Church Action eNewsletter Week of November 11, 2019

Church Action eNewsletter Week of Nov. 11, 2019
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

1. “Annelies: The Diary of Anne Frank,” is tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 12, The Temple, 1589 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta 30309. 7:06 p.m., free admission. Clark Atlanta University Philharmonic Society and The Temple in concert.

2. Restorative Justice Advocacy meeting Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Atlanta Friends Meeting House, 701 West Howard Ave, Decatur 30030, 1/2 mile east of East Lake MARTA station). Albert Fields will lead a discussion of a possible Restorative Justice Solution to the killing of Bothan Jean in Dallas, Tex. Restorative Justice is an approach for responding to harm and conflict in a community that works to heal what is broken, respect the value and experiences of all involved, recognize the importance of relationships, and bring about accountability.

3. “Just Housing: The Racial Politics of Housing in Atlanta,” November 13, 7-8 p.m., Natalie McLaughlin and Alison Johnson of Housing Justice League on the racial politics of housing in Atlanta and how Atlanta’s housing history can be understood within a broader history of race and capitalism. They will also discuss the ongoing work of the group and what organizing for housing justice can look like. Presentation will be followed by a group discussion. Phillip Rush Center Annex, 328 Mell Ave., Suite B, Atlanta 30307. More and registration.

4. 2019 Legislative Forum — join faith leaders in a discussion with state legislators about public policy, plus learn about issues central to this year's legislative session and how to be equipped for the 2020 election cycle, Thursday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m. ​This event is free and open to all. Druid Hills Presbyterian Church, 1026 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta 30306. Register today, and invite a friend! Register here.

5. First Presbyterian Church invites you to join Concerts @ First at 8 p.m. on Nov. 15 for a Silent Movie Concert featuring Charlie Chaplin's film "The Kid" with live accompaniment by organist Peter Krasinski. Also featuring the overture from "Candide" and a short film "The Rink." Free admission and parking. Great event for the whole family! 1328 Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30309.

6. The Summit is committed to creating a well-informed and stigma free community. You are invited to the following free community trainings:

Nov. 15, 10-11 a.m., Stonecreek Church, Soul Shop - Adults Who Work with Youth (Faith-Based).

Nov. 18, 12 - 2 p.m., Gate City Brewery, Raising the Bar on Mental Health - Bartenders, Baristas and Waiters will help them in identifying a person who may be experiencing a crisis and provide local resources to get services they need.

Nov. 20, 6 - 8: p.m., Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, Signs of Suicide Trusted Adult - Adults who Work with Youth, Great for parents, volunteers, teachers, counselors, health professionals, or coaches.

Nov. 21, 9-11 a.m., North Fulton Mental Health Collaborative, Signs of Suicide Trusted Adult Training for parents, volunteers, teachers, counselors, health professionals, coaches.

To register for these trainings or to learn how you can host a training for your organization, contact Whitney Emrick at or (678)893-5336.

7. The Rev. Dr. Dock Hollingsworth, senior pastor of Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church in Atlanta, is the featured preacher Nov. 17 on “Day 1.” Hollingsworth’s sermon for Nov. 17, is drawn from Luke 21:5-19 in which Jesus warns of terrifying events to come and persecution for his followers. He says, “Jesus needs a new director of communications.” For more information, this sermon, and many video, text, and audio resources for clergy and lay people, check the program’s new website

8. The Wendell P. Whalum Community Chorus Fall Concert is Sunday, Nov. 17, 5 – 8 p.m., at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 306 Peyton Rd SW, Atlanta, 30311.

9. The launch of Atlanta’s Community of Conscience, Monday, Nov. 18, reception at 6:15 p.m., 7:30 Program, Intercontinental Buckhead. You are invited to take part in this historic launch, part of a national initiative that brings together leaders from different backgrounds to make a statement against the division in today’s society and discuss ways to address it. With David Harris, the Rev. Joanna Adams, Monica Kaufman Pearson, Doug Shipman. Register.

10. “Come to Me" - A Day of Reflection for those who are grieving, Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive NW, Atlanta 30328. If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, you are invited to come and rest for a while. Give yourself the space to connect your experience of grief with the gentleness of God’s love for you. The day hopes to provide you with the opportunity to compassionately work through your grief in the light of God’s grace. Cost $65, includes breakfast and lunch. Register here.

11. “Are We Our Brothers’ Keepers?: 14th Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration, Thursday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m., Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Rd, Marietta 30062 Participating faiths include Baha’I, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Judaism, Muslim, Sihkism, Unitarian Universalist.

12. The World Methodist Council welcomes everyone to an evening honoring the Rev. Dr. James T. Laney, recipient of the 2019 World Methodist Peace Award, Thursday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m., Sanctuary, 458 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta 30308. Since 1977, the council, representing 80 million Methodist globally, honors individuals who contribute to peace, reconciliation, and justice. Laney will be recognized for his extraordinary efforts on behalf of the people of Korea, A reception will follow. If you have accessibility requests or fo questions about the event, contact Glenn Kellum at Please register here.

13. Atlantic Institute invites you to Early Thanksgiving Dinner featuring George Rishfeld, a Holocaust survivor, who will talk about his memories of the tragic time period during WWII. He was born in Warsaw, Poland. As an infant he was thrown over the barbed-wire fence of the Vilma Ghetto into the waiting arms of Halinka, the daughter of a man who worked for George’s father. Risking their own lives, they hid George for the remainder of the war taking him out into the community and to church as if he were their own. Click to R.s.v.p. Istanbul Cultural Center, 591 N Main St Suite 100, Alpharetta 30009, Thursday, November 21, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

14. Guest choir at North Avenue Presbyterian Church. Established in 1946, the Aeolians of Oakwood University present choral music repertoire from the Baroque era to the 21st century. In 2019, they became the first Historically Black Colleges and Universities choir to be selected from blind auditions to perform at the National American Choral Directors Association Conference. North Avenue is delighted to host the Aeolians choir Sunday, Nov. 24 at 11:15 a.m.

15. Advent Choir annual Thanksgiving Concert, Sunday, Nov. 24, at 6 p.m., an evening of song and praise at Cascade United Methodist Church, 3144 Cascade Road, Atlanta 30311. If you have questions call the church office at (404) 691-5770.

16. Ignatius House is offering Advent Days of Reflection and two-night Advent Retreats this season. We are sending the dates early for your planning convenience. Days, Tuesday, December 3, Register here or Thursday, December 12, Register here. Two-day retreats December 6-8, Register here or December 20-22, Register here.

17. The Rooted in Jesus 2020 Conference will be on January 21-24 in Atlanta. The core purpose of this gathering is discipleship. The conference is presented by the Episcopal Church Foundation, in partnership with Forma, Forward Movement, The Diocese of Atlanta, and others. The conference features the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church the Most Rev. Michael Curry and the Rev. Dr. William Barber II, President, of Repairers of the Breach as speakers.

18. Two established, weekly meetings of men are looking for new meeting places in the Piedmont Heights/Buckhead area, weekday evenings. Groups are often hosted by churches or synagogues; their values and training align with spiritual growth. Events are free, so reduced rent would be helpful. Open to ALL men. Contact John Jones at for more information, or to inquire about visiting.

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Ethel Ware Carter

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