• Powerline Ministry, Crab Orchard, Tenn.; 5 p.m. CDT today; concert by Jim Ricketts and Crystle Elam; free; 421-4269; also, Cottonport Church of God, 335 Hilltop Church Road, Decatur, Tenn., 11 a.m. Sunday, and New Martin Church of God, 2263 Myers Road, Pikeville, Tenn., 5 p.m. CDT Sunday.
• Abba's House, 5208 Hixson Pike; 6 p.m. Sunday; concert by and meet-and-greet reception with The Sonlife Quartet; free; 877-6462.
• First Baptist Church of Chattanooga, 506 E. Eighth St.; 4 p.m. Saturday, July 27; "A Summer Recital of Songs and Arias," including work by Brahms, Wolf, Duparc, Poulenc, Mozart, Bernstein and Roland Carter, by soprano LeTara Lee and pianist Marcia Smith; free but contributions accepted; 265-3229.
• Church at Liberty Square, 2001 Liberty Square Drive, Cartersville, Tenn.; 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27; concert by Jeneal Johnson; $10 ($15 at door); 404-437-5258.
• New Home Baptist Church, 3019 County Road 61, Pisgah, Ala.; 6:30 p.m. CDT Thursday; service of recognition for 62-year ministry of Chattanooga evangelist Bill Stafford, with message by Phil Hoskins, pastor of Higher Ground Baptist Church, Kingsport, Tenn., and music by Gaither Homecoming artist Allison Speer; 256-451-3992.
• Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga/Chattanooga First Church of the Nazarene, South Terrace Road; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 29-Aug. 2; concurrent Philanthropy Camp for rising first- through sixth-graders and Camp Tikkun Olam for rising seventh- through ninth-graders, both regardless of religious affiliation; $120 for first camper and $100 for additional sibling; snacks provided but campers bring own lunch; 493-0270, ext. 10, email email@example.com.
Vacation Bible schools
• Lookout Baptist Church, 8645 Highway 193, High Point, Ga.; 10 a.m.-3:40 p.m. today; ages 4-sixth grade; theme: "Kingdom Chronicles"; transportation available; 706-93l-2356.
• Collegedale Community Church, 4995 Swinyar Drive; 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday; ages 2-4 (parent attendance required) and ages 5-10; www.collegedalecommunity.com.
• Fairview Baptist Church, 108 Jenkins Road, Rossville, Ga.; 6-8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 706-866-5744.
• Hixson Seventh-day Adventist Church, 6424 Hixson Pike; 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; children (VBS) and parents (parenting) classes; theme: "Group Athens: Paul's Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth"; 386-5451.
• East Chattanooga Church of God, 4872 Jersey Pike; 7-9 p.m. July 31-Aug. 3 and 10:45 a.m. Aug. 4 (family festival); ages 3-sixth grade; theme: "God Trek"; 894-7526 or www.godtrekvbs.eventbrite.com.
• Rock Spring United Methodist Church, 3477 Peavine Road, Rock Spring, Ga.; 5:15-8 p.m. Aug. 1-2 and 4-8 p.m. Aug. 3; meals included; ages preschool-fifth grade; theme: "SonWest Roundup"; 919-491-6600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clint Cooper is the faith editor and a staff writer for the Times Free Press Life section. He also has been an assistant sports editor and Metro staff writer for the newspaper. Prior to the merger between the Chattanooga Free Press and Chattanooga Times in 1999, he was sports news editor for the Chattanooga Free Press, where he was in charge of the day-to-day content of the section and the section’s design. Before becoming sports ...