Faith Briefs

Faith Briefs

January 11th, 2019 by Lisa Denton in Life Entertainment


' 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. Sunday at Chattanooga First Seventh-day Adventist Church, 7450 Standifer Gap Road. Free admission, but 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 towards 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.



' M.L. King Celebration: The Unity Group of Chattanooga has scheduled a 10-day commemoration of the life of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Get complete details on the group's Facebook page.

* Saturday, Jan. 12: "The 21st Century Fight by African American Native Americans Against Racism & Apartheid in Indian Country," by Cherokee Freedmen President Marilyn Vann of Oklahoma, 1 p.m. at New Covenant Fellowship, 1326 N. Moore Road.

* Sunday: M.L. King Gospel Concert, with Chozen, OBC Mass Choir, Spiritual Highlights, Inspirational Praise Choir, Hawkinsville Male Chorus, Tucker Baptist Mass Choir and Jeff C Celebration Praise Team, 5 p.m. at Greater Tucker Baptist Church, 1115 N. Moore Road.

* Monday: "Honoring Black Power 'Poppa' Willie Ricks" and "Remembering M.L. King as a Political Prisoner," 6 p.m. at Eastdale Village Community United Methodist Church, 1403 Tunnel Blvd.

* Tuesday: "Community Control Now! On the Road to Liberation," sponsored by Concerned Citizens for Justice, 6 p.m. at Bethel AME Church, 2000 Walker St.

* Thursday: "The Need for a Third Political Party," 6 p.m. at Eastdale Village Community United Methodist Church, 1403 Tunnel Blvd.

* Friday: "The State of Tennessee: A New Normal Revisited," 6 p.m. at Westside Baptist Church, 4001 Hughes Ave.

* Jan. 19: Annual Prayer Breakfast, featuring Daryl Arnold of Overcoming Believers Church in Knoxville, 9 a.m. at Second Missionary Baptist Church, 2305 E. Third St. $25 ticket.

* Jan. 20: M.L. King Birthday Party, 4 p.m. at Olivet Baptist Church, 740 E. M.L. King Blvd.

* Jan. 21: M.L. King March & Parade, 4 p.m.; assembling at 3:30 p.m. at 736 E. M.L. King Blvd. (at Peeples Street) and marching less than a mile to Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. Followed by program at the Tivoli, "Now Is the Time To Act," by Lance Watson of St. Paul's Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia.

' Day of Service: Applications are due by Monday for anyone interested in volunteering, submitting a project or donating supplies for Chattanooga's annual citywide MLK Day of Service, Jan. 21, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Day of Service kicks off at 8 a.m. at UTC's Maclellan Gym, where volunteers will meet for breakfast and a pep rally. Existing projects include church, community and cemetery cleanups, fair housing education and surveys, and installation of smoke alarms. Applications are at

' Jewish Film Series: "Land of Milk and Funny," the second of three Jewish-themed, award-winning documentary films, will be shown at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace. Films are suitable for ages 16 and older. Individual tickets are $8 per person, which includes popcorn and soft drink. The final film is "Inside the Mossad" on Jan. 23. Information: 423-493-0270,

' Public health talk: A national expert on public health, David R. Williams, Ph.D, of Harvard University, will give a talk at Southern Adventist University on the complex ways in which socioeconomic status, race, stress, racism, health behavior and religious involvement can affect health. The Everyday Discrimination Scale Williams developed is one of the most widely used measures of discrimination in health studies. His program is set for 11 a.m. Thursday in the Iles PE Center on the Collegedale campus. Information: 423-236-2814.

' Dinner With the Doctor: Hixson Seventh-day Adventist Church, 6424 Hixson Pike, sponsors a health and wellness session with Dr. Mike Hollie 6-8 p.m. Jan. 22. Participants will learn the secret to losing weight without dieting. The $5 fee includes the health lecture, complete dinner and recipes. Information: 423-386-5451,,

' SCWN luncheon: Reservations are due by noon Jan. 23 for the monthly luncheon of the Scenic City Women's Network on Jan. 24 at the Mountain City Club, 729 Chestnut St. Guest speaker is Dave Worland, president of Leadership Ministries Worldwide. Luncheon cost is $20. RSVP at

' 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.

' 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.

' 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.

' 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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