Church Action eNewsletter Week of November 10,2014

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

   Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta 

Weekly Church Action eNewsletter

Week of November 10, 2014


News from the Catholic Archdiocese — Saint John Neumann in Lilburn received the Loyola Press Opening Door Award: “St. John Neumann Parish has gone above and beyond to make their sacred space accessible to all who worship there. The sacred space maintains its beauty and purpose while being accessible to all and allows for persons with physical disabilities to worship and minister at their parish. It is not a separate space or program; it is an organic part of the church and the community.” Read more>>

1. The New Jim Crow Action Group invites you to hear DeKalb NAACP President John Evans challenge us with his suggestions for actions to end mass incarceration and its effects on our neighbors. Tonight, Wednesday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Atlanta Friends Meetinghouse, 701 West Howard Ave, Decatur 30030, 0.5 miles east of East Lake MARTA. Visit New Jim Crow Facebook or call (404)378-5883.

2. Kamau Welcher, Pastor of Students and Families, Nov. 13 and 20, 6:30 p.m. at The Lake Oconee Community Church, for Living Word. Topic for these November Thursdays is Spiritual discipline. Join in this exploration of Biblical revelation, and the discussion of how we might all be ‘Living Word’  in the lives of others. (click to check the newsletter, LOCC Links,  for more.)

3. Friday evening, November 14, 7:30 pm, the Jung Society of Atlanta presents a lecture,” Encountering the Dark Stirrings of the Unconscious in Our World Today,” by Jacqueline J. West.  Dr. West is the co-author of The Matrix and Meaning of Character: An Archetypal and Developmental Perspective – Searching for the Wellsprings of Spirit. A workshop continues the discussion in depth on Saturday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Rd., Atlanta 30327. Fees for the lecture only are $25 for the public, $20 for Jung Society members, $10 for students.  For lecture and workshop (or workshop only), fees are $70 - public, $60 -JSA members, $50 - students. CEUs are also available. More information.

4. Interfaith Children’s Movement is calling college students to join the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in ending human trafficking. Students ready to spark this movement are invited to a conference Saturday, November 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta. Students unable to travel may join the conference via video conferencing. All you need is an Internet-connected device (laptop, tablet, or smart phone.) Registration is free! Lunch will be provided for those in Atlanta. Registering is simple, send an email to Provide name, email address, cell phone number, name of college or university you currently attend. A confirmation and details will be sent to you promptly.

5. November is National Caregivers Awareness Month. It only takes a short time for unpaid family caregivers to start experiencing emotional, physical, spiritual, and financial challenges. Feelings of inadequacy and burnout are common and can lead to poor self-care and even abuse or neglect of loved ones. Come to Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church on November 15 from 9-11:30 a.m. and learn important information that will help you in caregiving. Please register on line at or contact Pastor Herman Haynes for more information at or (678) 517-6261. Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church, 1879 Glenwood Ave. S.E., Atlanta.

6. The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith Jr., senior pastor of Covenant United Church of Christ in South Holland, Ill., is the featured preacher Nov. 16 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online. Smith founded Covenant UCC in 1996. Now with over 3500 members and almost 40 ministries, Covenant is the fastest growing congregation in the United Church of Christ. The program includes interviews with Smith conducted by Wallace. Find details and your local station

7. The Candler Singers from Candler School of Theology at Emory University will present Choral Evensong to celebrate the Feast of Martin, Bishop of Tours, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta.  All are welcome.

8. Surviving the Holidays, Dunwoody Baptist Church, November 18, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. This one night seminar is open to anyone in the community who is grieving the loss of a loved one through death. A light supper will be served at 6 followed by the seminar. Registration is required by calling Irene Stokes, GriefShare Facilitator at (770)458-4311.  Read more>>

9. Film Screening, November 19,  11 a.m. - 1p.m., Candler School of Theology, RARB 252 Fresh is a film that celebrates the farmers, thinkers, and business people across American who are re-inventing our food system.  Learn about how creative and faithful people are building healthier, sustainable alternatives and a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet. Discussion will follow.  Lunch is available to the first 50 who sign up.  R.s.v.p.  here.

10. Beth-Sarah Wright, Ph.D., will speak Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Monroe following a potluck supper at St. Alban's Episcopal Church. Wright will talk about some of her life experiences and inspirations. The evening is free of charge and all are welcome. The supper begins at 6 p.m., followed by the program at 6:45 p.m.  

10. The Work of Our Hands Artists’ Market will celebrate its 12th anniversary, November 20 – 23, Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Buckhead.  This acclaimed market features over 70 local and regional artists offering fine art, folk art, and crafts — handmade and original gifts in a variety of prices.   The market is open to the public —no admission charge; Friday and Saturday 9 – 5, Sunday 8:30 – 1:30.  Opening night reception, Thursday, November 20, 6-8. Tickets, available at the door, are $15 per person.  More about WorkofOurHands. For more information on the event, contact Charlotte Cameron at

11. Find out about the Istanbul Cultural Center Thanksgiving Dinner, Nov. 21, at the center in Alpharetta. Dr. Loyd Allen and Dr. John Ford will be guest speakers. This is a free event but guests must R.s.v.p. here.

12. A vigil urging the shutdown of the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia, begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, in Lumpkin. For each of the last two years' vigils, more than 300 people of conscience have cried out, "Shut down Stewart!" Other voices are encouraged to join this growing chorus for justice.  more> >   

13. West Hunter Street Baptist Church, 1040 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. SW, Atlanta 30310, and Dr. Toussaint Hill announce the 133rd Church Anniversary and Homecoming will be Sunday, November 23, 2014. The Rev. Otis Moss Jr. will be the guest preacher at the 10:45 Sunday morning worship service.  All are welcome.

14. Neshama Interfaith Center presents a book signing and presentation with Dr. John Cressler, Sunday, November 23, 7-9:30 p.m., The Istanbul Cultural Center, 591 N. Main Street, Alpharetta, 30009. Cressler writes novels set during the Golden Age of Moorish Spain in 10th century Córdoba, the richest, most populous, and most cultured city in the western world, when the pinnacle of convivencia was attained, that unique period of Spanish history when Muslims, Jews and Christians lived together in relative harmony and peace. There is no charge to attend, but offerings are gratefully accepted and all proceeds from book sales will benefit Neshama Interfaith Center. Refreshments will be served.  Reserve your seat by emailing

15. Columbia Theological Seminary Thompson Scholars 2015 will take place April 21-24 and explore the topic, “Spiritual Pioneers: The Call, Risks and Blessings of Church Development.” Dr. Jeffery L. Tribble, Sr., associate professor of ministry, will lead the seminar. This study has an application deadline of December 1. Read more>>

16. Baptist World Alliance Human Rights Day will be observed on December 7, coinciding with the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations on December 10, 1948. During this commemoration, Baptists are encouraged to commit to the cause of human rights in their communities, countries, and around the world through prayer, advocacy, and representation; to repent of complicity in human rights abuses through negligence or participation; and to give voice to the voiceless, hope to the hopeless and to broker peace where peace is lacking.  Churches are encouraged to incorporate the Human Rights Day Litany into worship services. Resources. Congregations are encouraged to share their experiences on the BWA Facebook group page, on Twitter using the handle @TheBWA, or by emailing

17. The Sonny Houston Bluegrass Band will provide bluegrass-Gospel music and renowned churchman Bishop William Willimon will speak at Meridian Herald’s 22nd annual Southern Folk Advent® Service. The Meridian Chorale will sing and Steven Darsey will direct the music. Saturday, December 6, 4:00 p.m. at Old Church on the Oxford College campus in Oxford, Ga. Admission is free.  This year’s service features the majestic singing of opera star Morris Robinson, as well as Atlanta tenor, Timothy B. Miller, famed for his Atlanta Braves home game appearances.  Read more Read more>>

18. Don’t miss “An Evening in Bethlehem,” a free, indoor, community-wide Christmas event for all ages, Saturday, Dec. 6, at Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd. Roam through the authentic 1st century marketplace, brought to life by costumed characters and real animals. Share the excitement of shepherds, Roman soldiers, shopkeepers, and artisans, and witness the live production that tells the story of the very first Christmas. Reserve your time (5, 6, or 7 p.m.) at Donations will be accepted to offset the cost of these productions. Call (770)261-1701 if you have questions.

19. Men Stopping Violence Donor and Community Appreciation Party, 3-6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, 1307 Iverson Street, Atlanta 30307.  Come to celebrate the growth of 2014 and hear about what is next. Please R.s.v.p. by Nov. 30 at (404)491-9894 or

20. Put Just Voices 14th Annual Christmas Concerts featuring carols for unaccompanied voices on your calendar for one of the two dates, or both. The choir will present pieces by Renaissance composers from Tallis to Monteverdi, traditional carols from France, Finland and Catalonia, and new works by composers such as Bob Chilcott, Dan Forrest, and Georgia composer John Corina. Two performances: Saturday, December 13, 7:30 p.m. at Virginia Highland Church, 743 Virginia Avenue N.E., Atlanta 30306 and Sunday, December 14, 4:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 515 East Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur 30030. Admission: Adults $10 Students $5. For information call (404) 875-3266 or visit

21. Yes, The Gifts of the Magi will be back at Theatrical Outfit and Capote’s A Christmas Memory, and Silent Sky called sheer magic by the San Francisco Chronicle and written by Atlanta born Lauren Gunderson. See the details at

22. Reading Thomas Merton's Journals as Lectio Divina: An Intimate Way of Reading with Crisis and Mystery, January 29 - February 1, 2015, from LifeLong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary. Read more and find other offerings here.

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Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.


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