Originally created 10/14/00

Faith digest



Bussey to be honored

The Rev. Johnnie Bussey, "the little singing boy" from Clarks Hill, S.C., who grew up to use gospel radio to minister to the weary, lonely and hurting in Augusta, will be honored for 29 years of caring at New Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 3237´ Deans Bridge Road, at 6 tonight.

In August, the 56-year-old Rev. Bussey ended his on-air ministry at WTHB-AM, where he started radio in 1971, paying $1 a minute for the half-hour Sundown Gospel show. He worked at several stations during his career.

Singers, inspirational choirs and recording artists will join the salute.

Bazaar for building

Berlin United Methodist Church will raise money for its new sanctuary with a bazaar at 10 a.m. today at the Hephzibah church. The event will feature a barbecue, an auction, hayrides, a garden shop and crafts.

The church is at 1518 Hephzibah-McBean Road.

Voices in harmony

The Love and Unity Community Chorale will rehearse at Whole Life Ministries, 2621 Washington Road, starting at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Singers will gather five more Tuesdays leading up to the Dr. M.L. King Memorial Observance planned for noon Jan. 15 at a location to be announced. The event will benefit the Children's Medical Center.

The nondenominational choir is open to singers 12 and older. Under the direction of Waymon Huntley, it will perform for other civic events and a citywide concert.

Organizers want members from various faith traditions, both blacks and whites, to represent all the citizens in the Augusta area, said the Rev. Larry Fryer, executive director of New Hope Community Center.

For more information, call 737-4530.

Evangelist to speak

Dr. Tom Hayes, an evangelist, will speak at West Augusta Baptist Church, 214 Davis Road in Martinez, at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 21, and at 9:45 and 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 22. For more information, call 863-5131.

Book signing set

Dr. Anthony Fischetto of Reading, Pa., will sign copies of his study guide Transformed - Intimacy with God at Heavenly Resources Christian Bookstore, 1109 Knox Ave., North Augusta, at 4 p.m. Friday.

The book, published by Alpha-Omega, sells for $15.95. For more information, call (803) 442-9222.

Spreading warmth

Project Linus, a volunteer organization that makes and gives blankets to traumatized or seriously ill children, will hold a sew-in at Warren Baptist Church, 3203 Washington Road, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21.

Blanketeers - the volunteers who crochet, knit and sew blankets - are invited to pack up their sewing supplies and blanket projects and join in.

The Augusta chapter has given some 300 blankets to children in hospitals, shelters and individual homes, part of the 250,000 given throughout the world since the organization was created five years ago by Karen Loucks of Colorado.

For more information, call 736-4330.

For burn survivors

The Melody Masters will share the spotlight with the Dixie Melody Boys and Johnny Palmer at the seventh-annual Gospel Singing at Martinez Baptist Church, 3632 Lynnwood Drive, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21.

The event benefits burn survivors.

The "young" quartet of Roger Burnett, Cyle Cornish, Chris Roberts and Scott Whitener of Bessemer City, N.C., is about 5 years old, although the Melody Masters' tradition goes back more than 50 years.

Tickets are $10. Children age 12 and younger are free. For more information, call 736-1595.

Author to speak

Dr. Donna Habenicht, author of How To Help Your Child Really Love Jesus and Ten Christian Val-ues Every Kid Should Know, will speak on teaching Christian val-ues at Augusta First Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4301 Wheeler Road, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.

Dr. Habenicht, a professor of education and counseling psychol-ogy, teaches at Andrews Universi-ty in Berrien Springs, Mich.

Child care will be available. For more information, call 651-0412.