The Newnan Times-Herald


Religion Briefs

  • By Winston Skinner
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  • Sep. 13, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Sunday is National Back to Church Sunday.

The movement that has involved more than 31,000 churches from all 50 states, over 120 denominations, and 90 countries worldwide. Now in its tenth year, Back to Church Sunday is the largest annual community-based church outreach effort in the nation.

The campaign empowers churches and church members with the tools they need to welcome their neighbors, friends and loved ones back to church, while providing an easy way for everyone in the community to find a welcoming church.

“Every year research shows that people are willing to try church if they are invited by a friend or family member, yet very few Christians ever invite others to come to church with them,” said Scott Evans, founder and CEO of Outreach, Inc., which supports the initiative. “We are excited to see so many churches, denominations and individuals joining together for the common goal of inviting people to church. People are finding it’s easy to do so with an event made especially for this purpose.”

There is no cost to participate, and churches may sign up on the roster at . People will be able to find participating churches on a new site,

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Greater Love Bible Church, 140 E. Washington St., will hold its first Family and Friend Day on Sunday.

The service will start at 10 a.m. Stafford Dudley will be preaching.

Betty Sutton said members are inviting friends and family to “help us lift up Jesus.”

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Homecoming will be observed at Sargent Baptist Church on Sunday at 11 a.m.

Dr. Brad Reynolds, vice president           of Truett McConnell University in Cleveland, will be bringing the message.  Lunch will follow the service.

Sargent Baptist will also be ordaining two new deacons on Sept. 23.  William Ellison and Ethan Rogers will be           ordained at the 6 p.m. service.

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Homecoming will be observed at Freeman Memorial United Methodist Church, 353 East Newman Road on Sunday at 11 a.m.

Russ Barr will bring the message.  Barr is a retired elder from the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist church.

He grew up in Allentown, Pa.  After serving four years as an enlisted man in the U.S. Air Force, he entered and graduated from Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania and United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

He was ordained in the Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1959.  His denomination merged with the Methodist Church  50 years go to form the United Methodist Church. 

After two East Pennsylvania Conference appointments, he returned to the U.S. Air Force as a chaplain in 1965.  He retired from the Air Force and the conference in August 1991, having completed 30 years of active duty.

He and his wife, Jacquelyn, moved to Peachtree City from his last assignment in California.  In 1995 he was appointed to Carmel Church in Meriwether County where he served for 15 years.

The Barrs have two grown daughters, Michelle and Cindy, two granddaughters and one great-grandson. Dinner will follow the service.  

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Homecoming will be celebrated Sunday at 11 a.m. at Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist, 4720 Lone Oak Rd./Highway 54, Lone Oak.

Chad Hill, a former pastor, will bring the message. Dr. Carmen Trammell Skaggs, soloist, and her son, Logan Skaggs, violinist, will present special music. An offering will be received for the church building fund.

A covered dish meal will follow at the nearby Lone Oak Community Center.

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Bethel Heard Baptist Church, 2484 Charlie B. Johnston Road, Franklin will celebrate the seventh pastoral anniversary for Anthony Melson, the church’s pastor, and his wife, Gwendolyn.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Efram Jennings, assistant pastor of  Faith Temple Church Of Deliverance of LaGrange, will preach in the morning.

Johnny Strickland will bring the afternoon message. He is the pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Corinth and Macedonia Baptist Church of Grantville.

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St. Paul CME Church, 463 Sewell Road, Lone Oak/Grantville is celebrating its 150th Church Anniversary on Sunday.

The theme for the 2:30 p.m. service will be “Rooted in Faith, Honoring Our Legacy.” Bishop Thomas L. Brown Sr., presiding prelate of the Sixth Episcopal District for the CME church, will speak.

“Dinner will be served immediately after service,” said member Beverly F. Ball, who – along with Terri Bedgood – is a co-chair for the anniversary celebration. Church members have been working to invite friends and family to “join us in this great historic celebration.”

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Elim Baptist Church on Handy Road and Providence Baptist Church on Providence Church Road are joining for revival.

Services will be held at Sunday at 6 p.m. and Monday at 7 p.m. at Elim. Services on Tuesday and Wednesday will be at 7 p.m. at Providence.

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The Sons of Jubal, Jubal Brass, Handbells and Tones will be in concert on Thursday at First Baptist Church of Newnan.

The free concert will start at 7 p.m. The concert sponsored by the Georgia Baptist Mission Board and the music ministry of First Baptist.

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Church of God of the Union Assembly will holds its sixth annual sportsman’s banquet and gun giveaway on Sept. 22.

The event will be held at the church, 3821 Highway 34 W, from 2-6 p.m. Entertainment, games, food and prizes are planned.

A $50 packet of tickets will have five changes to win. Gun prizes include a Kimber Ultra Carry, a Glock 19X, a Smith and Wesson AR .223, a Browning X-Bolt Medallion and an X-Bolt Hunter.