Immanuel Baptist Church formalizes with signing of covenant, new sign

Monday, November 24, 2003
The congregation of Immanuel Baptist Church gathered for this photo during a church recognition service on Nov. 9 at its meeting place in the VFW Building at the intersection of Highways 23 and 187 south of Holiday Island.

Immanuel Baptist Church, located near Holiday Island, conducted a church recognition service on Nov. 9 to establish a greater public recognition.

A small group began meeting in December 2002, and has grown considerably over the past year.

In preparation for the service, the church adopted a constitution establishing its basic beliefs and principles of operation and adopting the name of Immanuel Baptist Church.

Earlier, there was the appointment of co-pastors James Colwell and Gordon McDaniel. Their duties over-lap, but Colwell primarily is responsible for teaching and pastoral care, and McDaniel primarily handles the preaching.

The church is recognized as a functioning church and is affiliated with the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.

The Nov. 9 service consisted of special music by Lester Clifford, Joann Clopton, Sonya Thayer and Dick Clopton.

Other members participated, stating the purpose of the church, recognizing the leadership and reading the covenant.

A high point was a roll call of those who had expressed a desire to become charter members, with each coming forward to sign the covenant.

McDaniel's message was titled "Immanuel ---- God With Us." The service concluded with the Lord's Supper, or communion, and unveiling of a new sign.

In addition to church members, a number of guests were present from Holiday Island, Oklahoma, Kansas and Louisiana. Following the various recognition activities, the group traveled to Roaring River Inn for a catered luncheon.

The church is located two miles south of the main entrance to Holiday Island, on Highway 23.

Visitors are welcome, and the congregation is committed to ministering both to members and the entire community.

For more information, telephone Colwell at (479) 253-4902, or McDaniel at 253-0702.

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