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

' Gospel singer: Crystle Elam will sing for homecoming at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 1200 Park City Road, Rossville, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Sunday.

' U-Church: Indie rock band Colony House will open the fall U-Church series at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Conn Center at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. The free, nonticketed event is open to students, alumni and the community. Seating is first-come, first-served. For child care, email For more information:, 423-614-8347.

' Let's Sing From Memory: Free social gathering for those affected by Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia, along with their caregivers, to sing old songs and hymns that may reconnect them to old memories is 1-2:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave. Free. For more information: 423-266-1766,

' Harvest Celebration: Jeff & Sheri Easter and The Perrys will headline a gospel concert presented by Agrisoma USA to honor farmers 3-10 p.m. Sept. 22 at Northwest Georgia Amphitheatre, 220 Catoosa Circle in Ringgold, Georgia. Others performing are Kolt Barber, The Browders, Mercy Mountain Boys and Rightpath Bluegrass. Concessions will be available. Admission is a suggested $10 donation.


' Grace Market: The final event of the season, offering produce, crafts, yard-sale items and direct-sales merchandise, is 8 a.m.-1 p.m. today at Grace United Methodist Church, 9833 Hixson Pike in Soddy-Daisy.

' Rummage and bake sale: The Women's Ministry at Falling Water Cumberland Presbyterian, 6534 Old Dayton Pike, Hixson, will hold a rummage sale and bake sale 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 22 (rain date Sept. 29). Advance orders for baked goods will be accepted at 423-619-7911. All proceeds go toward community outreach projects.


' 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. today. Local vendors also will be set up at the St. Alban's Farmers Market.

' Rhythms Retreats: "Discernment — Recognizing and Responding to the Presence of 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 today 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 most months. To register, visit

' Titus II Woman: "Relationships & Soul Ties" is the theme of the next Lunch & Learn session presented at 2 p.m. today by Rivers of Living Water Christian Center at Alton Place Apartments Community Center, 355 Croll Court. Lunch will be served to registered guests. Call 423-551-2801 or visit

' ZACOG General Assembly: Zion Assembly Church of God, an international ministry with 88,784 members worldwide, has convened its 15th annual General Assembly, an event to address "all matters of faith, government and discipline" at United Christian Church, 2200 Peerless Road in Cleveland, Tennessee. The theme is "Pressing Forward," according to Presiding Bishop Wade H. Phillips. Events continue through Sunday. Services are live-streamed for those who cannot attend. See the full schedule at

' Art gallery: Second Presbyterian Church, 700 Pine St., has opened its Chapel Art Gallery featuring works by local artists. Art may be viewed before and after the 11 a.m. Sunday service, until 1 p.m. (enter straight to the gallery through the gate at Pine and Seventh Street). A portion of proceeds from sales of the artworks will benefit church missions. For more information, call 423-266-2828 or visit

' Women's Day: New Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church, 139 E. 25th St., will celebrate its annual Women's Day on Sunday. Guest for the 11 a.m. service will be Pastor Zanthia Turner of Bread of Life World Outreach Ministries in Birmingham, Alabama.

' Patriot Day prayers: Scenic City Women's Network will join with the National Day of Prayer Task Force to present a Pray! Patriot Day 9/11 program at noon Tuesday at the Hamilton County Courthouse. City officials and community leaders will join to pray for the city, state and nation. In case of rain, events will move to Second Presbyterian Church, 700 Pine St. Preceding the program will be a prayer walk at 10:30 a.m. starting at the Seventh Street side of the courthouse. For more information, call 423-698-6262.

' Divorce support: A new DivorceCare support group is scheduled to start Tuesday at Hope Fellowship Evangelical Presbyterian Church, corner of Twin Cedars Road and Highway 27 in Chickamauga, Georgia. The group will meet 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays for 13 weeks. DivorceCare is a network of 15,000-plus churches worldwide equipped to offer such support. The nondenominational program offers practical information and biblical teaching on how to recover from divorce or separation. Sessions deal with common concerns such as anger, depression, loneliness, financial survival and moving on. Programs include a video seminar followed by a group discussion. Cost is $15. Each session stands alone, so participants can pick up any sessions they miss during the next 13-week cycle. For more information, go to Or call 423-264-8983 or 706-996-4802.

' Fall revival: Greater Tucker Missionary Baptist Church, 1115 N. Moore Road, will be in revival Tuesday through Thursday, meeting at 7 nightly. The theme is "You Shall Be My Witness," taken from Acts 1:8. Guest speaker is the Rev. Dr. Charles Lomax Jr. of St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Alcoa, Tennessee. For more information, visit

' Homecoming: Temple Baptist Church, 3204 Clio Ave., will celebrate its 79th homecoming on Sept. 16 with Brian Free & Assurance singing at the 10:30 a.m. service. Lunch will follow. There will be no afternoon or evening service. For more information, call the church office, 423-622-1913.

' Celebration of Hope: Hope Unlimited Ministries, which equips single mothers with spiritual and educational tools to cultivate Christ-centered families, will host this annual event 3-7 p.m. Sept. 16 at Coolidge Park, 200 River St. Pastor Vincent Carr of Cartersville, Georgia, and Faith Ecklund of Nashville be the musical guests. The day also includes food, testimonies of encouragement from single parents, health booths and activities for kids. Admission is free. Information: Rita Carr, executive director, 432-493-0288.

' Plant-Based Cooking School: Battlefield Community Seventh-day Adventist Church, 96 Hillman Lane, Ringgold, Ga., offers free, plant-based cooking seminars 6-8:30 p.m. on third Tuesdays (next is Sept. 18). Participants will be able to taste food prepared the health ministries staff and share recipes. 706-463-1415,

' Awana Clubs: Groups for children age 3 through sixth grade meet 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Sept. 19 at Hickory Valley Baptist Church, 2320 Hickory Valley Road. 423-892-1916.

' Women's Bible study: "The Shepherd With Me," a study of Psalm 23 prepared by Jennifer Rothschild, will be held 6:30-7:30 Wednesday nights starting Sept. 19 at Hickory Valley Baptist Church, 2320 Hickory Valley Road. 423-892-1916.

' Emergency preparedness: Registration deadline is Sept. 19 for an eight-hour management-level course for churches and other faith-based community organizations presented by Whitfield County Emergency Management on Oct. 3 at the EMA facility in Dalton, Georgia. Topics will include the role such organizations play during and after major disasters and the process for developing a local emergency plan. Contact Amy Ramsey at or 706-980-9728.

' Free family movies: Bridge Christian Church will present the final film in its seventh annual family movie series, Movies in the Park at Dark, in Heritage Park, 1428 Jenkins Road, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21. The scheduled film is a musical inspired by the story of P.T. Barnum's creation of the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Popcorn and drinks will be available for purchase. Bring your own blankets and chairs for seating.

' Forward grief support: Forward, an ecumenical group offering mutual support for those who have lost a spouse, no matter how recent or long ago, will begin a new series of small-group meetings Sept. 22. The group will meet 10-11:30 a.m. for seven weeks in the parlor of First-Centenary United Methodist Church, 419 McCallie Ave. There is no charge to atatend. Contact: Cindy Ruff, 423-756-2021.

' Divorce support: St. Jude Catholic Church begins the eight-session Journey of Hope Divorce Healing Program on Sept. 23, with meetings held 6:45-8:30 p.m. in the parish library. The program uses the teachings and sacraments of the Catholic Church to transform the loss and tragedy of divorce into wisdom, sensitivity and hope.

' Prophecy speaker: Dr. Jimmy DeYoung will speak on how to view current events in light of Bible prophecy in services at 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sept. 23 and at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24-26, at Hickory Valley Baptist Church, 2320 Hickory Valley Road. 423-892-1916.

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