Choir tour: The nationally recognized Millikin University Choir will stop in Chattanooga on Monday as part of a 16-day, five-state winter tour. The 43-voice ensemble, the flagship of the Illinois university's choral fleet, is led by Dr. Brad Holmes, director of choir programs. Their performance here starts at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 401 Gateway Ave. Admission is free; freewill offerings are accepted.

CD premiere: Vocalist Ben Jenkins and pianist Ethan McGrath perform music from their new album, "The Invitation," consisting largely of McGrath's compositions plus hymns and other favorites, at 5 p.m. Jan. 13 at Chattanooga First Seventh-day Adventist Church, 7450 Standifer Gap Road. An offering will be received to help defray the costs of the event.

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,


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.

Redeemer cookbook: Anglican Church of the Redeemer has copies of its congregational cookbook available for $10. Proceeds go toward Outreach ministries. For purchase information, call 423-892-1101 or email

Lyerly cookbook: Lyerly United Methodist Church has copies of its third cookbook, "Feeding the Flock," available. To order, send $10, plus $3 shipping and handling, to Lyerly United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 152, Lyerly, GA 30730. Call JoAnn Mitchell, 706-895-2636, for information on buying from a church member or a Chattooga County business.

Payne's Chapel cookbook: Payne's Chapel United Methodist Church in Lookout Mountain, Ga., still has copies of its latest cookbook, "Payne's Chapel Cooks." Proceeds will go into the church building fund. Cost is $12, plus $2 shipping/handling if mailed. To order, email or leave a message at 706-820-2095.


Missionary visits: Dr. Elizabeth "Izzi" Elliott, a medical missionary to Gabon in Central Africa, will speak at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Anglican Church of the Redeemer, 104 McBrien Road. 423-892-1101,

Jewish Film Series: Three Jewish-themed, award-winning documentary films produced in Israel and the United States will be shown on three consecutive Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m. beginning Jan. 9 with "Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray" at the Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace. Films are suitable for ages 16 and older. Individual tickets are $8 per person, which includes complimentary popcorn and a soft drink. Other films in the series are "Land of Milk and Funny" on Jan. 16 and "Inside the Mossad" on Jan. 23. 423-493-0270,

Res Publica lectures: Professors Mark Holtzapple and Micah Green, both of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, will give two public lectures Friday using Christian views on environmental stewardship as a framework to examine the economic, religious and political aspects of climate change. Programs start at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Covenant College, 14049 Scenic Highway, Lookout Mountain, Georgia. Admission is free.

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.

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 should bring their voucher from the Chattanooga Area Food Bank to receive a bag of food. 423-892-2377.

Women's Bible study: "The Shepherd With Me," a study of Psalm 23 prepared by Jennifer Rothschild, is held 6:30-7:30 Wednesday nights at Hickory Valley Baptist Church, 2320 Hickory Valley Road. 423-892-1916.

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.

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. Contact: R. Ludy at 423-933-6314.

Siskin Museum of Religious Artifacts: Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday at Siskin Children's Institute, 1101 Carter St. The facility is home to more than 400 religious pieces (247 Judaic and 140 Christian), ranging from the 16th to 20th century. Other religions and philosophies represented include Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Confucianism. 423-648-1700,

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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