Religion digest

Almobarak Cultural Center

Islamic services for Juma prayer are held at the Almobarak Cultural Center, 142 Ski Motel Point, every Friday at 1 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. Call Omar Almobarak at 501-767-0214 for more information.

Christian Science

Christian Science, 808 Central Ave., will hear the Bible lesson sermon "Is the Universe, Including Man, Evolved by Atomic Force?" on Sunday. Call 501-623-5622 for information.

Cones Road Missionary Baptist Church

Cones Road Missionary Baptist Church, 405 Cones, will have a study on "Proclaiming the Risen Savior" at 9:45 a.m. Sunday with the message "The Birth of Jesus" at 11 a.m. by Brother David Roark. At 6 p.m., there will be a Bible study, followed by a message on "Going Home" by Roark at 7 p.m. On Wednesday, there will be a Bible study at 6 p.m. Christmas Day services on Sunday, Dec. 25, will be at 9:45 a.m. for all who want to "come and worship the Lord, Jesus on His birthday."

Creative Life Church

Creative Life Church, 229 Bayard St. will hold a study group open to all seekers of spiritual fulfillment from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Monday for sharing and discussion of Edgar Cayce's book, "Search for God." All are welcome. For more information, visit

Diamondhead Community UM Church

Diamondhead Community UM Church, 140 Highway 171, will hear Pastor Christopher Todd speak on "The Gift of Joy" at the 10 a.m. Sunday worship service for the fourth Sunday of Advent.


An "Experience the Sound of Soul" event will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Sunday in the DeGray Room on the seventh floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hot Springs, 4813 Central Ave. For more information, visit, or call 877-401-0016.

First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church, 2350 Central Ave., will hold Classic Service at 9 a.m. Sunday, with Celebration Service at 10:30 a.m. Connect Groups will also meet at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Online worship will be at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at The message will be "Good News of Great Joy," Luke 2:8-14. Call 501-624-3345 for more information.

First Lutheran Church

First Lutheran Church, 105 Village Road, will hear the Rev. Jonathan Byer speak on "The Promises of God -- Carrying The Promises!" at the 4 p.m. service today and the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services on Sunday. Call 501-525-0322 for information.

First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church of Hot Springs, 213 Whittington Ave., will hear the Rev. Leslie Roper speak on "We Wait With Love" at the 10:30 a.m. worship service for the fourth Sunday of Advent. Choir director is Deleen Davidson with Craig Crawford, organist. First Presbyterian Church provides a pew section as masks only with social distancing. Seating in other sections will be masks optional.

Lake Hamilton Baptist Church

Lake Hamilton Baptist Church, 5963 Central Ave., will observe the fourth Sunday of Advent during the Sunday worship service at 10 a.m. A devotional will be offered by Elder Jeremy Cooley. Pastor Chuck DeVane will preach a sermon entitled "The Gift That Always Gets Returned." Tom Bolton is the minister of music. The Lord's Supper is observed every Sunday. Email [email protected] or call 525-8339 for more information.

Living Waters Church of God in Christ

Living Waters Church of God in Christ, 306 Grove St., will be host to, and have combined worship and fellowship with, the historic Visitors Chapel AME Church at 10 a.m. Sunday. The speaker for the service will be Visitors Chapel Pastor Charlene Boone. The worship service will be in-person and will be covered on Facebook live as well. "We ask that mask be worn in the Sanctuary for everyone's protection."

Mount Tabor Community

Mount Tabor Community Church, 116 Mount Tabor Road, off Albert Pike. Call 501-627-5754 for information.

New Salem UMC

New Salem UMC, 1798 Mountain Pine Road, will meet at 9:30 a.m. for the call to worship, advent scripture readings, and congregational singing of "The Advent Song." "A Christmas Cantata" will then be presented by The New Salem Choir with choir director Virginia West. "We hope you will join us in praise and worship of our Almighty God and be inspired by the beautiful message in song told by the Christmas Cantata. Merry Christmas to everyone," the church said. Masks are optional. All are welcome. Call 501-767-4305 for more information.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church

St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 228 Spring St., will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at the 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday services with visiting clergy the Rev. Mike Courtney. At 9:30 a.m., Sunday School classes for children, youths and adults will meet. Child care for ages 4 and younger is provided in the Nursery during Christian Education classes and church services. St. Luke's Christmas Eve service will be at 5 p.m. and the Christmas Day service will be at 10 a.m. Call 501-623-1653 for more information.

The First Christian Church

The First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1806 Central Ave., will hear the Rev. Mark Garner speak on Luke 2:51-52, "Humble Beginnings," at the 10:45 a.m. Sunday worship service. Sunday school classes are at 9:45 a.m. Outreach continues to have the church food pantry open on the second and fourth Tuesdays. For information on all events of the church, email inquiries to [email protected], visit, or call the church office from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday at 501-623-3389.

Unitarian Universalist

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Hot Springs, 1701 Spring St., has visitation at 10 a.m. Sunday and the main service at 10:30 a.m. Bob Vanderhook and James Dotson will speak on the topic of "Impressions" followed by a musical performance by Dotson. Eileen Martinez will be the Lay Leader. A Zoom meeting is available as an alternative as well, at The meeting ID is 827 9323 8891, and the pass code is 090116.