Pancake breakfast slated

The Mercy Outreach Center at St. James Baptist Church will host a pancake breakfast from 8-11 a.m. today in the fellowship hall at the church, 4916 High St. in Fort Smith. Admission is $6 at the door, and a special assortment of side dishes also will be available at an additional cost.

Proceeds from the event help fund the Gary L. Hinkle tutoring program. This is a free, after-school tutoring program serving up to 40 students in all grade levels.

Singing convention planned

The Tri-State Quarterly Singing Convention will be held at 10 a.m. today at Free Will Baptist Church on Oklahoma 2 in Porum Okla. There also will be a potluck lunch. Contact (918) 733-4259 or for information.

Cecil Methodist to celebrate

Cecil Methodist Church will hold its final worship service at 10:45 a.m. Sunday at the church at the intersection of Arkansas 41 and Arkansas 96. A potluck meal will follow the service, and several former pastors and members will be in attendance.

The existing church will be torn down for safety reasons following Sunday's service and potluck, and construction on a new sanctuary will begin. Fundraising efforts for the new sanctuary are underway.

Auxiliary to hold day of recollection

The Immaculate Conception Ladies Auxiliary of Fort Smith will host a Day of Recollection titled "Walking Through Holy Week with Jesus" at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Immaculate Conception Church, 22 N. 13th St. Father Andrew Hart, pastor of Saint Thomas Aquinas University Parish in Fayetteville and Saints Peter and Paul Church in Lincoln, will be the guest speaker.

A Mass will precede the program at 9 a.m., followed by registration in the parish center. Lunch, a brief summation and closing prayers will follow the program. A donation of $5 per person is requested for lunch. Call Suzanne McGraw at (479) 651-1979 for information.

Grace Lutheran holding Lenten services

Grace Lutheran Church will hold Lenten services each Wednesday through March 21 with a light supper at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall followed by the worship service at 7 p.m. at the church, 18218 U.S. 71 South in Greenwood.

Call (479) 996-7747 or visit the church's Facebook page for information.

Rye Hill Baptist hosting events

Rye Hill Baptist Church Community Closet and Community Pantry will be open from 9-11 a.m. March 10 at the church, 11512 Old U.S. 71 in Fort Smith. The event is free for local families to come and shop a vast array of clothing, shoes and accessories at no cost. Sizes include infants, toddlers, children, teens, women and men.

Also, the Gospel-Fest Quartet will perform at 6 p.m. March 11 at the church. There is no admission charge.

Visit for information.

St. James welcome new pastor

St. James Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate the installation of its new pastor, Paul E. Davis, with a pre-installation service at 10 a.m. March 10 at the church, 4916 High St. The pastoral installation service will be held at 3 p.m. March 11.

The church will also have special guest speakers at both March 11 worship services. Pastor Thaddeus K. Shore of North Carolina will speak during the 10:45 a.m. service, and Curtiss P. Smith, pastor of St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Fayetteville, will speak at the 3 p.m. service.

Centering retreat sign-up open

St. Scholastica Retreat Center will offer a centering prayer retreat March 22-25 at the center, 1205 S. Albert Pike. The Christian meditation retreat will be led by Nick Cole and is designed for anyone wishing to strengthen their centering prayer practices. Silence will be observed throughout the weekend experience, and a 12-step meeting will be available to anyone wishing to attend.

Cost is $250.00, including a nonrefundable $50.00 deposit required at the time of registration. Visit to register. Call 783-1135 for information.

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