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Gracious God, so much as been bestowed upon us. We lack for little and yet yearn for so much. Continue to teach us to appreciate what has come to us as blessing and gift. Keep on urging and challenging us to share what we have. Help us to give generously and freely of our bounty. Amen
We expect a great turnout for our breakfast dialogue, Civility and Community: Toward Higher Ground with the Rev. Joanna Adams, Imam Plemon El-Amin, the Rev. Joseph Roberts, and Rabbi Alvin Sugarman. The panel will be moderated by Ted Hall and filmed for television broadcast. Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 8 - 10 a.m., hosted by First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta and the Rev. George Wirth, 1328 Peachtree St., NE , Atlanta 30309. Come explore how faith leaders can be part of bringing Atlanta together in a challenging time. R.s.v.p. to firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-201-6448 by November 26.
1. This is Bible Week and in celebration Oxford Journals is temporary offering free access to a collection of articles about the Bible and biblical studies. Have a look here
2. YEA, Youth Ensemble of Atlanta, celebrates 22 years with The Colors of Love, Saturday, December 3 through Saturday December 8, The Salvation Army, Ray and Joan Kroc Center, 967 Dewey Street SW, Atlanta 30310--just 5 minutes from downtown. General Admission Tickets $20.00 Adults / $10.00 Students / $10.00 Group rate for Students 10 or more. For more information on dates and times email email@example.com or call 404-652-0515
3. A reminder that the correct date for the meeting of the Coalition for Homeless People with a Mental Illness, First Presbyterian, Atlanta, is November 28, 3:30 p.m. This important meeting will be concerned with shelter for single men and women and the consequences when Peachtree-Pine shelter closes. Complete information about the meeting is here.
4. The music ministry of First Presbyterian Church Atlanta hosts the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra and the Georgia Tech Chamber Choir in the complete Messiah with world-class soloists and baroque instrumentalists from across the nation, this Friday, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m., Tickets at www.atlantabaroque.org the church is located at 1328 Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta.
5. Save the date, December 1, 4 p.m., for Southern Folk Advent, Old Church, Oxford, with Brooks Holifield, the Sonny Houston Bluegrass Band, Steven Darsey and the Meridian Chorale, and Fred Craddock. More next week.
6. Come to First Congregational Church for 2012 Holiday Jazz Vespers, 2 nights Dec 7 and 8. $25, First Congregational Church, UCC, 105 Courtland St NE, Atlanta 30303. Call 404-659-6255 or order your tickets for this always wonderful event here .
7. John Westerhoff, Atlanta-based Episcopal priest and author of 35 books offers an Advent sermon, December 9, on Day 1. Westerhoff is the author or co-author of 35 books. His classic work “Will Our Children Have Faith?” was reissued this year in an updated and expanded edition. Westerhoff says. “As a state of mind, Advent is not intended to be preparation for Christmas, the first coming of the Christ child. It is rather a season in which we make present again that miraculous event as we prepare for Christ’s second coming, his return to complete what he began long ago.” The program includes interviews with Westerhoff conducted by Wallace, who is also executive producer. For more information, call toll free 888-411-Day-1 or check the program’s website, http://day1.org.
8. The Light of Hope Church of Inclusion is urging everyone to be apart of their Annual Care Givers Day Service, Dec. 9, 3 p.m., 6615 Tribble Street, Lithonia 30058. Send names of care givers you would like to see recognized on this day by November 28. Choirs, praise teams, and children’s groups are welcome to put a smile on faces and hearts of people who take care of people that cannot take care of themselves! E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 678-358-1180.
9. St. Mary’s Sewanee Advent Quiet Day, December 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. In the Christian calendar, Advent is the season that calls us to the practice of watching and waiting as a way to prepare to receive the not-yet-seen gifts of God. Through brief meditations, silence and common prayer, this Advent Quiet Day will give us ways to explore waiting as a vital, engaged, and active stance we take in the life of faith. Advent Quiet Day is offered free of charge to all as part of the Ayres Center for Spiritual Development's celebration of 25 years of providing spiritual hospitality. Lunch is included. Please register at email@example.com or by calling (931) 598-5342.
10. Clergy Well-Being, Balancing Your Ministry, Renewing Your Life, coming January 22-24, 2013, at Simpsonwood Conference and Retreat Center, Norcross. Find out about this conference from Alban here.
Ethel Ware Carter
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