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.

First Christian Church And The House Hosting Fall Festival And Block Party Thursday

First Christian Church (FCC) and The House, University Ministries of Chattanooga, are hosting a free Fall Festival and Block Party on Thursday, from 4-7 p.m. in the parking lot of First Christian Church, 650 McCallie Ave. “We are so excited to be working with The House ministry to provide a Fall Festival/Block Party for families,” said Rev. Jonathan Hyde, FCC assistant minister. ... (click for more)

Kathy Carroll Speaks At Christ Unity Church Sunday

Kathy Carroll will be the speaker and Andrew Kelsay will do special music Sunday at Christ Unity Church. The church is at 105 McBrien Road and the service begins at 11 a.m.  (click for more)

2 Shot On Shepherd Road Tuesday Evening

Two people were shot Tuesday evening on Shepherd Road. Chattanooga Police were dispatched just before  6:30 p.m.   Tuesday,  to a parties shot call in the 1900 block of Shepherd Road.   Upon arrival, police were told two injured parties were transported to a local hospital via personal vehicle.  Both victims told investigators they were walking ... (click for more)

In Surprise Vote, Chattanooga City Council Turns Down Short Term Vacation Rentals

In a surprise vote, the City Council on Tuesday night turned down allowing a process to legalize short term vacation rentals in Chattanooga. Only Chip Henderson and Jerry Mitchell voted in favor. Opposed were Carol Berz, Yusuf Hakeem, Larry Grohn, Moses Freeman, Ken Smith and Russell Gilbert. Chris Anderson was absent. Afterward, Councilman Smith said, in light of the vote, ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Picture a sold-out baseball game at Wrigley Field or Nationals Park packed with 40,000 fans. That image represents roughly the same number of women and men who die from breast cancer each year.  In Tennessee alone, an estimated 900 women will die from the disease in 2016. It is a sad statistic, but there is some good news: thanks to early detection and improved treatments, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Saving A Life & More

About 40 years ago I was at an afternoon football practice when one of those who was also watching from the fence was bitten by a bumble bee or yellow jacket or whatever it was and almost died from anaphylactic shock. Luckily an athletic trainer had an EpiPen, jammed it into the man’s thigh and it is believed to have saved the victim’s life. For years I kept an EpiPen on the top ... (click for more)