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Just a thought: Following Jesus’ growth pattern

While we don't know much of the details of Jesus's young life, we do have enough information to help us form a healthy personal growth pattern for ourselves. Luke's gospel account shows a natural progression. 2:40 Jesus is called "the child" v.43 "the boy" v.48 "Son" and v.52 "Jesus." Each of these titles shows a specific growth pattern. Luke says, "the child continued to grow…" Growth is natural, the desire to grow is a part of us. The lack of desire to grow, mature and learn shows there is a problem. If an ...

May 29, 2014 | William Burnham | RELIGION


Deep roots

The roots run deep under the white church house that sits at Hub Junction.

May 29, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | RELIGION


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‘There is a lot of love in this church’

Next month will mark the 129th anniversary of Sims Chapel Baptist Church. In the early years, the brush harbor ministry was known as Series Baptist Church. The Sims family donated property on Highway 142 in Covington and the name changed to Sims Chapel. The church has survived and thrived over the years as its people gave sacrificially.

September 04, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Rocky Creek keeps on growing

Since 1874, the New Rocky Creek Baptist Church has continued to serve the Newton, Jasper, Butts and Putnam County area. Their mission is to exalt the Savior, equip the saints and evangelize the sinner. The 12-acre campus houses the original structure, an educational building and a multi-purpose building with eight classrooms, a nursery, fellowship hall and sanctuary. A family life center was dedicated in June, debt free.

August 28, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Father Randall Allen to be installed as Archdeacon

The Rev. Canon Father Randall Allen will be installed as the third Archdeacon of the Mid-South Diocese by the Rev. W. David Epps, Bishop of the Mid-South Diocese. The installation will be conducted during services at St. Andrew's Charismatic Episcopal Church in Covington, where Canon Allen serves as rector. The service will be held on Sunday, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m.

August 21, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


‘Wow’ moments

The Rev. Teresa Lilja, pastor of the Alcovy United Methodist Church, is leading her congregation into "wow moments" where they are seeing church growth, people stepping into new leadership roles and measured depth in their spiritual lives.

August 21, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Faithworks reaches generous milestone

FaithWorks, a ministry to those in need sponsored by 34 local churches, has reached a milestone in its service to Newton County, according to Bob Furnad, Chairman.

August 21, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


How to live right

Luther Hays Presbyterian Church proclaimed June 21 as "Dixon Hays Day"- a fitting tribute to the life, testimony and labor of a man who grew up in the church, is faithful in all of the worship and activities, and has served as treasurer for the past 25 years.

August 14, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


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


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