Church Action eNewsletter Week of November 17, 2014

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

   Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta 

Weekly Church Action eNewsletter

Week of November 17, 2014


1. Thích Nhất Hạnh, Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet, and peace activist, is very ill. His beautiful Litany for Peace has been surfacing in social media; it is found in several Christian prayer books. Read it here

2. Tomorrow, the House Foreign Affairs Committee will vote on legislation that would dramatically reduce world hunger. Bread for the World invites those in Georgia who share their concern for global hunger to urge Rep. John Lewis and Sen. Saxby Chambliss and Sen. Johnny Isakson to sign on as cosponsors of the Global Food Security Act. Here's how.

3. God Spoke the Earth: Stories of Genesis in Prints and Drawings will be open through December 7 at the Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, 571 S. Kilgo Cir., Atlanta. This exhibition explores the stories of Genesis from the first days of creation through the fall of man and more, and includes Albrecht Dürer’s famed 1504 engraving, Adam and Eve. Entry to the exhibit is included in the price of museum admission. Read more>>

4. Alert your congregation that Affordable Care Act Enrollment Centers are open at local churches, Saturdays, Nov. 15, 2014-Feb. 2, 2015, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Zion Hill Baptist Church, 6175 Campbellton Road, S.W., Atlanta 30331; Vision for Souls Church, 6519 Factory Shoals Road, Mableton 30126.

5. As the great dome of Florence's Cathedral was nearing completion in the 1430s, many important art commissions were awarded to fill the vast interior. One was Luca della Robbia's beautiful organ loft, the Cantoria, or singing gallery. Three marble panels from this Renaissance masterpiece are at the High Museum of Art, in the U.S. for the first time.  Musical offerings accompany your museum experience on the weekends. Uncommon Practice, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 22 at 3 p.m., and Galloway School Chorus, Nov. 23 at 3 p.m., will perform  this weekend.  Read more>>

6. Whitefoord Family Medical Clinic and the Health & Wellness Ministry of Shy Temple CME Church offer free Affordable Healthcare enrollment assistance, Saturday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. An education seminar starts at 10:15. Shy Temple CME Church, 2012 Memorial Drive SE, Atlanta 30317.  For additional information, call Pat Yates-Rand at (706)496-1036

7. International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is Saturday, Nov. 22.   All information is at  There are several sites in Georgia. Join the Atlanta Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at the Dorothy C. Fuqua Center, 1961 North Druid Hills Road, Atlanta from 12:15-3 p.m.  There is no fee and registration is not required but helps with planning.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Arrive between 12:15-12:30 to check-in and have lunch.  The program will start at 12:45. Register.

8. The Rev. Sue Haupert-Johnson, district superintendent of the North Central District of the Florida Conference of the UMC and chair of the Candler Alumni Board, is the featured preacher Nov. 23 and Nov. 30 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program.  Her sermon for Christ the King Sunday is drawn from Ezekiel 34. “Today’s Hebrew Bible lection describes the reign of God without king imagery,” she says. “God comes as a shepherd. God’s shepherds have failed to do their job. … God takes off and joins the search. God has left the building.” “Waiting in Lag Time” is Haupert-Johnson’s sermon for Nov. 30, Advent 1. Find these sermons online or locate your local station at

9. A reminder that ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will preach at the three morning services at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer on Nov. 23. Worship services are at 8:15, 9:45, and 11:00 a.m. Redeemer is located at 731 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30308.

10. The City of Atlanta District 10 Ministerial Alliance will continue the tradition of hosting a Thanksgiving Day Worship Service. On November 27 at 9 a.m. the Welcome All Baptist Church, 755 Bolton Road, NW Atlanta 30331, and the Rev. Mack Simmons, pastor, will welcome the community to give thanks together and hear guest preacher the Rev. Douglas Demetrius Prather, pastor of the Greater Mountain Baptist Church.

11. Shop over 30 unique local artists plus all the wonderful food and fun of the farmers market at the Holiday Artist Market, November 29 and December 13. Support Small Business Saturday here with us! The market is open every Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. Cathedral Farmers Market,  2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305.

12. First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta will present “Scrooge: A Dramatic Reading of A Christmas Carol" by Atlanta favorite Tom Key on Wednesday, December 3, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door. An authentic Victorian Christmas Dinner will be served from 6:00 to 7:15, prior to the reading. The cost for dinner is $12. Please contact Katharine Hamer at for more information. Tickets for the presentation are available online now here.

13. An opportunity for those of you with missions and partner congregations in Africa to get a glimpse of innovative urban development projects. Southern Sahara Nigeria & Partners Presents: "What Africa Will You Build" Wednesday, Dec. 3, 6-9 p.m., M. Clary Theater at the Student Success Center, Georgia Tech, Atlanta 30332. Visit to learn more about this innovative project.  R.s.v.p.

14. Duke University Chapel Choir’s “Messiah” performances at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 5, and 2 p.m., Dec. 6, will be radio broadcast or audio live-streamed in countries on five continents through a collaboration between the chapel and Trans World Radio.Instructions for listening to the concert are available here..

15. Contemplative Prayer Weekend Retreat, December 5–7, Monastery of the Holy Spirit‎, 2625 Georgia 212, Conyers, led by Fathers Tom Francis and Gerard, and Brother Michael. Prayer. See the website for additional information and to register for the retreat. Visit Website For More Details »

16. Christmas Art Party and Market at Church of the Atonement, 6-8 p.m., Saturday, December 6.  This grand celebration of the Art Ministry at Atonement will include artwork, crafts, jewelry and more for sale, so bring your Christmas shopping list. 4945 High Point Rd, NE, Sandy Springs 30342.

17. Dr. David Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life, Mercer University, Atlanta and Macon, addressed the Reformation Project Conference the first of the month in Washington DC, Read End the Teaching of Contempt.

18. This month the Pope asked the Synod of Bishops meeting at the Vatican to reevaluate its approach to several key matters of doctrine. Hear a GPB interview with Dr. Phil Thompson of the Aquinas Center at Emory here. The Archdiocese of Atlanta plans several opportunities for discussion on the topics.

19. Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba is to “broadcast” a series of Advent reflections over the internet in the pilot program of a planned audio ministry for the Anglican Church in Southern Africa. The reflections will be available online on his blog, and through church websites, from one or two days before each Sunday in Advent. An introduction to the reflections can already be heard here.

Tips for individuals on avoiding stress during the holiday season are available on


Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.


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