Atlanta faith calendar


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Day of service: Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?" On his nationally observed birthday, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer will answer the call with their "MLK Day of Service 2015," featuring service, fellowship and loving your neighbor from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19. Utilizing their Outreach Ministry Partners and more, participants can serve in the Food Ministry, put together hygiene kits for the homeless, build a playground sandbox, make door snakes, create cards and care packages for homebound members, and more. Breakfast will be provided beginning at 8 a.m., with a brief worship service at 8:45 a.m. To sign up or for more information, call 404-874-8664 or email sask@redeemer.org. 731 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. www.redeemer.org.

Book signing: In partnership with the Gwinnett Quilters' Guild, the Gwinnett Library presents "Meet the Author" with New York Times bestselling author Cindy Woodsmall at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20. Cindy is the author of over 15 books, listed as one of the top three Amish fiction writers, worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life, and received several awards including the Christian Book of the Year. Held at Cannon United Methodist Church, this event is open to the public. There is a $5 cost for non-guild members. Call 770-978-5154 for more information. 2424 Webb Gin House Road, Snellville.

Stage play: In "Jesus of Nazareth and The Book of Genesis," actor Bill Oberst, Jr. will bring out the majesty, humor and humanity in the characters of these famous stories. "Jesus of Nazareth" is a first-person recreation of the teaching of Christ, with a text taken entirely from the New Testament Gospels. "The Book of Genesis," taken from the most direct translations of both the Bible and the Torah, is the subject of "Genesis," a dramatic reading of the famous text. Performances will be held at Art Station beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22 through Saturday, Jan. 24. The last performance will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25. Tickets are $23 - $27 and may be purchased by visiting www.artstation.org. 5384 Manor Drive, Stone Mountain.

Weekend retreat: Though not a replacement for therapy or medication, the "Depression, Anxiety and Burnout" weekend retreat will provide tools for people to feel the healing touch of the Living God. This event is especially for people who long to receive Christ's love, seek peace during anxiety, need light to combat the darkness of depression and want for new life instead of a burnout. Held at Monastery of the Holy Spirit, the suggested cost per night is $60 - $100 per person. Participants may check in at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6; check out will be 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8. Call 770-760-0959 to reserve a spot. 2625 Highway 212 SW, Conyers. www.trappist.net.