Venue Church Hosts 1st Annual Easter Egg Drop

Friday, April 4, 2014

In anticipation of its first Easter worship experiences on Sunday, April 20, Venue Church – led by Pastor Tavner Smith – will host the first annual Venue Church Easter Egg Drop on Saturday, from 1 5 p.m. at Camp Jordan, 315 Camp Jordan Road in East Ridge.

A helicopter will release thousands of Easter eggs at three intervals – 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. The event includes additional family fun activities such as a petting zoo, bounce houses, face painting, pony rides and give-a-ways including a PlayStation 4, an iPad Mini and a 40” television, among other prizes. Admission is free. Pre-registration is available at www.TheVenueChurch.com.

The idea for the Easter Egg Drop was conceived to further connect Venue Church with the Chattanooga community and create an annual event families can enjoy and adopt as a tradition.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to provide a free event for families to enjoy together, as well as integrating Venue Church into the fabric of the community,” said Pastor Smith.

Mr. Smith is so dedicated to the first annual Easter egg drop event he even sold his truck to raise funds. “Radical giving is one of the core values of Venue Church, and I believe this event will make a positive impact on many lives, so I was happy to be the first to contribute,” Mr. Smith said.

Since its October 2013 launch, Venue Church has quickly made its mark as a consistently growing church in Chattanooga. The average weekly attendance is 350, attendance has increased by 30 percent in the last month and many Chattanoogans now call themselves Venue Church members. The growth has demanded in an increase in its weekly worship experiences: beginning Easter Sunday, Venue Church will add a third worship experience every Sunday.

“We’re so grateful for how warmly we’ve been welcomed to Chattanooga,” said Pastor Smith. “We love people right where they are, and God does His thing each week. Marriages, finances, work situations…people are seeing them improve and they can’t stay quiet about it. The proof is in the increased attendance every week. People are talking about Venue Church, and they’re hungry for a different kind of church experience. It is our honor and privilege to facilitate people living out God’s very best life for them.”


St. Timothy's Holds Jazz Vespers Jan. 29

The tenth annual Jazz Vespers service will be held on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 5 p.m.  All are welcome to attend this service.  There is no admission charge, but a freewill offering will be accepted, with all gifts going to support the Jazz program.  A reception will follow Vespers in the Parish Hall. The principal musicians for the service are Kathy Tugman and the ... (click for more)

Steve Ellison: Rebellion

The book of Micah is a marvelous book.  Few passages of Scripture are better known than Micah 6:8 which adorns the alcove of religion in the reading room of the Library of Congress,  “He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?”   (NASU) Even though it is a relatively ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Police To Add 14 Officers After Violent Weekend; New System To Allow Local Testing Of Shell Casings

In the wake of a weekend in which five people were shot with two dying, the Chattanooga Police Department is adding 14 more officers, Mayor Andy Berke and Chief Fred Fletcher said Monday. The department is also utilizing a new system that will allow local testing of shell casings and avoid a long wait time after sending them off to Nashville. Chief Fletcher also said there ... (click for more)

Cleveland Mother And Father Indicted After 2-Month Old Tests Positive For Meth; Has Multiple Injuries

The father and mother of a two-month-old in Cleveland have been indicted for child abuse after the baby tested positive for meth and had multiple injuries. Cleveland Police said on Jan. 4 the Department of Children Services and the Cleveland Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit began a joint investigation on an aggravated child neglect/abuse case.  DCS and ... (click for more)

Proud Of Chattanooga And The Women's March - And Response (2)

I was very happy to participate in the Women’s March on Chattanooga yesterday afternoon. The diversity and the sheer numbers of women, men and children were incredible. One estimate was at least 3,000. Standing together with all of these like-minded souls was overwhelming and humbling.  I have rarely been so happy and so proud of my town.  One question is, why is ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our Puzzling Women

After Rhonda Thurman left the “Enlightment” meeting of the Hamilton Country School Board Saturday afternoon, she must have been catching up on the news when she posted this message on her Facebook page: “I am really trying to understand. I am a woman and I cannot think of one "RIGHT" I do not have. Can someone enlighten me?” Not one person enlightened Rhonda because nobody could ... (click for more)