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Religion

  • Rockwood pastor opens Tenn. Senate session

    Rockwood First Baptist Church Senior Pastor Josh Lancaster, center, recently delivered the invocation for a recent session of the Tennessee State Senate.

    Lancaster was the guest of state Sen. Ken Yager, right.

    The Senate starts each legislative day with a prayer before taking up the legislative calendars.

    Yager and Lancaster meet with Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, left, who presides over the Senate.

  • Garden grants to be offered starting April 1

    Roane County Cooperative Ministries will again offer Self-Help Garden Grants beginning April 1.

    These grants of up to $25 per family are offered to low -income residents of Roane County.  Grants are intended to cover the cost of seeds, plants and one bag of fertilizer to encourage recipients to plant small home gardens to help feed their families.

    Over the years, the garden grants have been funded by various sources and individuals and by grants from the Hunger Committee of the East Tennessee Presbytery.  

  • Harriman Music Club plans annual Palm Sunday service

    Harriman Music Club is in the throes of planning its annual community Palm Sunday program.

    The program will be at 2:30 p.m. April 17 in Bethel Presbyterian Church at 203 S. Kentucky St., Kingston.

    There is no admission charge to attend.

    For most of its 100 years’
    existence, Harriman Music Club has sponsored and presen-
    ted this program as its annual gift to the Roane County community to honor and praise the Lord.  

    A different church hosts the program each year.

  • Harriman Lenten services kick off March 16

    The 16th annual Harriman Ministerial Association weekly Lenten services will start on March 16 in Harriman United Methodist Church.

    These services began in 1996, when the Rev. Alton Johnson of Harriman United Methodist Church suggested that the church cooperate with the Harriman Ministerial Association to expand their annual Lenten services.  

    Since then, the Lenten services have been an opportunity for Christians to join together for worship and fellowship as they prepare for Easter celebra-
    tions.  

  • Redeemed Quartet to give concert this weekend at Kellytown

    Redeemed Quartet will appear in concert at 6 p.m. March 6 in Kellytown Baptist Church, Oliver Springs.

    The Chattanooga-based Southern gospel quartet sings four-part harmony in a ministry aimed at winning souls to Christ. Their repertoire is filled with a variety of numbers. Sometimes they laugh, sometimes they cry — and at all times they rejoice in the glory and honor of God.  

    The quartet includes Chad Riley, Rodger Speegle, Ken Maynor and Lonnie Walker.

  • Bethel ministry has art classes for all ages

    Several hands-on arts opportunities are available in the next few weeks through Bethel Arts Ministry.

    The ministry, a program of Kingston’s Bethel Presbyterian Church, offers classes for all ages.

    All classes will be in the church at 203 S. Kentucky St. Call 376-6340 to register or for details.

    Micki Anderson, a state-certified art educator with 15 years of teaching experience, will continue children’s arts classes March 9-April 20.

  • St. Andrew’s starts Lent with feast, Ash Wednesday services

    Two events at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Harriman, will mark the beginning of preparation for the most important holy day of the Christian year.

    An annual feast of pancakes will be served from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Shrove Tuesday, March 8, in the church at 190 Circle Drive. Two traditional Ash Wednesday services will take place at noon and 7 p.m. March 9.

  • Donations to help Rockwood Ministerial Association

    The Rockwood Ministerial Association recently received monetary contributions from two community sources.

    A donation from Holston Gases in Rockwood and a $1,000 contribution from the Rockwood Masonic Lodge will help the group stock its Food Pantry, which is open from 10 a.m. to noon each weekday and from 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

    Rockwood residents are welcome to go to the Food Pantry once a month for a generous package of canned and boxed foods.

  • Church Calendar

    FRIDAY, FEB. 25
    • Bradbury United Methodist Church, Kingston, will have a two-day yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Feb. 26. Breakfast and lunch will be served both days. The church is at 3506 Buttermilk Road West. Call the church office at 376-2990 for details.

    SUNDAY, FEB. 27

  • Methodist supt. to be revival speaker

    Adam E. McKee III, superintendent of the Oak Ridge District of the Holston Conference of  the United Methodist Church, will be the guest speaker for the upcoming spring revival at Bradbury United Methodist Church, Kingston.

    The revival will be March 20-24 in the church at 3506 Buttermilk Road West. Services will begin at 7 p.m. daily.  Special music is planned.

    McKee has served as pastor at Lennon-Seney United Methodist Church, Knoxville District, since 2003.