Church notes: St. Paul’s Episcopal celebrates Trinity Sunday with Jazz Mass | Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (2024)

Benton County

Bella Vista Community Church, 75 E. Lancashire Blvd., Bella Vista, holds services at 10 a.m. each Sunday, during which there is a Kid's Connect for children, as well as a nursery.

The community is invited to join the church in celebrating its 50th anniversary May 31- June 2. A free program for the community featuring Christian comedian Charles Marshall will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, May 31. All are invited to a concert in the sanctuary at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1. Then at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 2 a worship celebration is planned with special speaker and former pastor Thad Moore.

In a new Women's Bible Study, open to all women in the community, they are studying Genesis 12-33: The Father of Israel. The cost of the book is $10. It has two study times to choose from, 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The Men's Bible Fellowship meets every Wednesday at 8 a.m. The evening Men's Bible Fellowship meets on the second and fourth Thursdays at 6 p.m. The study is open to all men in the community.

A number of Community Life Groups are also available to join. Contact the church office for details and locations.

Prayer Fellowship meets at 9:30 a.m. each Wednesday in the chapel. The Bell Choir meets at 4:30 p.m. and choir practice is at 5:30 p.m., both on Wednesdays. The Prayer Shawl Ministry, for anyone who enjoys knitting or crocheting, is looking for folks who enjoy making prayer shawls and squares, baby blankets and hats to minister to others. Yarn is provided. Ping Pong Group meets from 9 to 10 a.m. in Fellowship Hall each Monday and Thursday.

Information: 855-1126 or email [emailprotected]. Prayer requests go to [emailprotected].

Bella Vista Lutheran Church, 1990 Forest Hills Blvd., holds services at 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Sundays. Sunday School for all ages of children is at 9:45 a.m. in the lower level. Adult Bible Class is at 9:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Christianity 101, led by Pastor Hass for those new to the church or in need of a refresher, is an introductory class and will take place in the library.

Vacation Bible School for children ages four and up will take place 5:30-8 p.m. June 17-20. Dinner for all registrants will be served nightly.

GriefShare, a support group for those that have lost a loved one, are on Tuesdays from 2-4 p.m. in the library.

The Adult Choir rehearsals are at 9 a.m. Saturday. Concert Choir rehearsals are 10 a.m. Saturdays to prepare for a concert on June 23. The Adult Choir will be singing the national anthem at Arvest Ball Park on Tuesday, June 4.

Quilters meet at 8 a.m. the second and fourth Wednesday.

The Shepherd's Food Pantry is open on Fridays from 10 a.m. until noon to provide food items to those in need in our community.

The Sonday Riders will meet at 2 p.m. on June 9 in the front church parking lot. All 2-, 3- and 4-wheel riders are welcome for a fun day of riding in our area.

The Lutheran Hour is broadcast every Sunday afternoon on radio station KURM-FM (100.3) and KURM-AM (790). The Shepherd's Food Pantry is open from 10 a.m. to noon each Friday.

The Youth of Bella Vista Lutheran Church are gathering used ink cartridges of any kind. They can redeem them to help pay for the National Youth Gathering for next year. There is a basket next to the door into the kitchen for your donation.

Information: 855-1324 or

First Presbyterian Church of Bentonville at 901 N.E. J St., Bentonville, invites all to worship on Sunday mornings in person and online at 10:15 a.m.

On Sundays, join the church at 9 a.m. for Bible study for adults. Choir rehearses on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. Handbell rehearsals are 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

The FPC Food Pantry is open Saturdays from 9-11 a.m. for Benton County residents. Volunteers are welcome to help on Friday and Saturday mornings.

Information: 273-5450 or

Highland Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Bella Vista, 1500 Forest Hills Blvd., holds services at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. Sunday school is at 9 a.m. and fellowship time is at 10 a.m.

Information: 855-2780,

Presbyterian Church of Bella Vista, 1880 Forest Hills Blvd. Bella Vista, holds services at 10 a.m. each Sunday. Services are livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube and recordings are posted on the website.

Save the date for these spring events: Puttin' on the Ritz Style Show and Silent Auction at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 1 in Fellowship Hall, featuring live music and savories. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the church office.

The Blessing of the Pets is at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 9 at the dog park pavilion below the Loch Lomond Dam on Glasgow Road. All are welcome. Dogs must be leashed.

Information: 855-2390 or the about and visitors tabs of

Village Bible Church, located at 1591 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, opens The Oasis Food Pantry every Wednesday from 10 a.m.-noon.

Each Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. Village Bible hosts its Praise & Prayer service that is open to all in VBC Fellowship Hall. Children and youth, Pre-K through 5th grade will meet in the Oasis.

The third Thursday of each month VBC meets from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Cooper Chapel to pray for "Into the Light" a program that works to end human trafficking and bring hope to survivors. All are welcome to meet up for prayer at Cooper Chapel.

A Men's Fellowship Breakfast takes place every third Saturday of the month, 8-10 a.m. All are welcome.


Washington County

Central United Methodist Church, 6 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville, holds worship services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. in person and live on Facebook, YouTube and the church website.


St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 224 N. East Ave. Fayetteville, will celebrate Trinity Sunday with a Jazz Mass.

On most Sunday mornings, the music offered at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Fayetteville embodies the Anglican Cathedral tradition, but on Sunday, May 26, Trinity Sunday, the peals of innovative jazz will fill the sanctuary at the 11 a.m. service as the choir sings Bob Chilcott's Little Jazz Mass, accompanied by the renowned Claudia Burson Trio.

"Our service incorporating the Little Jazz Mass represents an opportunity to perform a sacred work in the context for which it was written--not as a concert but as part of the Eucharist," said Jack Cleghorn, organist and choirmaster at St. Paul's.

"Our music every Sunday ideally raises everyone's consciousness to some place sacred and holy," he said. "The jazz mass expresses that intention in a way that may be new to many participants in the service."

Chilcott, currently director of the BBC Singers and a founder of the King's Singers, is one of the most popular composers and conductors in Britain today. The Little Jazz Mass was composed for the 2004 Crescent City Choral Festival and incorporates the traditional texts of the Eucharist service--the Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Benedictus, and Agnus Dei--in settings reflecting twentieth-century jazz and blues.

"Trinity Sunday is an ideal day to incorporate the jazz mass in a service," Cleghorn said. "We celebrate the mystery and wonder of three persons of God that day, and the surprising, innovative nature of Chilcott's setting is a compelling invitation to contemplate and revel in the questions that the music raises."

The public is welcome to worship at St. Paul's on May 26 and, indeed, on every Sunday.


First United Presbyterian Church, 695 E. Calvin St., Fayetteville, hosts Sunday services at 8:30 a.m. and at 11 a.m. The 11 a.m. service is also live-streamed on YouTube and can be accessed on the church website.

The Sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated at the early service. A nursery is available in Upper Knox 8:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in Upper Knox.

Sunday School classes start at 9:30 a.m. Children's classes from age 3 to grade 5 meet in Lower Knox. Grades 6-12 meet in Lower Knox.

There are three classes for adults. The Adult Bible Study Group meets in Room 201 of in Calvin Fellowship Hall. Thoughtful Christians are reading "Living Jesus: Learning the Heart of the Gospel" by Luke Timothy Johnson. They meet in the church library and on Zoom. The Open Door class meets in Witherspoon Hall upper level; they are studying "Miracles and Other Reasonable Things" by Sarah Bessey.

The Youth Group (5th-12th graders) meets every Wednesday in Lower Witherspoon from 6-7:30 p.m.

There will be a retirement luncheon and celebration for the church's co-pastors Jan and Phil Butin on June 30 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Information: 442-4211,,

Send church news to April Wallace at [emailprotected]. The deadline is noon Wednesday for Saturday publication.

Church notes: St. Paul’s Episcopal celebrates Trinity Sunday with Jazz Mass | Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (2024)


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