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  • See special displays at Festival of the Nativity

    Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston, will showcase unique displays of Nativity scenes from around the world during its Festival of the Nativity at 2 p.m. Dec. 28.

    Groups are welcome to view the displays.

    Cookies and hot cider will be served.

    The church is at 203 S. Kentucky St.

    Call 376-6340 for details.

  • Music emphasis in new OS church

    Benchmark Church, Oliver Springs, will open its doors on Jan. 4.

    The church will be at 961 E. Tri County Blvd. in the Norwood School zone.

    Benjamin Blankenship, a multi-ple-award-winning Southern Gospel artist, will be the church’s pastor.

    “Come to a great new church with a profound emphasis on Southern Gospel, country Gos-

    pel, Bluegrass Gospel and praise music in worship,” Blankenship said.

  • Kelly new Riverside pastor

    Riverside Baptist Church, Harriman, recently welcomed the Rev. Greg Kelly as its new pastor.

    Kelly, a native of Roane County, began his pastoral duties at Riverside on Nov. 1.

    He is married to the former Julie Guettner of Kingston, and they have two children, AnnaLauren and Jackson.

    Kelly is a graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, holding a Master of Divinity in pastoral care.

    He also holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

  • Scandlyn leading Carols and Lessons for St. Anthony’s

    Thomas “Tom” Scandlyn of Harriman will be organist and provide lead vocals for the Carols and Lessons planned for Christmas Eve at St. Anthony’s Anglican Church.

    The service will begin at 7:30 p.m. CST in the church at 9828 Hwy. 70 East, Crab Orchard.

    Scandlyn, a St. Anthony’s parish member, is organist for a number of area churches. He has agreed to put together a list of carols specifically for St. Anthony’s, said John Moore, the church’s junior warden.

  • First Baptist Young at Heart heads back home

    Kingston First Baptist Church’s Young at Heart will be returning to its home next month in the church’s family life center.

    The group moved its monthly meetings to Kingston United Methodist Church for more than a year while Kingston First Baptist Church’s building program was underway.

    Its first meeting back will begin at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 1. Kingston First Baptist Church is at 215 N. Kentucky St.

    “We are growing by leaps and bounds,” said Young at Heart member Gina Ross of attendance at the church.

  • Beech Park kindergarten class giving back

    In the spirit of Christmas and giving to others, members of Beech Park Baptist Church’s kindergarten class, including, from left, Laila Luke, Raegan Green, Britton Tackett, Olivia Kitterman, Brooklyn Bradley and Maddox Tackett have been busy collecting items to send for Project Back Country-Mexico Christmas.

    The class is led by Sherry Brown and Frances Cromwell.

    Beech Park Baptist Church is at 1085 Tri County Blvd., Oliver Springs.

    Call the church office at 435-0045 for more about the project.

  • South Harriman Baptist set to present ‘For Unto You’ drama

    South Harriman Baptist Church will begin its presentation this weekend of “For Unto You,” a four-part drama heralding the Christmas season.

    The drama will begin at 11 a.m. each Sunday from Nov. 30-Dec. 21.

    It begins on Nov. 30 with “The Foretelling,” in which prophets of old disclose the coming of a special gift.

    “The Promise” will be presented on Dec. 7. In that part, Mary and Joseph will learn about their special mission.

  • ‘Lip Service’ theme of Sevier Drive’s Ladies Inspiration Day

    “Christian Women, Do You Give Lip Service?” was this year’s theme for the 39th annual Ladies Inspiration Day recently hosted by the women of Sevier Drive Church of Christ, Harriman.

    The theme was taken from Matthew 7:21-23.

    Ruby Simmons of East Second Street Church of Christ, Cleveland, was the featured speaker.

    She talked about how people will try to discourage other people from serving the Lord by their negative conversations about others, and other offensive talks that might hurt an individual.

  • Golden milestone for St. Andrew’s

    St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Harriman, will have a birthday party on Nov. 23.

    The church will celebrate its 50th year at its current site in West Hills at 190 Circle Drive.

    The celebration will follow the 10 a.m. church service.

    St. Andrew’s present structure was built in 1964 because the church’s former home had become too small for the needs of the parish.

    On June 28, 1964, the Right Rev. John Vander Horst, bishop of Tennessee dedicated the new block and stone building overlooking the city.

  • Barkley ordained with Rockwood’s River Gate Church

    The Rev. David M. Barkley was recently ordained with River Gate Church, Rockwood, where he has been pastor since 2011.

    Barkley attended Spring Arbor University, graduated from Caribbean College of the Bible, and previously pastored churches in Michigan, Knox and Morgan counties.

    He is a teacher of the Word, moving in the prophetic and five-fold ministry.

    He has served as evangelist and missionary to Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Africa and the Navajo Nation in New Mexico.