Religion briefs

The fourth annual Pineapple Festival will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Memorial Baptist Church, 3100 Vaucluse Road. The festival will feature a bake sale, raffle, cake walks, a silent auction for themed baskets, door prizes, children's crafts, face painting, a flea market and more. All proceeds benefit local charities, MBC benevolence and MBC building and grounds fund.

Hammond Grove Word Power Ministry will be having a three-day 150th anniversary celebration starting with a theatrical play, "Who Killed the Church," on Friday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Aug. 24, there will be a church picnic at North Augusta's Summerfield Park. The morning worship service featuring the 150th reunion choir will be Sunday, Aug. 25 at 9:45 a.m., with the church anniversary at 2 p.m. with Pastor William Blount of Greater Young Zion Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia. Hammond Grove Word Power Ministry is located at 214 West Five Notch Road in North Augusta. 

The Women’s Ministry of the Runs Missionary Baptist Church is holding their Annual Women’s Conference Aug. 24 and 25. Theme for the year is “Women Lifting Each Other Up,” 1 Thessalonians 5:11. On Saturday, Aug. 24 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., there will be guest speakers Min. CoShendra Jackson and Rev. Ava M. Edwards, with various vendors on site also. On Sunday, Aug. 25 at 8 a.m., there will be a special appearance by recording artist The Anointed Angels and the preached word by Rev. Michelle P. Bush, associate minister of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Rev. Stevie Berry is the pastor.

Grace United Methodist Church in North Augusta will be holding an Adult Vacation Bible School program titled "Bounce into Autumn" Sept. 9 and 10. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Wesley Center, there will be light refreshments, a photo booth and gathering time. Program time, featuring a guest speaker for each day, will begin at 10 a.m. and will end by 12 p.m. with lunch to follow. There will be a $20 registration fee, and deadline to register is Wednesday, Sept. 4. Contact Beverly Blevins at 803-279-7525 or to register or for more information. The church's address is 639 Georgia Avenue, North Augusta, SC 29841.