Teenagers often have the reputation of being self-centered. Whether playing video games, spending hours on Facebook or working a part-time job to make extra money, many teens spend their free time in pursuit of things that only benefit themselves. Two local students are shattering the stereotype of the selfish teenager by committing to raise $10,000 to help relieve the water crisis in the African nation of Zambia.
Nearly all churches take seriously Christ's call to make disciples. However, discipleship is not a one-size-fits-all process, and many churches need help developing a discipleship system that works for them. One local man has dedicated himself to helping church leaders cultivate strategies to turn mere converts into disciples who devote their lives fully to Christ.
August 13, 2010|
A local church with a long and storied history opened a new chapter with the installation of its first female senior pastor. The Rev. Rhoda Howell was appointed by the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church to serve as pastor of Salem United Methodist Church in July. Howell came to Covington from Trinity United Methodist Church in Dalton and has served at various churches in Cobb County.
For an adherent of any faith, the opportunity to connect directly with one's spiritual heritage is rare. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have a unique privilege, in that their religious history runs parallel to American history. Earlier this summer, eight high school students and two adults from the Covington congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints took part in an event that celebrated both the historical and spiritual traditions of their faith.
Churches have long been committed to taking care of the elderly. For years, churches have devoted resources and staff and volunteer hours to ministering to "shut-ins" and visiting those in nursing homes. With the advent of assisted living facilities, churches have discovered new ways to reach out to older generations. Local assisted living facilities have seen the benefits of churches reaching out to their residents.
There's an old adage that says, "you can't go home again." Many young people who feel the call to ministry are discovering that the cliche is simply not true as they return to serve at their home churches. Covington native Philip Carroll, youth minister at Covington Christian Church, is one of those people.
Education is key to a child's success throughout life, and most parents want to find the best possible education for their children. There are many opportunities for quality education in Newton County, from public schools to private academies to home schooling. One local school is working to provide a Christian-based education in a unique atmosphere.
For generations of children, the Vacation Bible School experience has been the same, with countless churches purchasing the same curriculum as other churches year after year. A local church is transforming the VBS experience into one that includes the entire family. Eastridge Community Church will put on "Go Orange Presents: Secret Service" on July 11 at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. and July 12-14 at 7 p.m.
July 02, 2010|
The acoustic music of the Watkins Family will thrill audiences in Covington on Saturday, June 19, at 6 p.m. They will be performing at Pony Express Gospel Music Barn at 1852 South Ga. Highway 11, in a special concert.
The group which includes matriarch Judy Watkins and her three adult children - Todd, Lorie and Shanon, continue a path sharing their love of Jesus through traditional music touring across the United States and Canada since 1982.
Covington First United Methodist Church recently hosted Change The World, Impact The Community Day, an event where a community of faith came together. Covington FUMC believes that Change The World is not just a day, it should be a lifestyle. Covington FUMC invites the community to events this summer.
Monthly Friday Night Movies - The movies will be a Screen on the Green set up on the lawn in front of our Sanctuary Annex building. Their first movie will be Friday, June 11, at dusk. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. There will be hotdogs, popcorn and drinks available. Other movie ...
Eating a hot meal is more than just satisfying to the stomach for recipients of the Servants of the Lord Meals on Wheels program.
Since its start 25 years ago, when a man named Bernie Bourdon took the concept of a government-funded program even further, the ministry has been about providing not only food but friendship to shut-ins.
Our church, Abiding Grace, is in a building project. Last night, we had one of the coolest opportunities of the whole planning process. We got to meet with the artist who is creating our stained glass windows. That was fun - picturing how it will all look - anticipating how these windows will be communicating to all who see them something special - something about God and his grace for them.
Now, before you read on, ask yourself what image you would put in the front and center window. What would you consider to be the most important thing to communicate with those ...