Faith Digest

Pagan Pride Day

Augusta’s third annual Pagan Pride Day begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at the gazebo outside Lake Olmstead, 3 Milledge Road.

Spiral Rhythm headlines the event, which ends at 6 p.m. The day also includes a fire performance, harvest ritual, vendors and an information table about paganism.

Admission is free, but participants are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for a food drive.

Anniversary celebration

Roy Rogers, the state superintendent of Georgia Church of The Nazarene, will be the guest speaker at Bible Fellowship Church, 3701 Old Petersburg Road in Martinez, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

The worship service will also kick off the 53rd anniversary celebration of The Byrd Family Gospel Singers. See biblefellowshipministry.org for more information.

Blessing of the Animals

St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church will hold a blessing of the animals at 3 p.m. Sunday. Any animals or pets can be brought to the church, 4921 Columbia Road, Grovetown, for a blessing. Call (706) 863-4956 for more information.

St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church will hold four services to bless animals at 6, 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. during First Friday. The services will all be held outside Sho Ane’s Design Studio, 1131 Broad St. Pets must be on a leash or in a crate. Call (706) 738-6676 for information.

Ron Gibbs performs

Ron Gibbs and Gabriel’s Call will perform two Southern gospel concerts in Augusta this weekend. The first is 11 a.m. Sunday at Crawford Avenue Baptist Church, 507 Crawford Ave. The second is at 6 p.m. Sunday at Pine View Baptist Church, 117 Pleasant Home Road.

God’s Enduring Promises

A women’s Bible study series titled Covenant: God’s Enduring Promises by Kay Arthur starts Tuesday at Anglican Church of The Holy Trinity in North Augusta. The group meets for nine weeks from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Call (803) 341-9501 or see www.holytrinityna.org.

Women of Faith

Sheila Walsh will speak at a Women of Faith event at Trinity-on-the-Hill United Methodist Church. The author and worship leader appears from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 8 at the church, 1330 Monte Sano Ave. The cost is $25 with an optional $6 lunch. See trinityonthehill.net for tickets.

Home energy audit

A free home energy audit training class is offered from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 8 at Beulah Grove Baptist Church, 1434 Poplar St.

The class is conducted in partnership with Georgia Interfaith Power & Light. The class teaches how to reduce home utility bills, make a home more energy efficient and use less resources while becoming better stewards of creation.

Reservations are required. Reserve space online at gipl.kintera.org/HEAT or call (404) 588-9978.

The Honor Event luncheon

Radio station WAFJ-FM (88.3) will mark clergy appreciation month with The Honor Event, a luncheon for pastors, youth ministers, elders and church leaders. The event begins at noon Thursday at Fairview Presbyterian Church, 1101 Carolina Ave., North Augusta.

The event is free but registration is required. See wafj.com for information.

A Christmas Celebration

Local church and school groups are asked to audition for The Real Story: A Christmas Celebration in Drama and Song, to be performed at Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre at Augusta State University on Dec. 10.

Each group has the opportunity to produce a five- to 15-minute Biblical play celebrating the birth of Jesus. Any age can participate. Participants will receive a portion of ticket sales to donate to organizations of their choice.

Contact Christina Heckman at Augusta State at (706) 667-4438 or checkman@aug.edu for more information. The deadline for application is Oct. 31.

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