Religion briefs

A lecture titled 500 Years of Islam in America will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, in the Student Activities Center on the campus of USC Aiken, 488 Scholar Loop. The lecture is part of Aiken's Interfaith Harmony Month Celebration. For more information, email aikeninterfaith@gmail.com.

Hammond Grove Word Power Ministry will hold its 9th Annual Community Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 4 p.m. The guest speaker is Rev. Lester A. L. Smalls, pastor of Bell Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Aiken, SC. Music will provided by Creative Impression, directed by Terry McLaughlin. The theme is "United We Stand.” The church is located at 214 W. Five Notch Rd., North Augusta, SC. Dr. Bobby G. Hankerson is the pastor. The public is invited to attend.

The Jubilee Club of Millbrook Baptist Church starts off the New Year on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 10:30 a.m. in the gymnasium. Jackie Kane, Marketing Director at Westminster Memory Care in Aiken, will provide an informative talk about the facilities in this new community. Plan to attend, sing along, win a door prize and enjoy this program followed by a covered dish lunch. All are welcome to attend this event. Contact President Tammi McLaughlin, 803-443-9631 for more information.

The 13th annual interfaith celebration People of World Faiths Embracing Justice in Augusta will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St., Augusta. The Rev. Dr. William Barber II will be the keynote speaker. Music will be by the Davidson Chorale. The Augusta Jr. Players will perform "Anne and Emmett." For more information, visit prcaugusta.org.

An Interfaith Tour of Aiken will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, as part of Aiken's Interfaith Harmony Month celebration. During the tour, various places of worship will be open to the public to ask questions and learn about different faiths. Tour locations include Adath Yeshurun Synagogue, 154 Greenville St. N.W.; Old St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church, 203 Park Ave. S.E.; St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church, 125 Pendleton St. S.W.; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 358 Pine Log Road; and Aiken Unitarian Universalist Church, 115 Gregg Ave. For more information, visit aikeninterfaith@gmail.com.

Women of faith are invited to participate in a prayer luncheon on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parish hall of Trinity Episcopal Church, located at 313 Simpkins Street in Edgefield. The event, entitled If You Love Me, Feed My Sheep, provides attendees with an opportunity to support local food banks and features music, messages, blessings, prayer, soup and fellowship. Participants are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items as well as make an offering donation that will be given directly to local food banks. Seating is limited so please register early. To make your reservation, please send an email to cotrdok@gmail.com by Wednesday, Jan. 22. Those who wish to donate to this outreach effort and cannot attend, may mail contributions to The Church of the Ridge Prayer Luncheon at PO Box 206 Trenton, SC 29847. One hundred percent of all food and money raised will be donated to local food banks.

A group of local Public Safety Personnel has started an AA group for active and retired law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel. The group meets at noon on Fridays at Advent Lutheran Church, 3232 Washington Road, Augusta. For more information, contact Patrick Cullinan at 706-533-3352 or pcullinan@sspba.org.