Antioch Baptist Church hosts a Fall Festival for the community on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Everyone is invited for a night of fun games, lots of food, candy, caramel apples and cotton candy.

Bethel A.M.E. Church invites the public to its Hour of Power Bible studies on Wednesdays at 6 p.m., followed by Bible study at 6:30 p.m. The church is at 620 Spring St.

Bridging the Gap Ministries of Dalton Inc. celebrates its pastor, Bishop William C. Simpson III, during his fourth Pastor's Appreciation on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Mack Gaston Community Center, 218 N. Fredrick St. Pastor Jerry Jones of Mountain Ridge Baptist Church in Dalton is the guest speaker. Dinner will be served at 2 p.m.

ChristChurch Presbyterian will hold its annual Kirkin' o' the Tartans service on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. More than 50 clan tartans will be presented and blessed. Bagpipe music by the Chattanooga Pipe Band will be part of the worship service and afterward in the church courtyard. "Kirk" is the old Scot word for "church." The Kirkin' o' the Tartans was introduced in the United States by the Rev. Dr. Peter Marshall in 1941 at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. The ceremony is intended to celebrate the Scottish heritage of the Presbyterian Church. It is a service of rededication to that heritage and to devotion to God and country. ChristChurch also emphasizes the importance of family participation in the celebration by encouraging families to carry the tartan of their Scot ancestors. The community is invited to worship and to celebrate in this service with members of ChristChurch. The church is at 510 S. Tibbs Road.

Church Women United will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, in the Fellowship Hall of ChristChurch Presbyterian at 510 S. Tibbs Road. President Reba Jackson invites women from all the local Christian churches to attend. The theme is "The Time is Now -- Resolve to Love." For more information, contact Virgelia Meek at (706) 226-6774.

• Do you like to sing and have fellowship with other senior adults? Then the place for you is with the Sounds of Joy. The Sounds of Joy is a senior adult interdenominational singing group sponsored by Dalton First United Methodist Church. The group normally presents four programs a year at various nursing homes and adult care facilities in Dalton and Whitfield County. Rehearsal is each Thursday at 9:30 a.m. for one hour in the music suite of Dalton First United Methodist Church. If you like to sing (you don't have to be good, only enjoy singing), contact Elizabeth at (706) 278-8494.

• The Hopewell Baptist Church food bank is open on the second Saturday of the month from 9 to 11 a.m. For more information, call (706) 226-5987. The church is at 3527 Airport Road.

• October is Men's Month at New Hope Baptist Church. The theme is "What is our purpose?" On Saturday, the Men's Fellowship Breakfast is at 9 a.m. with guest speaker the Rev. Edward Hogg, pastor of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Dalton. Everyone is welcome.

Poplar Springs Baptist Church hosts a Fall Festival on Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Life Center, across the road from the main church building. A chili cook-off will be held, with judging beginning at 4. A cake walk is an added feature. Hayrides, games and fellowship will also be featured, with much fun for the youngsters. Everyone is invited.

Riverbend Church of Christ opens a benevolent house each Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for area residents in need. Individuals can choose from a variety of clothing, shoes, household items and more at no charge. The ministry is in the white house beside the church building at 2218 S. Riverbend Road. To donate items, drop them off during operating hours or leave them on the front porch. Tax receipts are available.

• On Sunday, Nov. 3, at 4 p.m., the Chancel Choir of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, under the leadership of Beth Nichols, organist and director of music, will offer a service of Choral Evensong in celebration of the Feast of All Saints. One of the principal events in Christian liturgy's annual cycle, All Saints commemorates everyone who has died in the faith, especially those closest to living members of the congregation and the wider community who have passed on during the preceding year. Evensong is a musical setting of the service of Daily Evening Prayer, which has been offered nearly every day for almost 500 years in the cathedrals and many of the larger churches in England, and often in Episcopal churches in America as well. There is no sermon, and the scripture texts, prayers and music are specially selected to prompt contemplation and meditation over the events of the day, encouraging an awareness of God's caring presence and a sense of tranquility in preparation for the coming night. The service at St. Mark's will include music by composers Tallis, Scholefield, Alcock, Baynon, Vaughn Williams, Arlen Clarke, David Hurd and Hal Hopson. All are invited, and all are welcome.

• Christians Under Construction, described as a practical, biblical discussion of Christian living, meets each Friday at 7 p.m. at True Gospel Holiness Church. The facilitator is Mary Coppage. The church is at 109 S. Henderson St.

Tunnel Hill United Methodist Church hosts Trunk or Treat at Harry Griffin Park at 210 G. Vaughn Parkway on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. There will be decorated cars with people giving out candy. There will also be games, a hayride, a photo booth and fun for all ages. For more information, call the church office at (706) 673-4022.

Whitfield Baptist Church has its annual Fall Festival on Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A concession stand will be available by Shorty's Catering with barbecue, onion rings and funnel cakes. There will be many fun booths and games with plenty of candy for all the children. Whitfield Baptist is at 2134 Dug Gap Road. Pastor Wayne Cofield invites everyone.

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