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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At 7 a.m. sharp each morning this week, Howard Kennedy has stood outside the Salem Campground tabernacle to sound the trumpet, marking the beginning of the day.
The wooden benches at the Salem Campground get a bit of cushioning as preparations continue for the opening of the annual campmeeting on Friday. The event runs through July 15. Helping to place the cushions are (from left) Rafael Lopez, Ricky McCory, Akin Robinson, Shaun McCory, Sam Ramsey and Joey Smith.
Air National Guard Col. Max Wood, a former U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, will be the featured speaker for a casual worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Prospect United Methodist Church, 6752 Ga. Highway 212 in Covington.
Frank B. Turner will lead the adult Bible class at the upcoming Salem Campmeeting, which begins Friday, July 8, at the historic Salem campground.The adult class will be held 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 11, through Friday, July 15, at the Salem Hotel. The 183rd campmeeting runs July 8-15.
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.
First United Methodist Church of Covington has a new associate pastor, the Rev. Jan McCoy.
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.
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!
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 ...
Covington First United Methodist Church will celebrate its second annual Change The World, Impact The Community Day on May 7.
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
If there is a Sunday when churches can expect a larger than normal turnout, it is Easter.
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 4140 Clark St. S.W., will play host to Holy Week services for the downtown community.
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.