Faith Briefs

Faith Briefs

February 3rd, 2018 by Lisa Denton in Life Entertainment


-Sunday Afternoon at Simpson: The Wilson Family Musicians will perform "Voices — An Homage to Music" at 3 p.m. Sunday at Simpson United Methodist Church, 601 McFarland Ave. in Rossville. Performing will be Emily Wilson Bartlett, Rebecca Wilson Rodriguez, Jennifer Arbogast Wilson, John N. Wilson, Jonathan Wilson and Merry Lee Wilson. The program will feature vocal and instrumental music, including opera arias, religious and musical theater selections. Free admission.

-Gospel benefit: Local gospel artists The Hullender Family, Masterpeace Quartet, Alabaster Voices and Rapha will be in concert Feb. 10 to help cover medical expenses for Whitfield County schoolteacher Robin Clement, a mother of three who is battling cancer. Performances start at 6 p.m. at Salem Baptist Church, 1448 Pleasant Grove Drive in Dalton, Ga. Sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America. Call Jeff Hullender at 423-779-2456 for more information.

-Fisk Jubilee Singers: Southern Adventist University welcomes the Gospel Music Hall of Fame members, Dove Award winners and two-time Grammy nominees for a concert at 6 p.m. Feb. 10 in the Collegedale Church of Seventh-day Adventists, 4829 College Drive East. Founded in October 1871, the group travels the world singing Negro spirituals on behalf of Fisk University, the first American institution to offer a liberal arts education to "young men and women irrespective of color." 423-236-2814.

-Selah in concert: Women's Auxiliary of The Salvation Army Chattanooga sponsors concert by Christian artists to kick off 125th anniversary of the agency in Chattanooga, 7-9 p.m. Feb. 16 at Bayside Baptist Church, 6100 Highway 58, Harrison. Purchase $25 general-admission tickets at or


-Prime Time January Series: Four-week series by First-Centenary United Methodist Church's United Methodist Women at Oak Street Center, 403 Oak St., concludes with program rescheduled from Jan. 17 due to bad weather. The series theme is "How Do We Respond to God's Call for Social Justice?" The final presentation, 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, is "Criminalization of Communities of Color and Mass Incarceration," presented by Michelle D. Deardorff, Adolph S. Ochs Professor of Government and head of the Department of Political Science and Public Service at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. No charge. Information: 423-756-2021.

-Church security training: Free seminar open to any faith-based civic and nonprofit organization looking to learn more about protecting those who attend gatherings is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Waterville Baptist Church, 4555 Dalton Pike in Cleveland, Tenn. The program will cover active-shooter preparedness, developing personalized security plans and civilian familiarization with weaponry. Space is limited, so organizers ask that a small group of decision makers represent each organization. For information, call James Bradford at 423-728-7300 or email

-Night To Shine: Spring Creek Road Baptist Church is among 450 churches around the world hosting a Shine Prom for people with special needs, ages 14 and older, 6-9 p.m. Friday at Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga. Evening includes limo ride, red-carpet paparazzi, free photos, catered dinner, dance music and karaoke for promgoers, plus Respite Room for parents and caregivers. Sponsored by Tim Tebow Foundation.

-Church Safety Summit: Experts teach active-shooter training, weather emergency preparedness and practical steps to prevent child sexual abuse and proper reporting protocols to congregations and community at large, 8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Feb. 10 at Trenton United Methodist Church, 12500 N. Main St., Trenton, Ga. Workbooks cost $10, but first 50 people to RSVP get theirs free. To inquire about space availability, email or call Martha Baker at 423-883-6938.

-Rhythms Retreats: "Silence and Solitude — Creating Space for God," next in a series exploring spiritual practices to cultivate intimacy with Christ, nourish the soul and transform your life, is set for 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 10 at Chattanooga House of Prayer, 3912 Dayton Blvd., Suite 200, Red Bank. Led by Micki Ann Harris, ChattHOP's spiritual formation director, the free sessions are offered second Saturdays of every month except April, August and December. To register, visit

-Forward grief recovery: First-Centenary United Methodist Church, 419 McCallie Ave., will host an ecumenical group offering mutual support for those who have lost a spouse, no matter how recent or long ago. The first of seven sessions starts Feb. 10, meeting 10-11:30 a.m. in the church parlor. Attendees will share experiences and find ways to step "Forward" into the future. There is no charge, but call Cindy Ruff at 423-756-2021 to register.

-Night of Awareness: This community gathering focusing on domestic minor sex trafficking is set for 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at Ringgold United Methodist Church, 162 Sparks St., Ringgold, Ga. Participants will learn how to recognize and report suspected cases and the steps being taken to combat it by Street Grace, a faith-based organization aimed at mobilizing faith, business and community leaders to end the sexual trafficking of children in the U.S. Local law officers will share specifics about their experiences and efforts. Free but registration is requested.

-Night of Worship: The Union, a music incubator launched by Chattanooga House of Prayer, 3912 Dayton Blvd. in Red Bank, will host its first Worship Night of the year 7-9 p.m. Feb. 12. Since the launch of these communitywide worship nights six months ago, more than 100 people representing 30-plus churches have attended. Attendees join worship leaders from around the city to pray for Chattanooga and to seek and worship the Lord. For more information, visit or call 925-234-6847.

-Sync: A Prayer Retreat for Married Couples: Designed to give couples the time and space to grow in prayer together, 8:30 a.m.-noon Feb. 17, at Chattanooga House of Prayer, 3912 Dayton Blvd., Suite 200, Red Bank. $20 per couple; includes breakfast. Limited child-care space: $5-$10. To register, visit

-Church Safety Seminar: The Hamilton County Baptist Association, Hamilton County Sheriff's Department and Chattanooga Police Department will provide a free seminar on church safety for area congregations 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at Abba's House, Hixson Pike.

-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.

-Awana Clubs: Groups for children age 3 through sixth grade meet 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Hickory Valley Baptist Church, 2320 Hickory Valley Road. 423-892-1916.

-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,

-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.

To be included in Faith Briefs, send information to Listings must be sent by Wednesday morning each week.