Anniversaries


Union Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, 1121 Persimmon St., will celebrate the fifth anniversary of the pastor and wife, the Rev. Antonio Gayden Sr. and Loretta Gayden, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Clifton A. Conley of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church at Little Rock. Also, Union Hopewell will host preachers’ night at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, with guest speaker, the Rev. Larry Battles, pastor of Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church.


Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church, U.S. 425 South/5812 McGaughy Road, will celebrate the 34th appreciation of the pastor and wife, the Rev. Charles Helloms Jr. and Freddie Helloms, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Ronald S. Laurent, pastor of First Missionary Baptist Church at Holly Grove. Guests will also include the Rev. Kirby Gulley, pastor of Eighth Avenue Missionary Baptist Church.


Black History


Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church, 3201 W. Second Ave., will present its Black History observance during worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17.


Nu Bread of Life Missionary Baptist Church, 1711 W. 13th Ave., will hold its Black History program at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. The pastor, the Rev. Sammie Smith Jr., will discuss Jesus’ Connection to Black People.


Old Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, 3116 Port Road, will hold its annual Black History service at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. The guest speaker will be John Graham, director of bands at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.


St. Andrew AME Church, 701 Franklin St., will host a Black History celebration and pew rally at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. The guest speaker will be Ray Hobbs, former director of the Arkansas Department of Correction. Attendees are asked to wear African attire or symbolic colors: black, red and green.


Liberty Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 6300 U.S.S 79 South, will conduct its Black History program at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17.


Concerts


Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, 4807 W. Sixth Ave., will host the Old St. James Matrons’ Black History presentation at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. Musical guests will include Spiritual Wings of Joy, Cheerful Rights, De Valls Bluff, Heavenly Hearts, Voices of Deliverance, DRIVEN, Humble Hearts, Men of Christ and Soldiers 4 Christ.


Reynolds Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 706 Cypress St., will host the Southside Singing Union’s quartet musical at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. Quartet groups will include the Sensational Soul Revivals, Mighty Gospelettes, Gloriettes, Shining Stars and Christland/Faith of Harmony.


Men’s day


Prayer Garden Church of God in Christ, 800 S. Apple St., will celebrate its annual men’s day program Sunday, Feb. 17. At 10 a.m., the speaker will be Elder Dennis Johnson of Prayer Garden. At 3 p.m., the guest speaker will be Vernon Briscoe, pastor of Waters Temple Church of God in Christ at Little Rock.


Special events


Grace Evangelical Baptist Church, 4210 S. Ohio St., will host Vivian Carroll-Jones, a Pine Bluff native, who will share her Civil Rights memories of the 1960s when she marched with the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., according to a spokesman. The service will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17.


Greater Deliverance Global Ministry, 2215 E. Harding Ave., will host the “Kingdom Manifestation Empowerment” gathering at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. KD Allen, an apostle of Greater Nation International Ministries at Little Rock, will be the speaker.


Barnett Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 1321 N. Birch St., will host its annual mission program at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Walter Hawkins, pastor of First Missionary Baptist Church at Carthage. Guests will also include Jessie Clemmons of St. Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.


Newbirth Baptist Church, 401 E. Fifth Ave., will conduct a deacon’s ordination service for Karel Jones and Brodrick White Sr. at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. The Rev. Terrance Williams, pastor of Living Word Baptist Church, and his congregation will be special guests.


New Cheeks Chapel AME Church in the Sherrill/Pastoria community will pay tribute to two of the oldest members during service at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. Vera Wilkins joined the church in 1956. She’s had leadership roles and her favorite scripture is Psalm 23. Earnestine Shaw joined New Cheeks in 1953. She’s an usher, Sunday School secretary and a trustee, according to a spokeswoman.


Youth


New St. Hurricane Missionary Baptist Church, 3319 Ohio St., will present its annual youth day at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. The guest minister will be the Rev. DeSean Jarrett of New Jerusalem Baptist Church at Tulsa, Okla.