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Religion

  • Church mother trio cited for community impact

    Three women who are respected church mothers in their congregations were recently honored for their impact on their communities.

    Progressive Citizens of Roane County, a new entity in the area, selected Minnie Love, Lillian Eskridge and Alma Fletcher for Distinguished Citizen Awards and honored them at an event at Harriman’s Bazeltown Baptist Church.

    Love, known for her fighting spirit, was recognized with the Distinguished Citizen Award for determination.

  • St. Andrew’s kicking off Lent season

    Two events at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Harriman will mark the beginning of preparation for the most important holy day of the Christian Year — Easter.

    On Tuesday, Feb. 17, an annual feast of pancakes will be served from 5 to 7 p.m.

    The following day, traditional Ash Wednesday services will be at noon and 7 p.m.

  • Old-mountain remedies seminar set

    Health educator Walt Cross of Newport will present a free Old Mountain Remedies workshop from 6 to 8:45 p.m. Feb. 12 in the fellowship hall of Roane Seventh-day Adventist Church at 336 Patton Lane.

    The needs of East Tennessee families were cared for with old-mountain remedies for generations. From golden-seal to corn silk, these herbs were and continue to be common medications.

  • New Post Oak pastor

    Post Oak Baptist Church, Rockwood, welcomes Jimmy Turpin as the church’s new pastor.

    Turpin and his wife, Tammy, have two children, Cheyenne and Dakota.

    The church is on Joiner Hollow Road.

  • ‘Philadelphia Eleven’ priest to speak during Episcopal symposium

    The Episcopal Churchwomen of the Diocese of East Tennessee will present a symposium on the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the ordination of women in the Episcopal Church.

    “Telling the Stories” will be on Feb. 21 in Knoxville’s Episcopal Church of the Ascension at 800 Northshore Drive.

    Registration begins at 9 a.m. The program starts with coffee and pastries at 9:30.

  • Luminary United Methodist plans Jan. 25 healing service

    Thanks in part to televangelists, Christian worship services centered on healing have gotten a bad rap in recent years.

    “We need to learn to re-embrace this tradition,” said Chuck Griffin, pastor of Luminary United Methodist Church in Ten Mile.

    “Christ healed people as evidence of the kingdom’s presence in this world,” Griffin said, “and Christ continues to heal through the Holy Spirit today.”

  • Riter ordained at River Gate

    Ruth Riter of Decatur, Ga., was recently ordained into the ministry by Pastor David Barkley and River Gate Church, Rockwood.

    “River Gate recognizes the call of God in Ruth’s exceptionally gifted teaching of the Word of God and her dedicated support of the work of the church,” said Dee Mann, River Gate Church secretary.

    “She has ministered at River Gate Church, various other churches and on the mission field.”

    Riter is a professor in the Chemistry Department at Agnes Scott College in Decatur.

  • Blakney new pastor at Cardiff Baptist

    The Rev. Benjie Blakney was called as pastor of Cardiff Baptist Church, Rockwood, earlier this month.

    The church will have a luncheon welcoming Blakney and his wife, Melanie, after the morning worship service on Jan. 25.

    The church is at 2170 N. Gateway Ave.

    Blakney was called to preach in November 1987.

    He was ordained into the ministry in April 1992.

    With more than 10 years of pastoring experience, Blakney said he is looking forward to the great things God has in store for Cardiff Baptist Church.

  • Weekly cancer support group to start in February

    A cancer support group aimed at helping anyone affected by the disease will start up in February.

    The group will meet at 11 a.m. each Saturday in Asbury Chapel United Methodist Church at 1717 Eureka Road, Rockwood.

    “This support group is designed to help anyone that has had cancer impact their lives,” said Asbury Chapel Pastor Sam Reese.

  • ‘Moped Preacher’ starts up Roane church

    DeWayne Howard started evangelizing as a child, spreading his message at churches around Roane County.

    The then-pint-sized minister, known by so many as the Moped Preacher because he got around on a white Moped, is all grown up and back in Roane County after being gone for 20 years.

    He’s returned to start up churches in his home county, beginning with Impact Church at 2903 Decatur Hwy., Kingston.

    “For me, it is good to be home,” Howard said. “I’m really glad God sent us back to Kingston.”