When East Newton Baptist Church presents its production of "Bethlehem: A Live Nativity" Dec. 8, no one involved in the production, not the church's pastor, Tom Lee, nor the 25 cast members, nor the army of church volunteers who have worked to bring together the drama, will be the least bit surprised or upset if the youngest cast member goes a little "off script.''
The Jewish celebration of Chanukah 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 Chanukah is a rich one.
The congregation of the historic Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Covington is moving. And though the relocation is seen as a step forward for the congregation, some members are unhappy to leave the historic site behind.
Audrey Curray is glad she resisted the urge to sleep in on a recent Saturday morning. Instead, the Rockdale teenager and about 150 other area youth and adults gathered in late October at Springfield Baptist Church for a summit focused on teen domestic violence.
"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.
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.
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.