The Newnan Times-Herald


Religion Briefs

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Mar. 18, 2017 - 3:39 AM

Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church on Smokey Road will hold Family and Friends Day today.

The service will start at 3 p.m. Family and Friends Day is an annual event at Wesley Chapel. “We will have a profound word from the Lord, choirs singing, praise dancing, food and fun,” said Henri-Jean Stewart, the church’s secretary.

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The Episcopal Annunciation for Reginald Boyce Jr. will be held Sunday at Hope Christian Center, 10 Forest Road.

The service will start at 10:30 a.m., and clergy are asked to wear civic attire. Bishop Reginald Boyce Sr. and the United Fellowship churches issued the invitation.

Hope Christian Center observed Youth Sunday on March 12. The youth chose colors for the service – black, white and red.

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Spring Revival will be held from Sunday-Wednesday at New Lebanon Baptist Church, 1674 Wagers Mill Road.

Evangelist Bucky Kennedy will lead the services. There will be Sunday services at 11 a.m. and at 6 p.m. The evening service will also include children’s activities.

Services will start at 6:30 p.m. from Monday-Wednesday.

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Miracle Way Baptist Church on Highway 85 in Senoia will hold Spring Revival starting Sunday.

The Sunday services will be at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. From Monday-Wednesday, the services will start at 7 p.m.

“Our featured evangelist will be Rev. Aaron McCollough, who is the founder and director of Fresh Fire Ministries,” church member Doris Chappell said.

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A Community Outreach Health Fair and Blood Drive will be held Sunday at Peachtree City Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 4957 Highway 34 E., Sharpsburg.

The event is held annually. Hours for the health fair will be from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. “There will be over 30 exhibitors to share helpful information related to your health. There will be free massages, free diagnostic health testing, and a free, unlimited salad bar and door prizes,” Laurie Gibson said.

“A real medical helicopter will also be on site, weather permitting,” Gibson said. The American Red Cross will conduct the blood drive.

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The Uganda Mission Team from Providence Baptist Church on Providence Church Road will hold a fundraiser at Wings & Things at Summer Grove on Thursday.

From 5-9 p.m., people can dine in or take out at the restaurant with 10 percent of the bill going to the mission team when diners mention the mission team.

On Sunday, there will be a barbecue plate sale after church. The plates, $10 each, will include barbecue,  cole slaw, chips, pickles, brunswick stew, bread and dessert.

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Dunwoody United Methodist Church and the Atlanta Boy Choir will present the U.S. premiere of Paul Mealor’s “The Farthest Shore” on Sunday.

The new oratorio for soloists, choir, brass quintet, and organ is based on Celtic legend. A stranger is cast upon an unforgiving shore during a terrible storm, and proceeds to weave a spell that entwines reality, morality and faith in the quest for ultimate personal truth.

The musical program will start at 7 p.m. with a suggested donation of $10. The venue will be the sanctuary, 1548 Mt. Vernon Rd., Atlanta.

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A group of advocacy and faith groups – as well as directly affected community members – held a press conference to respond to the anti-immigrant bills currently pending at the Georgia legislature, including HB 37, the anti-sanctuary campus legislation.  

The press conference was held March 9 in front of Central Presbyterian Church, 201 Washington St. SW, Atlanta. The event was organized in conjunction with the Immigrant and Refugee Education & Advocacy Day, an event organized by Project South and the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights and co-sponsored by more than 20 other organizations.  

As part of the event, constituents went to the Capitol to express their views about the legislation affecting immigrant and refugee community members to their representatives.

Among the participating groups were Amnesty International USA, Anti-Defamation League, Augusta's Interfaith Coalition, Compassionate Atlanta, Council of American-Islamic Relations Georgia Chapter and Jewish Voice for Peace – Atlanta Chapter.

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Heard Wesley United Methodist Church near Franklin held Family and Friends Day on March 12.

Minister Stephanie Keith brought the 11 a.m. message. At the 2 p.m. service, the speaker was Yolanda Colton. Colton is pastor of Smith Chapel United Methodist Church.

Dinner was served after the celebration.

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Following the recent threats against Jewish Community Centers and other Jewish organizations in Georgia and around the country, U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., have written to key national security leaders to request enhanced security and continued vigilance surrounding the threats.

According to the Jewish Federation, the Atlanta Jewish Academy, the Marcus Jewish Community Center in Dunwoody and a Jewish community center in Augusta have all received threats. In a letter signed by all 100 U.S. senators, Isakson and Perdue called on Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director James Comey to provide specific plans that will be taken by the administration to protect the Jewish community centers.


“We are concerned that the number of incidents is accelerating and failure to address and deter these threats will place innocent people at risk and threaten the financial viability of JCCs, many of which are institutions in their communities,” the senators wrote. “We stand ready to work with you to ensure that these centers can continue to serve their communities free from violence and intimidation.”

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First United Methodist Church of Newnan recently held its crockpot cookoff and chili competition.

More than $500 was raised for the church’s missions team. Chili winners were, first, Elaine Dalton; second, Nick Almand; and third, Carter West. The People’s Choice award went to Kevin Daniell.

Other winners were Anne Fletcher and Wayne Hall.