The terrorist assaults of Sept. 11 will figure in several events this weekend, including an open house at the Augusta Islamic center today and memorial observances at Augusta-area churches on Sunday.
Here is a sampling:
Visitors to the Islamic Society of Augusta Center today can sample foods from 30 countries, learn more about the Muslim faith and traditions and take home a copy of the Quran. The open house from 2 to 6 p.m. at 3416 Middleton Drive will give Augustans a chance to interact with Muslim families. "People are afraid to come or go inside" the mosque, said Imam Mohamad Alhomsi of the center. But "they can come in and see the people of the community and of the religion."
For more information, call 868-7278.
Dr. Marty Baker, pastor of Stevens Creek Community Church, 600 Stevens Creek Road in Martinez, will lead his congregation in a time of reflection at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday. "We are trying to review the lessons we have learned since 9-11," said Dr. Baker, whose church will follow with another service, A Night of Remembrance and Hope, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, the anniversary of the attacks.
For more information, call 863-7002.
Shiloh United Methodist Church, 5970 Cobbham Road in Thomson, will honor firefighters, sheriff's deputies and rescue workers during its 11 a.m. worship Sunday.
A 10-by-15-foot American flag waving over Georgia Avenue in North Augusta will greet about 150 public safety personnel and their families when they attend a brunch at First Baptist Church, 625 Georgia Ave., to open Hometown Heroes Day on Sunday.
"With the anniversary of the tragedy coming up, we realized how much these people, who give of themselves every day to protect us and our freedoms, aren't appreciated adequately," he said.
The congregation will continue its salute during the 10:15 a.m. service where law enforcement personnel will present the colors and children will sing You Are Our Heroes, said the Rev. Jon Breshears, associate pastor. "It is pretty moving."
For more information, call 279-6270.
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