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The City Harmonic will perform at 6 p.m. June 3 at Journey Community Church in Evans.  SPECIAL
The City Harmonic will perform at 6 p.m. June 3 at Journey Community Church in Evans.

Operation Christmas Child, an international ministry to provide boxes of toys and essential supplies to needy children around the world, kicks-off in Aiken on May 26.

Participants in last year’s campaign and those interested in participating this fall are invited to Town Creek Baptist Church, 250 Town Creek Road, Aiken, at 2 p.m. May 26.

The event includes testimonies and a presentation about the box distributions, said Curtis Nappier, an Aiken area coordinator.

Last year, an estimated 8.5 million boxes were shipped to children worldwide through Samaritan’s Purse, an evangelical Christian humanitarian relief agency that launched Operation Christmas Child in 1993.

A five-county region including Aiken and Edgefield counties contributed 10,362 boxes last year. The boxes, containing items such as school supplies, hygiene items, games, a stuffed animal and personal notes, were shipped to countries such as Tanzania, Bolivia and Ecuador, Nappier said.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call (803) 649-5802 or see

Stephen Hill sings

Christian singer-songwriter Stephen Hill sings at the 11 a.m. May 27 worship service of Miracle Baptist Church, 1308 Hephzibah McBean Road.

Hill has made several appearances on the Gaither Homecoming TV series. An offering will be taken. Call (706) 592-5129 for more.

Interim pastor named

The Rev. John Bryan will serve as the new interim pastor of First Baptist Church of North Augusta.

Bryan, who is a mission specialist with the Georgia Baptist Convention, starts at the church June 3.

The pastor previously served at Curtis Baptist Church in Augusta for 17 years, from 1983 to 1998. He has a radio ministry that is broadcast across Georgia and online.

The role of interim pastor has recently been filled by a few notable pastors, including the Rev. Thomas Hammond, the vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee convention advancement office, and the Rev. Frank Page, the president and chief executive officer of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee.

First Baptist Church of North Augusta is located at 625 Georgia Ave., North Augusta. The church meets at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sundays. Learn more at

Financial Peace U.

Financial Peace University, a 13-week financial management course developed by Dave Ramsey on DVD, will be taught at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at Abundant Life Worship Center, located at 2070 Brown Road, Hephzibah. Call (706) 592-9221 for more information or to register.

City Harmonic show

The City Harmonic, a Canadian Christian band, will perform in concert at Journey Community Church, 4798 Hardy McManus Road, Evans, at 6 p.m. June 3.

Tickets are $8. See for more information.

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