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Pancake Day(?)

Most people may see pancakes as a delicious flat cake that we devour with some syrup, but did you know that it has some religious significance to it? Shrove Tuesday, or known as Pancake Day, uses pancakes to celebrate the last day of Carnival, Mardi Gras and preceding Lent. Pancakes are usually associated with Shrove Tuesday because it was a way for people to give up certain foods like eggs, milk, flour and sugar for Lent.

January 24, 2015 | Javon Dickerson | RELIGION


Kwanzaa: Honoring community

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.

December 20, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Celebrating the Festival of Lights

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.

December 20, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION


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Atlanta Bishop visits Good Shepherd

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.

June 21, 2012 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Where the church is united

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 ...

June 14, 2012 | Jason Dees | RELIGION


Abiding Grace receives two summer volunteers

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 ...

June 07, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | RELIGION


Northminister Church opens its doors

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.

May 17, 2012 | Nhi Ho | RELIGION


Eastridge holds Saturday, Sunday services to celebrate Easter

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.

April 05, 2012 | Staff Report | RELIGION


First Baptist Church travels to Istanbul

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.

April 05, 2012 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Local churches join in prayer

Several Newton County churches are participating in a prayer conference Friday and Saturday designed to unite the local faith community in praying for spiritual awakening.

March 23, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | RELIGION


Minn. students travel to Covington to volunteer

When you think of a college spring break, is volunteering for church work the first thing on your mind?

March 18, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | RELIGION


Bethlehem Baptist to host Christmas concert Sunday

Before he was born, Howard R. Anderson IV's mother asked God to make Anderson a talented pianist.

December 16, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Community Thanksgiving service to be held at old church

Four area churches, Allen Memorial UMC, Gum Creek Presbyterian, Oxford Baptist and Rust Chapel UMC, will participate in an interdenominational Community Thanksgiving Service at Old Church in Oxford. The service will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. Reverend Ken Wilmesherr, pastor of Gum Creek Presbyterian, will preach. A Combined Choir directed by Steve Traylor (Oxford Baptist) will sing and the Allen Memorial UMC Handbell Choir will play. A monetary offering for FaithWorks will be received. You are also asked to bring canned goods to be donated to Solid Rock Food Pantry. Please plan to attend this ...

November 18, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Traveling Angels Ministries to hold annual fashion show

The Traveling Angels Ministries will hold their 19th annual fashion show and Thanksgiving banquet Saturday, Nov. 19, from 2-5 p.m. The show and banquet will be held at Under the Stars, 672 Moore St., Oxford. For more information contact Pastor Ocie Cunningham at (404) 587-5732.

November 17, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Choral Concert at First Presbyterian Church

The First Presbyterian Church in Covington will be hosting an afternoon of music this Sunday, starting at 2:30 p.m.

October 28, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Drivers on a mission

There were barbecue plates, cars and pumpkins a plenty Saturday at Salem United Methodist Church's annual celebration.

October 22, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | RELIGION


Celebrating the fall season at Salem

October 21, 2011 | Douglas Moser | RELIGION


Worldwide Communion Sunday

Oct. 2 was Worldwide Communion Sunday, and Allen Memorial United Methodist Church joined Christians around the world by celebrating Holy Communion together. Church members were asked to bring in artifacts and clothing from other countries.

October 06, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


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