Faith Briefs

Faith Briefs

October 12th, 2013 by Clint Cooper in Life Entertainment

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The Rev. Patricia M. Grace, rector of St. Mark Episcopal Church in Dalton, Ga., since 2011, has accepted the position of canon to the ordinary in the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee. She will begin her ministry there on Oct. 30. A canon is a staff officer, generally a member of the clergy, who performs tasks as assigned by the "ordinary," or diocesan bishop.

Grace was associate rector for Christian education and parish life at St. Luke Episcopal Church in Atlanta from 2006 to 2011. In the Diocese of Atlanta, she served as a facilitator for new clergy and clergy in new positions, as a congregational search consultant, on the Congregational Development Commission and on the Seminarian Scholarship Committee.

Before going to St. Luke, Grace was curate from 2004 to 2006 at St. James Episcopal Church in Knoxville. Prior to being ordained as a priest in 2005, she worked in senior executive positions with United Way.

She received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Bucknell University, a Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary, a Master of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh and is a graduate of the Haden Institute's spiritual direction program.


• Second Missionary Baptist Church, 2305 E. Third St.; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today; Missionary Ministry/Men's Fellowship give-away event offers clothing, shoes, jewelry, hats, furniture, books, glassware, art work, linens and more; free; 624-9097.


• First Presbyterian Church, 554 McCallie Ave.; Sunday through Wednesday; world missions conference, "This Is My Father's World," features messages from Scotty Smith, founder of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tenn., Andres Garza, field director of the MTW Northern Mexico Church Planting Movement, and Daniel Bartz, church planter and lead pastor of the Hamburgprojekt in Hamburg, Germany, plus music by Scenic City Jazz and Belarus team choir; all-ages mission fest 4-7 p.m. Sunday, nightly seminars and nightly children's programming; 267-1206 or 648-7906 or


• Heritage Park, 1428 Jenkins Road; 10:30 a.m. Sunday; games, inflatables and other activities follow Bridge Christian Church's third-anniversary outdoor worship service; attendees encouraged to bring lunch and chairs or blankets; free; 463-0202 or

Halloween alternatives

• Covenant Life Worship Center, 7001 LaFayette Road, Chickamauga, Ga.; 7-10:30 a.m. Saturday-Sunday and Oct. 19-20; annual Hayride Through Hell allows participants to ponder the reality of their decisions; free but canned food donation requested; 706-375-5286.


n Payne Cove Mountain Church, 8540 Hixson Pike, Payne Cove, Tenn.; 11 a.m. CDT Sunday; gospel concert by Jim Ricketts and Crystle Elam; free; 421-4269; also, Bible Baptist Church, 360 Wells St., Monteagle, Tenn., 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

• Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church, 612 James Blvd. (Marr Chapel), Signal Mountain, Tenn.; 7 p.m. Friday; 15-voice Voci Virili men's ensemble concert features classical pieces by Schubert, Handel, Mendelssohn, and Gaul, hymn arrangements, spirituals, choral psalms settings and other scriptural texts, and Latin motets (with children's chorus, soloists and accompanist); free and child care available; 886-2190 or

• Lake Hills Church of God, 4430 Cross St.; 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19; benefit gospel singing features Henry Potter, The Calvary Singers and Anthem Voices; $5 eat-in or take-out dinner available from 4 to 5:30 p.m.; 892-4212.

• One Accord Community Church, 343 Sweetland Drive, Red Bank; 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19; benefit gospel singing features Willow Creek Quartet and other groups; free but funds support church's Awana ministry; 875-8377 or


• Abba's House, 5208 Hixson Pike; 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday; non-profit workshop on social media and other communications by Mark McDonald of PinPoint Creative, Yvon Prehn of, Terrell Sanders of Main Street Enterprises, Evan McBroom of Fishhook and Abba's House staff members; $10 (includes lunch); 877-6462 or email