Faith Briefs – Saturday, December 7


› Angel Trees: The Salvation Army in Chattanooga and Cleveland has set up Angel Trees at Hamilton Place, Northgate Mall and Bradley Square Mall. Thousands of volunteers are needed to adopt angels, purchasing gifts for children or elderly residents in need, and ring bells for the red kettle campaign. Chattanooga’s red kettle goal is $425,000. Cleveland’s red kettle goal is $120,000. Stands are equipped for online giving through QR codes, Apple Pay and Google Pay. 423-503-1801, csarmy.com.


› Christmas Bazaar: St. Luke’s Anglican (Episcopal) Church, 7 Ewing St., Blue Ridge, Ga., will hold its 13th annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. The selection includes traditional holiday decor, such as hand-painted Nativity scenes, as well as cabin decor, knitted items, baked goods and cheese balls. A silent auction will include a professionally prepared English dinner. The fundraiser is sponsored by the Women of St. Luke’s to support several organizations in North Georgia. Free admission; free parking; handicap accessible. Cash and checks only. stlukesblueridge.org .

› Care Closet: A room that has been designated as East Lake Elementary School’s new Care Closet will be cleaned out and organized from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. Volunteers for this interfaith school supply drive are welcome to help with the project or to drop off last-minute donations. The school address is 7660 Goodwin Road. Through Friday, Dec. 13, donations may be dropped off at the UnifiEd office, 1609 McCallie Ave. Of particular need are school uniforms (male and female polo shirts in blue, white, navy or yellow in children’s sizes small to extra large and adult small and medium; pants, shorts or skirts in khaki or navy in children’s sizes 5-16); all sizes of children’s socks and underwear; ponytail holders, hairbrushes and combs; nonperishable snacks (granola bars, Goldfish crackers, individual boxes of cereal). Also needed are clothing racks; toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss; feminine sanitary products; gloves, scarves and winter hats; and throw blankets.

› Angel Trees: The Salvation Army in Chattanooga and Cleveland has set up Angel Trees at Hamilton Place, Northgate Mall and Bradley Square Mall. Thousands of volunteers are needed to adopt angels, purchasing gifts for children or elderly residents in need, and ring bells for the red kettle campaign. Chattanooga’s red kettle goal is $425,000. Cleveland’s red kettle goal is $120,000. Stands are equipped for online giving through QR codes, Apple Pay and Google Pay. 423-503-1801, csarmy.com.

› Baby bottle change drive: Women’s Enrichment Center in Dalton is seeking families, churches and organizations to fill baby bottles with their spare change. Start and stop dates can be at any time, though one suggestion is to pass out multiple bottles to family members at Thanksgiving and collect them at Christmas gatherings. Donations are tax-deductible. Request bottles through leah@wecnorthga.org.

› Cold Weather Shelter: The Salvation Army is in need of volunteers, blankets, coats, socks, undergarments and hand warmers as freezing temperatures create the need for an overnight emergency shelter. Drop off items at 800 McCallie Ave. To volunteer, call 423-756-1023 and ask for Lauren Russek. Mail monetary gifts to 822 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37403; give online at csamry.org; or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.


› Christian Karaoke Coffeehouse: The monthly series continues 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Oakwood Church of God of Prophecy, 3927 Webb Road. Bring soundtracks and be prepared to sing. A small donation will be taken at the door from anyone older than 10. Concessions available. 423-902-3652.

› Counterpoint concert: Chattanooga composer Tim Hinck presents his first holiday fundraiser concert, a performance of Bach’s “Magnificat” and his new composition, “But She’s Got Eyes,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 848 Ashland Terrace. The New Yorkbased Collaborative Arts Ensemble will be joined by local musicians and vocalists. All proceeds go to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. Tickets are $20 general, $45 to include a post-concert champagne reception. Purchase at the door or online at bachfoodbank.eventbrite.com.

› Cumberland at 4: First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Moore Road, concludes this weekly concert series with the Scenic City Chorale at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Free admission. firstcumberland.com .

› Choral Christmas program: “Nobody’s a Stranger … Come Experience God’s Love,” a program of caroling, hymns, choir and special music, will be presented at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Fairview United Methodist Church, 3901 Hamill Road, Hixson. Refreshments will follow. fairviewumchixson.com .

› Choral Arts of Chattanooga presents John Rutter’s “Gloria” and other sacred music of the season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at Second Presbyterian Church, 700 Pine St. Tickets are $15 adults, $10 students. Purchase at the door or at choralartsofchattanooga.weebly.com.

› The Roueche Chorale & Orchestra will present its 20th annual Candlelight Service of Lessons & Carols at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 12-13, at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, 214 E. Eighth St. Free admission. 423-855-2981, therouechechorale.org.


› Chattanooga Singing Circle: Center for Mindful Living, 400 E. Main St., Suite 150, hosts this community singing session to promote peace, with songs taught by repetitive call-and-response method, 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. $10 suggested donation; free for children under 13. centermindfulliving.org.

› Christmas musical: “Messiah: Heaven’s Glory” will be presented by the adult and children’s choirs of Hickory Valley Baptist Church, 2320 Hickory Valley Road, at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. Free admission. Dessert reception follows. 423-892-2916.

› “Messiah” sing-along:   Chattanooga First Seventh-day Adventist Church, 7450 Standifer Gap Road, will host a community sing-along of Handel’s “Messiah” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. 423-893-5105.


› Men’s Prayer Breakfast will be held 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Grace Baptist Tabernacle, 2551 Tunnel Blvd. Includes biblical message by a guest speaker and free home-cooked breakfast. 423-622-2565.

› SCWN luncheon: Scenic City Women’s Network’s Christmas Networking Luncheon is scheduled Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Mountain City Club, 729 Chestnut St. Vocalists Kelly Shultz and Sigrid Luther of First Presbyterian Church will perform seasonal music. Gifts of children’s throws, teddy bears and/or books are requested for Shepherd’s Arms Rescue Mission for homeless women and children. Networking starts at 11:30 a.m., and the program and luncheon at noon. Reservations are due by noon Tuesday, Dec. 10. Cost is $20. RSVP online at scwn.org. Information: 423-698-6262, admin@scwn.org.

› Mexican Christmas celebration: La Paz Chattanooga will host a Christmas Posada 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, in Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Posada is a Spanish word for “inn” or “shelter,” and the Posadas Navidenas, which represent events leading up to the Nativity, are pillars of Christmas traditions in Mexico. The event typically begins Dec. 16 and lasts nine days. Christmas carols will be sung by students from the Spanish immersion program at St. Peter’s Episcopal School; a traditional Pastorela (Nativity play) will be presented by members of Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul; and members of the community will lead traditions of the Posada in the plaza. Local Latinx restaurants and gift vendors will have holiday fare and handmade gifts for purchase. 423-624-8414.


› 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: Dec. 10. 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.

› 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.


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