January 21st, 2012 in Life Entertainment

Cortez named associate pastor

Hector Cortez has accepted the position of associate minister for Brainerd Church of Christ, 4203 Brainerd Road.

He most recently served as Hispanic minister for Dalton Church of Christ. Prior to that, he established a Church of Christ congregation in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Cortez is a graduate of the Baxter Bible Institute in Honduras. Before enrolling there, he helped organize rallies for youth from throughout the Western Hemisphere in El Salvador.

He and his wife, Rachel, a native Chattanoogan, are the parents of two sons and a daughter.


  • Warren Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 503 N. Market St. (enter at rear of building); 10 a.m.-noon today (and third Saturday of each month); food and clothes giveaway; 267-4992.


  • One Accord Community Church, 343 Sweetland Drive, Red Bank; 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29; movie night features "Courageous"; free; 875-8377 or

  • Cedar Hill Baptist Church, 60 Dyer Bridge Road, Ringgold, Ga.; 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29; screening of the movie "Courageous"; free (refreshments, child care provided); 706-858-0976 or email


  • Brainerd Baptist Church, North Terrace Road at Belvoir Avenue (BX building); noon Wednesday; church business administrators luncheon, with lunch available at on-site Cross Roads Cafe; 267-3794.

  • Hamilton County Baptist Association, 508 N. Market St.; 5-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4; training in teaching English as a second language; free; registration required (both weekends required for certification); 267-3794.

  • Hamilton County Baptist Association, 508 N. Market St.; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4; training for tutoring children and youth, especially in areas of reading (9 a.m.-noon) and math (noon-3 p.m.); free; registration required; 267-3794.

  • St. Elmo Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4200 St. Elmo Ave.; 7 p.m. nightly except Mondays and Thursdays through Feb. 18; study series, "Revelation Today," focuses on prophecies of the Bible; 706-996-5355.


  • Higdon Baptist Church, 28885 Alabama Highway 71, Higdon, Ala.; 11:30 a.m. CST Sunday; Celebrate Recovery concert features Faith 3, Allison McBryar, Katrina Barclay and Proclamation (covered-dish dinner follows); 256-597-2170.

  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St.; 4 p.m. Sunday; Senior Choir presents choral evensong in observance of the conversion of St. Paul, with works by composers David Hurd, Thomas Morley, Charles Villiers Stanford and Jonathan Willcocks (reception follows); 266-8195.

  • Paynes Cove Methodist Church, 303 Charlie Roberts Road, Altamont, Tenn.; 6 p.m. Sunday; gospel singing featuring By Faith, of Manchester, Tenn.; free but offering will be received; 931-212-4292.

  • Abba's House, 5208 Hixson Pike (choir room); 6:30 p.m. Monday; auditions for community choir for Sacred Night of Music on April, featuring selections by Rutter, Haydn, Peterson and Fettke; 877-6462, ext. 222.

  • Oakwood Baptist Church, 115 Oakwood St., Chickamauga, Ga.; 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28; benefit singing for families of Charlotte Johnson, Mary Sue Benson and Gail McCrary, two of whom were victims of a recent shooting at Hutcheson Medical Center, features Chris McDaniel, Voices Won, Jeff Hullender Family and Marcellus Scott; free but all donations up to $5,000 will be matched by Modern Woodmen of America; 423-309-9549 or 706-264-3221.

  • Church of God, 5627 Roarks Cove Road, Alto, Tenn.; 6 p.m. CST Saturday, Jan. 28; singing features Joyful Praise of Smithville, Tenn. (concessions available at 5:30 p.m.); free but proceeds go to church building fund; 931-224-6659.


  • Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, 916 Convent Road, Cullman, Ala.; Friday through Sunday, Jan. 29; retreat, "Listening to God in Holy Silence: A Cinema Retreat," focuses on film "Into Great Silence," which portrays the silent life of the Carthusian monks; $175 (shared room)-$195 (private room), includes lodging and meals; 256-734-8302 or email at

Women's event

  • First Baptist Church, 401 Gateway Ave.; noon Thursday; monthly meeting of Scenic City Women's Network features message, "Flourishing -- To Be and Not To Seem," by SCWN executive director Susan Green; $10 members, $12 visitors; reservations deadline Tuesday; 698-6262 or email


  • Lee University, 150 11th St. N.E. (Conn Center), Cleveland, Tenn.; 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29; spring U-Church series for students, alumni and community features classically trained and award-winning illusionist Harris III; 961-1823 or

-- Compiled by staff writer Clint Cooper