The Newnan Times-Herald


Religion Briefs

  • By Winston Skinner
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  • Aug. 30, 2018 - 6:49 PM

Grace Baptist Church, 1156 Hwy 16 West, is holding its annual Labor Day Weekend Barbecue again.

Hours will be Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There also will be a bake sale, according to Mike Sprayberry, pastor of the church.

Plates – $8 each – will feature a smoked chicken quarter or chopped pork barbecue.

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The Blessing of the Backpacks will be held Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Roscoe Road.

The blessing is an affirmation of students as an important part of the church community.  Peter Wallace will be guest celebrant and preacher at the service.

Wallace was ordained in the Diocese of Atlanta in 2014 while serving as a deacon at St. Paul's. He remained at St. Paul’s, serving as assisting priest until March 2016.

Wallace is executive producer and host of the national ecumenical Day1 radio and internet ministry. He also is the author of several books.

He lives in Atlanta with his spouse, Daniel. 

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Dr. Arica Rene'e Arnold-Johnson will speak Sunday at for Women’s Day at Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church on Lovelace Street.

Arnold-Johnson heads an education transformation and tutorial service. She is a four-year pancreatic cancer survivor, a wife and the mother of four – biomedical scientist Dr. Erica Johnson, NFL "All Pro" former player Calvin "Megatron" Johnson Jr., surgeon Dr. Wali' Johnson and college student Elan Johnson.

Women’s Day will start Sunday at 11 a.m. The theme is “Godly Women Running the Race in the 21st Century.”

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Mt. Gilead United Methodist Church, 2202 Bohannon Road, Grantville will celebrate homecoming on Sunday.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Rodney Dexter Grier, pastor of the church, will bring the morning message, and Johnny Strickland, pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Hogansville, will preach in the afternoon.

Eleanor Grier, the pastor’s wife, said dinner will be served following the afternoon service.

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A Pastor’s Appreciation Service honoring Gary Johnson and his wife, Dorothy Johnson, will be held Sunday at Smith Chapel United Methodist Church.

The service will start at 2:30 p.m. Julian Warner, pastor of Roe Chapel United Methodist Church in West Point, will bring the message.

“There will be other guest churches on the program,” said Smith Chapel member Louise Moore. “Dinner will be served.”

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“Stepping Out to Serve” will be the theme for Western Baptist Association’s Woman’s Missionary Union’s Women’s Celebration.

The event will be Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Heatherwood Baptist Church. Beth Ann Williams, Georgia Woman’s Missionary Union executive director-treasurer, will speak.

Music, skits, prayer and lunch will be part of the program. An offering will be received for the Esther Fund, which is used for Georgia WMU ministries.

Reservations are required by Sept. 4, and the cost is $8 per person. To register contact Ann Watts at or 770-304-1958 or Cynthia Wilson at or 770-253-2118.

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The Rite for the Christian Initiation of Adults will be held at St. George Catholic Church, 771 Roscoe Road.

Anyone wanting to know more about the Catholic Church or wants to join can participate. 
The RCIA program will hold an introduction for all who are interested on Sept. 9 at 9:30 a.m. at Henderson Hall.

There are no prerequisites or expected commitments to attend. For information, call 770-251-5353. 

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Unity Baptist Church, 311 Smokey Road, will hold its homecoming service on Sept. 9 at 10:45 a.m.

“All previous members and non-members along with family and friends, are invited to ‘come home’ to Unity for this special occasion,” said Unity members Karen Cox. 

Andy Brown, a Newnan native and a past member of Unity, will preach the homecoming message.

Jeff Higgins, former worship leader at Unity, will be in charge of the music.

“This will be the perfect day to spend time in God’s House to renew your relationship with the Lord,” Cox said.

A covered dish meal will follow the service.
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Exploring the Way, a Bible Study designed to help people understand and deepen their 
experience of God, will begin Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. at Hopewell United Methodist Church,  351 Jenkins Road, Tyrone.

Pastor Jenny Anderson will be leading the sessions. The cost of the study guide is $12.

People may sign up for this seven-week study by calling 770-306-7537.

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The Coweta County Family Connection General Collaborative Meeting was held recently at Heatherwood Baptist Church.

The meeting took place Aug. 21. In addition to discussing various projects in the community, the event included lunch.