Faith Digest: Menorah lighting, choir performance and more



Chabad of Augusta will sponsor a menorah lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Augusta Common.

A seven-foot menorah will be lighted to celebrate the beginning of Chanukah. It will be followed by songs, greetings from Mayor Deke Copehaver, a children’s Chanukah performance, gifts for children and hot potato latkes.

The event will also feature a puppet/ventriloquist show.

A toy drive will be held at the event to collect toys for patients at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia. Please bring a new, unopened toy. Monetary donations will also be accepted to purchase toys.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call (706) 722-7659.


The 10th District Laymen Movement will present An Evening Jubilee in Spiritual Songs featuring the 10th District Male Choirs at 5 p.m. Dec. 7 at Greater Young Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 405 Sand Bar Ferry Road.

The theme will be the laymen speaking to each other in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.

Each choir is asked to donate two cases of canned goods to Golden Harvest Food Bank. For more information, call (706) 724-1720.


Broadway Baptist Church and Strong Tower Christian Fellowship will present There Because We Care community event Saturday, Dec. 7 from noon to 3 p.m. at McDuffie Community Center, 3431 Old McDuffie Woods Road.

The free event will feature food, giveaways, hair cuts, résumé workshops and more. Various nonprofit organizations will offer information about their services to the community. In addition, the clothes closet will be open with coats and clothes available for those who need them.

For more information, call (706) 790-8185.


Macedonia United Methodist Church will present its 13th annual Christmas at Cedar Rock event Dec. 12-14.

Guests can roast marshmallows, take a hayride through light displays, see Santa Claus and learn about the life of Jesus beginning with a live Nativity scene.

A Kid’s Only shop will be open for children age 12 and younger to purchase gifts for $1 each. A general store will offer handmade items for adults to purchase.

The event will be from 6:30-9 p.m. each night at the church, 3919 Washington Road, Thomson. For more information, call (706) 945-9740.



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My family often accuses me of being a difficult person to Christmas shop for. While it is true that my tastes run toward the particular and tend to lean heavily on easy-to-wrap standards such as books and records, I believe that as I get older, I’m less concerned with the item than the idea. Give me something I believe you have thought about and carefully considered, and I’m happy. The present clearly purchased at the drug store the day before is met with considerably less enthusiasm.

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