Faith digest

Run for Shelter


Two area homeless ministries split $20,000 thanks to last month’s inaugural Run for Shelter 5K.

Rusty Marsh, of Augusta Rescue Mission, and Roger Gardner, of New Hope Bridge Ministry, at right, were on hand with supporters for a ceremony outside Augusta Rescue Mission on Walker Street.

The April 28 race drew an estimated 250 runners and netted $10,000 for each ministry.

Since 1965, Augusta Rescue Mission has served homeless men in Augusta with an overnight shelter that offers meals, clothing and chapel services. The ministry runs a long-term resident worker program to help men find jobs.

The Bridge Ministry of New Hope Worship Center in Grovetown holds weekly services under the John C. Calhoun Expressway bridge at 15th Street. Every Saturday, homeless men and women are offered hot meals, clothing, food and hygiene kits. Learn more at or

Be A Fan drive

The annual Be A Fan drive of Area Churches Together Serving, an Aiken nonprofit, kicked off Friday and continues today in Aiken.

The drive collects fans to be given to low-income residents of Aiken County this summer. To participate, buy a new box fan at Lowe’s, 2470 Whiskey Road, and give it to ACTS volunteers who will be stationed at the store from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. Fans cost $16 each. Receipts for tax purposes will be available.

For more information, see

Revien in concert

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 3551 Wheeler Road, will play host to Athens-based group Revien in a concert called Sweet Music IV at 3 p.m. May 20.

The trio features Phil Snyder on cello, Kyle Dawkins on guitars and electronics, and Brian Smith on guitars and electronics. Tickets cost $10.

Call (706) 736-4575 for more information or see Dessert will be served.

Women’s ministry

The Augusta area Magnificat Ministry for women will have a meal and meeting at 9:30 a.m. May 19 at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church Parish Hall, 1420 Monte Sano Ave. Amy Parris, parishioner at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, will speak.

The cost is $10. For more information, call (706)

– Kelly Jasper, staff writer


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