Faith digest

Pastor retiring The Rev. Bill Harrell, the longtime pastor of Abilene Baptist Church in Martinez, is retiring. Harrell announced during Sunday's service that he would retire from the church, where he has served for more than 30 years. Harrell is also a former chairman of the executive committee of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Prom for adults


A prom for adults will raise money for youth programs at the Salvation Army’s Kroc Center.

The Salvation Army of Augusta will hold Holy Hollywood, a prom for adults ages 21 and older, from 7 to 11 p.m. today in the banquet hall of the Kroc Center, 1833 Broad St.

The cost is $3 for individuals and $5 per couple. The money raised from the prom will benefit youth events in the year ahead, including The Salvation Army Georgia Division Youth Council, which draws youths and adults from across Georgia to the Kroc Center for worship. The prom will also support a youth missions trip to work with The Salvation Army Florida Division.

RSVP to Teddy Trip, young adult outreach director, at (706) 373-8405 or e-mail


Talk on race relations

A panel of local leaders will discuss Race Relations: Here and Now in a panel sponsored by Hudson Memorial CME Church and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Observance committee.

The event will be at 1:30 p.m. today at the church, 2 Taylor St.

Topics include jobs, affordable housing, civil and human rights, moral values, women’s rights and poverty, among others.

The discussion will be moderated by Chris Thomas of WRDW and includes panelists Ronald Wiggins of T. W. Josey High School; Capt. Scott Peebles of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office; Judge John Flythe; Solicitor General Charles Evans; Billy Martin, a reformed felon; and Katherine Sweeney of Augusta State University. Call (706) 724-6715 for more information.


Pick’n and Praise’n

Pick’n and Praise’n, a live music venue featuring bands and solo artists, meets from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Glenn Hills Baptist Church, 2877 Lumpkin Road.

The event is free, but a meal, drinks and desserts are available for a donation, which goes to the church for the use of the facility.

Call (706) 373-7855 for more information or to learn more about signing up to perform.


City prayer event

Unity Missionary Baptist Church has started a prayer meeting for those who want to pray for the city. The group will meet on the third Saturday of each month.

The church’s first gathering will be at 4 p.m. today at the church, 1829 Telfair St. Call (706) 738-7605 for more information.


Free hot meal

The Golden Aging Ministry of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church serves free, hot food to the public on the fourth Saturday of the month. The next event is from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 25 at the church, 931 Cedar St. Call (706) 724-4017 for more information.