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A church of the community

Today, Good Hope Baptist Church is honoring Pastor E.J. Tomlinson and his dedication to the ministry for over 32 years. Coming into the ministry at the tender age of 25, Tomlinson says he was a young boy who has grown with this ministry. His long time wife of 28 years, Stephanie, and their dear son, Cornelius, have stood by Pastor Tomlinson as he has watched the face of his congregation transform over the years. Tomlinson has been noted as the 3rd longest person to pastor over a single congregation in Newton County.

November 15, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Changing lives: Grace United Methodist Church

Newly appointed Pastor George Lanier shares the rich history of Grace United Methodist Church. Grace Methodist has been a part of the Covington community for more than 150 years. A predominately African American church Grace United Methodist knows what it takes to survive in the 21st century church.

November 01, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Connexion Church is on the move

New on the scene and ready to impact the community of Newton County, Connexion Church is here to stay. Under the leadership of Pastor Andrew Covington, this progressive ministry is proud to announce that they are under a new roof. Kicking off its first service Nov. 9, Connexion church is building a legacy.

October 25, 2014 | | RELIGION


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


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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


Churches come together to donate to homeless shelter

Members of several Covington churches came together during the annual Holy Week services and donated to the Rainbow Covenant Ministries Homeless Shelter.

May 08, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


The lessons of motherhood

Covington author and speaker Jamila Harris knows the reality of balancing a jam-packed life as a wife and mother of four children ranging from 8 years to 6 months old while working from home. She postponed her dream of being a published author until after the birth of her fourth child. In her 2008 publication, "Determining Your Journey," she uses biblical values with personal, uplifting testimonies to show readers how to experience triumph, happiness and fulfillment every day.

May 08, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Generation Change

The youth at Red Oak United Methodist Church are studying Dave Ramsey's, "Generation Change" to discover how money works, how God views money and how to grow into responsible young adults. The media-driven youth Bible study is designed to be both entertaining and informative and targets ages 13-18.

May 01, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


First Presbyterian celebrates payment of sanctuary with mortgage burning ceremony

On March 22, the First Presbyterian Church of Covington, celebrated its mortgage burning. The mortgage was incurred in 1995 when the church built a new sanctuary and educational facilities. Since then it has continued to renovate its other buildings and grounds. The Presbytery of Great Atlanta, consisting of 109 Presbyterian churches, called it the most successful building campaign in its history, considering the size of the church and the congregation.

April 22, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


A calling to ministry

In February, Zion Baptist Church welcomed their new senior pastor, the Rev. Michael Galdamez, a native of Kansas City, Mo. Ordained in 2001, Galdamez brings experience in a number of different ministries - Christian schools, missions, evangelism, work with internationals, men's Bible studies and men's ministries.

As Galdamez prepares for this Sunday's service, a remembrance of the third day after Jesus Christ's crucifixion, he encourages the community to understand what Easter means to God.

April 10, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


40 days of random acts of kindness

Imagine the surprise of picking up food in the drive-thru or learning that the person ahead of you in the grocery line has picked up the tab or paid toward your bill. No strings attached, Grove Pointe Church members began a 40-day campaign on March 1 to do numerous random acts of kindness throughout the community. Based on Rick Warren's 40 days of community from Saddleback Church, Grove Pointe will hold a celebration April 19 to share many of the stories and testimonies of this effort.

March 27, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


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