Originally created 04/08/06

Faith Digest



FEMALE MINISTER

First Baptist Church of Augusta will ordain its first femal minister, Irene Bennett, at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at the church, 3500 Walton Way.

Mrs. Bennett has worked in ministry for more than 30 years. The congregation approved the ordination in March.

FEED THE HUNGRY

Free producer for needy families will be distributed at 8:30 a.m. today at Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church, 703 Furys Ferry Road in Evans.

TEEN PAGEANT

Made in the Image of God, a teen pageant, will be held at 6 p.m. today at Retreat Rehoboth, 1044 Farfour Lane in Burnettown. Proceeds will benefit the church building fund.

GUEST VOCALIST

Composer Archie Jordan, known for What a Difference You Made in My Life, will sing at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Bible Fellowship Church, which meets at The Belair Conference Center, 4083 S. Belair Road. Mr. Jordan is an Augusta native who has written hits for country singers including Ronnie Milsap, Anne Murray, Sylvia, B.J. Thomas and Barbara Mandrell.

HEALTH INSURANCE

A health forum with cardiologist Mac A. Bowman and research coordinator Laryssa McCloud will focus on prostate and colon cancer and cardiovascular disease at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church, 1930 Olive Road.

EASTER EVENTS

A Seder feast will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday at Grace United Methodist Church's Wesley Center Fellowship Hall, 639 Georgia Ave. in North Augusta. The cost is $5 for adults and $2.50 for 10 and younger. Reservations are due Monday.

The Maundy Thursday service with Holy Communion will follow in the sanctuary at 7:30 p.m.

SEASONAL MUSIC

Augusta Choral Society will perform Handel's Messiah, Parts II and III, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St. Tickets cost $21 for adults, $17 for students and senior citizens, and $5 for 11 and younger.

NEW PASTOR

The Rev. Rusty Newman, the pastor of Union Baptist Church in Winder, Ga., will take the pulpit as senior pastor at the 2,500-member Curtis Baptist Church. He will preach at the 8 and 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. services Sunday, April 16. Dr. Newman, the chairman of the board of directors for The Christian Index and a former vice president of the Georgia Baptist Convention, has coached high school football and worked as an announcer on Christian radio. The 990-member congregation in Winder is regarded as one of the 100 fastest-growing churches in the state convention.