The Newnan Times-Herald


Religion Briefs

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Apr. 28, 2017 - 7:01 AM

Minister Daryle Smith will be the speaker for the Youth Explosion at Faith International Christian Center, 1294 Highway 34 West, on Saturday.

The free event will start at 5 p.m. Food and giveaways are planned.

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Macedonia Baptist Church will be hosting a Dinner and Concert Evening on Saturday.

“The community is invited to enjoy a light dinner, which will be served in the fellowship hall at 6 p.m.,” said church member Peggy Holloway. The concert will follow at 7 p.m. in the church’s historic sanctuary.  

“The dinner is complimentary, and the concert will feature gospel trio Highland Park,” Holloway said.

Highland Park is a newly formed gospel group from Tennessee, touring for the first time in 2017.  Howard Stewart and Philip Hare play keyboards, and Phil Cross plays bass guitar.

Their debut single, “Gonna Get Baptized,” has already been released to radio and is making its way up the charts. “It is quickly becoming a fan favorite and was chosen as a hit pick by several DJs,” Holloway said.

“With this new chapter, we are not worried about any certain style of music, or labels,” Hare said.  “We just want to do great music that we feel reflects our musical influences and presents the gospel.”  

The community is invited to attend the dinner and concert, or just the concert. “A love offering will be received following the concert,” Holloway said.

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Family and Friends Day will be held at Providence Baptist Church, Summers-McKoy Road, on Sunday at 10 a.m.

Theme for the service will be “Home at Providence.” This year’s service “will be held in honor of the late Emerson and Limmie Wood and family,” according to church member Doris Powell.

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Palmetto Baptist Church will host a Singspiration service on Sunday from 6-7 p.m.

The service will remember and honor the church’s longtime music worship leader, Chris Gould, who died on March 27. Gould and his family came to Palmetto in 1987.

He already had ties to Newnan. He served as youth minister and minister of music at Unity Baptist Church in the 1970s when the late Kenneth Shaw was pastor there.

Under Gould’s leadership at Palmetto, the church went on 30 yearly mission trips all over the United States. He led children, youth and adult choirs, as well as instrumental ensembles, handbell choirs and vocal ensembles.

“Chris was a member of the Sons of Jubal, a group of Baptist musicians who present concerts all over the state,” Mike Exner, interim worship leader, said. “He also played trombone in the Jubal Brass.”

The Sunday concert will feature a trombone ensemble led by Paul Aday of the Jubal Brass, musical selections by Newnan Christian musician L.C. Lane and solos and ensembles from the Palmetto congregation. A love offering will be taken to benefit Chris’ family.

“We invite everyone in the community to fill the worship center for this evening of music,” Exner said. Palmetto Baptist is located at 6344 North Highway 29, just south of Palmetto.

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Ben Marchman, a member at St. Paul Episcopal Church, was guest preacher at both services there on April 23.

Marchman graduated from Brevard College in 2007 with a bachelor of arts degree in wilderness leadership and experiential education, and a minor in environmental studies. He is currently pursuing a masters of science in environmental education from Montreat College, and is soon to graduate.

Since his undergrad years in 2007, he has had many different careers and experiences, such as: a wilderness therapy trip guide out west for teens with histories of drug abuse and violence; a middle school and high school science teacher; and a lead certified naturalist for multiple environmental education centers in North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia.

Marchman also has been an on-island coordinator and naturalist for the Ossabaw Island Foundation, a licensed consultant and arborist/plant technician for Arborguard Tree Specialists and a part-time licensed wildlife rehabilitator. He also has performed environmental assessments as a habitat mitigation and restoration biologist work for the Nature Conservancy and worked in South Africa and Tanzania rehabilitating wild lions and other large mammals while also studying climate change trends/impacts related to large mammal migration routes.

He is currently the environmental education coordinator for The Heritage School.

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Frank Broome has announced his retirement as executive coordinator of Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia.

In a March 27 announcement, Broome released a letter he had submitted to CBF’s executive committee. On Sept. 1, Broome will have completed 20 years in the coordinator post.

“It is time for the season of my role as the CBF/GA executive coordinator to come to a close and a new season to begin,” he wrote. Broome is retiring at the end of 2017.

Broome and his wife, Susan, will continue to live in Newnan. Susan Gardner Broome was for many years affiliated with the Mercer University libraries. She is the niece of the late Margaret Fargason Askew of Newnan.