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THANKSGIVING

* Thanksgiving community dinner: This 20th annual event will start at 1 p.m. Nov. 16 at St. Paul AME Church, 2514 Williams St. Youth departments of six participating AME churches sponsor the dinner: Allen Temple, Bethel, Joseph Chapel, St. James, St. Paul and Warren Chapel. Receive a free dinner with a donation of nonperishable food items for needy families. To alert organizers of a family in need, call 423-267-6869. Donations also may be dropped off at the church 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays.

 

CHRISTMAS

* Angel Trees: The Salvation Army in Chattanooga and Cleveland has set up Angel Trees at Hamilton Place, Northgate Mall and Bradley Square Mall. Thousands of volunteers are needed to adopt angels, purchasing gifts for children or elderly residents in need, and ring bells for the red kettle campaign. Chattanooga's red kettle goal is $425,000. Cleveland's red kettle goal is $120,000. Stands are equipped for online giving through QR codes, Apple Pay and Google Pay. 423-503-1801, www.csarmy.com.

* Food collection: Residents of Ashwood Square Retirement Community, 7683 Shallowford Road, are hosting a food drive benefiting the Chattanooga Area Food Bank through Nov. 25. Nonperishable food items may be dropped off 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Particularly needed are single-serving mac and cheese, single-serving oatmeal, peanut butter, canned ready-to-eat meals and canned fruits, vegetables and meats. 423-308-6899.

 

PERFORMANCES

* Cumberland at 4: The concert series at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Moore Road, continues at 4 p.m. Sunday with harpist Rachael Lodenkamp. The Ashton Family Ensemble will perform the following Sunday, Nov. 17. Free admission. www.firstcumberland.com.

* Community Harvest Hymn Festival: Signal Mountain Ministerial Association presents sixth annual event led by choirs of Signal Mountain Presbyterian, St. Timothy's Episcopal and Signal Crest United Methodist and Signal Mountain United Methodist churches, plus Signal Presbyterian's Youth Choir and Westminster Singers, 4-5:15 p.m. Sunday at Signal Mountain Presbyterian, 612 James Blvd. Free admission; love offering accepted for Signal Mountain Social Services. 423-886-2190.

* Chattanooga Bach Choir and Orchestra opens its 35th season of masterworks concerts Nov. 16 with "Choral Masterpieces Based on Gregorian Chant," sacred songs created in the early days of the Christian church that became the foundation of Western liturgical music. The concert starts at 8 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St. Tickets: $25 adults, free for students. Purchase at the door or in advance at www.chattanoogabachchoir.org.

* Chattanooga Singing Circle: Center for Mindful Living, 400 E. Main St., Suite 150, hosts intergenerational, non-auditioned community singing session to promote peace, with songs taught by call-and-response repetition, 3-4:30 p.m. Nov. 17. $10 suggested donation; free for children under 13. www.centermindfulliving.org.

* U-Church: Lee University's atypical worship series will feature the student-led "An Evening of Worship" at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in Conn Center on the Cleveland campus. U-Church is free and nonticketed. Seating is first-come, first-served. For information, contact Joyce Lane at jlane@leeuniversity.edu or 423-614-8347. For child care, email jillbarnett@leeuniversity.edu.

* 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.

 

PROGRAMS, EVENTS

* Homecoming: Founding pastor Odell Broadway will lead homecoming services starting at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Middle Cross Baptist Church, 4009 Norcross Road, Hixson. Lunch will follow in the Family Life Center. There will be no Sunday School or evening service. 423-877-5742, themiddlecrossbaptistchurch.com.

* Holiday grief: Welcome Home of Chattanooga, which provides end-of-life care to those in need, partners with The Chattery for a free program identifying ways to make it through the holidays after a loss or to help others, 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Hospice of Chattanooga Bereavement Center, 4413 Oakwood Drive. Program will be led by Susan Latta, a longtime bereavement counselor with Hospice of Chattanooga. RSVP by emailing info@welcomehomeofhattanooga.org or by calling 423-355-5842. www.welcomehomeofchattanooga.org.

* Foreign Policy Supper Club: B'nai Zion and the Jewish Federation of Chattanooga will co-host a program by Dr. Perry Brickman on the anti-Semitism in colleges and universities Nov. 18 at the Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace. Brickman's new book, "Extracted," details the rampant anti-Semitism at Emory University Dental School in the 1950s. Dinner starts at 6 p.m., and the program at 7 p.m. The program is free; dinner is $12. RSVP at jewishchattanooga.com.

* Movie night: New Hope Presbyterian Church, 7301 Shallowford Road, will screen "It's a Wonderful Life" at 5 p.m. Nov. 15. A chili supper will be served. RSVP to Marilyn at 423-432-8866.

* Study session: New Hope Presbyterian Church, 7301 Shallowford Road, will explore the themes of goodness, godliness, prayers and miracles in a four-week study session meeting 10-11:30 a.m. Nov. 16, Nov. 23, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14. 423-432-8866.

* Israel advocacy: Christians United for Israel, North Georgia Chapter, will host three nondenominational programs on why Christians should support Israel. All feature Pastor Victor Styrsky, CUFI's national outreach director and eastern regional coordinator, as well as other guests. "Why Israel" programs are at 6 p.m. Nov. 17 at Dry Valley Baptist Church, 451 Dry Valley Road, Summerville, and 6 p.m. Nov. 24 at Battlefield Parkway Church of the Nazarene, 3220 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe. Free admission to both. An Israel Advocacy Breakfast is 9-10:30 a.m. Nov. 23, at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, 66 Westbrook Road, Ringgold, Ga., Cost is $10; reservations are needed. Contact Margaret Bean at 423-645-1552 or email mrbean1@catt.com. www.cufi.org.

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