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Religion

  • Heaven Bound to be at Singing in the City

    Heaven Bound of Florida will be the featured guest performers at the monthly Saturday Singing in the City.

    The gospel duo of Randy and Patty Simmons will sing at 6 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Rockwood Event Center at 116 W. Rockwood St.

    They will join host singers Victorious of Rockwood, as well as other singers, including Sandy Shelton and Stephanie Wilson.

    Refreshments will be available in a dinner-style setting.

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

    Call Dudley Evans at 245-8152 for details.

  • Hallock to share Get Real message at Luminary

    A little more than a decade ago, Doug Hallock owned a successful insurance business in Arizona.

    But beneath the veneer of stability, he had a secret: Hallock was a heroin addict.

    “It seemed like I had been a drug addict all my life,” he said.

    Blessedly, those closest to him decided to stop being fooled and to stop him from fooling himself any longer.

    They held a classic intervention, and Hallock began to receive the treatment he needed.

  • Kingdom Heirs concert to benefit Midtown VFD

    The Kingdom Heirs Gospel group will give a benefit concert for Midtown 1st District Volunteer Fire Department on Jan. 9 in the Princess Theatre, Harriman.

    Doors open at 6 p.m.; the concert starts at 7.

    The Kingdom Heirs, whose pianist is Harriman’s Andy Stringfield, has been the resident Gospel group at Dollywood for almost three decades.

    Tickets for this benefit concert are $20 for the lower level, $15 for the balcony.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ‘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.