This coming week sees the last of the special Christmas events brought to us by Main Street Covington under the leadership of Velinda Wheeles and her staff for 2015. Both Thursday and Friday nights have been special. The joy and magic of the Christmas season began to arrive with the lighting of the Square with fireworks and this was all before Thanksgiving. And what a season is has been!
At the heart of the story of the first Christmas, Mary and Joseph arrive in Bethlehem and find there is no room for them at the Inn. On the very night of the birth of our Lord and Savior, there was no room for his parents.
One of the keys to making our city so special are those willing to offer themselves for elective office and serve when elected. At the end of this year we will be seeing the end of 37 years of service by Janet Goodman. That is a lot of years of service to her community by this beloved lady. She has served on Covington's City Council at Post One of the West Ward.
Looking on the national scene, one answer would be the National Humane Society. They deal with issues on a large scale; issues such as advocacy against puppy mills, factoring farming, seal slaughter, horse cruelty, captive hunts and even how the elephants are treated in the circus.
Have you ever thought about what Veterans Day is all about? On Wednesday we will pause as a nation and as a community to honor all who have served in the United States Armed Forces. In the spring we have Memorial Day in memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, but this Wednesday is not only for them but all the men and women who have ever been in the service. It is an official federal holiday with most government offices and financial institution closed.
One out of five residents of our county is living in poverty. This makes providing enough for themselves and their families to eat is a challenge. In the midst of having plenty, we face the challenge of hunger.
This coming Saturday, October 31, is Halloween -an "unofficial" holiday that is observed by most. Driving around Covington you can see ghosts and skeletons hanging from trees, tombstones in front yards and pumpkins on the front porches. There are big blow-up figures and lights much like Christmas, except this time they maybe black cats and jack-a-lanterns. The lights will most likely be orange.
When most of us are asked about where we live, our reply is Covington, GA. But we could add, Mystic Falls Virginia, or Sparta Mississippi or Hazard Kentucky, and that is just from some of the TV series that have been produced in our community. You cover a lot of places when you are the Hollywood of the South.
The Service Guild of Covington was founded as a Georgia Federation of Woman's Club in October of 1945. The organization, which was established to create the first kindergarten in Newton County, celebrated its 70th anniversary Oct. 10.
The current presidential race is said by some to be the year of the outsider. Covington was ahead of that trend four years ago when a newcomer to politics, Ronnie Johnston, was convincingly elected mayor.
Most of us will never serve in an elected position. Most of us will not have great wealth. Most of us will not make some great discovery. Most of us feel we can do little in face of all the problems in the world. But the truth is for one day at least, you can be a world changer.
I do not believe we were created to face life alone. It is said that humans among all creation needs the nurture of the family the longest. When Christ began his ministry on earth it was not given to individuals but a community of believers. Ask any running back in football how much fun is it to try to run if there is no one blocking for you. Our very nature is that we need each other.
The Faith Community of Newton County is being called to a time of prayer this evening, Sept. 13, 2015. This is the annual time of prayer called, "The Community on Our Knees." It will happen at the very heart of Covington, the Square. The Prayer Service starts at 7 p.m. with Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston welcoming those who have gathered. This is the fourth year the community as gathered for "The Community on Our Knees."