Life.Church opening in Fort Smith

Life.Church Fort Smith will launch with services at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Sunday at 4933 Old Greenwood Road. The atmosphere at Life.Church is casual and includes snacks, a warm environment and a lobby where people can get to know each other.

“Life.Church really is for everyone,” said Johnny Roberts, pastor of Life.Church Fort Smith. “It doesn’t matter what you look like, who your friends are, what you’re going through, or where you are in your life. When you walk through the doors, you feel welcome.”

Based in Edmond, Okla., Life.Church is a multi-site church with locations in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Tennessee, Florida, New York and New Mexico. This latest addition will be the 26th Life.Church, and the first in the state of Arkansas.

Visit www.life.church/fortsmith for information.

Milltown UMC closing doors

Milltown United Methodist Church will be closing the end of December. The Rev. Louise Finney will lead a special service celebrating the ministries of the church at 2 p.m. Sunday at 6621 Arkansas 252 in Greenwood.

Candlelight Communion planned

The 27th annual Candlelight Communion service will be held at 9:01 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday at Evangel Temple Assembly of God, 1110 S. 12th St. in Fort Smith. Call 782-9121 for information.

Grace Lutheran plans holiday services

Grace Lutheran Church in Greenwood will hold special Advent services at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 14 at 18218 U.S. 71 South in Greenwood. A light supper will be served at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

The church will also hold its Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6 p.m. Dec. 24 and at 10 a.m. Dec. 25.

Call (479) 996-7747 or visit www.lutheransonline.com/gracegreenwood for information.

Calvary Baptist Singers to perform

The Calvary Singers will present “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” at 11 a.m. Dec. 11 at Calvary Baptist Church, 2301 Midland Ave. in Fort Smith.

The Calvary Singers will be bringing the true message of Christmas in a light-hearted yet meaningful production that will delight young and old.

Set in a park-like atmosphere, the ensemble will ponder the meaning of the birth of one small child who is still the answer to the problems and heartaches of our modern world. They will remind us that Jesus is no longer a baby. He now reaches out to mankind offering the gifts of hope, peace, joy and love to anyone who will ask.

Calvary Baptist is a multi-cultural church that welcomes one and all into its fellowship of believers, confessing that all are God’s children and that all are welcome.

Donate to Operation Christmas Child

More than 7,276 children in need will be given gift-filled shoeboxes through the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child, but there is still a need for more. Fort Smith residents can participate by packing a gift-filled shoebox online for children suffering from poverty, natural disaster, war, terror, disease and famine. These shoeboxes are filled with school supplies,toys, hygiene items and notes of encouragement and then delivered to children in some of the hardest-to-reach countries around the world.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world.

Visit samaritanspurse.org/occ for information.

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