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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Burnham: Whom we worship we must serve

Whom we worship we must serve.

July 10, 2014 | | RELIGION


Fish Fry & Bake

The Church of the Good Shepherd held its Fish Fry and Bake Sale to benefit Entirely Ready Inc. June 21.

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION


A DIVERSE PARISH

St. Augustine Catholic Church, a parish of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, is a diverse and multicultural community freely living and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

July 03, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | RELIGION


5 reasons we need camp meetings now more than ever

Each summer I do something odd by most American standards: I spend one week with my extended family, we sleep in a crowded cabin with no air conditioner and we go to worship services three times per day - alongside of hundreds of others - in an open air structure with a sawdust floor. The songs we sing were written long before I was born and the sermons last much longer than 15 to 18 minutes.

June 26, 2014 | Jonathan Andersen | RELIGION


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Vacation Bible School

Summer fun: Students at vacation Bible school at Covington First Baptist Church prepare to learn about missions in Haiti and around the world in a session on Thursday. The children also enjoyed creating praise music and playing on giant inflatables, coloring, mining for rocks and learning about their Christian faith.

June 24, 2011 | Amber Pittman | RELIGION


First Methodist welcomes new associate

First United Methodist Church of Covington has a new associate pastor, the Rev. Jan McCoy.

June 24, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Special announcement: Salem Campmeeting

The Salem Campmeeting will begin to stir again July 8 and will continue through July 15. This gathering began in 1828, and this year will be the 183rd time it happens.

June 10, 2011 | By Don Martin | RELIGION


Salem Campmeeting plans its 183rd year

Preparing for camp: At the Salem Campmeeting Board Meeting, the Board of Trustees discussed details of the upcoming 183rd annual Salem Campmeeting to be held Friday, July 8, through Friday, July 15. (Back row) Judd Doster and Roland Vaughn, (4th row) Bill Rogers, Jonathan Anderson, Buck Vaughn, and Dan Morgan, (3rd row) Tom Barnett, Jerry Marrett, The Rev. Tom Elliott, and Sam Ramsey, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, (2nd row) Benny Potts, Sandra Keller, Laura Kemp, and Tony Ramsey, (front row) Hardy Ogletree, Joanne McDonald, Ann Cook, Dr. Carter Rogers, Jimi Forward, and Alvin Vaughn. Not pictured: Wayne Ingle ...

May 20, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Shake It Up Café

Let's get cooking: Covington First United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School will be held at the church from 9 a.m. to noon on June 27 through July 1. The theme is the Shake It Up Cafe - Where Kids Carry Out God's Recipe!

May 20, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Change the World, Impact the Community Day to be held May 7

Covington First United Methodist Church will celebrate its second annual Change The World, Impact The Community Day on May 7.

April 28, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Your Community: Good Friday & Easter

ALLEN MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: 803 Whatcoat St., Oxford; Stations of the Cross, 7 p.m. today; Easter egg hunt 2 p.m. Saturday, sunrise service 7:30 a.m. Easter (breakfast 8 a.m.), service 11 a.m.; allenmemorialumc.org

April 22, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Gearing Up For The Resurrection

If there is a Sunday when churches can expect a larger than normal turnout, it is Easter.

April 22, 2011 | By Paul Casola | RELIGION


Community Holy Week services at Good Shepherd Episcopal

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 4140 Clark St. S.W., will play host to Holy Week services for the downtown community.

April 18, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


40 years of music

Becky Ramsey was honored with a reception on April 3 for her 40 years of service as organist for First United Methodist Church of Covington.

April 08, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Singers to give special performance

Jessa and Jordan Anderson will perform in a free concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church of Covington,

March 24, 2011 | Special to The News | RELIGION


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


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