' Friends of Gold concert: This second annual event at 6 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Baptist Tabernacle, 905 Hogan Road in Rossville, will feature Jay Parrack and Vocal Event, Jonathan Wilburn, Channing Eleton and the Hullender Family. A love offering will be received. Contact:

' Gospel concert: Sonlife Quartet will be in concert at 11 a.m. Sunday at Signal Mountain Church of God, 517 Timberlinks Drive. Lunch will be provided after the free singing. Contact: Marty Burke, 423-267-0837.

' Gospel singing: Local artist Crystle Elam's next appearances are: 11 a.m. CDT Sunday at Bible Baptist Church, 360 Wells St., Monteagle, Tenn.; and 6 p.m. Sunday at Union Springs Baptist Church, 5911 Levi Road in Falling Water.

' Joyful Praise: New Monumental Baptist Church, 901 Woodmore Lane, will celebrate its annual Missionary Ministry Celebration Day on Sept. 8 with Joyful Praise, featuring ministers who sing. The event starts at 5 p.m. in William Calvert Fellowship Hall. Donations are appreciated.


' Benefit singing, supper: Trenton (Georgia) First Baptist Church, 11905 S. Main St.,will host a gospel singing, hot-dog supper and auction 4-10 p.m. Saturday to help pay medical expenses for Mike Avery, a Lookout Valley native who has lived in Trenton the past 28 years. Avery, 56, recently had open-heart surgery at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville and is awaiting a heart transplant. To donate money or auction items, call Renee Williams at 423-424-6386.

' Gospel benefit: The Hullender Family, McFarland Hill Baptist Choir and Rapha will sing 5-8 p.m. Sunday at New Heights Baptist Church, 158 Ooltewah Ringgold Road. Proceeds will help the Solberg family with expenses for 3-year-old Axton, who is undergoing treatment for a softball-size malignant brain tumor. Barbecue dinner plates will be available for $5. To donate to the raffle and silent auction or to offer other help, contact Jennifer Catlett at 423-779-7501 or or Brian Wallisch at or 423-605-9109.

' Lyerly cookbook: Lyerly United Methodist Church has copies of its third cookbook, "Feeding the Flock," available. To order, send $10, plus $3 shipping and handling, to Lyerly United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 152, Lyerly, GA 30730. Call JoAnn Mitchell, 706-895-2636, for information on buying from a church member or a Chattooga County business.

' Payne's Chapel cookbook: Payne's Chapel United Methodist Church in Lookout Mountain, Ga., still has copies of its latest cookbook, "Payne's Chapel Cooks." Proceeds will go into the church building fund. Cost is $12, plus $2 shipping/handling if mailed. To order, email or leave a message at 706-820-2095.


' Community Day: Keith Baptist Church of Ringgold, Georgia, will host its second annual Keith Community Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Keith voting precinct, 2803 Keith Road. The event features free food, including barbecue, hot dogs and banana pudding, as well as prize giveaways and entertainment by illusionist Jaden Maxwell. For more information, visit the church's Facebook page, or call 706-450-0963.

' Church picnic: Fairview United Methodist Church, 3901 Hamill Road in Hixson, will host a picnic at 5 p.m. Saturday with a cookout (hamburgers and hot dogs), ice cream, games (including corn hole and croquet) and casual music (bring an instrument and join in). For more information:

' Film screening: Eastwood Church, 4300 Ooltewah-Ringgold Road in Ooltewah, presents a screening of "Tortured for Christ," the story of Voice of the Martyrs founder Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, 6-8 p.m. Saturday. The $9 tickets includes a copy of Wurmbrand's international best-seller of the same name, which relates the story of his imprisonment, torture and solitary confinement in Romania.

' Pastor anniversary: Greater Tucker Missionary Baptist Church, 1115 N. Moore Road, will celebrate the fourth anniversary of Pastor Gary Hathaway and his wife, Cathy Hathaway, starting at 10:45 a.m. Sunday. The morning speaker will be Pastor Floyd Whiteside. The afternoon speaker will be Pastor Kenneth F. Scaife and New Hope Baptist Church of Dalton, Ga. 423-510-9684.

' Art gallery debuts: Second Presbyterian Church, 700 Pine St., will celebrate the grand opening of its Chapel Art Gallery on Sept. 2. Art may be viewed before and after the 11 a.m. service until 1 p.m. (enter straight to the gallery through the gate at Pine and Seventh Street). Starting in November, exhibitions will change out monthly, opening on the first Sunday. A portion of proceeds from sales of the artworks will benefit church missions. Information: 423-266-2828,

' 1 Peter Bible Study: Precept Ministries International, 7324 Noah Reid Road, looks at what the Bible has to say about suffering, trials and tribulations in a choice of self-guided Bible studies with resources available for purchase in campus Resource Center starting Sept. 4. Precept Upon Precept is an in-depth approach that takes about one hour per day; the streamlined In & Out version requires fewer hours of study time. Orientation is 9-10:30 a.m. or 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 4 or 2-3:30 p.m. Sept. 6. Kids ages 8-12 will study the book of Revelation in the Discover 4 Yourself series, Bible Prophecy for Kids. High school and middle school students will do 1 Peter In & Out. For more information, call 1-800-763-8280 or visit

' Zen Group's new location: The Zen Group of Chattanooga meets 2-4 p.m. Sundays at a new location, 335 Crestway Drive (the Chattanooga Friends Meeting). The group offers zazen (Zen sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation) and newcomer instruction. No experience is necessary and no fee is required for attendance, although donations are welcome. The Sunday schedule offers three 25-minute periods of zazen, two five-minute periods of kinhin and book study of "Enlightenment Unfolds: Essential Teachings of Zen Master Dogen," edited by Kazuaki Tanashi. Individual dokusan (one-on-one instruction) and dharma talks are available online or in person at the Atlanta Soto Zen Center. For more information, visit or email Terri Rieth at

' Habitat homeowners: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area, a faith-based nonprofit that builds homes for those in need, is accepting applications from families and individuals interested in becoming Habitat homeowners. To obtain a prequalifying questionnaire, visit or call 423-756-0507.

' Community Clothes Closet: Open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays at 1015 Laura St. across from Dodson Avenue Health Center. Free clothes and small household goods available; donations appreciated. Contact: R. Ludy at 423-933-6314.

' Siskin Museum of Religious Artifacts: Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday at Siskin Children's Institute, 1101 Carter St. The facility is home to more than 400 religious pieces (247 Judaic and 140 Christian), ranging from the 16th to 20th century. Other religions and philosophies represented include Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Confucianism. 423-648-1700,

' Kidz on the Rock: Groups for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade meet at 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays as well as 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at White Oak Baptist Church, 301 Memorial Drive in Red Bank.

' Exercise class: Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave., offers an exercise class focusing on strength, energy and balance 10:30-11:30 a.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. Open to all ages and skill levels. $5 per class. 423-266-1766.

' Recovery, a Christ-centered 12-step program for anyone struggling with addictive issues, compulsive behaviors, loss and life challenges, meets each Thursday at Ooltewah United Methodist Church, 6131 Relocation Way. Dinner at 5:30 p.m., worship at 6:15 p.m., open share groups at 7:30 p.m. Child care provided. 423-238-9216,

' Brainerd Celebrate Recovery, a 12-step Christ-centered recovery ministry that focuses on healing hurts, habits and addictions, meets every Thursday at Brainerd Baptist Church's East Ridge campus, 1203 Blocker Lane. Dinner at 5:45 p.m., large group at 6:45 and small/open share groups following. Child care provided. 423-313-8888,

' Grief support: 5 p.m. every first Tuesday at Fort Oglethorpe United Methodist Church, 1733 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Presented by PruittHealth Hospice. Free. For more information, call 706-602-9546.

' Not Alone, a support group for family and friends of a loved one who is incarcerated, meets at 11 a.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at LaFayette Presbyterian Church, 107 N. Main St., LaFayette, Ga. Refreshments and child care are provided.

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