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PERFORMANCES

Gospel quartet: The Old Time Preachers Quartet, known for the 2018 hit "I'll Ride This Ship to the Shore, has several upcoming concerts in the area, including at 6 p.m. CDT Sept. 28 at Ewtonville Baptist Church, 2420 Old Union Road in Dunlap, Tennessee. Pathway Baptist Church, 2830 Woods Cove Road in Scottsboro, Alabama, will host the group at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. CDT Sept. 29, as well as 7 p.m. Sept. 30-Oct. 1.

* Old-Time Hymn Sing: The Daughters of the Holy Cross will host this evening of singing, focusing on hymns that helped form faith, at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Anglican Church of the Redeemer, 104 McBrien Road. Sherry Hoppe will accompany on the piano. The hour-long singing will be followed by dessert. 423-892-1101, www.redeemerchattanooga.org.

 

FUNDRAISERS

* Fall sale: Fairview United Methodist Church, 2112 McFarland Ave., Rossville, will host this 42nd annual event 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 28, rain or shine. Merchandise includes flea market items, clothes, toys, household goods and a large assortment of Christmas decor. Proceeds benefit local missions, including The Cottage, a residential shelter for teens in Walker, Dade, Catoosa and Chattooga counties. 423-488-4860, 706-866-4194.

* Craft/bake sale: Cloud Springs Baptist Church, 210 Cloud Springs Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., hosts this fundraiser for the church's Golden Agers group 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 28. 706-866-0164.

* Flea market/bake sale: St. John United Methodist Women will host a flea market and bake sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Christian Activity Center, 3921 Murray Hills Drive. Items will include furniture, adult and children's clothing, shoes, purses, jewelry, toys, household and kitchen goods, books, electronics, linens and holiday decor. Proceeds will go toward mission work of the United Methodist Women.

* Hopefest: Hope Fellowship Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 2000 Twin Cedars Road, Chickamauga, Ga., hosts this festival focusing on community service 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 5. The event includes live music by Jennifer Daniels, Stringer's Ridge and Fox Mountain Express, as well as games, horse rides, face painting, pumpkin painting and bounce houses. Silent auction benefits Sunkissed Acres Horse Rescue. Sales of pumpkins and family photos benefit Bethany Christian Services. Nonprofit organizations may inquire about booth space at 404-668-7502. Vendors welcome, but crafts won't be the primary focus. www.hopefestga.org.

 

PROGRAMS, EVENTS

* Grief support: Forward, an ecumenical group offering mutual support for those who have lost a spouse, no matter how recent or long ago, will begin a new series of small-group sessions Saturday. The group will meet 10-11:30 a.m. for seven weeks in the parlor of First-Centenary United Methodist Church, 419 McCallie Ave. There is no charge to attend. If interested, call Cindy Ruff at 423-756-2021.

* Paths to Peace: This free family festival celebrating common traits of love of family, friends, community and country is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Granfalloon, 400 E. Main St. Includes contemplative activities (tai chi, yoga, qigong, meditation circle, labyrinth walk), art activities (flower and sand mandalas, origami, dance); kids activities (crafts, face painting) and a peace vigil featuring a variety of faith and nonfaith traditions. Concludes with Pies for Peace, free servings provided by area houses of worship. https://centermindfulliving.org.

* Unity on the Bridge: The Addictions & Dependencies Committee of the Regional Health Council and the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department invite residents to join this second annual event on Sunday to span the length of the Walnut Street Bridge in a show of support for those in recovery. Participants will gather at 8 a.m. for coffee and doughnuts at the north end of the bridge near Frazier Avenue. At 8:45 a.m., the crowd will move toward the center of the bridge and join hands in unity. At 9 a.m., there will be a short message and unity prayer aired from the loudspeaker on the Southern Belle riverboat docked below. The bridge will remain open to pedestrian and cycling traffic. Learn more on the event's Facebook page.

* Pastor anniversary: To prepare for Pastor Glenn P. Taylor's 11th anniversary celebration in October, Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 4100 Highland Ave., will hold special events the next two Sundays during the 10 a.m. worship. This Sunday will feature Pastor Aaron Brasfield of First Baptist Institutional Church of Chicago. Sept. 29 will feature Pastor Armond Brown of Fellowship Baptist Church of Oak Cliff in Dallas.

* Missionary speaker: Scott and Jennie Phillips, pioneers missionaries and Bible translators working among the Dao tribe in Indonesia, will be at Hickory Valley Baptist Church, 2320 Hickory Valley Road, at 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. 423-892-1916.

* Fall gardening class: Orchard Park Seventh-day Adventist Church, 951 N. Orchard Knob Ave., will host Tom Stebbins from the University of Tennessee/Tennessee State University Extension office 1-3 p.m. Sunday. He will give tips for prep work, what to plant and when to set out bulbs and roots for the fall season. 423-698-0707.

* Financial Peace University: Registration deadline is Monday for radio host Dave Ramsey's nine-week class for overcoming debt, set to start 3-5 p.m. Sept. 29 at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 3204 Hixson Pike. The class has been discounted to $93 (normally $130), and those who attend every class will receive a full rebate at the conclusion (makeup classes will be offered if needed). Call Lorilynn Baier at 423-877-7447 or email church@cocluth.com.

* Ladies Bible Study: "Discerning the Voice of God," a seven-week Bible study by Priscilla Shirer, starts Wednesday at Hickory Valley Baptist Church, 2320 Hickory Valley Road, meeting at 6:15 p.m. 423-892-1916.

* SCWN luncheon: Scenic City Women's Network's monthly Marketplace Luncheon is scheduled Thursday at the Mountain City Club, 729 Chestnut St. The featured speaker is Rashelle Stafford, owner of Polly Claire's Tea Room. Networking starts at 11:30 a.m., and the program and luncheon at noon. Reservations are due by noon Tuesday. Cost is $20. RSVP online at scwn.org. Information: 423-698-6262, admin@scwn.org.

* Death Over Dinner: Welcome Home of Chattanooga, which provides end-of-life care to those in need, partners with The Chattery for a discussion of death over four-course dinner (with wine available) prepared by chef Jeff Cunningham, 6-8:15 p.m. Thursday at Chattanooga WorkSpace, 302 W. Sixth St. Registration is $30. 423-486-4001, info@welcomehomeofchattanooga.org, www.welcomehomeofchattanooga.org.

* Racial justice workshop: Local education nonprofit The Chattery will present "An Evening With Austin Channing Brown" at 6 p.m. Friday at The Camp House, 149 E. M.L. King Blvd.; doors open at 5:30 p.m. The author of "I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness" explores the intersections of justice, faith and black womanhood in her work. Registration is by donation at www.thechattery.org. Registration will assure seating, though walk-ups will be admitted.

* Homecoming: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 822 Belvoir Ave., will celebrate homecoming at 10 a.m. Sept. 29. A free lunch will follow in the fellowship hall. Activities also will include a cupcake walk, kids crafts, face painting, inflatables, pumpkin painting, bingo and corn hole. Donations of nonperishable foods are requested to help those in need. 423-629-4661.

* Family and Friends Day: Event is part of 10:45 a.m. services Sept. 29 at Greater Tucker Missionary Baptist Church, 1115 N. Moore Road.

* Neighborhood block party: Hixson United Methodist Church, 5301 Old Hixson Pike, will host an afternoon of games and family activities, including an ice cream bar, inflatables and cake walk, 3-5 p.m. Sept. 29, rain or shine. Free admission. 423-877-1246.

* Pastor installation: The Rev. Kelvert Scruggs will be installed as pastor of New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 2725 N. Chamberlain Ave., in services at 4 p.m. Sept. 29. Pastor Wayne Johnson and the congregation of New Hope Baptist Church will be guests. Pastor Ternae Jordan of Mount Canaan Baptist will preside. Scruggs is a teacher at Tyner Academy who has previously pastored Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Stevenson, Alabama.

* Grief support group: McMinn Senior Activity Center, 205 McMinn Ave., Athens, Tenn., hosts a free Nature of Grief Support Group 9-10 a.m. the first Tuesday of every month. Next is: Oct. 1. Information: Donna Rosado, 423-892-4289.

* Church Women United will hold their annual meeting Oct. 4 at Westside Missionary Baptist Church, 4001 Hughes Ave. Registration and fellowship start at 10 a.m.; the business meeting, with election of officers, starts at 10:30 a.m. The program will include a devotional reading followed by a video demonstrating the ways CWU works for all women.

* Ladies Night of Prayer: Held at 6 p.m. first Fridays at Grace Baptist Tabernacle, 2551 Tunnel Blvd. Next is Oct. 4. 423-622-2565.

 

ONGOING

* Hydration volunteers: Modern Hippie, a community-service organization for youth, needs volunteers 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays to distribute water bottles, fresh water and nutrition to those in need as part of its Stay Hydrated campaign. Volunteers will meet at Olivet Baptist Church, 740 E. M.L. King Blvd. Updates will be announced via social media: @modernhippie.us on Instagram and @modernhippieUS on Twitter. For more information, email contact.modernhippie@gmail.com or go to www.modernhippie.us.

* Lesson & Lunch: Oakwood Church of God of Prophecy, 3927 Webb Road, hosts this program every Wednesday. The pastor's wife, Teresa Lee, leads the lesson at 11 a.m., and lunch follows at noon. 423-903-3652.

* Grounded Kids Ministries: Middle Cross Baptist Church, 4009 Norcross Road, offers this ministry for ages 3-12 6:30-7:30 p.m. each Wednesday. Snacks are served at 6:20 p.m. 423-877-5742, themiddlecrossbaptistchurch.org.

* Free food pantry: Brainerd Baptist Church's community food pantry is available through the (dial) 2-1-1 ministry,. Food (and diaper) donations may be brought to the welcome desk at Brainerd Crossroads (the BX), 4011 Austin St. See the list of requests at www.brainerdbaptist.org/foodpantry. 423-624-2606.

* Free food pantry: St. Thaddaeus' Episcopal Church, 4300 Locksley Lane (off Murray Hills Drive in the Highway 58 area), has a free food pantry, open 2-4 p.m. every Saturday. Those in need are asked to fill out a form stating their income 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, especially of men's clothing. Contact: R. Ludy at 423-933-6314.

* 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.

* 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, oumclive.org/recovery.

* 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, brainerdbaptist.org/celebrate-recovery.

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