• NEW HOME MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH, 3000 S. Orange St., will celebrate the 14th appreciation program for the pastor and wife, the Rev. and Mrs. Aaron E. Barnes Sr., at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 9. The guest speaker will be the Rev. George Scott of First Baptist Church at Humphrey.


• ST. OLLIE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH at Star City will honor the pastor and wife, the Rev. Melvin and Marilyn Harrison, for 30 years of service at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 9. The Rev. Willie Laws, pastor of Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church at Altheimer, will be the guest speaker. Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be followed.


• DESTINY WORSHIP CENTER, 4700 W. 28th Ave., will conduct a back-to-school bash (drive-thru) event from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15. The event will include free school supplies, food and surprises. There will also be small COVID-19 classroom kits for teachers.


• MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.PARK at Pine Bluff will be the site for a multi-cultural human prayer chain at the baseball field on Saturday, Aug. 8. From 6:01-7:01 p.m., participants will enter into the lament of many generations with one hour of silent prayer. From 7:01-8:01 p.m. they will raise their voices in prayer and hopeful proclamation with praise and worship. “In the city of Pine Bluff we believe that the Church has the solution to the race tension in the U.S. and across the globe,” a spokesman said. “We will stand in solidarity against racism and injustice to break the chains. It’s time to turn our tears into triumph, our weeping into worship, and leap forward into a new era of righteousness in united pursuit of God’s dream for all people.” Because of COVID-19, masks and social distancing are required. Details: The facilitator, the Rev. Roosevelt Brown, at rbrown@familychurch.ws.


• “ONE PINE BLUFF PRAYING TOGETHER,” prayer initiative continues by conference call. The conference call number is 1-978-990-5000 with Access Code 127365#, according to a news release. The event started in 2017 as prayers for the growth and prosperity of the city. Organizers began using conference calls during the pandemic. Prayers will be held on the following dates from 6-7 p.m. at these host churches: Aug. 9 — Full Faith Christian Center, 1320 E. 17th Ave.; 870-329-9526; the Rev. Isaac Barron, pastor; Aug. 16 — Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 1801 S. Indiana St.; 870-535.7316; the Rev. Dennis Wilson, pastor; Aug. 23 — First Presbyterian Church of Pine Bluff, 717 W. 32nd Ave.; 870-534.7831; the Rev. John W. Landis, pastor; and Aug. 30 — Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, 1401 E. Sixth Ave.; 870-534-2272; the Rev. Levell Bass, pastor. On Aug. 2, the event was held at Greater Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 3700 W. 13th Ave., Rev. Travis Harden, pastor.


• WABBASEKA NATIVE AND AUTHOR JASON IRBY encourages prayer to promote Help, Hope, Healing in their communities. “In August 2019, we presented the first Help, Hope, Healing ‘If Those Who Are Called Leadership Forum,’” according to a news release on Stuff in the Bluff website. “Due to the unforeseen world pandemic of COVID-19, the forum will not gather this year.” To continue this effort and outreach, Irby urges people to send out thoughts and prayers for Help, Hope, Healing in communities on Aug. 8 while conducting their daily routines. Last year, community and social organizations and individuals gave helpful presentations. The presentations were as therapeutic as they were knowledge-sharing, he said. Organizations and individuals who participated last year are still serving the communities. For details on those presentations, visit http://www.jasonirby.wordpress.com.


• UNITY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP CHURCH (UCFC), 2712 S. Bay St., invites community to its family night on Tuesdays. Bible Study begins at 6 p.m. followed by free Personal Financial Education class at 7 p.m. Finance classes focus on financial literacy and the importance of having a financial plan. The church is practicing social distancing and will have hand sanitizer wipes available. Details: unitychristianfellowship@live.com or 870-329-1182.


• ST. JOHN AME CHURCH at Pine Bluff invites the community to join them in a weekly conference call prayer for deliverance from the coronavirus crisis. The conference call will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, according to the pastor, Cecil L. Williams Jr. Participants must call in by 6:25 p.m. at 1-720-650-3030. The access code is 144-0205# . Details: www.facebook.com/St.JohnPineBluff.


• ST. PETER CATHOLIC CHURCH, 15th Avenue and Alabama Street, reopened its Saturday Soup Kitchen for carry out meals only. The kitchen will be open every Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to the program held in the cafeteria, the red brick building, according to a news release.