Outreach Opportunities Plentiful At First Christian Church

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Outreach plays an integral part of any church, but the FCC motto is “A church of service, not lip service.” Gail Rich, as the new FCC outreach coordinator, has dived headfirst into the motto with gusto. Officials said, "Readers will begin to see more of all the activities that FCC is involved in and what a difference we are making in the community. We invite you to join in as much as you like."

Aside from regularly sponsored activities such as NA meetings on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, FCC members are a taking long look at community needs, rolling up their sleeves and responding accordingly. Although it has not been as hot as it was last summer, to anyone without air conditioners or fans, the heat can become oppressive, even life-threatening. Due to the recent emergencies in the city and flooding in South Pittsburg, the Salvation Army has requested aid to replenish their stores. Box fans and bottled water are needed. Drop off these items in the Donation Center of the church lobby through Aug. 11.

School starts Aug. 8 and help is needed to aid less fortunate Brown Academy students. Tennessee tax-free shopping takes place this weekend, so FCC members are encouraged to purchase school supplies to aid the students. Clothing is also in need for residents of Chattanooga Room in the Inn. Again, the Donation Center in the church lobby serves as the drop off point for any of these items.

Requests from FCC members resulted in designating three hours one day per month as volunteer time at the Chattanooga Food Bank. More information will be available soon.

Senior Pastor Paul Rebelo is back from vacation and plans to present a message entitled “Worry free life…yeah right!” 

Officials said, "For those persons not familiar with Pastor Rebelo, you won’t want to miss his humor interspersed with a compelling message. Join us at First Christian Church on Aug. 4 at 10:45am. Persons with hearing loss also can enjoy the service using assistive listening devices, or the captioning available on many Sundays."

Like to get dirty? Then you are just the person to become involved in the Habitat for Humanity Mud Run on Aug. 17. FCC plans to participate and is need of additional volunteers to form a team representing the church. Additional volunteers are needed in a non-racing capacity to assist with registration, parking and obstacles.

First Christian Church is at 650 McCallie Ave. Its unique motto is a “Church of Service, Not Lip Service.” Visit Firstchristian-chat.com, like us on Facebook, or call the church office at 267-4506 for more information.


Scenic City Women’s Network Prayer Walk/Vigil For Chattanooga Will Be Aug. 6

Scenic City Women’s Network will hold a Prayer Walk / Vigil for the city of Chattanooga and the families of the fallen servicemen in the recent Chattanooga shootings.  The event will be held at two locations on August 6, at 6 p.m.  Locations include the River Park off Amnicola Highway at the concession area and Grace Works Church, 6445 Lee Hwy. "Everyone is invited ... (click for more)

Bob Tamasy: Life Through The Lens Of A Camera

“Life is like a camera: Just focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives,  and if things don’t work out, just take another shot.”   Reading this post on Facebook, I resonated with it because that’s been my experience, both behind the camera and in life.  It’s no secret I love to write. (Actually, like many professional writers, ... (click for more)

$40 Million Traffic Improvement Set To Connect Hamilton Place More Directly With I-75 And Ease Congestion On Shallowford Road

The city, state and CBL & Associates are cooperating on a $40 million plan to make the Hamilton Place section more accessible to Interstate 75. The upcoming project will provide a direct connection for southbound I-75 traffic with Hamilton Place Boulevard. The project will also provide a new connection for those on Hamilton Place Boulevard to enter I-75 northbound. ... (click for more)

Owners Of Trucking Firm Involved In Tragic Wreck At Ooltewah Exit Ask That Cases Be Moved To Federal Court

The owners of a Kentucky trucking firm involved in a wreck in which six people were killed at the Ooltewah exit of I-75 on June 25 are asking that lawsuits in the matter be handled in Federal Court. Cool Runnings Express owners Billy and Cretty Sizemore are asking that the initial suit brought by Ryan Humphries of Cleveland, Tn., be moved from Hamilton County Circuit Court. ... (click for more)

How To Be #ChattanoogaStrong

Chattanooga is my home; I was born here 35 years ago. Without a doubt, this has been one of the most challenging times in our city's history. The #ChattanoogaStrong hashtag will remain for quite some time, but it means so much more than 18 characters on social media. It represents the sorrow and mourning, as well as the resilience and compassion, of our exceptional community.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Hero Is Coming Home

In late September, a very special funeral will be held in Bearden, Tenn., when 1 st Lt. Alexander “Sandy” Bonnyman Jr., will finally come home to lie in peace with his family. Sandy’s been dead for 72 years now, ever since he was killed in combat on the Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands on Nov. 22, 1943. He and a number of other Marine heroes were buried back then in a shallow ... (click for more)