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PERFORMANCES

* Christian Karaoke Coffeehouse: Next in the monthly series at Oakwood Church of God of Prophecy, 3927 Webb Road, is 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4. Bring soundtracks and be prepared to sing. Small donation will be taken at the door from anyone older than 10. Concessions will be available. 423-902-3652.

* Chattanooga Bach Choir celebrates the new year with a cantata concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, at Christ Church Episcopal, 663 Douglas St. The featured work is J.S. Bach's "Christmas Oratorio, Part V (Let Honor to You, God, Be Sung)." Tickets are $20; free for students. www.chattanoogabachchoir.org.

* 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

* Old Christmas: The Museum Center at Five Points and the Cleveland Storytelling Guild will present "An Old Christmas Celebration" at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the museum, 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tennessee. Jan. 6 was celebrated as Christmas in the Julian calendar until Pope Gregory reformed the calendar in 1582, removing 11 days between Dec. 25 and Jan. 6 to make Dec. 25 the "official" Christmas Day. Even though the British empire and American colonies adopted the new calendar in 1752, many communities, especially in the Appalachian mountains, continued to celebrate what became known as "old Christmas," as well as "new Christmas," resulting in a 12-day celebration known as "breaking up Christmas." During those 12 days, neighbors would gather in homes, celebrating with music, food, dancing and storytelling. Following a raucous celebration on old Christmas Eve, Jan. 5, old Christmas Day, Jan. 6, would be observed quietly with family meals and churchgoing. Tuesday's event will include traditional Appalachian songs and stories and simple treats. Admission is $5. 423-339-5745, tellone@bellsouth.net.

* Community Bible Study Prayer Group, for women of all ages, will study the Gospel of Mark from 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 8-April 29, at White Oak United Methodist Church, 2232 Lyndon Ave., Red Bank. For registration information, email Patty Fossee at pdfossee@gmail.com.

* Reconciling Hate: T.M. Garret, a German-born former white supremacist who has become a human-rights activist, will share his story at two public events in Chattanooga: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Brainerd Baptist Church, 300 Brookfield Ave., and 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St. The latter is held in conjunction with the Mayor's Council Against Hate. Both events are free and supported by the city's interfaith community. Information: 423-493-0270, ext. 13.

* Retreat series: Chattanooga House of Prayer is offering a six-month retreat series for those yearning to nurture their soul and cultivate a deeper intimacy with Christ. These Rhythms Retreats, offering teaching, discussions and spiritual disciplines, will be 9 a.m.-noon at 3912 Dayton Blvd. in Red Bank. Topics are: "Longing for More Silence & Solitude: An Invitation to Spiritual Transformation," Jan. 11; "Lectio Divina & Prayer: Encountering God in Scripture," Feb. 8; "Honoring the Body: Flesh and Blood Spirituality," March 14; "The Examen & Discernment: Bringing My Whole Self to God," April 18; "Sabbath: Establishing Rhythms of Work and Rest," May 16; and "A Rule of Life: Cultivating Your Own Sacred Rhythm," June 13. Participants are encouraged to attend all six retreats, but each can stand alone. Cost of each session is $18. Register at www.chatthop.org, or email mickiann@chatthop.org.

* Bible exhibit: Southern Adventist University opens "From Script to Scripture: The History of the Bible" on Wednesday, Jan. 15. The more than 80 books and works of art to be displayed include a leaf from the first Bible ever printed in North America and a Breeches Bible brought over on the Mayflower. The free exhibit is housed in the Lynn H. Wood Archaeological Museum on the Collegedale campus. Parking is available at 4881 Taylor Circle. www.southern.edu/archaeology.

 

ONGOING

* Men's Prayer Breakfast: Monthly series continues 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at Grace Baptist Tabernacle, 2551 Tunnel Blvd. Includes biblical message by a guest speaker and free home-cooked breakfast. 423-622-2565.

* 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: Jan. 7. Information: Donna Rosado, 423-892-4289.

* 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.

* 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.

To be included in Faith Briefs, send information to Life@timesfreepress.com. Listings must be sent by Wednesday morning each week.

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