Church Action eNewsletter Week of November 5, 2012


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1. AMIS has more than 60 students this year who hope to experience an American Thanksgiving. Share your blessings with an international student who is far from home this holiday season. Can you fit one more chair around the table? If you are interested  in participating, fill out a secure online form

2. The Polk Street Players of St. James' Episcopal Church, Marietta, present "Winter Glory," a British comedy by Peter Coke,  Nov. 2-17. Find out about times and  tickets at  more . 

3. Atlanta actress Brenda Bynum will give a portrayal of Frances Pauley at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2461 Peachtree Rd. Atlanta, Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the "Atlanta Women Living Their Dreams" speaker series. Dessert and coffee provided. Free and open to the public. If you need more information call 404-550-4812.

4. Ann Belford Ulanov, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Religion at Union Theological Seminary,  Jungian analyst, and author of numerous books, will lecture and conduct a workshop this weekend for the Jung Society of Atlanta and the public.  The topic is “The Red Book and Our Unlived Life.” Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Rd., Atlanta, 30327. The lecture is Friday, November 9, 7:30 pm and the workshop is Saturday, November 10, 9:30 am -1:30 pm. Additional information including the fee schedule is at . Register online or at the door.

5. The Lynn Swanson Festival Singers, an ensemble of the William Baker Choral Foundation, presents The Road Home, their Fourth Season Opening Concert with works by Stephen Paulus, Pablo Casals, Rachmaninoff, Da Viadana, Vaughan Williams and Shaw Parker,  Saturday, November 10 at 7 p.m., St. Benedict's Episcopal Church, 2160 Cooper Lake Road, Smyrna. Tickets are available online or at the door. See or call 678-787-9189.

6. The Quaker way is a spiritual path for our time that is simple, radical and contemporary.  Would you like to learn more?  The Sunday afternoon series at Atlanta Friends Meeting continues with “Quakers and Equality” on Nov. 11, and “Quakers and Jesus” on Nov. 18.  Each gathering will include discussion and 30 minutes of Quaker worship. Refreshments at 1 p.m. followed by the program, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.   Friends Meetinghouse, 701 W. Howard Ave., Decatur (0.4 mi east of the East Lake MARTA station). Children welcome – childcare will be offered. For more information call 404-377-2474 or visit

7. The Renaissance Worship Service where 10th President Dr. Robert Michael Franklin ’75, Morehouse College, will deliver his final presidential message is free and open to the public. Franklin, the author of Crisis in the Village: Restoring Hope in African American Communities, speaks with hope and wisdom in a troubled time.  Sunday, November 11, 3 – 5:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, 830 Westview Drive, Atlanta. For more information, please contact Chimere Stanford at 404-215-2645.

8. An Evensong service honoring all veterans and a Vigil for Peace 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at St. Julian's, Douglasville. The choir is under the direction of George Mann. All are welcome at this beautiful service using evening hymns, canticles, and sung prayers that we don't  use on other occasions. Attending Evensong is a way of becoming familiar with the traditions of the Episcopal Church . St. Julian’s Church is at 5400 Stewart Mill Road in Douglasville.

9. TRIPLE E (Engage. Enrich. Enjoy), the senior adult group at Northside Drive Baptist Church will take at look at the History of the Cherokee Nation with Jane Lamkin, Tuesday, November 13, 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The study will look at the nation especially within Georgia with emphasis on leaders from before the Trail of Tears through the Civil War, including Sequoyah, Chief John Ross, General Stand Watie, Major Ridge, John Ridge and Elias Boudinot. TRIPLE E meets on the second Tuesday of each month, September-May. Bring a friend and $5 for a light lunch.

10. The Children’s Peace Center will hold its Annual Friends and Board Meeting, Tuesday, Nov 13; 7-9 p.m. Enjoy a light buffet of refreshments, meet the Board members and volunteers, and have some fun with stories, games, special guest speaker. This is for the whole family. Register today to attend this special night. The meeting will be held at Turner Chapel A.M.E. Church, 492 N. Marietta Parkway, Marietta. Registration . 

11. 8th Annual Thanksgiving Diversity Luncheon, American Jewish Committee Atlanta in co-sponsorship with Atlanta's Consular Corps, Wednesday, November 14, at 12 noon, featuring Claudio Leoncavallo, Consul General of Switzerland and Dean of Atlanta’s Consular Corps. Maggiano’s Buckhead, 3368 Peachtree Rd., NE, R.s.p.v. is required. Here Call 404-233-5501 for more information.

12.  The Work of Our Hands Artists’ Market will celebrate its 10th anniversary, November 15 – 18, at the Cathedral of St. Philip located at 2744 Peachtree Rd., Buckhead.   This acclaimed show features nearly 75 local and regional artists offering fine art, folk art, and crafts. This non-profit was founded in 2000 by Bishop Frank K. Allan, a passionate believer in the spiritual benefits of rediscovering one’s imagination and creative gifts, who sought to support art-oriented programs that served and encouraged people from all walks of life.  Proceeds from the show benefit the art programs at Emmaus House, which serves underprivileged individuals and families in the Peoplestown community, Holy Comforter Friendship Center , which serves people with mental and physical disabilities in Reynoldstown, and Church of the Common Ground , a “church without walls” serving the homeless in downtown Atlanta. Read more here  

13. Georgia Interfaith Power & Light invites congregation who have had a Power Wise Energy Audit  to apply for  up to $10,000 in matching grants to make the energy efficiency upgrades their congregations need.  The deadline to apply for a matching grant is November 15!  This program helps congregations make energy efficiency improvements that would otherwise be cost-prohibitive.  Find out all the details  Here  

14. Warren Memorial United Methodist Church at 181 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., where Rev. Donald Reed is Senior Pastor, presents its 138th Church Anniversary Celebration. The theme is Lighting a New Path to the Future.  Congressman David Scott, U.S. Representative, 13th District of Georgia, will speak at the November 18, 10:55 a.m. Worship Service. 

15. Everyone is invited to worship at historic Zion Episcopal Church in Talbotton, 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. The service will be led by the Rev. Jeff Jackson and organist Sam Roney of St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Hamilton. The Rev. Bill Flippin from St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Columbus will preach. The 1840s Gothic Revival chapel is in downtown Talbotton, which is northeast of Columbus. For more information contact

16. The annual Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service will be held at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, November 18, at St. Anne's Episcopal Church, 3098 Northside Parkway, Atlanta.  Dr. Gil Watson, Senior Pastor of Northside UMC will be preaching. The congregations and clergy of Ahavath Achim Synagogue, St. Anne's Episcopal, New Hope A.M.E., Northside Drive Baptist, Northside Drive United Methodist, and Trinity Presbyterian churches will join together to celebrate Thanksgiving. The community is invited.

17. Christmas Fair Trade/ Alternative Gift Sale at Druid Hills Baptist Church, Saturday December 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Enjoy Christmas music in Poncey-Highland’s historic sanctuary, food, cider, and cookies. Come find unique items to purchase for family and friends from local and worldwide vendors.  There will be opportunities to visit the Montessori School, Tumbling Classes, and Fitness training. The Selah Center will be open with Yoga instructors, Mindfulness Training, and Meditative music.  All are welcome at DHBC where they say, “We do Baptist differently!”

18. If your congregation needs training on the new mandatory reporting laws for those who work with children training is available from Interfaith Children’s Movement at the Methodist Children’s Home in Decatur on Nov,. 19 and Nov. 20. See more here  .

 19. Did you read the James Wood piece on the birthday of The Book of Common Prayer from The New Yorker ? 

Interfaith Thanksgiving 

Presbyterian Peacemaking Potluck Nov. 10 Mental Health first Aid Training  Healthy Moms Project MHA   Heaven Bound  Dr. Tanner lecture at All Saints' 


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