Congregation stories

Four African-American women address church to honor Black History Month

During February, four women in the congregation at Concord AME Zion Church are giving short talks in honor of Black History Month. From left are Mary Turner, Bernetta Hardin, Sandra Steen and Tiffany Gordon in front of the Rev. Samuel Fulton, church pastor. Four African-American women are taking turns presenting their thoughts to their congregation along Loop Road. Each Sunday this month, these women are speaking briefly about issues important to the black community at Concord AME Zion Church.

“We’re celebrating Black History Month,” said the Rev. Samuel Fulton, AME Zion paster, “but we’re not just celebrating the race. What I told my congregation is we’re bringing forth people influential to the cause. To press forward as a nation.”

On Feb. 5, Bernetta Hardin talked about three greats in black history: Sojourner Truth, the name Isabella Baumfree gave herself, who escaped from slavery to become an abolitionist and women’s rights advocate; Harriet Tubman, who escaped slavery to become a leading abolitionist, and Frederick Douglass, who escaped from slavery to become an orator and writer.
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Farragut High School Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

From left, teacher Holly Kelly; Susan Horn, School Board District 5 rep.; Rita Ramps; coach Susan Davidson and Kellie Ivens, Hall of Famer and assistant principal Farragut High School Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for its Class of 2017 was held Saturday, Feb. 4, in FHS Commons.

Inductees were Erika Thornton Scott (Class of 2007), Jessie Howard Hall (2006), Kelsey Benorden Baird (2007), Mandy Newman Watson (2001), Alex Munday (2003), Aaron Doyle (2004), Willie Parker (2002), Chris Avans (1995), Justin Treadwell (1990), Jeff Glover (1983) and coach Donald Dodgen (1996-2010 varsity boys basketball).

Rita Ramps, bus driver for Admirals athletic teams for 30 years, was named FHS Athletic Service Award honoree.

For more photos from this event, please see Westside Faces in our print edition.

‘Over top’ church camp set

Ginger Forbes, left, children’s ministry director at Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church, works with Susan Horn, elementary education coordinator for the church, to put up a tent to promote a brand-new camp for the Knox area: “Camp in the City,” June 26-30 at the church, 12915 Kingston Pike. A brand new, over-the-top church camp is coming this summer, thanks to Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church in Farragut.

The church will host the high-energy “Camp in the City,” on the front lawn of the church, 12951 Kingston Pike, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 26-30.

Like most church camps, there will be Bible study, worship and time with counselors, but “Camp in the City” will offer some unexpected bonuses: a bungee trampoline, waterslides, a rock climbing wall, slip ‘n slides and much more. Registration has started, so interested campers are urged to sign up right away.

“We had been praying about what to do this summer,” said Ginger Forbes, director of children’s ministry at Christ Covenant.
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