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Beth Sexton

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Victorious Life Church 'Messiah' drama a calling for congregation

‘Messiah’ drama a calling for Victorious Life

Victorious Life Church in Conyers will once again present an Easter drama.

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Flood forces Gateway Community Church to renovate

Flood forces Gateway Community Church to renovate

Gateway Community Church renovates after heavy flooding.

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Central Community Church hosts conference for mothers

Central Community Church hosts motherhood conference

Central Community Church hosts conference for mothers.

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Dance, drama, music, preaching on tap for Covington Black History Month program

Dance, more on tap for Black History Month program

Newton County Ministers Union presents Black History program

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Christian music concert features local Christa Rooks

Christian music concert features Christa Rooks

Night of Worship concert takes place in Social Circle theater.

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New pastor at First Baptist Covington promotes passion for Christ

New pastor at First Baptist Covington promotes passion for Christ

First Baptist Church of Covington has a new pastor.

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Award-winning family gospel group set to perform at Community Church of Praise

Award-winning family gospel group set to perform

The Shireys family gospel group will perform at Community Church of Praise in Stockbridge.

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Organists, brass quintet, choirs, dancing combine to unveil new Presbyterian hymnal

Organists, brass quintet, more combine to unveil new hymnal

First Presbyterian Church of Covington is holding a Hymn Festival to release the church’s new hymnal on Jan. 26.

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Local author pens e-book of poetry about journey to find solace through God

Local author pens e-book about journey to find solace

Local author pens e-book of poetry about journey to find solace through God

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Covington teen takes worship leader position in Newnan church

Teen takes worship leader position in Newnan church

Stephen Stanley, 17, becomes youth pastor at Newnan church.

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Covington musician uses rap to convey Gospel message

Covington musician uses rap to convey Gospel message

Big Chris the Evangelist raps with a Christian message.

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Local pastors author book aimed at nurturing spirituality of caregivers

Local pastors author book aimed at nurturing spirituality of caregivers

Local pastors author book aimed at nurturing spirituality of caregivers

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Lanny Moody devoted life to spreading joy of Christ

Lanny Moody devoted life to spreading joy of Christ

Lanny Moody’s family remembers a loving brother and charasmatic Christian.

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Church music programs offer unique ways to celebrate Christmas

Programs offer unique ways to celebrate Christmas

Local churches hold musical performances for Christmas.

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Covington couple adopts five siblings

Covington couple adopts quintet of siblings

Covington residents Bonnie and Jeremy Holmes adopt five siblings through Lutheran agency.

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Autobiography describes how God is source of strength in difficult times

Autobiography describes how God is source of strength in difficult times

Conyers woman pens Christian autobiography.

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Historic St. Paul AME Church leaving location on Stone Mountain Street in Covington

Historic St. Paul AME Church leaving location on Stone Mountain Street in Covington

St. Paul AME Church in Covington is moving from the location where congregants have met for 132 years.

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CrossRoads Baptist Church hosts Life Week revival

CrossRoads Baptist Church hosts Life Week revival

Bringing in ministers of the gospel from far and near, CrossRoads Baptist Church invites the community to its upcoming Life Week, a time of fall revival at the church located at 227 County Road 229 in Social Circle. For four days, the church will host services featuring the theme “Focus” as it seeks to help worshipers center their hearts and minds on God. Life Week is Oct. 20 to 23, with a service Sunday morning at 10:30, and services Sunday through Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

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Heritage Hills Baptist revival features pastors from area churches

Heritage Hills revival features pastors from area churches

With so many churches working together to feed the poor and help with other needs, Heritage Hills Baptist Church has taken the opportunity to expand those relationships by having a revival featuring pastors of other area churches preaching the sermons.

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Wayne Watson to perform at First Baptist Social Circle

Watson to perform at First Baptist Social Circle

Winner of a stack of Dove Awards, including a Male Vocalist of the Year Award and 23 No. 1 hit singles on the radio, Wayne Watson will bring his talents to the First Baptist Church of Social Circle for a free concert Sunday, Aug. 18, at 6 p.m.

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Georgia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performs at Monastery

The historic Monastery of the Holy Spirit will host the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for the group's first-ever concert at the monastery in Conyers on May 5.

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Prospect UMC donates handmade quilts to sheriff's department

Staff Correspondent. It takes more than needles and thread to make hundreds of quilts.

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Monroe Episcopal church invites community to Taize service

A unique worship service with roots tracing back to Europe's recovery after World War II will take place at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Monroe on Jan. 22 at 5 p.m. Known as a Taize (pronounced "tah-zay") service, this worship experience is open to all people of faith or even those without any and is noted in particular for its unstructured design.

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Silent night, holy night

Local churches prepare for Christmas Eve, Day services

Churches throughout Rockdale and Newton counties will host candlelight communion services as a time of reflection, praise and fellowship. Congregations open their doors wide this time of year to invite everyone to these Christmas Eve candlelight celebrations, which typically include a time of prayer, singing and a short message.

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Silent night, holy night

Candle flames will flicker as church-goers bow their heads Saturday night in remembrance of the Christ child born in Bethlehem.

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Live nativity scenes prepare community for Christmas

Explore the meaning of Christmas a little deeper this year by attending one of the outdoor Nativity events taking place in Newton County. Covington First United Methodist Church and East Newton Baptist Church will both offer free outdoor nativities this season.

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St. Simon's Episcopal hosts bluegrass concert benefit

Proceeds from concert to support local shelter for domestic violence victims

With Dona Bopp and The Angel Biscuits, The Skeeters and The East Dixie Boys on stage, one can be assured of a good-time bluegrass concert this weekend as St. Simon's Episcopal Church hosts a community-wide benefit for Project Renewal. The Sunday afternoon concert begins at 4 and admission

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St. Simon's Episcopal hosts bluegrass concert benefit

With Dona Bopp and The Angel Biscuits, The Skeeters and The East Dixie Boys on stage, one can be assured of a good-time bluegrass concert this weekend as St. Simon's Episcopal Church hosts a community-wide benefit for Project Renewal. The Sunday afternoon concert begins at 4 and admission is free, but a $10 donation is requested.

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Southern Folk Advent features traditional shape-note singing

Hard times, a shaky economy, political fussing and fighting -- there's nothing new under the sun, the Scripture tells us.. As in the days of old when hard-working, ordinary folk found hope and comfort in singing hymns to the Lord, present generations have the benefit of those same songs

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Atlanta Boy Choir to perform at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit

It's not heaven, but the annual Atlanta Boy Choir concert at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit might be as close as it gets with the angelic voices of 40 boys lifting to the rafters of the historic Abbey Church Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.. In addition to the

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Thirteen local churches join together for Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service

For 22 years, three churches have led the way in hosting an Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service in Rockdale County and this year that special service promises to be the largest one yet as now 13 churches will gather to sing, pray, worship and fellowship together Nov. 22.

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Atlanta Boy Choir to perform at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit

It's not heaven, but the annual Atlanta Boy Choir concert at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit might be as close as it gets with the angelic voices of 40 boys lifting to the rafters of the historic Abbey Church Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.

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Thirteen local churches join together for Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service

For 22 years, three churches have led the way in hosting an Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service in Rockdale County and this year that special service promises to be the largest one yet as now 13 churches will gather to sing, pray, worship and fellowship together Nov. 22.. The Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service

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Candler Singers kick off holiday season with Covington concert

Covington First United Methodist Church kicks off a busy holiday season with a free community-wide concert featuring the internationally renowned Candler Singers at 5 p.m. Sunday.

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Mansfield Baptist Celebrates 100th anniversary

Proctor & Gamble had just unveiled its Crisco shortening while the first transcontinental airplane flight safely landed in California from its launch in New York when at the corner of Highway 11 and 3rd Avenue, a group of believers gathered to worship God and constitute Mansfield Baptist Church.

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Mansfield Baptist Celebrates 100th anniversary

Proctor & Gamble had just unveiled its Crisco shortening while the first transcontinental airplane flight safely landed in California from its launch in New York when at the corner of Highway 11 and 3rd Avenue, a group of believers gathered to worship God and constitute Mansfield Baptist Church.. The year was

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Bald Rock Baptist celebrates 150th anniversary

The first shots at Ft. Sumter had just signaled the start of America's Civil War when, on a Georgia plantation, a group of slaves gathered under a brush arbor and prayerfully began what would become Rockdale County's first black congregation.. In November, Bald Rock Baptist Church will celebrate its 150th

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Philadelphia UMC prepares 10,000 meals for poor children in Uganda

Since its founding in 1837, Philadelphia United Methodist Church has always been a mission-minded church, but nothing has been quite as unique as the mission work the Conyers church recently did to feed hungry children in Uganda.. Taking part in the international Stop Hunger Now campaign, Philadelphia UMC members

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Bald Rock Baptist celebrates 150th anniversary

The first shots at Ft. Sumter had just signaled the start of America's Civil War when, on a Georgia plantation, a group of slaves gathered under a brush arbor and prayerfully began what would become Rockdale County's first black congregation.. In November, Bald Rock Baptist Church will celebrate its 150th

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Christian singer John Waller performs in Social Circle, Madison

National recording artist John Waller, who wrote and performed the theme song for the movie "Fireproof," will be in concert in both Social Circle and Madison in upcoming weeks and everyone is invited to come out and hear the man whose music has reached millions worldwide.. Waller will perform

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Christian singer John Waller performs in Social Circle, Madison

National recording artist John Waller, who wrote and performed the theme song for the movie "Fireproof," will be in concert in both Social Circle and Madison in upcoming weeks and everyone is invited to come out and hear the man whose music has reached millions worldwide.. Waller will perform

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Church concert offers music of mourning, Christian hope

Three directors and three choirs from three area churches will combine their talents for a free choral concert featuring "Requiem" by Gabriel Faure, as well as other choral works, and an organ duet. Presented by the combined choirs of Conyers Presbyterian Church, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd and the First Presbyterian Church of Covington, the concert is set for 2:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at First Presbyterian Church, 1169 Clark St. in Covington.

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Pumpkin patches take root at local churches

It's hard to believe that what Webster's Dictionary calls a "coarse trailing vine with gourdlike fruit" could cause such excitement this time of year, but when that first pumpkin rolls out of the truck onto the stage of the local church lawn, crowds flock to welcome it -- and they

Woodlake Baptist hosts inaugural 5K

The 2011 Woodlake Leaving A Legacy Inaugural 5K and Fun Run will be held Saturday, Oct. 8, at 8 a.m. on the church's new property located at 3940 Georgia Highway 138, Covington in the Walnut Grove community near Loganville.. Sponsored by Woodlake Baptist Church, the cross-country race and 1

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New Calvary Baptist pastor aims to network with other churches

Childhood was a tumultuous time for Kyle Berry, who grew up in a home where drinks and drugs were in charge. Married multiple times, his mother was a long-time alcoholic and drug addict, who was doing everything from "cocaine to whatever," he said.. When Berry was 18, his

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New Calvary Baptist pastor aims to network with other churches

Childhood was a tumultuous time for Kyle Berry, who grew up in a home where drinks and drugs were in charge. Married multiple times, his mother was a long-time alcoholic and drug addict, who was doing everything from "cocaine to whatever," he said.. When Berry was 18, his

Woodlake Baptist hosts inaugural 5K

The 2011 Woodlake Leaving A Legacy Inaugural 5K and Fun Run will be held Saturday, Oct. 8, at 8 a.m. on the church's new property located at 3940 Ga. Highway 138, Covington, in the Walnut Grove community near Loganville.. Sponsored by Woodlake Baptist Church, the cross-country race and 1

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Heritage Hills Baptist Church holds fall festival

Heritage Hills Baptist Church welcomes the season's crisp cool air by hosting its first community autumn celebration. The Scarecrows and Casseroles Fall Festival is set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the church located at 2987 Ga. Highway 212 in Conyers.The free event is open to the community

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Stewart Baptist craft/bake sale benefits prayer blanket ministry

The first ever Stewart Baptist Church Craft and Bake sale already has 40 vendors taking part in its community wide event coming up from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Sponsored by the Women of JOY (Jesus First, Others Second, Yourself Last) ladies' ministry in the church, the

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Stewart Baptist craft/bake sale benefits prayer blanket ministry

The first ever Stewart Baptist Church Craft and Bake sale already has 40 vendors taking part in its communitywide event coming up from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Sponsored by the Women of JOY (Jesus First, Others Second, Yourself Last) ladies' ministry in the church, the craft and bake sale features the talents of men and women from across the region.

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