Church Action eNewsletter Week of November 6, 2017

Church Action eNewsletter

Week of November 6, 2017

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta

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We know some people do not get the newsletter until Thursday. It is sent on Tuesday morning and delivery is variable. We do not want to leave anything out and are sorry if you get your edition too late for a certain event.


1. The Book of Revelation: End of the World or Heaven on Earth? Take a class online with priest, theologian, and seminary professor, the V. Rev. Michael Battle, and learn how Revelation reveals God’s dream for humanity. This five-video course is great for small groups or individuals. Access this free Advent curriculum at It’s up now.


2. Seminaries That Change the World recognizes institutions for their commitment to integrating passions for justice and service with faith. The 2017-18 list includes three Atlanta institutions, Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Columbia Theological Seminary, and McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University.


3. Avondale Estates’ monthly Poetry Group gathers on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 5:30 p.m. at The Purple Corkscrew. Local poets of diverse perspectives and poetry lovers read and share favorite and challenging poems. This is a Friends –friendly venue.  Quaker themed poetry or works inspired by spiritual values are welcome.  For more info about the group contact AFM member Julia Ewen at


4. End the New Jim Crow Action Group is this Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 7:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta. Room 209/210, 1597 Interstate 85 Frontage Rd, Atlanta 30329, at Cliff Valley Way and the northbound I-85 access road between Druid Hills Rd (exit 89) and Clairmont Road (exit 91). The main entrance is off the I-85 access road. Enter parking lot from Frontage Road accessed from North Druid Hills Rd.


5. Music Therapy Sessions, Thursdays, 4:30 – 5:20 p.m., the Lake Oconee Community Church. Movement and rhythmic activity show great promise for improving the quality of life for those with depression, stress, and neurological disorders. For more information contact Melinda White at (832)795-4427 or This is offered in conjunction with Lake Oconee Moves! Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Support Group.


6. Week after week, the longstanding peace vigil at Colony Square stays relevant, drawing attention to the violence that overshadows our democracy and destroys our humanity. Join Stand For Peace every Friday at noon rain or shine. Everyone is welcome to come by and hang with the tried and true individuals who've been standing for peace on the corner every Friday since August 2002. Signs are provided but feel free to bring your own,  14th & Peachtree, Atlanta. Questions? Contact


7. The International Chopin Competition held every five years in Poland is one of the most prestigious piano competitions in the world. This Friday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m., the 2015 silver medalist Charles Richard-Hamelin will be at First Presbyterian Church. The all Chopin program will include some of the most famous and well-loved pieces by the romantic genius. Admission for children and students is free, tickets are available here. FPC, 1328 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta 30309. Complimentary parking is available in the LAZ lot 1337 Peachtree St. NE, across from FPC.


8. Internationally renowned religious scholar and author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, Reza Aslan explores humanity’s quest to make sense of the divine in his new book God: A Human History. Talk and signing Nov. 11 at 8:00 p.m. at the MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. To purchase tickets call the MJCCA Box Office at (678)812.4005, or visit AtlantaJJC


9. Dr. Tripp Martin, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Auburn, is the featured preacher on Day 1 this Sunday, Nov. 12.  You can hear his sermon “A Pin Drop” on News 95.5 and 750 AM WSB in the Atlanta area, Sunday, at 7:05 a.m. Visit to find this sermon and other text, audio, and video resources.


10. Northside Drive Baptist Church 9:30 a.m. church school has offered a series of lectures on the Reformation this fall. The final presentation in the series will be Nov. 12 by Corbin Boekhaus,  The Reformation Heritage: How did reform movements help shape modernity? NDBC, 3100 Northside Drive, Atlanta 30305.


11. Sunday, November 12, is Morris Brown College Day at Friendship Baptist Church. Service begins at 10:00 a.m. All students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the college are invited to attend to worship and fellowship with the historic congregation.  After three years of being in temporary quarters, the new church home opened this summer at the corner of Walnut Street and Beckwith Court, two blocks away from its former home where the Mercedes-Benz Stadium now stands, 80 Walnut Street, Atlanta 30314.


12. Lutheran Services of Georgia invites you to Breaking Bread & Building Bridges Potluck celebrating LSG refugees, volunteers, and faith and community partners, Sunday, November 12, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, 5135 Memorial Dr., Stone Mountain 30083. Please bring a dish  for 4-6 to share. Register here. For more information, contact Janelle Moore at or (678)852-8490.


13. The Lutheran Theological Center in Atlanta is pleased to offer Lutheran Parish Preaching: A Preaching Intensive, Nov. 13-17.  The Rev. Dr. Delmer L. Chilton is course instructor.  This class will meet on the campus of The Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta. Click here for course and registration information.


14. This year's Atlanta Community Food Bank Chili for the Children cook-off is Nov. 13 at 103 West. Professional and amateur chefs will compete head to head while you taste, vote and enjoy auctions and raffles! Your contribution will support children through the Food Bank's School Mobile Pantry Program. Purchase tickets here.


15. No bells. No whistles. Just prayer and a bit of worship this year… and a meal.  Orchard Day of Prayer is next Monday, November 13, with three opportunities to pray. Attendance is free but registration is required. Information and registration is at


16. Just in time for the holidays, “How to Recognize and Handle Substance Abuse (in the church family, and maybe in ourselves).” This clergy bagel brunch  for all church professionals is presented at the Care and Counseling Center of Georgia on Wednesday, Nov 15, 10-11:30 am, by Kristy Aspinwall, master addiction counselor and leader of the Intensive Outpatient Program for Addiction Recovery at CCCG. In addition to good cheer the holiday season brings stress, depression, and signs of addiction. On the front lines, clergy and church leaders can learn the important questions to ask, give next step guidance, and encourage folks to get the help they need and deserve. R.s.v.p. for this complimentary training (including a bagel bar) by emailing Tom Van Laningham at    


17. Cathedral Bookstore Annual Friends and Family Day with 20% off on nearly everything in the store is Wednesday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., 2744 Peachtree Road Atlanta 30305. Some exclusions apply:  No discounts on clerical collars or buttons.  No discounts on church supplies. One Day Only!  In Store Only!


18. A priest, a rabbi, and an imam walk into a… 13th Annual Community Celebration. Usher in the Thanksgiving season with a joyous celebration of the things that bring us together with more than 20 religious organizations. Plan to stay for the dessert reception and conversation, Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7:00 p.m., at Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Rd., Marietta, 30062. Please bring non-perishable food items to donate to MUST Ministries. 


19. Whiteness: The Meaning of a Racial, Social, and Legal Construct, from the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference, Emory, Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 - 8:30 p.m., Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum, 441 Freedom Parkway NE, Atlanta 30307. Join this public dialogue with five eminent experts from a wide range of disciplinary fields. Click here for info.


20. Holy Family will be at Jasper's Holiday Market… an arts, crafts, and gifts event held annually at Chattahoochee Technical College in Jasper. The quilters and crafters at Holy Family are hard at work preparing for the event. 100% of Holy Family's proceeds will be shared among local charities. Friday, Nov. 17, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. $20 Advance Tickets. Early shopping, food, drinks & entertainment. Tickets available at Renasant Bank and Holy Family Episcopal Church in Jasper. Saturday, Nov. 18, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., $ 1 donation for shopping and entertainment. Chattahoochee Technical College, 100 Campus Drive Jasper, 30143.


21. The Georgia Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has 4 International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day sites throughout Georgia, Saturday, November 18. This is a day of healing and hope for survivors of suicide loss.  Information on the Atlanta site is here and info on all Georgia sites is here.  Online registration preferred. 


22. Shallowford Presbyterian Church presents John Burke, the Grammy-nominated pianist and composer, in a free concert, open to the public, on Sunday, Novv 19, at 3:00 p.m. The church is at 2375 Shallowford Rd., Atlanta 30345.  Call (404) 321-1844 for more information.  The Atlanta native has composed multiple acclaimed solo piano albums. His latest album, Orogen, was nominated for Best New Age Album for the 59th Annual Grammy® Awards. He has composed scores for film and stage, directed musical theatre, and collaborated with incredible instrumentalists, singers, and writers.


23. Sunday, November 19 at 3 p.m. the University of South Carolina Concert Choir will present a free concert at Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 North Morningside Drive, Atlanta 30306. This excellent choir has toured extensively in Europe and in the U.S. Under the direction of Dr. Alicia Walker they will sing a diverse concert of choral music, including Herbert Howells “Magnificat” (Collegium Regale). All are welcome. For more information contact


24. On November 19, Decatur Cooperative Ministry will host its annual Thanksgiving Service to celebrate the many accomplishments of past and current clients and recognize those who helped make these successes possible. This is an excellent chance to see how deeply community support impacts the lives of those served by DCM. The service begins at 5 p.m. and concludes with a light supper. Service will be in Hazelwood Hall at Columbia Presbyterian Church, 711 S Columbia, Decatur 30030. Parking is available in the lot. 


25. The New Advent Choir of Cascade United Methodist Church presents the Annual Thanksgiving Concert, and evening of praise and worship in song, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m., 3144 Cascade Road, Atlanta 30311. Call (404)691-5770 if you have questions.


26. Holy Trinity Parish’s artist-in-residence Natalie Twigg has written a mass setting for Holy Eucharist and given it to the church as a 125th anniversary gift. The parish will pray with this music for the first time on Sunday, November 19. The community is invited to gather at 6:30 p.m. to hear the music, followed by a potluck dinner at 7:00, then on to the nave at 7:30 for the service.


27. St. Anne's Episcopal Church is happy to host this year’s Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service, an annual collaboration with Ahavath Achim Synagogue, New Hope AME, Northside Drive Baptist Church, St. Anne's Episcopal Church, and Northside UMC. Music will include Southern hymns and melodies. A reception will follow the service. Sunday, November 19 at 6:30 p.m., 3098 St Anne's Ln NW, Atlanta 30327.


28. Open Bethlehem is a story of a homecoming to the world’s most famous little town. The film spans five momentous years in the life of Bethlehem, revealing a city of astonishing beauty and political strife. The film draws from 700 hours of original footage and some rare archive material. Monday, Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m., Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, 441 Freedom Parkway NE, Atlanta 30307. $10 donation at the door. R.s.v.p. by Friday Nov. 17, seats are limited. Reply to


29. Ser Familia Fourth Annual Latino Summit: Improving Latino Child Wellbeing, December 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Atlanta Metropolitan State College, 1630 Metropolitan Parkway SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30310 Register here. 


30. Did you know that nearly 20,000 children in Georgia found themselves in foster care in 2017? Georgia CASA has 46 affiliate CASA programs across the state that recruit, screen, train, and supervise everyday heroes who give voices to foster children. CASA seeks adults across the state to help advocate for our children. To learn more, check out the website.


31. Show hospitality to students in our area who are far away from home. For information on AMIS (Atlanta Ministry to International Students) volunteer opportunities, go to webpage.


32. The Evelyn Gibson Lowery 2018 Civil Rights Heritage Tour is taking registration. This March 3-4, 2018, trip will visit Birmingham, Marion, Selma, Whitehall, and Montgomery. Register


Visit our website for a complete community calendar, links to the Toolbox  for Mental Health Ministry, websites for daily devotionals, and many other resources.



Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.

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