Church Action eNewsleter Week of November 3, 2014

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Week of November 3, 2014


Remember that all events are in the Community Calendar on our website.

1. This is Baby Love Week,  M.O.R.E. Mother’s Day, Nov. 7, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., is a  mini celebration of new motherhood, information, goodies and gifts for guests who R.s.v.p., East DeKalb Health Center, 2277 S, Stone Mountain-Lithonia Road, Atlanta 30058 R.s.v.p here.

2. Make a Joyful Noise: Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral—three marble panels from Italian sculptor Luca della Robbia’s famed organ loft created for Florence Cathedral are at the High Museum of Art, in the U.S. for the first time. Lauda Musicam of Atlanta, one of the largest musical ensembles performing early music in the United States, with roots at St. Barthomew’s Church, will perform on Nov. 7 at  7 p.m. and Nov. 8 at 3 p.m. and  Nov. 9 at 2 and 3 p.m. Instruments used in the ensemble are replicas of instruments in use during the renaissance period (ca. 1400–1600): recorder,  sackbut, cornett,crumhorn, cornamuse, lute, keyless flute, harpsicord, small harp, percussion. Read more>>

3. Members of Peachtree City Christian Church Women’s Ministry are preparing for hundreds of women in the area to attend the Women Of Faith – Survival to Revival 2014 Live Simulcast on Friday, Nov. 7, from 7-9 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the church, 500 Kedron Dr., Peachtree City. Tickets for the event are $30 and can be purchased online here or in the church office. The doors will open an hour early; box lunches $7. Visit for more.

4. The community is invited to the grand opening of the Health & Wellness Resource Center at Shy Temple CME Church on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 11:00 am. The guest speaker will be Dr. Jada Ruffin –Moore, Medical Director of Whitefoord Family Medical Center, Inc., 2012 Memorial Drive, SE, Atlanta, 30317. Rev. Leon C. Moore, Jr., is pastor and the health and wellness coordinator is Patricia Yates-Rand, Please R.s.v.p. to (706)496-1036.

5. The Lynn Swanson Festival Singers present their season opening concert of a cappella classics and spirituals on Saturday, Nov. 8, 7:00 p.m., at the Sam Jones Memorial United Methodist Church, 100 West Church Street in downtown Cartersville.  “This Shining Night” features classics by Palestrina, Standford, and Mendelssohn, modern works by Lauridsen, Tavener and Clausen, and a host of American folk hymns and spirituals. Tickets are $15 adults; $10 students & +65; under 12 free.  At the door or online

6. Hear the Rev. Beth Sanders, senior pastor of Second Avenue United Methodist Church in Rome, Ga., on Day1 Sunday, Nov. 9, Rev. Sanders served as senior pastor of First UMC of College Park for six years and before that was an associate pastor of Peachtree Road UMC.  Her sermon “Soul-Filling Community of Faith” is based on Matthew 25:1-3. Find your station at  

7. Representatives from Compassionate Atlanta will lead a discussion on Karen Armstrong and the Charter for Compassion on Sunday, Nov. 9, 11 a.m., First Existentialist Congregation, 470 Candler Park Drive, NE, Atlanta 30307. Free and open to the public.

8. Dr. Toussaint K. Hill, pastor, and the congregation of West Hunter Street Baptist Church, 1040 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd. SW, Atlanta 30310, invite the community to the Annual Fall Revival, Nov. 10, 11, and 12, 7 p.m. each night.  Monday the Rev. Anthony A. W. Motley, pastor of Lindsay Street Baptist Church will preach. Tuesday the Rev. Eric Hurst, pastor of Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church will preach. Wednesday the Rev. Darryl Roberts, pastor of Mt. Welcome Baptist Church, Decatur, will preach. Come and get revived!

9. Career Quest has served those in job-transition since 1986! On Nov. 11,  Creating Your LinkedIn Profile & Using it to Your Advantage will be presented by Mike Maetz at 8 p.m. Speed Networking and Job Search Coaching will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Everyone is welcome, there is no charge, no reservations are needed. You can learn more on the St. Ann website.   If you have questions call (770)552-6400 ext. 6104. St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 4905 Roswell Road/Rte.120, Marietta, 30062, Behind the main Church, look for the door sign JOB NETWORK TONIGHT

10. The Choral Guild of Atlanta celebrates its 75th anniversary with “In Praise of Music,” Tuesday, Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m., at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, 2715 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta 30305. Music to be performed includes Hymn to St. Cecilia by Herbert Howells, I Was Glad by C.H.H. Parry, The Old 100th Psalm Tune by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and the Mass in G by Franz Schubert—also the world premiere of Jubilate Deo by John Erickson, commissioned by the Choral Guild for the celebration of the anniversary.

11. SNAPS (Special Needs Awareness of Public Safety) meets the second Wednesday of each month at the Forsyth County Sherriff’s Office, Public Safety Training Center, 3520 Settingdown Rd., Cumming 30028. On Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. Laurie Smith with Parent to Parent will provide information about health and educational services, support groups, transition issues, resources, and more.  For more information contact Sonya Camarillo @ 770-781-2222 ext-3150.  S.N.A.P.S. offers people with special needs an opportunity to interact on a personal level, participate in scenarios, or just watch and become more acquainted with public safety personnel.

12. Enjoy live music, dancing, and a silent auction while supporting local and international missions, on Friday, Nov. 14 at First Presbyterian Church, 206 Willowbend Road, Peachtree City. “Music for Missions” will feature Peachtree Jazz Edition playing big band dance hits accompanied by singer Toni Byrd,  Smith Hall 7 - 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 each. Seating is limited and reserved tables for 10 are available for $100. Hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be served. Childcare, with advance reservations and ticket purchase, will be provided for $5 per child.  Tickets may be purchased at the church Welcome Center during business hours or on Sunday mornings.

13. “Not One More” conference at two congregations, the Temple and Central Presbyterian Church, on Friday night, November 14 and Saturday, November 15. The Rev. Jim Atwood and Josh Horwitz will attend both days. Jim and Josh have spent years working on behalf of gun sense in America and bring a passion and wisdom that you will not want to miss. From the planners, “Think of it as a time for the fueling of our collective passion to end gun violence in Georgia, so there will not be one more parent facing a future Thanksgiving with an empty chair at the table. Individually, bringing significant positive change to the prevailing gun culture in Georgia is daunting, but collectively, saner voices can and must prevail. So, please come. Please register to come. Please tell your friends, family members, neighbors, colleagues to come. You will be glad that you did. Shalom and Blessings” Register and get all the information here.

14. Alternative Gift Market at Central Congregational UCC, 2676 Clairmont Rd. NE, Atlanta 30329, up the driveway and into the woods. This year remember your friends and loved ones with a gift that touches hearts and changes lives. Central Congregational UCC will be host the market on Sunday, November 16, from 9:30 a.m. until l:00 p.m. There will be an opportunity to view a variety of local and global outreach organizations (Street Grace, SERRV, Handicap International, Equal Exchange, Plymouth Harbor, ForeverFamily, and more). You may make a donation in honor of a family member or friend. The gift recipient will receive a gift card designating the organization that has received a donation in their honor.  Several of the organizations will offer gifts to help raise funds.  Please come and enjoy the market atmosphere, community fellowship, and delicious goodies to eat. Your participation in the Alternative Gift Market brings warmth to loved ones and provides a pathway of hope and peace for a new tomorrow. For more information, please email or visit

15. If your ministry or agency works with those who need supportive housing you will not want to miss the 4th Annual Georgia Supportive Housing Conference coming up in just a couple of weeks. Policy Day this year will offer sessions on three special populations: veterans, youth, and seniors. Read more here.

16. The Georgia State University Singers and the University of Georgia Chorus will perform at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree, Atlanta, Monday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. The Georgia State University Singers is the School of Music’s premier vocal ensemble and one of the country’s most lauded university choirs. The UGA choir’s membership includes upper-level music major/minors and experienced choral singers from throughout the university in all years and areas of study. Tickets: General & Student/Senior

17. 10th Annual Thanksgiving Diversity Breakfast, Wednesday, November 19, at 8 a.m. (doors open at 7:30 a.m.), Maggiano's Little Italy, Buckhead, $25 per ticket - Reserve Your Seat Today! Join AJC Atlanta and the Atlanta Consular Corps, for the largest gathering of Atlanta's ethnic, religious, and international leadership, to celebrate diversity at the Thanksgiving Diversity Breakfast, in honor of year 10 the program is moving to breakfast time.  There will be a great opportunity to meet and speak with lots of people and hear from Paul Gleeson, Consul General of Ireland and Dean of Atlanta Consular Corps; Deborah Richardson, Executive Vice President, Center for Civil and Human Rights; Rabbi Phil Kranz, Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Sinai.  For more information, please call (404(233-5501.  

18. The organization Gratitude America, is holding a retreat, Nov. 20-23, at the WinShape Retreat Center in Rome, Ga. for post 9-11 military personnel and their primary support person or spouse.  More information is available from John November at 904-525-3042 or here.

19. New York Times bestselling author Anne Lamott returns to Conversations at First Baptist Decatur, Nov. 21, with Small Victories.  She writes about faith, family, and community in essays that are both wise and irreverent—an approach that has become her trademark.  Now Lamott offers a new message of hope that celebrates the triumph of light over the darkness in our lives. Lamott writes of forgiveness, restoration, and transformation, how we can turn toward love even in the most hopeless situations, how we find the joy in getting lost and our amazement in finally being found. Profound and hilarious, honest and unexpected, the stories are proof that the human spirit is irrepressible. Doors open at Decatur First Baptist church at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. program, Nov. 21.

20. The Fulton DeKalb Hospital Authority, owners of Grady Health Systems, is sponsoring its 3rd Annual FDHA Health Summit on Monday, December 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Atlanta Marriott Marquis, 265 Peachtree Center Ave. NE, Atlanta 30303. The summit’s theme is “Mind Matters” and answers the question: Who Does Mental Health Affect? The purpose of the Health Summit is to increase mental health awareness through workshops, a town hall forum, wellness screenings, and providing access to resources. Find out more here. More about mental health ministry

21. Atlantic Institute 2014 - 2015 Art & Essay Contest Kindness Without Borders: Open Eyes, Open Hearts in our Global Village. Any child in middle or high school is eligible to submit either a work of art or essay on the topic. Deadline is Friday, December 19, 2014. If you are interested or know someone who would be, you can check out more info at

22. New Baptist Covenant Voices of Covenant—find out more about the speakers for the gathering Jan. 14-15 in Atlanta. Here.

23. Since 1982, Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree has served more than 9 million children of prisoners. Keeping them connected to their parent lowers the likelihood of recidivism for the parent and encourages parent-child bonding—helping to break the generational cycle of crime.  Currently Prison Fellowship has more than 9800 applications to serve Angel Tree children. They still have more than 1750 children that need to be served through a church or service or civic organization.  Find out how your congregation can help or register at here or you can call the Georgia Angel Tree Specialist Sharon Williams at (571) 252-6828.

24. An church in Texas designed a liturgy to address the process of reintegration for veterans. The concept would lend itself to any faith community considering the role they play in ministry to veterans and their families. Read the story. Veterans are gathered from seven parishes. The gathering is itself a healing event, since isolation and estrangement are common symptoms among warriors.

25. The Beatitudes Society's 2014 J. Philip Swander Brave Preacher Award goes to the Rev. Annie Edison-Albright, of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Read the sermon here.

26. Rural Chaplains and Clergy Caring for Veterans: Paving the Way Home After the Wounds of War online training series. These video sessions are free and can be viewed on a computer or a tablet, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information, view the Clergy Training Session Information page here.


Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.


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