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Matching your life

A growth spurt is in effect in East Newton County. A roundabout is going to be constructed at the intersection of 142 and 278. Baxter is under construction.

June 05, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | RELIGION


Living ‘Under Grace’

"Sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace" (Romans 6:14). Nearly 2000 years ago, Paul wrote that to Christians, to people he included with himself when he said, "We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life" (Romans 6:4-5).

June 05, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | RELIGION


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Generation Change

The youth at Red Oak United Methodist Church are studying Dave Ramsey's, "Generation Change" to discover how money works, how God views money and how to grow into responsible young adults. The media-driven youth Bible study is designed to be both entertaining and informative and targets ages 13-18.

May 01, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


First Presbyterian celebrates payment of sanctuary with mortgage burning ceremony

On March 22, the First Presbyterian Church of Covington, celebrated its mortgage burning. The mortgage was incurred in 1995 when the church built a new sanctuary and educational facilities. Since then it has continued to renovate its other buildings and grounds. The Presbytery of Great Atlanta, consisting of 109 Presbyterian churches, called it the most successful building campaign in its history, considering the size of the church and the congregation.

April 22, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


A calling to ministry

In February, Zion Baptist Church welcomed their new senior pastor, the Rev. Michael Galdamez, a native of Kansas City, Mo. Ordained in 2001, Galdamez brings experience in a number of different ministries - Christian schools, missions, evangelism, work with internationals, men's Bible studies and men's ministries.

As Galdamez prepares for this Sunday's service, a remembrance of the third day after Jesus Christ's crucifixion, he encourages the community to understand what Easter means to God.

April 10, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


40 days of random acts of kindness

Imagine the surprise of picking up food in the drive-thru or learning that the person ahead of you in the grocery line has picked up the tab or paid toward your bill. No strings attached, Grove Pointe Church members began a 40-day campaign on March 1 to do numerous random acts of kindness throughout the community. Based on Rick Warren's 40 days of community from Saddleback Church, Grove Pointe will hold a celebration April 19 to share many of the stories and testimonies of this effort.

March 27, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


A zeal for helping families

One Sunday last fall, The Covington Christian Church had a visitor "incognito" in their morning worship service. The Rev. Tim Bolen came to check out the church and experience worship anonymously to see how he would feel after one visit. According to Bolen, God was leading him in a new direction after having planted and served a church in Columbus for seven years. Bolen sent out only one resume and that was to Covington Christian Church.

March 20, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Finding financial peace

According to Dave Ramsey - a nationally recognized radio personality and New York Times best-selling author of "The Total Money Makeover, Financial Peace" and "More Than Enough" - approximately seven out of every 10 families in churches and communities are living paycheck to paycheck. While some are doing well and simply need to be taught the Biblical principles for handling money God's way, many are secretly struggling to make ends meet. Others are drowning in a sea of mortgage payments, car payments, student loans and credit card debt. Many people have not been taught God's plan for their finances, he ...

February 06, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Growing in God

Author and speaker Lynne Rienstra has spent a lifetime encouraging her audience to take steps of faith toward God. But it was single moment with her daughter that inspired her to create a Bible study for mothers and their daughters, ages 6-12, called "You Grow, Girl!"

January 29, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


In the maker’s hands

The Potter's House recently celebrated five years of faith, fellowship and passion for Christ. To commemorate the event, members held two performances of their Christmas musical, a service with guest speaker Tim Spell and a banquet recognizing 70 church volunteers as well as a reception to shower their pastor and family with gifts and cards of appreciation.

A Pentecostal church and ministry founded on Biblical principles, the Potter's House serves as a haven for the hurt, wounded or broken.

January 12, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Surrounded with Christian love

 Bill and Gayle Norton became sweethearts at age 12. Their first date was attending a Sunday night service at Julia A. Porter United Methodist Church. If the church doors were open, Gayle and her family were there. A love for God, family, church and the community has been a common thread in their marriage.

January 05, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Finding miracles

Bishop Tim and Pastor Stacy Needham, founders of Living Way Worship Center International, believe in miracles.

January 01, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Christmas comes early

As the difficult times in the economy continue, many families are forced to fight tooth and nail to have a good Christmas.

December 29, 2008 | Brian Harper | RELIGION


Hard times in Canaan

Like many churches, families and homes, Canaan Baptist Church has experienced its share of financial difficulties. Though Canaan Baptist's financial landscape is looking up, Dr. Scott Caudill, senior pastor of CBC, remembers the lean times when he began his ministry six years ago.

At that time, the church had only $4,000 in the general fund and $400,000 in church debt. He literally prayed every week that God would send in money to pay the bills.

December 22, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


No room at the inn

One of the troubling facts of the first Christmas account is the incredulous report that Immanuel, God with us, would be born in a stable because there was "no room for them in the inn," (Luke 2:7).

Amazing. The most important event in human history was transpiring, and it is happening in a barn. Let that sink in for a moment. We tend to glamorize it today. We picture it as a quaint, quite comfortable setting today. We forget that it was a smelly, dirty and really quite uncomfortable situation for a young couple about to give birth to ...

December 22, 2008 | Dr. John Pearrell | RELIGION


Four tickets to Christmas

 Step into the. Rev. Greg Steele's church office and you'll find stacks of parasols, pitch forks and Viking hats. He is getting ready for the second annual Covington Christmas musical, "Four Tickets to Christmas," presented by the First Baptist Church Music and Drama Ministries at the Eastside High School auditorium on Dec. 6 at 2 p.m., Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. The admission is free, but the doors open one hour prior to show times and the 500 seat capacity theater is expected to fill quickly.

December 15, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Our thoughts...Lifetime commitment

In Friday's edition of The Covington News, we informed readers that the ailing economy seems to even be affecting pets. Teri Key-Hoosen, director of Newton County Animal Control, said animal control has seen increased instances of dogs and cats wandering the streets as well as locked into abandoned homes and yards - half-starved - as a result of people losing their homes and jobs.

 In many cases these animals are too far gone to be rescued and have to be put down.

December 10, 2008 | Staff Report | RELIGION


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