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Gray Sisters’ 30th anniversary

The Gray Sisters’ 30th anniversary celebration will be Sunday at 3 p.m. at Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church, Hillsboro. The sisters are daughters of the Rev. and Mrs. Elijah Gray and are members of Bethlehem. Sisters Shirley Gray Green, Mary Gray, Elizabeth Gray Raybon and Naomi Gray Pruitt make up the group.

The sisters will sing at the celebration. Also performing will be Sisters of Faith of Florence, the Rev. Tony Ward and the Redeemers of Nashville, the Rev. Phil Ford and the Singing Disciples of Huntsville, the Gospel Starlights of Columbia, Tenn., and the Gospel Dells of Decatur and others. For more information, call 353-7701.

Church of No Color festival is Saturday

A festival in Athens will offer music, food and worship Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Church of No Color Praise and Worship Festival will be at Swan Creek Park, Athens, with free food served from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Musical groups and individuals from black, white and Hispanic churches will perform. Frank Travis will serve as emcee.

Singers include Tonya Williams, La Familia de Dios, Sister Grace, Little Zion Choir, The Hughes Sisters, the Ken Jacobs Quartet, Daughters of Day, Jerry Stone, The Harpers, Sounds of Grace, Threefold and others. Illusionist Myra King and poet Eloise Williams will perform.

The main worship service will be 6 to 8:30 p.m., with the Rev. Calvin Havens, pastor of Friendship United Methodist Church, and the Rev. Damon Betts of Round Island Missionary Baptist Church, as speakers.

Habitat for Humanity of Athens/Limestone County is the main sponsor.

Planners said they wanted to bring together Christians of all denominations and races to worship and pray for an upcoming joint project for Habitat, Apostle Build. Donations will go to Apostle Build, which starts Sept. 1.

Participants should bring lawn chairs. The park is next to Athens High School on U.S. 31.

World Council seeking interns

The World Council of Churches is seeking five young people to serve as interns in Geneva, Switzerland, next year. The council is accepting applications from people who are ages 18 to 30 to serve from February 2008 to January 2009. The application deadline is Sept. 20.

The council is looking for applicants who are energetic, creative and committed to the ideals of the ecumenical movement.

In Geneva, the interns will work with staff members in one of five areas of emphasis, such as youth and ecumenical relations or overcoming violence. Each intern is expected to plan an ecumenical project to implement back home. For more information, go to

- Compiled by Melanie Smith

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