The Newnan Times-Herald


Religion Briefs

  • By Winston Skinner
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  • Jul. 07, 2017 - 7:09 AM

Religion Briefs

courtesy of moon pie

Two area churches will celebrate the 100th birthday of the Moon Pie on Sunday.

Luthersville United Methodist Church will celebrate the famed snack at 9:30, and another tribute to the Moon Pie is set for 11 a.m. at Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church in Lone Oak. Each person attending either service will receive a Moon Pie Mini, and hymns and Bible readings will also follow the sweetness theme.

Resolutions from the mayors of both towns will be presented.

Luthersville Methodist is located at 13 Church St., just off Highway 27 in downtown Luthersville. Allen-Lee’s address is 4720 Lone Oak Road/Highway 54 in Lone Oak.

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C. John Thompson-Quartey, canon for ministry with the Diocese of Atlanta, spoke at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on July 2.

His areas of focus are congregational vitality, vocational discernment and seminarian support, clergy events program planning, the deacon community and campus and youth ministries. Thompson-Quartey led a presentation in the library at 9:30, discussing year-round stewardship.

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Providence Baptist Church, located on Summers-McKoy Road, celebrated the 27th Pastoral Anniversary of its pastor, Dr. Melvin D. Brittian Jr., on June 11.

Brittian and his wife, Susan, were honored at the event during the 10 a.m. service. A devotional service was led by James Powell, a deacon at Providence and Richard Smith, a guest deacon from Zion Hill Baptist Church in Newnan.

Inspirational songs were sung by Rickey Powell and the congregation, accompanied by Trey Brittian, organist, and John Williams, drummer.

Harold Arnold, the associate pastor at Providence, delivered the morning message, “Love Never Gives Up.” His text was 1 Corinthians 13:1-7.

The Brittians were also honored at the anniversary event during a 2:30 p.m. service. They were escorted into the sanctuary by James and Dorothy Lenon. The occasion, welcome, and recognition of visitors were made by Louise Gibson.

A special prayer was offered for the honorees and their family by Anthony Melson, pastor of Bethel Heard Baptist in Franklin, and inspirational songs were sung by Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church choir. Taren Brown spoke on “Our Pastor’s Heart,” and Rickey Powell’s topic was “Our Pastor and Our First Lady.”

A praise dance was performed by Metria Brittian, daughter of the honorees. She performed to a medley of songs – “The Anthem,” “Give Myself Away” and “Worth,” which was sung and accompanied by Trey Brittian, son of the honorees.

Trey Brittian made a special tribute titled “My Father – Fearless, Admirable, Trustworthy, Honest, Exceptional, Resilient.” Brittian also sang a special song titled, “Down Through the Years the Lord’s Been Good to Me.”

The featured speaker for the anniversary service was L. M. Spear, pastor of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Villa Rica. Spear was introduced by James Powell. Spear delivered the anniversary sermon titled, “Our Help,” with Psalm 121:1-8 as his text.

Since Brittian became pastor at Providence, he has guided the church with his trustworthy leadership, according to church members. Gifts and contributions were presented to the honorees.

Arnold was master of ceremonies for the afternoon anniversary service.

The Brittians have two children, Melvin Davis “Trey” Brittian III, and Metria DeAnna Brittian. Trey is the minister of music at Providence. Metria is a 2017 magna cum laude graduate of Alabama State University in Montgomery.

Dinner was served in the fellowship hall. Tonya Arnold was the chairperson for the pastoral anniversary celebration.

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A book about the friendship between first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Pauli Murray, a groundbreaking Episcopalian leader, has won the 2016 Lillian Smith Award.

Roosevelt visited Newnan in conjunction with visits to Warm Springs, the Roosevelt getaway in Meriwether County. ‎Patricia Bell-Scott‎ wrote “The Firebrand and the First Lady,” which won the Lillian Smith Award recently.

The Southern Regional Council established the award shortly after the death of writer Lillian Smith in 1966. The Lillian Smith Book Awards are sponsored by the Southern Regional Council, the University of Georgia Libraries, the DeKalb County Public Library/Georgia Center for the Book and Piedmont College.

The award ceremony will be Sept. 3 at the Decatur Book Festival.

* * * is now part of the Family – Holy Cross Family Ministries.

The popular website for Catholic parents is now part of the ministry founded by sainthood candidate Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., well-known for his famous slogan, “The family that prays together stays together.”

Holy Cross Family Ministries, with mission offices in 16 countries, will provide the support to grow globally. With more than 100 contributors, provides information, activities and daily reflections on an array of topics.

Holy Cross Family Ministries offers prayer programs, digital media, daily prayers via email, Facebook and apps to encourage family prayer.’s community will enhance HCFM’s brands, Family Rosary and Family Theater Productions, all to more fully support the spiritual needs of families.

“I look forward to having the support of Holy Cross Family Ministries to continue to expand the mission of CatholicMom around the world,” said Lisa Hendey, who founded the website. “Father Willy Raymond and his team have the experience to grow our community and explore new directions to serve today’s young families worldwide.” was started by Hendey in 2000 to create a community for Catholics parents to share insights on living their faith with their family.

“CatholicMom is a relevant and engaging site. It’s imperative that we maintain its focused mission,” Raymond said. “We’ll work closely with Lisa and the contributors as we get to know their followers and identify future opportunities to serve young families.”