Church Action eNewsletter Week of December 12, 2016

Church Action eNewsletter Week of  December 12, 2016



We want to remind you again that all events from newsletters past can be found in the community events calendar on our website in chronological order. This time of year the opportunities for glorious music are plenteous. We also  know a few Blue Christmas services are coming up. We usually only mention events once… so, check the calendar



1. A young Muslim woman from California is following a spiritual leading to meet with non-Muslims across the country wherever a few are willing to sit down to have their questions answered about Muslims. Her name is Moina Shariq. She will be at a dinner at First Christian Church of Decatur, 601 W. Ponce 30030, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14. R.s.v.p. to Pastor James Brewer-Calvert at (404)378-3621 or by noon on Wednesday to be in the drawing for a door prize. R.s.v.p. is appreciated but not required to attend. If your group would like to meet with Moina, contact her directly at


2. Emergency Warming and Overflow  Shelters: The coldest nights of the year are ahead of us. If you work with our homeless neighbors you might need these names.

Atlanta Emergency Warming Center at Old Adamsville, 3404 Delmar Lane Atlanta 30331.

Cold weather overflow shelters:

Atlanta Mission (Men-45 beds) - activated at 35 degrees and below.

My Sister's House (women/children -- 20 beds) - activates at 35 degrees and below; Clients need to come to the Day Shelter, 655 Ethel Street between 8:15-10:30 a.m., Monday-Friday, to access those beds.

Salvation Army (Men: 40 bed, Women: 5 beds, Families: 2) -activated at 40 degrees and below

City of Refuge (15 beds for women/children) -activated at 40 degrees and below; may enter at 7 p.m.; please call (404)4550-0590 to check on overflow availability before sending.

Gateway (40 chairs in Lobby--men, women and children) - activated at 35 degrees and below.


3. The V. Rev. Dr. Christoph Keller III is the featured preacher on Day1 this Sunday, Dec. 18. His sermon “Nothing to Dread” can be read or heard now at You will find other text, audio, and video resources there as well.


4. Northside Drive Baptist Church will hold a Baptist Moravian Lovefeast, Sunday, Dec. 18,  at 5:30 PM, in the chapel. The Christmas Lovefeast, with its lighted candles, is one of the most beautiful services in the Moravian Church. In recent years, it has made its way into the hearts of a few Baptists too. Come join in a service of simple Christmas joy, light beeswax candles, share sweet buns and coffee, hear stories of Christmas traditions, and sing Christmas carols.


5. Why is the Interfaith Manifesto important? Visit the website to see the first of a series of responses from religious and community leaders in Atlanta.


6. Looking for a weekday daytime Bible study in the Greene County area? LOCC Hour of Power meets on Mondays at 11:45 a.m., Family Life Center, First United Methodist Church, Greensboro Campus, 206 W Broad Street.


7. Capitol City Opera brings Atlanta's best singers and pianists to the community through a recital series featuring programs of opera highlights and art songs, in the intimate and acoustically outstanding setting of the sanctuary at Church of the Atonement, 4945 High Point Rd. NE, Atlanta, 30342. These concerts are free to the public but a suggested donation of $10 will help cover costs and support the mission and programs of Capitol City Opera. Friday, Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m., featuring selections by Vaughan Williams, Ravel, and Bowles.


8. Cobb Faith Partnership is proud to announce exciting news for non-profits and ministries during the last 2016 lunch forum. Plan to join the group on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  It's the lunch and lunch-time networking for community needs, you do not want to miss. Turner Chapel AME Church, 492 N. Marietta Pkwy NE, Marietta. R.s.v.p. to the Rev. Coakley Pendergrass, CFP President, at (678)733-1479.


9. There will be Blue Christmas Service at Oglethorpe Presbyterian Church, 3016 Lanier Dr., Atlanta 30319, Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m.  Call the church at (404)233-5469 if you need more information.


10. Antioch Bible College Spring Semester 2017 begins in January. If you would like information please feel call or write Dr. Edward G. Kirsche, Sr. at


11. NAMI DeKalb is hosting Family-to-Family a free 12- week course for family caregivers of individuals with a serious mental health condition. The course, taught by trained family members, starts January 17. Contact Dianne Hiltman at or (678)468-9430 for more details.


12. Discounted Atlanta Hawks tickets are available for your congregation or church group for any home game for the rest of the 2016-17 regular season. Group outings include discounts, food credits, early entrance to watch pre-game shoot-around, complimentary bus parking, and a welcome on the big screen. . For questions or purchases, please contact Ryan Coller, (404)878-3714 or


13. DivorceCare, a biblically based, 12-week course, will be offered on Tuesdays beginning Jan. 10 at Roswell United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome. The class will meet at 6:15 p.m. in room 251 in the Sanctuary building. The only charge is $15 for the workbook. For information and registration contact De Lee Udelson, or see There will also be a GriefShare Group, contact De Lee Udelson, or 


14. Upcoming courses   at Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary. Click on the names for application and registration information.

Jan. 26-29, History of Western Spirituality (Certificate in Spiritual Formation);

Feb. 6-8, 2017, Developing Lay Leadership in the Church;
Feb. 9-12,  Spirituality of Marginality: An Asian American Perspective (Certificate in Spiritual Formation);

Feb. 13-15, Seven Concepts That Will Change Your Teaching.


15. ELCA Bishop Eaton is talking about the need for suicide prevention. Hear it now brought to you by the Lutheran Suicide Prevention Ministry.


16. Faith communities are holding Health Insurance Marketplace outreach and enrollment events during Open Enrollment now until January 31, 2017. Faith Community Tool Kit has the information you need to host an event. You may also contact attention: Rhonda Hunter, Judy Weaver and Brenda Davalie to discuss this opportunity.


17. Thompson Scholars 2017Evangelism and Social Justice, will take place May 2-5, 2017 at the Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary. The Thompson Scholars program is generously supported by an endowment in honor of Cecil Thompson, former professor of evangelism at Columbia, making it possible to offer the seminar at a lower cost to participants than comparable programs at the Center for Lifelong Learning. All information including application is here.


Visit our website for a complete community calendar, links to the Toolbox  for Mental Health Ministry, websites for daily devotionals, and many other resources. We will be happy to include your announcements in an upcoming eNewsletter. Send them to



Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.

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