* SonRise tickets: Free tickets to Southern Adventist University's SonRise Resurrection Pageant on April 20 will be distributed to the public starting at 7 a.m. Monday at Hamilton Place (upper level by the Mall Information Desk near JCPenney). The 1-mile, handicap-accessible walk-through recreates six interactive scenes of Christ's last days. Tickets are required for everyone ages 7 and up. No more than seven tickets will be given to any family, no exceptions. The person picking up the tickets must be at least 16 years old. Typically, all 7,000 tickets are given away in 90 minutes. 423-236-7473.
Dalton’s ChristSchool announces new leadership
ChristChurch Presbyterian in Dalton, Georgia, has announced new appointments at its ChristSchool: Connie Daniels as director and Mary Hayes as assistant director. They are charged with leading the school’s child care and preschool programs and ensuring the school’s ability to serve the needs of the Dalton community.
The Rev. Eric Geil, senior pastor, says he’s excited to have the new leaders in place.
“We can’t wait to see how they build upon the foundation that has been established by previous leadership. I’m excited about the combination of experience, wisdom and faith that they bring to this vital ministry,” he says.
Daniels has decades of experience in public school administration serving in leadership roles as a teacher, administrator, principal and chief financial officer in Whitfield and Hall counties. During her career, she has led several award-winning initiatives that received statewide recognition.
Hayes enjoyed a 20-year career as a head trauma registered nurse in Florida and later as a Whitfield County school nurse before moving overseas. From 2001 to 2014, she and her husband lived and worked in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where she discovered her passion for teaching and earned her Montessori certification. She then worked as lead kindergarten teacher at the American International School of Jeddah. Since her return to the U.S., she has served as a lead pre-K teacher at ChristSchool for the past four years.
For more information, call ChristSchool at 706-226-KIDS (5437) or visit www.christschool.church.
* Watoto Children's Choir: This acclaimed choir of 17 orphans from Uganda will perform their new concert, "We Will Go," at Tracy City (Tennessee) Baptist Church, 531 Main St., at 5 p.m. CDT April 13 as part of a six-month U.S. tour. Such choirs have traveled the world since 1994 as part of the leadership training program at Watoto Child Care Ministries, which currently serves 3,000 children. 931-592-8100; www.watoto.com/choir.
* Passion play: Fairview United Methodist Church, 3901 Hamill Road, presents "In Christ Alone" at 5 p.m. April 14. A hot dog and chili dinner will follow. fairviewumchixson.com.
* Lenten cantata: The Roueche Chorale and Orchestra presents "Colors of Grace" by Joseph Martin at 7 p.m. April 16 at Brainerd Baptist Church, 300 Brookfield Ave. Admission is free. www.therouechechorale.org.
* "The Life of Christ": Back Alley Productions presents a biblical drama detailing the final days of Christ's life, from his early ministry to his crucifixion and resurrection, at 7:30 p.m. April 18-19 and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. April 20. The theater is at 117 N. Chattanooga St. in LaFayette, Ga. Tickets: $16 general, $13 senior/student. 706-621-2870, wwwbapshows.com.
* Jfest tickets: The third level of discounted Jfest tickets has sold out, leaving only one more level for discounts on advance purchases. Regularly priced tickets are $25 for the May 18 concert at the Tennessee Riverpark, featuring co-headliners Lecrae and Matthew West. While supplies last, early-bird tickets are available for $22. Purchase at www.Jfest.com.
* "C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert": Fellowship for Performing Arts presents this nationally touring production about the religious conversion from atheism by the British writer at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. Actor Max McLean stars as Lewis, considered one of the most influential Christian intellectuals of the 20th century. Tickets are $41-$61 ($30 for patrons 30 or younger; ID required). Purchase at box office, 709 Broad St.; at 423-757-5588 or www.tivolichattanooga.com. Groups of 10+, call 1-888-294-1733 or email Groupsales@fpatheatre.com.
* Let's Sing From Memory: Free social gatherings 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, are 1-2:30 p.m. first and third Tuesdays at Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave. Free. For more information: 423-266-1766, http://northsidepresbyterian.org.
* Plant giveaway: Daisy United Methodist Church, 9508 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy, will host its eighth annual Plant Giveaway 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 6. Choices will include seedlings, divisions of mature perennials and unwanted volunteer plants. There will be a limit of three free plants per person (must be present), with up to five additional plants available for $2 each. 423-326-9248.
* Gardening class: Orchard Park Seventh-day Adventist Church, 941 N. Orchard Knob Ave., will host Hamilton County Extension agents for a workshop on how, when and where to plant 9-11 a.m. Sunday. A limited number of free garden seeds and door prizes will be available. RSVP to 423-698-0707.
* TBME convention: Greater Tucker Missionary Baptist Church, 1115 N. Moore Road, will host the Adjourned Session of the Tennessee Baptist Missionary & Educational Convention Monday through Thursday. Worship services will begin each night at 6. The schedule is at www.tbmec.org. 423-510-9684.
* Ladies Bible study: "Steadfast Love," a video series based on Psalm 107 by Laura Chandler, will conclude at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hickory Valley Baptist Church, 2320 Hickory Valley Road. 423-892-1916.
* International Day: Destiny Church of Chattanooga, 3801 Brainerd Road, will host this world-adventure event, with foods from Mexico, Italy, Saint Kitts, Kenya and France, 4-7 p.m. April 13. $10. 423-596-5009.
* Passover Seder: Hickory Valley Baptist Church, 2320 Hickory Valley Road, will host a Passover Seder at 6 p.m. April 14.
* Chattanooga Praise Breakfast: Scenic City Women's Network sponsors this 25th annual event, set for 7-8:30 a.m. April 16, featuring keynote speaker Cissie Graham Lynch (granddaughter of Billy Graham) and praise music by Voices of Lee. Lynch is active in Samaritan's Purse, a ministry founded by her father, Franklin Graham, and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Kay Arthur, co-founder of Precept Ministries International, will receive the Lydia Award. $30 per person, $240 per table. Purchase tickets at www.scwn.org or call 423-698-6262.
* Nature of Grief series: Hospice of Chattanooga will present a grief support and information series the last three Tuesdays in April at McMinn Senior Activity Center, 205 McMinn Ave., Athens, Tenn. Sessions begin at 9 a.m. but are structured so that late arrivals are welcome. Each session addresses a different topic: April 16, "Learning About Grief — Tasks of Mourning and the ABCs of Grief"; April 23, "Giving Self Permission To Mourn — Reactions to Grief (stress, guilt, anger)"; and April 3, "Continuing Bonds Activity — Surviving the Holidays, Grieving and Growing." 423-892-4289.
* Bible classes: Faith Bible Institute, a nonprofit ministry with a satellite location in East Ridge, has opened registration for fall classes, which will meet 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 13-Dec. 3. Students study the Bible via DVD messages by Pastor John Yates. Participants may earn a three-year Bible college degree or audit. Cost is $139 for new students, $97 former students, $61 spouses. 423-802-3169; firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Marriage message: Covenant Keypers, a Chattanooga-based marriage and women's ministry, has begun a campaign for "Taking the Biblical Message of Marriage to the Next Generation." To host a presentation or contribute a tax-exempt gift, visit www.covenantkeypers.org or call 423-870-0071.
* Grief and Loss Art Expression Group: Weekly class, meeting 9-11 a.m. Thursdays at Hart Gallery, 110 E. Main St., uses art as a tool for dealing with grief and loss. Cost is $25 per session, payable on arrival. RSVP, with at least 24 hours notice, at www.eventbrite.com.
* ESL classes: Free training in English as a Second Language is offered at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Oakwood Baptist Church, 4501 Bonny Oaks Drive. 423-892-6414.
* It's Not My Fault Project: SNAP of Tennessee (the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) has launched a new initiative to raise awareness of clergy sexual abuse by having victims tell their stories at HopeChronicles.org. Anonymity is guaranteed unless the victim requests otherwise. The website RemembertheSurvivors.com also has information on the abuse crisis in Tennessee.
* Free food pantry: Brainerd Baptist Church is opening a community food pantry that works within the church's 2-1-1 ministry, part of a nationwide network that connects people in need of assistance with essential community services just by dialing 2-1-1. Food (and diaper) donations may be brought to the welcome desk at Brainerd Crossroads (the BX), 4011 Austin St. See the list of requests at www.brainerdbaptist.org/foodpantry. Questions? Call 423-624-2606.
* Free food pantry: St. Thaddaeus' Episcopal Church, 4300 Locksley Lane has a free food pantry, open 2-4 p.m. every Saturday. Those in need are asked to fill out a form stating their income to receive a bag of food. 423-892-2377.
* 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, especially of men's clothes, appreciated. Contact: R. Ludy at 423-933-6314.
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