Church Action eNewsletter Week of October 24, 2016

1. Even if your place of worship has not planned to participate in Children’s Sabbath this month, you can find another time to celebrate; the 2016 Children’s Sabbaths resources may be used all year. If you have celebrated a Children's Sabbath this month, you can draw from the Actions Section of the resources to continue to make a difference for children in the year to come. 


2. On Thursday, October 27 at 11:00am at the Georgia State Capitol South Wing Steps, Senator Renee Unterman will discuss the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund, Amendment 2 on the election ballot on November 8.


3. Last Sunday, the local Day 1 station played the sermon for this coming Sunday by mistake. Atlanta listeners missed hearing the sermon from the Rev. Chris Henry, Shallowford Presbyterian Church. Henry’s sermon “The Problem with Piety” will air this Sunday, Oct. 30, on WSB 750 AM and 95.5 FM at 7:05 a.m.


4. Dr. Frans de Waal, C. H. Candler Professor of Psychology at Emory University and Director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, will lecture in the Columbia Theological Seminary’s “Science for Seminaries” program, Nov. 2, 11:00 a.m. Dr. de Waal will present “Are we Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?” This event is open to the public in the Ellis Room of the Richards Center on the Columbia Seminary campus located at 701 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur.


5. St. Anne's Episcopal Church invites the community to a special liturgy of Evensong, Nov. 2, 7:00 p.m., to remember the ones we have loved and lost.  St. Anne's Choir will guide the worship and remembrance. Submit the names of your loved ones who have passed on and their names will be read during the service.  Email your submissions before Friday to or call Scott Miller at (404)237-5589.  St. Anne's is located at 3098 St. Anne's Lane, Atlanta 30327.


6. A discussion for students on Amendment 2, Nov. 3, 8-10 p.m., sponsored by International Human Trafficking Institute in collaboration with 368 PONCE, 368 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta 30308. Discussion at 8, music with DJ FatherFannie at 10 p.m. 


7. Luncheon and Conversation with Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker of Yale's Forum on Religion & Ecology, Friday, October 28, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, Read more and purchase your ticket here.


8. Cascade UMC Hallelujah Festival, Friday, Oct. 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Trunk or Treat, music, contests, drama, fun, parents must accompany children. 3144 Cascade Avenue, SW, Atlanta 30311.


9. Spelman College Alumnae Preacher Series ends on Oct. 30 with Minister Whitney R. Bond, Ph.D. student Chicago Theological Seminary. Spelman College, 350 Spelman Lane SW, Atlanta 30314. Services are at 11:00 a.m. 


10. Lake Oconee Community Church will sponsor a seminar about the fashion industry - from how the process begins to the final product in stores. Leigh Ellen Matheny will explain how the fashion industry works. She, who has worked with M Missoni of the Valentino Fashion Group for 10 years, is the daughter of LOCC pastor for Spiritual Development, Becky Matheny. Coffee and tea will be provided. No reservations needed. Contact Becky Matheny for any additional information. October 27, 2 p.m., LOCC, 1001 Village Park Drive. 


11. We received old information last week about the Homeless Requiem at St. Philip’s Cathedral, 2744 Peachtree Road NW Atlanta, GA 30305. This year is the 28th. It will be Nov. 1 at 7 p.m., music starts at 6 p.m.  Dr. Jim Beaty will be the preacher. There is no charge for the event. The Rev. Cathy Zappa is the contact person for this event


12. A new film documents the costs of sea level rise for the people of Norfolk which has registered 16 inches of sea level rise since 1930. "Facing the Surge" also tells the stories of citizens from across the United States as they raise awareness and push their government to solve climate change. The lead filmmaker Diogo Castro Freire will be at Atlanta Friends Meetinghouse, 701 West Howard Ave., Decatur 30030, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1, and will take questions after this 25-minute film is over. Green Friends will offer light refreshments. Admission is free; children are welcome. For more information, go to or contact Henry Slack at (404)217-4229.


13. Focused on serving the reentry population, the Greater Gwinnett Reentry Alliance holds open monthly meetings. This year the annual conference will involve a component that is specific to the faith-based community and affords local churches opportunity to engage in an alliance with the governor’s office to offer welcome, spiritual nourishment, and an opportunity to restore damaged relationships.  Friday, Nov. 4, 12 – 4 p.m., Tabernacle International Church, 270 Simonton Road SW, Lawrenceville. Complimentary lunch will be served. Click Here to Register.

14. Family Life Conference 2016 Fight for the Family, Nov. 4-6, Bethel World Outreach Ministries-Atlanta, 7094 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Norcross, Georgia 30071. Guest speakers include Ministers Chris and Carmen Garner of Fortified Marriages Ministry; and Pastor Junius and Minister Cynthia Gailor of One Flesh Family Ministries. Service times are Friday, Nov 4, 6:30-10 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. includes breakfast and lunch; Sunday Nov 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. To register and for more information on tickets, contact Toni at (678) 629-4858


15. L’Arche Annual Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance will be Saturday, Nov. 5, 6-8 p.m., with a potluck fellowship and a time to remember important people who have died. Columbia Theological Seminary, 701 S Columbia Dr, Decatur, 30030. 


16. Voices for the Earth: A Celebration of Environmental Stewardship, Saturday, Nov. 5, 7-9 p.m. at Holy Trinity Parish, 515 Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur 30030. This environmental singalong features Caroline Herring performing “Black Mountain Lullaby.” Other selections include favorites performed by Charles Absher, Glen Memorial UMC Chapel Choir, Dianna Ozio, Meredith & Stiles Knight, Kaitlin Curtice, Anna Rose Gable, and Mary Martha Clark. This event is free and open to the public. 


17. 25th Edition of the Book Festival of the MJCCA, Nov. 5-20, will feature 40+ authors and a live musical concert, a cultural Jewish food tasting, interviews between authors and local journalists, and book club programs, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Purchase tickets here.

18. United Way of Greater Atlanta and FamilyWize have teamed up again to help more Atlanta residents fight the flu. Those who are uninsured and underinsured can get their flu vaccines at no cost. Must be 13 or older to receive the vaccination. If you are in Butts County or Fulton County make plans to get your flu shot in November. 

Wednesday, Nov. 9, Butts Co. Medical Center, 176 Lyons St, Jackson, 30233, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Contact phone is (770)775-5829.

Monday, Nov. 14, SWEEAC, West Hunter Street Baptist Church, 1040 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. Atlanta 30310, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Contact phone is (404)695-9390. 


19. Lauda Musicam of Atlanta, Friday, Nov. 11, 8 p.m., St Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 1790 Lavista Rd NE, Atlanta 30329, Keyboards in Early Music.  During the Renaissance and Baroque periods, the organ and the harpsichord were used in home music, chamber music, and church services. Shannon Gallier, music director at St. Bart’s, and Paula Curl will perform with Lauda Musicam and partner ensemble Uncommon Practice in this concert of music featuring keyboard instruments.


20. Make plans to join Georgia Cares and Rubber Ducky Improv Troupe for a night of family-friendly fun and laughs Saturday, Nov. 12, at Marietta Vineyard Church, 2060 Lower Roswell Rd, #300, Marietta 30068. This is a free event and is a fundraiser for Georgia Cares. Donations are not required, but are encouraged. To learn more about Rubber Ducky Improv, check out their site here.  Invite your family and friends and let them know if you plan to be there. Check out the Facebook Event here.


21. What is Jihad from the Lecture on Culture and Classics Series at Lake Oconee Community Church, 7-8 p.m., Tuesday, November 15, with  Abbas Barzegar, assistant professor, Department of Religious Studies, Georgia State University. For more information send email to


22. Atlantic Institute Give Thanks Dinner 2016, an opportunity for the community to come together around the table giving thanks and enjoying friends and family, Thursday, Nov. 17, 7 – 9 p.m., Holiday Inn Roswell, 909 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Roswell 30076.  The Rev. Terry Walker, Director of Chapel Relations for the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College is the guest speaker. Registration is required Click here. Suggested donation is $10.


23. YouthSpark is looking for passionate and dedicated individuals to help our youth through advocacy and volunteerism. If you think you might be up for the challenge, then plan to join the next Ambassador & Volunteer Orientation training November 29. Online registration is open now, space is limited. To request a free ticket, email.


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