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Kwanzaa: Honoring community

It was during the peak of the civil rights movement that the cultural holiday of Kwanza was born. Unlike other similar holidays such as Hanukah and Christmas, Kwanzaa is not based upon religious association. This holiday was created to celebrate the life and the heritage of African culture seen in African and Pan African communities around the world.

December 20, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Celebrating the Festival of Lights

The Jewish celebration of Hanukah is often associated with the Christian holiday of Christmas, but that association has little to do with the significance of each holiday and more to do with the timing. Each is celebrated at the end of the year when the holiday season has hit full swing. But much like the story of Christmas, the story of Hanukah is a rich one.

December 20, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION


A church of the community

Today, Good Hope Baptist Church is honoring Pastor E.J. Tomlinson and his dedication to the ministry for over 32 years. Coming into the ministry at the tender age of 25, Tomlinson says he was a young boy who has grown with this ministry. His long time wife of 28 years, Stephanie, and their dear son, Cornelius, have stood by Pastor Tomlinson as he has watched the face of his congregation transform over the years. Tomlinson has been noted as the 3rd longest person to pastor over a single congregation in Newton County.

November 15, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Changing lives: Grace United Methodist Church

Newly appointed Pastor George Lanier shares the rich history of Grace United Methodist Church. Grace Methodist has been a part of the Covington community for more than 150 years. A predominately African American church Grace United Methodist knows what it takes to survive in the 21st century church.

November 01, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Connexion Church is on the move

New on the scene and ready to impact the community of Newton County, Connexion Church is here to stay. Under the leadership of Pastor Andrew Covington, this progressive ministry is proud to announce that they are under a new roof. Kicking off its first service Nov. 9, Connexion church is building a legacy.

October 25, 2014 | | RELIGION


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


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Showing gratitude on Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving holiday conjures up images for most Americans of turkey, football, pumpkin pie, time with family and friends.

November 19, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


Lovejoy UMC barbecue is Saturday

Few culinary traditions speak of the South like barbecue. The distinctive smell and taste of good barbecue seem to be synonymous with the Southern lifestyle.

November 12, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


Providence Christian School celebrates Reformation Day

Oct. 31, 1517, was one of the turning points in world history, affecting not just church history, but the very course of civilization across the globe. On that day, Martin Luther, a German monk and university professor, nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenburg Church, in which he called for a return to the core teachings of Scripture (particularly as they pertain to salvation, grace, and the authority of Scripture). Providence Christian School recognizes this historical event with a celebration of Reformation Day, held each year on Oct. 31 (or the Friday closest to the 31st).

November 05, 2010 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Churches get creative in dealing with recession

The recent downturn in the economy has affected everyone. Tens of thousands of Georgians have lost their jobs, and even those who are employed have friends, family, or neighbors who are out of work. Many with jobs have suffered pay cuts or taken jobs with less pay.

November 04, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


About Faith: Conquering the Lady

As a boy, I went with my family on a vacation through the Western states. We visited the most popular destinations: Yosemite, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon, but the grandest destination was Zion National Park, made memorable by my father's mountain climbing adventure.

November 04, 2010 | Brian Dale | RELIGION


Fall Festival benefits local community

Central Community Church will be celebrating its sixth Annual Fall Festival today from 5 – 8 p.m. This year's theme will be "A Country Fair" complete with a country store where vendors can sell their homemade merchandise, baked goods or advertise their business. There will be an air brush artist booth, pony rides, 'smores, hot cocoa, games for all ages, hamburgers, corn dogs, hayrides, cake walk, funnel cakes, crazy hair, a kiddie area for the little ones and much more.

October 31, 2010 | Staff Report | RELIGION


The Day of the Dead

Many Americans think of Halloween as a harmless, fun holiday, with kids and adults dressing in costumes and passing out candy.

October 29, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


Harvest for the hungry

Halloween is just around the corner, and that means families will be looking for activities to attend and ways to spend the holiday. Churches often offer safe alternatives to trick or treating, where kids can get the candy they crave and expend energy playing games. This year, one local church is offering an event that is not just a Halloween-alternative fall festival but is also a way to help give back to the community.

October 22, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


Bible Encounter

Give the Rev. John Dallas two hours and he can teach you about the Bible, taking the stories and people in the Old Testament and tying them in with Christ's story in the New Testament.

October 15, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


In the garden

For nearly a decade, the Rev. Clara Lett and her volunteers and supporters at Rainbow Covenant Ministries and Garden of Gethsemane homeless shelter have taken to heart Jesus' call to care for people in need.

October 08, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


Meet the Secretary of the Year

Annette Harmon of Salem United Methodist Church in Covington was recently honored as Secretary of the Year at the 28th Annual Conference of the Georgia Chapter of the Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries.

Harmon has worked with Salem 12 years and is a certified professional United Methodist Church Secretary. She also has for two years attended the National Institute of Church & Finance Administration at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta.

October 01, 2010 | Staff Report | RELIGION


The pride of the patch

Beautiful orange pumpkins are a staple of fall decorating around Covington. It's a tradition for families to pick out an ideal pumpkin to place by a hay bale and a basket of mums in the yard or to carve into a jack-o'-lantern. This fall, Covington residents will have over 1,800 of them to choose from just off the Square, as Covington First United Methodist Church presents its fourth annual Great Pumpkin Patch.

There has been one little hiccup, however. The delivery, originally expected to arrive on Saturday, has been delayed. It is unclear at this time when ...

October 01, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


The Learning Center

At the Social Circle Christian Learning Center, high school and middle school students have a chance to develop both spiritually and academically.

September 24, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


Covington church has its own fire truck

Churches regularly receive donations, mostly in the form of money or land, sometimes in stock or items that can be put to practical use.

September 17, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


Allen Memorial celebrates sanctuary centennial

Allen Memorial United Methodist Church in Oxford celebrates its centennial on Sunday.

September 10, 2010 | Staff Report | RELIGION


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