Church Action eNewsletter Week of December 4, 2017

Church Action eNewsletter
Week of December 4, 2017
God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta
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The music available to us this season is beyond bountiful. Last night I heard a meditation about observing Advent in a Christmas world. The meditation advised listening to the message all the too early decorations sing – the unbelievable heart of Christmas- and responding with patience, kindness, and peace. Please have a look at for dozens of events with glorious music. We may have missed Lessons and Carols at Glenn Memorial, always a gift to the community, Sunday, Dec. 10, at 8:30, 11:00, and 5:00 p.m. services. Everyone is welcome at 1660 N. Decatur Rd, NE, Atlanta, 30307. For information, call (404)634 3936.
The Rev. Daniel Headrick, Northside Drive Baptist Church, pointed out that Vanderbilt Divinity School has included photos and illustrations with this year’s lectionary texts for Advent. Click here to have a look. Each is available in PowerPoint and PDF format. Since the images have copyright release for non-commercial use, the slideshows may be freely used in worship and educational settings.

1. The Tucker Community Choir is growing. No auditions required to join this group dedicated to bringing joy and beauty to the community. Director Ann Edmundson, chorus teacher at Woodward Academy, has been a music director and accompanist and choral director since 1997. The choir will meet at First Christian Church of Atlanta, 4532 LaVista Road, Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Find out more from
2. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta annual Moravian Love Feast, a joyous holiday service of spectacular music, readings, fellowship, food and drink, is Friday, Dec. 8. Love feasts originated in the first gatherings of Christians. By the eighth century, the feast had all but disappeared, but in 1727, the love feast appeared again in the Moravian Church in Eastern Europe. In this country, the first Christmas love feast was held in Salem N.C. in 1771. UUCA held its first love feast in the 1960s. You can purchase tickets Here. UUCA, 1911 Cliff Valley Way NE, Atlanta 30329.
3. Camp Horizon Winter Concert, Friday, December 8 , 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, 1328 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta 30309 Camp Horizon's own band, The Hug Rounds, and some great artists will present music, stories, and lots of fun. There is no charge for this concert. R.s.v.p. here.
4. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Road NW, Atlanta 30327, Gift Market will open at 9 a.m. on Dec. 9 and Dec. 10. The market supports Trinity’s global mission partners with a range of virtual “Gifts for Good,” from tuition for seminary students in Cuba to MARTA passes for refugee families here in Atlanta. And there will be inexpensively priced, family-friendly tangible gifts, including African chocolate and Haitian coffee, olive oil from Galilee, artwork, ornaments, and Trinity member crafts.
5. Alternatives to Violence workshops are hands-on, experiential, workshops where participants learn how to respond nonviolently to situations where injustice, prejudice, frustration, and anger can lead to violent behavior. There will be a basic workshop, first level, on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9-10, at Emory Faculty Office Building, 49 Jesse Hill Junior Dr. SE, Atlanta 30303. This is a free event. Register here.
6. A Taste of Christmas in the Arab World, Sunday, December 10, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., 3288 Marjan Drive, Atlanta 30340. Shop at the Holiday Bazaar, capture the moment with Santa, taste delicious traditional Arabic Christmas sweets and buy some to take home, learn about Christmas traditions in the Arab World and create Arabic decorations and ornaments. Donate non-perishable food items for local charity. If you have a Christmas tradition or recipe to share please contact Alif Institute at 770-936-8770 or at This event is free and open to the public so invite your friends and family!
7. The holidays can be difficult for those living with a sense of loss. In this season churches offer healing services known as Blue Christmas. Here are two All Saints' Episcopal Church - December 10, St. Philip's Cathedral - December 20. If you are interested in exploring how to put together such a service UMC Discipleship Ministries has some information here. There are at least two grief share programs starting in January in our community.
8. 4th Annual Latino Summit: Improving Latino Child Wellbeing, Health Determinants and Whole Family on December 14 at the Easley Pavilion Conference Center, Atlanta Metropolitan State College, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The purpose of the event is to educate service providers on services, trends, issues and challenges for our community; provide resources and best practices by Latino-serving organizations working in the health and family services spaces; connect providers and Latino-serving professionals across the state. Registration and more information.
9. Invitation from Faith in Georgia: Five years ago, 20 children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., were slaughtered by a heavily armed gunman. In response to that breathtaking tragedy, Outcry: Interfaith Voices Against Gun Violence was formed to fight against gun violence in Georgia. On December 14, come to Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta 30327, at 7:30 p.m. to pray and remember the lives lost that day and in the shootings that have occurred since. Prepare yourself for a new year with new opportunities to create a safer world and a safer Georgia for all. R.s.v.p. here.
10. Urban Explorers 4th Annual Winter Coat Drive for the homeless. You can support the drive even if you can't be there in person. You will see the options in the registration form. Saturday, Dec. 16, 12 – 3 p.m., Georgia Beer Garden, 420 Edgewood Avenue SE, Atlanta 30312. Click here for more info.
11. Come hear the sounds of rejoicing on Gaudete Sunday as the gospel choirs of St. John's Episcopal Church, College Park and Christ Our Hope Lutheran Church present Advent in Blue- a Gospel Music Celebration, a short mini-concert of seasonal music sung in the rich gospel-music tradition. Sunday, Dec 17, at 7:00 p.m. The concert will be followed by the singing of Gospel Compline, the ancient evening service known as the "good night" prayer of the church sung with the flair and soul of fine gospel music. Members of Atlanta's local jazz community will join the choirs, featuring the sounds of saxophone and jazz percussion. This free event is a not-to-miss opportunity for those interested in hearing something old, something new, something borrowed, and of course, something blue! 3480 E. Main St., College Park 30337.
12. Get your bike gear ready! Registration is open for VeloCity!, a cycling event from which 100% of participant proceeds will go to support Grady’s lifesaving care, Saturday, May 5, 2018. Fully supported, multiple distance routes will all start and end at a spectacular downtown venue. None of us know when we might need Grady, but for over 125 years, our community, families and friends have been able to rely upon its lifesaving care. Grady is there for Atlanta, be there for Grady! Register before Dec. 31 for the 25-, 50- or 100-mile ride and receive $50 off your registration fee! For more information, visit
13. The Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center’s Community Health Needs and Assets Assessment needs your help if you live in the neighborhoods below. Please go to the following link and let your health priorities be known. The assessment is here. Neighborhoods: Ashview Heights, Atlanta University Center, West End, Westview, Harris Chiles/Collegetown, The Villages at Castleberry Hill, Adair Park, Capitol Gateway, Mechanicsville, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, Summerhill, Capitol View, Capitol View Manor, Hammond Park, Perkerson, Sylvan Hills, Amal Heights, Betmar LaVilla, Chosewood Park, Englewood Manor, High Point, Joyland, Lakewood Heights, South Atlanta, The Villages at Carver, Blair Villa/Poole Creek, Browns Mill Park, Glenrose Heights, Lakewood, Leila Valley, Norwood Manor, Orchard Knob, Polar Rock, Rebel Valley Forest, Rosedale Heights, South River Gardens, Swallow Circle/Baywood.
14. The 11 a.m. worship service at Cascade United Methodist Church provides sign language interpretation for the hearing impaired, sit in the center left front section for best view. 3144 Cascade Avenue SW, Atlanta 30311.
15. 'Podcast for a Just World', a weekly 20 to 30 minute podcast released on Tuesdays, is a tool for clergy, community activists, and people who want to find a way to promote justice and deepen their faith from the UCC Congregational and Community Engagement ministry. The goal of the podcast – to equip clergy and people of faith to read the story of God in the streets of where we live in the world today, to make deep connections between faith, justice, and community building.
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Ethel Ware Carter
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.

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