* Fairview United Methodist Church: 3901 Hamill Road. "In Christ Alone" performance, 5 p.m. Sunday, with hot dog and chili dinner following. fairviewumchixson.com.
* Anglican Church of the Redeemer: 104 McBrien Road. Palm Sunday service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Maundy Thursday service, 6:30 p.m. Stations of the Cross, noon Friday, with Good Friday service immediately following; second Good Friday service, 6:30 p.m. The Great Vigil of Easter, 7 p.m. April 20 (with Kids Praise, 7-8 p.m.). Resurrection Sunday service, 10:30 a.m. April 21, with dinner and egg hunt following. 423-892-1101.
* Oakwood Community Church: (a Church of God of Prophecy), 3927 Webb Road. New Life Easter Revival services led by evangelist Orvel Hisell of Kentucky, 6 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Monday-April 21. 423-903-3652.
* Brainerd Baptist Church: 300 Brookfield Ave. The Roueche Chorale and Orchestra present "Colors of Grace," a Lenten cantata by Joseph Martin, at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Free admission. www.therouechechorale.org.
* Mars Theatre: 117 N. Chattanooga St., Ringgold, Ga. Back Alley Productions presents "The Life of Christ," 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. Thursday and Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. April 20. Tickets: $16 general, $13 senior/student. 706-621-2870, wwwbapshows.com.
* Middle Cross Baptist Church: 4009 Norcross Road, Hixson. Easter egg hunt, face painting, free hot dogs and music, 5:30 p.m. April 20. Easter services at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. April 21, with Sunday School at 10 a.m. 423-877-5742, http://themiddlecrossbaptistchurch.org.
* Watoto Children's Choir: Acclaimed choir of 17 orphans from Uganda will perform new concert, "We Will Go," at Tracy City (Tennessee) Baptist Church, 531 Main St., at 5 p.m. CDT Saturday 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 now serves 3,000 children. 931-592-8100; www.watoto.com/choir.
* Gospel singers: The Singing Logsdon Family from Indiana will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday at Oakwood Community Church (a Church of God of Prophecy), 3927 Webb Road. Their appearance precedes the Easter New Life Revival, April 14-21. 423-903-3652.
* A cappella singing: Tiftonia Church of Christ, 159 Brown's Ferry Road, has scheduled a cappella congregational singing 6-7 p.m. April 21 (and another May 19). Finger foods will be served afterward. Free. 423-800-2858.
* "C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert": Fellowship for Performing Arts presents nationally touring production about the religious conversion from atheism by the British writer at 4 p.m. April 27 at the Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. 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.
* 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. Saturday. $10. 423-596-5009.
* Passover Seder: Hickory Valley Baptist Church, 2320 Hickory Valley Road, will host a Passover Seder at 6 p.m. Sunday. 423-892-1916.
* Chattanooga Praise Breakfast: Scenic City Women's Network sponsors this 25th annual event, set for 7-8:30 a.m. Tuesday, 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.
Send us your ‘God Things’
For some, random events are not coincidence but providence, signs that God is at work behind the scenes. These experiences may not be dramatic, but they feel in some small way divine, as if a message from above has been delivered in an unexpected way.
Whether we fully understand them or not, God Things, God Winks, God Pokes, whatever you may call them, they can make us feel as if the Creator has spoken directly to us.
Have you experienced a God Thing? Please send your stories of guardian angels, divine intervention and other everyday miracles via email by Tuesday, April 16, to Life@timesfreepress.com (or drop off at the Times Free Press front desk, 400 E. 11th St.). Please include your name (full or first name/last initial) and where you live.
We’ll share your stories with other readers on Easter Sunday.
— Staff Report
* 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.
* Community garden: A partnership between The Net Resource Foundation and Healthier Tennessee will expand the community garden at Westside Missionary Baptist Church, 4001 Hughes Ave. A CommUnity Kickoff is scheduled 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday with vendors, information on community and residential gardens and walking groups. The garden will support the Right Hand Feeding Program and give residents access to a fresh, sustainable food source. For volunteer information, email Raquetta Dotley at email@example.com or call 423-401-0503.
* Gospel meeting: Minister B.J. Clarke will offer "Seven Timely Lessons From the Word of God" April 21-25 at Greens Lake Road Church of Christ, 1209 Greens Lake Road. Programs start at 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. that Sunday and at 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday.
* Spanish resource guide: La Paz Chattanooga, under the business development department Compania, will publish a Spanish-language resource guide for Latinx and Hispanic community members in late April. Titled "Descubre," the guide will be a catchall reference manual for agencies and information relevant to Chattanooga and Hamilton County. The guide will include information on municipal services, local attractions, nonprofit organizations, churches and schools. To learn more, email Angela Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org or call La Paz at 423-624-8414.
* Family Movie Night: First Baptist Church of Fort Oglethorpe, 2645 LaFayette Road, will show the inspirational movie "A Dog's Purpose" at 5 p.m. April 28. Popcorn and soft drinks available. Free admission; donations encouraged. 706-866-0232.
* 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; email@example.com.
* 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, opens its free food pantry 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 men's clothing) appreciated. Contact: R. Ludy at 423-933-6314.
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