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.
As a boy, I went with my family on a vacation through the Western states. We visited the most popular destinations: Yosemite, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon, but the grandest destination was Zion National Park, made memorable by my father's mountain climbing adventure.
Central Community Church will be celebrating its sixth Annual Fall Festival today from 5 – 8 p.m. This year's theme will be "A Country Fair" complete with a country store where vendors can sell their homemade merchandise, baked goods or advertise their business. There will be an air brush artist booth, pony rides, 'smores, hot cocoa, games for all ages, hamburgers, corn dogs, hayrides, cake walk, funnel cakes, crazy hair, a kiddie area for the little ones and much more.
Halloween is just around the corner, and that means families will be looking for activities to attend and ways to spend the holiday. Churches often offer safe alternatives to trick or treating, where kids can get the candy they crave and expend energy playing games. This year, one local church is offering an event that is not just a Halloween-alternative fall festival but is also a way to help give back to the community.