Lenten services continue in Newnan, Moreland

by W. Winston Skinner

The community Lenten services — a long Coweta County tradition — will continue until Holy Week.

Services are held each Wednesday during Lent at a different church. A pastor from another church brings a short message. Then lunch — available for $5 — will be served.

The first service was held yesterday, Ash Wednesday, at First Baptist Church of Newnan. Dr. Harry Barrow, pastor of Newnan Presbyterian Church, brought the message.

On the schedule for the rest of Lent are:

• March 12, St. George Catholic Church. Dr. Jimmy Patterson, pastor of First Baptist Church of Newnan.

• March 19, Central Baptist Church. Allan Sandlin, rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

• March 26, St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Henry Atem, pastor of St. George Catholic Church.

• April 2, Newnan Presbyterian Church. Stuart Greene, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Newnan.

• April 9, First United Methodist Church. Rick Price, pastor of Cornerstone United Methodist Church.

• April 16, Cornerstone United Methodist Church. Dr. Joel Richardson, pastor of Central Baptist Church.

An offering is being received at each Lenten service — with the funds going “for a Habitat for Humanity building project,” Patterson said at Wednesday’s service at First Baptist.

Ecumenical services are also being held in Moreland this year. The services are being held in the fellowship hall at Moreland United Methodist Church with participation from several area congregations.

The Moreland services will be held Tuesdays at noon. Emily Wilbert, an organizer of the services, said a free soup lunch will be served after each service.

Speakers for the services in Moreland will be:

• March 11, George Collins, First Baptist Church, Moreland.

• March 18, Pat Latta, pastor, East Newnan Baptist Church.

• March 25, Wayne Sutton, pastor, Luthersville United Methodist Church.

• April 1, Tom Shoger, pastor, White Oak Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.

• April 8, Jimmy Evans, pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church.

• April 15, Dr. David Brackman, pastor, Moreland United Methodist Church.

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