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Gum Creek Presbyterian Church welcomes new members

Gum Creek Presbyterian Church, a part of the Greater Atlanta Presbytery, is an Oxford community church with about 100 parishioners and a tremendous commitment to local and worldwide missions.

July 17, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | RELIGION


Burnham: Whom we worship we must serve

Whom we worship we must serve.

July 10, 2014 | | RELIGION


Fish Fry & Bake

The Church of the Good Shepherd held its Fish Fry and Bake Sale to benefit Entirely Ready Inc. June 21.

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION


A DIVERSE PARISH

St. Augustine Catholic Church, a parish of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, is a diverse and multicultural community freely living and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

July 03, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | RELIGION


5 reasons we need camp meetings now more than ever

Each summer I do something odd by most American standards: I spend one week with my extended family, we sleep in a crowded cabin with no air conditioner and we go to worship services three times per day - alongside of hundreds of others - in an open air structure with a sawdust floor. The songs we sing were written long before I was born and the sermons last much longer than 15 to 18 minutes.

June 26, 2014 | Jonathan Andersen | RELIGION


Book sale and signing at Square Perk on Friday

Covington resident and author Terri Webster is holding a signing for her latest book, "Markers for Single Moms: Finding God's Direction in the Chaos."

June 19, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Solid Rock Baptist always has something going on

Nestled in a hollow off Brown Bridge Road, Solid Rock Baptist Church has been serving the community for 25 years.

June 19, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | RELIGION


Ghanaian missionary staying in U.S. to start revival

Saul was an ordinary guy who went out to look for lost donkeys. He didn't have any expectations of being a king, nor did he set out to be king of Israel. All he wanted was to find his father's lost donkeys and go back home, but not only were the donkeys found, Saul ended up being king of Israel (1 Samuel 9:1-27; 10:1-24).

June 19, 2014 | Edmund Amartey | RELIGION


Just a thought: What will you do?

One of the greatest questions ever asked in response to hearing the Word of God… "What should we do then?" (Luke 3:10) To the believer who is already walking with God: Remember salvation is not turning over a new leaf, it is about living a new life. This affects all areas of your life - spouse, children, parents, work, giving and serving. Don't just talk about the benefits of salvation; live them. To those who are still in need of coming to Jesus - Repent! Turn from your sin and self efforts (Eph. 2:8,9) and trust in Jesus ...

June 05, 2014 | William Burnham | RELIGION


Matching your life

A growth spurt is in effect in East Newton County. A roundabout is going to be constructed at the intersection of 142 and 278. Baxter is under construction.

June 05, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | RELIGION


Living ‘Under Grace’

"Sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace" (Romans 6:14). Nearly 2000 years ago, Paul wrote that to Christians, to people he included with himself when he said, "We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life" (Romans 6:4-5).

June 05, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | RELIGION


Seeing the Bible

I had always thought of the Garden of Gethsemane as some hidden away place. My mind's eye had pictured the Palm Sunday donkey ride as rather long and stretched out. My picture of the Jordan River was more like the Mississippi River. It's not that I didn't understand what the Bible was saying. I had just attached the words of scripture to the pictures my mind developed for them over the years. But then I saw it. And the images that play in my head as I read God's Word all look a little different now.

May 29, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | RELIGION


Just a thought: Following Jesus’ growth pattern

While we don't know much of the details of Jesus's young life, we do have enough information to help us form a healthy personal growth pattern for ourselves. Luke's gospel account shows a natural progression. 2:40 Jesus is called "the child" v.43 "the boy" v.48 "Son" and v.52 "Jesus." Each of these titles shows a specific growth pattern. Luke says, "the child continued to grow…" Growth is natural, the desire to grow is a part of us. The lack of desire to grow, mature and learn shows there is a problem. If an ...

May 29, 2014 | William Burnham | RELIGION


Deep roots

The roots run deep under the white church house that sits at Hub Junction.

May 29, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | RELIGION


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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


Minn. students travel to Covington to volunteer

When you think of a college spring break, is volunteering for church work the first thing on your mind?

March 18, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | RELIGION


Bethlehem Baptist to host Christmas concert Sunday

Before he was born, Howard R. Anderson IV's mother asked God to make Anderson a talented pianist.

December 16, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Community Thanksgiving service to be held at old church

Four area churches, Allen Memorial UMC, Gum Creek Presbyterian, Oxford Baptist and Rust Chapel UMC, will participate in an interdenominational Community Thanksgiving Service at Old Church in Oxford. The service will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. Reverend Ken Wilmesherr, pastor of Gum Creek Presbyterian, will preach. A Combined Choir directed by Steve Traylor (Oxford Baptist) will sing and the Allen Memorial UMC Handbell Choir will play. A monetary offering for FaithWorks will be received. You are also asked to bring canned goods to be donated to Solid Rock Food Pantry. Please plan to attend this ...

November 18, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Traveling Angels Ministries to hold annual fashion show

The Traveling Angels Ministries will hold their 19th annual fashion show and Thanksgiving banquet Saturday, Nov. 19, from 2-5 p.m. The show and banquet will be held at Under the Stars, 672 Moore St., Oxford. For more information contact Pastor Ocie Cunningham at (404) 587-5732.

November 17, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Choral Concert at First Presbyterian Church

The First Presbyterian Church in Covington will be hosting an afternoon of music this Sunday, starting at 2:30 p.m.

October 28, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Drivers on a mission

There were barbecue plates, cars and pumpkins a plenty Saturday at Salem United Methodist Church's annual celebration.

October 22, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | RELIGION


Celebrating the fall season at Salem

October 21, 2011 | Douglas Moser | RELIGION


Worldwide Communion Sunday

Oct. 2 was Worldwide Communion Sunday, and Allen Memorial United Methodist Church joined Christians around the world by celebrating Holy Communion together. Church members were asked to bring in artifacts and clothing from other countries.

October 06, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Scharf: If you want to follow Jesus...2nd step

I want to be able to run consecutive 5-minute miles again. I want to be able to play the piano. But I realize there is a price tag for each. Is being able to beat our teens in the Cheerios Challenge in the spring worth going through workouts every day between now and then that leave me on the verge of vomit? Is being able to tickle the ivories without making them scream worth the hours and hours of practice it would take and the money for the lessons and more hours of practice? Right now, I've come to ...

October 06, 2011 | Lee Sandow | RELIGION


Richards Chapel UMC to celebrate 143 years

Richards Chapel United Methodist Church in Covington will be celebrating their 143rd church anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 2. The church also recently welcomed the first female pastor in the church's history, the Rev. Maria Church-Johnson (pictured above). The church also falls under the district of the Rev. Sharma Lewis, the first black woman district superintendent in the ADOX district and the second black woman district superintendent in the North Georgia Conference.

September 30, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Bethabara Missionary Baptist Church holds heritage ceremony

Bethabara Missionary Baptist Church in Covington held their annual Irene Banks Heritage ceremony on Sept. 11.

September 16, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Welcoming the new residents

Allen Memorial UMC welcomed new and returning students from Oxford College on Aug. 28. The students were recognized and were able to share their talents in morning worship. Three students sang in the choir, while two others played the flute and participated in the hand bell choir. The Chaplain of Oxford College, the Rev. Lyn Pace, offered the closing prayer and blessing. (Above) After the morning worship, Students from Oxford College enjoyed a covered dish luncheon in their honor.

September 02, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


The blessing of the backpacks

On Sunday, Covington First United Methodist Church will hold their annual Blessing of the Backpacks Service. Students of all ages, teachers, administrators and all school employees are invited to bring their Backpacks to worship on Sunday morning to a special service to pray for a great school year. Each person will receive a tag to attach to their backpack that says, "The church family of FUMC loves them and are praying for them."

July 29, 2011 | Staff Report | RELIGION


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