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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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Local Christian artists plan 'Night of Worship' benefit concert

Christa Rooks and Scott England have written and recorded Christian music independently for years, but the two have found more recently that they make a good vocal team.

February 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | RELIGION


Jehovah's Witnesses plan assembly

The annual Circuit Assembly for Jehovah's Witnesses living in Henry, Newton and Rockdale counties will be held Feb. 8 and 9 in the regional Assembly Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 125 Glen Road, Conyers, the first facility of this type in the state.

January 30, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Church creates 'bags of blessings' for homeless

Helping the homeless has become an important part of the mission work at Alcovy United Methodist Church, where members put together 100 bags of supplies this week to hand out in Atlanta Friday.

January 23, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Acclaimed organist to headline hymn festival

An internationally known organist and expert on improvisation will put unique spins on a series of 11 church hymns, while being accompanied by four area choirs, a bell choir, a brass quintet, a special dance performance and the voices of those attending First Presbyterian Church's upcoming hymn festival.

January 16, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | RELIGION


Springfield Baptist distributes food to needy

Church members and volunteers at Springfield Baptist Church are demonstrating their belief that it is better to give than to receive this holiday season.

December 19, 2013 | Danielle Everson | RELIGION


Alcovy UMC 'builds' canned food tree

This year, Alcovy United Methodist Church, which uses the motto "The Little Church with the Big Heart,'' decided to replace its traditional Christmas tree with one that is designed to feed the hungry.

December 12, 2013 | Staff Report | RELIGION


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


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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


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