published Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Faith Briefs


• St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 7514 Hixson Pike; 10:30 a.m. Sunday; St. Alban's Day celebration includes worship service, potluck cookout and children's water fun; 309-4021 or email


• Bread of Life Mission, 281 Fourth St., Crossville, Tenn.; 2 p.m. CDT today; concert by Jim Ricketts and Crystle Elam; 775-2806; also, Fellowship Christian Church, 2847 Fairview Road, Madisonville, Tenn., 11 a.m. Sunday, and Ball Play Tabernacle Church, Ball Play Road, Madisonville, Tenn., 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

• Ooltewah Church of God, 9320 S. Lee Highway; 6 p.m. Sunday, June 30; singing features the Sonlife Quartet; 954-9323.

• Pilgrim Congregation Church, 400 Glenwood Drive; 11 a.m. Sunday, June 30; concert, "Let Music Fill the Air," features program of solos, duets, men's quartet and instrumentals by choir, pianist Brad Bryan and organist Barbara Morgan; potluck dinner follows; 698-5682.


• Greg Ezell, who recently pastored New Lookout Baptist Church, has been appointed pastor of the four churches of the Rural Retreat Circuit in the United Methodist Church's Wytheville District.

• Fellowship Baptist Church, 210 Thomas Ave., has hired the Rev. Craig Thomas as pastor.

• New Lookout Baptist Church, 50 Ridley Circle, Rising Fawn, Ga., has hired the Rev. Bill Gill as pastor.

• The Rev. Michael Smith recently resigned as pastor at Wallaceville Baptist Church, 2299 N. Highway 41, Rossville, Ga.

• New pastoral appointments made in the Northwest District of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church at its recent annual conference in Augusta include:

• Alexander Chapel: Rodney Weaver comes to the church from Wesley Chapel in Dalton.

• Cartecay: Rebecca Holmes, who formerly served Anna Kresge Memorial in Cedartown.

• Dawnville: Alvin Taylor.

• Epworth: Byron Ahrens replaces Barbara Davidson, the longest-serving pastor in the church's history.

• First, Chatsworth: Nathaniel Long, a second-generation pastor, comes to the church from Senoia UMC in Senoia, Ga.

• First, LaFayette: John William Hagen, who formerly served Cokes Chapel in Sharpsburg, Ga.

• Fisher's Chapel: -- Varney Arthur Graves, who previously served Eton UMC in Eton, Ga.

• Kingston: Benjamin Wiles comes to the church from Philadelphia UMC in Harlem, Ga.

• Mount Zion: Steve Brotherton.

• Oak Grove: Rebecca Duke Jones, who formerly served Emerson UMC.

• Pleasant Hill: William Joel Miller, who previously served Kingston UMC.

• Sam Jones Memorial: Kevin Lobello comes to the Cartersville church from First UMC in Griffin.

• Smith Chapel: Trey Comstock formerly served as director of young adults at North Springs UMC in Sandy Springs, Ga.

• Trinity, Cartersville: Kirk Bozeman comes to the church from Northbrook UMC in Roswell.

• Trinity, Dalton: Charles Alford Moon, who previously served Oak Grove UMC in Kingston.

• Wesley Chapel, Calhoun: Gregory Adam Burgner comes to the church from Williamson UMC.

• Woodstation: Michael Worth Wilson, who formerly served at Cave Spring UMC.

Vacation Bible schools

• First Baptist Church, 2645 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.; 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; ages 4-fifth grade; theme: "Kingdom Chronicles"; registration, 706-866-0232 or

• Kimball Baptist Church, 1500 Main St., Kimball, Tenn.; 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday-Friday; theme: "Kingdom Rock: Where Kids Stand Strong for God"; 423-837-6843 or 423-718-5930.

• Oakwood Baptist Church, 4501 Bonny Oaks Drive; 6-8:45 p.m. Sunday-Friday; ages kindergarten-eighth grade; theme: "Kingdom Chronicles"; 892-6414.

• First-Centenary United Methodist Church, 419 McCallie Ave.; 6-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; ages pre-kindergarten-fourth grade; theme: "Everything Fun Fair: Where God's World Comes Together!"; registration,

• Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4829 College Drive N.E.; 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday; ages 4-13; theme: Paul's missionary journeys; 396-2134.

Women's event

• Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter St.; 7-9 a.m. Thursday; ninth annual Scenic City Women's Network Praise Breakfast fundraiser (for men and women) features theme of "Speaking to the Hearts of Women in the Workplace" with message by author, radio show host and Moody Church director of women's ministries Mary Whelchel, and honors longtime WTVC Channel 9 on-air personality Marcia Kling; $20; 698-6262 or

-- Compiled by staff writer Clint Cooper

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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