Join Central families for a playground gathering at the Decatur "toy park" on Saturday, October 25, at 10:00 a.m. The Park is a joint initiative of the First Christian Church of Decatur and the Ponce de Leon Heights Neighborhood Association and is situated in downtown Decatur at the intersection of West Ponce de Leon Avenue, Nelson Ferry Road, and Northern Avenue (click here for directions). There is usually plenty of street parking, and you may also park in the church's parking lot, which you may access from Ponce de Leon.

This park is a Decatur-area favorite, known for its riding toys, such as scooters, tricycles, bikes, wagons, and push cars, as well as play houses/kitchens and many other toys donated by the community. There are also stumps for climbing, a large green space, and traditional playground equipment. Parents can sit and chat at picnic tables or on park benches, and kids have a safe, secure place to run around. **Non-walkers also find plenty to do with push toys and places to crawl.**

Dancing Goats, a fabulous coffee shop, is practically next door, and a number of fun lunch spots (The Marlay, Farm Burger, Chai Pani, and Taqueria del Sol) are within a short, short stroll. 

Contact person is Kimberly Head Amos. RSVP'ing is great, but feel free to just show up. Kimberly, Lewis, Anne, and Elizabeth look forward to seeing y'all there!

Erskine Clark to discuss his latest book
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In 1834, Leighton and Jane Wilson left Savannah for a 17-year odyssey in West Africa. The Wilsons had freed their inherited slaves and were to become the most influential American missionaries in West Africa during the first half of the nineteenth century. While Jane established schools, Leighton fought the international slave trade and the imperialism of colonization.

As the Civil War approached, however, they heard the siren voice of their Southern homeland calling. They sought to resist its seductions; but the call became more insistent and, finally, irresistible. In spite of their years of fighting slavery, they gave themselves to a history and a people committed to maintaining slavery and its deep oppression—both an act of deep love for a place and people, and the desertion of a moral vision. 

A sweeping transatlantic story of good intentions and bitter consequences, By the Rivers of Water reveals two distant worlds linked by deep faiths.

This Bancroft Award winning book will be discussed by former Central affiliate and Columbia Seminary professor, Erskine Clarke, on Sunday, October 26 at 9:45 a.m. in a combined Adult Sunday School Class. Invite your friends and don’t miss it!

Zimbabwe Artists Project on display in Tull Hall Gallery
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Our current art exhibit in Tull Hall is from the Zimbabwe Artists Project (ZAP) – “Making Human Connections Through Art”. ZAP is a non-profit organization created at the request of the Artists of rural Weya in eastern Zimbabwe. ZAP’s goal is to “foster self-respect and self-reliance through collaborative projects." Through education, sale of their art in the U.S., and special projects, ZAP helps the artists become economically self-sufficient. Women of Weya are subsistence farmers, mothers, and householders as well as artists. Most women live on their own, providing for their families. Some are widowed, others are single heads of households, since throughout Zimbabwe men leave the rural areas to seek work in cities.  

ZAP has helped Weya artists create their own cooperative association, by assisting with constitution writing and the fundamentals of bookkeeping. These artists have used proceeds from their artwork to rebuild fragile houses, meet major medical emergencies, care for AIDS orphans, and enter teacher-training college.   ZAP has completed a clean water project in Weya and is engaged with the people of Weya in responding to the HIV/AIDS crisis.

In 2008, Central hosted the ZAP art exhibit, and the Learning Committee purchased artwork for our children’s Sunday School Classrooms and for rooms on the Ground Level occupied by Central Outreach and Advocacy Center.

All artwork on display is for sale, and is sponsored by the Music & Liturgical Committee. For pricing please email Sandra McDonald or Dave VanderMeer.

For additional information please visit ZAP’s website.

Cheers for Change 2014
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Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Monday Night Brewing

Plan to join us on Sunday, November 9 from 3 to 6pm at Monday Night Brewing (670 Trabert Ave, Atlanta) to support the work of Central Outreach & Advocacy Center! There will be great beer, delicious food, good music, brewery tours, trivia and prizes, and a chance to learn more about Central OAC's important work.
We had a blast at this event last year, and it's the perfect opportunity to introduce your friends and family to the transformative work Central OAC is doing to help reduce homelessness in Atlanta.

Bring yourself, tell your friends, and get ready to have a great time for an even better cause. We hope to see you there!
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