Originally created 07/30/05

Faith digest



Covered-dish picnic

A covered-dish picnic at Riverview Park in North Augusta will open with worship at 11 a.m. Sunday. Bring picnic foods. The event is sponsored by Heights Baptist Church of Beech Island. Call 827-0189.

Ice cream social

First Baptist Church of Evans will kick off its 75th anniversary with an ice cream social at 6 p.m. Sunday in the fellowship hall, 515 N. Belair Road in Evans. The Blackwood Brothers will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11.

Dr. Al Miller, a former pastor, will deliver the message at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 14. Dinner will follow.

Call 863-1228.

Car auction

A 1989 BMW 325is, a 1996 Plymouth Voyager, and a 1997 Oldsmobile Delta 88 LS will be auctioned off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Salvation Army shelter, 1384 Greene St. Register and check out the vehicles from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. Registration is $5. Proceeds will benefit the substance abuse rehabilitation program.

Call 826-7933 or see www.salvationarmycars.com.

Dessert, coffee

Jennie Montgomery, a newscaster from television station WJBF (Channel 6), will be guest speaker for a women's dessert and coffee at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church, 5555 Hereford Farm Road in Evans. A nursery will be available. Reservations are required by Sunday, Aug. 7.

Call 860-2538.

Prayer walks

Volunteers will meet at Richmond County and Columbia County schools for prayer walks at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. The annual event is sponsored by the Augusta Association of Baptist Churches. Call 798-3511.

Utah's Mormon population shrinks

SALT LAKE CITY - Mormons make up a substantial majority of Utah residents, but their share of the state's population has been declining and will continue to do so in the years ahead, according to projections in a published report.

Within three years, the state will have its lowest share of Mormons since The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began tallying its membership decades ago, according to estimates by The Salt Lake Tribune. If the trend persists, Mormons will no longer be a Utah majority by 2030, the paper said in a story Sunday.

According to the newly released data, the long-held belief that Utah's population is 70 percent Mormon is not true, nor has been for a decade. The true percentage, according to 2004 numbers, is 62 percent, the paper reported.

While continuing to grow in numbers, the percentage of Mormon residents declined every year from 1989 to 2004.

- Staff and Wire Reports

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