The Newnan Times-Herald


Religion Briefs

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Dec. 23, 2016 - 10:08 PM

Smith Chapel United Methodist Church on Welcome-to-Arnco Road will hold an early Christmas service tomorrow.

The service will be at 8 a.m. Area residents are invited “to come out early and enjoy Jesus with us,” said church member Louise Moore. “Our doors are open.”

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Shiloh Church helped out with a Family Patterns Matter event on Dec. 17.

Family Patterns Matter held a Christmas brunch for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren at the Asa Powell Center off of Temple Avenue. “A delicious brunch was served by members of Shiloh Church,” said Linda Kirkpatrick, executive director of Family Patterns Matter.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” was read by Cameron Lindsey, who attends Arnall Middle School. “Santa visited and listened to our children’s Christmas wishes, and each one received a Christmas stocking filled with delightful items,” Kirkpatrick said.

“Our grandparents each received a gift for the wonderful dedication they have in becoming the parent again to their precious grandchildren,” Kirkpatrick said.

For information on how to become involved with Family Patterns Matter, contact Gloria Sanford at or Linda Kirkpatrick at – or visit
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Tickets are on sale now for the Men's Steak Dinner at Woolsey Baptist Church, 115 Hampton Road, Fayetteville.
A steak dinner for all men and youth will be held Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. at the church. “Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the church or by calling the church office at 770-461-9618,” said Patti Phillips, who helps with publicity for the church.
Major (Ret.) Jeff Struecker, U.S. Army Ranger, will be speaking. He holds a Ph.D. from Southeastern Seminary and an undergraduate degree from Troy State University. His combat experience included the Panama Invasion, Operation Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan. 

A movie was made about Black Hawk Down, in which he was involved.

Struecker is married and is the father of five children. Currently, he pastors a church in Columbus.