Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Promise Keeping open line

Posted By on Sun, Aug 25, 2013 at 5:26 PM

click to enlarge 100 TODAY: Pulaski Heights Baptist.
  • 100 TODAY: Pulaski Heights Baptist.

Another steamy Sunday as another summer draws to a close. Finishing up:

* I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY: Ellen and I paid a neighborly call on Pulaski Heights Baptist Church this morning for its 100th birthday celebration. I'm an admirer of Pastor Randy Hyde and Rev. Carolyn Staley. My mother-in-law went there as a child. Its pillars have included the redoubtable champion of all good causes, Margaret Kolb. In recent years, its neighborhood ministry has been highlighted by the wildly successful Hillcrest Farmers Market, a certified happening every Saturday and truly a labor of the church's love, given a congregation much, much smaller than in its heyday.

Randy had a good sermon on promise keeping, interlaced with the church's history as a startup by four women living in the then distant West Little Rock suburb of Pulaski Heights. Its founders included members of Immanuel and Second Baptist Churches downtown, a long streetcar ride from Hillcrest in 1913. You know the rest of the story on leapfrogging population and churches in Little Rock. But Pulaski Heights (and Second) soldier on at historic locations. Both of them, as it happens, are viewed as being from the "liberal" wing of the Baptist faith. (For example, a preaching staff member named Carolyn.)

It was an enjoyable morning. A time capsule was opened for additions and resealed for the 200th birthday. In that ceremony, the participants included my neighbor Edwina Walls Mann, Little Rock lawyer Ralph Brodie (president of the Little Rock Central High class of 1957-58) and Jimmie Lou Fisher, former state treasurer and Democratic gubernatorial nominee who, alas, was defeated for governor by a certain Baptist preacher with somewhat different outlook.

A full orchestra and handbell choir were assembled to join the choir, piano and organ this morning.  A piece built around "Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise" was a rousing accompaniment to the offering. The church has embarked on a $100,000 centennial campaign for building improvements. That seemed modest. It's probably enough for lightbulbs at some of the megachurches in the western reaches. I was happy to make a contribution to help keep their light shining.

* EMERGENCY LANDING: A Charlotte-Dallas American Airlines flight developed engine trouble that forced an emergency landing today at Clinton National Airport. No mishaps. Passengers were rebooked on later flights.
click to enlarge REPAIR WORK: Crew works on plane that landed in Little Rock. - CHANNEL 4
  • Channel 4
  • REPAIR WORK: Crew works on plane that landed in Little Rock.

Tags: , , , , ,


Speaking of...

Comments (19)

Showing 1-19 of 19

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-19 of 19

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Football and foster kids

    It took a football stadium to lay bare Republican budget hypocrisy in Arkansas.
    • Oct 27, 2016
  • Police identify officer in shooting, say he fired to prevent shooting

    The Little Rock Police Department said today that Officer Dennis Hutchins had shot Roy Richards, 46, Monday night because he feared Richards was about to shoot his uncle, with whom he'd been arguing.
    • Oct 26, 2016
  • Ted Suhl loses bid for new trial; faces stiff government sentence recommendation

    Ted Suhl, the former operator of residential and out-patient mental health services, has lost a second bid to get a new trial on his conviction for paying bribes to influence state Human Services Department policies. Set for sentencing Thursday, Suhl faces a government request for a sentence up to almost 20 years. He argues for no more than 33 months.
    • Oct 26, 2016
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Following the money on the Walton-Hutchinson takeover of Little Rock schools

    Judgment day nears on HB 1733, which would implement the Walton billionaires' aim to take over the Little Rock School District. Their tentacles are many. And don't be confused by assurances that they only want a moderate amount of so-called reform.
    • Mar 15, 2015
  • Foster family disputes key statements from Justin Harris

    Craig and Cheryl Hart were the foster parents of the two sisters who were adopted by Rep. Justin Harris and his wife Marsha and later "rehomed." The Harts say that the adoption was allowed to proceed over the objections of the foster parents and local DHS staff due to pressure exerted by Cecile Blucker, head of the Division of Children and Family Services, on behalf of Justin Harris.
    • Mar 7, 2015
  • War. What is it good for? Tom Cotton has an idea

    Twenty-four hours after meddling in President Obama's talks with Iran, hawkish Sen. Tom Cotton scheduled an off-the-record meeting with defense contractors, who'd be happy to supply goods for U.S. armed incursions in the Middle East.
    • Mar 9, 2015

Most Shared

  • Welfare for the wealthy: More reasons to VOTE NO on ISSUE 3

    Voices on the left and right are lifted against Issue 3, the corporate welfare amendment to send tax money to private business and corporate lobbyists.
  • Little Rock police kill man downtown

    Little Rock police responding to a disturbance call near Eighth and Sherman Streets about 12:40 a.m. killed a man with a long gun, Police Chief Kenton Buckner said in an early morning meeting with reporters.
  • From the mind of Sol LeWitt: Crystal Bridges 'Loopy Doopy': A correction

    Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is installing Sol Lewitt's 70-foot eye-crosser "Wall Drawing 880: Loopy Doopy," waves of complementary orange and green, on the outside of the Twentieth Century Gallery bridge. You can glimpse painters working on it from Eleven, the museum's restaurant, museum spokeswoman Beth Bobbitt said

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments



© 2016 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation