GAB: Bishop Watson speaking at Bethlehem church

BETHLEHEM -- Bishop Mike Watson of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church will be guest speaker at Bethlehem First United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Aug. 26. The Tradition and the Edge services will be combined for this special service.

Watson was born into an active Methodist family in Dothan, Ala. He received a bachelor's degree in finance and real estate from the University of Alabama, received a master of divinity degree from Emory University Candler School of Theology and a doctor of ministry degree from Vanderbilt University.

In 1972 he was ordained deacon by Bishop W. Kenneth Goodson, and in 1976 he was ordained elder by Bishop Carl J. Sanders in the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference. Bishop Watson served as pastor in Florida, as well as founding pastor of Covenant United Methodist Church in his hometown of Dothan, Ala.

Bethlehem First United Methodist Church is located at 709 Christmas Ave., Bethlehem.

Women's Clubs meets Sept. 12

BUFORD -- The Buford Lanier Woman's Club has announced that beginning Sept. 12, the group will meet at the new Buford Community Center, 2200 Buford Highway, Buford.

The group meets on the second Wednesday of every month except July and August. Meetings start at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and fellowship. For more information, visit www.bufordlanierwomansclub.com.

Local blood drive to honor 9/11 victims

LAWRENCEVILLE -- To honor the victims of 9/11, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA has launched the second annual Muslims for Life, a nationwide campaign to collect 11,000 units of blood "to reiterate the message that Islam values the sanctity of life."

The blood drives run through Sept. 11 at mosques and prayer centers across the nation, and in collaboration with other community organizations.

A blood drive is scheduled for 1 to 6 p.m. Sept. 8-9 at Discover Mills Mall, 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville.

According to a news release, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is "a dynamic, fast-growing international revival movement within Islam."

Founded in 1889, the Community spans 200 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions.

Historical society hosts speaker

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett Historical Society will feature Nellie Marie Fowler LuJanac at a presentation at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17. It will take place at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 Crogan St., on the square in downtown Lawrenceville.

LuJanac is in town to celebrate what would have been her father, Herman Fowler's, 100th birthday. Fowler was the unofficial photographer of Lawrenceville who documented events in and around Lawrenceville. She will show many examples of his photographs.

For more information, 770 822-5174.

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