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.
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.
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.
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"Change the World Day,'' a program that offers help for those in need, supports community service projects and offers a number of free activities, will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, at Covington First United Methodist Church, 1113 Conyers St.
1 p.m. lunch, 3 p.m. anniversary service; 4606 Springfield Drive, Newborn, 141st anniversary, speaker guest pastor Harold Miller, state Rep. Pam Dickerson will present resolution to honor church.
11 a.m.; Good Hope Baptist Church, 1142 Ga. Highway 162; the Rev. E. J. Tomlinson Pastor; public welcome, Grace Weaver 770-385-4961.
11:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.; Salem United Methodist Church, 3962 Salem Road; pork, stew, slaw, chips, bread and tea $8 or stew or pork by the pound for $8; to support mission programs; 770-786-6027, Jimmy Breedlove or firstname.lastname@example.org.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Ga. Highway 212, Conyers; free, day of family-friendly festivities, health fair, petting zoo, hay rides, pony rides, arts and crafts, classic cars, vendors; health screenings begin at 11 a.m.; email@example.com or Brother Callistus at 678-964-2237.
Covington First United Methodist Church will hold its fourth annual Steeple Chase benefit walk/run Oct. 26.
Hebrews 12:1-2a (Common English Bible): "So then let's also run the race that is laid out in front of us, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us. Let's throw off any extra baggage, get rid of the sin that trips us up, and fix our eyes on Jesus, faith's pioneer and perfecter.
Just a Thought: A stump? Chop down the tree and leave a stump?
Shiloh United Methodist Church will hold a "Celebrate Jesus'' worship event from 4–8 p.m., Oct. 12 at the Almon Ball Field, 10 Almon Church Road.
Tradition and new leadership are merging together at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.
Members of a small church just over the Newton County line in Walton County are looking to keep their church home going strong with a barbecue fundraiser this weekend.
"The LORD's power overcame me, and while I was in the LORD's spirit, he led me out and set me down in the middle of a certain valley. It was full of bones. He led me through them all around, and I saw that there were a great many of them on the valley floor, and they were very dry. He asked me, "Human one, can these bones live again?"
Though her ministry is small in numbers, Pastor Grace Scott, 54, said her mission is to win souls for Christ through biblical teaching.
The Daughters of the King at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Covington, will host author and inspirational speaker Dr. Beth-Sarah Wright at 2 p.m. Aug. 25, and the event is open to the public. The church is at 4140 Clark St.
One of the newest churches on Salem Road, Connexion Church, is inviting the community to a Back to School Bash and school supply giveaway Saturday as part of the church's Grand Opening weekend.