• The Dan Sluder Trio will sing at Agape Baptist Church on Sunday at 5 p.m. The public is invited. The church is at 165 Bettis Road in Chatsworth.
• The Antioch Baptist Church fall festival will be today starting at 4 p.m. Bring your pre-carved pumpkins to enter in the pumpkin carving contest. Everyone is invited to join the church for the food, fun and fellowship. The church is at 1205 Antioch Drive in Dalton. Also, the youth are still selling pumpkins.
• Friends are welcome at the Calvary Baptist Church fellowship hall on the first Saturday of each month from 3 to 5 p.m. You don’t have to be a member of the church to attend.
• ChristChurch Presbyterian holds its annual Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans service Sunday at 10:30 a.m. The theme for this year’s Kirkin’ is “Remembering our Heritage, Celebrating our Future” as ChristChurch celebrates its founding earlier this month. The pipers of the Chattanooga Pipe Band will provide special music during worship, and 40 individual clan tartans will be presented and blessed. If you have an article of clothing with your clan tartan, you are encouraged to wear it. Everyone is invited to worship and to celebrate in this special service with members of ChristChurch and also to stay for dinner on the grounds after the service. ChristChurch Presbyterian is at 510 S. Tibbs Road.
• Church Women United’s “World Community Day” Celebration will be Friday, Nov. 2, at 11:30 a.m. at True Gospel Pentecostal Church, 225 Henderson St. The offices of president and secretary will be elected and officers for 2013 will be installed at this celebration. Geraldine Pero, president, invites everyone.
• Eastside Baptist Church will celebrate Homecoming on Sunday. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Bob Bagley, director of missions for the North Georgia Baptist Association. There will be no Sunday school, and worship service will begin at 11 a.m. A covered dish dinner will be served following the worship service. Evening services will not be held.
Eleventh Avenue Baptist Church will honor the Rev. Ronald Guffey and his family on Sunday, Nov. 4. Guffey has served as pastor of Eleventh Avenue for 20 years. The morning service will begin at 10:45. The southern gospel group The Perrys will sing during the 6 p.m. service. The church is on the South Dalton Bypass, approximately one mile from Ponders Funeral Home.
• Judgement House (www.judgementhouse.org), a live performance, will be at Fellowship Baptist Church, 3323 Crider Road in Rocky Face, today and Sunday and Nov. 3-4, each night beginning at 6. Not for children under 10. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are recommended. For reservations, call (423) 863-2816.
• The 40 Days in the Word Series continues at Fellowship Bible Church. The sermon title is “How To Study A Bible Passage” and the guest speaker is Harold Baker. Service time is Sunday morning at 10:30. The church is at 2044 Dug Gap Road. All are welcome.
• First Christian Church of Dalton will have its annual fall festival on Wednesday beginning at 6 p.m. The front yard of the church will be filled with games and activities, including Christian music, a giant blow-up slide, a face painting booth, a dunking booth and a bean bag toss booth, among others. Candy and treats will be shared with all the children. Everyone is invited. The church is at 1506 Dug Gap Road. Questions can be directed to the church at (706) 278-7244 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The community is invited to share with the church on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in worship and praise. To find out more about the church, visit www.firstchristianofdalton.org.
• First United Methodist Church of Chatsworth holds its second annual yard sale (open to the public) on Friday, Nov. 2 (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.), and Saturday, Nov. 3 (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.), in the Fincher Family Life Center.
The event is rain or shine. This is a huge yard sale with all sorts of quality items including clothes, kitchen items, books, furniture and much more.
First United Methodist Church is in the heart of downtown Chatsworth at 111 W. Cherokee St., just a block north of the courthouse at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Cherokee Street
For more information, call (706) 695-3211.
• Five Springs United Methodist Church is having a trunk-or-treat on Wednesday at the church beginning at 6:30 p.m. There will be hot dogs, chips and drinks for sale. The church is at 2823 Five Springs Road. Attendees are invited to wear their costume. For more information, call (706) 537-1217. The Pioneer Club, Explorers and Trailblazer classes are having a clothing drive to help the needy. If you have anything that you are not using you can donate it by leaving it at the church (under the awning), or by calling (706) 537-1217. If you know of anyone that needs help you can call that number.
• Freedom Baptist Church will have a youth fall festival today at 4 p.m. at the home of Charlie and Diann Middlebrooks. Pastor Tony Westmoreland invites friends and family to join the church for fun, food and fellowship. Those attending are asked to bring a favorite food item and candy for trunk-or-treat.
• Free Hope Baptist Church will have trunk-or-treat today from 4 to 6 p.m. in the back parking lot. If there is inclement weather, the event will be moved to the Fellowship Hall. Dennis Self, pastor, invites everyone. The church is at 4176 Highway 76 in Chatsworth. The youth of the church are selling pumpkins, crafts and more. Proceeds will be used to fund mission trips. The Pumpkin Patch is next door to the church on the front lawn of the Pastorium. Pumpkin Patch hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Wednesday. For more information, call (706) 695-3717.
• Gospel Light Tabernacle at 804 Sheridan Ave. in Dalton will have a fall festival today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. including games for the children and candy bags.
• Grace Presbyterian Church will have a fall festival on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. at 2107 Threadmill Road. It will include games, prizes, candy, inflatables, a bonfire, Smores and fellowship. The public is invited.
• Harmony Grove Baptist Church is having a Halo-ween event today from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be games, food, fellowship, prizes, crafts and a “Little Debbie” walk. Everyone is invited, organizers promise fun for all ages. The church will have singing on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. featuring the Ricky Davis family from Chatsworth. The church is off Old Grade Road off the North Bypass.
• A prayer breakfast will be today at 9 a.m. at Holy Gospel Temple. Cost is $6. The speaker is evangelist Debbie Madden of Liberty Baptist Church. Everyone is invited.
• Liberty Baptist youth will have an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast today at 8 a.m. Cost is $5 a plate. The church is at 504 S. Pentz St. The phone number is (706) 226-5535.
• Liberty Baptist Church will celebrate Veterans Day on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. The guest speaker will be David Bouler, a Vietnam War veteran and sergeant in the Marine Corps. Music will be by Veritas. Everyone is welcome. The church is at 4439 Tibbs Bridge Road in Dalton. Its website is www.libertybaptistchurch.ws, and the phone number is (706) 226-4936.
• Maple Grove Baptist Church Sunday morning service has changed through 2012: Sunday school will begin at 9:45 and worship service will begin at 10:45. Tony Robertson, pastor, invites the public. There will be a pancake breakfast at Longhorn restaurant on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 7 to 10 a.m. to help raise funds for Wayne Stanfield’s mission trip to Romania in February. Stanfield is a member of Maple Grove Baptist Church. Maple Grove Baptist will have a chili cook-off and fall festival on Saturday, Nov. 3, beginning at 11 a.m.
• McFarland Hill Baptist Church will have a fall festival today from 1 to 5 p.m. that will include hot dogs, popcorn, cupcakes, drinks, hay rides, inflatables, games and prizes, and pumpkin carving and/or painting contest. The church is at 307 Brickyard Road in Dalton.
• New Haven Baptist Church holds a revival on Sunday (11 a.m. for the morning service and 6 p.m. for the evening service) and Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. Evangelist Bro. Ray Brown of Blairsville is the guest speaker. There will be special singing by Harold McWhorter of Tallapoosa. The church is at 417 Cohutta-Beaverdale Road. Everyone is invited.
• To conclude the New Hope Baptist Church Men’s Ministry Month, Pastor Gregg Cooper of the New Garden of Prayer IV of Portsmouth, Va., and formerly of Dalton, will speak at a free prayer breakfast today at 8:30 a.m. The church is at 900 Roan St. Everyone is welcome.
• Brother Roy Groce will be the main speaker at the 32nd Homecoming of New Life Baptist Church on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 10:30 a.m. Groce, 93 and now retired, was the longtime pastor of Cleveland Heights Baptist Church in Dalton. He is still active in church work and preaches in special meetings. Homecoming music for the day will be performed by the members of New Life Baptist Church and the church choir. A special meal will be at noon. There will not be a service held in the late afternoon as usual. All former members have a special invitation; current members will welcome you. The church is on Old Grade Road in Dalton. The pastor is Brother Rick Spence.
• North Georgia Baptist Temple will have a singing on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 10 a.m. with “Ole Friend” from Cleveland, Tenn., and revival Nov. 4-9 at 7 p.m. with Brother Ronnie Childress. The church is at 1623 Abutment Road in Dalton. Pastor Brother George Ashburn invites everyone.
• Oliver’s Barn hosts a gospel singing every Friday at 6 p.m. The barn is at 2144 Waring Road in Dalton. For information or directions, call Christina Oliver at (706) 618-1807. There is no cost to attend. Everyone is welcome.
• Bishop Dr. Nicky Paul Starling has been elected the new presiding bishop of the Overcoming Church of God of America Inc. The installation for Starling will be on Sunday, Nov. 4, at Greater St. James Overcoming Church of God in Dalton at 4 p.m. The Board of Bishops of the Overcoming Church of God of America Inc., will be in charge of the installation service with other visiting bishops. Starling was elected for a four-year term.
• A Place to Worship Church will have a fall festival today starting at 4 p.m. There will be hay rides, apple dunking and more. The address is 295 Old Landfill Road in Chatsworth. For more information or a ride, call Pastor Jeff Johnson at (706) 581-1837.
• Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church will hold a community-wide Trunk or Treat in the church parking lot at 2701 Cleveland Highway on Wednesday. Pastor Chris Mullis said, “We will begin the evening at 6 with a free hot dog dinner and then begin the Trunk or Treat at 6:30.” The community is invited to enjoy a fun evening of decorated trunks, costumes and treats.
• Riverbend Church of Christ operates a benevolence house for the public of northwest Georgia. The church’s goal is to assist families in need by offering necessities such as clothing (men, women and children), shoes and household items. Services are free and available to anyone in need. It is in the small white house just south of the church building at 2218 S. Riverbend Road in Dalton. The house is open every Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; other times must be by appointment. For more information, call Barbara Brooks (706) 277-3719 or the church office (706) 226-0819. All donations from the community are appreciated.
• Rocky Face Baptist Church (www.rockyfacebaptist.org) will have Harvest Celebration 2012 on Sunday. There will be a fish fry and fixings, games and activities, special music and guests following the morning service at 11. Trunk-r-treat will be Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The church is on Old Chattanooga Road. The phone number is (706) 226-5751.
• North Georgia “M” Night will be observed Sunday at 6 p.m. at Salem Baptist Church. George Barnett will be the speaker.
• Smyrna Gospel Tabernacle will be reaching out to those in the community who will not be able to have a Thanksgiving dinner by serving dinner on Thanksgiving Day. Dinner will be served from noon to 3 p.m. or until all food is served. The tabernacle will hold a gospel singing on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m. Featured singers and groups will be Earlene Odell, The Randolph Singers, Jerry and Sheryl Lawson, Jim Boetter and The Pathfinders from Daytona, Fla. The tabernacle is at 784 Smyrna Church Road in Chatsworth. Soup and chili supper will follow.
• On Friday, Nov. 9, St. Mark’s Preschool is hosting its annual Chili Supper. It is drive-through only, lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and supper from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost of each meal is $5 and includes chili, crackers, dessert, a mint and a few local coupons. Corporate and group orders are available and delivery is available for orders of 10 or more. Orders can be placed at email@example.com or faxed to (706) 279-2698. For more information, call Ellen at (706) 278-8857.
• On Thanksgiving Day, Sumach Cumberland Presbyterian Church will deliver a meal to residents of Murray County who will not otherwise be able to have a Thanksgiving dinner. A request is necessary. The deadline is Nov. 9. Call one of the following numbers to make a request: (706) 695-6076; (706) 695-4018; (706) 695-4773.
• The Women’s Fellowship Ministry of True Gospel Pentecostal Church will have its annual Women’s Day on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 4 p.m. This year’s theme is “Women With a Purpose.” The guest speaker will be Minister Leweyna Garth of Sharon Pentecostal Church in Chattanooga, where Pastor Joanne Walker is the pastor. The color of unity this year is purple. Those who wish to join the women of True Gospel in wearing it are welcome to do so. Minister Glenda Graham, president of the women’s ministry, and pastor, Suffragan Bishop Reuben Graham Sr., welcome the public.
• Underwood Church of God of Prophecy monthly fellowship service will be today, with fellowship dinner at 5 p.m. and service at 6 p.m. Evangelist Pat Spears will be ministering along with the Victory Tabernacle Praise and Drama team. Pastors are Melton and Pam Rainey. The church is at 703 Underwood St. in Dalton. For more information, call (706) 463-5254.
• Whitfield Baptist’s annual Mission Revival continues Sunday morning with missionaries teaching Sunday school at 10 and preaching at 11. Whitfield Baptist Church is at 2134 Dug Gap Road, 2.5 miles south of Walnut Avenue. Pastor Wayne Cofield invites everyone. A nursery will be available.
• The Dan Sluder Trio will sing at Agape Baptist Church on Sunday at 5 p.m. The public is invited. The church is at 165 Bettis Road in Chatsworth.
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