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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


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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Live Nativity rescheduled

Because of last Sunday's dismal weather, East Newton Baptist Church has rescheduled its live Nativity drama, "Bethlehem,'' for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20

December 12, 2013 | Staff Report | RELIGION


New Life moves to historic building

A small congregation has moved into the former building of the historic Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Covington, and invites the community to its first worship service this Sunday.

December 05, 2013 | Danielle Everson | RELIGION


Live Nativity at East Newton Baptist

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.''

November 30, 2013 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Community calendar

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November 28, 2013 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Celebrating the Festival of Lights

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.

November 28, 2013 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Gospel singer coming to Mall at Stonecrest

Grammy-nominated gospel artist Marvin Sapp will appear at the Mall at Stonecrest in Lithonia at 7 p.m. Saturday in celebration of his new holiday album, "Christmas Card."

November 14, 2013 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Historic church moves location

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.

November 07, 2013 | Danielle Everson | RELIGION


Summit focuses on teen domestic violence

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.

October 31, 2013 | Kysa Daniels The News | RELIGION


Gospel sounds support CLC

A Southern gospel music concert is coming to Newton County to help raise money for a new school program that will teach the gospel.

October 24, 2013 | Staff Report | RELIGION


‘Change the World Day’ at First UMC

"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.

October 17, 2013 | Danielle Everson | RELIGION


Springfield Missionary Baptist Anniv.

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.

October 03, 2013 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Mother Board Anniversary

11 a.m.; Good Hope Baptist Church, 1142 Ga. Highway 162; the Rev. E. J. Tomlinson Pastor; public welcome, Grace Weaver 770-385-4961.

October 03, 2013 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Salem United Methodist Church BBQ

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 sugarbabyspice2012@gmail.com.

October 03, 2013 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Health Fair and Fall Festival

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.; monastery@trappist.net or Brother Callistus at 678-964-2237.

October 03, 2013 | Staff Report | RELIGION


1st UMC to host annual Steeple Chase

Covington First United Methodist Church will hold its fourth annual Steeple Chase benefit walk/run Oct. 26.

October 03, 2013 | Staff Report | RELIGION


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