The How Many Kings Christmas Tour featuring Christian contemporary artist Mark Schultz, Canadian alt-rock band Downhere and folk/pop singer-songwriter Alli Rogers stops in Evans next Friday.
The show is 7 p.m. Dec. 17 at West Acres Baptist Church, 555 Gibbs Road, Evans. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
The tour's name was inspired by a popular Downhere single, off their first full-length Christmas CD released last year. Have a listen. I liked this live studio version best.
With 68 million members, the Catholic Church claims more adherents than any other American denomination, about 22 percent of the U.S. population. But with membership waning, one-in-ten Americans identify as former Catholics (according to the most recent Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches, compiled in 2008).
Tomorrow, look for a story in Your Faith about a program - half evangelistic outreach, half public relations campaign - to welcome Catholics back into the church.
Operation Christmas Child, the massive gift-giving effort of the evangelical Christian organization Samaritan's Purse, collects gifts in a nationwide campaign Monday through Nov. 22. Augusta-area coordinators say they hope to collect 17,000 shoe boxes this year.
LifeWay Christian Store will celebrate its move to a new, but nearby location with a celebration from Nov. 26 to Dec. 31.
The new 7,399-square-foot store at 217 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway, across from Family Christian Stores, opens next Friday, Nov. 19.
Special promotions during the month-long opening celebration include an appearance by the VeggieTales characters Bob and Larry from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 4.
The store closes at its current location at 4 p.m. Monday to transition to the new location, across the Augusta Exchange Shopping Center.
Stephanie Staples' new album, Sing Over Me, released earlier this week (listen to a clip of the title track).
The Evans-native said she wrote the songs on the album in a season of uncertainty and challenges.
"The heart of the project is about trusting the Lord implicitly and learning to rest in spite of uncertainty and darkness, discouraging circumstances, or feelings of disillusionment or despair," she said.
A candlelight vigil was held to end the bullying of gay and lesbian teens in Augusta tonight on National Coming Out Day. Look for the story in Tuesday's paper, and below for a few resources that address anti-gay bullying. The topic has made headlines following the suicides of a number of teens who had been bullied for their sexual orientation.
A nationwide campaign to end bullying of gay and lesbian teens has landed on the front steps of an Augusta church.
The Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer and The Augusta Pride committee have teamed up for a vigil on Monday night, known as National Coming Out Day. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. at the church, 557 Greene St.
The community is invited to come, pray, and take a stand, said the Rev. Jeff Pullium, whose church offers ministries that focus on the inclusion for minorities, especially gay, lesbian, and bisexual people.
I'm in Denver this week for the 61st annual meeting of the Religion Newswriters Association. There are some 200 of us here from around the country - even around the world. The best way to stay abreast of activity here is with the #RNA2010 hashtag on Twitter. A handful of us (myself included at twitter.com/bykellyjasper) are tweeting through the various interviews and sessions.
Some highlights, by the number:
A couple local churches have services and prayer vigils schedule for Saturday, Sept. 11.
A service of remembrance will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church, 3551 Wheeler Road. The service includes hymns, prayers, scripture readings and is held in honor of those who died on Sept. 11. Call (706) 736-4575 for more information.
A 9/11 Prayer Vigil will be 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way Extension. Prayer guides will be provided. See fbcaugusta.org for more information.
Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church hosts an epic annual consignment sale. The two-day sale, which unloads literally tons of children's items, benefits more than 30 missions through the church.
WHEN: The sale is 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 17 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 18. Consignors must register by Sept. 5. (Volunteers shop a Sept. 16 pre-sale. Contact the church for details.)