* Jazz Vespers, featuring Kathy Tugman and the David Walters Trio, will be offered at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 630 Mississippi Ave., Signal Mountain. An offering will be collected. A reception will follow the service. 423-886-2281, ext. 7.

* Songs and stories: Singer/songwriter Sherry Cothran, pastor of St. Marks United Methodist Church, will perform "Prophets, Warriors, Healers & Heroes: Untamed Women of the Bible" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. Tickets are $10 adults, $8 students.

* Faith, Family & Friends concert: The Greesons, The Hullenders and The Morrison Sisters will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Ringgold High School auditorium, 29 Tiger Trail. An offering will be received.

* Christian Karaoke Coffeehouse: Next in the monthly series at Oakwood Church of God of Prophecy, 3927 Webb Road, is 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1. 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.



* Healthy Church Challenge: Cempa Community Care and several faith- and health-based partners are recruiting teams for this inaugural event, a 16-week contest in which congregations will compete to be "The Healthy Church." Points are based on contest participation, health screening improvements and performance in the final event, the Healthy Church Olympics. The competition kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, with a Healthy Church Expo at New Covenant Fellowship Church, 1326 N. Moore Road. The expo includes registration, one-hour seminar and screenings for eight health conditions for each church's 10-member team. For rules, email Cempa's LaDarius Price at

* Clarence Thomas documentary: "Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words," a profile of the Supreme Court justice and his wife, Virginia, will open in theaters nationwide Jan. 31 (Chattanooga theaters have not been announced). The Manifold Productions film will focus on his roots as a man of deep faith and religious conviction, including how he entered seminary as a teenager, intending to become a priest. See the trailer at

* Men's Prayer Breakfast: Held 8-10 a.m. first Saturdays at Grace Baptist Tabernacle, 2551 Tunnel Blvd. Includes biblical message by a guest speaker and free home-cooked breakfast. 423-622-2565.

* "Wisdom and Fear": The Jewish Federation is presenting this exhibition of graphic design through Feb. 28 at the Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace. The "Wisdom" portion features 12 illustrated quotes by known Jewish authors. The "Fear" images are by Israeli students ages 13-18, showing the harsh reality of everyday life in Israel. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays and by appointment by calling 423-493-0270.

* YMCA Early Learning Center: The YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga, 301 W. Sixth St., is expanding its preschool, in a partnership with St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St. Now open, the YMCA Early Learning Center will enable the Y to serve an additional 45 preschoolers, in addition to its current Downtown Family YMCA Preschool, which in 2018 served 189 preschoolers. The expanded location will specifically target younger preschoolers, a decision based on research that shows that 80% of brain development happens before age 3, according to a news release.

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