Faith Briefs – Saturday, January 25
› 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. sherrycothran.com.
› 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. email@example.com.
› 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. cempa.org.
› 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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOzi1RSi-0M&feature=youtu.be
› 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. https://www.ymcachattanooga.org/programs/education-development/preschool
› 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, email@example.com.
› 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.
› 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. Questions? Call 423-624-2606.
› Free food pantry: St. Thaddaeus’ Episcopal Church, 4300 Locksley Lane, 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.
› 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.
› 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.
› 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, themiddle crossbaptistchurch.org.
› 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.
› 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.
› 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, northsidepresbyterian.org
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