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Posted August 24, 2011 03:02 pm

Business By The Book is back

The Rev. Gary Redding speaks at the close of the 22nd season of Business By The Book at First Baptist Church of North Augusta.

Business By The Book, the long-running monthly luncheon for networking and fellowship at First Baptist Church of North Augusta, is back for a 23rd season at the Salvation Army's Kroc Center.

The next meeting is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, inside the Banquet Hall of the Kroc Center, 1833 Broad St.

Business By The Book was started in 1989 by the Rev. Gary Redding of First Baptist, North Augusta, to reach out to the business community. The series at First Baptist ended after Redding retired from the church earlier this year. It'll now continue with the same format at the Kroc Center on Sept. 1.

Meetings begin at 11:30 a.m. with lunch and networking followed by an opening prayer at 12:15 p.m. A member of the local media offers a news update, and the meeting continues with a performance from a musical guest. Business By The Book concludes with a message from Redding and is adjourned by 12:50 p.m. The Sept. 1 message is titled, "No Excuses."

Gatherings are held on the first Thursday of the month from September to May. RSVP online by Mondays at noon the week of the event. See krocaugusta.org to register. The cost is $8.