McCall in Africa for 24th time

Joel McCall, left, missionary-in-residence at Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church, leads a workshop for African pastors with the help of an interpreter. McCall left Sunday, July 16 for his 24th trip to Africa.
Africa is exploding in Christianity and a Farragut church is regularly crossing the ocean to help.

“There are 30,000 new believers being added to the church every single day in Sub-Saharan Africa,” Joel McCall said recently.

McCall is the missionary-in-residence at Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church and is on staff with Equipping Leaders International, a non-denominational organization for training church staff native to a mission field nation. He goes to Africa about twice a year.

“My numbers are low, but I’d rather be conservative in my statements,” he said about estimating the tide of Christianity sweeping across Africa. “Because Christianity is exploding in that continent, if that many new believers are coming into the church every day — and that has been going on for 20 years with no sign of letting up — they need training for those pastors.”

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Three more chances to join the fun at Pinnacle’s ‘Fit Summer Series’

Kris Evans with Blue Ridge Yoga leads a class of Yin Yoga on the drive between Panera Bread and Fleming’s Steakhouse. The class is the first of four in the Fit Summer Series sponsored by The Pinnacle at Turkey Creek. Classes are free and start at 9 a.m. On the schedule: July 26: “Circuit Cardio with Kim” of Kim Day Training; Aug. 12: “Dance Fitness with Jessica,” with Jessica Bass, and Aug. 23: “Yoga Flow with Kris” of Blue Ridge Yoga.
Kristen Bridgers, marketing manager of the Pinnacle at Turkey Creek, is a yoga enthusiast. Bayer Properties, which manages Turkey Creek, has sponsored exercise classes at other retail centers across the country, she said, and now Turkey Creek is getting in on the action.

Pinnacle at Turkey Creek is sponsoring a series of four outdoor exercise classes led by area experts.

“The Fit Summer Series is a way to involve the West Knox [County] community with active, outdoor happenings,” she said Wednesday, July 12, at the yoga class held in the shaded drive between Panera Bread and Fleming’s Steakhouse. “We want to offer them for free to people of all ages, sizes and levels of fitness and give local residents fun opportunities to move.

The series kicked off at 9 a.m., July 12, with Kris Evans from Blue Ridge Yoga leading Yin Yoga. A small group of women turned out on a sunny Wednesday, and spread their mats on a large piece of green Astroturf.

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Farragut Lions meet to discuss upcoming events

Members of Farragut Lions Club discuss fundraising at the Tuesday, July 11, meeting at Mimi’s Café in Turkey Creek. The club meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at Mimi’s and invite visitors and new members.
At the end of the last Farragut Lions Club meeting, two of the members stopped to explain how much they love the organization.

“It’s just that we do so much for everybody,” Julia Hart said. She and her husband, Dave, are both members with 20-plus and 40-plus year track records, respectively.

“You can’t imagine when people can’t see you and you make glasses for them,” she said as she teared up, “and they come in and thank you over and over again.”

“It gives us more than we give it,” Gerri Crutchfield, first vice president, said. “The good Lord put us here to do for others and this is how we do it.”

Twenty of the 32 members gathered at 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 11, for dinner and discussion. The club meets at Mimi’s Café in Turkey Creek on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month and Tom Nitz, current club president, presides. Other officers are Tom Haws, second vice president; Ann Raby, secretary; Dave Crawford, treasurer; Jim Hart, parliamentarian, and Jerry Griffin, “the lion tamer” who works with new members. On the board of directors are Carl Leonard, Marty Stormer and Julia Hart.

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Tatting artist Brown featured at Town Hall

Farragut artist Carollyn Brown shares her love for tatting lace as the Town’s July and August Featured Artist. Her works are on display on the second floor of Farragut Town Hall.
Carollyn Brown of Farragut can get completely lost in tatting.

“Sometimes I feel I am tatting some complex DNA chain and thoroughly enjoy intricate directions or very old directions that are hard to understand,” she said. “The possibilities are endless and I find that different groups of people tend to gravitate to a style or look.”

Town of Farragut presents Brown as its featured artist for July and August. The exhibit, on the second floor of the rotunda in Farragut Town Hall, features tatted doilies, a baby bonnet, ornaments and baby clothes plus handmade shuttles from her collection.

Winding cotton thread around two tiny shuttles creates tatted lace.

“This tatting lace is, of course, made with different-sized threads and nowadays, there are many colors to choose from,” Brown said. “Jewelry and frames and doilies, purses and edging can be designed and made with just one or two shuttles.”

She referred to tatting as “an old art that is not as lost as it used to be.” She uses her blog, Carollyn’s Tatting Blog, to share tips and patterns with tatters from around the world.

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G.G. turns 100

Florence “G.G.” Hunter, seated, celebrated her 100th birthday with family, from left, great-granddaughter, Alexandra Garza; son and daughter-in-law, David and Jennifer Hunter; daughter, Barbara Hunter Kelly; grandson, David Garza, and Barbara’s husband, Richard Kelly, during a party in G.G.’s honor at Arbor Terrace Assisted Living and Memory Care in Cedar Bluff Sarurday, July 15.
Florence Elsie Nicholson Hunter, or “G.G.” to close friends and family members, has been saying her goal was to celebrate her 100th birthday.

G.G., formerly a Bearden resident, met her goal Thursday, July 13, when she celebrated with a dinner and then had a party Saturday, July 15, in Arbor Terrace Assisted Living and Memory Care in the Cedar Bluff area. Clayton Brewer, an Arbor Terrace resident, wrote a poem for the occasion.

Born the year World War I was raging in 1917, G.G. has lived through the Great Depression, World War II and was part of the generation that “created a lot of the benefits we enjoy today,” her daughter, Barbara Kelly, said.

G.G. attributed her long life to her health and eating sweets — lots of sweet potatoes, carrots and pies.

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