Church Action eNewsletter Week of November 18, 2019

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

1. “Through a Glass Darkly: Allegory and Faith in Netherlandish Prints from Lucas Van Leyden to Rembrandt,” reception, insightful conversation, and viewing, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 3 – 5 p.m., Michael C. Carlos Museum, 571 South Kilgo Circle, NE, Atlanta 30322. R.s.v.p. for this must be made today! Reply to if you would like to come.

2. “Experience the Forgotten” sponsored by the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and Lost-n-Found Youth to celebrate the 71st anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The event includes a self-guided tour of the Dignity Museum: Small Exhibition followed by a discussion with a panel of advocates who are working to affirm dignity in individuals experiencing homelessness. Resources and how to support this "forgotten" population included. National Center for Human Rights, 6:30-8:30 pm. More information.

3. Self-care is not Selfish Luncheon Break, a webinar from Mental Health of America, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 12:30 – 1 p.m. A faith leader, a parent, or a caregiver can often put so many things before self-leading. Self-care is not Selfish will explore the importance of self-care, how to care for self,
before caring for others and releasing the guilt of prioritizing self. Sign up at this website.

4. Community Partnerships to Improve Access to Palliative Care, Hospice, and Bereavement Services, a webinar, Thurs., Nov. 21, Noon - 1:00 p.m., focuses on the practical ways local faith and community-based organizations can help to educate their members and create greater access to hospice and palliative care services. Register here.

5. "Conceal and Carry,” co-hosted by Moms Demand Action and Out of Hand Theater, this one-man play about gun violence in America is performed in private homes throughout the Atlanta area followed by a discussion about MDA's plans for gun reform legislation in 2020. Check the website for times and locations, here through Nov. 23.

6. Victoria Lawson, student at Mercer University McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, is the featured preacher Nov. 24 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at The program is produced by the Alliance for Christian Media, based in Atlanta, Ga. For more information and many other resources, check the program’s website, Hear this fine sermon by a young student in the Atlanta area on Sunday, 7:05 a.m., News 95.5 and 750 AM WSB.

7. There is a new Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service, Sunday, Nov. 24, 4 p.m., at New Hope African Methodist Episcopal Church, 3012 Arden Road, NW, Atlanta 30305. Come join in an exploration of gratitude found within fellowship. Sponsored by Ahavath Achim Synagogue, Christ Covenant Buckhead, New Hope AME, Northside Drive Baptist Church, Northside United Methodist, St. Anne’s Episcopal, and Trinity Presbyterian.

8. Join the Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast, Morehouse College, and the Atlanta Jewish Times for an evening of commemoration of Jewish refugees expelled from Arab lands and from Iran, Sunday, Nov. 24. “The Silent Exodus” Exhibition Opening beginning at 5:00 p.m., Evening Worship at 5:30, Kosher Dessert Reception at 6:30, Screening and Panel Discussion at 7:15. Guests may attend some or all of the events. For inquires, contact Martin Luther King, Jr., International Chapel at Morehouse College, 830 Westview Drive, SW, Atlanta 30314.

9. The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for help in getting Fulton County counted. A total of temporary 7,100 workers—earning on average $22 per hour—will be hired to work in Fulton County to September 2020. Sign up to join the 2020 Census team! You can apply online at or call 1-855-JOB-2020 (1-855-562-2020). You must be at least 18 years old and have a valid Social Security number. The U.S. Census Bureau is a Second Chance Employer. Persons receiving federal benefits of any kind will not have their benefits reduced by working for the Census Bureau. A list of FAQs.

10. Join the Beloved Community at Unity Atlanta to give thanks together and celebrate the holiday, Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. for Thanksgiving Eve Potluck Dinner and Service. The church will provide the meat for dinner. Bring your favorite side dish and/or dessert to share. Childcare will be provided during the service. For more information visit

11. The BIG Art Show at Gallery 4945 at Highpoint Episcopal Worshiping Community, 4945 Highpoint Road, Atlanta, 30342. I.D.E.A. Gallery and Gallery 4945 presents over 50 artists participating with 200+ works of art available for purchase. The exhibition will be open Wednesday through Saturday, from 12:30 to 6:00 p.m. through December, or by appointment, (404)308-0794.

12. “Christmas Unwrapped” with Rev. Lawrence Bergmann, Sunday, Dec. 1, 12:30 p.m. Join Licensed Unity Teacher Bergmann for the 45 min DVD “Christmas Unwrapped” produced by the History Channel and following discussion of lesser known Biblical connections, interesting tidbits, and 21st century theological points of view. Learn where a number of our Christmas traditions come from and how the history has changed over time. Unity Atlanta, 3597 Parkway Lane, Peachtree Corners 3009. For more information visit

13. Advent Day of Reflection, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come away to Ignatius House for a day of prayer and reflection. Refreshment awaits you for your body, mind, and spirit. There will be times of silence and rest, a satisfying meal, and beautiful grounds to wander and explore as you allow God to dwell deeply and speak to you. Tuesday, December 3, Register here .... or Thursday, December 12, Register here

14. Advent Retreat with Jeannie Dubose, Friday, Dec. 6, 5 p.m., - Sat., Dec. 7, 10 a.m., in Canton, N.C. near Asheville. To learn about Dubose’s work, visit Overnight includes lodging, three meals, the program, and taxes. Double: $210; Single: $250; Commuter includes two meals, the program, and taxes: $160. To register, please call (828)-646-0095. Please register by December 2. Learn more here.

15. First Redeemer Church, 2100 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming 30091, presents “Our Coming Savior,” a Christmas musical with the Redeemer Choir and Orchestra, Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. There is no admission cost.

16. Ceremony and lunch for those grieving during the holidays, Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., the Julian of Norwich Center, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2601 Henderson Mill Road, Atlanta. An Advent quiet day with candle lighting and naming of lost ones will be guided by Lea Robinson and the Rev. Lynnsay A. Buehler. Lunch will be provided. Event cost is $40. For more information or to register, call (770)938-9797 ext. 27. Scholarships available. Registration deadline is December 5.

17. For the twenty-fourth holiday season, the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany presents an exhibit of over 300 nativity scenes from around the world, Saturday, Dec. 7 through Sunday, Dec. 15. A select times. From the elegant to the eccentric, the birth scenes are sculpted in materials ranging from carved wood to volcanic ash. Many of the nativities are accompanied by scriptural quotes and hymn texts. Admission: $5 for adults; Free for children under 12. For a brochure of times or more information call (404)373-8338 or visit

18. Alternative Gift Market at North Decatur Presbyterian Church, Saturday, Dec. 7. 10 a.m., 611 Medlock Road, Decatur 30033. The Global missions committee of NDPC brings you its annual Alternative Gift Market. These vendors sell fair trade, environmentally sustainable and reasonably priced holiday gifts that create positive change for refugees or disenfranchised populations.

19. Café Noel is a Christmas variety show used to raise money in support of Sweetwater Mission sponsored by Powder Springs UMC. The show consists of community talent performing holiday songs, music, and dancing. Attendees are entertained along with being served beverages and sweet treats served in a festive holiday atmosphere. Saturday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., The Patricia C. Vaughn Cultural Arts Center, 4181 Atlanta Street, Powder Springs 30127. Tickets here.

20. There will be two opportunities to experience Meridian Herald’s annual Southern Folk Advent service this season. Old Church, Oxford, Georgia – Saturday, December 7, 2:00 p.m., The Church at Ponce and Highland, Atlanta – Sunday, December 8, 7:30 p.m. featuring Leah Calvert and the Dappled Greys, the Meridian Chorale, and Steven Darsey.

21. St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 1790 LaVista Road, Atlanta, will hold its Annual Artists’ Holiday Market, Sunday, Dec. 8, 12-4 p.m. Find all manners of creative art at this event. There will be works of painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, jewelry, knitting, crochet, quilting, woodwork, gourmet foods, and crafts of all types. For more information, please contact Michelle Hiskey. Vendors, you can reserve your spot here.

22. Atlanta InterFaith Leaders Forum Eleventh Annual Taste of Faith, Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2-5 p.m., hosted by City of Lights Worship Center, 3125 Presidential Parkway, Atlanta 30340. This popular event provides an opportunity for members of all of Atlanta’s diverse faith communities to come together. There will be delicious dishes from our diverse traditions and dialogue and fellowship. By participation in this event, you encourage all of those attending to continue their work toward breaking down the barriers of prejudice, misunderstandings, and polarization. No reservations are required; no charge for attendance. Bring your family and friends for a great afternoon of fellowship.

23. The Trey Clegg Singers Advent Concert Handel’s “Messiah,” First Congregational Church UCC, 105 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, 30303, Handel's Messiah, Sunday, December 8, 3:00 p.m. Purchase Tickets

24. Youth Ensemble of Atlanta’s “Urban Holiday Soup” is Atlanta’s longest running Christmas musical comedy. The show opens Dec. 12. At 7 Stages Theater in Historic Little 5 Points, Atlanta. Tickets:

25. Grace Episcopal Church, 422 Brenau Avenue, Gainesville 30501, invites you an Advent Quiet Day, Saturday, Dec. 14, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. You will journey through Advent with a variety of activities. Cost of event and lunch is $10. Registration deadline is December 7. Register here.

26. Georgia Cares will conduct a DMST Community, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., at the Talbot County Library, 75 Jefferson St., Talbotton, GA. Have questions? Email us at or call us at (404) 602-0068. Want to request a training? Fill out a Speaker Request Form here (PDF) or here (Word) and submit to

27. Mark your calendars for the 4th annual Christmas on Clairemont benefit concert, December 15, 7:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Decatur. With a festival choir of 100 local voices, a professional orchestra, and a star-studded cast of featured performers, you don't want to miss this exciting evening! More later and check out

28. Holiday House is a place where homeless and low-income parents can shop free of charge for warm clothing, gifts for their children, and family necessities. With your contributions, you can help bring holiday joy and the spirit of the season to those in need. This year's event will take place during the week of December 16- 20 at North Avenue Presbyterian Church, 607 Peachtree St, NE, Atlanta, GA 30308. Wish List.

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