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story.lead_photo.caption Photo submitted Burnis Leavens, Shoebox Ministry Leader, stands next to 50 shoeboxes that were dedicated during the March 24 worship service at the Presbyterian Church of Bella Vista.

Presbyterian Church of Bella Vista

Shoebox Ministry is a mission of PCBV's Martha Garvin circle. Each month, it collects numerous items such as small hotel-type toiletries, socks and other small items and packs them in shoeboxes to deliver to the First United Methodist Church in Bella Vista. From there, they are delivered to various agencies in northwest Arkansas, such as the Salvation Army shelters and others. The Martha Garvin Circle has been packing shoeboxes for 25 years. Donations of shoeboxes and hotel/motel toiletries are always welcome. The collection box and a list of items needed for the Shoebox Ministry are located in the hallway of Presbyterian Church outside the church library.

On Easter Sunday, 10 a.m. April 21, the chancel choir will present the cantata, "Out of the Shadows," by John Purifoy. The agony and angst of the stirring events of Holy Week textually and musically evolve into the jubilant celebration of the risen Christ in this moving portrayal of the most significant event in all Christendom. The remarkable beauty and sensitivity of this music capture the extreme pathos contained in the story's darkest shadows, as well as the exhilarating excitement created by the risen Christ. All are welcome to this special service.

Unity Church of the Ozarks

Rev Elise Cowan presents the Easter Candle Lighting Service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 21.

Wednesday night classes, 7-8:30 p.m. studies "Heart Centered Metaphysics" by Paul Hasselbeck. Exploring the creative process in the Bible both spiritually and metaphysically. What is the nature of God. What is the nature of human kind and What is the relationship between them will be studied. 10 minute meditation follows the class.

Maudy Thursday celebration and foot washing ceremony takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18. This honors the Holy Day as Jesus shared his last supper with his Disciples with a small meal and foot washing. Please bring a towel.

Unitarian Universalists

Sunday, April 14: April's Restoration theme continues with a discussion of "Restoration As Living Tradition."

Forest Hills Church

Holy Week services at Forest Hills Church include:

Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m. with communion.

Easter Sunrise, 8:30 a.m. at Highlands Christian Church, breakfast following.

Easter Sunday morning worship, 10:45 a.m. Pastor Mark Kirby will deliver the morning message, A Resurrection Appearance, John 21:1-14.

Easter Sunday evening, 6 p.m., a Musical Revelation Celebration with The McCaffertys and the band, All In.

Village Bible Church

Wednesday, April 17, the Oasis Food Pantry will be open from 10 a.m. to noon. This ministry is available to anyone in the area who needs help with groceries and would appreciate the compassion and encouragement of friendly volunteers.

Friday, April 19, a Good Friday worship service with communion will be held at 6:30 p.m. The community is warmly invited to attend.

Easter Sunday, April 21, in lieu of Sunday school, there will be an expanded time of fellowship with a light breakfast being served; the community is always warmly welcomed. At the 10:15 a.m. Easter Celebration Service, Pastor Mark Voll will continue his sermon series, "Discovering the Real Jesus." Part 7 of the sermon series is titled, "Death Conquers," with a text of John 20:1-18.

The annual community Mother's Day get together is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, this year. Go Tell It on the Mountain guest speaker will be Linda Apple, and singers will include Sue Voll and friends. Bring a daughter, neighbor, mother, sister or friend and also enjoy lunch at this beautiful fellowship. There is no charge, but a ticket is required which is available at the church each Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, April 14 through May 7. A free-will offering will be received. Seating is limited, so get your ticket early. Questions may be directed to Paula at 479-876-1822.

Village Baptist Church

Village Baptist Church will present a Good Friday service in the Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel at 7 p.m. Friday, April 19. People of all faiths are invited to attend as the events of that original Friday are recalled and reflected upon. The chapel is located at 504 Memorial Drive, which is east of Bella Vista Town Center (at exit 98 off Highway 71B). Follow Highway 340 (Lancashire Blvd.) east for 4/10 of a mile to Memorial Drive. Turn left, passing the post office and follow the signs to the chapel. The service will include beautiful music sung by the sanctuary choir, and three poignant devotionals surrounding the events of the original Good Friday. Please consider taking part in this memorable service. For more information concerning the service, call the church office at 479-855-7775 or visit the website at www.vbconline.net.

Bella Vista Lutheran Church

During Holy Week, there will be a special worship service on Maundy Thursday at 6 p.m. when Holy Communion will be celebrated. On Good Friday, April 19, there is a worship service at 6 p.m., and this is the service of darkness. On Easter Sunday, there are worship services at 8:30 a.m. and at 10:45 a.m.

On Saturday, April 20, there is an Easter Egg Hunt with 2,500 eggs. There is also a special "really cool gift" for those attending.

The Shepherd's Food Pantry will be closed Good Friday.

Bella Vista Community Church

At 9 a.m. Saturday, April 20, in McKay Hall, Carie O'Banion speaks on her 400-mile walk across Spain known as "Camino de Santiago," including photos of persons she encountered, Spanish topography, churches, etc. She will answer questions. Light refreshments are provided. Please call the church office to sign up.

BVCC's Holy Week Services:

• Maundy Thursday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m.

• Good Friday, April 19, at 11:45 a.m.

• Easter Sunday, April 21, at 9:30 and 11 a.m.

Highlands Church (United Methodist)

The Highlands Church welcomes everyone to its services.

A Stations of the Cross service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, April 19. The Stations service is a powerful way to contemplate and enter into the mystery of Jesus' gift of Himself to us. The service involves our senses and our emotions as we experience the love of Jesus in a new and deep way. The Stations service will be in the sanctuary and does not require walking.

Easter will be celebrated at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday morning, April 21. There will be no Saturday service on April 20.

Mark your calendars for The Highlands Flea and Boutique to be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 27. This annual event is held at Highlands Church and hosted by the United Methodist Women. All proceeds are donated to local women's and children's charities. Items for sale will include household items, linens, collectibles, jewelry, furniture, books, lawn and garden items, as well as coffee shop and bakery items. New this year is the opening of a small boutique shop. If you wish to sell your own items for profit, make a reservation for an outside space by calling 479-855-2277.

First United Methodist Church

A Grief Support Group, facilitated by Rev. Brenda Wideman, meets at 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday through April 30 in the chapel. All are welcome who feel this group might help them in recovering from a situation of grief.

Maundy Thursday services will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 18. Two Good Friday Services will be held at 11:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. A Community Easter Sunrise Service will be held on the Church's upper deck, beginning at 6:45 a.m. Other Easter services will be held at 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. (traditional services) in the sanctuary. A contemporary service will be held at 9:30 a.m. in Becker Hall. All are welcome.

United Methodist Men will hold its annual Spring Pancake Breakfast from 6 to 11:30 am. Friday, April 26, to accommodate those who may want an early start to the BV citywide garages sale. The breakfast is $6 and includes pancakes, sausage or ham, applesauce and drink. Children 5 and under eat free. The United Methodist Women will also hold a holiday bazaar in conjunction with the pancake breakfast.

Two weekly meetings of AA are hosted at the church on Monday and Saturday. Please call or stop by the church for more information.

Religion on 04/17/2019

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