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Explaining a bar and bat mitzvah

For many Christians in the western hemisphere, including Roman Catholics, the Sacrament of Confirmation is a celebration of their coming of age. In many Protestant churches, the rite of Confirmation is seen as a mature statement of a person's faith. This is why many western Christians are confirmed between the ages of 12 and 15, when they are on the cusp of adulthood and capable of fully realizing the importance of professing their faith.

March 08, 2015 | Staff Report | RELIGION


All about Lent

When more than 2 billion Christians around the world begin observing Lent next week, they will do so in a variety of ways.

February 15, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | RELIGION


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First Presbyterian Church presents couples programs

First Presbyterian Church is presenting a free, three-part program, COUPLES, for those who are married, engaged or dating.

February 16, 2013 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Kingdom Workers take spring break

When you think of college spring break, is volunteering for church work the first thing on your mind? For Ruth Wendland, Alison Wine, Lauren Maertz and Annette Scharf, apparently, it is. Skipping the more traditional spring break locations, these four college students from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minn., are making their way to Covington looking to be put to work. Their goal: sharing the good news about Jesus. They were sponsored by a group called Kingdom Workers and by Abiding Grace Lutheran Church.

February 14, 2013 | Jonathan E. Scharf | RELIGION


Ash Wednesday service on Feb. 13

Covington First United Methodist and First Presbyterian churches will continue their annual tradition of hosting a joint Community Ash Wednesday service.

February 02, 2013 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Good shepherd gets new head pastor

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church has a new priest-in-charge as the Rev. M. Edwin Beckham preach his first sermon this Sunday at both the 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services and preside over the Holy Eucharist.

February 02, 2013 | Staff Report | RELIGION


First United Methodist kicks off new casual service

Covington First United Methodist Church is now offering a third, more casual church service on Sunday afternoons, called REVIVE @ 5, "Breathing new life into worship."

February 02, 2013 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Abiding Grace Church offers preschool

After years of high quality children's events and programs, Abiding Grace Lutheran Church on Ga. Highway 212 in Covington is opening its first preschool in August. The church, about to celebrate its 10th anniversary this March, has become well known for events like Christmas 4 Kids, Easter 4 Kids, Vacation Bible School, Soccer Camp, and now Mornings with Mommy. Now, they are taking it to the next level by opening up a preschool for 2, 3, and 4 year olds.

January 24, 2013 | Staff Report | RELIGION


The work of God

Have you ever known someone whose theology was spot on, but still there was something missing? They had right theology but wrong motives or attitudes. What does this make one? Well it simply makes them one with right theology but far from God. In the Old Testament, we see this example in the prophet Jonah (more concerned over a plant that dies than over 120,000 people's souls). In the New Testament, we see it in the attitude of the older brother to the prodigal son, who doesn't rejoice over his lost brother's return but, instead throws ...

January 17, 2013 | William Brawley | RELIGION


Celebrating 150 years of freedom

Hundreds gathered Sunday night in a celebration of freedom, faith and family in the Sesquicentennial Emancipation Proclamation community worship service, hosted at Springfield Baptist Church.

January 02, 2013 | Michelle Kim | RELIGION


It's impossible to run

I have never met a person who was running from God, yet who didn't feel justified in doing so. However, as justified as you may feel, it is still impossible to run away from an all present God (Psalm 139:7-12).

December 13, 2012 | William Burnham | RELIGION


Happy New Year!

"And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body, you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful."

November 23, 2012 | Jan McCoy | RELIGION


Putting your heart on paper

The East Metro Atlanta Christian Writers invite residents to attend their event on Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Georgia Piedmont College Building D, located on Alcovy Road in Covington. Fiction and nonfiction writers above the age of 16 are encouraged to attend. Julie Garon, multi-published writer will host her theme, "Putting Your Heart on Paper" alongside her daughter Marion Bond West as she host her theme," Writing with Emotion."

"We're all about educating. That's our mission," said Jackie Rodriguez, the director for the East Metro Atlanta Christian Critique group.

November 08, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | RELIGION


NewRock continues to grow

Family Promise, a collaborative interfaith nonprofit which provides hospitality and social services to help restore homeless families in the Rockdale and Newton counties community to sustainable independence, has grown tremendously since it began last year.

The program is made up of multiple churches in both Rockdale and Newton counties, hence the name Family Promise of NewRock. The program started out with the magic number of 13 churches to host one week, once every quarter, but has now grown to 15 churches with three additional support churches, too small to host themselves, but provide support to other churches.

November 08, 2012 | Nhi Ho | RELIGION


Christian writing conference Sat.

The East Metro Atlanta Christian Writers invite residents to attend their event on Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon at Georgia Piedmont College in Covington.

November 06, 2012 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Yard sale to benefit pastor’s transplant

Calvary Community Church, 120 Crowell Road, Conyers, is sponsoring a church yard sale Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Porterdale Hotel in Porterdale, from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. The proceeds of the yard sale will go toward the medical expenses of their Pastor Tim Walden who is in need of a kidney transplant.

October 25, 2012 | Nhi Ho | RELIGION


Gospel benefit concert

The inaugural gospel benefit concert presented by the Washington Street Community Center is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Porter Memorial Auditorium at Newton High School, 140 Ram Drive.

October 11, 2012 | Nhi Ho | RELIGION


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