The Newnan Times-Herald


Religion Briefs

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Mar. 11, 2017 - 12:06 AM

Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Peachtree City is offering seasonal services and study groups for Lent, the weeks leading up to Easter.

“Why?” is the theme for the season, inviting reflection on basic Christian beliefs. “Why Jesus?” is the question for the week of March 12. Intern Pastor Jonathan Trapp will preach at the four weekend services: Saturday at 6 p.m.; Sunday morning at 8:30, 10:50, and 11. Discussion groups will consider the question at 9:40 a.m.

Madi Hellsten, the church’s interim high school ministry coordinator, will be the speaker on Wednesday in a Lenten worship service from 6:30-7 p.m. at the church. Small group discussion will follow from 7-7:30 p.m.

Supper is available before the service from 5:30-6:30, for a nominal cost. For the menu and reservations, call 770-487-8717.

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The 2017 Spring Forth Revival starts Wednesday at Faith International Christian Center, 1294 Highway 34 West.

Services will be Wednesday-Friday at 7:30 p.m. Bishop Ann Hardman will preach on Wednesday, and Pastor Karen Dones will bring Thursday’s message.

Apostle Tilden Colton will be the preacher for Friday’s service.

The church will also have a Youth Explosion on March 18. Mr. Versee, Robert Taylor, will be performing. The free gospel rap event will include food and giveaways and will start at 5 p.m.

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St. Patrick’s Day is March 17, and members at Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church will be spending some time thinking about a foreign country – El Salvador.

There will probably be some greenery and signs of Ireland, where St. Patrick was the first Christian missionary, at the 6 p.m. covered dish meal. After dinner, however, the church’s pastor, Michael McFarlin, will be sharing the story of his recent trip to El Salvador.

McFarlin was one of several United Methodists from the LaGrange District who traveled to El Salvador for a mission trip. The building project and the distribution of food.

“The children are just beautiful,” McFarlin said. “You can see the love in them."

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Troup Together has announced plans to address historic racial injustices.

On March 18-19, LaGrange faith leaders will join in two unprecedented memorial services for victims of lynching in Troup County’s history. In late January, city and police officials made a public apology for the LaGrange Police Department’s role in the lynching of an African-American man named Austin Callaway here in September 1940.

This was one of the few public apologies ever made in the United States for a lynching.  Researchers believe it may have been the first ever made by a local police official.

On March 18, a diverse group of local faith leaders will also directly address the lynching in a first-of-its-kind service of remembrance. Participants will acknowledge and lament the lynchings of Callaway and three other African-American men in Troup County's past.  The service will begin at 1 p.m. at Warren Temple United Methodist Church, 416 East Depot Street, LaGrange.  

Family members of the men are expected to attend. LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton will be among the speakers.

A local pastor, Louie W. Strickland, spoke out against the crimes at the time.

According to host pastor and Troup Together member Rev. Vincent Dominique, the service will also celebrate Strickland’s courage in the face of injustice. A permanent marker remembering Callaway and other victims of lynching and honoring Strickland will be unveiled outside the church at the end of the service.

At a sunrise prayer vigil on March 19, faith leaders will read the names of all known victims of racist terror lynchings in Georgia. Dominique said this act will help end the silence around lynchings in the state’s past and help communities and families heal.

“Every life is precious to God. As we read these names, we recommit ourselves to seeing all people with the same mercy and compassion,” he said. The vigil will take place at Southview Cemetery on Hamilton Road in LaGrange, beginning at 7 a.m.

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Smith Chapel United Methodist Church will be holding its fourth annual Pastoral Celebration on April 22.

Smith Chapel will honor five local clergy for their commitment and service to God, their respective congregations and the community. The celebration is a black tie/semi-formal celebration.

The event will be at the Coweta County Fairgrounds, 275 Pine Road on April 22 at 6 p.m.  “This will be a celebration of fine dining, inspirational entertainment and fellowship, as well as an opportunity to capture the evening with a pictorial memory,” said YoLanda Jones-Colton, pastor of the church.

Tickets are available for a $50 donation or $375 for a table of eight when tickets are purchased by March 19.

For information, contact Colton at 770-367-4519,  Margaret Blandenburg at 678-665-5154, Antoinette Anderson at 334-207-0611 or Christine Hughes at 770-253-0024.

Blandenburg is chair for this year’s celebration, and Anderson is co-chair.

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The United Methodist Church is offering a new program, Rethink Church, to help churches prepare for Easter.

Materials including postcards and door hangers are available for churches to use for outreach. Rethink Church offers welcoming messages, and the project is based on the UMC’s new national advertising campaign, "Our Beliefs. Their Words."

The campaign launches nationally Monday.