Local church briefs

Kay Arthur speaking for Christmas luncheon

Author and speaker Kay Arthur of Chattanooga will be in Columbus for the annual Precept Christmas Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 3 at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center, 801 Front Ave. The registration deadline is Thursday. Cost is $25. Mail your check, to secure your reservation to: Columbus Precept 7138 Stillwater Drive Columbus, GA 31904 or call 706-596-8557.

Fall festival

Hamilton Baptist Church, 220 Lower Blue Springs Road, is having its Fall Festival 4-6 p.m. Sunday. There will be two inflatable play structures for children, food, door prizes, candy and music. Costumes are welcome but optional. See or call 706-628-4631.

Yard sale, bazaar

A yard sale and Christmas bazaar hosted by the Women’s Missionary Union is 8 a.m.-1 p.m. today at Glenn Anthony Baptist Church, 1109 39th St. Breakfast foods also sold. Proceeds will sponsor Thanksgiving dinners for the underprivileged. Call 706-322-2800.

Acts 1:8 rally

The “Acts 1:8 Rally” sponsored by the Columbus Baptist Association is Friday and Nov. 21 at Wynnbrook Baptist Church, 500 River Knoll Way. The event begins at 6 p.m. Friday with registration, refreshments and exhibits. The program follows until 9 p.m. The schedule on Nov. 21 begins with 8:30 a.m. registration, with programs ending at 11:30 a.m. Call 706-322-7757.

Gorilla Guitars to collect goods for food bank

Gorilla Guitars, 1038 Broadway, will be a collection point for non-perishable food items for Feeding the Valley Food Bank. A collection is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 21, in cooperation with D’Addario Strings. With the donation of at least one food item, visitors will get new strings installed on acoustic, electric or classical guitars. Call 706-507-0462.

Camp Joy Sing today

The Valley Rescue Mission has its Camp Joy Gospel Sing today. Food will be served at 5 p.m. with the singing beginning at 5:20. Singing today: The James Brown Trio, Wayne Faircloth, Southern Vision and Friends. The location is Camp Joy Road off Georgia 116. Free. Call 706-322-8267.

Faith Conference 2009

The Bridge Church, 4311 2nd Ave., will host the 2009 Columbus Faith Conference 7 p.m. Dec. 2-4. Pastor Vince Allen of The Bridge Church will speak Dec. 2. Bill Winston of Living Word Christian Center in Illinois will be the guest speaker Dec. 3-4 and also during a Leadership Seminar at 9 a.m. Dec. 4. For more information or to register see or call 706-565-9969. All events are free.

Overcomers conference

The Seventh Annual Elijah Overcomers Conference is 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 21 at Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 201 S. Seale Road. The Friday speaker is Minister Bobby Whittlesey. The speaker Nov. 21 is a 17-year-old minister, Brandon Smith, from Montgomery, Ala. Call 706-527-0790.

Remembrance service

A Holiday Service of Remembrance, dedicated to all people who mourn the loss of a family member or friend, will be 4 p.m. Nov. 29 at Fourth Street Missionary Baptist Church, 222 Fifth St. The Rev. J.H. Flakes Jr., will preach. Call 334-298-0364.

50th anniversary for Baptist ministry

Baptist Collegiate Ministries at Columbus State University, formerly called the Baptist Student Union, will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Nov. 21. It begins at 6 p.m. at the old Woodruff Gym, featuring a barbecue dinner. Cost is $20, with half of the proceeds going toward summer mission projects. Reservations: 706-563-2089.

Christian pageant

A Young Christian Women’s Pageant is 6 p.m. Nov. 21 at the St. Luke Ministry Center, 11th Street at Third Avenue. Attire is semi-formal. The cost is a donation of $20. For group rates, call 706-614-4535.

‘Achievement Week’

The Lambda Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity is having “Achievement Week Program” at 10:50 a.m. Sunday at Holsey Chapel CME Church, 718 8th St. The speaker is the Rev. Marlon Scott of Emmanuel Christian Community Church. Call 706-323-2325.

Open Door’s Blanket Run

The Fourth Annual Blanket Run to benefit Open Door Community House is 9 a.m.-noon today. Sponsored by Heaven’s Saints Motorcycle Ministry, includes live music, children’s games, face painting, a hotdog lunch and bike show. Call 706-323-5518.

Fall festival is today

Shady Grove CME Church, 1670 Lee Road 170, will hold its Fall Festival 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today. It will include games and craft activities for the children. All carnival games/activities are free, and will include giveaways. Adult activities will include Bingo, a cake walk, fish fry and yard sale. Vendor booths are $25. Call 334-332-3179.

Get a taste of Germany

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer (LCMS), 4700 Armour Road, is having “A Taste of Germany” meal 5-7:30 p.m. Friday. It’s $10 for a main dish, side items, drink and dessert. Kids’ meals cost $3.50. Funds go to mission programs. Call 706-322-5026.