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.
The birds haven't visited my garden lately. I can't really blame them. Over the winter months, I abandoned the white fenced-in area filled with bird feeders, red double knockout roses, butterfly bushes, flowering annuals and perennials, garden art, wind chimes, fountain and my favorite bench. As I opened the gate this weekend, my eyes swept over empty clay pots, dead flowers, rose bushes void of shape and color, molded feeders and a fountain filled with murky water and algae.
These days it seems rare for a pastor to experience a long tenure at one church. A quarter-century of service is certainly an occasion worth celebrating, and one local church is marking such an achievement: First Presbyterian Church in Covington this weekend is commemorating the 25th anniversary of its pastor, the Rev. Billy Wade.
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 that 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).
The recent downturn in the economy has affected everyone. Tens of thousands of Georgians have lost their jobs, and even those who are employed have friends, family, or neighbors who are out of work. Many with jobs have suffered pay cuts or taken jobs with less pay.