Church Corner Jan. 11

Bethlehem Baptist Church

Are you looking for a church home? We at Bethlehem Baptist Church invite you to come and visit with us for any of our services. We offer a class or worship service for all ages on Sunday morning, and evening and Wednesday evening. Sunday morning starts at 9:30 with the Gathering, a time of fellowship with beverages and do-nuts, followed by Sunday School classes at 10. Worship and Children’s Worship begins at 11 a.m. Sunday evening is adult worship, Sunbeams, GMA’s, and Galilean’s all at 6:30. Wednesday evenings at 6:30 is adult Bible study, youth - grades 7th through 12th, and classes for those 6th grade and under. Bro. Martin is finishing up a series of sermons from James and will be beginning a new series, so come see us and get in on the first of the messages.

Bethlehem will be offering a “GriefShare” support group, starting Thursday, Jan. 23, in the Church Office Complex. Anyone who is dealing with the loss of a family member or friend is welcome to attend. The cost is $15 for the workbook. To register or receive more information, call the church office, 501-679-4464 or email fagalabbc@gmail.com.

Conway First United Methodist Church

A recital featuring opera arias from the Baroque period to the 20th Century will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, in the Sanctuary of Conway First United Methodist Church, as part of the music department’s Under the Dome recital series.

The recital will feature soprano Arlene Biebesheimer, accompanied by Brian Conatser. The music will more or less outline the history and trajectory of this great art form. “Several of the arias are from favorite opera roles which I have performed on stage, and several others are from roles I always wanted to perform,” said Arlene. Composers represented include Handel, Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and Douglas Moore.

Arlene Biebesheimer received a bachelor of music degree from North Texas State University, a master of music degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Doctorate of musical arts in vocal performance and pedagogy from the University of South Carolina. She began her professional career with the Florentine Opera of Milwaukee, after having won the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in the Wisconsin District. She has sung professionally both in the United States and overseas, most notably as the leading soprano with the Passau Opera in Germany. She has also directed music in churches and taught in public schools and institutions of higher education across the United States. She and her husband, Jerry, live in Conway.

The recital is free and open to the public.

Other upcoming recitals include:

• Conway Composers’ guild — 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2.

• Schola Sacra (Early Music Ensemble) — 3 p.m. Sunday, March 16.

• Annalisa Crosmer, piano — 3 p.m. Sunday, April 27

• FUMC Choirs - 8:45 and 11 a.m., Sunday, May 4

The church is at 1610 Prince St. (corner of Clifton and Prince) in Conway. For more information, call the church at 329-3801 or visit the website at www.conwayfumc.org.

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