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Nov. 1 ff. 10th Annual Christmas Tree & Wreath Sale at First Christian Church of Decatur, 601 West Ponce De Leon Ave, proceeds benefit church and community missions, including the First Christian’s Decatur Toy Park.  Sale starts Friday, Nov. 24 at 9 a.m. and continues until sold out. We are telling you early because there is a 5% discount on all orders received Nov. 1 - Nov. 22. Visit needed and appreciated!  Call (404)378-3621 for information on how you can help & get a long-sleeve t-shirt and a home-cooked meal. 

Nov. 1, 15, 29. Fall Bible Study 2017 at Lake Oconee Community Church will explore the Sermon on the Mount, 3 p.m. select Wednesdays, Nov 1, 15 & 29, click for more info.

Nov. 1ff. NAMI American Sign Language Support Group: Are you seeking a free mental health support group? NAMI is here for you. This group is for people living with depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, anxiety, schizophrenia, and other disorders. Meetings offer a structured group process led by trained facilitators designed to encourage, support, and empower. Open to all deaf and hard of hearing persons 18 and over with mental illness. Starting Nov. 1 (1st and 3rd Wed ongoing), 5-6:30 p.m.,  GA Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 4151 Memorial Dr Suite 103 B, Decatur 30082. Contact (videophone). No registration needed. NAMI DeKalb

Nov. 4-20. Book Festival of the MJCCA, Nov. 4-20, will feature more than 45 authors and offer a range of events, including author meet-and-greets, book signings, panel discussions, and much more.  Headlining authors include Justice Steven Breyer, Walter Isaacson, Reza Aslan, Nicole Krauss, Dan Rather, Dave Barry, Alexandra Zapruder, Jenna Bush Hager, and Barbara Pierce Bush and many more. MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd, Dunwoody.  To purchase tickets visit


Nov. 5ff.  Household Rituals and Finding God in Everyday Life, Highpoint Episcopal Community Church. This art studio will explore doorways as holy spaces. Sunday afternoons, November 5, 12, 19 from 2:00 - 3:30 in the Pop-up Studio for Practicing the Pastoral Arts. Please email Ruth Pattison by October 30 to reserve your space. $45.00 for the series.

Nov. 7. Avondale Estates’ monthly Poetry Group gathers on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 5:30 p.m. at The Purple Corkscrew. Local poets of diverse perspectives and poetry lovers read and share favorite and challenging poems. This is a Friends –friendly venue.  Quaker themed poetry or works inspired by spiritual values are welcome.  For more info about the group contact AFM member Julia Ewen at  

Nov. 13. National Youth Summit on Education, Justice, and the U.S. Economy is meeting in Atlanta. The November 13 plenary sessions, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with civil rights legends and keynote speakers in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel and are open to the public.

Nov. 13-17. The Lutheran Theological Center in Atlanta is pleased to offer Lutheran Parish Preaching: A Preaching Intensive, Nov. 13-17.  The Rev. Dr. Delmer L. Chilton is course instructor.  This class will meet on the campus of The Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta. Click here for course and registration information.


Nov. 13. This year's Atlanta Community Food Bank Chili for the Children cook-off is Nov. 13 at 103 West. Professional and amateur chefs will compete head to head while you taste, vote and enjoy auctions and raffles! Your contribution will support children through the Food Bank's School Mobile Pantry Program. Purchase tickets here.


Nov. 15. Just in time for the holidays, “How to Recognize and Handle Substance Abuse (in the church family, and maybe in ourselves).” This clergy bagel brunch  for all church professionals is presented at the Care and Counseling Center of Georgia on Wednesday, Nov 15, 10-11:30 am, by Kristy Aspinwall, master addiction counselor and leader of the Intensive Outpatient Program for Addiction Recovery at CCCG. In addition to good cheer the holiday season brings stress, depression, and signs of addiction. On the front lines, clergy and church leaders can learn the important questions to ask, give next step guidance, and encourage folks to get the help they need and deserve. R.s.v.p. for this complimentary training (including a bagel bar) by emailing Tom Van Laningham at    


Nov. 15. Cathedral Bookstore Annual Friends and Family Day with 20% off on nearly everything in the store is Wednesday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., 2744 Peachtree Road Atlanta 30305. Some exclusions apply:  No discounts on clerical collars or buttons.  No discounts on church supplies. One Day Only!  In Store Only!

Nov. 15. Celebrating Uncommon Friendships: A Conversation with the Founders of The Atlanta Friendship Initiative, John Grant and Bill Nordmark. Interfaith Community Initiatives 2017 Friendship Luncheon will be Wednesday, Nov. 15, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., The Carlos Center Ballroom, 3500 Clairmont Road, Atlanta 30342. Individual Tickets $60.  Click here to purchase. More information.

Nov. 15. If you are concerned about DACA you will be interested in a workshop Public Narrative How to Be a Compelling Story Teller and Build an Interfaith Movement led by Laura Emiko Soltis, executive director of Freedom University, presented in partnership with the New Sanctuary Movement, Nov. 15, 6 – 8:30 p.m., at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree, Atlanta, Ross Room, Ellis Hall. Please contact Rev. Kim Jackson at to R.s.v.p.

Nov. 16. “Can Women Have It All? An Evening with Julie Moran” the first female anchor of ABC’s Wide World of Sports and former Entertainment Tonight host on Nov. 16. This ladies’ holiday dinner at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, 2715 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta 30305, will offer good food, fellowship, and a personal story full of humor, insight, and revelations. Tickets are $30 and proceeds benefit the National Downs Syndrome Society for Early Childhood Intervention. Please email your R.s.v.p. to Kellie Denton

Nov. 16. You are invited to participate in a conversation on fatherhood and the services that are available to assist noncustodial parents who have challenges meeting their child support obligations. Join the discussion at Greenforest Community Baptist Church located at 3250 Rainbow Dr. in Decatur, Thursday, November 16, at 6:30 p.m. You may also join the conversation at LiveStream If you are interested in hosting a group viewing, contact

Nov. 16. A priest, a rabbi, and an imam walk into a… 13th Annual Community Celebration. Usher in the Thanksgiving season with a joyous celebration of the things that bring us together with more than 20 religious organizations. Plan to stay for the dessert reception and conversation, Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7:00 p.m., at Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Rd., Marietta, 30062. Please bring non-perishable food items to donate to MUST Ministries.  

Nov. 16. Whiteness: The Meaning of a Racial, Social, and Legal Construct, from the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference, Emory, Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 - 8:30 p.m., Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum, 441 Freedom Parkway NE, Atlanta 30307. Join this public dialogue with five eminent experts from a wide range of disciplinary fields. Click here for info

Nov. 16. An interfaith panel will discuss Pope Francis’ call to interfaith cooperation based on respect, an honest recognition of difference, and the exploration of areas of cooperation. Four graduate student panelists will explore from different perspectives the call for interfaith engagement. From the Aquinas Center, Emory University, Nov. 16, 8:30 p.m. More information at 

Nov. 17. Holy Family will be at Jasper's Holiday Market… an arts, crafts, and gifts event held annually at Chattahoochee Technical College in Jasper. The quilters and crafters at Holy Family are hard at work preparing for the event. 100% of Holy Family's proceeds will be shared among local charities. Friday, Nov. 17, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. $20 Advance Tickets. Early shopping, food, drinks & entertainment. Tickets available at Renasant Bank and Holy Family Episcopal Church in Jasper. Saturday, Nov. 18, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., $ 1 donation for shopping and entertainment. Chattahoochee Technical College, 100 Campus Drive Jasper, 30143.

Nov. 17, 18. Capitol City Opera at the Unitarian Universality Congregation, 1911 Cliff Valley Way NE, Atlanta 30329, on Nov. 17 and 18, featuring Atlanta's brightest up-and-coming singers in an evening of arias and scenes, including Don Giovanni, Aida, Rigoletto, La Traviata. The in-the-round sanctuary of the congregation provides a unique opportunity to experience this performance up close! Tickets are $20 dollars. Ticket information.

Nov. 18. This Saturday, November 18, at 7:00 p.m., the Atlanta Music Festival presents a concert with choirs from Agnes Scott, Clark Atlanta University, First Congregational Church, and Meridian Herald.  Soloists include Atlanta opera singers, Megan Brunning, Brent Davis, Carrie Anne Wilson, and Timothy B. Miller. Dwight Andrews will speak.  The concert will feature classical works of European composers and contemporary works of African American composers, Dr. Carlos Simon of Spelman College, Dr. Robert Tanner of Morehouse College, and Dr. Dwight Andrews of Emory University and First Congregational Church.  Tickets, $15 for adults and $10 for students, are here or at the door. For more information, call (404)659-6255.  This concert will take place at First Congregational Church as part of their 150th Anniversary Celebration, 105 Courtland St. NE, Atlanta 30303.


Nov. 18. The Georgia Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has 4 International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day sites throughout Georgia, Saturday, November 18. This is a day of healing and hope for survivors of suicide loss.  Information on the Atlanta site is here and info on all Georgia sites is here.  Online registration preferred. 

Nov. 18. First Congregational Church and Meridian Herald in partnership with the National Black Arts Festival and Emory University present The Atlanta Music Festival 2017 featuring Agnes Scott Collegiate Chorale, Clark Atlanta University Philharmonic Society, Meridian Chorale, First Church Chancel Choir, Saturday, Nov. 18, 7:00 p.m. The Atlanta Music Festival is a revival of the First Church ‘All Colored Music Festival’ of 1909, celebrating the concert music of African American composers and musicians. For information call (404)659-6255. Tickets at

Nov. 19. Dr. Casey Baggott of Community Church of Vero Beach, is the featured preacher on Day 1, Nov. 19. Hear her sermon “Making It Matter” in the Atlanta area at 7:05 a.m. on News 95.5 and 750 AM WSB. Visit to read or hear it now and find other resources.

Nov. 19. Shy Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, 2012 Memorial Dr. SE, Atlanta 30317, will host its Annual Family and Friends Day on November 19 at 10:00 am. The featured speaker is Rev. Lamont Johnson.  Please come, all are welcome.

Nov. 19. Shallowford Presbyterian Church presents John Burke, the Grammy-nominated pianist and composer, in a free concert, open to the public, on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 3:00 p.m. The church is at 2375 Shallowford Rd., Atlanta 30345.  Call (404) 321-1844 for more information.  The Atlanta native has composed multiple acclaimed solo piano albums. His latest album, Orogen, was nominated for Best New Age Album for the 59th Annual Grammy® Awards. He has composed scores for film and stage, directed musical theatre, and collaborated with incredible instrumentalists, singers, and writers.


Nov. 19. Sunday, at 3 p.m. the University of South Carolina Concert Choir will present a free concert at Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 North Morningside Drive, Atlanta 30306. This excellent choir has toured extensively in Europe and in the U.S. Under the direction of Dr. Alicia Walker they will sing a diverse concert of choral music, including Herbert Howells “Magnificat” (Collegium Regale). All are welcome. For more information contact


Nov. 19 Decatur Cooperative Ministry will host its annual Thanksgiving Service to celebrate the many accomplishments of past and current clients and recognize those who helped make these successes possible. This is an excellent chance to see how deeply community support impacts the lives of those served by DCM. The service begins at 5 p.m. and concludes with a light supper. Service will be in Hazelwood Hall at Columbia Presbyterian Church, 711 S Columbia, Decatur 30030. Parking is available in the lot.  


Nov. 19. The New Advent Choir of Cascade United Methodist Church presents the Annual Thanksgiving Concert, and evening of praise and worship in song, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m., 3144 Cascade Road, Atlanta 30311. Call (404)691-5770 if you have questions.


Nov. 19. Holy Trinity Parish’s artist-in-residence Natalie Twigg has written a mass setting for Holy Eucharist and given it to the church as a 125th anniversary gift. The parish will pray with this music for the first time on Sunday, November 19. The community is invited to gather at 6:30 p.m. to hear the music, followed by a potluck dinner at 7:00, then on to the nave at 7:30 for the service.

Nov. 19. Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. Pray, give thanks to God, and offer up stories of gratitude during a creative Thanksgiving Seder (Hebrew for “order”).  Foods will be served which are found in scriptures that speak to the spirit and holiness of this special gathering. A reception with baked goods cooked by an interfaith community cooking team will follow. Nov. 19, 6:30 pm, at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 3098 Saint Anne’s Lane, Atlanta 30327. If you have questions call St. Anne’s at (404)237-5589. Sponsored by Ahavath Achim Synagogue, Christ Covenant Buckhead, New Hope AME, Northside Baptist, Northside UMC, St. Anne’s, and Trinity Presbyterian.

Nov. 19. Save the date. Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. to hear Sister Helen Prejean, Dead Man Walking, Episcopal Bishop Robert Wright and his four co-authors of a new book on the death penalty at Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church, 805 Mt. Vernon Highway NW, Atlanta 30327. This event is free and open to the public. 

Nov. 20. Open Bethlehem is a story of a homecoming to the world’s most famous little town. The film spans five momentous years in the life of Bethlehem, revealing a city of astonishing beauty and political strife. The film draws from 700 hours of original footage and some rare archive material. Monday, Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m., Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, 441 Freedom Parkway NE, Atlanta 30307. $10 donation at the door. R.s.v.p. by Friday Nov. 17, seats are limited. Reply to

Nov. 25. Every year on Small Business Saturday, the Peachtree Road Farmers Market comes indoors and invites local artists and craft professionals to sell their one-of-a-kind works at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, at a Holiday Artists Market.  Support local farmers, artists, craft professionals, and small businesses on Small Business Saturday Nov. 25.


Nov. 25. St. Mark Lutheran Church, 4137 Washington Road, East Point, initiates Lutheran Singles Ministry with Reel Parables and a showing of “Man of Steel” on Saturday, Nov. 25, at 4 p.m. The ministry will continue with events and discussions about healthy relationships and being single and Christian. Register Now for Reel Parables!  Get more information about the Lutheran Singles Ministry Contact Linda Few at (404)699-0346 or (404)755-5658 if you have questions.

Nov. 28. Interfaith Children’s Movement General Meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 2089 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta 30307.  All are welcome at this meeting of concerned citizens who are working to ensure the well-being of Georgia's children.

Nov. 28. The Atlanta Symphony Brass Holiday Concert, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 7:30- 9:30 p.m. 19:30 21:30 Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta 30305 … everything you expect! Concert Patron: $150 in advance (incl. 2 tickets & unreserved seats in preferred seating held until 10 minutes prior to the concert)  General Admission: $25 in advance / $30 day of concert  Seniors: $20 in advance / $25 day of concert Students: $10 in advance / $15 day of concert   Tickets at or the Cathedral Book Store (404) 237-7582.

Nov. 28. If you don’t associate baroque composers with traditional black music, check out “Where Bach meets the Negro Spiritual” at Friendship Baptist Church of Atlanta.  The Clark Atlanta University Philharmonic Society and University Choir will put side by side the great choral work of J.S. Bach “Magnificat” - first performed in the 1723 - with numerous Negro spirituals – that could have been “composed” during the same period.  The concert will feature five spectacularly gifted solo artists.  This free concert will be held Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 7:06 p.m. at the new Friendship Baptist Church, 80 Walnut Street, SW, Atlanta.

Dec. 1. Potluck and Advent Wreath Making at Host: St. Teresa's Episcopal Church, Phone: Friday, December 1 from 6:00  to 8:30 p.m., 5725 Fords Road, Acworth 30101. Where: Register here.

Dec. 1. Annual Community "Messiah" Singalong sponsored by Lawrenceville Road UMC, Dec. 1, 7 p.m., with well-known soloists, incomparable instrumental ensemble, great guest conductors....and a FABULOUS community chorus of family, friends,  and neighbors....! 3142 Lawrenceville Highway in Tucker, just outside 285.  This is the 385th presentation. If you have a score, bring it; if not, there will be loaners. Refreshments and greet old and new friends. For more information contact

Dec. 2. Freedom Sunday on or near Dec. 2 -- part of increased efforts to tackle human trafficking and modern slavery. A resource package in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese includes stories, information, prayers, and a sermon outline. Freedom Sunday falls this year on the UN’s International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. The Download it here.

Dec. 2. The Folk Advent service will be Saturday, December 2, 4:00 p.m., at Old Church, Oxford, Georgia. Featuring bluegrass-gospel music from Leah Calvert and Friends, reflections from Brooks Holifield of Candler, and Sacred Harp tunes from the Meridian Chorale and soloists, including Timothy Miller, in this unique frontier- steeped call for the coming of Jesus.  This years’ service will include a commemoration of bluegrass musician Sonny Houston, who, having played with and led the Folk Advent band annually since 1993, passed way this past summer. Godspeed Sonny.    

Dec. 2. Atlanta Nativity Celebration, December 2, 5:30-8:30 p.m., and Dec 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m., with Nativity Sets from Around the World, Live Christmas Music, Live Nativity, Crafts for Kids, Christmas Carol Sing-Along, Temple Grounds Open. There is no charge and everyone is invited. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 6449 Glenridge Dr NE, Atlanta 30328​​. For more see

Dec. 3. Holiday Gift Market at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, Sunday, Dec. 3, 3 – 7 p.m., 737 Woodland Ave. SE, Atlanta 30316. Finish your holiday shopping in one place. This market features one-of-a-kind artwork, jewelry, painting, weaving, bowls, pens, and more—all made by the artists at Holy Comforter. There will be organic plants, hot pepper sauce, jams, and jellies. Grab a cider, some cookies, and shop for gifts while supporting this unique worshipping community.

Dec. 7-10. The US Human Rights Network Conference will be in Atlanta December 7-10 at the Emory Conference Center Hotel.  Registration is open here.

Dec. 9. Spend time preparing your heart for the birth of Wisdom at an Advent Quiet Day, Saturday, Dec. 9. This day will include opportunities for wisdom practices that prepare and open the heart for transformation: chant, extended silence for individual reflection with readings, the labyrinth, creative expression, and body prayer. learn more and register »

Dec. 10. Join Seeds of Hope Counseling at "Grief & the Holidays: Navigating the Holidays After a Loss” Sunday, Dec. 10, from 1-3 p.m. at Sandy Springs UMC.  The holidays can be a difficult season, especially if you've recently experienced some form of loss -- death of a loved one, end of a job, loss of a life dream, or end of a relationship.  Join Rev. Lindsay Geist  to learn more about grief and gain tangible tools to navigate this challenging season.  Register here for $25 or call (678) 310-9593.  

Dec. 10.  Atlanta InterFaith Leaders Forum invites the community to the Dec. 10, Ninth Annual Taste of Faith, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Unity Atlanta Church, 3597 Parkway Ln, Norcross 30097. The religious communities of Atlanta will introduce you to their celebrations with displays, food samplers, and joy-filled conversation. If you have questions contact William Voss at

Dec. 11. Christmas caroling downtown on Dec. 11 with Theatrical Outfit. All ages are encouraged to participate in this free event and in the cookies and cider to follow. Find out all about it here.

Dec. 12-15. Youth Ensemble of Atlanta’s annual holiday classic “Colors of Love” is the perfect musical for kids and families. The Wednesday morning show is sold out. To reserve tickets for your school, day care center, or family, call Debi Barber at (404)652-0515. The show is a 7 Stages in Little 5 Points.

Dec. 14. Ser Familia Fourth Annual Latino Summit: Improving Latino Child Wellbeing, December 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Atlanta Metropolitan State College, 1630 Metropolitan Parkway SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30310 Register here.  

Dec. 16. Christmas with the Trey Clegg Singers: Festival Sounds of the Season, Saturday, Dec.16, 6 p.m., The Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, Morehouse Chapel, 830 Westview Drive SW, Atlanta 30314, Tickets at here -- until Oct. 31 early bird $25.

Dec. 17. Mark your calendar for the fabulous Christmas on Clairemont to benefit DEAM, the Decatur-area Emergency Assistance Ministry. This collaborative holiday spectacular hosted by Daniel Solberg at First Baptist of Decatur with full orchestra, organ, piano, and a festival chorus of a hundred local voices will be Sunday, December 17, at 7 p.m., and will feature Broadway lead Caroline Bowman and Grammy award winner tenor, Thomas Young--an evening of elegant, timeless music performed by world-class artists.  Singers, come join the choir, and enjoy the best view in the house!  Sign up to sing at

Jan. 2-5, 2018. The National Festival of Young Preachers announces that it will return to Atlanta in 2018, January 2-5, Airport Hilton Hotel. Find out more at

Jan. 22-25.  Although we tend to think of the Reformation that began in the 16th century with Luther, “re-formations” continue in the present age. Luther’s experience of the freedom of conscience is finding fresh expression in conversation with contemporary issues related to preaching, biblical studies, education, marriage, inclusion, sexuality, and racism. Explore these and other topics at Reformations Then and Now, Jan. 22-25 in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at the Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary. More on line>>

Feb. 10-12. Applications are now open for the third Lemkin Summit to End Genocide and Mass Atrocities, February 10-12, 2018, a weekend full of engaging expert panels, guest speakers, and advocacy training. Click here to learn more and apply now. On the final day you’ll visit your representatives on Capitol Hill. At the last Lemkin Summit, two bills that participants lobbied for became law. Don’t miss this opportunity to make a difference!

March 3-4. The Evelyn Gibson Lowery 2018 Civil Rights Heritage Tour is taking registration. This March 3-4, 2018, trip will visit Birmingham, Marion, Selma, Whitehall, and Montgomery. Register

March 8-10, 2018. Koinonia Farm has announced that registration is open for the Clarence Jordan Symposium 2018.  Building Up a New World will be March 8-10, 2018, in Americus, welcomed and hosted in two churches that blocked participants from Koinonia 75 years ago. This will be the 75th birthday of the farm and a crowd is expected.  Read all about the 2018 Clarence Jordan Symposium.      Register for the Symposium.

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