News and Happenings

The Kirk's Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings will be catered this year by Daily Dish Thursday, November 28 in Hoffius Hall. Please sign up in advance with the number in your group.

 Past Events

Over the years the Kirk in the Pines Presbyterian Church has had quite a few special events. Here are some of the highlights!

 Cuatro Claviers (Ruth Clemens organ and piano), Martha Smither (piano), Fran Stroud (piano), and Donna Toney (piano) presented a unique program of music arranged for piano quartets Sunday, Oct. 27, in the Kirk Sanctuary.

Village Big Band had the Kirk sanctuary jumping!

More than 130 music lovers who gathered in the Presbyterian Kirk in the Pines sanctuary on Sunday
afternoon, Sept. 29.

"First Ever Fish Fry" was held August 21 in Hoffius Hall catered by Riverside Cafe & Catering. 

Diners contributed non-perishable food items to fill the Food Baskets for charities. 

A Potluck Supper with Speaker Chris McRae was held July 24 in Hoffius Hall. Chris McRae is a member of Central Presbyterian Church of Fort Smith, Arkansas. Chris is considered to be the founder of Solar Under The Sun, given that it was his vision to bring solar power to those areas and individuals suffering from energy poverty!

The University of the Ozarks Chamber Singers kicked off their 2019 concert tour with a May 19  concert at Kirk in the Pines Presbyterian Church!

The annual Kirk picnic was held May 16, at the Balboa Pavilion. The theme this year was “Hometown Picnic.” Grillers Jerral Johnson and Jim Reimers, among others, began cooking hamburgers, hot dogs and bratwursts. The Greenhorns began a day or two earlier to prepare all “fixin’s” like cole slaw, potato
salad, baked beans, tomatoes, buns and cookies for the 125 who attended.  

The Fellowship Committee planned this fun event. 

The Kirk had a Mardi Gras Party Monday, March 4, in Hoffius Hall. Entertainment was provided by the Spa City Stompers, a Dixieland band playing traditional jazz music.

Guests put on theirMardi Gras beads and enjoyed a toe-tapping good time as the Stompers played!

Top of the Rock Entertained

Top of the Rock entertained  February 10. The four-part harmony (barbershop style) concert benefited the Peggy Gram Scholarship Fund and donations went to that charity

Treble in the Village Entertained

Treble in the Village entertained  December 6 in Hoffius Hall. Hors d'oeuvres were shared. 

Left to right: Kathy Allison, Tenor; Sharon Gardner, Bass;Patty Van Cleave, Lead; and Kay Crews, Baritone. This wonderful foursome brings many years of various music backgrounds and loves singing for audiences in Hot Springs Village and beyond.

Kirkin' o' the Tartans

Kirk in the Pines celebrated its Scottish heritage at the Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans on Sept. 16.

The Lyon College Pipe Band from Lyon College in Batesville performed at the Kirk playing Scotland the Brave, among other marches, and accompanied the choir in the anthem Amazing Grace. Jimmy Bell (photo) has lead the ceremony for fifteen years.

Piano & Organ Concert

Four Pianists and organists, Ruth Clemens, Martha Smither, Fran Stroud, and Donna Toney, played a variety of music August 12 in the Kirk Sanctuary! They call themselves the Cuatro Claviers. It was so popular extra folding chairs had to be put in the isles!

A photo travelog of France and Switzerland tour

The travelog of slides was narrated by Tom Hayek in Hoffius Hall Wednesday, August 15, after a Pot Luck Dinner attended by over 100 people.

The tour included the French Riviera, Nice, Monte Carlo, Geneva, Switzerland and many French towns, cities, villages and historic sites.

The Kirk says goodbye to Pat Hightower.

The Kirk Choir with Music Director Randy Toney, gathered June 24 in Hoffius Hall to host a farewell reception for long-time friend and associate, Pat Hightower, who is moving away. There was a great turnout to celebrate her.

The Annual Kirk Picnic was held on July 6 at the Balboa Pavilion.

The Kirk members enjoyed barbecue and baseball at the annual Summer Picnic at the Balboa Pavilion. 

The Lumos Wind Quintet from England performed June 10.

The Lumos Wind Quintet from England played in the Kirk sanctuary as part of the Hot Springs Music Festival. A reception followed in Hoffius Hall.
The Quintet was formed in 2014. The group played a variety of musical styles with arrangements that allow each player to be featured as a soloist. 

The University of the Ozarks Choir

The University of the Ozarks Choir joined us in worship services April 7 & 8. True to their Christian heritage, they prepare students from diverse religious, cultural, educational and economic backgrounds to live life fully.

The Village Big Band entertained the 140 people who attended the All Kirk Dinner, January 29, at the Coronado Center.

Sunday, December 24, we held our traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. The evening included readings from the Old Testament and New Testament, Christmas carols, the Kirk Choir, a mixed quartet, and more. The service concluded with a candle flame passed throughout the church.

Everyone was in a festive mood and enjoyed the fun and games at the second annual Kirk Christmas Gathering.

December 13, over 80 Kirk members laid out a literal smorgasbord of salads, entrées, vegetables, side dishes and finger foods, desserts, punch, and other drinks. 

The ladies’ quartet Treble In the Village provided musical entertainment for the evening.

Kirk members and guests enjoyed an unbelievable Potluck Dinner September 28 at the church. 

At the end of the meal, Jackie Morris of GENESIS introduced herself, spoke briefly about her background and experience, then began her presentation. She explained that GENESIS is a willed body program, located in Memphis. 

GENESIS supports the Medical Education & Research Institute (MERI), a nonprofit medical teaching and training school/bioskills lab in Memphis, Tennessee.

Voices Rising presented a summer concert Sunday, June 25. This select group of vocalists, under the direction of Fran Stroud, presented music ranging from Broadway to sacred to patriotic.

A men's quartet shared a Spiritual and a Gospel number in four-part harmony. The ladies of Voices Rising performed the popular song "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen. A highlight of the concert was the acapella numbers that Voices Rising performed. The concert benefitted local charities.

The Kirk held its Annual Picnic at the Balboa Pavilion June 14th, 2017. The theme was our nation's flag; so members wore their red, white, and blue! Smokin' in Style catered the buffet dinner, followed by a Trivia Contest about the U.S. Flag, followed by singing patriotic songs.

  Two delightful characters, "Mabel" and "Melvis," brought their "daily radio show" to Presbyterian Kirk in the Pines from "Lazy Oaks, Arkansas" in May, 2017. 

"Laugh Lines," was an original comedy, written and produced by Bev Bullard and Judy Corwin to benefit Safe Haven Shelter in Hot Springs. The comedy lived up to its name.

After the show, Melvis and Mabel greeted their many fans in the Narthex. The evening's Free Will Offering yielded $655 to benefit homeless women and children in Safe Haven Shelter!

Our physical and spiritual journeys were the focus of the Rev. Dr. Debra (Debbie) Carl Freeman’s Spring Lecture April 27, 2017 in Hoffius Hall at the Kirk. A discussion of her film followed its showing. She most recently served as pastor of Westover Hills Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, but has served congregations in Arkansas, Virginia and Scotland.

Debra comes from a family of Presbyterian clergy ... her father, two brothers, and brother-in-law are all Presbyterian ministers.


Ozark Chamber Singers

The Chamber Singers Choir from University of the Ozarks included the Kirk in its tour on April 1 and 2, 2017.

The 24-voice choir sang at a Saturday night service at 5 p.m. and a Sunday morning service at 10 a.m. in May 2017. The choir is led by a new director, Dr. Jonathan Ledger, a graduate of Emery and Henry College in Virginia, Bowling Green State University and the University of Alabama. Dr. Ledger is bringing back a long-popular tradition and expanding this year’s tour to include performances throughout northwest Arkansas, northeast Texas, and southeast Oklahoma.


Pastor Bill Bailey with 28 fellow travelers returned after visiting the Holy Land. After landing in Tel Aviv, they  explored Israel from border to border. Now they are back and shared their pictures and stories with us at a Pot Luck Supper on May 18, 2017!

On a Sunday in February 2017, three award-winning Sweet Adeline International barbershop quartets entertained a full sanctuary of enthusiastic Kirk members and visitors. Roundelay from Little Rock, Providence, and Treble in the Village joyfully entertained at the Kirk. To end the event, all members of Sweet Adeline International in the audience were invited to join the three quartets in their final number.

Around 80 Kirk members braved the cold to attend the Fellowship Committee’s December caroling party in 2016. Guests filled their plates with potluck hors d’oeuvres and then settled at tables to enjoy an evening of Christmas music by the quartet Treble in the Village.
Members Fran Stroud, Kay Crews, Sharon Gardner and Patty Van Cleve sang a variety of songs, from the delightful Holiday Dinner Party. A big thank you goes to Treble in the Village for a wonderful program.

Christmas Eve at the KirkPresbyterian Kirk in the Pines held our traditional Candlelight Service on Christmas Eve, 2016. We lit the fifth candle of Advent, the Christ candle, followed by a beautiful worship service and ending with the congregation lighting candles in the darkened sanctuary and singing Silent Night.

Cavell Trio

For the past several years, the Kirk has been honored to host a chamber concert in the sanctuary as part of the Hot Springs Music Festival, April 2016. Renowned musicians from all over the world take part in this distinguished festival which brings together talented young musicians with seasoned mentors. After the concert, the audience and performers were invited to a reception in Hoffius Hall.

The Chamber Singers of the University of the Ozarks visited us in April 2016. The choral group is an auditioned ensemble of 21 members. Directed by Dr. Sharon Gorman, the university’s organist and choir director, this talented group sings for special functions and concerts. The Kirk visit is part of an annual spring tour to Presbyterian churches throughout Arkansas.

In October, we celebrated our Scottish heritage with the Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans, featuring bagpipers from Lyon College at Batesville, Arkansas, and a parade of Kirk members carrying banners with the tartan of their clan. Afterwards, everyone gathered in Hoffius Hall for a sumptuous high tea. Tartans, with their distinctive plaids, represent specific Scottish clans, regions, or regiments. The Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans is the presentation of a Scottish family’s symbol, its tartan, at church for a blessing. This joyous celebration is held at the Kirk every three years.

 Subiaco AbbyOne of our Shepherd Groups visited Subiaco Abbey. The group is standing in the beautiful Abbey church. Subiaco Abbey is an American Benedictine monastery located in Logan County, Arkansas. It is part of the Swiss-American Congregation of Benedictine monasteries.