Originally created 08/07/99

Faith digest

All aboard

The Charlotte, N.C., coliseum will have a full house, including several busloads and van-loads of Augusta-area men, at the Promise Keepers conference Friday and Saturday, Aug. 14.

No tickets remain for the rally at the 23,700-seat arena, said Randy Cook, an organizer.

More than 10 Augusta-area churches have organized groups for the event, titled Choose This Day. Many attendees are first-timers. Mr. Cook said that is true of about half of the 35 going from Baker Woods Baptist Church, where he is a member.

Augusta-area Promise Keepers will sponsor a workshop on building men's ministry from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 28, at Trinity Outreach Mission, 818 Eighth St. Charlie Speight, the Georgia Promise Keepers adviser, will be the featured speaker.

The next stadium conference within a comfortable driving radius of Augusta is scheduled for Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., Oct. 8-9. Men can register through the organization's Web site (promisekeepers.org) or call (800) 888-7595.

Camporee offered

Some 35 Augusta-area youth will attend the Pathfinders camporee in Oshkosh, Wis., Monday through Saturday, Aug. 14. Pathfinders, a program sponsored by Seventh-day Adventists, will mark its 50th anniversary this week.

About 22,000 campers are expected for the event. The international organization has about 975,000 members. Its program encourages boys and girls, ages 10-15, to grow mentally, physically and spiritually through Christian-centered activities.

Besides skits, talent shows and sporting events, youths at the camporee will put finishing touches on a reconditioned airplane that is to be used for mission service. They will pack Bibles for shipment to South America and donated clothing for Third World countries.

Softball recruitment

First Baptist Church of Gracewood is recruiting churches -- or interested companies -- for its coed softball league. Practice is to start in mid-August, and league play will begin in September.

Players need to follow the church's rules -- no profanity and no alcohol on the field, said Christy Byrd, an organizer. They also need their own equipment but can practice on First Baptist's field.

The season lasts about two months, she said. "Its just good, clean fun. We're family-oriented."

For more information, call 592-5634.

Guide available

Teaching About Religion in American Life: A First Amendment Guide was written with public schoolteachers in mind.

Copies of the guide, published by the Freedom Forum, are available free. Write the First Amendment Center, 1207 18th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37212, call (615) 321-9588 or visit the Web site at www.freedomforum.org/religion/resources/resources.asp.

Anniversary celebrated

The Rev. Terry Phillips, pastor of St. John United Methodist Church, will preach at Springfield Baptist Church's 212th anniversary at 11:15 a.m. Sunday.

This is not the first pulpit exchange between the churches. The Rev. E.T. Martin, pastor of Springfield, preached at St. John in 1998 during the Methodist congregation's bicentennial year.

The churches have a sister relationship, said the Rev. Phillips. St. John sold its 1804 meeting house to Springfield in the 1840s. The Baptist congregation now uses it for a fellowship hall.

Jamie Council Garvey, music director at St. John, will lead the choir during two or three songs.

A joint dinner will follow the service. "We hope to have interaction for years to come," said the Rev. Phillips.

The Rev. Betty Anderson will bring the message at 3 p.m. Sunday at Springfield.


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