Faith Digest


Ladies’ Night Out


Julie Hadden, a contestant on Season 4 of NBC’s reality show The Biggest Loser will share her story as an adoptive mother at a Ladies’ Night Out event of Covenant Care Services in Augusta.

The fundraiser for the local Chris­tian adoption ministry starts at 7 p.m. Thursday at Abilene Baptist Church in Martinez. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance at Lifeway Christian Stores in Augusta, WAFJ-FM (88.3) Studios in North Augusta, Abilene Baptist Church or online at

Pumpkin patch

The Corner Pumpkin Patch at Marvin United Methodist Church in Martinez opens Sunday.

The patch, which funds United Methodist Men missions and church projects, will be open noon to 7 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays through Oct. 31.

The church is at 4400 Wheeler Road, Martinez. Call (706) 863-0510 or see for more information.

Battistelli in concert

Francesca Battistelli brings her Hundred More Years tour to North Augusta’s First Baptist Church on Oct. 12. Tickets cost $20 in advance or $23 at the door and are available at Family and Lifeway Christian stores, WAFJ-FM (88.3) Studios in North Augusta and at

The concert, presented by World Vision, also features Sidewalk Proph­ets, Andy Cherry and City Harbor.

The church is at 625 Georgia Ave. Call (803) 279-6370 for more information.

Grace Corps training

The Institute of Religion and Health offers Grace Corps, a training program for church, hospital and disaster-crisis volunteers, starting Oct. 16. The sessions are held in the Summerville Professional Building at Trinity Hospital. For more information, call (706) 722-7656 or e-mail

Byrd Family anniversary

The Byrd Family gospel singers celebrate their 54th anniversary with a service at 10 a.m. Oct. 14.

The group was started in 1958 by Darvin “Papa Byrd,” a member of the Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

The service includes gospel music, preaching and barbecue and is free to the public. Roy Rogers, state superintendent of the Georgia Church of The Nazarene, will speak.

For more information, call (706) 922-5314 or see