Out-of-town license plates will dominate the parking lot at Curtis Baptist Church when 386 youth workers and about 50 leaders from World Changers arrive today.
Volunteers from seven states including Georgia will be painting, roofing, building ramps and hanging windows and doors at 25 sites in the Harrisburg community between Monday and Friday.
Materials and other support worth between $40,000 and $50,000 were donated, said John Kemp, senior rehabilitation inspector for Augusta.
The group's stay in the city won't be all work. On Wednesday, project crews will put their tools down early to go out for dinner and have some fun.
Each student, from rising eighth-grader to rising college freshman, paid $235 for the inner-city mission trip, said the Rev. David Thompson, assistant pastor of student ministries at Curtis. "They paid to work."
Pastor to be honored
The Rev. Robert Gillespie, the most senior United Methodist pastor in the North Georgia Conference, will be honored with a covered-dish luncheon at St. Mark United Methodist Church, 2367 Washington Road, after the 11 a.m. service Sunday.
The minister will retire this month from full-time ministry after serving seven years as St. Mark's pastor. In August, he will join the staff at Wesley United Methodist Church in Evans on a part-time basis.
A-Beka, Bob Jones, Powerglide Foreign Language and other publishers and vendors that serve home-schooling families will display their products at a curriculum expo at St. Mark United Methodist Church, 2367 Washington Road, from 1 to 9 p.m. Friday.Admission to the event is $8.
A workshop on how to begin home schooling will be presented at 1 and 6 p.m., but the fair is open to anyone interested in supplemental materials for public or private school pupils, said Tina Slendak, an organizer.
The event is sponsored by Homeschool for Y.O.U. Association Inc., a network of about 100 families in the Augusta area. For more information, call 651-1518.
Perry Stone Jr. and Bill Cloud will lead a prophecy conference at Whole Life Ministries, 2621 Washington Road, at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Monday.
For more information, call 737-4530.
Point of Grace concert
Point of Grace, a quartet of women vocalists with 21 consecutive No. 1 Christian-music hits, will perform in the gymnasium at North Augusta High School, 2000 Knobcone Ave., at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 28.
Tickets can be purchased at area book and record stores for $12.50 to $18, with group discounts available. The concert, part of the Stop the School Violence campaign, is sponsored by FMM Productions.
For more information, call 432-0088.