Church Action eNewsletter Week of October 11, 2021

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone. 

Church Action eNewsletter Week of October 11, 2021

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1. The application for Energy Efficiency Matching Grants from Georgia Interfaith Power & Light is open now through November 15, 2021. Click here to apply.  If you are a previous recipient of this grant, confirm that a progress report has been submitted for your prior grant award BEFORE submitting an application. Questions? Email Hannah Shultz, Program Associate, at
2. Tomorrow, MLK Multi Employer Job Fair hosted by Old National Goodwill Career Center, at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 101 Jackson Street NE, Atlanta 30312, Tuesday, October 12, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Job seekers should come prepared with copies of their resumes. Professional attire is required to attend this event. Wear a mask.  For more information, please contact the Old National Career Center.  If you have questions call (678)554-0412.

3. Interfaith Atlanta continues to offer its virtual contemplative series featuring new guest speakers every Wednesday at noon. On Oct.  13, we will hear from Andrew Skinner (Christian).  Join this 30-minute midday respite providing sanctity and perspective in today’s world at Zoom Passcode: 060135
4. “Practical Christianity” with the Rev. Dan Brown, retired UMC pastor, in person and on Zoom, Oct. Wednesdays, 6:15 p.m., Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, 2715 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta 30305. The letter of James was written in part to show how relevant and practical Christianity is for everyday life. Special guest, Brown, will explore four of the themes of James.  Join online Meeting ID: 892 1046 6676 | Passcode: 388879

5. St. John Neumann Church's Creation Care Team is hosting “The Earth is the Lord's: A Christian Theology of Environmental Stewardship” with Dr. Mark Douglas of Columbia Theology Seminary on Wednesday, October 13, via Zoom. Click here for R.s.v.p. information.
6. Please R.s.v.p. if you plan to join the celebration. There will be live music, fun, food, and games at Clubhouse Atlanta’s First Anniversary MembersFest, Friday, October 15, at 5:00 p.m. The party will be held outdoors at St Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 4755 N. Peachtree Rd., Dunwoody GA 30338. R.s.v.p. at
7. The Pave Foundation presents the Super Science Day of the Girl, Oct. 16, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., at First Congregational Church Memorial “Garden, 105 Courtland Street, Atlanta 30303. Attention ALL Girls 10-14 years old!! Do you live in Atlanta or the surrounding area? If so, Register today for this lifechanging fun event!! Cost only $10! Click Here to register.
8. It’s here, can you help? Greenbriar Clean Up Day is Saturday, Oct. 16, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Show up and volunteer to clean up our community …. If we don’t  - no one will! Cleanup sponsored by the Malcolm Omari Hill Scholarship Fund. Gather at Bank of America parking lot, 3011 Headland Drive, Atlanta 30331.  Scope of work - to pickup trash and other light debris around the area. Volunteers need to bring masks. A cap for your protection from the heat is advised. Contact Tom and Eva Hill, (404) 344-7119.
9. The Atlanta Jung Society presents “Jerry Ruhl  —Living in the Fire: Managing and Making Sense of Life-Changing Tragedies, Illness, and Catastrophes". Online lecture, Saturday, Oct. 16, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. ET, Cost: Members free; non-members $20; students $10. CEUs available (LPC, LMSW, LMFT) $25. Note that CEUs are for live (synchronous) attendance only, not for recordings of the event. You must attend the event live for the full two hours to receive CEUs.  For more information and registration see
10. Winter Woolies, Supporting St. Vincent de Paul, before and after Masses, October 16-17 on the Plaza at Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305. The weather will be getting cold and we can help those in our community who lack warm clothing and basic food necessities! Please help by donating winter clothing and food to stock St. Vincent de Paul. A truck will be parked on the Plaza accepting donations.
11. The Rev. Dr. Donald Ray Pratt, pastor of Sebastian United Methodist Church, Fla., is the preacher Oct. 17 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace. “From the Bottom Up,” Pratt’s sermon for Oct. 17, is drawn from the recounting in Mark 10:35-34 of the response of Jesus to a request from James and John to sit at his right and at his left in glory.  “It seems that James and John thought the new world order, the kingdom of God, worked on the same principle as the old world order,” he says. “Many still think that today.”  Hear Day1 in the Atlanta area on WSB News 95.5 and 750 AM Sundays at 7:05 a. m. For more resources and information visit
12. Organist Stephen Price will perform at the Cathedral of St. Philip, Sunday, Oct. 17, in person and livestreamed. Program includes works of Daniel Gawthrop, William Grant Still, Brenda Portman, Rachel Laurin, and Ned Rorem. Price teaches organ, church music, and music theory at Ball State University and is Director of Music at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Newcastle. Recital at 3:15 p.m. is followed by Choral Evensong and will be livestreamed on the Cathedral website Recordings will be available on the website and Facebook.
13. Pitts Theology Library’s next webinar in the  Fall 2021 Kessler Conversations, is Oct. 20 and features David Grafton, Hartford Seminary, Webinar: Luther and Islam by Pitts Theology Library ( This series of free webinars offers opportunities for the general public to learn about the events in Europe the 16th century and to consider what they may tell us about the issues facing our communities. This fall’s theme is “Luther and the Other.” Click on the link above to register. 
 13. YouthSpark 5th Annual Movers, Shakers, & Changemakers celebrating 20 years on Thursday, Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m., a virtual and in-person experience. Join Honorary Chairs, Nina Hickson and Deborah J. Richardson, for an evening of celebration. 2021 sponsorship and host committee opportunities are available, send an email to Jennifer Swain or   Ms. Enid Draluck
14. Brookhaven United Methodist Church, 1366 N. Druid Hills Rd, Atlanta 30319, has relationships with several addiction recovery groups and is collecting coats to provide to these communities. They invite you to join them. Gently used or new men’s and women’s coats of any size are needed.  Look through your closets; ask your friends and neighbors to help. Marked collection bins are at the side entrance to the church and on the breezeway. The collection will go on through Oct. 22. If you have questions, call the church office (404) 237-7506.
15. The Trey Clegg Singers are back in person and will present a Fall Concert in Remembrance of COVID Victims & Survivors, Saturday, October 23, 7:30 p.m., All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30308. Tickets are $20.00 and may be purchased here.
16. 2021 Interfaith Children’s Movement Prayer Celebration for Children, a virtual intergenerational conversation with Ambassador Andrew Young, Rabbi Lydia Medwin, and Sucheta Karmath, founder of ExQ. Sunday, October 24, 4 – 5:15 p.m. Register or sponsor here.
17. Orthodox Lecture at Aquinas Center, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. with Katie Kelaidis, writer, scholar and historian, and professor in the classics department at Loyola University, Chicago.  The title of the presentation is “ After Dostoevsky:What is Catholic-Orthodox Literature in the Age of Nones?” Register - After Dostoevsky.
18. Virtual workshop from Georgia Interfaith Power & Light “Active Hope: Moving Towards a New Future,” Thursday, Oct. 28, 7:00 p.m. Active Hope is an interactive workshop which taps into our deep love and pain for the world. It will address the environmental and cultural problems that we currently face and move into a deeper understanding of how we can work towards a more sustainable, just, and peaceful world where all beings can thrive.  Click here to register.
19. Concerts @ First presents “Battle of the Keys Piano and Organ Concert,” Friday, Oct. 29, 8:00 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1328 Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30309. Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto arranged for piano and organ, and a world premiere piece Poème Rhapsodique by David Briggs performed by Julie Coucheron and Jens Korndörfer. Purchase Tickets.
20. Shallowford Presbyterian Church will host the Annual Trunk-or-Treat Event Saturday, Oct. 30, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. This neighborhood-friendly tradition requires you to show off your best Halloween costume, trick or treat from car trunk to trunk, and partake in games and arts and crafts. All are invited! Masks are encouraged, but not required.  Information here.
21. Trunk or Treat, Saturday, Oct. 30, 4 – 6 p.m., Join Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church for a fun afternoon with activities for the whole family! Grab your costumes and your candy bucket and come to the parking lot Saturday for a great time with food, music and games. Participants and volunteers will use the COVID safety protocols for outdoor activities developed by the CDC.
22. Save the date: Interfaith Atlanta is proud to announce the first annual Fall Fest will be Sunday, Nov. 14 from 3-7 p.m. at the Amphitheatre in Atlanta's Historic 4th Ward Park. Join this effort to unite the community through engaging programs and networking opportunities. For details and to request table space for your organization, visit
23. Save the date for “An Evening with William Cope Moyers,” Sunday, Nov. 14, 5:30 p.m., Peachtree Road UMC Sanctuary. Moyers is the vice president of public affairs and community relations for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation; he will share his personal story of addition, recovery, and redemption. More information will follow; registration is now open at
24. Practicing Patience" is the theme of the Living Compass Advent 2021 resource. It will be offered in English and Spanish. The printed booklets always sell out; order early. There is a $1 charge for each printed booklet. If this presents a financial burden for you, don't hesitate to contact Carolyn Karl at And as always, they offer multiple ways to get the Advent resource free of charge. Find ordering and download information at Living Well Through Advent — Living Compass.
25. Global Health Crisis Coordination Center has released the Worship Action Coalition Playbooks aimed at providing faith leaders with actionable steps toward achieving COVID-19 vaccine equity in their communities. The playbooks cover three core areas of interest for the faith community: Developing Vaccine Messaging Programs; Facilitating COVID Vaccine Access; Setting up Your House of Worship as an Immunization Site. The guides were created with the counsel of the Worship Action Coalition, a GHC3 initiative that brings together a diverse group of faith leaders from across North America and connects them with nonprofits, faith-based organizations, public health experts, governmental agencies, and corporate partners to foster a collaborative and actionable dialogue. In the creation of these playbooks, the Worship Action Coalition paid special attention to the input from coalition members representing congregations at disproportionate risk for severe COVID. Global Health Crisis Coordination Center - Back 2 Worship (globalhe...
26. Morehouse School of Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center hosted the 2021 Annual Gardner C. Taylor Preaching and Lecture Series, Oct. 5. The theme of this year's event was, "The Sermon is The Life: Interpreting Dr. Gardner C. Taylor in the 21st Century". The event was broadcasted virtually and hosted by Dr. Joseph N. Evans, MSR Dean, and author of the new book, The Art of Eloquence: The Sacred Rhetoric of Gardner C. Taylor. The Rev. Dr. Gary V. Simpson, Concord Baptist Church of Christ (Brooklyn, New York), delivered this year’s annual sermon and lecture. You can view this lecture at  
27. An interesting essay from Church Anew on religious studies in Sweden, a compulsory subject in upper secondary school. Religion on the School Schedule — Church Anew

 Don't forget:  “Beauty for Ashes”: A Day of Community Service and Celebration, Big Bethel AME Church, based on the words of Isaiah 61:1-3, Saturday, October 16, 1:00-5:30 p.m. Join partner churches, sponsors, community volunteers, and our homeless neighbors for a day of music, poetry, story, dance, art, and gifts of food, toiletries, clothing, showers, and time. Contact Rev. Bessie Donaldson to find out how you can help. or (404)579-9407.
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