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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 15A Roni Java Staff Writer rjava@plu David A. Covington is a Soft-spoken man with an easy, frequent smile that reaches to his blue eyes and reveals flashes of artistic merriment. A local favorite on the music scene, he writes and sings jazzy folk harmonies of Christian music with blues and rock overtones with his beautiful wife Sharon as part of their successful, long-running duo Covington & Covington. The Quincy-area couple came to the American Valley in 1976. Since then, they have recorded several albums and both have taught at Feather River College. These days, David writes and counsels. With Sharon, he performs, leads worship and teaches, and they farm their homestead here in the Lost Sierra. But spend a few minutes with him and you'll quickly discover that David thinks about art all the time. And about life, truth, beauty and how to write a really great song. The poetry of the Bible often inspires him, as does life. David studied visual arts and music at UCLA and has a list of degrees after his name, including a Master of Divinity, Master of Theology and Doctorate of Ministry from the Westminster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania where he studied from 1993 to 1998. He didn't go to graduate school to become a minister, although that's a common goal for people who enroll in seminary studies. Really, he went to learn to write better songs. Sharon went as wen, to study counseling. Now, the artist has just written his first book, "A Quincy author and minister David Covington has written his first book and will sign copies at 5 p.m. Oct. 10 at Barn Owl Books downtown. Photos by Roni Java Redemptive Theology of Art: Restoring Godly Aesthetics to Doctrine and Culture," which he will autograph at a special Oct. 10 book signing at Barn Owl Books in Quincy. The book is published by Zondervan and will be used primarily as a textbook for theological courses. In it, the author talks about "seeing ourselves and our experiences of art, truth and beauty more clearly woven into God's purposes for the whole world, with even better to come." He writes about our love for mountains, rivers, sunsets and more, and he relates it to having a connection with God. People today, the author proposes, aren't so different from those in Biblical times in terms of our likes, dislikes and temperament. We all appreciate beauty. This is his first book, but Covington says he didn't start out with a specific intention to write it. Instead, it's been in the works about 40 years. His musical interests drew him to study biblical aesthetics, first at L'Abri in Switzerland and then at We stmin terTli ol0gical: Yes, that's pretty professor-ish for the average person, but for David, his faith, creativity and compassion are all tied up together. Raised in the greater Los Angeles area, music has been a large part of his life and David recalls that he always connected the wisdom of loving God with all one's heart to loving our neighbors as ourselves. So, he says, his songwriting evolved and he went to the Bible to discover the architecture and "guts" of songwriting. He had a lot of questions. Throughout it all, he and Sharon maintained active musical careers, writing, performing and touring to play contemporary Christian music at huge churches, colleges, international conferences, retreats, schools and more, all around the United States and in Russia. Ultimately, they played for at least 300,000 people from 1986 to 1992 and in the company of their children Jesse and Joy who traveled with them full time in their RV. "When we were first coming along I was With the Salt Company in Southern California and then Sharon and I toured later on our own -- there were no worship bands (not like you know of today)," David explains. "There was no contemporary Christian music industry. We were at the forefront of the Jesus Music Movement, but we didn't know it. We were just trying to reach people." And he's still trying to reach people as much as ever today. All along, Covington has looked for ways to write better, truer songs to connect with people, "So they would know Jesus Christ as he's l resented in the Bible," he says. "I was tcyi g,to.c,o nect fe, tg with knowing (because) Plans to return to native England Debra Moore partners in a solar home to 8 p.m at Nakoma. More Managing Editor development in Quincy. details will be released as They both became well they become available. known in Eastern Plumas Ryan said that there are Audrey Ellis, the and Quincy. no immediate plans to executive director of the "We have had a replace Ellis. Since this Lost Sierra Chamber of wonderful adventure, but the chamber is entering its Commerce, announced her we miss our family our slow time of the year, resignation in a letter to son, grandbabies, sister leadership will be chamber members Sept. and lifelong friends," she evaluating options. "Board 24. continued. "Ees and I have members are going to step Ellis has served as decided to return to up and fill in as needed," director of what was England. We will miss ourshe said. Jail Tew, who formerly called the many friends here in works part time at the Eastern Plumas Chamber America, and will chamber's tourist center, since 2010. remember you all with will continue in that role. "It is with heartfelt great affection." Looking forward, Ryan sadness that I now tell you PatriCia Ryan, who is said that there are plans that I am leaving," she president of the chamber's for more chamber mixers wrote. "As many of you board of directors said, and community outreach know, I came to America "Audrey has been a key events. with my husband Les, to member for the chamber follow our dream of living and she will be sorely m m in America." missed." In addition to her work A going away party is with the chamber, Audrey being planned for and her husband were Thursday, Oct. 25, from 4 Brought to you by the 51% who had the election stolen from us last time m D E M PTIVE David Covington's new book is available online and at Barn Owl Books on Main Street in Quincy. people who know Jesus are more fully themselves. That's the goal, because God's worth it." So he started wrestling in his consciousness with a big question: What is art, and how can we see with "believing" hearts? From this, came his book. David's hope for the book, which he sees as a gift, is that it will inspire more conversation. He was interviewed in Tennessee with Books-at-a-Glance where, he says, "We had a fabulous conversation!" Later, he spoke with a Detroit radio show host and, in August, was featured on the "Strength for the Journey" show on Pilgrim Radio in Carson City. His new book has a central goal: To encourage readers to ask themselves a radically different question in life how can I approach beauty and get more of it? There may be other books in his future, and he says he's curious about everyday things like why do Christians like to sing? But for now, he's enjoying his customary focus as "a church and music guy" and he and Sharon enjoy time with their families and the blessings of eight grandchildren. Above all, he expresses a sincere gratitude for where he is in life. "I'm deeply grateful to my wife, my family, my publisher, and to scads of friends who have supported me and sent me materials," Covington says. In his thoughtful way, he stops and adds, "I'm very grateful to God for the privilege of writing this book and seeing it published. And I have an enormous amount to be thankful for, not the least of which is that I get to live in PlUmas County. It's the community here it's full of terrific folks." e 66 99 "The World's Biggest Family" Sunday, Oct. 7, at6 PM Do you know Mully? Springs of Hope Christian Fellowship 59 Bell Lane, Quincy mum ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ n ~ ~ ~ ~ nmm n ~ Plumas County FREE Flu Vaccination Clinic Schedule: Plumas County Public Health Agency will not provide the nasal spray vaccination this year, Only flu shots are available, DRIVE THROUGH CLINICS All drive through clinics will be from 11:00 AM- 1:00 PM or until vaccine is gone. Flu forms can be downloaded at Greenville - Monday - October 15, 2018 Enter: Indian Valley Medical Clinic- 174 Hot Springs Road If the weather is bad, the clinic will be moved to. Greenville Town Hall Portola - Tuesday- October 16, 2018 Enter: 500 First Avenue If the weather is bad, the clinic will be moved to: Education Building Chester - Thursday- October 18, 2018 Chester Memorial Hall (inside/walk in) If there are mobility issues, a staff member wi// administer the vaccine at vehicles. Quincy - Friday - October 19, 2018 Enter: Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds- Fairgrounds Road If the weather is bad, the clinic will be inside the Tulsa-Scott Building Graeagle- Wednesday - October 24, 2018 Sponsored by Eastern Plumas Health Care Enter: Wasco Trail (Blairsden-Graeagle Road to Maricopa Trail to Wasco Trail) ff the weather is bad, the clinic will be moved inside the Graeagle Fire Department. m m m m m m m m n m m n m m m m I i