• GraceWorks Church, 6445 Lee Highway; 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday; Advancing the Battle dinner conference for men who are or want to be disciple makers, with message by Steve Casbon, national director of field ministry support at CBMC, plus testimony, commissioning ceremony and breakout sessions; $20 with meal or $10 without; 893-8885.
• Lebanon Baptist Church, 1411 Old Parksville Road NE, Cleveland, Tenn.; 11 a.m. Sunday; concert by Jim Ricketts and Crystle Elam; free; 421-4269; also, Manilla Chapel Church, 1041 Highway 39, Engelwood, Tenn., 6 p.m. Sunday, and Freedom Tribe Ministry, 5929 Old Dixie Highway, Dayton, Tenn., 7 p.m. Thursday.
• Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga/Chattanooga First Church of the Nazarene, South Terrace Road; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 29-Aug. 2; concurrent Philanthropy Camp for rising first- through sixth-graders and Camp Tikkun Olam for rising seventh- through ninth-graders, both regardless of religious affiliation; $120 for first camper and $100 for additional sibling; snacks provided but campers bring own lunch; 493-0270, ext. 10, email email@example.com.
Vacation Bible schools
• One Accord Community Church, 343 Sweetland Drive; Sunday-Thursday; preschool-adults; theme: “Colossal Coaster World”; bus service available; 875-8377 or oneaccordcommunitychurch.org.
• Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, 66 Westbrook Road, Ringgold, Ga.; 6:15-8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; ages 4-fifth grade; theme: “VBS Athens: Paul’s Dangerous Journey”; 706-935-3031 or www.mtpisgahbaptist.com.
• New Salem Baptist Church, 9806 Dallas Hollow Road, Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.; 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Friday; ages 3-adults; theme: “Colossal Coaster World”; registration, 842-3078 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• East Ridge United Methodist Church, 1601 Prater Road; 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; ages kindergarten-fifth grade; 892-8451 or eastridgeumc.org.
• Greater Community Church of Chattanooga, 1817 E. Third St.; 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 364-3043.
• Lookout Baptist Church, 8645 Highway 193, High Point, Ga.; 6-9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-3:40 p.m. Saturday, July 20; ages 4-sixth grade; theme: “Kingdom Chronicles”; transportation available; 706-93l-2356.
• Fairview Baptist Church, 108 Jenkins Road, Rossville, Ga.; 6-8:30 p.m. July 22-25; 706-866-5744.
• East Chattanooga Church of God, 4872 Jersey Pike; 7-9 p.m. July 31-Aug. 3, and 10:45 a.m. Aug. 4 (family festival); ages 3-sixth grade; theme: “God Trek”; 894-7526 or www.godtrekvbs.eventbrite.com.
• Rock Spring United Methodist Church, 3477 Peavine Road, Rock Spring, Ga.; 5:15-8 p.m. Aug. 1-2 and 4-8 p.m. Aug. 3; meals included; ages preschool-fifth grade; theme: “SonWest Roundup”; 919-491-6600 or email email@example.com.
• Morning Pointe, 5501 Old Hixson Pike; 10 a.m. Saturday, July 20; meeting of Chattanooga Aglow Lighthouse features minister, author and TV host Robin Hardin speaking on male/female reconciliation; free but lunch $5; reservations, 332-9715 or 899-4809.
— Compiled by staff writer 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 ...