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Mansfield Baptist Church

Established in 1911, Mansfield Baptist Church has been serving their community for over 95 years. In the next upcoming months the ministry will be celebrating their 100th birthday.

August 21, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Scharf: What good are words?

"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me." You've heard that, right? How about, "The pen is mightier than the sword"? I'm sure you've heard both. But both can't be true. Which is it? Do words have no power or are they more powerful than armies and tanks?

August 14, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | RELIGION


Just a thought: Get your hands dirty

Could a doctor treat a patient without ever examining them? Not very well. Could a hair dresser cut or style hair without touching the client's hair? No. In the same manner neither can Christians be of very much influence if we don't go to and touch sinners. I know many have come from places in their lives they don't ever want to go back to and this certainly takes some sensitivity and discernment. But neither can we isolate ourselves from all sinners once we become a Christian and still be an effective witness. Jesus' model of evangelism ...

August 07, 2014 | William Burnham | RELIGION


He's got plans

"I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." God said that (Jeremiah 29:11). Have you ever felt like saying, "Yeah, right" when you hear it? Intellectually, we can say that we agree. We know God is in control and he knows what he's doing and he's working for our good. We can say that with our mouths….but do our hearts always buy it? Do we always live like it?

August 07, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | RELIGION


Do not be afraid — you are valuable

Last week, we saw how intimidating it is to see what God expects of us as Christians. If you missed it, check out the 7/13/14 sermon at www.abidinggrace.com. For now, let's just say that Jesus made it pretty clear that we'd suffer for following him. Only once we realize what God expects of us and how far we fall short, and the punishment we should have for that, only then are we ready to read the rest of this section of Scripture where Jesus sends out his disciples as workers in his harvest field.

July 31, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | RELIGION


Prospects here, prospects abroad

Vibrant life is rooted in caring love at Prospect Church, a parish that has celebrated the United Methodist faith in Covington since 1830. After almost 200 years and multiple moves to different sites in the area, Prospect has maintained its growth by adapting to the needs of its parish. The church added its Family Life Center in 2004.

July 31, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | RELIGION


Just a thought: Open the box

Open the box. No, really, open the box. You're probably saying, "What box?" To which I would respond the box we all have. You know, the one we keep God in. Ah, now you get it, don't you? We all have a God box. The box is our image of God, His size and ability. Some people's box is bigger than others, but we all have one. Some are limited in size and we call them "the willing box" or "the God can't use me box," some have a "God can't do that" size box ...

July 31, 2014 | William Burnham | RELIGION


Just a thought: Lord, you take over

Isn't it true that we spend most of our time operating in our own strength and power? When was the last time you said, "Lord, You take over…" and wasn't it after you had given it your best and your best wasn't good enough to get it done. We often fall into the trap of thinking "This is what I do, and I will do it…Spiritual and impossible things are what God does and when I need help with those things I'll turn to Him." But just as it was for Peter, it is for ...

July 24, 2014 | William Burnham | RELIGION


Rasmussen: Do not be afraid — this is expected

Meriam Yahia Ibrahim. Have you heard that name? On May 11th of this year she was convicted of apostasy and adultery. What had she done? Well, she was a Christian, having been raised by her Christian mom. But since her dad was a Muslim, even though he had been absent, since he was a Muslim – her being a Christian was apostasy. And then, she married a Christian and got pregnant. And since she was supposed to be a Muslim, and he wasn't a Muslim man, that's adultery. The Sudanese government gave her three days to reject the Christian ...

July 24, 2014 | Scott Rasmussen | RELIGION


Zion Baptist Church to hosts event series Saturday

Zion Baptist Church in Covington aims to impact the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

July 24, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | RELIGION


Gum Creek Presbyterian Church welcomes new members

Gum Creek Presbyterian Church, a part of the Greater Atlanta Presbytery, is an Oxford community church with about 100 parishioners and a tremendous commitment to local and worldwide missions.

July 17, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | RELIGION


Burnham: Whom we worship we must serve

Whom we worship we must serve.

July 10, 2014 | | RELIGION


Fish Fry & Bake

The Church of the Good Shepherd held its Fish Fry and Bake Sale to benefit Entirely Ready Inc. June 21.

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION


A DIVERSE PARISH

St. Augustine Catholic Church, a parish of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, is a diverse and multicultural community freely living and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

July 03, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | RELIGION


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Guest preacher to visit First Presbyterian Church

Dr. John Griffith, president of Presbyterian College in Clinton, S. C., will preside at the First Presbyterian Church in Covington on Sunday, March 21, at 11 a.m.

March 19, 2010 | Staff Report | RELIGION


The power of a praying woman

With March being Women's Appreciation Month, it's only appropriate for Good Hope Baptist Church to have a day focused on celebrating women.

Its ninth annual Victorian Tea is this Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. And it all began with the church's first lady Stephanie Tomlinson, who said the Lord dropped in her spirit to have a social event for women after establishing a Women's Day a couple years prior.

March 19, 2010 | Nikita Britt news@covnews.com | RELIGION


Point of Grace comes to Covington

Pastor William Burnham and his wife moved to Covington 12 years ago, but it wasn't until two and a half years ago that God laid on their hearts the potential of starting a ministry, and it wasn't until Feb. 14 of this year that the ministry arrived in Covington.

March 12, 2010 | By Nikita Britt | RELIGION


African American Heritage Festival to be held Saturday

One Voice of Newton County is presenting its annual African American Heritage Festival on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Newton County High School's Porter Auditorium. This event is free to the public. The festival will include history bowls and classic debate competitions featuring middle and high schools from both Rockdale and Newton counties. Several area schools will be represented. One Voice will also announce its essay contest winners who will be awarded scholarships for post secondary education. One Voice, a conglomeration of various churches and para-church organizations throughout Newton County, wishes to ...

February 26, 2010 | Staff Report | RELIGION


John Gray comes to Covington

Members of Hebron World Church, 7165 Turner Lake Circle, will welcome Christian comedian and minister John Gray to their 10:30 a.m. service.

February 26, 2010 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Central Community Church: It can’t be explained. Only experienced.

From its beginning, Central Community Church has been anything but a "normal" church. The first services were held in what was once a warehouse with approximately 125 members using lawn chairs and box fans to keep cool.

February 19, 2010 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Community invited to Ash Wednesday services

Conyers First United Methodist Church and Conyers Presbyterian Church will hold a combined special Lenten worship service and luncheon starting at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 17. The service will be held in the sanctuary of Conyers First UMC located at 921 N. Main Street, Old Town Conyers. Dr. John Beyers, senior minister of Conyers First UMC and Rev. Tom Sparks of Conyers Presbyterian will both speak and share in the imposition of ashes. All residents are invited to attend.

February 12, 2010 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Care and Love

According to the Rev. Ronny Brannen, the theme of his church is "where vibrant life meets care and love," an expression he not only illustrates in the community but travels with around the world.

February 05, 2010 | Nikita Britt news@covnews.com | RELIGION


Abiding Grace welcomes Easter guest speakers

Cocoa Beach. South Padre. Panama City. Cancun. Acapulco. Covington? One of these Spring Break locations is not like the other ones. But for a group of freshman college students from Martin Luther College in Minnesota, they wouldn't want to be anywhere other than Covington. From March 5 to 14 these young ladies will be joining members of Abiding Grace spreading a message that is not like the other ones, the message of Christ crucified and risen. The message of Easter. A message which makes less sense than Spring Break in Covington. The message of salvation for the whole world.

February 05, 2010 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Springfield Baptist Church to re-open in Covington

After four years, the historic Springfield Baptist Church will resume weekly worship services in Covington on Sunday, Feb. 7, at 9:30 a.m. Springfield was founded along the banks of the Yellow River in west Newton County in 1879 by former slaves. During the residential population boom of the past decade, Springfield experienced astronomical growth that compelled them to pursue the 2005 purchase of their current facility at 3001 Old Salem Road in Conyers. The move to Conyers and the subsequent return to Covington were inspired by the same pastor, Eric W. Lee, Sr., who is only the sixth ...

February 05, 2010 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Through the storm

Minister Ryan Hugley is a self-described young man with an old heart. He received his spiritual calling at a young age.

"I was called to be a minister of music," he said.

January 22, 2010 | By Nikita Britt news@covnews.com | RELIGION


What If We Became... History?

Don't recognize what the headline is referring to? Some enlightenment: 'What if We Became History' is a play written by local author, Jamila Harris, and is set to premier next month at area churches.

January 15, 2010 | Beth Roth news@covnews.com | RELIGION


Making morale decisions

Covington resident Phillip Whidby doesn't love Christmas. Not after the death of his father on Christmas day 2002.

But as difficult as this day is for him each year, Whidby hasn't let his tragic memory remove his ability to love others during the holiday.

January 01, 2010 | By Nikita Britt news@covnews.com | RELIGION


The meaning of Christmas

Christmas time is here and recently The Georgia Arts Academy Inc.Music School warmed the hearts of 212 parents, student relatives and their guests in contrast to the frigid weather.

December 18, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Christmas is coming

It's no myth the holiday season can be stressful. The pressure to decorate. The anxiety that comes with cooking another tasty holiday meal. Buying gifts coworkers, friends, relatives and begging children will love, while, much like an alarm clock, the nagging reminder of a recession intermittently sounds off in your head. However, these are all just distractions to what Christmas is all about. People tend to forget the purpose is to celebrate the birth of Jesus. It's a time to express love and to fellowship, and churches in Covington have the right idea. Here are some with events ...

December 18, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


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