Chattanooga Deanery calendar

A Rachel’s Vineyard healing and recovery retreat for women affected by abortion will take place the weekend of Oct. 12-14 at a private retreat center in Athens. A 10-week program is also available for those unable to attend a retreat. Contact Sandi Davidson for more information at 865-776-4510 or

The Oktoberfest Ram Run, an annual fundraiser for Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Chattanooga, is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13. The one-mile Family Fun Run/Walk will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the 5K will begin at 9 a.m. Both races will start in front of the First Tennessee Pavilion. The school will also have bratwurst for sale at its brat booth stationed in the Chattanooga Market during and after the event. To learn more or to volunteer at the Ram Run, contact Karen Smith at 423-710-6736 or, or Cathy Sompayrac at 779-4580 or To volunteer at the brat booth, contact Cissy West at 622-1481 or

The Chattanooga-area pro-life banquet will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Pier 2 Banquet Hall next to the Southern Belle riverboat. Featured speakers include New Orleans singer/songwriter Kara Kline and former New York Giant Chris Godfrey. Tickets are $50. Contact Donna Jones at 423-267-9878 or

Theology on Tap will continue in October and November in the Chattanooga area for young adults ages 18 through 39. The first meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Las Margaritas restaurant on Hixson Pike. The topic will be “Aging”. The next meeting will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at El Meson in Hamilton Place. The topic will be “What Now? What Can You Do as a Young Adult?” For details, call Donna Jones at 423-622-7232.

The Brad Walker Orchestra, featuring singer Valerie Duke, will perform at a benefit for the World of Hope’s local Isaiah 58 chapter in the St. Jude Family Life Center from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. The evening will begin with a social hour at 7 p.m. with heavy hors d’oeuvres and free dance lessons and continue with Big Band era music and dancing from 8 to 11 p.m. The cost is $35 per person, $20 for students, or $250 for a table of eight. A cash bar will be available. Call 423-544-4445 or 774-1160 to purchase tickets.

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