Sunday, Dec 3rd
“A Christmas Bedtime Story”
Faith Lutheran Church, 225 Jamestowne Blvd. in Farragut, will present its Christmas pageant, “A Christmas Bedtime Story,” featuring children and music, at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 3. It will feature 15 to 17 cast members, as well as musicians. The Rev. Bob Stelter, FLC pastor, said there will be interactive singing with children and the congregation. It’s Christmas Eve services are a 5 p.m. contemporary service and a 7 p.m. traditional service, both with candlelight.
Sunday, Dec 3rd
16th Christmas Community Day
First Farragut United Methodist Church, 12733 Kingston Pike, will host its 16th Christmas Community Day from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 3, serving neighbors and families in the community.
It will feature a toy center, children’s books center, a photo with Santa center, children’s and adult clothing /coat center and a grocery center. “In 2022, more than 100 volunteers served 392 guests who came from Knox, Loudon, Roane, Monroe and other surrounding counties,” a church press release stated. “In addition to clothing, toys and books, the families received a full bag of groceries and household necessities.”
Reservations for this event are required and space is limited. Guests have two options to make a reservation. They may come to FFUMC, 12733 Kingston Pike, and pick up a reservation card between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1, or they may register online at http://www.ffumc.org/register. The FFUMC parking lot opens at noon, Sunday.
Tuesday, Dec 5th
Mission of Hope Christmas Drive
In its 28th Anniversary year, Mission of Hope is gearing up for its annual Christmas Drive. Throughout the year, Mission of Hope serves schools and ministry centers in rural Appalachia.
During the Christmas season, Mission of Hope brings new toys and clothes, food and hygiene products to more than 13,000 children and families. Mission of Hope asks for help to bring joy throughout Appalachia this holiday season.
Mission of Hope once again wil have a Cyber Barrel Christmas Drive, which begins Friday, Nov. 17, and runs through Tuesday, Dec. 5.
Shoppers can visit the online registries and select items for purchase. These items will be shipped directly to the Mission of Hope warehouse, where they will be carefully packed and delivered to the students. Supporters also can find posters at various locations in the area, featuring QR codes linking to the Cyber Barrel website page: https://missionofhope.org/christmas-collection-delivery/. Cyber Barrel sponsor locations are Chick-fil-A, Fisher Tire, Food City, Home Federal, TVA Employees Credit Union and Barnes & Noble.
In addition to this drive, Mission of Hope will place Blue Barrels at select Food City, Home Federal Banks, Fisher Tire and Barnes and Noble locations. These barrels will be available concurrently with the Cyber Barrel Drive and are perfect for those who prefer donating new toys, new coats and non-perishable food items.”
Wednesday, Dec 6th
Giddy Up & Give
Five University of Tennessee students have partnered with Shangri-La Therapeutic Riding Academy in Lenoir City to create a crowd-funding campaign, Giddy Up & Give, which works to give children and adults therapeutic experiences through horse-related activities.
These students “have until Wednesday, Dec. 6, to reach their goal,” said Jaydon Kelley, one of the students involved.
Giddy Up Give is working to raise $2,000 to help Shangri-La Therapeutic Riding Academy in Lenoir City — which uses horse-riding therapy as it works with children and adults ages 4 to 65-plus with mental, physical and neurological disabilities — buy three new saddles.
“These saddles are designed to help riders be comfortable and safe,” said Lexi Hall, another Giddy Up Give member and Hardin Valley Academy Class of 2023 graduate.
Donate by using the link to Giddy Up Give’s GoFundMe: https://gofund.me/f24caac6
Saturday, Dec 9th
55th Nativity Pageant of Knoxville
55th Nativity Pageant of Knoxville, free of charge, will be held beginning at 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9 and Dec. 10, and starting at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 11, in Knoxville Civic Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. in downtown Knoxville.
Doors will open 1 hour prior to show time. Visit knoxvillenativity.com for more information.
Saturday, Dec 16th
Fundraising campaign for Wreaths Across America is under way.
Wreaths will be placed on National Wreaths Across America Day beginning at noon, Saturday, Dec. 16. “The number of Veterans to honor increases every year; there are 15 to 20 funerals conducted at the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery on East Governor John Sevier Highway per week,” a WAA press release stated.” Our goal is now somewhere over 19,000 Veterans to honor and remember with a wreath.” Cost to sponsor is $17. Send checks to Wreaths Across America, P.O. Box 50054, Knoxville, TN 37950.Online donations can be made at www.knoxwreaths.org
Saturday, Dec 16th
Wreaths Across America
National nonprofit Wreaths Across America announces the kickoff to its annual campaign. Not only will every sponsorship honor our nation’s service members with the placement of a veteran’s wreath on National Wreaths Across America Day Saturday, Dec. 16, but local nonprofits, civic groups and organizations will receive $5 back from each sponsorship made for their program or other efforts throughout the year. For more information or to sponsor a wreath, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.
Wednesday, Dec 20th
For ladies who are new to the area, or who just want to make new friends, come and join Newcomers Club for lunch and a program Wednesday, Dec. 20, in Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike. Program will be K-Town Sound and an Ugly Christmas Sweater/T-shirt or top. For reservations, call 865-705-0309 by Friday. Dec. 15.