Originally created 05/29/99

Faith digest: Parting is such sweet sorrow for graduates



There will be three baccalaureate farewells to area high school graduates this weekend.

Success or Significance: What Your Teacher Never Told You is the title of Dr. Michael Andrews' address to North Augusta High School seniors at 7 p.m. Sunday.

"There's a difference between the two in life," said Dr. Andrews, pastor of Fairview Presbyterian Church in North Augusta. Fairview will also provide music during the event at First Baptist Church, North Augusta.

Dr. Timothy L. Owings, pastor of First Baptist Church of Augusta, will address Columbia County graduates, friends and family at the church at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Richmond county seniors will hear Mayor Bob Young at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Scholarship

The Georgia high school student with the highest four-year grade-point average -- regardless of religious affiliation -- can win a scholarship from New Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

The amount of the scholarship has not been determined.

"We are doing this because we love children," member Sharon Douglas said.

To be eligible, send transcripts along with the student's phone number to the church. Deadline is June 14. For information, call 793-2329.

Rally in the Valley

The sixth annual Rally in the Valley will descend on Harrison-Caver Park in Clearwater at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 5. The Rev. Stephen Phillips, pastor of Christian Heritage Church in Graniteville, will close the event with communion under the stars.

About 2,000 people turned out for gospel music, chicken barbecue plates and sports activities last year, said Dawn Jackson, one of the gospel artists.

Ms. Jackson and Pure Heart perform a mix of contemporary, Southern gospel and country gospel sounds. "We do something for everybody in the crowd," she said.

Admission is free. The park is off South Carolina Highway 421 in Clearwater. Chicken dinners are $5 each.Call (803) 593-9853.

Seeking support

Evangelist Benny Hinn may hold a conference in Augusta in six to 12 months if enough churches in the area back his visit, said Charles Trotter, an organizer.

No money is involved -- the Orlando, Fla., ministry would pay for an arena -- but at least 75 churches need to pledge prayer support and agree to send volunteers as ushers and singers, he said.

After requests are submitted, it will take the ministry a few weeks to decide whether to book a conference. For information, call (706) 733-5404.