Faith Briefs – Saturday August 17
› Inspirations in concert: The award-winning gospel group The Inspirations, from Bryson City, North Carolina, will be in concert at 11 a.m. Sunday at Signal Mountain Church of God, 517 Timberlinks Drive. Dinner will follow. A love offering will be accepted.
› Sunday Afternoon at Simpson: Local family group The Martins (Jim Martin, Pauline Martin and Bobbie Martin Howell) will perform a free concert of sacred, classical and secular music, with guest performers David Friberg (organ) and Megan Herndon (clarinet), 3 p.m. Sunday at Simpson United Methodist Church, 601 McFarland Ave., Rossville.
› Women Arise: This concert and workshop at Homes & Havens, 1404 McCallie Ave., will support an initiative helping women who are victims of violence rebuild their lives. The concert is at 7 p.m. Friday with Grammy-nominated songwriter the Rev. Kim McLean and former rock singer-turned-pastor the Rev. Sherry Cothran performing. Admission is a suggested $10 donation. Proceeds will help fund a mini documentary about sex trafficking and violence against women in the U.S. The workshop, “Turning Trauma Into Beauty,” which uses creative writing and trauma-informed design to heal the wounded spirit, is 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Aug. 24. Coffee and snacks provided. Register at eventbrite.com.
› Community concert: First Baptist Church of Fort Oglethorpe, 2745 LaFayette Road, presents “Music Sets You Free”concert, featuring Ally Grace Thomas, Dave Boling, Ryan Stinson, Jim Forester, Got Mercy Trio and Eric Show, 5-6:30 p.m. Aug. 24. Free admission; donations and pledges accepted for church’s Building Debt Retirement Campaign. 706-866-0232.
› Reunion concert: Past and current choir members of Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 4100 Highland Ave., rehearse at 5 p.m. Saturdays for their annual reunion concert, set for 5 p.m. Aug. 25.
› Beat the heat campaign: The Salvation Army is distributing free box fans and water to low-income individuals and families affected by the heat. The Day Center, 800 McCallie Ave., is also open for the homeless, with a hydration station available 9 a.m.-5 p.m. any day that the temperature exceeds 90 degrees. Monetary gifts for box fans and utility bill assistance should be marked “Beat the Heat” and mailed to 822 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37403. Or donate online atcsarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
› Special services: Area ministers will join Pastor Barry Lee for a healing service at 6 p.m. Sunday at Oakwood Church of God of Prophecy, 3927 Webb Road. On Aug. 25, there will be testimonies from the healing service. The Victorious Gospel Singers will perform both nights. 423-903-3652.
› Pastor anniversary: Greater Tucker Missionary Baptist Church, 1115 N. Moore Road, is celebrating the fifth anniversary of the pastor and his wife, the Rev. Gary and Cathy Hathaway. Tickets for the banquet, 6 p.m. today, are $35 adults, $17.50 ages 12 and younger. Guests for Sunday worship include the Rev. Edna Hathaway Lawrence and Good Works Community Church at 10:45 a.m. and Pastor Ternae Jordan and Mount Canaan Baptist Church at 3 p.m. 423 510 9684
› SCWN luncheon: Scenic City Women’s Network’s monthly Marketplace Luncheon is scheduled Thursday at the Mountain City Club, 729 Chestnut St. The program will be a panel discussion by Tabi Upton of Moody Radio; Katye Jones, senior financial adviser/vice president with Merrill Lynch; and Mimi Nikkel, founding director of Love’s Arm. 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, email@example.com.
› Community picnic: Fairview United Methodist Church, 3901 Hamill Road, will offer family games and serve hamburgers, hot dogs and ice cream at 5 p.m. Aug. 24, accompanied by music with Eddie Hixson. Bring an instrument and join in. fairviewumchixson.com.
› National speaker: Bethany Christian Services of Greater Chattanooga will present “A Morning With Rosaria Butterfield” on Aug. 24 at Redemption to the Nations Church, 1908 Bailey Ave. The author of “The Gospel Comes With a House Key” will share her experiences of how radically ordinary hospitality can allow strangers to become neighbors and those neighbors to become part of God’s family. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., with welcome and worship at 10 a.m. and the keynote at 10:15 a.m. An introduction to the Safe Families for Children ministry will follow at 11:15 a.m. The program concludes at 11:45 a.m. Cost is $32 per person, $25 for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are on eventbrite.com. 423 622 7360.
› Church anniversary: Hawkinsville Missionary Baptist Church, 7463 Pinewood Drive, will celebrate 109 years in services at 11 a.m. Aug. 25 with Dr. David L. Banks and the congregation of Empowerment Church as special guests. Homecoming dinner will follow the morning service.
› Homecoming service: Ringgold First Baptist Church, 7611 Nashville St., Ringgold, Georgia, will celebrate homecoming at 11 a.m. Aug. 25 with a service on “Words of Appreciation” and lunch following in the fellowship hall.
› Community Bible Study: Chattanooga Prayer Group will begin a women’s Bible study class meeting 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays starting Aug. 28 at First Presbyterian Church, 554 McCallie Ave., Room 211. To register, contact Patty Fosse at 423-619-1352 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
› WEC banquet: The Women’s Enrichment Center, serving Northwest Georgia, has extended its deadline for sponsorships for its annual banquet until Thursday. The Sept. 17 banquet will feature Dr. Anthony Levatino, a former abortionist who has experienced a pro-life conversion. Individual tickets are $50; sponsorships range from $400 to $10,000. wecnorthga.org, email@example.com, 706 278 1050
› 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.
› Grief and Loss Art Expression Group: Weekly class, meeting 9-11 a.m. Thursdays at Hart Gallery, 110 E. Main St., uses art as a tool for dealing with grief and loss. Cost is $25 per session, payable on arrival. RSVP, with at least 24 hours notice, at eventbrite.com.
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