Mother’s Day services

Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church in the Noble Lake community will host the Pilgrim Rest Gospel Choir’s 36th annual Mother’s Day Concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 13. The narrator will be the Rev. Robert Key, pastor of Mulberry Grove Missionary Baptist Church at Altheimer.

Mulberry Grove Baptist Church at Altheimer will be the site for the pre-Mother’s Day benefit musical honoring Cartelia Barnes and Viola Barnes, a mother, at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 12. Guests will include Stellar Award Winner Lemmie Barnes Battles, the Spiritualettes, Barnes Sisters, Barnes Brothers, Barnes Family Choir and Sweet Melody. At 11 a.m. Sunday, May 13, the Mother’s Day observance will be held at Mulberry Grove. The speaker will be Teresa Barnes, a member of the church.

Nu Bread of Life Missionary Baptist Church, 1711 W. 13th Ave., will celebrate Mother’s Day during worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 13. The Rev. Sammie Smith Jr., pastor of Nu Bread church, will be the speaker.

Family Church, 2500 Highway 104 at White Hall, will be the site for the world premiere Mother’s Day showing of Dedric Jones’ movie, “It’s Called Life.” Dedric Jones Productions will host the showing at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 13. General admission is $10. A Mother’s Day Special, including two VIP seats, family photo shoot, 8 1/2 x 10 photo, and stage presentation will cost $50. VIP seat and stage presentation honoring a deceased loved one will cost $20. Jones is a gospel recording artist from Pine Bluff. The movie depicts a man coping with life’s issues, including a health scare and problems in his marriage. “‘It’s Called Life’ explores the age-old question: when your world falls apart, will your faith guide your decisions,” according to a news release. Details:

Special events

Eudora Missionary Baptist Church, 9405 Middle Warren Road, will host guest speaker, the Rev. Scheron “SJ” Womack of Old St. James Baptist Church, at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, May 13.

Morris Chapel Missionary Baptist Church at Sherrill will host its annual family and friends day at 11 a.m. Sunday May 13. The Rev. Joseph Valliant Jr., Morris Chapel’s pastor, will be the speaker. A fellowship dinner will be served immediately following the worship service.

Living Word Baptist Church, 5617 Sulphur Springs Road, will hold a Night to Honor Israel at 6 p.m. Monday, May 14. The speaker will be the Rev. Terrance Williams, pastor of Living Word church.

Unity Christian Fellowship Church, 2712 S. Bay St., will host its 2018 community and fun day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 12. The event will include horses, bouncy houses, representatives of the Pine Bluff Fire & Emergency Services Department and free food. Organizations will be giving away Mother’s Day baskets. Area vendors are also invited to set up booths, according to a news release.

The Epsilon Zeta Zeta Chapter, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will host the St. Jude Sunday of Hope in the fight to end childhood cancer. Churches throughout Pine Bluff will participate on Sunday, May 13, during their regular worship service. A special love offering is taken up for the effort, according to a news release.

St. John AME Church, 1117 W. Pullen Ave., has expanded its free “Soul Food Feeding Program.” Lunch on Saturdays will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Breakfast on Sundays begin at 8:30 a.m.

Abundant Life Church, 3109 S. Main St. at Pine Bluff, and its pastor, Louise Lyas, will present Women of Excellence 2018 June 13-15 at the Wyndham Riverfront at North Little Rock. Thursday and Friday day sessions will start at 9 a.m. with classes. Nightly at 7 p.m., services will include gospel recording artists, Carolyn Traylor and Vickie Yohe. Speakers include: Wednesday night, Alva Taylor, an evangelist of Nacogdoches, Texas; Thursday night, Alicia Patterson of Danville, Virginia; and Friday night, host Louise Lyas. Registration is $40. Details: or 501-615-8657.