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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Minn. students travel to Covington to volunteer

When you think of a college spring break, is volunteering for church work the first thing on your mind?

March 18, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | RELIGION


Bethlehem Baptist to host Christmas concert Sunday

Before he was born, Howard R. Anderson IV's mother asked God to make Anderson a talented pianist.

December 16, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Community Thanksgiving service to be held at old church

Four area churches, Allen Memorial UMC, Gum Creek Presbyterian, Oxford Baptist and Rust Chapel UMC, will participate in an interdenominational Community Thanksgiving Service at Old Church in Oxford. The service will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. Reverend Ken Wilmesherr, pastor of Gum Creek Presbyterian, will preach. A Combined Choir directed by Steve Traylor (Oxford Baptist) will sing and the Allen Memorial UMC Handbell Choir will play. A monetary offering for FaithWorks will be received. You are also asked to bring canned goods to be donated to Solid Rock Food Pantry. Please plan to attend this ...

November 18, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Traveling Angels Ministries to hold annual fashion show

The Traveling Angels Ministries will hold their 19th annual fashion show and Thanksgiving banquet Saturday, Nov. 19, from 2-5 p.m. The show and banquet will be held at Under the Stars, 672 Moore St., Oxford. For more information contact Pastor Ocie Cunningham at (404) 587-5732.

November 17, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Choral Concert at First Presbyterian Church

The First Presbyterian Church in Covington will be hosting an afternoon of music this Sunday, starting at 2:30 p.m.

October 28, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Drivers on a mission

There were barbecue plates, cars and pumpkins a plenty Saturday at Salem United Methodist Church's annual celebration.

October 22, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | RELIGION


Celebrating the fall season at Salem

October 21, 2011 | Douglas Moser | RELIGION


Worldwide Communion Sunday

Oct. 2 was Worldwide Communion Sunday, and Allen Memorial United Methodist Church joined Christians around the world by celebrating Holy Communion together. Church members were asked to bring in artifacts and clothing from other countries.

October 06, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Scharf: If you want to follow Jesus...2nd step

I want to be able to run consecutive 5-minute miles again. I want to be able to play the piano. But I realize there is a price tag for each. Is being able to beat our teens in the Cheerios Challenge in the spring worth going through workouts every day between now and then that leave me on the verge of vomit? Is being able to tickle the ivories without making them scream worth the hours and hours of practice it would take and the money for the lessons and more hours of practice? Right now, I've come to ...

October 06, 2011 | Lee Sandow | RELIGION


Richards Chapel UMC to celebrate 143 years

Richards Chapel United Methodist Church in Covington will be celebrating their 143rd church anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 2. The church also recently welcomed the first female pastor in the church's history, the Rev. Maria Church-Johnson (pictured above). The church also falls under the district of the Rev. Sharma Lewis, the first black woman district superintendent in the ADOX district and the second black woman district superintendent in the North Georgia Conference.

September 30, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Bethabara Missionary Baptist Church holds heritage ceremony

Bethabara Missionary Baptist Church in Covington held their annual Irene Banks Heritage ceremony on Sept. 11.

September 16, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Welcoming the new residents

Allen Memorial UMC welcomed new and returning students from Oxford College on Aug. 28. The students were recognized and were able to share their talents in morning worship. Three students sang in the choir, while two others played the flute and participated in the hand bell choir. The Chaplain of Oxford College, the Rev. Lyn Pace, offered the closing prayer and blessing. (Above) After the morning worship, Students from Oxford College enjoyed a covered dish luncheon in their honor.

September 02, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


The blessing of the backpacks

On Sunday, Covington First United Methodist Church will hold their annual Blessing of the Backpacks Service. Students of all ages, teachers, administrators and all school employees are invited to bring their Backpacks to worship on Sunday morning to a special service to pray for a great school year. Each person will receive a tag to attach to their backpack that says, "The church family of FUMC loves them and are praying for them."

July 29, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


New ministry helps single parents rebuild

Spring Ministries, Inc., a non-profit organization that helps single parents and their children, will hold a fundraiser dinner at 5 p.m. on July 30 at DeKalb Tech's Newton Center, 8100 Bob Williams Parkway, Covington.

July 24, 2011 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


In the Pulpit - Max Vincent

WHO: Max Vincent

July 22, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | RELIGION


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