Lake Valley Stories

Lake Valley Stories

Women’s Wednesday Bible Study

For Us…Beyond Us is an appropriate heading for this article about the Lake Valley Women’s Bible study on Wednesday mornings. Before sitting down to compose this invitation, I browsed through the pictures taken in 2019. I smiled. What I saw was a community of women… Learning more about the Bible and how to live the Christian life by serving others. Women, from…

Letter from the Elders

Letter from the Elders It seems like I write this every year but I cannot believe that another year has come and gone and it is time to write the first Community Update story of the year. As I write this and reflect on 2019, I am very aware that our experiences from last year were very different. For some in the family, 2019 was a banner year that was characterized by…

2019 New Members & Home Group Leaders

New Lake Valley Members in 2019 Dianne Anderson Joe and Stacy Armstrong Chase and Rebekah Farnell Matt and Angela Giberson Rick Gorton Debra Gourley Taylor Horton Pamela Huxtable Evelyn Landrith Jami McNeely Cheri Ormsby Chris and Pamela Rossoni Noel and Robin Uzick Home Groups & Home Group Leaders in 2019 Beard – Bob and Susan Beard Benefield/Robert –…

Advent Week 4: Peace

Tell us about your family? While we are Hot Springs natives, in 2017, we left the comfort of home and moved to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Lance is in administration with the Ministry of Education, while Kali manages our holiday home here. We have just celebrated our sixth year wedding anniversary, and are incredibly grateful for the many opportunities we have been…

Advent Week 3: Joy

Tell us about your family. Barbara and I have been happily married for twenty-one years. We each have two children and one grandchild by previous marriages. Barbara is a state employee, and I am a retired CPA. Barbara has two sons who work in the construction industry. I have two daughters. They both have earned a Master of Education degree, are married, and live in North…

Advent Week 2 – Love: Phil & Judy Ellis

Can you tell us a little about your family? We are Phil and Judy Ellis, sometimes called P & J, which we love. This year we were blessed to be able to celebrate 50 years of marriage with a trip to Paris and Switzerland. We have two sons, Daniel and Gabe, a beautiful daughter-in-law, Neysa, and…

Advent Week 1 – Hope

Advent Week One – Hope: The Hardin Family Can you tell us a little about your family? Our story started as teenagers at UCA and continued on into our wedding at Garvan Gardens in the spring of 2008. We have since been married eleven years, and had our son Fletcher, who is seven, and Alice, who is five years old. Brittany is a Speech-Language Pathologist at First…

Our Adoption Story – The Halls

Nate and I always wanted to “have a family.” We were married young, at 18 and 21. We finished college early and jumped into our careers. This made us ready for a family early as well. As a couple, we desired to begin that growth through foster care. We assumed a biological child was eventually going to be a part of our family, and we were open to adoption as…

Our Adoption Story – The Wrights

Ephesians 1:5, “He chose us before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love, He predestined us for Adoption as sons and daughters through Jesus Christ according to the purpose of His will.” I’ve learned that a big misperception of our personal adoption story, and many others like us, is that Aaron and I were unable to grow a…

Our Adoption Story – The Kilgores

Our Lake Valley family has been such a big part of our adoption story. We will forever be grateful for all the prayers and support which began years ago when we first went through the process and have carried us through today. We are also thankful for our network of friends who have adopted or fostered. When talking to our kids about sharing our story, there are very…