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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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Singers to give special performance

Jessa and Jordan Anderson will perform in a free concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church of Covington,

March 24, 2011 | Special to The News | RELIGION


Merryvale ministry celebrates anniversary

Twelve years ago, Perry Kirk was approached by his pastor at First Baptist Church of Covington regarding a need for ministry at a new assisted living facility.

March 17, 2011 | By Paul Casola news@covnews.com | RELIGION


Baptists Breaking Debt

First Baptist Church of Covington wants to be debt-free.

March 11, 2011 | By Paul Casola | RELIGION


In Response: Bumper sticker ideology

I am writing in response to an article written by my friend and Christian brother, Jason Dees. I am writing because of others who have asked for my response. Jason is a very bright, energetic and faithful minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We enjoy each other's company, and our congregations long have worshipped together and engaged in ministry together in this community. When Jason speaks, I listen. Of course, I do not always agree. We come from different traditions that have disagreed over some things for centuries.

March 11, 2011 | By Billy Wade | RELIGION


Ash Wednesday

The Rev. Timothy H. Graham, Rector at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Covington, brushes the forehead of Suzanne Grace, Senior Warden, with ash. Ash Wednesday is today. It kicks off Lent in the Christian calendar. Easter is Sunday, April 24.

March 09, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | RELIGION


Capes Jackson: Go green!

The birds haven't visited my garden lately. I can't really blame them. Over the winter months, I abandoned the white fenced-in area filled with bird feeders, red double knockout roses, butterfly bushes, flowering annuals and perennials, garden art, wind chimes, fountain and my favorite bench. As I opened the gate this weekend, my eyes swept over empty clay pots, dead flowers, rose bushes void of shape and color, molded feeders and a fountain filled with murky water and algae.

March 04, 2011 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Spring Break destination: God’s work

When you think of college spring break, volunteering for church is not exactly the first thing to come to mind for most people.

February 25, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Experience the Revolution

A service for teens and young adults, Revolve Church, will have its first session at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at Hebron World Church, 7165 Turner Lake Circle in Covington.

February 11, 2011 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


Coach Richt to speak Tuesday

University of Georgia Head Football Coach Mark Richt will be speaking at Eastridge Community Church on Tuesday.

February 11, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


A quarter-century of service

These days it seems rare for a pastor to experience a long tenure at one church. A quarter-century of service is certainly an occasion worth celebrating, and one local church is marking such an achievement: First Presbyterian Church in Covington this weekend is commemorating the 25th anniversary of its pastor, the Rev. Billy Wade.

January 28, 2011 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


Oral Roberts president a father in Christ

Oral Roberts University President Dr. Mark Rutland will speak at Prospect United Methodist Church in Covington on Sunday.

January 20, 2011 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


Oak Hill Church Growing strong

Oak Hill Church of Christ on Snapping Shoals Road in Covington is on the verge of expanding its influence and experiencing a new phase in its existence.

January 14, 2011 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


Faith-based recovery group celebrates a decade

Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered recovery program for "hurts, habits, and hang-ups," marks its 10th anniversary at Eastridge Community Church at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. on Jan. 13.

January 07, 2011 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


How to help

During the hustle and busyness of the holidays, it's easy to overlook the fact that many people in the community need help.

November 26, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


The Spring Ministries

Terri Webster had a vision, a calling that tugged on her heart, to find a way to help divorced and widowed moms.

November 19, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION


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