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A church of the community

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.

November 15, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Changing lives: Grace United Methodist Church

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.

November 01, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Connexion Church is on the move

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.

October 25, 2014 | | RELIGION


Reconciliation to prepare for Communion or Confirmation

Participating in Penance, also known as Reconciliation, is a significant part of the growing process for Christians across the globe.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Continuing a Legacy

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.

October 11, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Like a Rock

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."

October 04, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


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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


Scharf: If you want to follow Jesus...2nd step

I want to be able to run consecutive 5-minute miles again. I want to be able to play the piano. But I realize there is a price tag for each. Is being able to beat our teens in the Cheerios Challenge in the spring worth going through workouts every day between now and then that leave me on the verge of vomit? Is being able to tickle the ivories without making them scream worth the hours and hours of practice it would take and the money for the lessons and more hours of practice? Right now, I've come to ...

October 06, 2011 | Lee Sandow | RELIGION


Richards Chapel UMC to celebrate 143 years

Richards Chapel United Methodist Church in Covington will be celebrating their 143rd church anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 2. The church also recently welcomed the first female pastor in the church's history, the Rev. Maria Church-Johnson (pictured above). The church also falls under the district of the Rev. Sharma Lewis, the first black woman district superintendent in the ADOX district and the second black woman district superintendent in the North Georgia Conference.

September 30, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Bethabara Missionary Baptist Church holds heritage ceremony

Bethabara Missionary Baptist Church in Covington held their annual Irene Banks Heritage ceremony on Sept. 11.

September 16, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Welcoming the new residents

Allen Memorial UMC welcomed new and returning students from Oxford College on Aug. 28. The students were recognized and were able to share their talents in morning worship. Three students sang in the choir, while two others played the flute and participated in the hand bell choir. The Chaplain of Oxford College, the Rev. Lyn Pace, offered the closing prayer and blessing. (Above) After the morning worship, Students from Oxford College enjoyed a covered dish luncheon in their honor.

September 02, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


The blessing of the backpacks

On Sunday, Covington First United Methodist Church will hold their annual Blessing of the Backpacks Service. Students of all ages, teachers, administrators and all school employees are invited to bring their Backpacks to worship on Sunday morning to a special service to pray for a great school year. Each person will receive a tag to attach to their backpack that says, "The church family of FUMC loves them and are praying for them."

July 29, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


New ministry helps single parents rebuild

Spring Ministries, Inc., a non-profit organization that helps single parents and their children, will hold a fundraiser dinner at 5 p.m. on July 30 at DeKalb Tech's Newton Center, 8100 Bob Williams Parkway, Covington.

July 24, 2011 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


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