Pine Bluff Area Church News from February 25

ST. JOHN AME CHURCH, 1117 W. Pullen St., will host its 31st annual Friends and Family Pew Rally virtually at 3 p.m. Sunday. The program will honor Irene Green, Gwendolyn Cooper, Artelia Henry, Mary Lee, Ulysses Grant, Bunia Baxter, Mildred Cross (posthumously) and Vanette Johnson. The speaker will be Reverend Artis Fletcher Sr., Member of St. John. Fletcher pastored Mt. Holly Circuit in the Camden/El Dorado District for five years. The East Arkansas Conference Women’s Missionary Society honored Fletcher with the “Mighty Man of Valor” award in 2019. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from GMOR Theological Seminary in Religious Studies. He retired as Operations Supervisor of Entergy and is Vice President of the Optimist Club of Pine Bluff. He and his wife, Sharon Fletcher, have three children and five grandchildren. Reverend Cecil L. Williams Jr. is the pastor of St. John. To attend the virtual service, visit or or Zoom at or by audio at 1-312- 626-6799.

NEW COMMUNITY CHURCH, 321 N. Birch St., will host its Kingdom Building program at 6 p.m. Sunday. The speaker will be Timothy Aaron Hayes, the minister of music at the church. The community is invited to attend. Additionally, New Community holds services at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sundays. The pastor/apostle is Patrick Lockett.

NEW COMMUNITY CHURCH, 321 N. Birch St., will celebrate its 64th birthday at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 6. The guest speaker will be Elijah Carpenter, pastor of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Watonga, Okla. The theme is “Moving On.” The community is invited to attend. The new community is still practicing social distancing and has masks. Hand sanitizer stations are located at the entrance doors.

GRAND AVENUE METHODIST CHURCH in Stuttgart will hold the World Day of Prayer at noon on Friday, March 4. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church is hosting the program prepared by the women of England, Wales and Northern Ireland and lunch at 12:30 p.m., a spokesperson said. Everyone is invited to the World Day of Prayer. The event takes place at the Grand Avenue Church due to ongoing renovations at St. Alban’s.

CHURCH OF THE FIRST TRINITY OF GOD IN CHRIST, 800 S. Catalpa St., will distribute food during a drive-in from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 2. Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until all food is gone. All attendees are encouraged to stay in their vehicles and wear masks during this event, according to a press release. The monthly community-wide distribution is in partnership with the Arkansas Food Bank. Details: First Trinity office, (870) 534-2873.

Church news is printed in The Commercial on Fridays. The deadline for submitting church announcements is Wednesday noon. Pastors, ministers, or others interested in writing for the devotional page can also submit articles for consideration. Column writers must have ties to southeast Arkansas. Articles should be submitted by email to [email protected] Details: (870) 534-3400, extension 5.

Reverend Artis Fletcher Sr.

Jerry B. Hatch