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Religion

  • 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.”

  • 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.