Christmas Celebrations Abound At Grace Episcopal Church

Friday, December 20, 2013

All children at Grace Episcopal Church, 20 Belvoir Ave., are invited to take part in the Christmas pageant; rehearsal begins at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Parents need to stay for the entire rehearsal if their children are under the age of five, and all parents should stay until their offspring are wrestled into their costumes (this often requires some assistance). Practice will end at 11:30 a.m.

Children of elementary school age are invited to stay for Christmas Camp, which will run until 4 p.m., allowing parents to have a few hours for themselves. The children, in the meantime, will be making ornaments and participating in a variety of activities. A donation of $10 per child is requested to cover the cost of lunch and materials. 

All pageant participants are asked to arrive by 9 a.m. Sunday so that robes, beards, halos, ears, tails and other costume items may be put on in good time for the 9:30 a.m. performance.  All parishioners are invited to attend what is "always a remarkable presentation."   

Grace offers three Christmas liturgies. The Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist at 5 p.m. is a service for families with children who need to be in bed early or those whose duties as hosts call them to be home in the evening. The service offers Christmas hymns and a soloist.

At 10:30 p.m. Christmas Eve music by the Grace Choir will be a half hour cantata by Arcangelo Corelli, accompanied by strings and continuo. A must for those for whom music is an integral part of celebrating the season, and an opportunity to sit quietly in the midst of beauty in preparation for the service that follows. 

At 11 p.m. the Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist is a service, rich with music and falling on the very cusp of Christmas Day, is deeply loved by those who love late hours and the sensation of lush sound and beautiful light waxing strong in the midst of darkness.

Then on Christmas Day, 10 a.m., the Holy Eucharist is a quiet, intimate service without music, perfect for those who want to be in church on Christmas Day itself to focus on the essence of Christmas without other distraction.

Tim Bays To Speak At Christ Unity On Sunday

Tim Bays will be the speaker and musician at Christ Unity of Chattanooga, 105 McBrien Rd, this  Sunday at 11 a.m. Tim Bays is a speaker, humorist and musical presenter who uses songs and stories to entertain, elevate and inspire. He has worked with companies from IBM to At Home Total Care and shared concert bills with artists ranging from Sarah Vaughn to ... (click for more)

Praying And Fasting Series Continues Sunday At Middle Valley COG

Middle Valley Church of God, 1703 Thrasher Pike in Hixson, announces that Pastor Mitch McClure will speak on the topic, 'Things Are Starting To Happen '  in the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday.  This is part of a sermon series titled 'Praying And Fasting Will Motivate Us.'  This sermon series will focus on the need for believers to spend time in prayer and fasting as ... (click for more)

School Board Turns Thumbs Down To Proposed Funding Of Central Track

County school board members on Thursday night expressed a number of concerns about a proposed $500,000 new track under consideration for funding by the County Commission at Central High School. The vote was 9-0 to table a motion to accept the money (if offered). Karitsa Mosley-Jones said, "We've got students at schools on a high priority list and you're going to give me a track?" ... (click for more)

School Board Approves 4-Year Contract Extension With Independent Bus Drivers, Who Say They Can Handle 100 Routes; Extension Given On Custodial Contract

The county school board on Thursday night extended the contract by four years of school bus owner operators, who said they could deliver on 100 bus routes. The board delayed until a special meeting at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at Central High School the issue of whether to accept the offer of 100 contract routes. That would be handled by many of the current 49 owner operators taking ... (click for more)

Bikers Need To Have Licenses And Insurance - And Response

I am okay with Haslam’s idea of raising the gas tax and lowering the food tax.  But, I want to see a tax of bicycles since they have their own lanes now and they also have to be maintained. How much revenue would that bring in?  I would think if we have enough bike riders to have the lanes in the first place, there must be enough to generate some money for road improvements. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Where Is Central’s Auditorium?

I am surely one of the biggest proponents of high school athletics there is, especially after half a decade of being an eye witness to the vast array of lessons that are learned every day by anyone associated with sports. That said, I have watched the Hamilton County Commission waffle on a $500,000 track at Central High School with a certain curiosity because the same high school ... (click for more)