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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


What is Yom Kippur?

Known as the "Day of Atonement," Yom Kippur is a day when people who subscribe to the Jewish faith atone for sins between themselves and G-d of the past year. Yom Kippur is a complete Sabbath, which means no work can be performed during the holiday. Fasting is a part of Yom Kippur, and Jews are expected to observe a 25-hour fast that begins before sunset on the evening before the holiday and ends after nightfall on Yom Kippur. The Talmud, which is the collection of Jewish laws and traditions, also lists several lesser-known restrictions regarding Yom Kippur. Washing and ...

September 25, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION


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Overcoming life’s hurts

One thing the world seems unlikely to ever run out of is broken people. And as long as they exist, there will be a need for Celebrate Recovery, the Christian answer to the 12-step program.

The Christian-based addiction recovery program, created by pastors John Baker and Rick Warren of the popular Saddleback Church, uses the eight beatitudes ("Happy are the...") to help people get over life's "hurts, habits and hang-ups."

August 30, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | RELIGION


Starrsville’s first female pastor

Dr. Rev. Susan Martin Taylor has so many names and titles, I wasn't sure how to properly address her. Pastor Susan assured me that she answers to just about anything.

August 23, 2012 | Nhi Ho | RELIGION


Q&A with new Salem UMC pastor Peabody

Salem United Methodist Church welcomed a new pastor recently in the Rev. Joe Peabody, a self-labeled preacher's kid, sports junkie, lover of sailing, devoted husband and father of two.

August 16, 2012 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Salem Campmeeting to be featured online

This year's Salem Campmeeting will be featured on the Internet at AIBnet.tv from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 12 through Aug. 18. Two-hour long programs will be rotated throughout the week.

August 09, 2012 | Staff Report | RELIGION


A gathering of prayer

Community leaders and local church organizations have come together to organize a community prayer event called "Community On Our Knees" at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Aug. 11, at the Covington square.

August 09, 2012 | Elizabeth Park news@covnews.com | RELIGION


Local to perform ‘for His glory’ concert

Scarlett Temple, of Social Circle, is looking forward to sharing with others her personal testimony and calling to serve the Lord through her music ministry.

July 12, 2012 | Nhi Ho | RELIGION


Salem UMC’s team went to Philippines

During the first two weeks of June, Salem United Methodist Church's mission team went to the Philippines for a life-changing experience. Church member Carol Standard led the team of 14 people from the church including her brother from out of town.

July 12, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | RELIGION


Episcopal bishops OK gay blessing prayer

Episcopal bishops approved an official prayer service for blessing same-sex couples Monday at a national convention that also cleared the way for transgender ordination.

July 11, 2012 | RACHEL ZOLL, AP Religion Writer | RELIGION


Atlanta Bishop visits Good Shepherd

Rev. Timothy Graham, Jenna Faith Strizak and Bishop of Atlanta John Neil Alexander. The Church of the Good Shepherd welcomed the Bishop of Atlanta Saturday, June 9, for the ordination of deacon Jenna Faith Strizak of Covington. Also ordained was Gwin Hunter Hanahan from South Carolina.

June 21, 2012 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Where the church is united

Last week we began a very important conversation on when and where there needs to be unity and diversity in Christian circles. If you read the article, we outlined three levels of theological division and unity. Level one issues are those that are essential and necessary for Christianity, level two issues are those where denominations and local churches have traditionally divided, and level three issues are those where Christians can disagree, but can still join in the same church or denomination of churches. Over the next several weeks, I am going to be talking about these levels of disagreement one ...

June 14, 2012 | Jason Dees | RELIGION


Abiding Grace receives two summer volunteers

Vacations, beaches, friends and family are all the elements for a fun, relaxing, and enjoyable summer. However, two students from Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn. have chosen to dedicate their summer to support Abiding Grace Lutheran Church. Noah Willitz and Kyle Heise are both studying to become pastors. They will start their third year of college this coming fall. They are zealous for this opportunity to serve the people of the Covington area. This experience will aid in their future ministries. "I am really excited to be able to work in a growing community such as Covington, and to ...

June 07, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | RELIGION


Northminister Church opens its doors

Paul Casola, the former pastor of the Passion Community Baptist Church in Covington recently launched a new church in Conyers.

Given the horrific events Casola has endured, he could not be faulted for losing faith.

May 17, 2012 | Nhi Ho | RELIGION


Eastridge holds Saturday, Sunday services to celebrate Easter

Eastridge Community Church is holding three Easter services this year, including a Saturday service at 6 p.m. and two Sunday services at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. The church is located at 863 Ga. Highway 142, Covington.

Lead Pastor Scott Moore will explore how people should approach life with the hope promised by the resurrection of Jesus.

April 05, 2012 | Staff Report | RELIGION


First Baptist Church travels to Istanbul

Members of the First Baptist Church of Covington recently took the "Footsteps of Paul Journey" starting in Istanbul, Turkey, and ending in Athens, Greece.

The group is standing at the base of the Acropolis in Athens. Acropolis in Greek means "the sacred rock, the high city." The Acropolis echoes the grandeur and power of the Athenian empire. If you are interested in traveling, FBC is planning a 10-day Biblical Tour of the Holy Lands in February 2013.

April 05, 2012 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Local churches join in prayer

Several Newton County churches are participating in a prayer conference Friday and Saturday designed to unite the local faith community in praying for spiritual awakening.

March 23, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | RELIGION


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