published Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Faith Briefs

Enrichment

• Brainerd Crossroads (BX), 4011 Austin St.; 6-9 p.m. Monday, March 18, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, March 19; "A Night With Gail MacDonald" (Monday), led by the teacher and pastor's wife, geared as encouragement and fellowship dinner session for pastors' wives; "What's Holding You Back?" (Tuesday), a Generosity Trust- and Living Free-sponsored encouragement conference for pastors, features author, teacher and pastor Gordon MacDonald; $49 (both events), $15 (wives-only event); prepayment required; 266-5257 or www.holdingback.org.

Lenten events

• First Baptist Church, 10185 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy; 7 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17; life of Christ pageant "Unto the Lamb" presented by choir, orchestra, cast and crew of more than 150, and live animals; free (tickets available at Floyd Hardware and Soddy Bible and Church Supplies in Soddy-Daisy, Lifeway Christian Store in Hixson and Chick-fil-A restaurants in Northgate Mall and Oak Park Town Center; 322-2814.

• New Haven Baptist Church, 1058 Graysville Road; 6:30-10 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, March 16; "Resurrection Morn II" is second annual indoor walk-through drama that presents the Gospel story, with tours offered every 20 minutes; free (concessions available); 855-4910.

Music

• Calsonic Arena, 721 Whitthorne St., Shelbyville, Tenn.; 3 p.m. today; second annual Middle Tennessee Gospel Music Festival features Southern, bluegrass, contemporary and traditional gospel music groups such as Ernie Dawson and Heirline, The Freemans, Vocal Union, Crystal River, Three Bridges, The Beelers, The Cavaliers Quartet, CrossPoint String Band, Work in Progress, By Faith, The Riders, Locust Ridge, Nathan and Tonya Horton and Brandon Scott Smith; $10 admission; love offering will be taken; 931-455-8879, 931-684-8878 or http://midtngospelmusicfestival.com.

• Mount Paran Missionary Baptist Church, 1319 Moss Drive; 4 p.m. Sunday; Choir Day concert features Divine Purpose, High Praise, the host choir and minister Brian Allen; 622-3007 or 364-0433.

• Philadelphia Baptist Church, 1065 Pine Grove Road, Ringgold, Ga.; 6 p.m. Friday; weekly gospel sing features Masters Peace Quartet and Hope for Tomorrow Trio; free; 706-891-5683.

• Signal Crest United Methodist Church, 1005 Ridgeway Ave., Signal Mountain; 6:30 p.m. Sunday; concert of chants, motets, anthems, folk songs, spirituals, gospel songs, familiar hymns, musical theatre and popular songs by The Kentucky Wesleyan Singers of Kentucky Wesleyan College; free; 886-2330.

Women's event

• Morning Pointe, 5501 Old Hixson Pike; 10 a.m. Saturday, March 16; meeting of Aglow Kingdom Community Lighthouse, with message by Cathy Cummings Dickenson, an American Indians from the Lumbee tribe and the Aglow Tennessee emergency preparedness and disaster relief representative; lunch $5; reservations, 296-1631 or 899-4809.

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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