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PERFORMANCES

* Christmas cantata: The Adult Choir of McKendree United Methodist Church, 106 Highway 150, Jasper, Tennessee, will present "Bethlehem Morning" by Russell Mauldin and Sue Smith at 11 a.m. CST Sunday, Dec. 15.

* Christmas cantata: The Worship Choir of St. Elmo United Methodist Church, 4626 St. Elmo Ave., Chattanooga, Tennessee, will present "Christmas Dreams Cantata" on Sunday, Dec. 15, from 6-7 p.m.

* "Messiah" sing-along: Chattanooga First Seventh-day Adventist Church, 7450 Standifer Gap Road, will host a community sing-along of Handel's "Messiah" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.

* Chattanooga Singing Circle: Center for Mindful Living, 400 E. Main St., Suite 150, hosts a community singing session to promote peace, with songs taught by repetitive call-and-response, 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. $10 suggested donation; free for children under 13. www.centermindfulliving.org.

* Christmas musical: "Messiah: Heaven's Glory" will be presented by the adult and children's choirs of Hickory Valley Baptist Church, 2320 Hickory Valley Road, at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. Free admission. Dessert reception follows. 423-892-2916.

* 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.

 

FUNDRAISERS

* Care Closet: A room that has been designated as East Lake Elementary School's new Care Closet will be cleaned out and organized from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. Volunteers for this interfaith school supply drive are welcome to help with the project or to drop off last-minute donations. The address is 7660 Goodwin Road. Of particular need are school uniforms (male and female polo shirts in blue, white, navy or yellow in children's sizes small to extra large and adult small and medium; pants, shorts or skirts in khaki or navy in children's sizes 5-16); all sizes of children's socks and underwear; ponytail holders, hairbrushes and combs; nonperishable snacks (granola bars, Goldfish crackers, individual boxes of cereal). Also needed are clothing racks; toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss; feminine sanitary products; gloves, scarves and winter hats; and throw blankets. Details at https://www.facebook.com/events/2507881182818616/.

* Angel Trees: The Salvation Army has extended its Angel Trees through Saturday, Dec. 14, to help fill 22 wish lists that were not immediately adopted or were adopted but no gifts returned. Tables will be set up through 8 p.m. at Hamilton Place and Northgate Mall. Donors choose a paper angel containing a wish list for clothing, toys or other crucial items. The qualified participants are families at or below the poverty line with children 12 or younger, as well as seniors 60 and older. 423-756-1023, www.csarmy.com.

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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