A Community of Prayer

In downtown Covington a young man rides his bike through an alley towards an oxlot when he suddenly collapses, flips over the handlebars and lies motionless on the ground. Per a business video, twenty minutes pass before a pedestrian (taking a route she had never previously taken) comes upon the still body and calls 911. Emergency Medical Technicians on the scene attempt resuscitation but after several minutes decide to “call it.” Members of the Covington Fire Department stringently object and continue to work. Meanwhile, a Covington police officer is driving the boy’s mother (chaplain to the Police Department), towards the hospital. All the time she screams her prayers to Him, “not my son, not today.” Then, back at the scene, a pulse.

For the next several days, weeks and months thousands of prayers would flow upward from our community. Over time, the rising St. Paul’s senior would recognize a parent, move his eyes, breathe on his own, begin to eat, sit up and eventually walk with assistance.

Named Phoenix at birth, he would rise from a motionless body on the pavement to a noticeable smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye … nothing short of a miracle.

Recently, Phoenix’s bandmates in the St. Paul’s Marching Wolves boarded a bus and made the trek across Lake Ponchartrain to Touro Hospital. Staff there had barricaded an entire block adjacent to the hospital. For forty minutes, the Marching Wolves performed in the street much to the delight of Phoenix, his family, his doctors and therapists and school alumni who just happened to work at Touro. We laughed, we cried, we hugged, we prayed and we danced in the presence of the Holy Spirit. One Alum was overheard saying to another, “Brother Ray would be proud.” Yes, he is.

The community of Covington is rich in history, music and cuisine. We are also rich in the power of prayer and in spirit. Click here for WWL-TV on Phoenix's Story.

An Update

Several days after the band's visit to Touro, Phoenix had improved enough to return home. Per his Mom, "I'm praising the Lord, he is eating normal food, doing great getting in his calories while getting nutrition and eating BY HIMSELF (which takes longer but the muscle memory is starting to crank). God is faithful. Phoenix is reading more (read all of Psalm 100 on his own), writing (some letters get scrambled but that will work itself out in time as brain realigns and rebuilds in his Makers hands) and is engaging in conversations with us more as he gains more confidence. He knows how each chess piece is used, he knows each chord on the bass and he knows how words should sound and read, so for Phoenix, it's all about transitioning that info into practice again. Although a process, he is emerging week by week. The Lord is close."

Walking the grounds of

St. Joseph Abbey with his Dad

Snuggling with his sister, Wren

September / October

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This Friday

Sunset at the Landing

City Hall, Acquistapace's,

Braswell Drugs, Downtown Drugs, St. John's Coffee, Carl's Place,

Moe's Art Supply, Black Flower Apparel, the Trailhead, the Farmer's Market, Jewel's Cigar Shop, Bogue Falaya Park, Hubie Gallagher Park and Nose Park

Blood Drive

(If You Can)

Zumba at the Food Bank

(La Vie Dansante)

First Annual Haven Fest (free)

Corner Theard and N. New Hampshire

Hola Northshore Presents

Northshore Enduring Hope


Bogue Falaya River

Clean-up (free)

Northshore Enduring Hope is a non-profit organization that provides vital resources to children in need in our community, particularly in the Foster Care Community.

The River Sweep is always a fun and productive way to spend a Saturday morning : )

Rockin' the Rails

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Onstage Season Passports

Contact Cultural Arts and Events Director Sarada Bonnett to purchase your reserved seating / annual pass for Johnny and June (Thursday, September 14th), Jeff Cryer's Tribute to Motown, the encore return of magician Mike Super and the always funny Savannah Sipping Society.

To choose from remaining available seats ($100 per year), e-mail Sarada at sbonnett@covla.com or call her at 985-789-7183.

The Republic of West Florida

September 23, 1810 - December 10, 1810

In September of 1810, residents of the western panhandle of Spanish Florida declared independence and formed their (our) own country, the Republic of West Florida. It stretched from what is today the Florida - Alabama border to the Mississippi River.

President James Madison was none too pleased about a new upstart country in the midst of the United States. From the nation's capital in Washington, he sent an e-mail to then Governor of Louisiana, William C.C. Claiborne (i.e. Claiborne Ave in New Orleans, Claiborne Hill outside of Covington, Claiborne Courthouse - built in 1818 and still standing just outside of what is today the Chimes Restaurant).

Governor Claiborne texted Colonel Leonard Covington in Natchez. Colonel Covington would lead 300 American troops to the new capital in St. Francisville. In a bloodless engagement, the fort would be taken into American hands.

Republic of West Florida Flag

The flag of the new republic, a single white star on a blue field was made by Melissa Johnson, wife of Major Isaac Johnson, commander of the Feliciana cavalry.

It is believed the flag was the basis for the Lone Star flag of Texas adopted in 1839.

Colonel Covington would eventually become a general, lead troops against the British in the War of 1812 and be mortally wounded at the Battle of Crysler's Farm in Canada. City fathers of our town of Wharton (named by our founder, John Wharton Collins) would in 1816 petition the State Legislature to change the name to Covington.

At least 12 other states have a "Covington." But, of course, we're the coolest.

Replies to this e-mail go directly to Mayor Mark.

I am in need of 1/2 a dozen gravestone sponsorships ($75 each) for unmarked graves at Wilson Cemetery (our historically Black cemetery located on Columbia Street). If you're so inclined, please e-mail me. With these, our community will have "remembered" over 50 gravesites. Thanks, MMJ

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