Church of the Week

Every Thursday, the Newport Plain Talk features a local “Church of the Week,” complete with a sketch of its history and a photo. If your church has not been featured, please supply us with a history of the church, either by emailing to, dropping it by the office, or sending it to The Newport Plain Talk, Att: Duay O’Neil, 145 E. Broadway, Newport, TN 37821. For more information, call 423-623-6171.

True Gospel Church

Highway 4:16 will be singing at True Gospel Church on Sunday, Aug. 25, during the 6:00 p.m. service. Pastor Ronnie Askew and congregation invite all to attend.

Macedonia Missionary Baptist

Macedonia will host a Men and Women Day on Aug. 25, with services beginning at 3 p.m. Rev. Christopher Battle and his wife, from Knoxville, will lead the service. Rev. Jesse L. Jones, Jr. and members of Macedonia welcome everyone.

Lincoln Avenue Church of God

Will host a gospel singing on Aug. 31, at 7 p.m. The Gospel Pioneers and Diamond Creek Singers will perform. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Riverview Baptist Church

Will host a 4th Friday Gospel Singing on Aug. 23, starting at 7 p.m. Artists featured will be Phillips & Banks from Bristol, as well as The Newsome Sisters of Newport, TN, and “By God’s Grace” & J.R. Fralix. Riverview Baptist is located in Downtown Newport, TN., behind Conagra on River Street.

Allen’s Missionary Baptist Church

Homecoming will be celebrated at Allen’s Missionary Baptist Church, Dark Hollow Road, Cosby, on Sunday, Aug. 25. The Principles will provide special music. Lunch will follow the morning service in the Fellowship Hall. Pastor Leon Large and congregation welcome all to attend.

Dutch Bottoms Baptist Church

Everyone is invited to Dutch Bottoms Baptist Church. Hwy. 25E, on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 6 p.m. for their monthly fourth Sunday night singing. Church members will provide the music. On Sunday, Sept. 1, Dutch Bottoms Baptist Church will celebrate homecoming with special music brought by The Smith Family. Rev. Doug Messer will bring the message. Lunch will be served at noon. Pastor Mike Strange and congregation welcome all to attend both of these special services.

Maple Grove Baptist Church

The Dyers from Speedwell will be singing at Maple Grove Baptist Church, Del Rio, on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited.

Dandridge Full Gospel Ministries

There will be a benefit singing, food, and auction for Paula Poe Norton on Saturday, Sept. 7, at Dandridge Full Gospel Ministries, 550 East Meeting St., Dandridge, starting at 2:30 p.m. Singing and serving of food starts at 3:00 p.m. and an auction will be held at 5:00 p.m. There will also be games, cake walks, and more. Donations are $10. For more information, call Judy Elkins at 865-674-2662.

Newport Presbyterian Church

In partnership with eight other churches, Newport Presbyterian Church is bringing a unique experience to Newport in September. Those attending will be able to walk through Biblical scenes representing some of the most influential events in the life of Jesus culminating in a heartbreaking choral rendition of the Crucifixion and Resurrection. Come and experience how the Son of God lived during His time on earth. The event is planned for Sept. 13-14 at Newport Presbyterian Church, Hedrick Drive (overlooking Cocke County High School).

East TN Baptist Association

All Cocke County churches are invited to share in free packets of materials for your congregations to deliver throughout the community to spread the word of Christ. You can add a flyer or card with your church information to each packet. Every denomination is encouraged to join in this effort. For more information or to schedule a time to come by and pick up these materials, call the ETBA office at 423-623-8220.

Prayer meetings at Cocke County Courthouse

East Tennessee Baptist Association has prayer meetings on the Cocke County Courthouse steps the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. For more information, call 423-623-8220

Parrottsville United Methodist Church

Parrottsville United Methodist Church has a clothes closet every Saturday from 8-11 in the church’s Fellowship Hall. Free clothes for all ages will be available. Donations to the clothes closet should be dropped off on Saturdays from 8-11. (Please note change in hours of operation.) The closet is closed on Saturdays before holidays. All are welcome.

Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church

The Chestnut Hill Clothes Closet, Dandridge, is open every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Free seasonal clothes will be available. Everyone is welcome.

Dandridge food pantry and thrift store

The Dandridge Ministerial Association food pantry, 910 Industrial Road, Dandridge, is open for emergency food on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. until noon. The thrift store is open Mondays—Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The store offers a wide variety of gently used, clean items for sale. A $5 bag sale of every day clothing is underway. In addition to clothing, they also have furniture, glassware, toys, linens, electrical appliances, and many other home items. For more information, call Ginger Patrick (865-397-1833).

Pay It Forward Outreach Ministries

Pay It Forward Outreach Ministries is taking donations of non-perishable food and new toys year round for the holidays. For more information, visit or call 423-418-9384. Donations may be made through Pay Pal at

Church News Deadlines

The deadline for Thursday’s Church News is noon on Wednesday. Church News may be called in to (423) 623-6171, faxed to (423) 625-1995, dropped off at the Plain Talk office, or e-mailed to News mentions only special services.

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