Faith Briefs, Feb. 8-15

Faith Briefs, Feb. 8-15

February 8th, 2019 by Lisa Denton in Life Entertainment


Information that has been running in Faith Briefs about the free food pantry offered at St. Thaddaeus’ Episcopal Church each Saturday should have said that those in need would be asked to fill out a form stating their income to receive a bag of food. A Chattanooga Area Food Bank voucher is not required.


* Gospel singings: Gospel singer Crystle Elam's schedule includes these appearances: Highway to Heaven Church, 1413 Knoxville Ave., Athens, Tennessee, 6:30 p.m. Saturday; Clay Hill Baptist Church, 594 County Road 675, Riceville, Tennessee, 10 a.m. Sunday; Manila Chapel Baptist, 467 County Road 415, Athens, Tennessee, 6 p.m. Sunday; Alpine Baptist Church senior luncheon, 4720 Stagg Road, Hixson, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday; Community Baptist Church, 11718 McGhee Road, Apison, 11 a.m. Feb. 17.

* Cantata series: The Chattanooga Bach Choir will continue its cantata series at 5 p.m. Feb. 17 at Christ Church Episcopal, 663 Douglas St., with music chosen specifically for the third Sunday before Lent. Tickets are $20; free to students.

* U-Church: Lee University will open its spring U-Church series on Feb. 17 with Ballet Magnifat performing the original ballet "Prodigal's Journey." The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. in Conn Center on the Cleveland, Tennessee, campus. Ballet Magnificat is a Mississippi-based professional company with a mission "to magnify the Lord through dance." U-Church is free and nonticketed. Seating is first-come, first-served. 423-614-8347.

* 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,


* Tea, flea market: Good Neighbors, founded in 1952 to help people in need of emergency services who don't meet the standard requirements for public assistance, will kick off its annual fundraising campaign with the inaugural Red and White Tea 3-5 p.m. Saturday at Whiteside Faith Manor, 735 E. 10th St. The all-day flea market is Feb. 16 at Isbell Barbecue, 4801 Brainerd Road. Donations of cash, canned goods and nonperishable items may be dropped off at the flea market or at Good Neighbors, 737 E. 10th St. The goal is to raise $25,000 to continue services and 5,000 pounds of food to donate to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. Contact: Wiley Morton, 423-653-4611.

* Fruit drive: Echelon, a chapter of early to midcareer professionals supporting The Salvation Army, has launched a Google appointment calendar to allow people to sign up to supply fresh fruit to the homeless. Fruit, with its shorter shelf life, is rarely donated in food drives. The challenge has been how to organize contributions so that the day shelter has a steady supply of fresh fruit in the right quantity. The online calendar allows people to sign up for a day and time for delivery. If using a grocery store's delivery service, specify 800 McCallie Ave. To participate, visit

* Cold-weather shelter: The Salvation Army is seeking assistance with overnight shelters for the homeless when temperatures dip below freezing. Operating cost is about $300 per night, which is not included in the agency's budget. Donations of coats, blankets and money are accepted at 822 McCallie Ave. Monetary donations also may be made online at or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Volunteers who can help staff the shelter should email or call 423-505-9747.


* Celebration banquet: Second Missionary Baptist Church, 2305 E. Third St., will host a Black History Month banquet and celebration at 6 p.m. Feb. 16. Theme is "Movement to Millennials." Reserve $20 tickets by Wednesday at 423-624-9097.


* Forward: Grief support group starts another seven-week session 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday in the parlor at First-Centenary United Methodist Church, 419 McCallie Ave. The ecumenical group offers mutual support for stepping forward into the future for those who have lost a spouse, no matter how recent or long ago. There is no charge. Call Cindy Ruff at 423-756-2021 for more information.

* Theologian visits: Noted theologian Dr. Will Willimon will discuss his book "Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love" on Sunday at Rivermont Presbyterian Church, 3319 Hixson Pike. He will preach at 10 a.m., then meet with participants for brunch and a discussion of how those with many different beliefs and practices can come together with love and hope. 423-877-8527,

* Leftist activism: Chattanooga Humanist Assembly grassroots organizer Patricia Bazemore will lead a talk on "Resistance in Religion, Atheism, Local Politics & Feminism" at 5 p.m. Sunday at Unitarian Universalist Church of Chattanooga, 3224 Navajo Drive. A potluck will follow.

* Healing service: Oakwood Community Church, 3927 Webb Road (off Highway 58) will hold a healing service at 6 p.m. Sunday. Several ministers will take part with Pastor Barry Lee, along with special singers including Red Burrows and Victorious.

* Encounter Tour: Best-selling Christian authors Lysa Terkeurst and Levi Lusko, along with worship leader Mack Brock and speaker/author Shelene Bryan, will be in Chattanooga on Sunday as part of a nine-state tour to share their biblical teachings and music. The program starts at 7 p.m. at City Church of Chattanooga, 7122 Lee Highway. Tickets are $25 to $85, with VIP experiences available. Tickets are at (search for Encounter Tour Chattanooga).

* Work as Worship livestream: First-Centenary United Methodist Church will host a livestream of the Work as Worship retreat on Feb. 22 in its Oak Street Center, 433 Oak St. The Dallas event is designed to encourage business professionals to want their faith to impact their work. Speakers are Francis Chan, church planter and best-selling author; Megan Alexander, "Inside Edition" correspondent; Jon Acuff, New York Times best-selling author; Jeffrey Wright, CEO of UMI; Steve Green, president of Hobby Lobby; Andrew Wexler, CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment; Helen Mitchell, director for faith, work and economics at Biola University; Chris Patton, CEO of His Way at Work and partner in the Mike Patton Auto Family; and Liz Bohannon, founder and CEO of Sseko Designs. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost is $30, lunch provided. Find the link to register at

* Free food pantry: St. Thaddaeus' Episcopal Church, 4300 Locksley Lane (off Murray Hills Drive in the Highway 58 area), has begun 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: Donations of men's clothes especially needed. 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. Contact: R. Ludy at 423-933-6314.

* Spanish resource guide: La Paz Chattanooga, under the business development department Compania, will publish a Spanish-language resource guide for Latino 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 or call La Paz at 423-624-8414.

* 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 Anonymity is guaranteed unless the victim requests otherwise. The website also has information on the abuse crisis in Tennessee.

* Habitat homeowners: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area, a faith-based nonprofit that builds homes for those in need, is accepting applications from families and individuals interested in becoming Habitat homeowners. To obtain a prequalifying questionnaire, visit or call 423-756-0507.

* Kidz on the Rock: Groups for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade meet at 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays as well as 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at White Oak Baptist Church, 301 Memorial Drive in Red Bank.

* 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.

* Exercise class: Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave., offers an exercise class focusing on strength, energy and balance 10:30-11:30 a.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. Open to all ages and skill levels. $5 per class. 423-266-1766.

* 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,

* 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,

* 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.

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