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Pancake Day(?)

Most people may see pancakes as a delicious flat cake that we devour with some syrup, but did you know that it has some religious significance to it? Shrove Tuesday, or known as Pancake Day, uses pancakes to celebrate the last day of Carnival, Mardi Gras and preceding Lent. Pancakes are usually associated with Shrove Tuesday because it was a way for people to give up certain foods like eggs, milk, flour and sugar for Lent.

January 24, 2015 | Javon Dickerson | RELIGION


Kwanzaa: Honoring community

It was during the peak of the civil rights movement that the cultural holiday of Kwanza was born. Unlike other similar holidays such as Hanukah and Christmas, Kwanzaa is not based upon religious association. This holiday was created to celebrate the life and the heritage of African culture seen in African and Pan African communities around the world.

December 20, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Celebrating the Festival of Lights

The Jewish celebration of Hanukah is often associated with the Christian holiday of Christmas, but that association has little to do with the significance of each holiday and more to do with the timing. Each is celebrated at the end of the year when the holiday season has hit full swing. But much like the story of Christmas, the story of Hanukah is a rich one.

December 20, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION


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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


‘I want to breathe on my own’

What is the one thing you wish you could do more than anything else? Thirty nine year- old, single mom Tawana Bradley simply answers: "I want to breathe on my own"

May 29, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Steeped in history

The late Eva A. Mask, remembered by many as a historian and teacher, took on a project in 1945 of researching the history of the North Covington United Methodist Church. Dating back to 1876, the history was read as part of their first homecoming day. The documents were last updated by Mask in 1981.

On June 7, the community is invited to attend homecoming as church members pay honor to the church and its rich heritage, remember the past, renew relationships and establish goals for the future. After the service, dinner will be served in the fellowship hall - a contrast ...

May 22, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


'For I was hungry'

Shirley Smith describes herself as a missionary and says she is on a journey - one that has kept her based in Covington while she ministers to others through song and prison ministry and as chief executive officer of Repairers of the Breach.

May 14, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Parson to Person: Spirituality without truth

Ours is a strange world, indeed. It seems that we live in a time when many people are looking for spirituality, but they want spirituality without truth. More and more, I am reading that people want devotion devoid of any doctrine. I even hear ministers today declaring that doctrine only leads to division and that we should seek a form of spirituality that is all-inclusive and leave doctrine behind.

May 14, 2009 | Dr. John Pearrell | RELIGION


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