published Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Faith Briefs


• Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave.; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 13; Zen Group of Chattanooga-sponsored third annual Buddhapalooza/Buddha birthday celebration offers day of meditation, beginners' instruction, lectures, music and poetry performances; $7 suggested donation (proceeds benefit Chattanooga Zen Center); 622-2862 or email


• University Center Auditorium, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Vine and Lansing streets; 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 31st annual C.S. Lewis Lecture features D. Stephen Long, author and professor of systematic theology at Marquette University, who will speak on "Why Jesus Is Not Ethical"; free;

Lenten events

• Brittsville Baptist Church, 2650 Brittsville Road; 6 p.m. Sunday; youth-led Easter program; 472-5177.

• Abba's House, 5208 Hixson Pike; 6 p.m. Sunday, April 14; musical, "Saviour," about the biblical history of mankind longing for a messiah, presented by combined 70-person choir and orchestra from Bayside Baptist Church and Abba's House; free; 877-6462.


• Ringgold United Methodist Church, 7484 Nashville St., Ringgold, Ga.; 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13; fifth annual one-hour benefit charity drive (11 a.m.) and motorcycle/driver blessings (noon); free (including lunch) and no fee required for drive (although donated proceeds go to Nourishing Children in Catoosa); http://ringgold


• Bread of Life Mission, 281 Fourth St., Crossville, Tenn.; 7 p.m. today; concert by Jim Ricketts and Crystle Elam; 775-2806; also performing at Mercy Baptist Church, Highway 68, Grandview, Tenn., 11 a.m. Sunday, and Eagle Furnace Baptist Church, 159 Eagle Point Drive, Rockwood, Tenn., 6 p.m. Sunday.

• Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church, 612 James Blvd.; 7:30 p.m. Friday; organ masterworks concert features organist Jason DuRoy; free; child care provided;

• Grace Episcopal Church, 20 Belvoir Ave.; 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14; Bach Choir spring concert features "The Magnificat" and other pieces related to the Virgin Mary; adults $15 suggested donation, students free; 886-6469 or


• First Presbyterian Church, 554 McCallie Ave.; 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13; "Helping Without Hurting" seminar on assisting the poor without creating dependency offered for area nonprofit, community and church leaders by Brian Fikkert, executive director of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development and professor of economics and community development at Covenant College, and Steve Corbett, community development specialist with the Chalmers Center and assistant professor of community development at Covenant; $35 morning only or $45 all day (both options including lunch); 706- 956-4119 or

Women's event

• Community Freewill Baptist, 2500 Summer City Road, Pikeville, Tenn.; 9 a.m.-3:30 a.m. EDT Saturday, April 13; "Believe" ladies conference features motivational speaker Mamie McCullough, a former South Georgia teacher, principal and president of the educational division of the Zig Ziglar Corp., with the message "I Can. You Can Too!"; $20 (includes lunch); 423-447-3162 or email


• Conn Center, 150 11th St. at Lee University, Cleveland, Tenn.; 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14; nontraditional U-Church service for students, alumni and friends features Dove Award winner and Grammy Award-nominated Gungor; free; 614-8347 or

about Clint Cooper...

Clint Cooper is the faith editor and a staff writer for the Times Free Press Life section. He also has been an assistant sports editor and Metro staff writer for the newspaper. Prior to the merger between the Chattanooga Free Press and Chattanooga Times in 1999, he was sports news editor for the Chattanooga Free Press, where he was in charge of the day-to-day content of the section and the section’s design. Before becoming sports ...

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