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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


What is Yom Kippur?

Known as the "Day of Atonement," Yom Kippur is a day when people who subscribe to the Jewish faith atone for sins between themselves and G-d of the past year. Yom Kippur is a complete Sabbath, which means no work can be performed during the holiday. Fasting is a part of Yom Kippur, and Jews are expected to observe a 25-hour fast that begins before sunset on the evening before the holiday and ends after nightfall on Yom Kippur. The Talmud, which is the collection of Jewish laws and traditions, also lists several lesser-known restrictions regarding Yom Kippur. Washing and ...

September 25, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION


A beacon of hope

First Baptist Church of Covington - this 190-year-old establishment has been in existence since 1823. Located on the Square in downtown Covington, this church is a beacon of hope to the local community.

September 11, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Salem UMC’s new service targets youth

A local church is adding a service to its Sunday schedule to encourage younger potential members to join the congregation's family.

September 04, 2014 | Kayla Robins | RELIGION


A blessed sanctuary

Allen Memorial Methodist Church sits on the scenic campus of Oxford College. Founded in 1841 by renowned missionary John Allen, Allen Memorial's main sanctuary has been a part of the Oxford community for more than 100 years. The education building, nursery and fellowship hall, often referred to as Lovern Hall, were built alongside the main sanctuary in the late 1960s.

September 04, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Man leaves legacy in 10,000 books

Bo Davis had a passion, and he was not short on living up to it.

August 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | RELIGION


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An example set by Jesus

Salem United Methodist Church youth members hosted a free car wash at the church Saturday morning to help spread the gospel. The car wash was the first of its kind for Salem UMC, but church member and car wash worker Pat Miller has hopes that it will continue into the future.

August 09, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | RELIGION


A month of service

This past Saturday, the Redeeming Love Christian Church sent out four teams of five men each to serve the needs of seniors in the Covington-Conyers area. As members return from a July sabbatical from midweek services, rehearsals and meetings, they jump full swing into August - their Great Month of Service.

August 07, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


The lighthouse keeper

July 19 was a day of celebration as the former members of Sardis Congregational Church in Oxford and Lighthouse Baptist Church in Social Circle came together with the Rev. Tom Harris to form the Lighthouse Baptist Church of Oxford. The church was dedicated under the new constitution with 14 charter members. New Again was in concert and the Rev. Butch Butcher brought the message.

July 31, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Women’s group talks God

Calvary Baptist Church announces an opportunity for women in the area to attend a small group Bible study. "Can We Talk? Soul Stirring Conversations with God" will be offered on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. at the church on the corner of Mill Street and Ga Highway 278.

This study, written by Priscilla Shirer, national author and speaker, delivers familiar spiritual disciplines through a fresh, new method of study. As participants respond to a variety of biblical passages, prompted by thought-provoking questions, they will develop a Christ-focused view on important issues and experience a closer walk with their creator ...

July 24, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Mansfield UMC welcomes female pastor

Mansfield United Methodist Church welcomed their first female pastor in its 106-year history. Over her 26 years of ministry, Wright believes her strongest gifts include leading worship, preaching and pastoral care.

The Rev. Martha Wright served as an associate pastor at Jersey UMC and as minister of pastoral care at Ebenezer UMC in Conyers. She was chaplain at the Wesley Woods Retirement Center and at Grady Memorial Hospital. For the past eight years, Wright supervised and trained chaplains at the Gwinnett Medical Center.

July 24, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Salem Campmeeting 2009

July 19, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | RELIGION


Recognized for his service

Covington resident Brother Marvin Banks was named "Layperson of the Year" at the 2009 Premiere Trumpet Awards Ceremony hosted by the Atlanta-Rome District Conference of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church on April 25. Banks, recognized for his service within his church and other district churches, was selected from 14 nominees in the Lay Counsel Division. Selections for the awards ceremony were made by a committee independent of the church conference.

Nominated by his pastor, the Rev. Dr. Val Jackson of Livingston Chapel C.M.E. Church in Covington, Banks was cited for his tireless work on church repairs, upkeep and ...

July 17, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Welcome to Covington FUMC

On June 28, The Covington First United Methodist Church opened their hearts and doors to new senior and associate pastor, the Rev. Dr. Douglas Gilreath and the Rev. Gail Thompson. Both pastors say they are pleased to be a part of a church who has faithfully responded to the needs of its community over the years through special projects, food pantry and sack lunches, mission trips, Habitat for Humanity and the Map Project, just to name a few.

Gilreath spoke of his love for people and how he enjoys watching them grow in their relationship with God. He relies on ...

July 17, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Another year of music and praise

The remembrance that something very special takes place each year at Salem Campmeetings draws a crowd of ten thousand to hear a timeless message and to experience the spirit of fellowship, worship and spiritual growth. Founded in 1828, the interdenominational campground is a place of rich history, tradition, reunion, peace, renewal, love and acceptance. The community is invited to attend the 181st Salem Campmeeting July 10 through July 17 with services at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.

July 10, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Sisters serve God through music

Church musicians and concert pianists Becky Griffin Ramsey and Alice Griffin Walker can't imagine life without music. Alice is organist and director of the senior adult choir at the Covington First Presbyterian Church. Becky, the eldest by ten minutes, is organist and director of music for the senior adults at the Covington First United Methodist Church and also serves as Organist at Oxford College. The identical twins began taking piano lessons at the age of five and were gifted with absolute pitch.

July 03, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Blessed by the church

For the past four decades, the Rev. Lawrence Lockett has worked tirelessly to fulfill God's purpose for his life- to win souls for Christ, disciple people in Sunday school and train others to do the same.

June 26, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Caring for creation

Does God intend to redeem the whole creation or just humans? What role do humans play in the created order? These thought-provoking questions were asked to a group of 40 participants from local churches and civic groups who gathered at the First Presbyterian Church in Covington Wednesday evening. Sponsored by FPC and Earth Covenant Ministry, the four-week series of presentations focus on our Christian calling to care for God's great gift of creation.

June 19, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


The love of the Lord near and far

The Rev. Mike Scott's life can be summed up as one of great labor and great reward. As a preacher, teacher, mentor and missionary, Scott has relied and drawn strength from a Bible verse that confirmed his calling, Joshua 1:9, "Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest," (KJV).

June 12, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Dr. Franklin Perry speaking for Men's Day

Dr. Franklin Perry Sr. is a native of Newton County. He graduated from R. L. Cousin's High School in 1964. He received his B.S. degree in music education from South Carolina State University and a masters degree from Virginia State University. Later, he earned a Doctorate of Education at Nova Southeastern University in educational leadership. He also completed the Georgia Superintendent's preparation program.

June 12, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


The power of Christ through art

The corridors of Eastridge Community Church were transformed into an art gallery with oil paintings, watercolors, a handmade quilt, pottery, ceramics, photography, drawings, sculpture, paper mache and poetry - all in honor of Worship Arts Night held May 27.

June 05, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


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