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Monthly Luncheon

February Marketplace Luncheon

Thursday, February 25, 2016
11:30 - Noon Networking
Noon - 1:00 Lunch




Ardena Garth Hicks

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Comfort Comes from Trusting God In and Through Everything

Ardena is a native of Chattanooga and graduated from Ooltewah High school as Valedictorian.  She received her BS from MTSU, a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Kansas and has a private law practice in Chattanooga.  She has served as Assistant District Attorney/Special Prosecutor for Child Abuse Cases, and was first District Public Defender for Hamilton Co. as well as first black female elected to a countywide office.

She is a former board member of SCWN, serves on other boards and has received many awards including the “Women of Distinction”.   She enjoys serving at her church by teaching children’s Bible Study.   She is married to William Howard Hicks Jr. and they have two daughters.


Reservation Deadline:

TUESDAY, February 23rd at NOON

To make reservations:

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 423.698.6262


Mountain City Club

729 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402

(free parking)


$20.00 Luncheon cost

$15.00 (Non-profit rate--for paid employee of a 501c3 organization)




February Luncheon Sponsor

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June Scobee Rodgers

30 years later, Challenger widow tells her story

Katie Couric
Global Anchor
January 27, 2016

By Sarah B. Boxer

“I often say that we were tremendously excited, the whole bunch of us were tremendously excited that we were kind of on this major interstate highway moving toward the heavens,” says June Scobee Rodgers, remembering Jan. 28, 1986, the day her husband, Cmdr. Dick Scobee, boarded the Challenger space shuttle.

“And then this terrible, numbing accident happened,” she says. “And he just kept on going toward heaven. And he left me dangling at the edge of that highway.”

Thirty years later, memories of the launch still bring Scobee Rodgers to tears. The seasoned NASA wife stood alongside civilian Steven McAuliffe, whose wife, Christa McAuliffe, was participating in the mission as the first teacher in space. They both had their children by their sides.

“The most memorable for me, and I’ve never spoken about it, but now that he’s so much older I think I can,” says Scobee Rodgers. “[Their son] Scott McAuliffe sat at the window with his nose against that window, waiting for the launch. And he wouldn’t move. That little boy stood there, glued.”

But within 73 seconds of takeoff, Scobee Rodgers and Steven McAuliffe — and the rest of America — could plainly see that something had gone terribly wrong. The shuttle exploded into two ghastly smoke streams in the air, and the families watching in shock in Cape Canaveral, Fla., tried to tell each other that perhaps their loved ones had survived. But within an hour, it was official: No one in the Challenger Seven was alive.

Scobee Rodgers had met her husband when she was a teenager in San Antonio, Texas. He ignored all the girls at a church dance but her. “He walked straight to me, put out his hand and said, ‘Hi, I’m Dick Scobee.’ And my life changed forever after that moment,” she glows.

They married as soon as she graduated from high school, at the little church where they had met. Scobee had wanted to be a pilot since childhood, a dream Scobee Rodgers was totally on board with.

Growing up, Scobee hung so many model airplanes on the ceiling of his room that those who entered bumped their heads on them. He had a small toy car with wings that looked like an airplane that he rode so often that the wheels fell off. After that, Scobee Rodgers says, “His dad took it and hung it in a cherry tree. And then he could swing in it. He was already, at 3 years old, reaching for the stars in that little swing in their backyard. And from that young, young age, he wanted to be a pilot.”

As Scobee rose through the ranks of the Air Force and test pilot programs, he began to set his sights on NASA. Scobee Rodgers recalls the rigorous selection process for the astronaut program, which ended with a call from NASA at the crack of dawn. She remembers Scobee jumping up and saluting the phone when he realized who was on the other end. The voice said, “Well, do you still want to be an astronaut? Do you still want to come to Houston?”

“And he looked at me and I said, ‘Of course you do!’ she laughs. “So he hung up and we jumped up and down on the bed like we were 5 years old. He was over the moon.”

Scobee participated in various NASA missions before he was chosen to command the Challenger. The flight’s goal was to study Halley’s comet, but national attention on the crew largely focused on Christa McAuliffe, who had been selected out of tens of thousands to be the first teacher in space. By the time of their mission, the team was one big family.

“We spent a lot of time together, Scobee Rodgers says. “Because Dick was a real team player, he kept bringing us all together for dinners, for meals, for gathering for sports. We’d go out and play baseball. As a group, we’d go on picnics. We did things together all the time. And so we all knew each other quite well.”

In the wake of the tragedy, the family members of the Challenger crew decided to start educational centers to teach kids about space. Today there are over 40 Challenger Center locations around the globe where students can participate in simulated missions involving flying to the moon, intercepting a comet and visiting Mars.

The first center opened in August 1988. “Everyone was talking about how they died,” explains Scobee Rodgers, who still sits on the organization’s board of directors. “We wanted the world to know how they lived — and for what they were willing to risk their lives.”





2016 Upcoming Events:




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In January 2016, SCWN is going to kick off some new

Marketplace Bible studies. The classes will be open to all women and will be held

once per week at lunchtime.

We are in the process of recruiting teachers and

businesses that would  be willing to allow

us to come in and teach a Bible study class.

If you would be willing to serve in this way, please contact:


Patti Harris at 698-6262 or e-mail  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




"Existing Studies"

Monday's 11:30-12:30


Beginning Oct. 5-Janice Meissner--423-242-5514--Wally's East Ridge-

The 7 Experiment Staging Your Own Mutiny Against Excess


Tuesday's 12-1


Beginning-Aug. 27--Kathryn Geddie--Philipians/TVA


Beginning-Sept. 29--Patti Harris--Fearless--SunTrust Downtown


Beginning Oct. 6--Rosalyn Hickman--Titus 2--AIM Center Downtown


Beginning-Oct.6 --Flo Samuels--Lee Hwy/Hickory Valley Retirement Center(Twice Monthly)


Wednesdays 12-1

Beginning Sept. 2--Cara Hicks--Women in the Word--SunTrust Downtown


Beginning Sept. 23--Pauline Field--7 am--Calvary Chapel Cafe--Hebrews/St.Elmo


Beginning Oct. 7--Marcia Phillips--Lies Women Believe & The Truth that Sets Them Free--Dowtown YMCA-11:15 to 11:45 am

Call 698-6262 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to join a Bible study today!


Job Openings


Fairfield Inn & Suites --Breakfast Attendant ad:

Energetic?  Out-going personality?  Are you a “morning person?”

3H Group Hotels, Inc., is seeking a Breakfast Attendant for our Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Chattanooga East/Hamilton Place location.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and friendly individual to join our team. If attention to detail and customer service is your passion, this is the job for you!

To be considered, you must be available to work early mornings (work starts between 5-6 a.m.), weekends and holidays. Reliable transportation to and from work required.  All applicants must pass a background check.

If you have a strong work ethic, enjoy challenges and strive to improve your service to the guest every day, please apply in-person at Fairfield Inn & Suites, 2345 Shallowford Village Dr., Chattanooga, TN 37421.


The National Memorial to the Unborn

Those interested need to email their resume` to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

It is a part-time position (15-20 hours a week) and starts at $10/hr.






Help Connect Faith and Finances as a Thrivent Financial advisor

What if your next career could change lives? What if you could succeed by helping others succeed? What if you could help Christians connect their faith and finances?  As a financial advisor with Thrivent Financial, you’ll have the opportunity to turn these “what-ifs” into a meaningful career.

Why Thrivent?

We believe money is a tool, not a goal. Our national, membership-owned organization of Christians offers a unique blend of faith, finances and generosity. With a full range of financial products and services, you’ll help people create a strategy that reflects their values, provides for their families and protects their future.

At Thrivent, our financial advisors focus on:


  • Providing financial guidance that connects faith and finances.
  • Helping our members to be wise with money, live generously and change lives.
  • Strengthening churches or other groups they care about in their community.

Position Overview

As a Thrivent Financial advisor, you’ll:

  • Have the freedom of working independently. You’ll run your own business with support of leaders and mentors.
  • Help Christians meet their financial goals by executing our proven advice sales process with prospective and existing members.
  • Explore with members the many ways their money choices can reflect their values.
  • Help members feel comfortable and confident with their finances.

Successful Thrivent Financial advisors are effective at:

  • Making approaches to get appointments. This is done by leveraging existing relationships, holding workshops and marketing their services.
  • Inspiring others to take action by closing sales through analyses of unique situations. This includes creating a written recommendation based on the member’s needs, budget and goals.
  • Maintaining ongoing relationships with members.

Thrivent has proven systems and processes to give you the support to help you learn how to successfully build these skills. Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Position Requirements

  • Obtain and maintain state insurance licenses with required lines of authority (life, health & variable contracts) prior to the solicitation or sale of insurance products.
  • Obtain and maintain FINRA Series 7 and 66 registrations.
  • Pass Background and Credit checks.


Insurance products issued or offered by Thrivent Financial, the marketing name for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Appleton, WI. Not all products are available in all states. Securities and investment advisory services are offered through Thrivent Investment Management Inc., 625 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55415, a FINRA and SIPC member and a wholly owned subsidiary of Thrivent. Thrivent Financial representatives are registered representatives of Thrivent Investment Management Inc. They are also licensed insurance agents/producers of Thrivent. For additional important information, visit



Brainerd United Methodist Church (BUMC)

Family Ministry Director


I.               Summary of Position

A leadership staff position that will provide vision, energy, oversight, and daily direction to all aspects of Family Ministry including infants through Young Adult; enthusiastically implements vision and values throughout children’s and student ministries; keep before the church body, staff, and elders a vision of the necessity of winning Families to Christ and discipling them to greater maturity.

II.                  Job Responsibilities


  • 1.       Vision:
  • · Implement and articulate BUMC strategy for growth in the areas of Children, Youth, Young Adults, Families and Outreach.
  • · Keep current with innovations in children’s, student and family-focused ministries.
  • · Serve as an advocate for Family Ministry before staff and congregation.
  • 2.       Programming:
  • · Direct and foster growth in the Youth Program with the Youth Ministry Assistant
  • · Coordinate Family Ministry programs with the Children’s Ministry Director that will help children, students and families embrace Christ.
  • · Develop and direct Outreach opportunities through family and community leaders, with the assistance of the Lay Outreach Director.
  • · Create a Young Adult Ministry to reach individuals in the target age of 18-25
  • · Equip and partner with parents by equipping them with resources to become actively and intentionally involved in the spiritual formation and discipleship of their families.
  • 3. Leadership:
  • · Lead coordinators, teachers, and other volunteers in the Children’s & Student Ministry
  • · Assist and participate in budget development, implementation, and accountability in the areas of Youth, Young Adults and Outreach.
  • 4.       Shepherding:
  • · Assist in directing people to help with and pray about special needs of students and their families.
  • · Serve as a healthy role model of leadership, sharing the grace of Jesus.
  • · Provide children and family direct pastoral care as appropriate, or resources to nurture healthy families
  • · Build relationships with families –children, youth, and their parents; advocate for children, youth, and families within the congregation

  • III. Qualifications and Skills:
  • · Bachelor’s Degree in a related field

    ·         Experience that includes working closely with families, children and teens; Ministry experience a plus

    ·         Demonstrated vibrant progressive Christian faith and a strong public discipleship; Familiarity with United Methodist Church teachings a plus

    ·         Proven leadership and management skills

    ·         Self-directed and highly independent, but able to function as a team player and maintain positive working relationships

    ·         Organizational skills for growing, mobilizing, and maintaining a strong and effective team and program

    ·         Able to inspire, direct and motivate children, youth, young adults and their families