Organ Anniversary Concert Planned For First-Centenary UMC

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
The 15th anniversary of the installation of the new console for the church's Schantz organ will be celebrated this Sunday at First-Centenary United Methodist Church, 419 McCallie Ave. Aesook Lim will be the guest organist for the 8:30 and 10:45 a.m.sanctuary worship services.  Thursday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. Walker Breland and David Patton will perform and the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra and soloist David Patton will present Camille Saint-Saens' Symphony No. 3 as part of the concert.
 
Dr. Doug Fairbanks will speak  on "A Divine Teaching Moment," with text from Matthew 3:13-17 at this Sunday's sanctuary services. At 10:45 in The Vine, the Rev. Brian Davis will speak on "Everything Happens for a Reason," with text from  Romans 8:28-30.
 
Beginning this Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. will be Disciple 1 and Disciple 2. The introductory for both studies will be at 2 p.m. Disciple 2 in Room 441 will be led  by Jessie Sims for those who have completed Disciple 1. Disciple 1 will be led by Jim Fuller in Room 345.
 
Prime Time Wednesday begins Jan. 15 with dinner by reservation. "Ministering With a New Generation" will be led by Dr. Chris Dover, a professor at Tennessee Wesleyan College.
 
A women's  Bible study led by  Barbara Berwanger open to new participants will begin Jan. 16 at 12:30 p.m. in the church parlor. "Not a Fan" by Kyle Idleman is a study challenging people to grow from a fair-weather fan to a full-time follower of Christ.

Ministry Play Christmas Day At St. Elmo Missionary Baptist

The Sunday School classes at St. Elmo Missionary Baptist Church, 3701 W Ave., will present "Good Tidings of Great Joy" on Sunday, Dec. 25 at 9:30 a.m.  The play is under the direction of Beverly Casey.   "The community is welcome to come and celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ on that great Christmas morning," officials said. (click for more)

Hawkinsville Missionary Baptist To Hold Youth Concert

A Special Christmas Concert featuring Hawkinsville "New Generation Youth Choir" and Praise Dancers, will be Sunday, December 11, at 4 p.m.   The Concert will be held at Hawkinsville Missionary Baptist Church, 7463 Pinewood Drive located in East Brainerd/Tyner area.  For more information, call (423)892-1924. (click for more)

Valerie Bray Pleads Guilty In Death Of Well-Known Runner Cameron Bean

A long-time Moccasin Bend Hospital employee pleaded guilty on Tuesday morning in connection with the death of well-known runner Cameron Bean. Ms. Bray pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and leaving the scene of an accident with a fatality involved. Defense attorney Bill Speek said she faces one-two years on each charge at a sentencing hearing on Feb. 1 at 1:30 ... (click for more)

Officer Who Was Shot Returned Fire; Is Recovering Well; Shooter Still On Loose

Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher said Monday morning that the officer who was shot three times on Thursday is recovering well.   Chief Fletcher said the officer was wearing a bullet-proof vest and one bullet hit the vest, which protected him during the shooting.  The officer was able to return fire, although Chief Fletcher would not comment on how many bullets ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Couldn't Manage Public Education

I have been reading the buzz about Signal Mountain and other small municipalities considering a move to form their own school district within their municipal boundaries.  It is quite the comedy hour considering the notion that small cities that for decades could not even manage small sewer systems or 911 districts, are somehow going to do a better job with public education ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Abolish Bail For Poor

Our terribly overcrowded Hamilton County Jail may get some help from an unsuspected corner – the Obama administration is tackling the fact that right now over 450,000 people are in our country’s jails because they are too poor to pay for bail. It is a violation of the Constitution to “punish people for their poverty.” As the Eighth Amendment provides, “… excessive bail ought not ... (click for more)