning out of her TFHAR director role later this year.
CBFAR’s 2016-17 Moderator, Pat Griffen, addressing CBF Arkansans during the Saturday CBFAR Business Meeting Luncheon.
Megan J. Pike and Ray Higgins with one of the 2016 Logue Scholarship recipients, Devon Dundee (center). Devon is a student at George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Waco, TX.
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(L-R) Megan J. Pike, CBFAR associate coordinator, and Ray Higgins, CBFAR coordinator, with Annual Gathering speakers: Brent Walker, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee; Holly Hollman, general counsel and associate executive director of the BJC; and Charles Watson Jr., education and outreach specialist of the BJC.
(L-R) Preston Clegg, 2015-16 Moderator for CBFAR, moderated the concluding panel discussion on Saturday morning with Brent Walker, Dr. Hal Bass, Holly Hollman, and Charles Watson Jr.
CBF Arkansans visiting with Brent Walker at the 2016 Annual Gathering: (L-R) Cindy Fuller, Wendell Griffen, Charlie Fuller, and Brent Walker.
CBF’s 2016 General Assembly in Greensboro Celebrating 25 Years
Dr. Matt Cook, CBF Moderator, leads CBF State & Regional Coordinators and audience in a responsive reading that lifts up the Orlando and Dallas killings in our prayers. Dr. Preston Clegg, pastor of Second Baptist Church, Little Rock, spoke at the 25th Anniversary Kick‐Off Celebration of General Assembly and shared about his congregation’s excitement to help sustain the future of CBF.
Dr. Pat Griffen, CBFAR’s Moderator, speaks to the CBF of Arkansas state meeting. 23 Arkansans attended the 2016 General Assembly.
Dr. Charlie Fuller, member of the CBF Governing Board and minister for Congregational Life at Second Baptist Church, Little Rock, speaks to the CBF General Assembly.
Dr. Chris Ellis, minister of Missions, Outreach & Administration at Second Baptist Church, Little Rock, participates in a panel that explains the new design for CBF Global Missions. Learn more about CBF’S new funding model for Global Missions here: www.cbf.net/forthejoy
Stephen Reeves, CBF’s Associate Coordinator of Partnerships & Advocacy, speaks to CBF of Arkansas state meeting at the General Assembly in Greensboro.
Young Baptists celebrating CBF’s 25th anniversary: (L‐R) Marty Pike, minister of Children and Youth at Pulaski Heights Baptist, Little Rock; Megan Pike, former CBFAR Associate Coordinator and now Executive Director of Lake Nixon at Second Baptist Church, Little Rock; Brittany Graves, student at Truett Seminary; Justin Smith, Arkansan studying at Truett Seminary; and Emmitt Drumgoole, student and student recruiter for Truett Seminary.
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2016 All Church Challenge/Swim Camp Highlights
Swim Camp gives campers the opportunity to turn on their creativity! McGill Baptist Church from Concord, NC has developed the crafts for Swim Camp for many years, and works hard to find new ways for our campers to express their imagination each year. Here, Armontez works on a kaleidoscope during craft time.
ACC construction volunteers worked incredibly hard to frame and pour new sidewalks at for Helenaâ€™s new Freeman Playground. Volunteers from six churches, including Second Baptist and Calvary Baptist in Little Rock, started the process to build a playground that is inclusive for children of all abilities in Helenaâ€™s Beech Street Historic District. Freeman Staley, son of Will and Misti Staley, was just 10 months old when he passed away in February of this year, and the Freeman Playground will honor not only his life, but the lives of other children across Phillips County. Freeman Playground will be completed this fall. For more information, search Freeman Playground on Facebook.
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Helena-West Helena Mayor Jay Hollowell visited the first day of Swim Camp to talk to the campers about his work in the community. The kids had lots of questions for Mayor Hollowell! Over the course of two weeks of Swim Camp, campers also learned about community service from leaders from the Helena-West Helena Police and Fire Departments, the Boys and Girls Club, and the Mississippi River State Park.
Love of water starts early at Swim Camp! Preschool Swim Camp allows 3-5 year olds the opportunity to get comfortable in the water so that they can begin full swim lessons when they turn 6. This water awareness helps to ensure that our preschoolers are safe and and develop a love and respect for being in the water at an early age. And they have so much fun in the pool!
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“Building a Diverse and Inclusive Community through Relationships & Social Advocacy” Reflections from the Moderator Dr. Patricia L. Griffen
What an exciting year for CBF/AR with such meaningful developments. As this year’s moderator, I have been so fortunate to meet dedicated servant leaders and volunteers with a heart to be, “The Presence of Christ.” Arkansas was well represented at CBF General Assembly in North Carolina in all areas. CBF/Arkansas participated as program presenters, with the 25th Anniversary Commemoration, as workshop leaders, in the structural administration and governance of CBF/Global and in attendance. Arkansas was present and in the house! After returning from CBF/General Assembly we advanced toward the All Church Challenge in Helena. This year we had a record breaking number of campers. Under the leadership of Mollie Palmer and Stacy Henderson, the summer camp was a success! On Dr. Patricia L. Griffen, Sunday before the conference, Dr. Ray Higgins and I visited New Light Baptist Church, met 2016-17 CBFAR Moderator the pastor, parishioners, and volunteers from as far away as Raleigh, N.C. and as close as Bryant, Arkansas. Returning on Wednesday, gave me a full panorama of camp in action. The dedication of volunteers who bring children and grandchildren each year is amazing. What a life changing experience for both volunteers and campers. One component of developing the theme of the year of relationship building has been to meet and learn about the various individuals that make up CBF/AR. We are diverse on various levels. Ray and I have visited Rolling Hills Baptist Church in Fayetteville, First Baptist Arkadelphia, First Baptist El Dorado, Rena Road Baptist Church in Van Burn and Christway in Little Rock. First of all, thank you for welcoming us to worship and to fellowship. “. . . how good and how pleasant it is to dwell together in unity.” We will continue these visits throughout the year and look forward to worshipping and fellowshipping with you. Please mark your calendars for Saturday, September 24th. CBF/AR is sponsoring a conference on Racial Issues. This event will be held at New Millennium Church from 8:30 -12:00 with lunch to follow. More details will follow. I am grateful for this opportunity to serve as your moderator. I look forward to continuing this journey together.
Church Giving to CBFAR
CBFAR Finance Update
Churches that give/allow giving to CBFAR
July 2015 - June 2016 Budget
Barcelona Road Baptist Church, Hot Springs Village Calvary Baptist Church, Little Rock Christway Missionary Baptist Church, Little Rock First Baptist Church, Arkadelphia First Baptist Church, El Dorado First Baptist Church, Jonesboro First Baptist Church, Mountain Home Koinonia Christian Fellowship, Imboden Lakeshore Drive Baptist Church, Little Rock Magnolia Road Baptist Church, Jonesboro Mountain Springs Fellowship, Rogers New Light Baptist Church, Helena New Millennium Church, Little Rock Providence Baptist Church, Little Rock Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock Rena Road Baptist Church, Van Buren Rolling Hills Baptist Church, Fayetteville Second Baptist Church, Little Rock Temple Baptist Church, El Dorado Zion Hill Baptist Church, Camden
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*Includes a one time gift of $10,000 to TFHAR Response to June letter $16,250 (38 donors)
CBFAR has 21 monthly individual/family donors who give a total of $3,250 CBFAR has 20 churches that give/allow giving to CBFAR
Thank you for your monthly and/or annual gifts to support CBFAR.
Thank you for including CBFAR and/or TFHAR in your will/estate planning
Upcoming CBFAR Events Let’s Talk Race-A Call to Action Saturday, September 24 at New Millennium Church, Little Rock 8:00 a.m. through Lunch (8am: registration/coffee/ fellowship; 8:30am program begins) Grand Opening of Turning Point Park & 3rd Annual Birdhouse Festival Saturday, October 1 Downtown Elaine, AR (south of Helena), 12:00 p.m. Led by Rev. Andrew Gibson (Divine Deliverance Church) and Pat Kienzle (Rolling Hills BC, Fayetteville) McNarys at Second Baptist, Little Rock Sunday, October 30 at Second Baptist Church, Little Rock 10:30 a.m. Worship McNary Missions Dinner Friday evening, December 2 at Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock For all CBFAR friends who want to connect with Shane & Dianne and their ministry in Slovakia Pivot Bahamas Thursday - Monday, February 16-20, 2017 A learning immersion experience for young adults that include six studies exploring God’s mission in the world ahead of 4.5 days of Caribbean cultural acquisition and reflection on Abaco Island. Cost: $350 plus air-travel (limit 50 participants) www.cbf.net/pivotbahamas/ CBFAR 2017 Annual Gathering—Celebrating 25th Anniversary Friday evening, March 31 – Saturday Morning, April 1, 2017 Theme: Building Relationships & Social Advocacy Second Baptist Church, Little Rock Self-Designed Retreat at Subiaco Abbey Monday-Friday, May 1-5, 2017 For CBF pastors from AR, LA & MS Choose the days you can attend
Farewell to Megan, CBFAR’s Associate Coordinator Rev. Megan J. Pike celebrated her one year anniversary working with CBF of Arkansas in July. Over the past year, Megan has worked with our mission partners, through communications, with Arkansas Baptist Women in Ministry, and with the Young Baptist Ecosystem. In her part-time role as CBFAR Associate Coordinator, Megan had the opportunity to serve as a swim teacher at TFHAR’s ACC/Swim Camp, preach at CBFAR churches (Rena Road Baptist, Pulaski Heights Baptist, Second Baptist LR, and New Millennium Church), develop a CBFAR Advent Devotional and Lenten Devotional, organize CBF Day @ Baylor University and help with CBF Day @ Truett Seminary, recruit a record number of Logue Scholarship applicants, participate in the CBF Advocacy in Action conference and visit the Smiths with LUCHA ministries, help organize CBFAR’s 2016 Annual Gathering, co-lead workshops at the CBF General Assembly, and work with both the orientation of Student.Church interns and the debrief retreat for CBF Young Baptists. In August, Megan transitioned out of her role with CBFAR and into a new position with Second Baptist Church Downtown Little Rock (2BCLR). 2BCLR named Megan as their new Executive Director of Lake Nixon. In this role, Megan will serve to provide the necessary leadership to ensure Lake Nixon (LN), as a ministry of 2BCLR, grows into its full potential. She will serve as a
minister of the church and work to ensure that LN functions as a ministry of 2BCLR, helping LN and 2BCLR work as a seamless whole. Megan will serve as the primary visionary, fundraiser, and leader of LN. She will cultivate community partnerships that strengthen the work and vision of LN. From Ray Higgins: Megan came to us as a fresh seminary graduate with significant non-profit, church-based, and global cultural experiences. She expanded our relationships and networks, improved Megan was ordained on our communications and social May 15, 2016 by Calvary media, enriched our contributions Baptist Church of Waco, TX. to seminars and issues, and provided skilled support for our organization. I’m excited for Megan, her new leadership role, her continued involvement with CBF, and the quality of CBF seminary graduates she represents. A note from Megan: Thank you, CBF of Arkansas, for investing in me through the Logue Seminary Scholarship when I was a student at Truett Seminary and for investing in me in the past year. I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting you, serving with you, and partnering in being the presence of Christ with you, here in Arkansas and beyond. I am grateful for your investment in young Baptists, mission and ministries, and women in ministry. I look forward to continuing our partnership and friendship through my new role at Lake Nixon of Second Baptist Downtown Little Rock.
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TO CBFAR In memory of Dorothy Wall Medlin by Dr. Ray & Judy Higgins In memory of Helen Urrey by Dr. Boo & Mary Heflin In memory of Marie Foreman by Carole & Bruce Carter In memory of Wayne Shank by Dr. Ray & Judy Higgins In memory of Holli Fish Lancaster by Dr. Boo & Mary Heflin In memory of Ethel Phyllis Copeland by Dr. Boo & Mary Heflin In memory of Dell Tyson by Dr. Ray & Judy Higgins In memory of Russell Miller by Dr. Ray & Judy Higgins In memory of Nancy Hall by Dr. Ray & Judy Higgins In memory of Wilson Deese by Katie Jacks In memory of Paula Green by Dr. Ray & Judy Higgins In memory of Dr. Carl Wrotenbery by Dr. Boo & Mary Heflin In memory of Dr. Tom Logue by Jim & Gayle Maloch In memory of Dr. Jamie Jones by Jim & Gayle Maloch In memory of Rev. Gilbert Nichols by Sue Cato Gennings In memory of Rev. Gilbert Nichols by Dr. Ray & Judy Higgins In memory of Rev. Gilbert Nichols by Dr. Hal & Mitzi Bass In memory of Rev. Bob Kessinger by Dr. Ray & Judy Higgins In memory of Verona Bostic by Dr. Boo & Mary Heflin In honor of Megan Pike by Mande Corbett In honor of Ray Higgins by J.V. & Mary Ann McKinney In honor of Brent Walker by Jay & Andrea Heflin In honor of Roy Peterson by Michael & Marsha Long In honor of Catherine Bahn, Mollie Palmer and Stacy Henderson by Carolyn Oswald In honor of Megan Pike and her ordination by Dr. Ray & Judy Higgins TO TFHAR In memory of Freeman Staley by Mike & Marsha Long In memory of Freeman Staley by Dr. Ray & Judy Higgins In memory of Wayne & Thelma Shank by Ruth Harvey
#CBFARontheRoad CBFAR Coordinator Ray Higgins and Moderator Pat Griffen are worshiping in our partner churches. Since July 2016: Rolling Hills Baptist Church, Fayetteville New Light Baptist Church, Helena First Baptist Church, Arkadelphia First Baptist Church, El Dorado Rena Road Baptist Church, Van Buren Christway Missionary Baptist Church, Little Rock
We look forward to worshiping with all of our partner churches this year.
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