“We are looking to the next 50 years and beyond,” said the Rev. Zeta Lamberson of Covenant Presbyterian Church, which has a membership of about 200 families and is near the intersection of Piedmont and Canton roads. “This church will continue to be a strong presence in the community, opening our doors for a variety of ministries that meet needs.”
The church is marking the milestone with a two-day celebration that starts today and will include dinner, a classic car show, a “hymn-sing” and a special Sunday service that will welcome back former pastors and parishioners.
Most of the events are free, although a silent auction Saturday will go toward the church’s mission projects and a campaign to improve the church property. Lamberson said the congregation is active in a ministry that helps the homeless as well as supporting a mission that helps children attend school in Kenya.
One of the things Lamberson is looking forward to the most is the church service on Sunday, which starts at 10 a.m.
“The worship service is where we’re really celebrating how the church has nurtured one another and looking to the future as a congregation,” said Lamberson, who has been the church’s pastor for three years.
Moving ahead, Lamberson said the church is looking forward to growing its membership and offering a day camp for children when Cobb schools are on break, which will start this fall.
One of the celebration’s organizers said one is looking forward to reuniting with old friends.
Judy Squires has been attending the church since its inception, when congregants first met in the founding pastor’s home in 1964 before moving to Blackwell Elementary School to conduct its services. The church built its sanctuary in 1983.
She remembers being a 24-year-old mother of three when the church started and said there were many young families like hers in the area. While many families have moved on or simply grown older, she explained what’s kept her going to the church for so many years.
“It’s a strong community of faith and the people there are just wonderful,” Squires said. “We’re like family after all these years.”
Through the years, Squires has enjoyed the traditional Christmas Eve service the church conducts and she hopes it will pick back up a former tradition of serving children homemade ice cream the Sunday before the first day of school.
She said this weekend’s activities, which took more than a year to plan, will help in “reaffirming Covenant is still there, and with God’s help will move forward.”
The events are scheduled rain or shine. For more questions about the church or the celebration, contact 770-422-5130 or RTakacs@covepres.com.