Faith calendar



WOMEN OF GOD IN UNITED PRAYER: 9 a.m. today, Evangelize Jesus Ministries, 1902 Lumpkin Road; breakfast provided; (706) 798-9395.

DR. RACHEL ZOHAR DULIN: 7 tonight, Augusta Jewish Community Center, Evans; author of Alive, Unabashed and Passionate: Extraordinary Women of the Bible; free for center members, $5 for others; (706) 228-3636,

SINGER-EVANGELIST RICKEY PERKINS: 7 tonight and 11 a.m. Sunday, Bible Deliverance Temple.

WORLD AIDS DAY OBSERVATION: Choirs from Grace United Methodist Church, St. John's United Methodist Church, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd and Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer; 3 p.m. Sunday, Sacred Heart Cultural Center.

BOOK FAIR, HANUKKAH BAZAAR: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way, Evans; R.S.V.P. for lunch; with author Cathy Fishman; members $5, guests $5; (706) 228-3636.

FAMILY AND FRIENDS FELLOWSHIP: 3 p.m. Sunday, Greater Love Baptist Church, 1010 Summer St.; with Pastor Kenny Elder and Lithonia Baptist Church of Warrenton, Ga.; musical guest, Pop and Mom Elder and the Elder Family Singers, Elder Kenny Turk and the Turk Family Singers, and Pastor Benjamin Ryans and the Ryans Family Singers; Pastor R.C. Herrington (706) 306-2755.

LATKE (POTATO PANCAKE) DINNER: 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way, Evans; members: $10 adults, $6 ages 4-12, ages 3 and younger free; guests: $12 adults, $8 ages 4-12, with $45 family maximum; reservations required; (706) 228-3636.


A MIRACLE IN BETHLEHEM : 5-9 p.m. today, Miracle Baptist Church, 1308 Hephzibah-McBean Road, Hephzibah; interactive drama of the birth of Jesus; hot chocolate and snacks.

HOLIDAY BAZAAR: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Marvin United Methodist, Martinez; with photographs of Santa, face-painting, bake sale and crafts; vendor space $30.

third Annual Celebration of Christmas musical concert: 4 p.m. Sunday, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 902 Hitchcock Drive, Aiken; free; (803) 649-6417.

DAWN SMITH JORDAN CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 11 a.m. Sunday, Marks Baptist Church, 1405 Marks Church Road; (706) 733-6602.

HANGING OF THE GREEN: 6 p.m. Sunday, First Baptist, North Augusta; with music by Sonlight and Praise Bells.

AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY CHOIRS CONCERT: Seasonal selections and excerpts from major choral works; 7 p.m. Tuesday, St. Mark United Methodist Church; free.

PLAY, A HAYRIDE THROUGH THE LIFE OF CHRIST: 7-9:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 9, Columbia County Fairgrounds, Grovetown; presented by Sharon Baptist.

THE PERFECT GIFT: 7-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 8, Whole Life Ministries; five-scene sidewalk presentation of the life of Christ using actors; free refreshments.

SELECTIONS FROM MESSIAH: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sacred Heart Cultural Center; with Augusta Choral Society; $22 adults, $18 seniors and students, $5 ages 12 and younger; (706) 826-4713, www.augustachoral

ADVENT DAY OF REFLECTION, WHEN THE HEART PREPARES FOR JESUS: 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, Church of Our Savior, 4227 Columbia Road, Martinez; sponsored by St. Catherine chapter Daughters of the King; the Rev. Kit Brinson, facilitator; (706) 863-1718.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, Frost Branch Baptist, Elko, S.C.

MUSICAL CELEBRATION: 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, Bethlehem Missionary Baptist, North Augusta.

CANTATA, THE GIFT GOES ON: 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, Cokesbury United Methodist; afterward, cookie exchange and photographs with Santa; candlelight Christmas service, 11 p.m. Dec. 24.

PEACE ON EARTH CHRISTMAS MUSICAL: 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9, First Baptist Church, Warrenton, Ga.

AUGUSTA'S CHRISTMAS GIFT: Free concert of unity and celebration of Christmas; 5 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, Bell Auditorium; free tickets available at Warren Baptist Church, radio station WAFJ-FM (88.3), LifeWay Christian Bookstore, Washington Road Chic-fil-A; sponsored by Macedonia Baptist and Warren Baptist Churches; (706) 860-1586.

A VERY MERRY LITURGICAL CHRISTMAS PRODUCTION : 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, Belair Conference Center; $10 in advance, $15 at door; (706) 869-8187.

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, First United Methodist Church, Warrenton, Ga.; presented by The Community Chorus.

GOD'S PROMISE: A Christmas concert featuring music, drama and dance; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, Hull Fine Arts Center, Augusta Preparatory School; presented by Columbia County Choral Society; $15 general admission, $10 students and seniors, available at door; Susan Osborn (706) 650-2311, ccchoralsociety@

A TIME FOR SPECIAL REMEMBRANCE: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, Christ's Sanctified Holy Church, 136 N. Belair Road, Evans; for parents who have lost a child of any age; with music, prayer and placement of ornament on a Christmas tree; parents may bring an ornament that honors their child, or one will be provided.

COOKIN' UP CHRISTMAS: 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, United Methodist Church, Warrenton, Ga.

CHILDREN'S PROGRAM: 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, United Methodist Church, Warrenton, Ga.

ANNUAL GERMAN CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, Lutheran Church of the Ascension, 2860 Wells Drive; program in German, featuring the German Friendship Singers; reception follows in Fellowship Hall.

CHRISTMAS MUSICAL: 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, Servants of God.

CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, Jordan Grove Baptist.

GEORGE FREDERICK HANDEL MESSIAH FOR YOUNG VOICES BY CANDLELIGHT A SACRED ORATORIO: 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, First Baptist of North Augusta; presented by the Children's Choirs.

O COME, O COME EMMANUEL: Nine traditional advent lessons with nontraditional gospel and jazz; 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, St. Alban's Episcopal.

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE: 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24, Bible Cathedral, Evans.


QUARTET MUSICAL: 5 p.m. today, Spring Grove Missionary Baptist, North Augusta.

ALIVE, UNABASHED AND PASSIONATE: 7 p.m. today, Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way, Evans; multimedia, one-woman show with Dr. Rachel Dulin; members free, guests $5; (706) 228-3636.

CANDLELIGHT COMMUNION: 6 p.m. Sunday, Jordan Grove Baptist.

MUSICAL OF THE YEAR: 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, Morning Star Baptist; with the Roberts Sisters and male choruses.

BYRD FAMILY: 6:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays; 7:30 a.m. Sundays, television station WFXG (Channel 54); 7:30 a.m. Sundays, Knology Channel 6.

FREEDOM PRAISE: 8 a.m. Mondays; Comcast Channel 103, Knology Channel 96, Charter Channel 96, Atlantic Broadband Channel 96, noncable Channel 16.

pastor appreciation

FOR THE REV. J.L. STOKES: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Second Shiloh Baptist Church, 1243 Summer St.; with Rev. Donald Williams and Johnson Grove Baptist Church; (706) 796-7188.


FIRST MOUNT MORIAH BAPTIST: Male chorus anniversary, 4 p.m. Sunday.

MEALING GROVE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH, NORTH AUGUSTA: Male choir 11th anniversary, 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.

BETHLEHEM MISSIONARY BAPTIST, NORTH AUGUSTA: Pastor anniversary, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.

NEELY GROVE CHRISTIAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, WAYNESBORO, GA.: 113th church anniversary; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.


BIBLICAL COUNSELING: 6:30-9:15 a.m. Mondays, Westside Baptist Church, Martinez; by the Augusta School of Biblical Studies; (706) 284-3569,



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