Hanukkah crafts: Teens will design and make their own Hanukkah and/or dreidel during a “crafternoon” session. Participants will be able to take it home. Participation is $15-$23. Open to all. 2-3:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. 678-812- 4002, atlantajcc.org.
Remembrance service: In remembrance of the Sandy Hook shooting, Faith in Public Life and Outcry Georgia will hold a prayer vigil followed by a call to action for people of faith in Georgia to create a state with safer gun laws. Free and open to all. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. 404-237-6491, trinityatlanta.org.
Christmas party: Children up to the fourth grade will be able to participate in a special Christmas party celebrating Jesus. The event will be for kids, but each child must be accompanied by an adult. 11 a.m. Dec. 16. Bethel United Methodist Church, 245 Fairview Road, Stockbridge. 770-474-2570, bethel-umc.com.
Menorah lighting: Celebrate Hanukkah with a Menorah lighting led by Rabbi Joseph Prass. The event will also feature free jelly doughnuts and hot chocolate, a $100 door prize, photo booth, games, holiday music and more. Free and open to all. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 18. Congregation Ner Tamid, 1349 Old Highway 41, Marietta. 678 264-8575, mynertamid.info.
Community sing-along: Enjoy the season with a good old-fashioned Christmas carol sing-along, which will take place before a late-night mass celebration of holy Eucharist for the Feast of the Nativity. Free and open to all. 10:30 p.m. Dec. 24. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3480 E. Main St., College Park. 404-761-8402, stjohnscollegepark.com.
Of note: Father Jerome Hickey, monk of the Cistercian (Trappist) Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, peacefully passed away Nov. 22 after a lengthy battle of debilitating health issues that confined him to infirmary for the past 13 years; the last seven years of his life was spent bedridden. Father Jerome was 87 years old, had been in monastic life for 67 years and ordained a priest for 58 years. Despite his long-suffering, he remained cheerful throughout his earthly time.
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