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What is Yom Kippur?

Known as the "Day of Atonement," Yom Kippur is a day when people who subscribe to the Jewish faith atone for sins between themselves and G-d of the past year. Yom Kippur is a complete Sabbath, which means no work can be performed during the holiday. Fasting is a part of Yom Kippur, and Jews are expected to observe a 25-hour fast that begins before sunset on the evening before the holiday and ends after nightfall on Yom Kippur. The Talmud, which is the collection of Jewish laws and traditions, also lists several lesser-known restrictions regarding Yom Kippur. Washing and ...

September 25, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION


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


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FUMC to host movie nights, praise services

Covington First United Methodist Church recently hosted Change The World, Impact The Community Day, an event where a community of faith came together. Covington FUMC believes that Change The World is not just a day, it should be a lifestyle. Covington FUMC invites the community to events this summer.

Monthly Friday Night Movies - The movies will be a Screen on the Green set up on the lawn in front of our Sanctuary Annex building. Their first movie will be Friday, June 11, at dusk. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. There will be hotdogs, popcorn and drinks available. Other movie ...

June 04, 2010 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Servants of the Lord Meals on Wheels

Eating a hot meal is more than just satisfying to the stomach for recipients of the Servants of the Lord Meals on Wheels program.

Since its start 25 years ago, when a man named Bernie Bourdon took the concept of a government-funded program even further, the ministry has been about providing not only food but friendship to shut-ins.

June 04, 2010 | Nikita Britt | RELIGION


The spirit speaks to us if we listen

Spirit Speaks Seminar centers on prayer and growth in each person's spiritual journey.

May 28, 2010 | By Nikita Britt news@covnews.com | RELIGION


Grace Notes: The story of our stained glass

Our church, Abiding Grace, is in a building project. Last night, we had one of the coolest opportunities of the whole planning process. We got to meet with the artist who is creating our stained glass windows. That was fun - picturing how it will all look - anticipating how these windows will be communicating to all who see them something special - something about God and his grace for them.

Now, before you read on, ask yourself what image you would put in the front and center window. What would you consider to be the most important thing to communicate with those ...

May 21, 2010 | Jonathan E. Scharf | RELIGION


Grace United to host Family and Friends Day

Grace United Methodist Church will celebrate Family and Friends Day at 11 a.m. Sunday. The speaker for the occasion is Bishop Alfred L. Norris, a retired bishop from the Texas Annual Conference, Houston Area. Presently, he is serving as interim president-dean of Gammon Theological Seminary.

May 21, 2010 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Lifepointe Church to hold classic car show and barbecue

Lifepointe Church of the Nazarene is having its Barbecue and Classic Car Driven Youth Fundraiser on May 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The event will provide a way to raise as much as $3,000 to send 17 of Lifepointe's youth members to a weeklong summer camp.
The camp, involving about 300 children from all over Georgia, costs $140, which is too expensive for most of the youth members who are from low-income families.
According to organizer and youth pastor Alex Ganadania, the fundraiser also serves another purpose. It illustrates to the teens that they ...

May 21, 2010 | Nikita Britt news@covnews.com | RELIGION


Sweet dream on Elm Street

Giving to a cause is as easy as listening to music. At least it will be for those who attend Elm Street Live at 8 p.m. on May 28.

Half of the proceeds from the night's event will be donated to the Susan G. Komen three-day breast cancer walk. Tickets will be sold for $8 once the doors open at 7 p.m.

May 21, 2010 | First Elm Street Live concert a benefit by Corey Crowder | RELIGION


Breaking the mold

The 9:45 a.m. service at First Baptist Church offers a break from its 180-year history of traditional services.
It also allows for more people to be able to attend the church.
"We were just growing and had to do something," said Pastor Jason Dees, explaining that the 11 a.m. service filled up fast.
With a lot of interest backing it, the service began in August 2009 in the Fellowship Hall, falling between the 8:25 a.m. and 11 a.m. services.
According to Dees, about 150 people attend.
The more relaxed service provides a different sound ...

May 14, 2010 | Nikita Britt news@covnews.com | RELIGION


Salem United Methodist lets the light shine

Annette Harmon, administrative assistant and financial secretary of Salem United Methodist Church in Covington attended the 28th Annual Conference of the Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries which was held in Orlando, April 15 – 18. More than 215 professionals representing United Methodist offices on various levels, both nationally and internationally, were in attendance.

May 07, 2010 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Heritage Days

Heritage Days at Calvary Baptist Church is a celebration of its rich heritage and serves as a way to impact the community and beyond.

May 07, 2010 | Nikita Britt | RELIGION


Cover to cover

Salem United Methodist Church is calling all readers to its front porch for a Bible Reading Marathon.

Opening ceremonies kick off with a prayer and some music at noon Friday. The reading will begin in Genesis and last for a half day, beginning at noon and lasting until 10 p.m.

April 30, 2010 | Nikita Britt news@covnews.com | RELIGION


First United Methodist Church hosts festival

On May 8, Newton County will come together as a community of faith working together to "Impact Our Community." This day is about collecting for local missions. Donations of money or items will be accepted for FaithWorks, the Food Pantry, Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter, Washington Street Community Center, Newton Medical Center and the Lions Club.

A "Steeple Chase," 5K and 1 mile fun run/walk will kick the day off at 8 a.m. The starting line is in front of Covington First United Methodist Church. At 8 a.m. the fun run/walk will begin, and at 8 ...

April 30, 2010 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Pine Grove Woman’s Club celebrates 100 years

Happy 100th anniversary to the ladies of the Pine Grove Woman's Club in Mansfield. Started in 1910 out of necessity for companionship in the then vast farmland region of east Newton County, their club has survived for a century now, a rarity indeed.

Lillian Whisnante, a member for seventy-five years, remembers the beginnings of her club membership. "I used to go to the meetings with my mama who was a member. Each month the county agent would come to one of the members' houses and teach us about canning, gardens and sewing, and we would have a lunch. This ...

April 29, 2010 | Janet Jernigan news@covnews.com | RELIGION


God given gifts

Expect to see more than just art at the Creative Arts Festival hosted by First Presbyterian Church of Covington.

April 23, 2010 | Nikita Britt | RELIGION


Jehovah’s Witnesses plan two-day circuit assembly

The annual Circuit Assembly for the Congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses in S.W. DeKalb, Conyers, and Oxford will be held on April 17 and April 18 at the Assembly Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 125 Glen Road, Conyers.

April 16, 2010 | Staff Report | RELIGION


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