Church Action eNewsletterWeek of December 11, 2017God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta1. Jack Sartain, Lawrenceville United Methodist Church, 3142 La…

Church Action eNewsletter
Week of December 11, 2017
God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta

1. Jack Sartain, Lawrenceville United Methodist Church, 3142 Lawrenceville Highway, Tucker, invites choir directors, choristers and individual singers, and other musicians of all faiths to consider joining in a community-wide presentation of “The Seven Last Words Of Christ” by Theodore Du Bois on Maundy Thursday, March 29, at Lawrenceville UMC. He wishes to plan with confidence and is encouraged by the huge crowd that showed up for the Community Singalong Messiah on Dec. 1. Singers will learn the choruses on their own and come together for dinner and a rehearsal before the service. Should you have an interest, let him know right away, or (770) 856 1377.

2. Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church invites the community to a J.O.Y (Just Older Youth, 55 +) Brunch/Christmas Program, 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 13, at 3700 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth 30096.

3. Re:loom empowers and employs homeless and low income people weaving beautifully designed products out of recycled materials. Visit an open house and holiday market 4-8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 13, 3032 North Decatur Road, Scottdale 30079. Get Directions

4. The Live Nativity at Mt. Bethel UMC is Wednesday, Dec. 13. Wander through the streets of Bethlehem, pay your taxes to Caesar, feed and pet the animals at the manger, and sample delicious goodies from the town bakery. The journey through Bethlehem will culminate in a live performance of the nativity. The walk through Bethlehem will open at 5p.m. with performances of the nativity at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30, 4385 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta 30068.

5. End the New Jim Crow Action Group regular monthly meeting will be Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m., at the Atlanta Friends Meetinghouse. View a short video from the Equal Justice Institute, Juveniles and Life Without Parole, hear an update on the End Money Bail Project DeKalb, and support those who are working to end mass incarceration. The Atlanta Friends Meetinghouse, 701 W. Howard Ave, Decatur 30030 (about 1/2 mile east of East Lake MARTA). Bus route #123 now goes in front of the Meetinghouse, connecting East Lake and Decatur Stations.

6. Join Faith in Georgia, Faith in Public Life, Thursday, Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m., at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Road NW, Atlanta 30327 for New Thoughts on Newtown, this Thursday, December 14th, to commemorate the victims of gun violence at Trinity Presbyterian Church, R.s.v.p. here.

7. If you work or volunteer for a social service agency in Metro Atlanta and would like to know more about the basics of Atlanta's HIV epidemic, come this Friday for a free lunch-n-learn. Here's what you'll learn: The history of our HIV epidemic, treatment and prevention; HIV prevention tips for your clients; HIV prevention, testing and linkage resources here in Metro Atlanta, HIV Basic Training Lunch-N-Learn (Part II, but it's okay if you missed Part I)Friday: December 15, 2017 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Phillip Rush Center, 1530 DeKalb Ave NE Atlanta. Space is limited. Please register here.

8. The Rev. Dr. Michael Brown, senior minister of Marble Collegiate Church in NYC, is the featured preacher on Day 1 this week, Sunday, December 17. Listen in on News 95.5 and 750 AM WSB, 7:05 p.m. Or visit to hear and read his sermon “The Hard Work of Making Life Right.”

9. Cascade United Methodist Church will observe Student Sunday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m. All college and university students are invited, 3144 Cascade Road, Atlanta 30311. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall. Confirm your attendance to

10. Bring your own score, or purchase one from us the day of the Sing-Along, and join voices with singers from around the metro Atlanta area in this yearly performance of the Christmas portion and “Hallelujah” from George Frideric Handel’s Messiah. Whether you participate as a singer or listener, your attendance at this holiday event is sure to be a highlight of your Christmas season. Roswell United Methodist Church, Sunday, Dec. 17, 3 p.m. Ticket information is here.

11. American Red Cross Blood Drive, Blood Drive, Thursday, December 21, 2:00 -- 7:00 p.m., 14:00 19:00
St. Edward's Episcopal Church, 737 Moon Road, Lawrenceville 30046.

12. St. John's Episcopal Church, College Park, will hold a community Christmas Carol Sing-Along, Sunday, Dec 24 at 10:30 p.m., before the "midnight mass" service of Holy Eucharist to celebrate the Feast of the Nativity. All are welcome to participate in the services and sacraments. (404)761-8402, Church Office, 3480 E. Main St., College Park 30337.

13. Does your congregation stand in solidarity with migrants? Show your support through the Archdiocese of Atlanta’s National Migration Week, January 7-13, campaign Pitch a Tent ~ Share the Journey. For nearly a half century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week as an opportunity for the Church to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants who are fleeing war, persecution, natural disasters and economic devastation. This year the Archdiocese invites every community of faith to share in the journey of migrants by pitching a small tent in the front of your place of worship for the week with a simple sign proclaiming “Love Your Neighbor ~ SHARE the JOURNEY”. This is a multi-faith initiative in which we are all called to shine a light and lead the way. Imagine all of our North Georgia faith communities pitching tents in front of their places of worship - visibly standing in solidarity with our migrant brothers and sisters! For more information contact Kat Doyle, Director of Justice and Peace Ministries at the Archdiocese or go to

14. GALEO & the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund are accepting online applications for the GALEO Institute for Leadership, Class of 2018. The institute continues a partnership with the University of Georgia's Fanning Institute to expand and develop joint efforts. Participants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Sessions will be conducted in English. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at midnight. All sessions will be held in the Metro Atlanta area. A link to the set dates may be found here. For more information and the online application visit this link.

15. Early bird registration is still available for Insights 2018, the annual Georgia Budget and Policy Institute legislative policy conference. Keynote speaker is Manuel Pastor, University of Southern California professor and director of both the school's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration. Sessions include: Lawmakers update 2018 General Assembly; What's making a difference in high-poverty schools; Improving access to mental health and substance abuse treatment; Expanding equity for access and completion in higher education. Early bird registration is available at $100 for a limited time. Registration includes breakfast and hot buffet lunch. Thursday, Jan. 25, 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Georgia Tech Global Learning Center, 84 5th Street NW, Atlanta, 30308.
Visit our website for a complete community calendar, links to the Toolbox for Mental Health Ministry, websites for daily devotionals, and many other resources. And, send us your announcements to

Ethel Ware Carter
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.

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