First Presbyterian Church of Griffin, located at 1349 Macon Road, would like to invite all to their Scottish heritage worship service, The Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans.  The celebration will be held on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at the 11:00 a.m. service.  Scottish attire is encourage, but not required.  For additional information contact the Church office at 770-227-2055.
A bit of history about the KIRKING OF THE TARTANS

This Sunday all over the world many churches will observe the Kirkin’ o’ the’ Tartans, a celebration of Scottish heritage and culture. And you may ask yourself What is The Kirking of the Tartans?

  • Kirking, from the Scottish Gaelic word kirk which means church, in this usage means “blessing.”
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  • Tartans are the traditional plaid emblems of Scottish clans represented in unevenly spaced colored lines and rectangles on woven wool cloth.

The Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans service was created or “revived” during World War II byReverend Peter Marshall, perhaps best known by the biographical book and film A Man Called Peter — who was originally from southwest Scotland and at one time pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. In 1947 he served as Chaplain of the U.S. Senate. In order to encourage Scottish-Americans to sign up to fight on behalf of Great Britain, Peter Marshall recreated the Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans ceremony to try to instill pride among Scottish-Americans in their Scottish homeland. The ceremony was at that time held in Presbyterian churches of Scottish heritage across the US. Today, the celebration is not limited to Presbyterian churches, but is found in Episcopalian, Methodist, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and other denominations across the world. Now, in present day celebration, the Highlander patriotism, faithfulness, and strong independence are remembered by the displaying of tartans and public parade of the clans to the sound of the bagpipe.

While often celebrated on Reformation Sunday the last Sunday in October, Kirkin’s are also celebrated at other times of the year, as on St. Andrew’s Day — the patron saint of Scotland — on November 30, and Tartan Day on April 6. In 1954, the Kirkin‘ service was moved to the National Cathedral (Episcopal) in Washington — home of the Episcopal diocese of Washington — where it is still held to the present day.

In churches, and even at Scottish Highland Games, the Kirkin’ is celebrated by Scots — and those who would be Scots — accompanied by prayer, scripture, preaching, blessing, bagpipe, and of course, the singing of Amazing Grace.

Bill MacPetro, your friendly neighborhood historian


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It’s time to register for Spalding County Parks and Recreation’s annual Fall Kids Fishing Event Saturday October 11 th from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Wyomia Tyus Olympic Park Lake
on Cowan Road.  Registration is limited to the first 110 Pre-registration is required!
The Rules for Participation:1. Must be a Spalding County resident ages 5 to 12.
2. Child must be accompanied by an adult.
3 .Make sure you bring a good fishing pole, bait, bucket, stringer and a lawn chair.
4.  Don’t forget the bug spray and sun screen!
How to Register:
You can register online at or
 You can register in person at the Spalding County Parks and Recreation Main Office
Located at: 843 Memorial Drive, Griffin, Georgia.
First place trophies will be awarded for the biggest fish caught in two age categories.
For information please call 770-467-4750


Sheriff Wendell Beam has advised WKEU that the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office along with the Drug Enforcement Agency (D.E.A.) are sponsoring the annual Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, September 27, 2014, from 10:00 A.M. till 2:00 P.M., at Wynn’s Pharmacy, 566 South 8th Street, Griffin, Georgia. This program allows citizen’s to properly dispose of prescription medication. Citizens with prescription medication which has reached its expiration date or is no longer needed are encouraged to bring the medication to Wynn’s Pharmacy on September 27th. Please do not bring liquid medications or syringes. The abuse of prescription medication is increasing and the proper disposal of unneeded medication will help prevent any improper use. I am encouraging all citizens to bring any unneeded prescription medication to Wynn’s Pharmacy where Agents from the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations-Narcotics Division will dispose of the medication. I want to thank Drew Miller and the Staff at Wynn’s Pharmacy for their participation in this program

There will be a adult reading and writing Workshop will be held in Barnesville September 27 th 9 am until 5:30 pm and again on Saturday October 4 form 9 am until 5:30 pm.  You must attend all 14 hours of the instruction for North American Mission Board Certification.
The location will be Pine View Baptist Church 430 Collier Road in Barnesville.
The Cost is 35.00 and includes all Workshop manual, two Laubach Way to Reading books, lunches, and refreshments.
$15.00 for those who already have the Lauback Way to Reading books.
Please make checks payable to Pine View Baptist Church and note on the memo line of your check ARW Workshop.
The Contact person is Melanie Shearer 770-351-7255.
Registration deadline  is Wednesday September 17 .
For other workshops, please long on to  and click on workshops.

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Cowan Road Elementary will be hosting a community yard sale and bazaar this fall.  If you need to clean out your closets and make money, this is the sale for you!  Not only will Cowan Road Elementary have yard sale booths, they will also have Bazaar booths, crafters, artisans, food and drinks, and activities for children.  The yard sale will take place rain or shine on September 13, 2014.  We invite small business owners to come alongside our teachers and students and sell their merchandise by renting a booth.  We also invite other fundraisers to sell at our event! If you have a Girl or Boy Scout Group, Church Group, Sports Team or other organization that would like to rent a booth to sell merchandise, this is a great opportunity for you! Please contact Cowan Road Elementary at 770-229-3790 to rent a booth for your small business, yard sale items, or to sell your crafts and more! All spaces are $10. This is an event that you do not want to miss!  Cowan Road Elementary looks forward to seeing you and your families in September!  For more information, please send an email to  or  You can also pick up a flyer in the front office of Cowan Road Elementary School.  We hope to see you there!