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PERFORMANCES

* Community concert: First Baptist Church of Fort Oglethorpe, 2745 LaFayette Road, presents "Music Sets You Free"concert, featuring Ally Grace Thomas, Dave Boling, Ryan Stinson, Jim Forester, Got Mercy Trio and Eric Show, 5-6:30 p.m. Saturday. Free admission; donations and pledges accepted for church's Building Debt Retirement Campaign. 706-866-0232.

* Benefit concert: A Sunday concert will help The Dragonfly Effect collect supplies for its fifth annual Christmas drive to benefit the Chattanooga Community Kitchen and the area's homeless population. Marty Manus, Dallas Walker, Sexy Beast and Prince tribute band Purple Masquerade will perform 3-9 p.m. at Songbirds, 35 Station St. The goal is to collect 2,500 backpacks for adults and 250 for children, filled with $25 worth of personal hygiene items, nonperishable foods and items for warmth (the Forgotten Child Fund provides toys and coats). Filled backpacks are your ticket in, or pay $18 (plus fees) Saturday or $25 Sunday at www.eventbrite.com. Commemorative T-shirts are $18 and $22 in advance, $20 and $25 day of.

* Reunion concert: Past and present members of the choir at Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 4100 Highland Ave., will present their annual reunion concert at 5 p.m. Sunday.

* Christian Karaoke Coffeehouse: Next in the monthly series at Oakwood Church of God of Prophecy, 3927 Webb Road, is 5-8 p.m. Sept. 7 (recently changed to first Saturdays from fourth Saturdays). Bring soundtracks and be prepared to sing. Small donation will be taken at the door from anyone older than 10. Concessions will be available.

 

FUNDRAISERS

* Inside yard sale: First Calvary Baptist Church, 300 W. Bell Ave., will have air-conditioned bargains for sale 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday to raise money for the Ladies Ministry. Hamburgers and hot dogs with chips and drink will be available for $6.

* Trek Thru Truth gala: Tickets are available through Friday for the second annual gala to raise funds for Trek Thru Truth, a Bible-based children's museum under development in Cleveland, Tennessee. The gala is set for 6-9 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Church of God of Prophecy Ministry Training Center, 3720 Keith St. NW in Cleveland. Corporate sponsorships ($1,000), corporate tables ($750) and individual tickets ($75) may be purchased at 423-665-9229 or www.trekthrutruth.com.

 

PROGRAMS, EVENTS

* Community picnic: Fairview United Methodist Church, 3901 Hamill Road, will offer family games and serve hamburgers, hot dogs and ice cream at 5 p.m. Saturday, accompanied by music with Edwin Hixson. Bring an instrument and join in. fairviewumchixson.com.

* National speaker: Bethany Christian Services of Greater Chattanooga will present "A Morning With Rosaria Butterfield" Saturday at Redemption to the Nations Church, 1908 Bailey Ave. The author of "The Gospel Comes With a House Key" will share her experiences of how radically ordinary hospitality can allow strangers to become neighbors and those neighbors to become part of God's family. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., with welcome and worship at 10 a.m. and the keynote at 10:15 a.m. An introduction to the Safe Families for Children ministry will follow at 11:15 a.m. The program concludes at 11:45 a.m. Cost is $32 per person, $25 for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are on eventbrite.com. Questions? Call 423-622-7360.

* Church anniversary: Hawkinsville Missionary Baptist Church, 7463 Pinewood Drive, will celebrate 109 years in services at 11 a.m. Sunday with Dr. David L. Banks and the congregation of Empowerment Church as special guests. Homecoming dinner will follow the morning service.

* Homecoming service: Ringgold First Baptist Church, 7611 Nashville St., Ringgold, Georgia, will celebrate homecoming at 11 a.m. Sunday with a service on "Words of Appreciation" and lunch following in the fellowship hall.

* Testimony services: David Smith will relate how God rescued him from a life of crime and drugs in Atlanta's housing projects to become CEO of Living Drug Rehabilitation Center in East Tennessee at the 11 a.m. service Sunday at Oakwood Church of God of Prophecy, 3927 Webb Road. The 6 p.m. service will feature testimonies by those who were healed or touched at the previous Sunday's service, along with singing by the Victorious Gospel Singers. 423-903-3652.

* Community Bible Study: Chattanooga Prayer Group will begin a women's Bible study class Wednesday, meeting 9:30-11 a.m. weekly at First Presbyterian Church, 554 McCallie Ave., Room 211. To register, contact Patty Fosse at 423-619-1352 or pdfosse@gmail.com.

* Fall revival: The Rev. Dr. Charles F. Lomax Jr., senior pastor of St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Alcoa, Tennessee, will lead the fall revival at Greater Tucker Missionary Baptist Church, 1115 N. Moore Road, Sept. 3-5. Services start at 7 nightly.

* Hydration volunteers: Starting in September, Modern Hippie, a community-service organization for youth, will need volunteers 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays to distribute water bottles, fresh water and nutrition to those in need as part of its Stay Hydrated campaign. Volunteers will meet at Olivet Baptist Church, 740 E. M.L. King Blvd. Updates will be announced via social media: @modernhippie.us on Instagram and @modernhippieUS on Twitter. For more information, email contact.modernhippie@gmail.com or go to www.modernhippie.us.

* Grounded Kids Ministries: Middle Cross Baptist Church, 4009 Norcross Road, will begin Grounded Kids Ministries on Sept. 4. The ministry for ages 3-12 is held 6:30-7:30 p.m. each Wednesday during the school year. Snacks are served at 6:20 p.m. 423-877-5742, themiddlecrossbaptistchurch.org.

* Chattanooga Tea Party will host David Barton, nationally recognized author, speaker and founder of WallBuilders, 6-9 p.m. Sept. 6 at Stuart Heights Baptist Church's Hixson campus, 1505 Cloverdale Drive. The theme is "One Nation Under God." WallBuilders is a national pro-family organization that emphasizes moral, religious and constitutional heritage with a goal of exerting influence in government policy. There is no cost to attend, but donations will be received to help defray costs. www.chattanoogateaparty.com, www.wallbuilders,com.

* Stephen Ministry: First Presbyterian Church, 554 McCallie Ave., has opened registration for an introductory Stephen Ministry workshop, to train laypeople to provide one-on-one Christian care to hurting people, to be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m Sept. 7. Admission fee is $15 per person, $50 per congregation (four or more). To register, call 314-428-2600 or visit www.stephenministry.org/workshop.

* Civil discourse: St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 630 Mississippi Ave., Signal Mountain, will host a forum on civil discourse in schools at 6 p.m. Sept. 8. The specific topic grew out of a series of forums in 2018 on the broad topic of civil discourse. Students and educators will offer discussion and take questions from the audience. 423-886-2281.

* Lesson & Lunch: Oakwood Church of God of Prophecy, 3927 Webb Road, hosts this program every Wednesday. The pastor's wife, Teresa Lee, leads the lesson at 11 a.m., and lunch follows at noon. 423-903-3652.

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

* Free food pantry: Brainerd Baptist Church's community food pantry is available through the 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 appreciated, especially of men's clothing. Contact: R. Ludy at 423-933-6314.

* 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, oumclive.org/recovery.

* 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, brainerdbaptist.org/celebrate-recovery.

* 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.

To be included in Faith Briefs, send information to Life@timesfreepress.com. Listings must be sent by Wednesday morning each week.

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