» Juneteenth: Gaining Freedom: Through poetry and song, Shawanna Kendrick presents the true story of Laura Smalley, who was born into slavery in Texas and shared the news of slaves gaining freedom, in a program at 4 p.m. Sunday at Orchard Knob Missionary Baptist Church, 1734 E. Third St. She will be accompanied by Pastor Jo Foster and conductor/composer Roland Carter. Free admission; donations will be given to the Chattanooga Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. 423-402-0452.

» Music ministry celebration: Casey Hindman celebrates eight years of music ministry at All Nations Church of God, 1600 Elrod St. SE in Cleveland, Tennessee, starting at noon.

» Cathedral Music for Choir and Organ: Composer Ethan McGrath will present a program of church music for choir and organ, some written during his studies at the University of Cambridge, at 5 p.m. July 1 at First Baptist Church of Chattanooga, 401 Gateway Ave. Admission is $10. 423-883-9212.

» All-American Day: Country star Josh Turner will headline this patriotic celebration at 10:30 a.m. July 8 at Abba's House, 5208 Hixson Pike. Admission is free.


» Barn sale: Lookout Baptist Church's Youth Group will have a barn sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. The church is at 8645 Georgia Highway 193; directional signs will be posted. For more information, call 470-406-8757.

» Christian pro wrestling: Event featuring good vs. evil family-style professional wrestling and a message from Brother David Beckner will start at 7 p.m. June 30 at the Access campus of White Oak Baptist Church, 4064 S. Access Road; doors open at 6:30 p.m. A minimum donation of $5 is requested, but all will be admitted. Proceeds will help the Chattanooga-based nonprofit Wrestling 4 God purchase a trailer to transport its wrestling ring for ministry events. For more information, call 931-247-7587.

» Lyerly festivals: Lyerly United Methodist Church seeks vendors for its 10th annual Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show and Craft Festival on Aug. 11 in Summerville, Ga. Booth rental is $20 for a 15- by 15-foot space. For a vendor application, call Judy Motes at 706-857-6008 or email Marie Hanna at

» Lyerly cookbook: Lyerly United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 152, Lyerly, GA 30730, 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.


» Titus II Woman: The Lunch & Learn topic for today will be "Faith & Finances, Part 2." The event, presented by Rivers of Living Water Christian Center, takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Bethlehem Center, 200 W. 38th St. Children welcome. Bring your Bible. For more information, call 423-551-2801 or email

» "Men in Ministry": Greater Tucker Missionary Baptist Church, 1115 N. Moore Road, will celebrate "Men in Ministry" at 10:45 a.m. Sunday with Hamilton County School Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson as guest speaker.

» Pastoral anniversary: Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 1800 N. Chamberlain Ave., will honor Pastor Samuel R. Jackson and his wife, Vivian, in services Sunday. This is his 13th anniversary at the church and his 25th year in ministry. Guests will be Pastor Mike Lacey and Bethlehem Baptist Church at the 11 a.m. service and Dr. Ronald D. Dunnigan and Pleasant Hill Baptist Church of Lawrenceville, Ga., at 4:30 p.m. (New Enon Baptist Church and the Rev. Andrew Bullard III also worshiped with the church at Wednesday night services.) Call 423-698-0337 for more information.

» Movie screening: Hickory Valley Baptist Church, 2320 Hickory Valley Road, will show "I Can Only Imagine" at 6 p.m. Sunday. The song is about the troubled relationship with his father that led Bart Millard of MercyMe to write the hit song of the same name. Free admission.

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Dr. Lynwood Davis, a founder of the Independent Baptist Fellowship, will serve as moderator of the annual IBF Conference, to be held next week at Grace Baptist Tabernacle Church in Chattanooga.

» IBF Conference: The annual Independent Baptist Fellowship Conference is next week at Grace Baptist Tabernacle Church, 2551 Tunnel Blvd. The theme is "Cultivating the Spirit of Forgiveness." Opening service is at 7 p.m. Monday. Daily prayer time is at 8 a.m. starting Tuesday, with services at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Events are planned for young adults and teenagers during the morning sessions. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Find registration information and the preaching schedule 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.

» SCWN luncheon: April Taylor of Sound Living Counseling Center will be guest speaker for this month's meeting of the Scenic City Women's Network on Thursday. Networking starts at 11:30 a.m., and the program lasts from noon to 1 p.m. at Mountain City Club, 729 Chestnut St. Luncheon cost is $20. RSVPs are requested by Tuesday. Find a link to register at

» Welcome service, Hat Day: Burks United Methodist Church, 6433 Hixson Pike, will welcome new Associate Pastor Beth Sullivan on July 1. The event doubles as Hat Day, so those attending are asked to dress accordingly (plain hat, fancy hat, July 4th hat).

» Religious freedom program: Fairview United Methodist Church, 3901 Hamill Road in Hixson, will celebrate the blessings of religious freedom over ice cream at 6 p.m. July 1.

» 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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