News from the Tennessee Valley Religion



“Never the Same 2007” women’s conference, Emmanuel Church International, Friday, 6 p.m., and March 3, 9 a.m. Leader, Amanda Goodson of Tucson, a Decatur native. Other speakers include Endia Scruggs, Yvette Rice, Audra Watkins, Lynne Herring, Katenia Fitzgerald, Carolyn Landry and La’Tresa Jester. For more information, go online to

Women of Strength Conference 2007, New Life Missionary Baptist Church, Athens, Thursday, 7 p.m., with the the Rev. Antoyne Green and Felicia Green speaking and a community women’s choir singing; Friday, 7 p.m., with Angela Beard of Jackson, Tenn., speaking and New Life Dance Team performing; and March 3, 8 a.m. to noon, sessions on marriage, surviving abuse and other topics. Health screenings and blood drive. Call 559-0609.

“Transforming Lives through Faith” women’s conference, Decatur Utilities training center, 1002 Central Parkway S.W., March 8, 7 p.m.; March 9, 7 p.m.; and March 10, 9 a.m. Speaker on March 9, Veronica Fuller of St. Paul, Minn. Other speakers will be Carolyn Brackin Orr and Vera Stanley. Call 637-8031.

“The High is a Lie,” Days Inn conference room, Athens, March 6, 7 p.m. Speaker, Dr. Mary F. Holley, a physician and founder of Mothers Against Methamphetamine. Free; sponsored by Mighty Warrior Church of Tanner. Call 232-4620.

Marriage seminar, Parkview Baptist Church, March 9, 6:30 to 9 p.m., and March 10, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Topic, “Improving Communication in Your Marriage.” Leaders, a couple from Family Life. Cost, $35 per person. To register, go online to Call 353-7124.

Dedication of church building, King’s Memorial United Methodist Church, Sunday, 11 a.m. Speaker, Bishop William Willimon.

Fashion show, Salvation Army gym, March 3, 10 a.m. to noon. Clothing will be available for purchase. Sizes will range from infant to adult, male and female.

Free 12-week exercise program, meeting at Flint Park pavilion to walk the track, Tuesdays, 5 p.m. Instructor, Lee Whitman. Gifts and prizes. Sponsored by Decatur Seventh Day Adventist Church. Call 355-3471.

Women’s retreat, Athens First United Methodist Church, Friday, 6-9 p.m., and March 3, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Speaker, Cathy Lee Phillips of Atlanta. Theme, “Girlfriends Growing in Grace.” Tickets, $30. Proceeds to breast cancer research and Women Build for Habitat. Call 232-2020 for tickets.

“Special” Moms Retreat, for mothers of special needs children, Sacred Heart Monastery, Cullman, March 9-10. Cost, $65 for overnight; $40 for Saturday only. Registration required by Wednesday. Call One Faith Ministries, (256) 829-1074.

“The Gospel according to Andy,” Emmanuel Community of Christ, Priceville, Sundays, 6 p.m. Study using “The Andy Griffith Show” episodes. Call 350-9226.


Alabama Baptist District Music Festival, Westmeade Baptist Church, Sunday, 6 p.m.

Blackwood Quartet, Huntsville High School, 2304 Billie Watkins Avenue, Huntsville, March 23, 7 p.m. Benefit for Our Lady, Queen of the Universe Catholic Church. Tickets, $15,

The Joyful Hearts, Mill Creek Baptist Church, Lacon, today, 7 p.m. Call 784-5541.

Squire Parsons, Greenbrier Baptist Church, March 11, 10:45 a.m. For more information or directions, go online to or call (256) 497-7349. SOZO Shoutfest Music Festival, Sparkman Civic Center, Hartselle, April 7, 6 p.m. Bands: Paul Says Hello, 6th hour, Owing Adam and World Harvest Outreach Youth Worship Band. Tickets, $5; discounts available. Doors open 5 p.m. Call 227-5377.

Gospel music concert, Macedonia Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Sunday, 6 p.m. The concert concludes a weekend workshop led by Johnny Sledge of Huntsville. Call 341-0844.

Swiss Ensemble Corund, Cathedral Church of the Advent, 20th Street at Sixth Avenue North, Birmingham, Sunday, 4 p.m. Music by Johann Sebastian Bach and Tomaso Albinoni. Directed by Stephen Smith, a Tuscaloosa native and founder of the group. For tickets, call (205) 443-8553.

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