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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


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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What If We Became... History?

Don't recognize what the headline is referring to? Some enlightenment: 'What if We Became History' is a play written by local author, Jamila Harris, and is set to premier next month at area churches.

January 15, 2010 | Beth Roth news@covnews.com | RELIGION


Making morale decisions

Covington resident Phillip Whidby doesn't love Christmas. Not after the death of his father on Christmas day 2002.

But as difficult as this day is for him each year, Whidby hasn't let his tragic memory remove his ability to love others during the holiday.

January 01, 2010 | By Nikita Britt news@covnews.com | RELIGION


The meaning of Christmas

Christmas time is here and recently The Georgia Arts Academy Inc.Music School warmed the hearts of 212 parents, student relatives and their guests in contrast to the frigid weather.

December 18, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Christmas is coming

It's no myth the holiday season can be stressful. The pressure to decorate. The anxiety that comes with cooking another tasty holiday meal. Buying gifts coworkers, friends, relatives and begging children will love, while, much like an alarm clock, the nagging reminder of a recession intermittently sounds off in your head. However, these are all just distractions to what Christmas is all about. People tend to forget the purpose is to celebrate the birth of Jesus. It's a time to express love and to fellowship, and churches in Covington have the right idea. Here are some with events ...

December 18, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


A discussion of faith

When Covington resident Chris Smith's priest first approached him with the idea of teaching an educational course, he knew he had to say yes.

December 11, 2009 | Nikita Britt | RELIGION


Meridian Herald comes to Old Church

Renowned preacher and author Dr. William Willimon will preach at Meridian Herald's 16h annual Southern Folk Advent Service at 4 p.m. Saturday at Old Church, Wesley Street, near the Oxford College campus in Oxford, Georgia. Admission is free.

December 04, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Not So Silent Night

"Not So Silent Night," a free outdoor family event and drama sponsored by the Covington Christian Church, will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6. While many churches offer the traditional Christmas program and cantata, music director, John Johnson wanted to try a different approach - something unique that would be a gift to the community.

December 04, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Advent services at First Presbyterian

First Presbyterian Church of Covington will be offering Advent Prayer Services every Tuesday on Dec. 1, Dec. 8, Dec. 15 and Dec. 22, from noon to 12:20 p.m. in the sanctuary.

November 28, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


A man of enthusiasm and energy

The Rev. Kenneth Norrington is best described as a man with a lot of energy, enthusiasm, joy and a lot of Jesus. He serves as a part time local pastor to Union Grove United Methodist and Gaither's Chapel United Methodist Church.

A native of Covington, he was born to the late John Henry and Perrylee Norrington. Although he accepted Christ at age 18 and knew he had a calling on his life to preach, he did not come to terms with it until the death of his parents.

November 27, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


First Presbyterian gives thanks

Giving thanks:

November 25, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


‘Lord, what can we do?’

The Rev. Phillip Bone, senior pastor of Grace Baptist Church, recently led his congregation in a Bible study on how to implement their spiritual gifts. A current study by Dr. Henry Blackaby on personal spiritual revival prompts them to ask, "Lord, what can we do?"

November 20, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


RLCC partners with Kroger to feed families

The Redeeming Love Christian Church in Conyers is preparing to feed one hundred families in the Newton/Rockdale County area during Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Kroger Company is partnering to provide 50 turkeys for the Thanksgiving boxes. RLCC members donated all the trimmings - green beans, collards, turnips, corn, mashed potatoes, candied yams, stuffing and cornbread mix, macaroni and cheese, cranberry sauce and a $10 gift card to purchase perishable items.

November 13, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Providence Christian School celebrates Reformation Day

Oct.31, 1517, was one of the turning points in world history, affecting not just church history, but the very course of civilization across the globe. On this day, Martin Luther, a German monk and university professor, nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenburg Church, in which he called for a return to the core teachings of Scripture (particularly as they pertain to salvation, grace and the authority of Scripture). Providence Christian School recognizes this historical event with a celebration of Reformation Day, held each year on Oct. 31 (or the Friday closest to the 31st).

Reformation ...

November 06, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Delta Sigma Theta sorority holds discussion for building independence

Delta Sigma Theta has created Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence. Through open dialogue and actionable recommendations, EMBODI will advance positive change. Understanding that organized collective action can achieve greater positive impact, Delta Sigma Theta is proud to join numerous other service-oriented associations and individual advocates who are actively engaged in uplifting African-American males.

Over the next year, the Stone Mountain-Lithonia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta will focus on developing and implementing EMBODI program components.

November 06, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Walking with integrity

The Rev. Chad Caldwell, senior pastor of Journey Church, has a sense of urgency to build God's kingdom. 2008 proved to be a difficult year with the loss of his brother, Jeff, who died in a car accident in March and in the transition and restructure of the church, formerly known as Passion Community Church.

"I look for a lesson in everything that touches my life," said Caldwell. "Secondly, we have to make every minute count. My brother had accepted Christ and was baptized eight months prior to the accident. God gave Jeff an opportunity and he took it ...

November 06, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


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