Church Action eNewsletter Week of October 15, 2012

 God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.   

Read about how fabulous the National Festival of Young Preachers will be in January when it is here, in Atlanta! The word from Dwight Moody and more...   And, Gospel Slam info is on our website, left hand side, scroll down a bit. Be on the look out for a post card to your youth group. If you want to know more call me at 404-201-6448.


1. Remember the Seedtime and Harvest Greenhouse and Gardens of Holy Comforter Church last organic plant sale of the season, Saturday, October 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m… they’ll also have hot pepper sauce made from colorful peppers grown in the gardens, fig jam, crocheted flowers, and dried flower pictures –   all for your early holiday shopping, 737 Woodland Ave. SE, Atlanta 30316.


2. Chili Cook-Off, Blessing of the Animals and a free concert by the Choral Guild of Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 20, at St. John's Episcopal Church, College Park. To enter the cook-off contact Pat Roberts, The animal blessing is scheduled for 1 p.m. and the concert is at 4 p.m. All are welcome.


3. Pastor Karen & Hicks with Picks invite everyone to Bluegrass Sunday at Rock Spring Presbyterian Church, 1824 Piedmont Avenue, NE, Atlanta 30324, Blue grass gospel and Bible preaching, on October 21, 9:00 a.m., in Loudermilk Center at the rear of the church parking lot.


4. Episcopal laywoman and author Caroline Westerhoff is the featured speaker, Oct. 21, on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally syndicated ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Westerhoff is the author of several books, including “Transforming the Ordinary”  and “Make All Things New: Stories of Healing, Reconciliation, and Peace.” Before her retirement, Westerhoff served as canon for ministry for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta.


5. The people of Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church, Sandy Springs will host an open house for the community as they celebrate the completion of an 18-month building expansion program featuring artists and musicians as well as architects and craftspeople who helped to make the church’s dream a reality. On October 21, doors open at 2 p.m., 805 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs. The music portion of open house will include an introduction to the glass-paneled Christ Chapel and a premiere of the Wallace Pipe Organ, mini-recitals on the new organ, mini-recitals on the Schoenstein organ in the nave, and programs on the piano  in the new Music Room.


6. The William Baker Choral Foundation presents The 2012 Andrew Cain Memorial Concert, Mozart’s Requiem in D minor and Symphony No. 41 in C major "Jupiter", an afternoon of masterful music with the William Baker Festival Singers, accompanied by the Orchestra of the American Heartland on Sunday October 21, at 3:00 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 458 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Midtown Atlanta. Tickets available in advance online or at the door: $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, Free for children under 12. 404-909-8357


7. 2012 Men's Day at Leland UMC, A Kingdom Celebration: Men Answering Our Call in the Community with The Rev. Richard D. Winn, Sr., Guest Choir is the C.L. Henderson Male Chorus, Sunday, October 21, 3:00 p.m., Leland United Methodist Church, 81 Veteran's Memorial Hwy, Mableton 30126. For more information call 770-948-1904.


8. Choral Guild of Atlanta at Northside Drive Baptist Church, Early England, October 21, at 4 p.m.  in the Chapel, Motets, Anthems, Balletts and Ayres, Tallis, Morley, Byrd, Bull, Gibbons and others.


9. A piano concert featuring Terry Lowry at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Decatur is a fundraiser for a new grand piano to accompany the parish's Sanctuary Choir. Lowry is a multifaceted pianist, composer, and conductor who annually appears in concerts throughout the United States and Europe. 


10. Interdenominational Theological Center Christian Education Lecture:“Information and Misinformation as State Power Practices and the Confessing Christian Response” featuring Raymond McGovern retired information officer CIA, October 23, 6- 7:30 p.m., welcome reception 5:30. ITC Chapel 700, 700 Martin Luther King Jr., Drive, SW Atlanta 30314. For more information contact or call 404-527-7700. blocked::" href=""">


11. Fall Revival at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, Wednesday through Friday, October 24-26, speakers include Dr. Curtis Lester, Rev. Rev. H. D. Freeman, Zion Grove Baptist Church, and Rev. H. H. Dyer, New Love Baptist Church.  St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 2870 Headland Drive, East Point.  Unity Day will follow on Sunday, October 28, with Dr. Anne Watts and Bro. Wilmon Murphy speaking on Christian Men and Women Laboring Together to Make a Difference.  Rev. Dr. Clayton E. Taylor, Sr., Pastor.  For information call 404-349-0660.


12. “A Mormon Lawyer’s Perspective on Preservation and the Environment” Faith and Law Breakfast, Thursday, October 25, 7:30 a.m., Ellis Hall, All Saints’ Episcopal Church. 634 West Peachtree St., Atlanta.  Assistant Professor Ryan Rowberry, Georgia State Law School, will discuss how the doctrines of his church led him to pursue a career in resource conservation and historic preservation, and why he believes that, from an LDS perspective, cultural heritage protections and resource conservation are critical aspects of honoring God. Cost for the breakfast is $8 per person, payable at the door.  Proceeds go the Men of Hope. For meal planning purposes, please contact Tom Cox at or 404-522-9767,  if you plan to attend.    


 13. Candler School of Theology at Emory University presents prominent Christian activist and best-selling author Shane Claiborne on "Jesus for President," a talk designed to spark the Christian political imagination. Based on Claiborne's book of the same name, it reminds us that our ultimate hope lies not in partisan political options but in Jesus and the incarnation of the church as a people 'set apart' from this world. So how are believers to function in the political system? Admission is free, but advance registration is required. For more information and to register, visit and navigate to October 23. This event is made possible with support from the Blackard Fund. blocked::" href="http://www.candler.em...


 14. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Newnan, will host its third annual Flower Festival and English Tea from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. The theme for the festival is "Four Seasons of Flowers” and the event will include music and a demonstration on creating a seasonal arrangement. Tickets may be purchased for $20 in advance from the church office. Call 770-253-4264.


15. Pets are important to lots of people. The Humane Society, Zutilla Veterinary, Fulton County Animal Services, UGA College of Vet med, Lifeline Animal Project, and Jabula Dog Academy will host a clinic offering free rabies vaccine for cats and dogs and free spay and neuter vouchers. October 27, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., 809 Hollywood Road, Rear of Building, Atlanta 30318. Please call 888-297-1683 for more information.


16. 24th Annual Homeless Memorial Day and Requiem, Thursday, November 1, 2012. Homeless Memorial Day is co-sponsored by the many faith communities and service agencies that provide meals, housing, employment, and support to our neighbors who are living without housing. The day begins at Peachtree-Pine, 10 a.m., for coffee and doughnuts; 11 a.m. march to City Hall; 12 p.m. Blessing of the Crosses with litany and rally; dinner at the Cathedral of St. Philip will be at 5:30 p.m. followed by a Requiem Mass at 7 p.m. the R. Rev. Robert Wright, Bishop, will preach and Dean Sam Candler will celebrate. 


17. A Journey of Faith Community Breakfast at First Presbyterian Church featuring James H. “Jim” Morgan, Chairman and CEO of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. , November 2, 8 – 9:30 a.m., Fifield Hall, 1328 Peachtree St., NE Atlanta 30309. Please R.s.v.p. to Nancy Sligh at 404-228-7702 or Cost is $5, paid at the door; it includes a full breakfast plus delicious Krispy Kreme Doughnuts!


18. AMIS 35th Annual International Student and Scholar Welcome Reception will be at Agnes Scott College, Sunday, November 4, 3 p.m., Presser Hall at Agnes Scott College, 141 E. College Avenue, Decatur  30030. Students and groups from the various colleges and universities will be performing and international food will be served afterwards. All are invited to stay and greet one another and express a warm welcome to our many international students.


19. Heaven Bound, an African American folk drama that portrays the struggles and pitfalls of a group of pilgrims striving to reach the gates of heaven, was first performed on February 17, 1930, at the Big Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Atlanta. It was hailed soon after as "the first great American folk drama" by the Theatre Guild and has been performed annually ever since. Big Bethel A.M.E. Church, Atlanta, November 9 and 10 at 7 p.m.; for reservations call 404-827-9707. Read a little more  ..  


 20. A Conversation on Courageous Leadership with Bishop William H. Willimon at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Saturday, November 10, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Reserve your spot at


21. Atlanta Presbytery’s Peacemaking Partnership invites you to attend a potluck dinner and discussion about peacemaking efforts of the Presbyterian Church in Colombia (IPC) and the PC(USA)’s Accompaniment Program there. Come meet and hear Mamie Broadhurst and Richard Williams, PC(USA) Mission co-workers in Colombia. Bring a dish to share on Saturday, November 10, 6:30 p.m., North Decatur Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 611 Medlock Road, Decatur 30033.  Please call 404-636-1429 to let them know you are coming.


22. Spiritual Practice: A Way of Life, November 11- 16 at Columbia Theological Seminary. This class will examine and experience many spiritual practices, both traditional and organic, available to us and to our congregations. The course will be experiential including prayer, small groups, individual reflection, and silence as well as presentations and discussion.This class is open to everyone. Credit towards the Certificate in Spiritual Formation will be given to those who complete the pre and post course assignments. More here..   


23. Monday November 12 is the most important day in Atlanta Community Ministries year--  the 2012 Annual Day of Prayer for Atlanta, a day when all ACM stakeholders and friends devote extra time to praying for our city. Gather at noon for prayer and free lunch at the Fellowship Hall of Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, 2715 Peachtree Rd. NE,  30305. Parking is free in the parking lot adjacent to the church. They need a count for the meal so R.s.v.p. by November 8 to Tula Blackwelder, or 404-841-0800 ext 203. 


24. You are invited to the 8th Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration, inspiring, humorous, music-filled, and followed by a dessert reception. The community spotlight will be on MUST Ministries and canned food donations will be accepted. The congregations who have planned this celebration are: Eastminster Presbyterian, East Cobb Islamic Center, East Cobb UMC, Emerson Unitarian Universalist, Indian American Cultural Association, Islamic Center of Marietta, Islamic Speakers Bureau, Masjid Al-Mu’ minun, North River Church of Christ, Temple Kol Emeth, Transfiguration Catholic Church, Unity North Atlanta Church, Everyone is welcome, Thursday, November 15, 7 p.m. at Temple KolEmeth, 1415 Old Canton Road, Marietta 30062. Telephone there is 770-973-3533. Find it on Facebook!/pages/Ecumenical-Thanksgiving-Celebration-2012/119602054760740?fref=ts


25.  Have you looked over the offerings at the Ayres Center for Spiritual Development at St. Mary’s Sewanee?



Quick Links: 

Reformation Day at Candler

Mental Health first Aid Training

Healthy Moms Project MHA 

Heaven Bound 


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