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Religion

  • Roane gives 1,500 boxes to Operation Christmas Child

    Roane Countians are making a difference in the lives of more than 1,500 needy children this Christmas with gift-filled shoeboxes.

    Through Operation Christmas Child, Roane County volunteers prepared more than 1,500 shoebox gifts filled with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.

    Although the area collection of the gifts is finished, the shoeboxes’ journey to children has only begun, said a release from Samaritans Purse, which oversees Operation Christian Child.

  • New at North Rockwood

    The Rev. Michael Turner of Georgia has been elected as new pastor of North Rockwood Baptist Church.

    His first Sunday in the pulpit was Nov. 16.

    He and his wife, Arah, have an 18-month-old daughter, Layla.

    Turner succeeds the Rev. Ben Whittenbarger, who retired in August after 30 years as North Rockwood Baptist pastor.

    The church is at 1300 N. Gateway Ave.

  • Service to help those with losses

    Kingston United Methodist Church will have “A Service of Light in the Midst of Darkness,” a special service for those who have experienced loss in the past year.

    The service will start at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 in the church sanctuary at 212 W. Church St.

    “For many of us, Christmas is a difficult time of the year,” said Sue Lynn Johnson, the church’s minister of congregational care. “It is a time focused on family times, remembering both persons and events that have been part of our lives in the in the past.”

  • Howard starting Impact Church

    Roane County native DeWayne Howard has returned home to start a new church, Impact Church.

    Howard grew up in Kingston and graduated from Roane County High School in 1994.

    He attended Kingston’s Cedar Grove Baptist Church, where he surrendered to the ministry and has pursued it since.

    Howard served several churches in the Roane County area and was founder and host of the “Gospel USA” program on the Roane County’s cable channel.

  • Keyboard concert to aid Christmas basket program

    Kingston United Methodist Church will have a keyboard fundraising concert featuring Mike Adcock, church organist and music director.

    The concert begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 in the church at 212 Church St.

    Funds raised during the concert will benefit the church’s Christmas basket ministry.

    Organ, piano and duet Christmas music is planned for the concert.

    Adcock, who has been at Kingston United Methodist since June 2011, has been featured in several concerts throughout his tenure.

  • Batter up at Church of God’s Family Fun Day

    Rebecca Crawley, 6, waits to hit the ball at one of the many carnival games during the recent Family Fun Day sponsored by Harriman Church of God.

    Inflatables, games, food and a puppet show were all available at the free community event.

  • South Harriman plans outdoor ‘Jesus Gift’ event

    South Harriman Baptist Church will present “The Jesus Gift,” an outdoor event that portrays the birth and life of Jesus Christ.

    The event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13-14 at the church at 626 Ruritan Road.

    Contact the church at 882-1816 or shbc@southharriman.org for more information about the program.

  • Hugh X. Lewis to be at Young at Heart

    Col. Hugh X. Lewis, a BMI Award-winning country music songwriter and performer, will be featured during the Kingston First Baptist Church Young at Heart meeting on Dec. 2.

    The meeting starts at 10:30 a.m. in Kingston United Methodist Church at 212 W. Church St.

    Lewis was designated poet laureate of Christian country music by the Tennessee General Assembly.

    His syndicated television show, “The Hugh X. Lewis Country Club,” was the longest single-sponsored multi-market syndicated broadcast in country music history.

  • Douglass Family anniversary

    Harriman’s Douglass Family Singers will mark the group’s 54th anniversary with a special concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 1 in Believers Voice of Deliverance Church at 306 Spencer Ave., Harriman.

    Darrell McFadden and the Disciples are the special guests.

    Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for 9 and younger, with proceeds helping to pay for special guest singers and benefiting the church.

  • Sevier Drive’s Ladies Inspiration Day focuses on retooling of modern women

    “Retooling the Christian Women in the 21st Century,” based on Ephesians 6:10-20, was the theme of the 38th annual Ladies Inspiration Day at Sevier Drive Church of Christ, Harriman.

    The morning began with registration and brunch.

    Armelia Williams of Chattanooga’s Shepherd Church of Christ was the guest speaker.

    She touched on numerous points that one can do to retool her Christian faith, including prayer, righteous walking, trust in one another, supplication and peace.