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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - RELIGION -


Good Shep­herd Lutheran Church in Fayet­teville, 2925 N. Old Mis­souri Road, presents the spring con­cert tour of Bethany Col­lege in Linds­borg, Kan. The col­lege choir, cham­ber choir and hand bell en­sem­ble will per­form at 7 p.m. March 18. This year’s per­for­mance fea­tures the can­tata Re­joice

in the Lamb by Ben­jamin


In­for­ma­tion: 521-2113, gslcfayet­teville.org.

Tem­ple Shalom of North­west Arkansas in

Fayet­teville, 699 N. Sang Ave., presents a nam­ing cer­e­mony for a num­ber of young peo­ple at 6:30 p.m. Fri­day.

Tra­di­tion­ally, Jews out­side of Israel have Jewish (usu­ally He­brew) names as well as sec­u­lar names. Tra­di­tion­ally, chil­dren get their names a few days af­ter birth, but it doesn’t of­ten doesn’t hap­pen in mod­ern so­ci­ety, ac­cord­ing to Ja­cob Adler, rabbi of the tem­ple.

For a Jewish nam­ing, a brief cer­e­mony is per­formed, which of­ten in­cludes friends and fam­ily mem­bers of the new baby, ac­cord­ing to the web­site of the Union for Re­form Ju­daism. The cho­sen He­brew name could be a name that sounds like or be­gins with the same sound of the baby’s sec­u­lar name. Of­ten a He­brew name is se­lected be­cause the mean­ing of the word has sig­nif­i­cance to the fam­ily. Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, the par­ents ex­plain their choice of name and its sig­nif­i­cance. Bless­ing are said dur­ing the cer­e­mony ac­knowl­edg­ing the child has been en­tered into a brit —a covenant — with God, and for the child’s well-be­ing. The tra­di­tional wish is of­fered — that this child may grow into a life of study of To­rah, of lov­ing re­la­tion­ships, and the per­for­mance of good deeds.

In­for­ma­tion: 973-2702, tem­ple­shalom­nwa.org. First Pres­by­te­rian

Church in Spring­dale, 100 S. Guten­sohn Road, be­gins its Lenten ac­tiv­i­ties with a soup sup­per at 5:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day, fol­lowed by a Ser­vice of Ashes at 6:30 p.m.

The church of­fers in­ter-gen­er­a­tional Lenten fel­low­ships March 8 to April 5. Din­ner is served at 5:30 p.m., with classes on spir­i­tual dis­ci­plines

at 6:15 p.m. Nurs­ery care is avail­able.

Be­yond the Bro­ken Heart is a sup­port group for any­one who is griev­ing. The class meets from 10 to 11 a.m. ev­ery Thurs­day.

In­for­ma­tion: 751-2040, fpc­spring­dale.org. First United Methodist

Church in Spring­dale, 206 W. John­son Ave., of­fers an Ash Wed­nes­day wor­ship ser­vice with im­po­si­tion of ashes at 6:45 p.m. Wed­nes­day.

The church presents Am­ber C. Haines, a Fayet­teville writer and poet, as its “lo­cal artist for Lent.” She will present spo­ken word re­flec­tions dur­ing Lenten wor­ship ser­vices at 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. March 5 to April 9. The church’s lo­cal arts ini­tia­tive ex­ists “to en­liven the Chris­tian imag­i­na­tion by cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for en­gage­ment with the arts and supporting lo­cal artists in North­west Arkansas.” Haines’ work can be seen at am­ber­chaines.com.

In­for­ma­tion: 751-4610, firstchurch­spring­dale.org.

“Amer­ica Sings: A Cho­ral Read­ing Fes­ti­val” is of­fered March 11, by the North­west Arkansas chap­ter of the Amer­i­can Guild of Or­gan­ists, at First United Methodist Church in Spring­dale, 206 W. John­son Ave. Lawrence Zehring, direc­tor of music min­istries at First United Methodist Church in Bella Vista, will in­tro­duce shape note, gospel and re­vival tra­di­tions in the works of Wil­liam Billings (1746 to 1800), re­garded as the first Amer­i­can cho­ral com­poser.

The event is free, with registration be­gin­ning at 9:30 a.m. Par­tic­i­pants present a public con­cert at 1:30 p.m.

In­for­ma­tion: 283-5500, jean­niekeck­lee@gmail.com. The Ti­betan Cul­tural

In­sti­tute of Arkansas presents a men­tal health sem­i­nar on death and dy­ing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to­day in the Arkansas Union the­ater on the Univer­sity of Arkansas cam­pus in Fayet­teville. Sem­i­nar lead­ers in­clude Sid­ney Bur­ris, direc­tor of the hon­ors study pro­gram; Dent Gitchel, as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Arkansas at Lit­tle Rock; Geshe Dakpa Top­gyal, who holds a doc­tor­ate in Bud­dhist phi­los­o­phy and re­li­gion; and Geshe Thupten Dor­jee, an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Arkansas.

Registration is $25 for UA stu­dents and $50 for oth­ers.

In­for­ma­tion: art­i­bet.org/liv­ingdy­ing, dr­saramiller@gmail.com.


Bright­wa­ter Me­mo­rial United Methodist Church and Pea Ridge United Methodist Church of­fer a com­bined Ash Wed­nes­day ser­vice at 7 p.m. Wed­nes­day at the Pea Ridge church, 1205 N. Davis St.

The Bright­wa­ter con­gre­ga­tion, 14108 E. High­way 62 in Rogers, of­fers Lenten stud­ies at 10 a.m. each Tues­day, March 7 to April 11. The Pea Ridge con­gre­ga­tion of­fers the Lenten stud­ies at 6 p.m. each Tues­day.

In­for­ma­tion: 451-8161, 451-1616 St. Andrew’s Epis­co­pal Church in Rogers, 824 W. Oak St., cel­e­brates Shrove Tues­day with a free pan­cake sup­per at 6 p.m. Tues­day. Eat­ing pan­cakes is a tra­di­tional feast be­fore the fast­ing days of Lent.

The church of­fers two Ash Wed­nes­day ser­vices with im­po­si­tion of ashes at noon and 6 p.m. Wed­nes­day.

In­for­ma­tion: 636-4042. First United Methodist Church in Rogers, 307 W. Elm St., of­fers “Ashes to Go,” an al­ter­na­tive for those un­able to at­tend an Ash Wed­nes­day wor­ship ser­vice. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wed­nes­day, the Rev. Michael Mat­tox will be lo­cated at the cor­ner of Eighth and Wal­nut streets, and the Rev. Sandi Wanasek will be near the Frisco ca­boose at the cor­ner of Wal­nut and First streets. Driv­ers may pull over, and the pas­tors will im­pose ashes for the cars’ oc­cu­pants.

The church of­fers a tra­di­tional Ash Wed­nes­day ser­vice at 7 p.m. Wed­nes­day in the church sanc­tu­ary.

In­for­ma­tion: 631-7997, fum­crogers.org.


St. Scholas­tica Monastery in Fort Smith, 1301 S. Al­bert Pike Ave., spon­sors a rum­mage sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. to­day at the monastery. Items in­clude bedding, jew­elry, dec­o­ra­tions, trin­kets and trea­sures, as the sis­ters pre­pare for their move into a smaller monastery.

In­for­ma­tion: 783-4147, stscho.org.

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