published Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Faith Briefs


• Brainerd Baptist Church BX (Brainerd Crossroads), 4011 Austin St.; 6-8 p.m. Friday; Christian Ministry to Israel’s 70th anniversary celebration features seder supper, children’s game, songs, prayers, drama and blowing of shofar; free but reservations required and love offering will be taken; 855-4818.

• Hamilton County Baptist Association, 6625 Lee Highway (Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home chapel); 5-8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 15, and Saturday, March 22; three-session instruction for teaching English for speakers of other languages; no age limit or previous experience necessary; free for ESL ministry volunteers and free books for current teachers; 267-3794, email or visit

• Hamilton County Baptist Association, 6625 Lee Highway (Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home chapel); 5-8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 15, and Saturday, March 22; three-session instruction by North American Mission Board national trainer Loretta Swingle for parents, grandparents, volunteers, friends and families in tutoring children and youth (including reading and math instruction and how to start a group; leadership certification available by attending all sessions); free but reservations requested (and free box lunch with advanced reservation); 267-3794, email or visit

• Hamilton County Baptist Association, 6625 Lee Highway (Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home chapel); 10 a.m. Tuesday; beginning PowerPoint class led by interim director of missions David Myers; free; 267-3794, email or visit

• Ridgedale Baptist Church, 1831 Hickory Valley Road; 7 p.m. Friday; message by John Croyle, former University of Alabama All-American football player under Paul “Bear” Bryant and founder of Big Oak Boys Ranch in Gadsden, Ala.; free but love offering will be taken; child care available; 499-0994.

• St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St.; Wednesdays, March 12-April 9; 41st annual Thorne Sparkman School of Religion features keynote speaker the Very Rev. Samuel G. Candler, dean of the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, speaking on “The Angle of Anglicanism: The Anglican Theological Tradition’s Grace — Valuable for Today’s World” on March 12, and up to two classes on subsequent nights, including “Exploring Enneagrams” by the Rev. Tayve Morgan, elder in the United Methodist Church and certified counselor; “Wendell Berry, An Appreciation” by Verbie Prevost, George Connor Professor of American literature at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; “The Nonviolent Christ” by Times Free Press columnist David Cook; “God’s Secretaries” by James Dunkly, librarian and instructor of New Testament, Greek, and research and writing at The School of Theology of The University of the South at Sewanee; and “Coming to America — the Story of Christianity’s Journey to North America” by McCallie School history teacher Chris Carpenter; organ meditations, Holy Eucharist and dinner will precede each presentation; $35 for series ($35 or $7 per evening for meals); 488-2707, 266-8195 or 706-956-8014, or email

• St. Jude’s Catholic Church. 930 Ashland Terrace. 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 22. World of Hope/Isaiah 58 hosts a “Day of Lenten Reflection” with Father Mitch Pacwa, EWTN radio/TV host, scholar and writer. $20 through today, $25 after; lunch available for $5. Proceeds go to World of Hope/Isaiah 58’s medical treatment and medicine programs in the Philippines, Mexico and India. Tickets may be purchased by credit card at or contact Sandy Leffew at or Terri Ward at or call 423-544-4445.


• Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3067 Ooltewah-Ringgold Road; 9 a.m. Saturday, March 15; family history fair with a variety of classes to choose from for beginners through longtime searchers; for classes and times, see–GreaterChattanooga; free but registration requested at; participants should bring own lunch.

• New Salem Baptist Church, 9806 Dallas Hollow Road; 5 p.m. Saturday, March 15; annual Sportsmen’s Fish Fry features dinner, message by pro angler Mark Rose, music by Christian country artist Dwayne Hudson, children’s casting contest, archery range and air rifle range; $10; 842-3078 or


• Community Baptist Church, 11716 McGhee Road, Apison, Tenn.; 11 a.m. Sunday; gospel concert by Jim Ricketts and Crystal Elam; 894-5254 or 987-4737; also, Short Creek Baptist, 892 County Road 50, Athens, Tenn., 6 p.m. Sunday, and Philadelphia Baptist, 1065 Pine Grove Road, Ringgold, Ga., 6:30 p.m. Friday.

• Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church, 612 James Blvd.; 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 16 (preceded by 5 p.m. dinner); choir, Westminster Singers and orchestra present “Legacy,” a concert of sacred music honoring senior pastor Dr. William E. and Mrs. Jakie Dudley, who are celebrating 25 years at the church; free but reservations needed by Monday for dinner ($7 adults, $2 children); child care available; 886-2190 or or request dinner reservation by emailing


• The Rev. John Talbird has recently returned to St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 630 Mississippi Ave., Signal Mountain, as interim rector.

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