Atlanta faith calendar

Concert with cello works: At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, cellist Matt Haimovitz will perform with the ATL Symphony Musicians. Presented by Dunwoody United Methodist Church, the concert will include "Haydn C Major Cello Concerto" and "Elegy for Aurora" plus solo cello works of Bach and Jimi Hendrix. "We hope the performance will change the way people traditionally think about classical music. It's not boring or stuffy; it's exhilarating, relevant and will leave audiences breathless," said Michael Kurth, vice president of the board of the ATL Symphony Musicians Foundation. Tickets to this public event range from $5-$25, and can be purchased at the door the day of the concert. For more information, visit 1548 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody.

Ancient floods symposium: The Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University will present a symposium called "From Nippur to Noah: Stories of the Flood" at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, where faculty members from the Candler School of Theology and alumni of Emory's Graduate Division of Religion will discuss flood accounts from ancient Mesopotamia to modern day, and address concerns about environmental catastrophes as well as the relationship between religion and the environment. The event also coincides with the arrival, via loan, of the Nippur Flood Tablet, one of the earliest Near Eastern texts to describe a world overwhelmed by water. Museum admission is $6-$8. Visit for more details. 571 S. Kilgo Circle N.E., Atlanta.

Flower power: Want to learn more about the function and responsibilities of the Flower Guild at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church? At 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, join current and prospective members for a two-fold luncheon that will celebrate the people responsible for weekly floral arrangements as well as Christmas and Easter decorations, and second, provide supplemental information about the guild to pique your membership interest. No experience is required to become a member. Visit for more information. 3180 Peachtree Road, Atlanta.

Party with a purpose: In block party style, the Harvest Tabernacle Church will present "Harvest Fall Fest: Fall Into Fun!" at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. Free and open to all, the event will aim to give back to the community via a day of fun, inclusive of food, rides, games, health screenings and more. According to Apostle Travis Jennings, senior pastor of the Harvest Tabernacle Church, "We would like to show our community that as a ministry, we're concerned about every aspect of your life. If you need a car or home, we'll have reps on hand to assess your situation. If you want to check your cholesterol, blood pressure or HIV status, we'll have practitioners there as well." Call 770-484-7400 for more information. 1450 S. Deshon Road, Lithonia.