Moms in Touch is seeking mothers to become part of teams that pray for individual schools in Richmond and Columbia counties.
Volunteers meet to pray an hour a week for students, teachers and administrators. A team of parents with children in various colleges has also formed this year, said Debby Rosenbauer of Harlem, area coordinator.
Fewer than one-fifth of Richmond County's 53 schools had volunteers come forward, and three of those have only one person - too few to make a team. At least two are needed for a support group, Ms. Rosenbauer said.
About half of Columbia County's 24 schools have teams.
Moms in Touch, based in Poway, Calif., is interdenominational and has about 36,000 groups in 85 countries. For more information or to volunteer, call 556-9708 or visit the Internet site at www.momsintouch.org.
Aiken Grace Brethren Church and the Turkish-American Association of Augusta are seeking donations and sponsors to aid students in Turkey.
More than 18,000 people died in a 1999 earthquake. Few had insurance, said Victoria Clare of Aiken, a member of the Turkish-American Association. Students in Turkey are expected to pay for everything from room and board to transportation and school supplies. Mrs. Clare estimates that it costs about $300 to educate a student for a year. Sponsors will receive regular correspondence from the child they help. For more information, call (803) 648-8996.
The August issue of Money Matters, a national newsletter of Christian Financial Concepts, features an article from Kim Crabill of Evans.
Ms. Crabill is founder and president of Roses and Rainbows, a national women's ministry based in Augusta. She wrote "How are you greeting life's intruders?" for the Around the Home column in the August issue of the newsletter, which is available by calling (800) 722-1976 or visiting the Web site www.crosswalk.com.
Sunday will be Silver Bluff Appreciation Day, held to honor the Beech Island church called the mother church of black Baptists.
Dr. Amos Jones Jr., president of the National Association of Christian Educators in Nashville, Tenn., will be the featured speaker at the church, 360 Old Jackson Highway, Beech Island, at 11 a.m.
Dr. Victor G. Williams of Houston, vice president for programming and technology development for the association, will speak at 4 p.m.
Pat Mahoney will perform a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the Comfort Inn, 629 Frontage Road. Proceeds will benefit Rachel Hurting and Abused Women's Ministry. For more information, call 793-1220.
Greater Mount Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, 2573 Wheeler Road, is joining the centenarian club. The congregation will celebrate its 100th anniversary with two events - a concert at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, followed by a service with the Rev. Nathaniel Irvin as guest speaker at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27.
Retrouvaille, a retreat weekend for troubled marriages, will be held Sept. 15-17 in Augusta.
The retreat is sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah but is open to people of any faith or no faith. No couple will be refused for financial reasons.
For more information, call (800) 470-2230.
- From Staff Reports