Global gifts: Stop by Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 to drop off toys for children of various ages and/or pack boxes of toys, which will be distributed to children around the world. “There is no gift is too small to help share God’s love around the world. No matter how old or young, big or small, do something tangible to make a difference in someone’s life,” said the Rev. Ryan Wilson, minister of Missions & Students. “People can ‘follow their box’ on its journey using the online tool at www.samaritanspurse.org,” he added. The community event is free and open to all, but people are asked to bring pre-packed boxes or related supplies. For more details, visit www.spdl.org. 2715 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta.
Contemplative prayer: In the first of a series, Fr. Martin Laird, Order of St. Augustine (OSA) will present a lecture on the practice of contemplative prayer at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8. Held at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, the lecture will be a spiritual session designed for people to learn how to clear away distractions and become aware of their silent union with God. “Many people who are overwhelmed with information and noise seek ways to find interior quiet and peace. This practice of contemplative prayer, the prayer of silence, is a means to develop that interior equanimity and quiet,” said Brother Cassian Russell, subprior. Open to all, the event costs $20; seating is limited. For additional information, visit www.trappist.net. 2625 Highway 212 SW, Conyers.
Laugh and learn: In another “Wine & Wisdom” installment led by the Rev. Tom Buchanan, associate pastor of Emory Presbyterian Church, learn more about Monty Python, the British comedy troupe known for their innovative blend of sketch comedy and stream-of-consciousness. In the two-Tuesday series, which begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, discover the troupe’s underlying message on living life, religious hypocrisy, pretensions and of course, the power of laughter. The event is free and open to all, but donations are accepted to help defray the cost of wine and refreshments. Visit www.emorypresbyterian.org for additional information. 1886 N. Decatur Road NE, Atlanta.
Movie night for kids: Fun, fellowship and “Frozen!” While the epic journey of a fearless princess and friends unfolds in this movie, children will enjoy pizza and a special surprise organized by the Children’s Ministry of East Cobb United Methodist Church. The evening of entertainment will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14 and is free, but donations are appreciated. Call 770-971-3643 for additional details. 2325 Roswell Road, Marietta. www.eastcobbumc.org.
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