Faith calendar




THE LONGEST NIGHT: A SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE AND HOPE: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7, St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church; (706) 738-6676

THE BREAKING OF THE ALABASTER BOX: 7-9 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9, 1-4 p.m. Dec. 10, TNT Ministries, 205 West Ave., North Augusta; free registration; (803) 507-0334, (706) 284-9380

11TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS AT CEDAR ROCK: 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 8-10, Macedonia United Methodist; sights and sounds of Christmas with a complementary hayride; nativity scene; roast marshmallows; petting zoo; hot dog with dessert $5 adults, $2.50 kids; talk with Santa; crafts, baked goods; handicapped accessible

HAYRIDE THROUGH THE LIFE OF CHRIST: Sponsored by Sharon Baptist; 7-9 p.m. Dec. 8-11, Columbia County Fairgrounds; free; (706) 541-0667, (706) 541-1532, (706) 339-4306

WALK THROUGH BETHLEHEM: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 9-11, between Harlem United Methodist and Harlem Baptist; free; refreshments follow

THE SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE: 7 p.m. Dec. 9-11 and 3 p.m. Dec. 11, Abilene Baptist; free, tickets available from the church office

BUS SHOPPING TRIP TO TANGER OUTLET, CHARLESTON, S.C.: Dec. 10, sponsored by Women’s Ministry of Runs Missionary Baptist; $20 per person, open to all ages; (803) 642-2212

THE PINCKNEY SISTERS SECOND GOSPEL ANNIVERSARY: Gospel recording artists of North Augusta; 5 p.m. Dec. 10, Old Macedonia Family Life Center, 200 Macedonia Road, North Augusta; doors open at 4 p.m.; The Anointed Hinds Sisters, Chevella & The Spiritual Voices and more; free, open to the public; Willie Mims (803) 439-4122, Betty Pinckney (803) 663-9474; www.thepinckney

FA SHO ENTERTAINMENT’S ANNUAL GOSPEL BENEFIT CONCERT: 5 p.m. Dec. 10, World Outreach Evangelistic Church; proceeds benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; artists include Lowell Pye, Rodney Raines, Claude Deuce, Marcus Dawson and Shaudy P.; free

JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON: Live nativity scene with animals 6-8 p.m. Dec. 17, Belle Terrace Presbyterian; held by church youth group; praise dancers, live music, refreshments; free; (706) 793-6908

PRAISE YOUR BEST: Open to all singers, dancers and musicians; Dec. 17, Rock of Ages Missionary Baptist Church, currently meeting at Jamestown Community Center, 3647 Karleen Road, Hephzibah; first round 10 a.m., final praises 2 p.m.; registration required by Dec. 3; $10 individual, $25 per group of two members or more; $3 to attend; (706) 793-2728


COVENANT CONCERT SERIES: 6:30 p.m., Fridays, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3131 Walton Way; The Magellan String Quartet on Feb. 3; Clara Park on March 23; Augusta Men’s Chorus on May 4; (706) 733-0513,

A NIGHT WITH THE ISAACS: 7-10 p.m. Feb. 10, New Beginning Ministries; $15 general admission, $25 preferred seating; (803) 827-9172,


NEW LIFE WORSHIP CENTER: Men’s Conference 2011, 9 a.m. Dec. 3, Darrell Butler speaker, men only

MIDLAND GOSPEL SINGING CENTER: Gospel singing featuring Gabriel’s Call and Son Rise 7 p.m. Dec. 3; refreshments served

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

JORDAN GROVE BAPTIST: Annual candlelight communion service 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4

MOUNT CANAAN BAPTIST: Birthday rally singing service 6 p.m. Dec. 4; God’s Own, of Aiken, performing

SECOND HOPEFUL MISSIONARY BAPTIST: Musical Christmas program 2 p.m. Dec. 11

BUTLER CREEK AME: Ushers’ anniversary 2:30 p.m. Dec. 11, the Rev. David Walker

NEELY GROVE CME: Church anniversary 2:30 p.m. Dec. 11, the Rev. Larry Edmond

MOUNT CARMEL BAPTIST: Christmas musical 3 p.m. Dec. 11

ROSS GROVE MISSIONARY BAPTIST: Christmas cantata 5 p.m. Dec. 11

OLD STORM BRANCH BAPTIST: Candlelight communion 6 p.m. Dec. 11, the Rev. Herman Bing; Christmas morning service 9 a.m. Dec. 25, Dr. Nathaniel Irvin Sr.

PINE GROVE BAPTIST: Candlelight communion 6 p.m. Dec. 11, the Rev. Limuer Myers

SOUTH AIKEN CHURCH OF GOD: Concert/revival service featuring South Aiken Church of God Sanctuary Choir and The Shepherds, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 11, 7 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13

GALILEE MISSIONARY BAPTIST: Toy and Clothing Giveaway 10 a.m. Dec. 17; Watch Night Service 10:30 p.m. Dec. 31

STONE SPRINGFIELD AME: Choir anniversary 4 p.m. Dec. 18, the Rev. Phillip Dunston

WORK NETWORKING GROUP: Networking and informational group; 8:30-10 a.m. Mondays, Room 206, Asbury Building, Grace United Methodist, 639 Georgia Ave., North Augusta; no registration required; (803) 279-7525


GOOD HOPE MISSIONARY BAPTIST: Pastor’s banquet 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9, fellowship hall; pastoral anniversary 2 p.m. Dec. 11, the Rev. Victor Thomas

BETHLEHEM MISSIONARY BAPTIST: Pastor’s anniversary 2 p.m. Dec. 11, Dr. James A. Hogan Sr.

EVERFAITHFUL MISSIONARY BAPTIST: Pastor appreciation celebration Jan. 26-29; revival 7 p.m. Jan. 26; concert 7 p.m. Jan. 27; banquet 5 p.m. Jan. 28, $50 adults, $25 ages 11 and younger; anniversary service 11 a.m. Jan. 29; Ruby Holland Hutchins Jan. 28 and 29; (706) 722-0553


THE ONE COMMAND: 10 a.m. to noon, second and fourth Saturdays; Christ Church Unity, 2301 Central Ave.; (706) 738-2458

FREE TUTORING: 6-7 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Beulah Grove Baptist, 1434 Poplar St.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY: 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays; First Assembly of God, 1613 Fenwick St.; supper 6 p.m.; (706) 738-5532



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