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Meet the Secretary of the Year

Annette Harmon of Salem United Methodist Church in Covington was recently honored as Secretary of the Year at the 28th Annual Conference of the Georgia Chapter of the Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries.

Harmon has worked with Salem 12 years and is a certified professional United Methodist Church Secretary. She also has for two years attended the National Institute of Church & Finance Administration at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta.

October 01, 2010 | Staff Report | RELIGION

The pride of the patch

Beautiful orange pumpkins are a staple of fall decorating around Covington. It's a tradition for families to pick out an ideal pumpkin to place by a hay bale and a basket of mums in the yard or to carve into a jack-o'-lantern. This fall, Covington residents will have over 1,800 of them to choose from just off the Square, as Covington First United Methodist Church presents its fourth annual Great Pumpkin Patch.

There has been one little hiccup, however. The delivery, originally expected to arrive on Saturday, has been delayed. It is unclear at this time when ...

October 01, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION

The Learning Center

At the Social Circle Christian Learning Center, high school and middle school students have a chance to develop both spiritually and academically.

September 24, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION

Covington church has its own fire truck

Churches regularly receive donations, mostly in the form of money or land, sometimes in stock or items that can be put to practical use.

September 17, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION

Allen Memorial celebrates sanctuary centennial

Allen Memorial United Methodist Church in Oxford celebrates its centennial on Sunday.

September 10, 2010 | Staff Report | RELIGION

Christian kick-start

Parents who want their children to play soccer in a Christian environment can sign them up in the fall soccer program offered by the Christian Youth Sports Association in Covington.

September 10, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION

Comin’ down the Avenue

There's nothing unusual about a church celebrating a milestone; churches take time to mark special occasions regularly. But when a church has a grand opening, it is a truly unique observance. The Avenue Church in Social Circle will mark its grand opening on Sept. 12 at 11 a.m. at the Social Circle Theater.

September 03, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION

The Singing Saints

The Saints come marching in: The Singing Saints Choir of Covington First United Methodist Church will sing for the Day Revival at Monticello Baptist Church on Wednesday, October 20 at 11:00 AM. Preaching will be Dr. Harper Shannon, leader of evangelism among Alabama Baptists, and former pastor of churches in Birmingham and Montgomery. Pictured are the members of the choir with Becky Ramsey, Director (front row, left) and Alice Walker, Accompanist (front row, right).

September 01, 2010 | Staff Report | RELIGION

Love on the links

Attention golfers: are you looking for a way to save lives and make a difference in the community while playing the sport you love? Next month, you have the opportunity to do just that. Refuge Pregnancy Center is hosting the 2010 Cari Hilton Memorial Golf Tournament on Sept. 20 from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Oaks course in Covington. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the center.

August 27, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION

Active teens, ActiveWater

Teenagers often have the reputation of being self-centered. Whether playing video games, spending hours on Facebook or working a part-time job to make extra money, many teens spend their free time in pursuit of things that only benefit themselves. Two local students are shattering the stereotype of the selfish teenager by committing to raise $10,000 to help relieve the water crisis in the African nation of Zambia.

August 20, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION

The abiding journey

Nearly all churches take seriously Christ's call to make disciples. However, discipleship is not a one-size-fits-all process, and many churches need help developing a discipleship system that works for them. One local man has dedicated himself to helping church leaders cultivate strategies to turn mere converts into disciples who devote their lives fully to Christ.

August 13, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION

The first female

A local church with a long and storied history opened a new chapter with the installation of its first female senior pastor. The Rev. Rhoda Howell was appointed by the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church to serve as pastor of Salem United Methodist Church in July. Howell came to Covington from Trinity United Methodist Church in Dalton and has served at various churches in Cobb County.

August 06, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION

A walk through time

For an adherent of any faith, the opportunity to connect directly with one's spiritual heritage is rare. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have a unique privilege, in that their religious history runs parallel to American history. Earlier this summer, eight high school students and two adults from the Covington congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints took part in an event that celebrated both the historical and spiritual traditions of their faith.

July 30, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION

Bringing the faith with them

Churches have long been committed to taking care of the elderly. For years, churches have devoted resources and staff and volunteer hours to ministering to "shut-ins" and visiting those in nursing homes. With the advent of assisted living facilities, churches have discovered new ways to reach out to older generations. Local assisted living facilities have seen the benefits of churches reaching out to their residents.

July 23, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION

Triumphant homecoming

There's an old adage that says, "you can't go home again." Many young people who feel the call to ministry are discovering that the cliche is simply not true as they return to serve at their home churches. Covington native Philip Carroll, youth minister at Covington Christian Church, is one of those people.

July 16, 2010 | By Chris Queen | RELIGION

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