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Photo from St. Timothy's Episcopal ChurchOfficer Trevor Tomas, center, of the Chattanooga Police Department, poses with St. Timothy's Episcopal Church members Scottie Flynn, Phyllis Cheal, Joselyn Willis and Margaret Smith, from left. St. Timothy's Thrift Shop, an outreach of the Signal Mountain church, recently donated "a generous number" of plush toys to the CPD for officers to use when they encounter children in need of comfort in stressful situations. The thrift shop, 627 Mississippi Ave., is the oldest continuous mission of the parish, operated since the 1950s by the church. Proceeds from sales support nonprofit agencies serving women and children on and off the mountain. "We hope these donations will help children feel safe when they need it the most," said Willis, the shop manager.

PERFORMANCES

' Gospel singings: Gospel singer Crystle Elam's schedule includes these appearances: Community Baptist Church, 11718 McGhee Road, Apison, 11 a.m. Sunday; Porter Road Church of God, 2240 Porter Road, Trenton, Georgia, 11 a.m. Feb. 24. www.crystleelam.com.

' Cantata series: The Chattanooga Bach Choir will continue its cantata series at 5 p.m. Sunday at Christ Church Episcopal, 663 Douglas St., with music for the third Sunday before Lent. Featured artists include Cynthia Johnson (soprano), Rachel Walls (alto), James Harr (tenor), Karla Fowkes (organ) and Kathleen DuRoy (violin). Tickets are $20; free to students. www.ChattanoogaBachChoir.org.

' U-Church: Lee University will open its spring U-Church series Sunday with Ballet Magnificat 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, http://northsidepresbyterian.org.

 

FUNDRAISERS

' Happy Shoes Project: The family of Ooltewah resident Sandi Sammons, who died in April 2017, have begun this project with CHI Memorial's Rees Skillern Cancer Institute to honor Sammons' memory and encourage other patients to "keep walking." The campaign supplies totes containing a pair of "happy shoes," which Sammons favored, to anyone undergoing cancer treatment. Learn more at www.happyshoes.org.

' 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 (specify 800 McCallie Ave. to participate in a grocery store delivery service). To participate, visit https://chattechelon.youcanbook.me.

' 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, is planning all-day flea market Saturday, Feb. 15 at Isbell Barbecue, 4801 Brainerd Road. Donations of cash, canned goods and nonperishable items may be dropped off on-site. 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.

' Fish fry: The men of Stanley United Methodist Church, 501 Dodson Ave., are planning "the ultimate fish fry experience" in support of Men's Day activities, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. On the menu: fish sandwiches for $5, fish plates for $8 and soft drinks, water and chips for $1 each.

 

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

' Celebration banquet: Second Missionary Baptist Church, 2305 E. Third St., will host a Black History Month banquet and celebration at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Theme is "Movement to Millennials." Tickets are $20. Call 423-624-9097 to inquire about availability.

' Speak Series: Dr. Jelani Favors, assistant professor of history at Clayton State University, is the guest for the fourth annual Black History Month Speak Series at 7 p.m. Thursday at Dalton State College, 650 College Drive, Dalton, Ga. (Brown Building, Room 105). The title of his talk is "A Charge To Keep: How Black Colleges Ignited the Civil Rights Movement and Transformed American Democracy." It will focus on themes from his forthcoming book, "Shelter in a Time of Storm: How Black Colleges Fostered Generations of Leadership and Activism." Admission is free.

' Commemoration: A commemorative service reflecting on the black experience with racism will be presented at 9:45 a.m. Feb. 24 at Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 1800 N. Chamberlain Ave. The era of the civil-rights movement will be highlighted through personal experiences with Jim Crow practices, including by oldest member Hazel Adams, who will be celebrating her 101st birthday. Children are especially invited to attend to hear of the sacrifices made toward racial equality. 423-698-0337.

' Guest speaker: Ash-Lee Henderson, co-executive director of Highlander Research & Education Center, will be the Black History Sunday speaker at Greater Tucker Baptist Church at the 10:45 a.m. worship service on Feb. 24. Greater Tucker is is at 1115 N. Moore Road. http://greatertuckerbaptistchurch.org.

 

PROGRAMS, EVENTS

' Pastor anniversary: The Ark Church, 2200 Rawlings St., will celebrate the 18th pastoral anniversary of Pastor Jeffrey Jefferson and his wife, Lynn, in services at 11 a.m. Sunday. Guests will be Pastor Kenneth Scaife and New Hope Baptist Church of Dalton, Ga. 423-771-7182.

' Jubilee: Friendship Baptist Church, 1005 Gadd Road in Hixson, is celebrating Jubilee with a week of events. Sunday: 11 and 6 p.m., the Rev. T.D. Burgess preaches; Jimmy Caudill sings at the evening service. Monday: 7 p.m., Pastor Justin Gazaway preaches and Caudill sings. Tuesday: 7 p.m., Pastor David Sampson preaches and Parkway Baptist Church Choir sings. Wednesday: 7 p.m., Youth Emphasis Night with evangelist Trey Holland preaching and music by the Power of One Singers. Thursday and Friday: 7 p.m., evangelist Brent Carr preaches and the Carr Family sings. Feb. 24: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., evangelist Carr preaches and the Carr Family sings. 423-290-6353.

' Work as Worship livestream: First-Centenary United Methodist Church will host a livestream of the Work as Worship retreat on Friday 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 include Francis Chan, church planter and best-selling author; Megan Alexander, "Inside Edition" correspondent; Jon Acuff, New York Times best-selling author; and Steve Green, president of Hobby Lobby. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost is $30, lunch provided. Find the link to register at www.workasworshipretreat.org.

' Mothers' retreat: Chattanooga House of Prayer, 3912 Dayton Blvd., Suite 200, will offer "Pause: A Prayer Retreat for Moms" 8:30 a.m.-noon Feb. 23. The session will provide an opportunity for rest, connection, worship and spiritual reawakening through guided and individual times of prayer. Breakfast is included in the $20 cost. Child care is available for a nominal fee. Register with mickiann@chatthop.org or visit www.chatthop.org.

' "Heroin(e)" screening: Two prominent figures in "Heroin(e)," an Oscar-nominated documentary about the opioid epidemic in Huntington, West Virginia, will be in Chattanooga on Feb. 23. Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader and Cabell County Judge Patricia Keller will be at Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave., from 10 a.m. to noon for a screening of the film and Q&A to follow. Admission is free. 423-266-1766.

' Humanist assembly: Dan Barker, author of the new book "Mere Morality," will be the dinner guest of the Chattanooga Humanist Assembly at 5 p.m. Feb. 24 at Unitarian Universalist Church, 3224 Navajo Drive. The monthly potluck starts at 5 p.m., with remarks by Barker at 6 p.m. Free. Learn more at ChattanoogaHumanists.org.

' Separation of church and state: Noted atheist Dan Barker will speak on the separation of church and state Feb. 25 at Dalton State College, 650 College Drive, Dalton, Georgia. The free talk will begin at 7 p.m. in the James Brown Building, Room 105. The event is hosted by the DSC chapter of Secular Student Alliance.

' SCWN luncheon: Scenic City Women's Network will hold its monthly Marketplace Luncheon at noon Feb. 28 at the Mountain City Club, 729 Chestnut St. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. This month's speaker is Barbara Marter, executive director of the Weldon F. Osborne Foundation. Cost is $20. RSVP by Feb. 26 at www.scwn.org.

' Center for Healthy Aging: CHI Memorial has opened a second Center for Healthy Aging in the Chattanooga Housing Authority's Boyton Terrace Apartments, 957 Boynton Drive. The centers specialize in geriatric medicine to help adults remain healthy and active as they age. Alycia Cleinman, M.D., a board-certified geriatric and internal medicine physician, is the medical director. All local residents 65 and older are welcome. Office hours are 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. The original location, in the Memorial Missionary Ridge Medical Tower, 725 Glenwood Drive, Suite E-786, is open 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 7:30 a.m.-noon Friday. It accepts younger patients, 55 and older. Call 423-682-8150 for more information.

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