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How do we come to Christmas?

Dr. David L. Chancey's picture

I recently heard a newscast that reported Americans are spending about $20 less per person this year than last year on Christmas gifts. Our average this year is about $680.

Then the newscaster said that 31 percent of Americans feel they are worse off economically this year than last. That same day, a news article found its way to my inbox with the headline, “Study Says Recession Catching Up to Churches.” Read More»

‘Churchless,’ Rolling Hills plans outdoor Community Christmas service Dec. 24

Rolling Hills Baptist Church will celebrate Christmas with a special “Christmas by Candlelight” event on Friday, Dec. 24 , from 6 - 6:30 p.m. at the Fayetteville Town Square.

The event will include singing Christmas carols at the Gazebo, reading the Christmas story, and singing Silent Night by candlelight. The event is open to the public. Read More»

Episcopal Church of the Nativity celebrates 20 years in Fayetteville

New members were welcomed Sunday when the Episcopal Church of the Nativity, Fayetteville, celebrated its 20th anniversary. From left in front are Nicole Philips, Diana Richburg, Gail Kirby, Ross W. Terry, Kimisha Scarborough (holding her son, Keymani, who was baptized), Kiora Nichols (Keymani’s godmother), Edward Saha and Shirley Saha. Standing in the rear are the Rev. Rita Henault, rector of the parish, and the Rt. Rev. Neil Alexander, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Photo/Special.

The Episcopal Church of the Nativity, which began its life as a congregation two decades ago in a storefront space in Fayetteville, celebrated its 20th anniversary last Sunday.

The Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, was on hand to preside at the Eucharist, preach, and administer sacraments of confirmation, and reception of new members. Both he and the Rev. Rita Henault, rector, also officiated at a baptism. Read More»

Benson presides as ‘Boy Bishop’ at Christ the King

Nicholas Bishop

At the Cathedral of Christ the King in Sharpsburg on Sunday, Dec. 12, Kyle Benson, age 17, presided over much of the Sunday service as “Nicholas Bishop,” also known as “Boy Bishop,” in an ancient European ceremony which offers a lesson in humility and recognition of the wisdom of youthful innocence. Read More»

Kids fill shoeboxes for the needy

The youth at Southside Church recently conducted a project called “Together We Can.” They collected items and filled shoeboxes for the needy kids in the local community this Christmas.

Altogether they collected 183 pairs of shoes in October, leaving them 183 boxes to fill. The kids were challenged to turn these shoeboxes into toy boxes for children. A total of 664 toys were donated and 216 shoeboxes were filled. The shoes and the toys were donated to the Real Life Center for families in the local area.

For more information on the project, call 770-631-9334.

Religion Briefs 12/22/10

St. Paul offers support group in January
Beginning in January, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Peachtree City will offer “Living Free,” a supportive community for people and families experiencing life-controlling issues. Introductory meetings begin in January on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Following the introduction, groups meet Thursday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. Details at 770-486-3545

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Making your Christmas great!

Justin Kollmeyer's picture

“Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright, ‘round yon virgin mother and child. Holy infant so tender and mild, sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace.”

Each face is aglow in the amber ring of candlelight. Each set of eyes twinkles with the flicker of the small flame. Each heart is full and warm with the message of peace on earth. Each family is brought closer to God and closer to one another as they stand together in almost perfect union. It’s one of the best moments of the year, one of the best memories of a lifetime.

It’s the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. Read More»

Rolling Hills youth minister to homeless

Rolling Hills Senior Pastor Frank Mercer and Pete Mercer offer items to an unidentified homeless man. The church’s youth group makes quarterly trips to the downtown Atlanta area distributing much-needed items to the homeless. Photo/ Taylor Trebotte.

On Dec. 5, the Youth Group from Rolling Hills Baptist Church in Fayetteville, along with several adults from the congregation, traveled to downtown Atlanta to minister to approximately 200 homeless men and women.

While there, the group witnessed to individuals, and handed out sweatshirts and toiletry bags containing deodorant, a toothbrush, toothpaste, and hand lotion.

The Rolling Hills Youth Group makes quarterly trips to Atlanta to serve the homeless; feeding and distributing much needed items such as clothing, hygiene products, and shoes. Read More»

St. Christopher’s will bless animals this Saturday

Peachtree City’s St. Christopher Hellenic Orthodox Church will host its first community-wide “Blessing of the Animals” on Saturday, Dec. 18, from 10 a.m. until noon in the church parking lot.

Father George Tsahakis will lead a short service to begin the event and be available to bless pets individually throughout the event.

Any and all animals are welcome. If it walks, swims, flies, slithers or crawls, it is welcome and will be blessed individually. All animals must be caged or on leashes. Read More»

St. Paul’s children’s program is tonight in Peachtree City

Advent Worship for this week at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Peachtree City will consist of a Children’s Christmas Program at 7 p.m. No dinner will be served this evening.

On Dec. 19, the church will host a Happy Birthday Jesus Party and Christmas Carol Singing at 9:30 a.m. during the Sunday School hour. No Bible classes will be held on this day.

On Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, the church will have a Candlelight Service at 6 p.m. The Christmas Day service will be at 10 a.m. Read More»