Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Offers Training Event At Oakwood Baptist

Monday, January 14, 2013
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team – a nationwide network of crisis-trained chaplains ready to deploy whenever disaster strikes – will join with Oakwood Baptist Church of Chickamauga to host a regional training on Saturday, March 2, to prepare Christians to respond hope in times of crisis.  

“You don't have to go through a hurricane or a fire to have a storm in your life,” said Jack Munday, director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team.
“In these days of uncertainty, we see suffering and tragedy all around us. It could be a loved one with cancer, the death of a friend, a job loss or a divorce. As people seek answers to life's problems, it is imperative that we be able to share God's hope and comfort with them. The seminar will help prepare you to do just that.” Mr. Munday will lead the training on March 2.

The training event, ‘Sharing Hope in Crisis’ will be held at Oakwood Baptist Church, 115 Oakwood Street in Chickamauga, on Saturday, March 2 from 8 a.m to 4 p.m.  Registration is $35 per person.  Seminar topics include “Mission to Respond,” “Suffering and Trauma,” “Message of Hope,” “Message to Share,” “Communication to a Diverse Community,” and “Messenger to Serve.”

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team was developed by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It has since grown into a nationwide network of chaplains in 48 states who are specifically trained to deal with crisis situations. They have deployed to more than 145 disaster sites, including shootings, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes.

“We want to do more than just ‘be there’ when a crisis hits,” says Oakwood’s Lead Pastor Allen Farris, “At Oakwood we want to respond in a way that makes a difference.”

White Oak Baptist Church Access Campus Becomes Hearing Accessible

Dr. Tony L. Wilson, senior pastor of the White Oak Baptist Church (Access Campus) announces the church will become the first full “hearing accessible” church in Hamilton County for hard of hearing people. The church will be equipped with FM hearing units, telecoils loop system, as well as captioning. There will be a special hearing loss support group to help people deal with hearing ... (click for more)

Bethel A.M.E. Church Hosts Annual Women's Day Celebration

The pastor and members of the Bethel A.M.E. Church cordially invite the public to worship with them during their Annual Women’s Day Celebration on May 22.  The speaker will be Dr. Linda Paramore, of Detroit, Mi., and a native of Chattanooga.  This year’s theme is: Women of God Stand Up! Services begin at 11 a.m.  The church is at 2000 Walker Avenue, Chattanooga, ... (click for more)

Mayor Berke Pledges $6 Million For New Recreation Center At Avondale

Mayor Andy Berke announced Thursday that he plans to include $6 million in his upcoming budget for a new Recreation Center at Avondale. He said at a press conference at the current center on Dodson Avenue, "We want to make an investment in Avondale." Mayor Berke said the current center by Wilcox Boulevard was built in 1949 and last remodeled in 2002. The new center, which ... (click for more)

Developer Plans Single-Family Homes, Townhomes, Apartments, Retail On 7.5 Acres At South Broad Street

A developer is planning single-family homes, apartments, townhomes and retail on a 7.5-acre South Broad Street site. The development by South Broad LLC and DEW LLC is located within several blocks between South Broad Street, W. 26th Street, Long Street and W. 27th Street. It would include a 3-story U-shaped apartment building with ground floor retail at the north end of the ... (click for more)

Thankful For The Vital Role Teachers Played In My Life

Re: Roy Exum: Teachers Day Tomorrow Roy, I am especially appreciative of your poignant column written in tribute to teachers.  It made me tear up, as I have encountered both as a student and a career educator-- teachers like the second-grade teacher who said, "I wish you were my little girl" and teachers like Mrs. Poindexter.   My teachers have played such a vital ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘No’ To Schools Budget

When the Hamilton County Commissioners and officials of the Hamilton County Department of Education met for 3 ½ hours on Tuesday, they studied a proposed budget of roughly $385 million – this $24.2 million over an anticipated $361 million in revenues. Now let’s pretend it is a Tuesday night at your own kitchen table and your favorite son – after misbehaving in a somewhat stunning ... (click for more)