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Mansfield Baptist Church

Established in 1911, Mansfield Baptist Church has been serving their community for over 95 years. In the next upcoming months the ministry will be celebrating their 100th birthday.

August 21, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Scharf: What good are words?

"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me." You've heard that, right? How about, "The pen is mightier than the sword"? I'm sure you've heard both. But both can't be true. Which is it? Do words have no power or are they more powerful than armies and tanks?

August 14, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | RELIGION


Just a thought: Get your hands dirty

Could a doctor treat a patient without ever examining them? Not very well. Could a hair dresser cut or style hair without touching the client's hair? No. In the same manner neither can Christians be of very much influence if we don't go to and touch sinners. I know many have come from places in their lives they don't ever want to go back to and this certainly takes some sensitivity and discernment. But neither can we isolate ourselves from all sinners once we become a Christian and still be an effective witness. Jesus' model of evangelism ...

August 07, 2014 | William Burnham | RELIGION


He's got plans

"I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." God said that (Jeremiah 29:11). Have you ever felt like saying, "Yeah, right" when you hear it? Intellectually, we can say that we agree. We know God is in control and he knows what he's doing and he's working for our good. We can say that with our mouths….but do our hearts always buy it? Do we always live like it?

August 07, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | RELIGION


Do not be afraid — you are valuable

Last week, we saw how intimidating it is to see what God expects of us as Christians. If you missed it, check out the 7/13/14 sermon at www.abidinggrace.com. For now, let's just say that Jesus made it pretty clear that we'd suffer for following him. Only once we realize what God expects of us and how far we fall short, and the punishment we should have for that, only then are we ready to read the rest of this section of Scripture where Jesus sends out his disciples as workers in his harvest field.

July 31, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | RELIGION


Prospects here, prospects abroad

Vibrant life is rooted in caring love at Prospect Church, a parish that has celebrated the United Methodist faith in Covington since 1830. After almost 200 years and multiple moves to different sites in the area, Prospect has maintained its growth by adapting to the needs of its parish. The church added its Family Life Center in 2004.

July 31, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | RELIGION


Just a thought: Open the box

Open the box. No, really, open the box. You're probably saying, "What box?" To which I would respond the box we all have. You know, the one we keep God in. Ah, now you get it, don't you? We all have a God box. The box is our image of God, His size and ability. Some people's box is bigger than others, but we all have one. Some are limited in size and we call them "the willing box" or "the God can't use me box," some have a "God can't do that" size box ...

July 31, 2014 | William Burnham | RELIGION


Just a thought: Lord, you take over

Isn't it true that we spend most of our time operating in our own strength and power? When was the last time you said, "Lord, You take over…" and wasn't it after you had given it your best and your best wasn't good enough to get it done. We often fall into the trap of thinking "This is what I do, and I will do it…Spiritual and impossible things are what God does and when I need help with those things I'll turn to Him." But just as it was for Peter, it is for ...

July 24, 2014 | William Burnham | RELIGION


Rasmussen: Do not be afraid — this is expected

Meriam Yahia Ibrahim. Have you heard that name? On May 11th of this year she was convicted of apostasy and adultery. What had she done? Well, she was a Christian, having been raised by her Christian mom. But since her dad was a Muslim, even though he had been absent, since he was a Muslim – her being a Christian was apostasy. And then, she married a Christian and got pregnant. And since she was supposed to be a Muslim, and he wasn't a Muslim man, that's adultery. The Sudanese government gave her three days to reject the Christian ...

July 24, 2014 | Scott Rasmussen | RELIGION


Zion Baptist Church to hosts event series Saturday

Zion Baptist Church in Covington aims to impact the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

July 24, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | RELIGION


Gum Creek Presbyterian Church welcomes new members

Gum Creek Presbyterian Church, a part of the Greater Atlanta Presbytery, is an Oxford community church with about 100 parishioners and a tremendous commitment to local and worldwide missions.

July 17, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | RELIGION


Burnham: Whom we worship we must serve

Whom we worship we must serve.

July 10, 2014 | | RELIGION


Fish Fry & Bake

The Church of the Good Shepherd held its Fish Fry and Bake Sale to benefit Entirely Ready Inc. June 21.

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION


A DIVERSE PARISH

St. Augustine Catholic Church, a parish of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, is a diverse and multicultural community freely living and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

July 03, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | RELIGION


5 reasons we need camp meetings now more than ever

Each summer I do something odd by most American standards: I spend one week with my extended family, we sleep in a crowded cabin with no air conditioner and we go to worship services three times per day - alongside of hundreds of others - in an open air structure with a sawdust floor. The songs we sing were written long before I was born and the sermons last much longer than 15 to 18 minutes.

June 26, 2014 | Jonathan Andersen | RELIGION


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An example set by Jesus

Salem United Methodist Church youth members hosted a free car wash at the church Saturday morning to help spread the gospel. The car wash was the first of its kind for Salem UMC, but church member and car wash worker Pat Miller has hopes that it will continue into the future.

August 09, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | RELIGION


A month of service

This past Saturday, the Redeeming Love Christian Church sent out four teams of five men each to serve the needs of seniors in the Covington-Conyers area. As members return from a July sabbatical from midweek services, rehearsals and meetings, they jump full swing into August - their Great Month of Service.

August 07, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


The lighthouse keeper

July 19 was a day of celebration as the former members of Sardis Congregational Church in Oxford and Lighthouse Baptist Church in Social Circle came together with the Rev. Tom Harris to form the Lighthouse Baptist Church of Oxford. The church was dedicated under the new constitution with 14 charter members. New Again was in concert and the Rev. Butch Butcher brought the message.

July 31, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Women’s group talks God

Calvary Baptist Church announces an opportunity for women in the area to attend a small group Bible study. "Can We Talk? Soul Stirring Conversations with God" will be offered on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. at the church on the corner of Mill Street and Ga Highway 278.

This study, written by Priscilla Shirer, national author and speaker, delivers familiar spiritual disciplines through a fresh, new method of study. As participants respond to a variety of biblical passages, prompted by thought-provoking questions, they will develop a Christ-focused view on important issues and experience a closer walk with their creator ...

July 24, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Mansfield UMC welcomes female pastor

Mansfield United Methodist Church welcomed their first female pastor in its 106-year history. Over her 26 years of ministry, Wright believes her strongest gifts include leading worship, preaching and pastoral care.

The Rev. Martha Wright served as an associate pastor at Jersey UMC and as minister of pastoral care at Ebenezer UMC in Conyers. She was chaplain at the Wesley Woods Retirement Center and at Grady Memorial Hospital. For the past eight years, Wright supervised and trained chaplains at the Gwinnett Medical Center.

July 24, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Salem Campmeeting 2009

July 19, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | RELIGION


Recognized for his service

Covington resident Brother Marvin Banks was named "Layperson of the Year" at the 2009 Premiere Trumpet Awards Ceremony hosted by the Atlanta-Rome District Conference of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church on April 25. Banks, recognized for his service within his church and other district churches, was selected from 14 nominees in the Lay Counsel Division. Selections for the awards ceremony were made by a committee independent of the church conference.

Nominated by his pastor, the Rev. Dr. Val Jackson of Livingston Chapel C.M.E. Church in Covington, Banks was cited for his tireless work on church repairs, upkeep and ...

July 17, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Welcome to Covington FUMC

On June 28, The Covington First United Methodist Church opened their hearts and doors to new senior and associate pastor, the Rev. Dr. Douglas Gilreath and the Rev. Gail Thompson. Both pastors say they are pleased to be a part of a church who has faithfully responded to the needs of its community over the years through special projects, food pantry and sack lunches, mission trips, Habitat for Humanity and the Map Project, just to name a few.

Gilreath spoke of his love for people and how he enjoys watching them grow in their relationship with God. He relies on ...

July 17, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Another year of music and praise

The remembrance that something very special takes place each year at Salem Campmeetings draws a crowd of ten thousand to hear a timeless message and to experience the spirit of fellowship, worship and spiritual growth. Founded in 1828, the interdenominational campground is a place of rich history, tradition, reunion, peace, renewal, love and acceptance. The community is invited to attend the 181st Salem Campmeeting July 10 through July 17 with services at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.

July 10, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Sisters serve God through music

Church musicians and concert pianists Becky Griffin Ramsey and Alice Griffin Walker can't imagine life without music. Alice is organist and director of the senior adult choir at the Covington First Presbyterian Church. Becky, the eldest by ten minutes, is organist and director of music for the senior adults at the Covington First United Methodist Church and also serves as Organist at Oxford College. The identical twins began taking piano lessons at the age of five and were gifted with absolute pitch.

July 03, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Blessed by the church

For the past four decades, the Rev. Lawrence Lockett has worked tirelessly to fulfill God's purpose for his life- to win souls for Christ, disciple people in Sunday school and train others to do the same.

June 26, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Caring for creation

Does God intend to redeem the whole creation or just humans? What role do humans play in the created order? These thought-provoking questions were asked to a group of 40 participants from local churches and civic groups who gathered at the First Presbyterian Church in Covington Wednesday evening. Sponsored by FPC and Earth Covenant Ministry, the four-week series of presentations focus on our Christian calling to care for God's great gift of creation.

June 19, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


The love of the Lord near and far

The Rev. Mike Scott's life can be summed up as one of great labor and great reward. As a preacher, teacher, mentor and missionary, Scott has relied and drawn strength from a Bible verse that confirmed his calling, Joshua 1:9, "Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest," (KJV).

June 12, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Dr. Franklin Perry speaking for Men's Day

Dr. Franklin Perry Sr. is a native of Newton County. He graduated from R. L. Cousin's High School in 1964. He received his B.S. degree in music education from South Carolina State University and a masters degree from Virginia State University. Later, he earned a Doctorate of Education at Nova Southeastern University in educational leadership. He also completed the Georgia Superintendent's preparation program.

June 12, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


The power of Christ through art

The corridors of Eastridge Community Church were transformed into an art gallery with oil paintings, watercolors, a handmade quilt, pottery, ceramics, photography, drawings, sculpture, paper mache and poetry - all in honor of Worship Arts Night held May 27.

June 05, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


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