Faith notes

Southern Baptists to study restructuring


Southern Baptists approved a study of the denomination's structure this week as part of a push to address declines in church membership and funding.

The measure passed at the group's annual meeting in Louisville, Ky. Nearly 9,000 Southern Baptists attended.

A task force was named to study what was referred to at one point as the "bloated bureaucracy" of the denomination.

Among the 19 members are former Warren Baptist Church Pastor Frank Page and Southern Baptist Convention President Johnny Hunt, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga.

The panel's findings will be presented at the denomination's 2010 annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.

Concert will focus on classical works

Soloist Washington Isaac Holmes, accompanied by fellow Augusta native Louis Playford, will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 3551 Wheeler Road.

Mr. Holmes is the artistic director of the Columbia County Choral Society and an assistant professor of music at Paine College.

Mr. Playford is the organist at St. Andrew and teaches in the conservatory program at Augusta State University. The duo will showcase a variety of musical styles from composers such as Handel, Bonds, Fax, Mozart and Strauss. Dessert will be served, and seating is limited. Tickets cost $12. Call (706) 736-4575 for more information.

Prayer breakfast will be held in Martinez

The monthly Mayor's Prayer Breakfast is scheduled for 8 a.m. Tuesday at Bible Fellowship Church, 3701 Old Petersburg Road in Martinez. The Rev. Gregory Young, Matt Aitken and Mayor Deke Copenhaver will lead alongside the Revs. Mary and Randy Byrd.

Organizers say this will be the first time the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast has been held outside Richmond County. RSVP by calling (706) 821-1833.



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