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Prayer service for Baltimore April 29 by pastors' network

The local pastors network, the Interdenominational Movement for Pastoral Accountability, Collaboration and Training (IMPACT), formerly PACT, is calling for a Unity Prayer Service for the City of Baltimore, its leadership and its churches during their state of emergency in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. The prayer service will be tonight, Wednesday, April 29 at 7 p.m. at Springfield Baptist Church, 1877 Iris Drive.
A letter sent to pastors invited all to the prayer service and for those who could not attend to pray from their own churches.
"While many will be unable ...

April 29, 2015 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Explaining a bar and bat mitzvah

For many Christians in the western hemisphere, including Roman Catholics, the Sacrament of Confirmation is a celebration of their coming of age. In many Protestant churches, the rite of Confirmation is seen as a mature statement of a person's faith. This is why many western Christians are confirmed between the ages of 12 and 15, when they are on the cusp of adulthood and capable of fully realizing the importance of professing their faith.

March 08, 2015 | Staff Report | RELIGION


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Make Jewish cuisine part of your Passover

To cook up a traditional, juicy, slow-roasted brisket for Passover, which begins Monday, April 14, it may not be known that a staple ingredient is usually ketchup, beer or Coca Cola. Passover can be summed up as a time to tell stories and eat. To tell the story of how the Hebrew slaves left Egypt in such haste they didn't have time to put yeast in their bread, scared the Pharaoh would change his mind, letting it cook on their backs into unrisen, cracker-like matzoh. To eat in celebration and symbolism of their release from slavery and the parting ...

April 12, 2014 | Kayla Robins | RELIGION


Defending belief in Christian film 'God's Not Dead'

How far would you go to defend your faith? That's the central question in the new Christian film "God's Not Dead," debuting at 600 screens across the country this weekend, including Conyers Carmike Cinema Crossroads 16.

March 20, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Thoughts from the road

Dear readers: For the last 10 years, I have been the guy on call to be there for people when they're going through tragedy. I've tried to comfort them with God's Word as they mourn the loss of a loved one, face uncertain surgeries, and deal with pain in so many different ways.

February 27, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | RELIGION


Just A Thought: Lust can spread like wildfire

Just a Thought: LUST! I'm not a psychic, but I bet your first thought was "SEX." But, lust isn't just about sex. To lust means to have an intense desire or need. Therefore one could lust after wealth, power and prestige, to name a few.

February 20, 2014 | William Burnham | RELIGION


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


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