• Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, 916 Convent Road N.E., Cullman, Ala.; 6 p.m. CDT Friday-noon Sept. 15; Introduction to Centering Prayer retreat offered; $210 (includes private room and meals); 256-734-8302 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Greater Emmanuel Apostolic Church, 400 Tunnel Blvd.; 4 p.m. Sunday; lecture on healthier, biblical way to live by behavioral cardiologist, author and radio show producer Dr. James L. Marcum of the Chattanooga Health Institute; free (with video giveaways); 290-2714.
• East Ridge Presbyterian Church, 4919 Court Drive; 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15; Financial Peace University is nine-week course to give families and individuals the tools to gain control of their finances; 867-7295.
• Fairview United Methodist Church, 3901 Hamill Road, Hixson; noon Sunday (following 11 a.m. service); Grandparents Day celebration offers soup-and-salad luncheon, 5-by-7 photographs of each family and entertainment by Eddie Hixson; free; 842-4886.
• Bread of Life Mission, 281 Fourth St., Crossville, Tenn.; 7 p.m. CDT today; gospel concert by Jim Ricketts and Crystle Elam; free; 421-4269.
• Philadelphia Baptist Church, 1065 Pine Grove Road, Ringgold, Ga.; 6 p.m. Friday; gospel concert by Hope for Tomorrow and Henry Potter; 706-891-5683.
• Sale Creek United Methodist Church, 14909 Dayton Pike; 10 a.m. Sunday; Homecoming concert by For Him, a Southern gospel quartet; free; 240-3356.
• Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter St.; 7:30-10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1; fourth annual J103 Pastor Appreciation Breakfast open to all pastors, ministers and clergy in the Tennessee Valley, with keynote speaker Mike Williams, a former pastor and now a Christian comedian and medical clinic/school facilitator in the Dominican Republic;Voices of Lee also performing; free but reservations needed by Sept. 23; www.j103/pastors-breakfast.
• Hamilton County Courthouse, 625 Georgia Ave.; noon Wednesday; Patriot Day prayer for nation sponsored by the Awakening America Alliance and coordinated by Chattanooga Aglow; 888-929-2538 or www.awakeningamerica.us.
• Peavine Baptist Church, 1089 Peavine Road, Rock Spring, Ga.; 9 a.m-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14; women's conference, "No Other God," featuring author and songwriter Kelly Minter of Nashville; $25 (includes lunch); 706-375-4721 or peavine.org.
• New Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church, 3601 Ringgold Road, East Ridge; 3 p.m. Sunday; Patriarch Women Ministers of the Gospel Soul-Winning Conference features ministers Gay Crutcher, Beulah Stoudimire, Ernestine Lindsey Crutcher, Edna Dillard and Esther Graham; program to be broadcast live on radio station WMNZ online; 821-3784.