Church Action eNewsletter Week of November 16, 2015

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Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.


Church Action eNewsletter Week of November 16, 2015


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1. Annual Friends & Family Open House at the Cathedral Book Store, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305, today, Wednesday, November 18, 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.  Special sale --one day only-- 20% off of everything in stock. This includes all books, gift items, jewelry, cards, CDs, and Christmas items, only exception is church supplies.   Refreshments served all day.


2. Holiday Hope, a time to remember those we have lost, Wednesday, November 18, 6:30 p.m., Donehoo Chapel, First Baptist Roswell, 710 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell 30075. “And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope.”


3. Prayer & Discernment with Kyle Strobel, Thursday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Broyles Ministry Center at North Avenue Presbyterian Church. God, what should I do with my life? Which way should I go? Should I date this person, apply for this job,... the list goes on. What role does prayer play in deciding where God is leading us? What is prayer anyway? How should we pray? These are the questions that Dr. Strobel will answer in his talk. Contact Rev. Jeff Meyers if you have any questions about the event.


4. The PGA Joining Hands for Justice Partnership invite you to breakfast with Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, Palestinian pastor, educator, writer and theologian. He will give an update on the condition of the Palestinians and the importance of their education. Breakfast with Rev. Mitri Raheb,  November 20, Friday, 7:30 a.m., Columbia Seminary, Richards Center,  Ellis Room, 701 Columbia Dr.,  Decatur 30033. Cost is $6.00. Ministers are our guests of JHJIP. Please R.s.v.p. today, Nov. 18, to Fahed Abuakel by text or calling him 404.441.2702 or All are welcome.


5. November is the Month of Human Trafficking Awareness and Action. Throughout November, the International Human Trafficking Institute, a program of The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc., in collaboration with Artworks for Freedom, is hosting Freedom Expressions ATL, a series of mural exhibits, photo installations, and conceptual art pieces aimed at raising awareness for human trafficking. See a list of events at local Atlanta college campuses and community locations here. 


6. International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is November 21.  For information, visit Additional resources may be found at the Lutheran Suicide Prevention Ministry website.


7. Bishop Ken Carter of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church is the featured preacher Nov. 22 and Nov. 29 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace. “A Kingdom Not of This World,” his sermon for Nov. 22, is based on John 18:33-37. Carter says.  “If we think Jesus would vote the way we vote, someone has remarked, we have created him in our image.” Find your station, read or hear the sermon, at  


8. Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church invites you to their Unity Day Service on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 10:00 a.m. Join in expressing desires for church and communities to "Unite In Christ" to help heal the nation. Guest speaker is Rev. Dr. Edward L. Wheeler, president of Interdenominational Theological Center. St. Paul is located at 2870 Headland Drive, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Clayton E. Taylor, Sr. Contact church for additional information at (404)349-0660.  All are welcome. 


9. God, Human Sexuality and the Bible,  Rev. Dr. Rocco A. Errico explores the depths of human sexuality. Four Tuesday evening sessions: Nov. 24, December 1, 8 and 15, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at Hillside International Truth Center, Inc., 2450 Cascade Rd. SW, Atlanta, GA 30311.  For info contact (404)758-6811 or


10. Give, Gather, & Gift to benefit the Atlanta Children's Shelter! Tuesday Dec. 1, 5:30 – 8 p.m. Cambria Gallery. 3096 Roswell Road NW, Atlanta 30305, Stella & Dot, R.s.v.p. here.


11. The 2015 World AIDS Day Mass of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, celebrated by Archbishop Wilton Gregory, will come soon after Thanksgiving so mark your calendar for Tuesday December 1, 7 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.  The Mass remembers all those who have died of AIDS and those living with HIV/AIDS, their families, friends, and caretakers. It also prays for those working to find a cure and those providing programs and support systems. IHM, 2855 Briarcliff Road, NE, Atlanta 30329. All are invited.  For more information, call Kathy at (404)634-5595.


12. “Education Equity,” a free forum on how to help schools succeed, webcast Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., from Trinity Church (NYC). See webcast instructions.  This is the second dialogue leading up to Trinity Institute 2016 (TI2016). It will examine ways to overcome the inequities in our educational system. Freeman Hrabowski will deliver the keynote; panelists will include Hilary Pennington, Bishop Andrew Waldo, and Rudolph “Rudy” Crew. These dialogues provide a preview of and chance to delve further into the issues explored at TI, including mass incarceration, education, and how we talk about race. All are invited to participate in person or online.


13. The International Human Trafficking Institute will hold its Annual Convening on Saturday, December 5, at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, in downtown Atlanta. Speakers include Alex Trouteaud, Executive Director, youthSpark; Daniel Werner, Senior Supervising Attorney, Southern Poverty Law Center; Mara Vanderslice-Kelley, Executive Director, United Way Center on Human Trafficking & Slavery at United Way Worldwide.  The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required to attend. Please click here to R.s.v.p.


14. Southern Folk Advent®, Saturday, December 5, 4:00 p.m., The Sonny Houston Bluegrass Band will provide bluegrass-Gospel music and preacher-scholar Brooks Holifield will speak at Meridian Herald’s 23nd annual Southern Folk Advent® Service. The Meridian Chorale will sing and Steven Darsey will direct the music. The event will be held at Old Church on the Oxford College campus in Oxford, Georgia. Admission is free. Atlanta tenor, Timothy B. Miller, famed for his Atlanta Braves home game appearances, will sing the dramatic folk hymn “The Morning Trumpet” in Steven Darsey’s arrangement, backed by the Meridian Chorale. For more information and directions, see


15. Peachtree Road Farmers Market is open at 2744 Peachtree Rd. on Saturday mornings thru December 19 from 9:00-12. The guest chef on December 12 is Anne Quatrano.  The Cathedral Book Store will be open, too, from 10 to 1.


16. Simpson Street Church of Christ extends an invitation to its First Annual Christmas Concert with Cantamos, Dec. 12, 4:30 p.m., 800 Joseph E. Boone Blvd. Atlanta 30314. All are welcome; there is no admission fee. The mission of the Cantamos ensemble is to restore and preserve the Negro Spiritual and other African-American choral compositions and arrangements. They have entertained, educated, and enlightened audiences as far north as Milwaukee and as far south as Miami and have shared the stage with many notable performers. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear them.   For more information contact Walter Woods at


17. The Brookhaven Farmers Market is still open on Saturday mornings, 9-12, at University Baptist Church, Dresden Drive and Fernwood Circle, Brookhaven.  


18. “Ku Imba Mungu"...Sing to God an African Advent Concert, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2569 Tilson Rd., Decatur, Sunday, December 13, at 5:00 p.m. All are welcome! Contact the church at 404-241-2524 for additional information.


19. St. Paul's Episcopal Church offers its 12th annual Christmas Concert, "Festival Sounds of the Season," at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at Sisters Chapel on the Spelman College campus. Trey Clegg is the director and conductor. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased here >


20. Oak Grove United Methodist Church is hosting a concert, Christmas at Oak Grove, Sunday, December 20, 4:30 and 7 p.m. The music of Christmas presented by choirs, soloists, and orchestra. Free tickets are required and available in the church office. 1722 Oak Grove Road, Decatur, GA 30033. More info at


21. The new year hasn't arrived yet, but Peacebuilders Camp registration has. Register your young person early for camp and assure your spot in one of our three camp sessions in 2016. Session 1 (ages 11-12): July 11-16, 2016; Session 2 (ages 12-13): July 18-23, 2016; Session 3 (ages 13-14): July 25-30, 2016. Click here to register for camp.


22. Free program to support aspiring veteran entrepreneurs! If you, a friend, or family member are current or former military, and an aspiring entrepreneur, sign up today for the VET (Veteran's Entrepreneurship Training) through the GAVE (Georgia Advancing Veteran Education) program.   If you have any questions, please email Jaime Fulsang at


23. The Beecken Center will host a Living Compass Congregational Wellness Advocate (CWA) training, Feb. 2–4, 2016, in Sewanee. Led by the Rev. Scott Stoner and the Living Compass team, this three-day course will help you develop skills to facilitate small wellness groups and lead wellness classes on a breadth of topics including adult, parent, and teen wellness. You will also take time to assess the wellness needs within your faith community and the wider community at large. This is both a training and a retreat for people excited about integrating faith and wellness in their own lives and helping others to do the same. Lay and clergy leaders of all denominations and faith backgrounds are welcome; congregations are encouraged to send groups to be trained together.  Everything you need to know.  




Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.


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