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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Participating in Penance, also known as Reconciliation, is a significant part of the growing process for Christians across the globe.
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.
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."
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Have you ever lost something under the sofa? You know that feeling you get when you drop something and it rolls (almost as if in slow motion) right up under there? Down we go scrambling on our hands and knees (with a flashlight or broom handle) in search of that lost item. Oh, I wish God's people would go in search of their worship that way.
You may say, "My worship isn't lost, I go to church." But that's the point. So many have lost their worship and don't even realize it. We go to church ...
One thing the world seems unlikely to ever run out of is broken people. And as long as they exist, there will be a need for Celebrate Recovery, the Christian answer to the 12-step program.
The Christian-based addiction recovery program, created by pastors John Baker and Rick Warren of the popular Saddleback Church, uses the eight beatitudes ("Happy are the...") to help people get over life's "hurts, habits and hang-ups."
Dr. Rev. Susan Martin Taylor has so many names and titles, I wasn't sure how to properly address her. Pastor Susan assured me that she answers to just about anything.
Salem United Methodist Church welcomed a new pastor recently in the Rev. Joe Peabody, a self-labeled preacher's kid, sports junkie, lover of sailing, devoted husband and father of two.
This year's Salem Campmeeting will be featured on the Internet at AIBnet.tv from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 12 through Aug. 18. Two-hour long programs will be rotated throughout the week.
Community leaders and local church organizations have come together to organize a community prayer event called "Community On Our Knees" at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Aug. 11, at the Covington square.
Scarlett Temple, of Social Circle, is looking forward to sharing with others her personal testimony and calling to serve the Lord through her music ministry.
During the first two weeks of June, Salem United Methodist Church's mission team went to the Philippines for a life-changing experience. Church member Carol Standard led the team of 14 people from the church including her brother from out of town.
Episcopal bishops approved an official prayer service for blessing same-sex couples Monday at a national convention that also cleared the way for transgender ordination.
Rev. Timothy Graham, Jenna Faith Strizak and Bishop of Atlanta John Neil Alexander. The Church of the Good Shepherd welcomed the Bishop of Atlanta Saturday, June 9, for the ordination of deacon Jenna Faith Strizak of Covington. Also ordained was Gwin Hunter Hanahan from South Carolina.
Last week we began a very important conversation on when and where there needs to be unity and diversity in Christian circles. If you read the article, we outlined three levels of theological division and unity. Level one issues are those that are essential and necessary for Christianity, level two issues are those where denominations and local churches have traditionally divided, and level three issues are those where Christians can disagree, but can still join in the same church or denomination of churches. Over the next several weeks, I am going to be talking about these levels of disagreement one ...
Vacations, beaches, friends and family are all the elements for a fun, relaxing, and enjoyable summer. However, two students from Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn. have chosen to dedicate their summer to support Abiding Grace Lutheran Church. Noah Willitz and Kyle Heise are both studying to become pastors. They will start their third year of college this coming fall. They are zealous for this opportunity to serve the people of the Covington area. This experience will aid in their future ministries. "I am really excited to be able to work in a growing community such as Covington, and to ...
Paul Casola, the former pastor of the Passion Community Baptist Church in Covington recently launched a new church in Conyers.
Given the horrific events Casola has endured, he could not be faulted for losing faith.
Eastridge Community Church is holding three Easter services this year, including a Saturday service at 6 p.m. and two Sunday services at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. The church is located at 863 Ga. Highway 142, Covington.
Lead Pastor Scott Moore will explore how people should approach life with the hope promised by the resurrection of Jesus.
Members of the First Baptist Church of Covington recently took the "Footsteps of Paul Journey" starting in Istanbul, Turkey, and ending in Athens, Greece.
The group is standing at the base of the Acropolis in Athens. Acropolis in Greek means "the sacred rock, the high city." The Acropolis echoes the grandeur and power of the Athenian empire. If you are interested in traveling, FBC is planning a 10-day Biblical Tour of the Holy Lands in February 2013.