Originally created 04/29/00

Faith digest



Vigil for Christ

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 953 Telfair St., will hold a vigil in observance of Christ's resurrection starting at 11 tonight.

Matins, a resurrection service and divine liturgy, will follow at 11:45. During the resurrection service, the congregation goes outside with lighted candles to hear the priest read from the Gospel according to Matthew.

Holy Trinity will have agape vespers at noon on Sunday. The church will read from the Gospel of John in various languages, including Arabic, English, French and Greek.

While the Western Christian church observed Easter April 23, according to the Gregorian calendar, the Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate Pascha, the Orthodox Easter, on Sunday, according to the Julian calendar.

Dedication planned

The 400-member Stevens Creek Community Church, 600 Stevens Creek Road, will start a four-day celebration/dedication of its new $2.5 million campus at 10 a.m. Sunday.Jim Mellado, president of Willow Creek Association in South Barrington, Ill., will speak on An Evening Discovering the Vision of the Church of the 21st-Century at 7 p.m. Sunday.The Rev. Jim Bolin, pastor of Trinity Chapel in Atlanta, will speak on Celebrating the Heritage at 7 p.m. Monday. The church will present an evening of music, drama and multimedia at 7 p.m. Tuesday under the leadership of Todd Sturgell, program and music director at Stevens Creek.

Dr. David Cooper, pastor of Mount Paran Church of God in Atlanta, will lead the dedication service at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Stevens Creek is a member of the Church of God in Cleveland, Tenn., and affiliated with Willow Creek. It focuses its ministry on reaching the unchurched and uses contemporary music, drama and furnishings to broaden its appeal.

Family crusade

Evangelist Jerry Johnston of Leawood, Kan., will preach a family crusade at Abilene Baptist Church, 3917 Washington Road in Martinez, starting with the church's 11 a.m. service Sunday.

The crusade will continue at 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

The family today needs strengthening and encouragement, said Mr. Johnston, who has led crusades for 20 years in more than 1,300 churches in some 900 cities in North America.

Parents need enriched marriages; children and parents need better connection skills; and families need spiritual renewal, he said. "Nothing can enrich a home more than spiritual renewal."

Mr. Johnston is known nationally and internationally for his work with young people and families, said the Rev. William Harrell, pastor of Abilene.

For more information, call 869-1774.

Sculpture dedication

A sculpture of six interlocking hands, representing the 6 million Jews killed during the Holocaust, will be dedicated at the Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way in Evans, at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Rabbis Jordan Parr from Congregation Children of Israel and Alex Greenbaum from Adas Yeshurun synagogue will lead the service.

Day of Prayer

The color guard from Fort Gordon will join the observance of the National Day of Prayer at the Municipal Building, 530 Greene St., at 12:05 p.m. Thursday.

Augusta Mayor Bob Young will read the proclamation. Dr. Frank Page, pastor of Warren Baptist Church; the Rev. George Lauderdale of the Augusta School of Biblical Studies; and the Rev. Anthony Holland, retention coordinator at Paine College and pastor at Strong Tower Christian Fellowship, will lead prayer.

This is the 49th annual observance of the National Day of Prayer, which dates to the First Continental Congress.