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Religion

  • Clayton’s Lesson prayer, balloon release set Nov. 10

    Those who have suffered from the negative effects of drug abuse — as well as those who have given thanks that the negative effects of drug abuse haven’t entered into their life — are welcome to join family and friends of Clayton Smith and Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition for a special prayer and balloon release.

    The event will begin at 1 p.m. Nov. 10 at Smith’s gravesite at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. The gravesite is at the bottom left side of the evergreen cross that can be seen from Bethel Valley Road in Oak Ridge.

  • Those challenged by mental illness to be honored in service

    Grace Lutheran Church, Oak Ridge, will host a candle-lighting service at 5 p.m. Oct. 13 in  support of those challenged by mental illness, substance use disorders and other brain disorders.

    “The church is in a unique position to provide a community of support for those who are in pain,” said Pastor Steve Damos. “We can provide solace and faith, and be compassionate advocates for those seeking recovery and wholeness.”

    The service caps off the church’s first observance of Mental Illness Awareness Week, Oct. 6-12.

  • Kingston native Wright singing in hometown

     Singer-songwriter and Kingston native Woody Wright will make multiple appearances in the East Tennessee area this weekend.

    Wright is a featured artist with the “Gaither Homecoming” series and a gospel recording artist.

    He will be the guest speaker as he revisits some of his school teachers at the Oct. 11 Roane County Retired Teachers luncheon in Kingston Community Center.

    Wright will provide special music in Kingston First Baptist Church’s Sunday morning worship service on Oct. 13.

  • Christmas basket applications accepted starting Oct. 22

    For the second year, several churches in the Kingston and Harriman areas will work together in assisting families and individuals for Christmas.  

    Partner churches will work together taking applications for Christmas baskets for residents  of the Harriman and Kingston areas.

    The applications will then be divided according to each church’s ministry plan.

    Some will help with food and gifts; others offer gift assistance.

  • St. Anthony's to dedicate sanctuary, altar

    It took about 30 months and a few bumps in the road but St. Anthony’s Anglican Church is poised to dedicate its sanctuary and altar on Oct. 6 with a Celebration of a New Ministry service.

    The church, in Crab Orchard, includes parishioners from Roane County.

    “The altar, altar rail and main cross have been installed,” said John Moore, junior warden. “Our new priest, Father James Gibson, is on board, so all the pieces of the puzzle are now in place and ready to be dedicated.”

  • Tennessee native ‘Father Jim’ new to St. Anthony’s

    St. Anthony’s Anglican Church, Crab Orchard, welcomes Father James C. Gibson Jr. as its new priest in charge.

    Gibson, known as “Father Jim” by parishioners from Roane, Cumberland and Rhea counties, began providing pastoral services to St. Anthony’s on Aug. 4.

    He, his wife, Robin, and son, Aidan, live in Crossville.

    In an official ceremony on Oct. 6, St. Anthony’s will officially accept Gibson as the mission’s new clergy.

  • Blessed Sacrament CCW fall bazaar Oct. 12

    Sally Peterka shows off some of the items to be available during Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church’s annual fall bazaar.

    The bazaar, a project of the church’s Council of Catholic Women, will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12 in the church hall at 535 Margrave Drive, Harriman.

    Attic treasures, holiday crafts, home-baked goods and a silent auction, which Peterka chairs, are planned.

    The bazaar is the CCW’s biggest fundraiser. Proceeds go toward providing assistance to parish and community programs.

  • Blessing of the Animals Oct. 6 at St. Andrew’s

    St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Harriman will open its doors and grounds to the public next month for its fourth annual Blessing of the Animals.

    The event will start at 2 p.m. Oct. 6 in the church at 190 Circle Drive in the West Hills area.

    St. Andrew’s is joining churches across the country and around the world in this custom.

    “It is a simple tradition, but it brings comfort to many,” said the Rev. Harry Howard, priest in charge at St. Andrew’s.

  • Harriman’s Darden to be guest minister at Swan Pond

    Swan Pond United Methodist Church, Harriman, will present Jim Darden as guest minister, with church service beginning at 10 a.m. Sept.
    22.

    He will deliver the message through song and music.

    Darden has been on the program with names such as The Cathedrals, Oak Ridge Boys, Florida Boys and The Statesmen.

    Now at home in Harriman, he has recorded five CDs and a video and has traveled to most states and Canada.

    A love offering will be taken during the service to support J.D. Ministries.

  • Dudley Evans Singers Reunion set

    The 24th annual Dudley Evans Singers reunion this weekend at Roane County Park, Midtown, will include a number of area favorite groups for the two-day event.

    Music starting at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 includes The Freemans from Nashville.

    Music starting at 5 p.m. Sept. 21 includes Heirline from Chattanooga.

    The Evans Family will perform and host the weekend event.

    Other guest singers include Crimson River, Gracesong, Chattanooga’s The Southland Quartet, Dave Raby and others.