January 28th, 2012 in Life Entertainment

Wright to succeed father as Wesley Chapel pastor

The Rev. Marcus Xerxes Wright, a Chattanooga native, will be installed as pastor of Wesley Chapel Christian Community Church, 1813 Wilson St., on Sunday at 5 p.m.

He will succeed his father, the Rev. H.H. Wright, as pastor.

The younger Wright attended Wesley Chapel during his youth and has been serving on the ministerial team at Greater Bethel Community Church for the past seven years.

He is married and is the father of two daughters and two sons.

The Rev. Michael Freeman of Greater Bethel Community Church of Woodstock, Ga., will be the speaker for the installation service. A reception will follow.


* Grace Episcopal Church, 20 Belvoir Ave.; 12:30 p.m. Sunday; light lunch precedes panel discussion on what different faith traditions say about care of creation and features the Rev. Jerry Cappel, associate for faith formation at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, Louisville, Ky., and the environmental coordinator for Province IV of the Episcopal Church, Rabbi Bill Tepper of Mizpah Congregation, and Mohsin Ali, a psychiatrist and devout Muslim; free but registration required; 886-6536.

* Southern Adventist University, 4865 Promenade St. (McKee Library), Collegedale, 7 p.m. Wednesday; lecture, "'Struggles, Defeats and Victories': Adventist History and Adventist Mission," presented by David Trim, director of archives, statistics and research for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists; free; 236-2788.

* Ooltewah Baptist Church, 5514 Main St.; 11:30 a.m. Thursday; Lyn Owen, director of Summit Counseling Center, guest speaker for Hamilton County Baptist Association ministry assistants luncheon; $6; reservations deadline Tuesday; 267-3794 or email

* Contact of Chattanooga, 6221 Vance Road; 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7; classes available in loss/grief and divorce/blended families for Contact telephone workers and general public; free; 899-5719 or email


* Chabad of Chattanooga, 20 Pisgah Ave.; 7 p.m. Tuesdays; Rohr Jewish Learning Institute six-session community series, "Money Matters: Jewish Business Ethics," led by Rabbi Shaul Perlstein of Chabad of Chattanooga; 490-1106 or

Job assistance

* First Baptist Church, 2645 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.; starts 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7; "Navigating Through Change," class sessions on crafting a resume, interviewing for jobs, telling your story and finding fulfillment in work, led by area human-resources personnel and teachers; free; 706-866-0232 or


* Morning Pointe of Hixson, 5501 Old Hixson Pike; 10:30 a.m. Friday (10 a.m. registration); Church Women United meeting features officers installation.


* Baha'i Faith Center, 2405 Hamill Road, Hixson; 6:30 p.m. today; concert/spiritual life discussion features Canadian singer/songwriter Munirih Sparrow and Cameroon native singer/songwriter/drummer Gustaff Besungu; free; 870-9164 or email

* St. Luke United Methodist Church, 3210 Social Circle; 10:55 a.m. Sunday; gospel worship concert by Nashville's Ernie Couch & Revival; 877-6447 or

* Community Baptist Church, 11718 McGhee Road, Apison; 11 a.m. Sunday; gospel concert by Jim Ricketts and Crystle Elam; also, Brittsville Baptist Church, 2650 Brittsville Road; 6 p.m. Sunday; 775-2806.

* St. Thaddaeus Episcopal Church, 4300 Locksley Lane; 3 p.m. Sunday, Jericho Brass/Chattanooga Clarinet Choir concert; 892-2377.

* St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 630 Mississippi Ave., Signal Mountain; 5 p.m. Sunday; fifth annual Jazz Vespers features Kathy Tugman and David Walters Trio performing sacred and secular songs in a jazz style interspersed with Scripture lessons and poetry readings; free but offering received; 886-2281, ext. 107.

* Lookout Baptist Church, 8645 Highway 193, High Point, Ga.; 6 p.m. Sunday; fifth Sunday singing features Rhonda Frye; 706-931-2356.

* St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St.; 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5; presentation by Boston-based Ensemble Chaconne of works by European masters in 18th-century London; $10 adults, $5 students; 266-8195.

-- Compiled by staff writer Clint Cooper