' All-American Day: Country star Josh Turner will headline this patriotic celebration on Sunday at Abba's House, 5208 Hixson Pike. Services start at 10:30 a.m. with a tribute to military and first responders. Then Turner will sing several of his songs before participating in a Q&A session with Lead Pastor Ronnie Phillips and Worship Pastor Ken Hartley. Turner will end the service with his breakthrough hit, "Long Black Train." Admission is free.

' Gospel singer: Crystle Elam will be the musical guest for services at two churches in Decatur, Tennessee, on Sunday. She will be at Cottonport Road Church of God, 991 Cottonport Road, at 11 a.m. and at Pisgah Baptist Church, 478 Pisgah Academy Road, at 6 p.m. For more information, visit


' Grace Market: Buyers and sellers are sought for this monthly community event, offering produce, crafts, yard-sale items and direct-sales merchandise, at Grace United Methodist Church, 9833 Hixson Pike in Soddy-Daisy. Hours are 8 a.m.-1 p.m. second Saturdays through September (next is July 14). Reserve a vendor spot at


' Revelation study: Dr. Tony Wilson is teaching the Book of Revelation at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at White Oak Baptist Church, 310 Memorial Drive in Red Bank. You do not have to be a church member to attend. Call 423-877-8551 for more information.

' Church anniversary: New Covenant Fellowship Church, led by founding pastor, Dr. Bernie Miller, will celebrate its 22nd anniversary, themed "Unity in Diversity," at 4 and 6 p.m. today in joint services with Calvary Chapel, 3415 Broad St. There will be a combined worship and praise team. Established in 1996, New Covenant vacated its old building in 2000 needing $100,000 to purchase 18 acres of land. Miller says after reading Isaiah 44:28-45:3 and praying about its message, God gave him the name of a person to call for help. The first answer was no. Fifteen minutes later, his benefactor called back to say yes. The church is at 1326 N. Moore Road. Call 423-899-8001 for more information.

' World Changers: Some 550 middle school and high school students from across America will be in Chattanogoa over the next two weeks to work on World Changers service projects, such as painting houses, putting on siding or constructing wheelchair ramps. World Changers is an initiative of the Nashville-based LifeWay Christian Resources, the publishing division of the Southern Baptist Convention. The students' time in Chattanooga is part of a larger effort in 40 cities in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

' CIY Move conference: A 34-city Christ In Youth tour, designed to challenge high school students to become kingdom workers by thinking about truth, volunteering and social-justice issues from a different perspective, will stop at Lee University next week. The message, based on the book of 1 John, will be delivered by some of the nation's best Generation Z speakers, including Matt Tibbit, Morgan Weece, Matt Reagan and Jeff Whye. The Aaron Pelsue Band will lead praise and worship services at the Monday through Friday conference.

' Free pancakes: St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 7514 Hixson Pike, will host a free pancake breakfast, with sausage, coffee and juices, 9-11:30 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month through October (next is July 14). Local vendors also will be set up at the St. Alban's Farmers Market.

' Rhythms Retreats: "The Examen — Bringing My Whole Self to 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 July 14 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 most second Saturdays. To register, visit

' Garden, meditation retreats: The Ayres Center for Spiritual Development in Sewanee, Tennessee, has scheduled two retreats. On July 14, gardening expert June Mays will lead a one-day workshop, The Grace in Gardens, which explores the link between gardens and spirituality. The $60 fee includes lunch (limit of 30). Calm and Clear Meditation, focusing on the development of calm-abiding (quiescence), will be offered July 20-22, led by Arthur Giacalone, a clincial/consulting psychologist in private practice in California. The program is appropriate for new and experienced practitioners of meditation. Cost, which includes all programming, meals and lodging, is $365 for a single in St. Mary's Hall, $465 in Anna House. For reservations, call 931-598-5342, email or go online to

' Plant-Based Cooking School: Battlefield Community Seventh-day Adventist Church, 96 Hillman Lane, Ringgold, Georgia, offers free, plant-based cooking seminars 6-8:30 p.m. on third Tuesdays (next is July 17). Participants will be able to taste food prepared BY the health ministries staff and share recipes in efforts to reverse Type 2 diabetes, lower blood pressure and lose weight. There is a drawing for a cookbook each night. 706-463-1415,

' Historic gathering: The Church of God of Prophecy, a Pentecostal denomination with more than a million constituents around the globe, will hold its 100th International Assembly in Chattanooga July 18-22. The primary goal of the assembly is to conduct business meetings for the denomination. There also will be nightly worship services, workshops and special activities targeted to children, teens, mission workers, pastors and members. This is the first time the assembly has returned to the Chattanooga area after being held in Cleveland, Tennessee, until 1991. Officials are projecting an attendance of 8,000 to 12,000. Learn more at

' Lung screenings: The Health/Nursing Ministry of Olivet Nation, 4872 Jersey Pike, will sponsor a stop by the CHI Memorial Breathe Easy Mobile Lung Coach 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 21. The CT lung scan, to look for signs of lung cancer, is especially recommended for anyone 50 or older; a current smoker; a former smoker who quit within the past 15 years; or anyone who has been exposed to cancer-causing agents such as asbestos, diesel fumes, radon, coal or smoke soot. Call 423-495-LUNG (5864) to schedule an appointment.

' Movie Under the Stars: Burks United Methodist Church, 6433 Hixson Pike, will show "Peter Rabbit" at 7 p.m. July 21. There will be inflatables, popcorn and other snacks, games and giveaways. Admission is free.


' Red Bank United Methodist Church, 3800 Dayton Blvd., plans "An Incredible Journey" for Vacation Bible School, 6-8:30 p.m. July 15-19. Call 423-877-2881 for more information.

' Middle Cross Baptist Church, 4009 Norcross Road, will have a kickoff party for Vacation Bible School, including games, a slide, bounce house and hot dogs, 5-8 p.m. July 15. "Camp Moose on the Loose," for ages 4-13, continues 6-8 p.m. July 16-19, with Bible study, crafts, games and snacks. Register in person or in advance at For more information, email or call the church at 423-877-5742.

' New Haven Baptist Church, 1058 Graysville Road, will present "Game On" Vacation Bible School 6-8:30 p.m. July 16-20 for children 2 years to fifth grade and adults. Family Night is July 20 with awards, food, inflatable, free balloon figures and Bible Express train ride. For more information, call Angela Barnhart at 423-544-6299.

' Keith Baptist Church, 1573 Keith Road in the Ringgold/Tunnel Hill, Georgia, area will present "Game On" Vacation Bible School, 5:30-8:30 July 16-20. Classes are available for kindergarten through sixth-graders and adults. Snacks will be provided. For more information, call 706-450-0963.

' New Salem Baptist Church, 9806 Dallas Hollow Road, Soddy-Daisy, will offer "Game On" Vacation Bible School, for ages 3 through high school, July 23-27, meeting 6-8:30 nightly. Register online at For more information, call 423-842-3078.

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