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From the Nominating Committee


Fellow Parishioners:


Our church has entered into a time of discernment during which we are gathering information to guide our decisions for our future at Good Shepherd as we search for a new priest.  At this point our focus has been on completing the Parish Profile that will be used in our job posting to help highlight all that is wonderful about Good Shepherd and Covington/Newton County.  It will also be a way that we can look to the future with our hopes and desires for Good Shepherd’s future.  We will be using a church wide survey to gather YOUR thoughts and opinions: The Church Assessment Tool (CAT). This tool will provide a clearer picture of who we are as a church and what directions might be important for our future. Your response is very important to us.

Please plan to take the CAT survey before March 27th.

Start survey here:


Other places to take survey:

  1. Paper copies provided as requested.

  2. Via QR code that will be located on our website, bulletin, enews, in the Narthex and in the Parish Hall.

  3. If needed, we will have computers set up in the upstairs of the Parish Hall after church on the following Sundays- March 12th, 19th and 26th.


All answers are strictly anonymous. We have no way of matching any assessment to a particular person, so please feel free to candidly share your perceptions, opinions and experiences. The assessment will take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete. Please set aside enough time to complete the survey all at one time. Our future together is dependent on your participation and honest answers.


If you have questions, please contact me at 770-367-3283 or


Many thanks and blessings as we move forward as one in the Body of Christ,


Loy Turner, Nominating Committee Chair 


Take the survey…all the cool CATs are doing it!

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COVID Health & Safety Update - March 5, 2022

GOOD NEWS! Your vestry has met and voted by e-mail on a safety update: for now face coverings are no longer required of everyone indoors at CGSE. If you are at a high risk for contracting COVID or for spreading it, we encourage you to wear a mask to protect yourself and our community. Anyone is welcome to wear a mask no matter what. Let’s take care of each other like we always have done.

Read the vestry's full set of updated safety protocols here . . . 

See you in church!


The CDC changed its mask guidelines - under which we've been operating -  on Feb. 25. It took a week to see the benefit in Newton County, but as of March 3 our county has dropped out of the "High Community Level" category, so indoor masking for all is no longer the guideline.

Read the latest updates from the Diocese of Atlanta on the Regathering Resources page

Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘ shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’
The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12:29-31


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Our sister church in Rio, St. Luke's Episcopal, often sends a fuller set prayer requests than what we're able to include on Sunday mornings (the sick, bereaved, etc.) For a full update from St. Luke's, please see the most recent communication for prayer needs.


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Resources for daily prayer, personal & family devotions, and other spiritual practices

The Episcopal Church's presence in Covington, Newton County, and the surrounding area since 1950.

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