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THANKSGIVING

* Gratefull Chattanooga: Sixth annual citywide potluck is 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, at one long table in the street in the 200 block of E. M.L. King Boulevard in front of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center. All are welcome to partake in the meal. For information on donating money, bringing a dish, sponsoring a dish or helping with setup and cleanup, visit www.causeway.org/gratefull.

 

CHRISTMAS PREP

* Buy a Tree. Change a Life.: Christmas tree sale through a nonprofit dedicated to helping children globally and locally opens at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Lee University's Schimmel's Park in Cleveland. Churches in 17 states now support the sale, a partnership with People for Care and Learning and Serving Orphans Worldwide. The sale continues until trees are gone. Hours are 1-9 p.m. opening day, noon-9 p.m. thereafter. www.buyatreecleveland.com.

* Food collection: Residents of the Ashwood Square Retirement Community, 7683 Shallowford Road, are hosting a food drive benefiting the Chattanooga Area Food Bank through Monday, Nov. 25. Nonperishable food items may be dropped off from 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: First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Moore Road, hosts violinist Jaime Jorge at 4 p.m. Sunday, part of a series of concerts through early December. Free admission. www.firstcumberland.com.

* Sunday Afternoon at Simpson: The Scenic City Chorale will perform in this free concert series at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at Simpson United Methodist Church, 601 McFarland Ave., Rossville.

 

FUNDRAISERS

* Bake sale (and more): St. Timothy's Episcopal Church is hosting its annual bake sale starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, outside Adams Automotive, 821 Ridgeway Ave., Signal Mountain. Side dishes and casseroles, just in time for Thanksgiving meals, are also included. The sale benefits St. Isidore's Meal Ministry for families in need.

* 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.

* Baby bottle change drive: Women's Enrichment Center in Dalton is seeking families, churches and organizations to fill baby bottles with their spare change. Start and stop dates can be at any time, though one suggestion is to pass out multiple bottles to family members at Thanksgiving and collect them at Christmas gatherings. Donations are tax-deductible. Request bottles through leah@wecnorthga.org.

 

PROGRAMS, EVENTS

* Hear Now Coffee Hour: David M. Harrison, director of Let My People Hear, leads this free meeting for people who struggle with hearing loss at 8 a.m. Saturdays in the fellowship hall at Ponders Funeral Home, 4203 Brainerd Road. The building is wheelchair-accessible and equipped with listening units for hearing accessibility. 423-624-1669, letmypeoplehear@yahoo.com.

* Israel advocacy: Christians United for Israel, North Georgia Chapter, will host two nondenominational programs on why Christians should support Israel. Both feature Pastor Victor Styrsky, CUFI's national outreach director and eastern regional coordinator, as well as other guests. An Israel Advocacy Breakfast is 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, 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. A "Why Israel" program is at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at Battlefield Parkway Church of the Nazarene, 3220 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe. Free admission.

* Church anniversary: Joseph Chapel AME Church, 2613 Wood Ave., will celebrate its 98th anniversary in services at noon Sunday, Nov. 24. This year's theme is "Firmly Rooted, Grounded in Grace." The Rev. Benjamin Sanderfur will bring the message.

* Self-restoration: Mount Adullam, a ministry offering refuge, restoration and recovery, holds classes at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at New Vision Ministries, 1441 Guthrie Drive, Cleveland, Tenn. For more information, call Pastor Roy Reynolds at 850-294-2051.

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