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  • Blessed Sacrament CCW ready for fall bazaar

    Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church parishioners, from left, Renee O’Toole, Mariann D’Alessandro and Barbara Ricker are among the community members who participated in last year’s Council of Catholic Women’s annual fall bazaar.

    This year’s bazaar will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 11 in the church hall at 535 Margrave Drive, Harriman.

    Attic treasures, holiday crafts, home-baked goods are among this year’s offerings; a silent auction is also planned.

    The bazaar is the CCW’s biggest fundraising event.

  • Heaven Bound to sing

    Heaven Bound of Navarre, Fla., will be the featured guest performers at the monthly Fourth Saturday Singing in the City.

    The gospel duo of Randy and Patty Simmons will sing at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Rockwood Event Center.

    Victorious Ministries will have Southern gospel music and refreshments in a dinner-style setting for this month’s event.

    Admission is free, but a love offering will be taken.

    Victorious will also have other local talent singing on the stage.

    Call Dudley Evans at 245-8152 for details.

  • Campbell principal’s widow key speaker on ending violence

    The Women’s Interfaith Dialogue of Oak Ridge will present a community forum featuring Jo Bruce, director of the Oak Ridge Schools Family Resource Center.

    Bruce, whose husband was a Campbell County High School principal killed in a 2005 school shooting, will speak on “Breaking the Cycle of Violence.”

    The forum, free and open to the public, will be at 11 a.m. Oct. 6 in the fellowship Hall of Grace Covenant Church’s Trinity Center at 320 Robertsville Road.

  • Church Calendar: Sept. 26-Oct.19

    FRIDAY, SEPT. 26
    • Kingston Church of Christ has its Sewing 4 Souls from 9 to 11:30 a.m. each Friday. Members make clothes for needy children around the world. The church is at 303 N. Kentucky St.; rear parking is available off Loveliss Street. Call Evelyn Landis at 423-334-1490 or 423-507-4683 for details.

  • Creatures great and small to be blessed in service

    A line of pets will begin forming at 2 p.m. Oct. 4 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Harriman, for the fifth annual Blessing of the Animals.

    Everything from dogs and cats to hamsters and even horses – four legs, two legs, feathered or scaled – all creatures are welcome.

    Light refreshments will be served for all the pets and their caretakers.

    This favorite traditional ceremony may be traced back to the fourth century when animals were first allowed into the church to be blessed.

  • Silver anniversary of Miller’s ordination

    Redeemer Lutheran Church, Midtown, recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of Pastor Michael Miller’s ordination into the ministry.

    The celebration on Sept. 7 includes, from left, the Rev. Steven Scov, the Rev. Robert Pfaff, the Rev. Roger Paavola, Miller and the Rev. Bill Couch.

    The church is at 1658 Roane State Hwy.

  • The Chase raises funds for infant loss awareness

    Registration for “The Chase,” a 5K race and 1-mile family fun walk to raise money for infant loss awareness, will be at 8 a.m. Sept. 27 at Fort Southwest Point Recreational Park, Kingston.

    This is Grace Community Church’s second annual race, which raises awareness and funds for sudden infant death syndrome.

    The race is in loving memory of Chase Austin Ruffner.

    Chase, infant son of church members Isaiah and Brittany Ruffner, lost his life to sudden infant death syndrome.

  • New Midway fish fry to benefit youth missions

    The youth of New Midway Baptist Church, Kingston, will have a fish fry on Sept. 27 in the church’s family life center on New Midway Road.

    The church’s youth are planning to go on a number of missions trips this year, and the proceeds from the fish fry will go toward the cost of those trips.

    The fish fry will be from 5 to 7 p.m.

    Tickets for all-you-can-eat crappie and catfish, with all sides, are $11 per person.

    They are available from any New Midway Baptist member, or they may be purchased at the door.

  • OS First Baptist welcoming back former pastors

    Oliver Springs First Baptist Church is welcoming back two of its former pastors for upcoming services.

    The Rev. Charles Parker, senior pastor from 1986-95, will conduct services on Sept. 12.

    Former pastor Tony Rutherford, who served the Oliver Springs congregation from April 1996 to November 2002, will be the guest speaker for services on Sept. 21.

    The church is at 206 Roane St.

    Parker left Oliver Springs First Baptist to become senior pastor at Jacksboro First Baptist, where he served until 2002.

  • Griffith new Dyllis pastor

    James Griffith has accepted the call to lead the ministry of Dyllis Baptist Church, Harriman, as pastor.

    Griffith, a native of Morgan County, began his pastoral duties the church on Aug. 17.

    He is a graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, holding a Master of Divinity in Christian ministry degree.

    He also holds a Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.

    Prior to his duties at Dyllis Baptist Church, Griffith served as associate pastor of Eubank Baptist Church in Eubank, Ky.