John 3:16 Ministries’ Annual Variety Night Fundraiser on Oct. 21 Changes location to Charlotte at their Multi-Purpose Building (Posted by Ginger Smith)

John 3:16 Ministries will hold their Annual Variety Night Fundraiser on Saturday Oct. 21 at the Ministry’s Multi-Purpose Building, 75 Holmes Road, Charlotte, AR.  There will be dinner and a show and many giveaways, auction items and much more.

Cindy Hubberd’s North Arkansas Dance Theatre’s Dancers (as well as a few John 3:16 residents) will present this year’s entertainment, and include a few takes from the infamous  “Hee Haw” theme.

A catfish dinner with all the trimmings will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. The silent auction runs from 3 to 7 and the entertainment will start at 6:30. A live auction will also be held with a number of items, including a Spartan Mower.

Master of Ceremonies this year will be Pat Cash, who is known locally as “Aunt Minnie Miles” from Cash’s White River Hoedown in Mountain View.

Tickets are $10, which includes automatic entry for the door prize drawing. Corporate tables seat eight guests and are available for $400.

The door prize this year will be a PT Cruiser; and the winner does not have to be present to win, but must be at least 21.

There will be he several children’s games and bounces set up at the park/indoor playground.

Tickets may be purchased at First Community Bank and Dairy Queen in Batesville and at the door.

The ministry relies on the generosity of others since it receives no county, state or federal funding to operate. Home to more than 160 residents (the most recent being a man from Alaska), John 3:16 also offers catering, screen printing, parking lot striping, and tree trimming services, as well as birthday parties in its indoor playground, to help offset its operation and maintenance costs.

For more information call 870-799-2525 or visit

Come out and join us for the first Variety Night held at our Multi-Purpose Building at John 3:16 Ministries!  (Per t heir Facebook page)

(I have been several times and it’s always good food and prizes and fellowship and a great bunch of people coming together for a worthy cause. Ginger)

Ginger Smith joined OGTC in 2014 as a volunteer, and has lived in this area since 1972 when she moved to be near her parents, the late Doss and Vivian Burgess. Her late father was Independence County Appraiser and any time family, whether kids or grand kids, came to visit for even a short time, he would take them to A.D. Hill’s grocery store, and get them a soda pop and candy bar, see the talking bird there, and end up “checking out the great White River.” All the kids and grands have played on the banks there, picnicked, and played on the old train. Ginger is adamant, since she moved to Batesville, there is just no other place to raise a family. Her love for the area and desire to help promote it in her professional capacity led her to seek volunteering, and Charlie Morris, whom she met when she was a typesetter at the Daily Guard Newspaper, put her in touch with Cathy Drew, Executor Director of OGTC. She has been on board since then and says she has loved everything she has done and is proud to represent North Central Arkansas.
The last 20 years of her employment she worked for the late County Judge David Wyatt, West Elementary School Principal Jerry Harris, and Circuit Clerk Claudia Nobles and Judge John Kemp. At the Guard Office she says she made friends for a life time, and then the West Elementary teachers, students, and their families grew close to her forever. Her last job she was hired in a newly created position to collect felony fines and restitution. She was so proud that after three years she more than tripled the annual revenues that she retired! Her part-time retirement job was with the ortho docs, Drs. Allen and Angel where she also met many people from all over the area, and made another set of new friends! She is a published writer and has also written feature articles for the Batesville Guard TV Guide and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
She has a daughter, Misty Long Sparks, son-in-law Dloyd Sparks, and three grands, Dalton Lee, Victoria Lynn and Anna Rose, who own her heart, and three more heartbeat grands, Nico and Corbin of Washington, and a late granddaughter, Ginger Savannah. Her late husband, Ken Smith, was the Batesville Postmaster.
Totally retired now, Ginger offers her time and writing abilities to OGTC as she travels around the state and visits with so many nice folks, writes reviews, and tries to be a worthy representative for Ozark Gateway Tourism. She is a people person who really cares for all God has blessed us with in our beautiful state of Arkansas in the United States of America.