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Religion

  • Lower retiring from Wesleyan Church

    The congregation of Rockwood Wesleyan Church will honor the faithful service of Pastor Robert “Bob” Lower during its 11 a.m. service on June 8.

    Lower, who has served as church pastor for 21 years, is retiring. He has also served as chaplain for the Rockwood Fire Department during his 21 years with the Wesleyan Church.

    The public is welcome to join in the celebration of Lower’s dedication to the Lord, his community and his congregation.

    Rockwood Wesleyan Church is at 300 S. Church Ave.

  • Moore to speak at Sevier Drive Church

    Bro. Joe Moore of Scarboro Church of Christ, Oak Ridge, will be the guest speaker at Sevier Drive Church of Christ, Harriman, on June 1.

    Moore will teach Sunday school 10:45 a.m. and deliver the service message at 11:30 a.m.

    The church is at 1014 Sevier Drive.

  • Vacation Bible School 2014

    Batley Baptist
    “Weird Animals: Where Jesus’ Love is One of a Kind” is the theme of Batley Baptist Church’s vacation Bible school. The VBS will be May 27-31; classes will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The church is near Oliver Springs at 670 Batley Road. Call 435-2400 or email batleychurchoffice@comcast.net for details or transportation.

  • Rockwood baccalaureate set May 13

    The Rockwood High School baccalaureate service for the 2014 graduating class will begin at 6 p.m. May 13 in Rockwood United Methodist Church.

    The church is at 801 N. Kingston Ave.

    A trio of graduates will provide special music.

    The Rev. Don Ferguson will be the keynote speaker.

    He is interim pastor of Rockwood and Asbury Chapel United Methodist churches.

    The service is conducted annually by the Rockwood Ministerial Association.

  • Fribourg helps mark Holocaust Memorial Day

    Katelyn Overton is among the Rockwood First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) members who welcomed special guest speaker Henry Fribourg in honor of Holocaust Memorial Day on April 27.

    Fribourg escaped as a child with his immediate family and fled the Nazi occupation before being granted asylum in the United States. His grandparents and many extended family were killed.

    Fribourg shared his families’ story in honor of remembering the 11 million people who were killed during the Nazi’s “Final Solution.”

  • National Day of Prayer gathering May 1 at courthouse

    “One Voice, United in Prayer” is the theme for the 63rd annual observance of the National Day of Prayer.

    In Roane County, the observance will be at noon May 1 on the steps of the Roane County Courthouse, Kingston.

  • Holocaust refugee to speak at Rockwood 1st Christian

    Rockwood First Christian Church will commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day on April 27 with a guest speaker who survived the devastation of its tragedy.

    Henry A. Fribourg, University of Tennessee professor emeritus of crop ecology, will share his experiences as a Holocaust refugee beginning at 6 p.m. in the church at 328 W. Rockwood St.

    Desserts and coffee will be provided.

    Born in Paris in 1929, Fribourg and his immediate family escaped from France and the Holocaust in January 1942.

  • Ministry giving garden grants, help with training

    Now is the time to get ready to enjoy all those fresh vegetables out of the garden and to save money in the process.

    Now is also the time to get help doing it.

    Each year, beginning on April 1, Roane County Cooperative Ministry offers garden grants to help pay for starting a vegetable garden.

    This year, the Ministry is also teaming up with Roane County Agricultural Extension Agent Grant Palmer and the Master Gardeners to provide garden training on April 12.

    Garden grants provide up to $30 per family to low-income residents of Roane County.

  • Harriman’s annual Lenten lunch series ongoing each week

    Harriman Ministerial Association’s annual six-week Lunchtime Lenten Series is underway through the season in Harriman United Methodist Church.

    Community members are welcome to go to the church at Queen Avenue and Trenton Street at noon each Wednesday through April 16 for a brief worship service in the sanctuary.

    Various clergy will preach, and area choirs, ensembles and soloists — including an ensemble from the Roane County High School band — will present special music.

  • Church Calendar: March 14-April 20

    FRIDAY, MARCH 14
    • The Women’s Association of Rockwood First Presbyterian Church will have a two-day estate sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the church basement and fellowship hall. Items to be sold are from the estates of three families. The church is at 429 W. Rockwood St.

    SATURDAY, MARCH 22
    • Emory Gap Missionary Baptist Church, Harriman, will have a clothing giveaway for all ages from noon to 3 p.m. in the church at 120 Poland Drive.