Pastoral change taking place

Retiring pastors the Rev. Willie and Beverly Mooney will be honored during a special farewell service at 10 a.m. Sunday at Amazing Grace Fellowship, 2020 Rena Road in Van Buren. The Mooneys have been in the ministry for more than 50 years, serving Amazing Grace Fellowship for the past 15 years.

Incoming pastors the Rev. Roger and Roberta Nichols will take over beginning Jan. 7. The Nicholses have pastored churches in the area and have served as guest evangelists at Amazing Grace on numerous occasions.

River blessing planned

Sts. George and Alexandra Orthodox Church of the Orthodox Church in America will celebrate The Feast of Theophany (Epiphany) with the annual blessing of the Arkansas River at 11 a.m. Jan. 6 at the Springhill Park pavilion in Barling. The park is located just off Arkansas 59 at 1700 Lock and Dam Road. At the conclusion of the service, a frozen cross will be blessed by the priest, Father Nicholas Roth, and will be thrown into the river. This symbolizes Jesus Christ’s cleansing of the waters with his baptism.

The blessing of the river will follow the Divine Liturgy service at 9 a.m. Jan. 6 at Sts. George and Alexandra, 7500 Mahogany Ave. in Fort Chaffee. The public is invited.

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