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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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Merryvale ministry celebrates anniversary

Twelve years ago, Perry Kirk was approached by his pastor at First Baptist Church of Covington regarding a need for ministry at a new assisted living facility.

March 17, 2011 | By Paul Casola news@covnews.com | RELIGION


Baptists Breaking Debt

First Baptist Church of Covington wants to be debt-free.

March 11, 2011 | By Paul Casola | RELIGION


In Response: Bumper sticker ideology

I am writing in response to an article written by my friend and Christian brother, Jason Dees. I am writing because of others who have asked for my response. Jason is a very bright, energetic and faithful minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We enjoy each other's company, and our congregations long have worshipped together and engaged in ministry together in this community. When Jason speaks, I listen. Of course, I do not always agree. We come from different traditions that have disagreed over some things for centuries.

March 11, 2011 | By Billy Wade | RELIGION


Ash Wednesday

The Rev. Timothy H. Graham, Rector at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Covington, brushes the forehead of Suzanne Grace, Senior Warden, with ash. Ash Wednesday is today. It kicks off Lent in the Christian calendar. Easter is Sunday, April 24.

March 09, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | RELIGION


Capes Jackson: Go green!

The birds haven't visited my garden lately. I can't really blame them. Over the winter months, I abandoned the white fenced-in area filled with bird feeders, red double knockout roses, butterfly bushes, flowering annuals and perennials, garden art, wind chimes, fountain and my favorite bench. As I opened the gate this weekend, my eyes swept over empty clay pots, dead flowers, rose bushes void of shape and color, molded feeders and a fountain filled with murky water and algae.

March 04, 2011 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Spring Break destination: God’s work

When you think of college spring break, volunteering for church is not exactly the first thing to come to mind for most people.

February 25, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Experience the Revolution

A service for teens and young adults, Revolve Church, will have its first session at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at Hebron World Church, 7165 Turner Lake Circle in Covington.

February 11, 2011 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


Coach Richt to speak Tuesday

University of Georgia Head Football Coach Mark Richt will be speaking at Eastridge Community Church on Tuesday.

February 11, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


A quarter-century of service

These days it seems rare for a pastor to experience a long tenure at one church. A quarter-century of service is certainly an occasion worth celebrating, and one local church is marking such an achievement: First Presbyterian Church in Covington this weekend is commemorating the 25th anniversary of its pastor, the Rev. Billy Wade.

January 28, 2011 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


Oral Roberts president a father in Christ

Oral Roberts University President Dr. Mark Rutland will speak at Prospect United Methodist Church in Covington on Sunday.

January 20, 2011 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


Oak Hill Church Growing strong

Oak Hill Church of Christ on Snapping Shoals Road in Covington is on the verge of expanding its influence and experiencing a new phase in its existence.

January 14, 2011 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


Faith-based recovery group celebrates a decade

Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered recovery program for "hurts, habits, and hang-ups," marks its 10th anniversary at Eastridge Community Church at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. on Jan. 13.

January 07, 2011 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


How to help

During the hustle and busyness of the holidays, it's easy to overlook the fact that many people in the community need help.

November 26, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


The Spring Ministries

Terri Webster had a vision, a calling that tugged on her heart, to find a way to help divorced and widowed moms.

November 19, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


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


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