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Reconciliation to prepare for Communion or Confirmation

Participating in Penance, also known as Reconciliation, is a significant part of the growing process for Christians across the globe.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Continuing a Legacy

Serving in the community for more than 150 years, First Presbyterian Church of Covington is still standing strong. Established in 1827, originally as a garden, this ministry has always made its mark in the community. The roots of this ministry go so deep into the community; one of its forefathers, Dr. Hayes, was one of the very first pastors of the church, and still has living family members who are active in the ministry.

October 11, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Like a Rock

Established in 1989 on the outskirts of Covington Ga, Solid Rock Baptist Church is preparing to celebrate their 25th year anniversary. Under the leadership of Pastor Mike Franklin, Solid Rock strives to "meet needs, share Jesus and to love people."

October 04, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


What is Yom Kippur?

Known as the "Day of Atonement," Yom Kippur is a day when people who subscribe to the Jewish faith atone for sins between themselves and G-d of the past year. Yom Kippur is a complete Sabbath, which means no work can be performed during the holiday. Fasting is a part of Yom Kippur, and Jews are expected to observe a 25-hour fast that begins before sunset on the evening before the holiday and ends after nightfall on Yom Kippur. The Talmud, which is the collection of Jewish laws and traditions, also lists several lesser-known restrictions regarding Yom Kippur. Washing and ...

September 25, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION


A beacon of hope

First Baptist Church of Covington - this 190-year-old establishment has been in existence since 1823. Located on the Square in downtown Covington, this church is a beacon of hope to the local community.

September 11, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Salem UMC’s new service targets youth

A local church is adding a service to its Sunday schedule to encourage younger potential members to join the congregation's family.

September 04, 2014 | Kayla Robins | RELIGION


A blessed sanctuary

Allen Memorial Methodist Church sits on the scenic campus of Oxford College. Founded in 1841 by renowned missionary John Allen, Allen Memorial's main sanctuary has been a part of the Oxford community for more than 100 years. The education building, nursery and fellowship hall, often referred to as Lovern Hall, were built alongside the main sanctuary in the late 1960s.

September 04, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Man leaves legacy in 10,000 books

Bo Davis had a passion, and he was not short on living up to it.

August 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | RELIGION


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‘I want to breathe on my own’

What is the one thing you wish you could do more than anything else? Thirty nine year- old, single mom Tawana Bradley simply answers: "I want to breathe on my own"

May 29, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Steeped in history

The late Eva A. Mask, remembered by many as a historian and teacher, took on a project in 1945 of researching the history of the North Covington United Methodist Church. Dating back to 1876, the history was read as part of their first homecoming day. The documents were last updated by Mask in 1981.

On June 7, the community is invited to attend homecoming as church members pay honor to the church and its rich heritage, remember the past, renew relationships and establish goals for the future. After the service, dinner will be served in the fellowship hall - a contrast ...

May 22, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


'For I was hungry'

Shirley Smith describes herself as a missionary and says she is on a journey - one that has kept her based in Covington while she ministers to others through song and prison ministry and as chief executive officer of Repairers of the Breach.

May 14, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Parson to Person: Spirituality without truth

Ours is a strange world, indeed. It seems that we live in a time when many people are looking for spirituality, but they want spirituality without truth. More and more, I am reading that people want devotion devoid of any doctrine. I even hear ministers today declaring that doctrine only leads to division and that we should seek a form of spirituality that is all-inclusive and leave doctrine behind.

May 14, 2009 | Dr. John Pearrell | RELIGION


Churches come together to donate to homeless shelter

Members of several Covington churches came together during the annual Holy Week services and donated to the Rainbow Covenant Ministries Homeless Shelter.

May 08, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


The lessons of motherhood

Covington author and speaker Jamila Harris knows the reality of balancing a jam-packed life as a wife and mother of four children ranging from 8 years to 6 months old while working from home. She postponed her dream of being a published author until after the birth of her fourth child. In her 2008 publication, "Determining Your Journey," she uses biblical values with personal, uplifting testimonies to show readers how to experience triumph, happiness and fulfillment every day.

May 08, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Generation Change

The youth at Red Oak United Methodist Church are studying Dave Ramsey's, "Generation Change" to discover how money works, how God views money and how to grow into responsible young adults. The media-driven youth Bible study is designed to be both entertaining and informative and targets ages 13-18.

May 01, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


First Presbyterian celebrates payment of sanctuary with mortgage burning ceremony

On March 22, the First Presbyterian Church of Covington, celebrated its mortgage burning. The mortgage was incurred in 1995 when the church built a new sanctuary and educational facilities. Since then it has continued to renovate its other buildings and grounds. The Presbytery of Great Atlanta, consisting of 109 Presbyterian churches, called it the most successful building campaign in its history, considering the size of the church and the congregation.

April 22, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


A calling to ministry

In February, Zion Baptist Church welcomed their new senior pastor, the Rev. Michael Galdamez, a native of Kansas City, Mo. Ordained in 2001, Galdamez brings experience in a number of different ministries - Christian schools, missions, evangelism, work with internationals, men's Bible studies and men's ministries.

As Galdamez prepares for this Sunday's service, a remembrance of the third day after Jesus Christ's crucifixion, he encourages the community to understand what Easter means to God.

April 10, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


40 days of random acts of kindness

Imagine the surprise of picking up food in the drive-thru or learning that the person ahead of you in the grocery line has picked up the tab or paid toward your bill. No strings attached, Grove Pointe Church members began a 40-day campaign on March 1 to do numerous random acts of kindness throughout the community. Based on Rick Warren's 40 days of community from Saddleback Church, Grove Pointe will hold a celebration April 19 to share many of the stories and testimonies of this effort.

March 27, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


A zeal for helping families

One Sunday last fall, The Covington Christian Church had a visitor "incognito" in their morning worship service. The Rev. Tim Bolen came to check out the church and experience worship anonymously to see how he would feel after one visit. According to Bolen, God was leading him in a new direction after having planted and served a church in Columbus for seven years. Bolen sent out only one resume and that was to Covington Christian Church.

March 20, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Finding financial peace

According to Dave Ramsey - a nationally recognized radio personality and New York Times best-selling author of "The Total Money Makeover, Financial Peace" and "More Than Enough" - approximately seven out of every 10 families in churches and communities are living paycheck to paycheck. While some are doing well and simply need to be taught the Biblical principles for handling money God's way, many are secretly struggling to make ends meet. Others are drowning in a sea of mortgage payments, car payments, student loans and credit card debt. Many people have not been taught God's plan for their finances, he ...

February 06, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Growing in God

Author and speaker Lynne Rienstra has spent a lifetime encouraging her audience to take steps of faith toward God. But it was single moment with her daughter that inspired her to create a Bible study for mothers and their daughters, ages 6-12, called "You Grow, Girl!"

January 29, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


In the maker’s hands

The Potter's House recently celebrated five years of faith, fellowship and passion for Christ. To commemorate the event, members held two performances of their Christmas musical, a service with guest speaker Tim Spell and a banquet recognizing 70 church volunteers as well as a reception to shower their pastor and family with gifts and cards of appreciation.

A Pentecostal church and ministry founded on Biblical principles, the Potter's House serves as a haven for the hurt, wounded or broken.

January 12, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Surrounded with Christian love

 Bill and Gayle Norton became sweethearts at age 12. Their first date was attending a Sunday night service at Julia A. Porter United Methodist Church. If the church doors were open, Gayle and her family were there. A love for God, family, church and the community has been a common thread in their marriage.

January 05, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


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