Church Action eNewsletter Week of December 12, 2022

Church Action eNewsletter
Week of December 5, 2022

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc. 

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1. Check out the Southeastern Synod ELCA Advent/Christmas Devotional written by leaders from across the synod and companion synods. Access Devotional → You can download the pdf to your computer to read or print it out, or access these devotions through some of social media sites, daily. Posts started Nov. 27.

2. Advent is a season of preparation and expectation fueled by the hope, peace, joy, and love demonstrated in the life of Jesus.  As you observe this season, you are invited to visit McAfee School of Theology's Advent Devotional online. Advent: God With Us, is written by McAfee faculty, staff, alumni, and current students. Advent 2021 | November 28

3. Gain life coaching skills and make a difference for an under-resourced Atlanta adult with big dreams and too little support. Become a Partners in Change volunteer life coach. Through weekly virtual conversations, provide a one-year, 1:1 supportive presence as your partner builds skills and resilience to reach new goals. Learn more at a Q&A conversation - next sessions will be this Tues. 12/6 from 9:00-9:20 a.m., Zoom link and Wed. 12/7 from 4:00-4:20 p.m. Zoom link - Visit or email for more info.

4. Second Shot Campaign Launch - Odyssey Impact® Join Odyssey Impact’s new executive director, Judge Victoria Pratt, who will moderate this film premiere and social impact campaign launch event for Second Shot. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion. You will hear from the film’s director, film participants. and campaign partners — all unpacking parole, second chances, new beginnings, and restorative justice. Dec. 7, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Register Here

5. Honoring loss and embracing hope, Wednesday, Dec. 7, St. David’s Episcopal Church, 6:30 p.m. Christmas isn't the "most wonderful tie of the year" for everyone. This time of year can be especially hard. This service that honors the loss and grief many feel. Come to pray together, sing together, and light candles in memory of loved ones. There will be a reception following the service. If someone you know is struggling with loss this season, please invite them. All are welcome. If you have questions, please  email Michelle.

6. A reminder that “Streams of Hope in the Wilderness,” a day of quiet and contemplation, led by the Rev. Lynnsay A. Buehler, at Lanier House, Cathedral of St. Philip grounds, 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., is Saturday, December 10. The cost is $20 and lunch is included. Contact Jeannie Mahood with questions,. Learn more and register,

7. Come enjoy great music and performances to celebrate the Christmas season with Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Saturday, Dec. 10, at 6:00 p.m. Featured musical acts include Christopher Clay, T. Renee Crutcher, St. Mark Lutheran, Atonement Lutheran, and Fay Capers. Emmanuel is at 3050 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta 30311. All are invited. If you have questions call the church at (404) 699-0346.

8. The Rev. Talitha Arnold, minister of the United Church of Santa Fe, N.M., is the featured preacher December 11 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace. Hear Day1 in this area on WSB 95.5 and 750 AM Sundays at 7:05 a.m. The nationally broadcast program is also accessible online at and by podcast.  “And the Desert Shall Bloom,” is drawn from Isaiah 35:1-10, joyous words of promise and life set in the midst of earlier and later chapters that speak of  destruction and desolation. For more information, this sermon, and many valuable resources check the

9. Come celebrate the joy and fellowship of the season with family and friends! Walk along a candlelit path, meet the animals of the stable, join the shepherds and angels around a live Nativity, enjoy the festive harmony of St. David’s Children’s Community Choir, sip hot cocoa from the Christmas Café, and sing carols under the twinkling stars around the warmth of a campfire. Dress for walking and the weather! December 11, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. St. David’s, 1015 Old Roswell Road, Roswell 30076.

10. The Many Moods of Christmas, Sunday, Dec. 11, 5:30 p.m., at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church with the Chancel Choir, Georgia Boy Choir, soloists, and orchestra. Tickets are complimentary but necessary visit

11. From Saint Mark UMC Fine Arts Ministry, Christmas with “Sentimental Journey Orchestra,” Monday, Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m. Come to the sanctuary, 781 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta 30308, for this musical performance celebrating your favorite Christmas classics! Christmas with Sentimental Journey Orchestra will feature the big band swing sounds of Count Basie, Glenn Miller, and others plus vocal arrangements made famous by Michael Buble, Frank Sinatra, Diana Krall, and Ella Fitzgerald.

12. The St. Olaf Choir in 2022 St. Olaf Christmas Festival, Promise of Peace, free of charge for all viewers, will be available to watch on-demand beginning Wednesday, Dec. 14, at

13. Image is hosting a virtual Advent Art Salon this year on December 14 at 5 p.m. Eastern. It will feature an Advent meditation by Amy Peterson, poetry readings by Karen An-hwei Lee and Jonathan Chan, a performance of Annie Dillard’s “God in the Doorway” by Rachel Ingram, a musical performance by Eric Marshall of Young Oceans, and a reading on feasting by Kendall Vanderslice. View more info here, and register here.

14. Yoga Day of Reflection: Discernment in Motion – Exploring Attachment, Ignatius House, 6700 Riverside Dr., Sandy Springs, Dec. 15, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The crown of our head ever reaches upward toward our Blessed Lord. Yet, we often become disconnected from this reality. Seeking the unity, we long for, we become attached to worldly things, falsely being filled. Info here.  Cost $125 

15. ‘Atlanta Prays’ – Day of Reflection for ministry and community leaders and caregivers  at Ignatius House, 6700 Riverside Dr., Sandy Springs, Dec. 16, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Come away to Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center for a special day of prayer, quiet, rest, and worship ... a time to hear The Voice of God in your hearts. Come recharge and renew in a prayerful, sacred space. No cost. 

16. Ignatius House in Sandy Springs is offering two recovery retreats, Dec 16-18
'Serenity Retreat' for those in a 12-step program Info and registration here. This retreat for people in recovery provides an opportunity to gather and focus on your spiritual life and share struggles and joys in a safe and respectful environment.

For those affected by addictions of others. When beginning the work to recover our relationships to God, self, and others, the 12-steps help us gain awareness of where our relationships stand and offer us a way forward.  Ignatian Spirituality offers additional meditations and tools to help further that insight so that it is possible to cope with what is, heal from what happened, and grow into the relationships that can be. This retreat will introduce those tools to use in your journey. More information here.  

17. Come Let Us Adore: An Evening of Carols and Scripture will be at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. The choir first formed for the 25th annual Eucharistic Congress in June. The evening will include popular Christmas music and Scripture readings, as well as a few new songs. Music selections will be in English and Spanish with compositions ranging from the 15th century to the 21st century. The choir will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra. Archbishop Gregory J. Hartmayer will preside. The evening event is free and open to the public. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church is located at 2855 Briarcliff Rd NE, Atlanta. 

18. A reminder of the Holiday Artisan Markets at Morningside Presbyterian Church, Saturday, Dec. 17, 8-11:30 a.m.  They’ll have a selection of goods, such as pottery, jewelry, wall art, and more. So enjoy the music, grab your groceries for the week, and pick up a gift or two from local artisans to surprise your loved ones this holiday season?

19. The 16th annual Service of Christmas Lessons and Carols simulcast live between the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral and the Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, Palestine, is Saturday, Dec. 17, at 10 a.m. EST and 5 p.m. Bethlehem time.  Hear familiar carols and readings in Arabic and English and a word of hope preached this year by the M. Rev. Hosam Naoum, Archbishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.  If you have questions, contact the Rev. Canon Matthew Dayton-Welch at Find more information at Bethlehem (

20. You are invited to join the Saint Mark UMC Chancel Choir as they go caroling through Midtown, Sunday, December 18, 11:45 a.m., 781 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta 30308.

21. Lessons and Carols, this beloved service of music and readings will be held at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 1015 Old Roswell Rd, Roswell 30076, Sunday, Dec. 18. 5:00 p.m. This celebration in song and word will be followed by a festive Champagne Reception in Grace Hall.

22. Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary opens registration for its 2023 Drum Major for Justice Program. Applicants can visit, for information and registration. This five-month certificate program in public theology equips pastors and civic and community leaders to find their voices in collaboration with others. The program explores the common roots of racial oppression and resistance movements to mobilize communities to pursue justice and transformation.

Visit our website for a clergy toolbox for mental health ministry, and more . . . 

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2023

The King Center 2023 Beloved Community Global Youth Summit, Thursday, January 12, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., online.  Registration


The King Center 2023 Beloved Community Global Summit, Thursday, Jan. 12, General Session, 12.00 – 5:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 13 General Session: 10.00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Registration


Sounds of Freedom: Celebrating the Story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Saturday, January 14, 7:30 p.m. Come to a concert hosted by the Rev. Dr. Dwight Andrews and featuring vocalist Lena Seikaly, saxophonist Marshall Keys, and the All Saints’ Jazz Ensemble, led by the Rev. Dr. Andrew K. Barnett. The 7:30 concert is free, no reservations required, 634 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30308.


The King Center 2023 Beloved Community Awards and Afterglow, Sat, Jan 14 at 7:30-11:59 p.m., 265 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta 30303. Tickets are on sale at Registration


Bryan Stevenson is keynote speaker at the Martin Luther King Jr. Beloved Community Commemorative Service, and Dr. Bernice King will deliver the Call to Commemoration, in-person at the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church101 Jackson Street NE, Atlanta. Monday, Jan. 16, 10:00 a.m., doors open at 8:00.


Join the Emory community, Jan. 15-22, for its annual series of programs honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement. A full listing of events can be found here

Southeastern Synod ELCA invites you to Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Atlanta, on Sunday, January 15, 4 p.m. for the Bishop's Commemorative MLK Worship Service.   This will also be livestreamed via the synod website as well as on Facebook and YouTube pages.


Find out about the Day of Service, Jan. 16, at Events - The King Center


Morning of Reflection to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Ignatius House, 6700 Riverside Drive, Sandy Springs, Jan. 16, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Directed by Lauren Morton, MA   In the Gospel of Luke, we meet the women who shared what they witnessed at Jesus' tomb.  They were not believed, and their words were called "nonsense."  This morning we will walk with some of the women during the Civil Rights Movement, who saw the vision and reflect on their experiences of embodying what it means to be a prophetic witness.  What is needed now to realize Dr. King’s dream?Morning of Reflection to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - Believe Them – Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center  $65

MLK Weekend Tree Planting, Brook Run Park, 4770 N Peachtree Rd, Dunwoody 30338, Monday, January 16, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Help plant 100 new trees near the multi-use to help sustain our urban forest. These trees will provide cleaner air, cool shade, and all around improved habitat for humans and wildlife living in our community. Planting tasks include digging holes with shovels/mattocks, untangling roots with your hands, mulching, watering, and cleaning up your area. Physical activity such as bending, lifting, and kneeling is required. Register Here

MLK Day Concert from Concerts@ First, "From Trials to Triumph," Jan. 16, 3:00 p.m. Free Admission Andrew Brady, bassoon. Featuring works by BIPOC composers Mark Lomax, Jeffrey Scott & Stefan L. Smith, First Presbyterian Church, 1328 Peachtree St NE 1328 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta 30309.

Oxford College of Emory University presents A Celebration of the Life of Martin Luther King Jr. on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 7:30pm. Location: Old Church, 1011 Wesley St., Oxford, GA 30054. This free event will include music from Oxford College groups as well as an Interdenominational Community Choir from Newton County. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Marla Frederick, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Religion and Culture at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. Contact Rev. Dr. Lyn Pace, College Chaplain, at with questions. 

Out of Hand Theater, along with community partners the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Fulton County Remembrance Coalition, are continuing the popular dinner series with Equitable Dinners Atlanta: A Day of Racial Healing Tuesday, Jan.17, from 6-9 p.m., both in person and online. The National Day of Racial Healing offers space to reflect while preparing for another year in pursuit of equity. This  event will be launched by an original short play and facilitated conversation will take place in small groups around Atlanta's racial history and how it affects communities today. Equitable Dinners hopes to face our past, reclaim our present, and transform our future through courageous conversations and theater.


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Lutheran Resource in Response to Gun Violence

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, saddened by the all-too-frequent occurrences of gun violence in the U.S., invites you on a journey of prayer, scripture, stories, and church teachings with this resource, A 60-Day Journey Towards Justice in a Culture of Gun Violence - an ELCA Resource  Through daily observances, it calls us to work toward the prevention of gun violence as people of God who strive for justice and peace in all the world. It may be used for individual reflection, group Bible study, adult education sessions, and congregational daily devotions. This began on June 16 but can be used at any time.

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