Church Action eNewsletter Week of November 26,2018

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Church Action eNewsletter Week of November 26, 2018

1. Important correction —Atlanta’s Incredible Radio is WIGO 1570 AM. All churches are invited to submit a program or bulletin to participate in Church of the Week to receive a 15 minute broadcast, promotional announcements to run during the week, and on the WIGO webpage, and dinner for the Pastor and First Lady or First Husband at one of the Golden Corral locations in Stockbridge, Jonesboro, or Decatur. To participate, submit your church program or bulletin, each week, to Church of the Week, 2424 Old Rex Morrow Road, Ellenwood 30294, or by email to

2. A Festival of Lessons, Carols, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7:06 p.m., Friendship Baptist Church, 80 Walnut Street, Atlanta 30314. There is no admission charge for this concert by Clark Atlanta University Concert Choirs. Pastor Richard Wills and Conductor Curtis Everett Powel invite the community!

3. United Way and the Regional Council of Churches Food Pantry Forum is Thursday, Nov. 29, 3 -4:30 p.m. We will explore the food coop model for addressing food insecurity. What can you share? What do you need to know? There will also be plenty of opportunity for information sharing and questions. Loudermilk Conference Center, 40 Courtland St NE, Atlanta 30303. To R.s.v.p. go to this site.

4. Author Scott Gunn will speak about his new book "Walk in Love: Episcopal Beliefs and Practices." Walk through the liturgical year, the sacraments of the church, habits of daily prayer, and the teachings of Anglican Christianity. See how our prayer shapes our belief and our lives and how our beliefs lead us into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. November 29, 6:30 p.m., Cathedral Book Store, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305.

5. Advent Quiet Day, come spend time preparing your heart to welcome the Christ, born in the poorest, mostly unlikely corner of our hearts. This day will include opportunities for wisdom practices that prepare and open the heart for transformation: chant, extended silence for individual reflection with readings, the labyrinth, and body prayer. Leader Lisa Persons, M.Div., a Spiritual Director at Amerson House Spirituality Center behind St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, is a long-time associate of Green Bough House of Prayer, Lanier House, Cathedral of St. Philip, 9:30 – 2:00, Saturday, Dec. 1. The cost is $20 and includes lunch. Please register before November 27 online or by contacting Jeannie Mahood or 404-365-1031.

6. Day 1 preachers will explore Christmas with the gospel writers during Advent. The Rev. Thomas Are, Jr., the preacher for Dec. 2, will preach on “Celebrating Christmas with Mark.” Hear it on News 95.5 and 750 AM WSB in the Atlanta area Sunday at 7:05 a.m. For more information and many other resources check the program’s website,

7. Experience a deeper understanding of Christmas this Advent season. Join adults and children on Sunday, December 2, 9:15 a.m., in the Parish Hall at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church to assemble gifts “From the Heart” for the more needy in our community. Your gift and service will brighten your spirit and share the light of Christ with others. 3098 St. Anne’s Lane, Atlanta 30327, (404)237-5589,

8. The Tenth Annual Taste of Faith, Sunday, December 2, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
The Rev. Dr. T. Paul Groetz will welcome us to the City of Light worship center at 3125 Presidential Parkway, Atlanta 30340. Atlanta’s diverse faith communities come together to sample delicious dishes from the diverse cultural traditions and to enjoy dialogue and fellowship. Approximately twelve different communities will be sharing in hosting this event. No reservations are required and there is no charge for attendance. Friends and family members are always welcome.

9. A rare opportunity – Christopher Wells at St. Anne’s Church, Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., “How can they believe if no one tells them?” Romans 10:14. Join the Living Church Institute and St. Anne’s Episcopal Church for an exploration of the life and work of St. Augustine taught by Dr. Christopher Wells. $20, which includes lunch. The event is open to the public, and especially designed to serve clergy as a continuing education opportunity. 3098 St. Anne’s Lane NW, Atlanta 30327. If you have questions email Register here

10. Les Trois Voix, a women’s vocal ensemble based in Atlanta, will present its premiere concert on Saturday, December 8, 7:30 p.m. in the chapel at Northside Drive Baptist Church, 3100 Northside Drive, Atlanta 30305. The ensemble features Erin Garrard, Jenna Gould (NDBC Staff Soprano), and Katie Sadler-Stephenson. The concert Sing of Mary: Songs of the Mother will feature music that focuses on Mary’s experience before and after the birth of Jesus. For more information visit

11. St. Timothy UMC’s Chancel Choir, along with guest artists and musicians, will present its annual Christmas Cantata Sunday, December 9, at 4:00 p.m. This concert of Christmas songs, hymns, and carols will delight your heart and soul during this season of celebrating Jesus’ birth. A festive reception will follow. 5365 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain, GA 30083.

12. The William Baker Choral Foundation and New South Festival Singers presents “A Christmas Story” with storyteller Gwendolyn Napier, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2461 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305, Dec. 9, 4 p.m. For more information visit

13. “Sounds of Christmas” free Christmas concert and sing-a-long with guest soloist Timothy Miller and professional orchestra at Shallowford Presbyterian, Sunday, December 9, 4 p.m. Cider and cookies will be served after this fun holiday event for the entire family. 2375 Shallowford Road, Atlanta 30345.

14. Holiday Jazz Vespers at Rock of Ages Lutheran Church-Stone Mountain, GA, Sunday, December 9, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., 5135 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain 30083.

15. You can see "Healing Justice" now in Atlanta. On December 12, at 7:00 p.m., see this film, which uses poetry, dance and individual testimony to help us understand and feel what changes need to be made to the criminal punishment system, as a prequel to the End New Jim Crow Action Group Meeting. Here's a link to a preview https://youtube For more details or to download the free study guide, see Atlanta Friends Meeting, 701 West Howard Ave, Decatur 30030.

16. Youth Ensemble of Atlanta’s Christmas classic “Urban Holiday Soup” opens Dec. 13 at 7 Stages Theater, Little 5 Points, Atlanta,

17. Christmas with the Georgia Boy Choir, Friday & Saturday, December 14 & 15, 7:00 p.m., a Peachtree Road UMC and Atlanta family tradition. Come hear all five levels of the Georgia Boy Choir as they offer an unforgettable holiday concert with sacred classics, Christmas carols, and all your holiday favorites. Accompanied by a full orchestra, this concert is not to be missed. Tickets available at

18. The Trey Clegg Singers present the third annual “Festival Sounds of the Season” at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Saturday, Dec. 15, 6 p.m. 407 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta 30303.

19. Christmas with Atlanta Master Chorale, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts at Emory University, 1700 North Decatur Road, Atlanta 30322. Saturday, Dec. 15, 8 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16, 4 p.m. Christmas brings us together. It unites past to present, sacred to secular, reminiscence to hope. It is filled with the joy of angel song and the quiet of a silent night. Come celebrate with us and experience the wonder and beauty of Christmas. purchase individual tickets: saturday purchase individual tickets: sunday

20. Christmas on Clairemont at First Baptist Church of Decatur, with full orchestra, organ, piano and a festival chorus of a hundred local voices Sunday, December 16, at 7 p.m. The concert is open to the public, donations are encouraged to benefit Decatur Cooperative Ministry. Christmas on Clairemont will feature Broadway lead, Kamryn Loy. Guest conductors will take the stage throughout the evening. The lineup is jam packed with choruses and artists including two rising opera stars, a singer/songwriter, a child-prodigy violinist and the Dean of the College of Fine Arts at GSU! The concert is free of charge and open to the public, donations will benefit the Decatur-area Cooperative Ministry. First Baptist Church Decatur, 308 Clairemont Ave, Decatur 30030.

21. AMIS says you have time to sign up to host an international student or scholar with the Atlanta Ministry with International Students for one week or two during the Christmas season. Here's the link.

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