The Newnan Times-Herald


Religion Briefs

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Aug. 04, 2017 - 6:19 AM

High Attendance Sunday will be this Sunday at Providence Baptist Church on Providence Church Road.

Sunday school will be at 9:45 a.m. A goal of 180 in Sunday school has been set. This Sunday will also be the time for children to be promoted to the next Sunday school class.

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First United Methodist Church of Newnan will hold Promotion Sunday on Sunday at 9:45 a.m.

All children and their families will gather in the sanctuary. Bibles will be presented to 2-year-olds and to third-graders. The Blessing of the Backpacks will also be part of the service, and children will meet their new Sunday school teachers.

The church will also hold Picnic in the Park following the 11 a.m. service. Church members will gather at Greenville Street Park for hamburgers, hotdogs, beans, chips, watermelon, dessert and drinks. Attendees should bring chairs or blankets.

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Smith Chapel United Methodist Church will be celebrating homecoming on Sunday at 11 a.m.

Gary Johnson, the church’s new pastor, will be preaching. “We will welcome Pastor Johnson and Sister Johnson and the entire Johnson family to Smith Chapel,” church member Louise Moore said.

“Dinner will be served immediately after our homecoming service,” Moore said.

Revival will follow from Monday-Wednesday at 7 p.m. Preaching will be Brandon Fletcher, pastor of John Wesley United Methodist Church, Grantville, Monday; Marlon Simpson, Burns Chapel United Methodist Church, Tuesday; and Michael Cain, pastor, Mt. Olive United Methodist Church, Wednesday.

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Valerie Whittenburger sang and shared her testimony at Providence Baptist Church at Chattahoochee Hills on July 26.

Whittenburger is going to study music and worship, along with biblical studies, at Nexus Institute of Creative Arts in Coventry, England. Nexus is a branch of the University of West London.

She is visiting family in the local area when she spoke at Providence. She will return to England to continue her studies later in August.

The concert and presentation followed Wednesday night supper at Providence.

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Georgia clergy Dr. Cynthia Hale and Dr. Raphael Warnock joined African-American clergy from across the nation to convene on Capitol Hill to call on Congress to reject the Trump administration budget proposal and the Senate health care bill.

Faith leaders addressed ways the proposed budget would negatively impact African-American families and communities, including deep cuts to education, Medicaid, civil rights departments in government agencies and community development block grants.

The African-American clergy represented national denominations, state ecumenical bodies and local congregations. Some of the clergy assembled followed their meeting with scheduled meetings with lawmakers.  

Hale is pastor of Ray of Hope Church in Decatur, and Warnock is pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta and chair of the social justice committee for the Progressive National Baptist Convention.