Faith digest



Souper weekend

Youthsfrom the Augusta area will collect for the Souper Bowl of Caring this weekend, then designate the proceeds for the agency of their choice.

See the ministry's Web site,

Vietnamese Mass

The Rev. Martino Nguyen Ba-Thong will celebrate a Mass for the Vietnamese new year at 10 a.m. Sunday in the gymnasium at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic School, 1220 Monte Sano Ave. A reception will follow.

Nightingale songs

The Sensational Nightingales of Durham, N.C. , the Rev. Billy Smith and the Radio Angels of Johnston, S.C., and others will perform at 5 p.m. at Mount Zion AMEZ Church, 1237 Summer St..

Welcome home

Homecoming will open at Paine College with a convocation at 10:15 a.m. Friday in Gilbert-Lambuth Chapel, 1235 Druid Park Ave. Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, and Freddie Jackson will be the headliners at the masked ball to benefit the United Negro College Fund at 7 p.m. Friday at Augusta Marriott Hotel & Suites, 2 10th St.

A silent auction, dinner and dancing are included. Reservations cost $100. Call (706) 821-8316.

Faith's soldier

Glenn Thomas, a businessman and the author of God Saw Them Through: Semper Fi - America's Battalion in Iraq, will be the guest speaker for the National Prayer Breakfast at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Gordon Club, Fort Gordon.

Tickets are $6, $3 for E-5 and below. Call (706) 791-6469.

Simple Testament

Augusta School of Biblical Studies will offer a class, the New Testament Made Simple, from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Thursdays. The school meets in Westside Baptist Church, 261 Flowing Wells Road, Martinez. It costs $35.

Call (706) 284-3569 or visit

Have a ball

The Sweetheart's Ball will be at 8 p.m. Friday at North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Drive, North Augusta. The event is sponsored by RHEMA Connections Inc. of Macedonia Baptist Church on Wrightsboro Road. Attire is semiformal and formal.

For tickets, call (706) 364-6135.

Going to gold

Gold City, nominated for 11 SouthernGospelNews Music Awards, including 2007 Song of the Year (Truth Is Marching On), will be in concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Trinity Baptist Church, 4594 Columbia Road, Martinez.

Call (706) 863-1222 or visit or


Contact Tharon A. Giddens, features editor, at (706) 823-3347 or



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