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Any events involving a room reservation must be confirmed on the calendar through the Business Office (Miguel Chavez at 404-687-4510 or ChavezM@CTSnet.edu).
Explorations: Alternative Context in Ministry
Attention MDiv Students that have not taken/are not registered for Explorations (I-520) Spring/ES 2015: If you need to take Explorations in order to graduate May 2016 you MUST ACT NOW! December 12, 2014 is the deadline to apply to take I 520 in ES 2015. No applications will be accepted after that date for Exploration placements offered in ES 2015. Contact the International Programs Office for more information/an application: email@example.com.
Time is NOW for CTS MDiv Students to Apply for 2015-2016 STUDY ABROAD! Offering study on exchange SCHOLARSHIPS at Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary/Seoul, Korea, Protestant Theological Faculty of Charles University/Prague, Czech Republic, United Theological College of the West Indies/Kingston, Jamaica, and Westminster College/Cambridge, England. Check your CTS email for further information/application. COMPLETED application packets due January 2, 2015.
Clergy Robes Days in the Bookstore
On Tuesday and Wednesday January 20 and 21 a representative from Cokesbury will be on campus to measure people and take orders for custom clergy robes. She will bring samples of robes and other clergy attire for you to see. May be a good idea to plan for a Christmas or Graduation present from family or your church.
New Online Bookstore!
Try out our new online textbook store at http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/ctsnet.htm. Don’t forget! Order on December 2, 3, and 4 and get FREE SHIPPING!
L’Arche Atlanta Seeks Full-Time Live-in Assistant
L'Arche is an international network of local communities of adults with intellectual disabilities who live with more able adult assistants, in communities of faith and mutual support. You can read more here: http://www.larcheatlanta.org/. Assistants receive housing, food, medical benefits, and a small stipend, and may stay for one year, two years, or more. This would be a good opportunity for recent seminary graduates or recent college graduates who are drawn to community living and building relationships across lines of difference.
Library Hours Thanksgiving week
The library hours for Thanksgiving week are as follows:
Nov. 22 & 23 – CLOSED
Nov. 24 & 25 – Open 8:30am to 4:30pm
Nov. 26 – 29: CLOSED
Nov. 30 – Open 3pm to 8pm
The library will be closed to the public on Wednesday, November 26. However, library staff will be working. If you need to check out a book or use the library that day please contact Erica Durham via email or phone (x661). Have a great week!
The Library Staff
Taskforce for the Homeless
The CTS Outreach and Service Organization is starting a new project and we need your help! Our goal is to put together as many hygiene kits as we can in order to donate to the Metro-Atlanta Taskforce for the Homeless. Every day numerous people come to the Taskforce off the streets of Atlanta in search of services. The Taskforce hands out hygiene kits to anyone who asks for one, and has a shower list for clients. However, the Taskforce is often running out of hygiene kits, so people do not get the supplies they need in order to care for themselves. We would like to donate as many as we can in order to help the Taskforce and its clients! We will be setting up donation boxes in the Refrectory and the BLC for you to drop off the below listed supplies. Please find your class and last name for the requested item. This list is so that we can obtain a fair amount of the most needed supplies.
Junior A-M toothpaste
Junior N-Z disposable razors
Middler A-M small shampoo bottles
Middler N-Z small soap or body wash
Senior A-M toothbrushes
Senior N-Z toothpaste
Also, if you already have any of the above mentioned supplies that you'd like to donate please feel free to donate ANY of the above mentioned products. We will also accept donations of clothing, washcloths, diapers, socks, and feminine products. They are in particular need of socks, and diapers, and feminine products. If you have any questions at all, or are interested in volunteering with the Metro-Atlanta Taskforce for the Homeless please contact Brittany Fiscus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks and Giving Week!
The Office of Annual Giving is hosting its second annual “Thanks and Giving Week” from November 11--14. Please join us in the Richards Center each day during community hour and lunch hour to help us thank alumni, friends, faculty, and staff for their financial commitment. The generosity of donors ensures that Columbia continues to be a great place to live and learn.
Tuesday, November 11: “I’m thankful for Columbia because…” noon-2:00 pm
A customized white board that says “I’m thankful for Columbia because…” will be placed in lobby of Refectory. Students will be ask to fill in the blank and take pictures. We will post results to our website and Facebook.
Wednesday, November 12 : Thank the Faculty Day – 1:30 – 3:30pm
Cards and small message slips will be available in the refectory for students to write their thanks to faculty. Cards and slips will be placed in faculty mailboxes the next day.
Thursday, November 13: Thank the Staff Day –Noon- 2:00 pm
Cards and small message slips will be available in the refectory for students to write their thanks to staff. Cards and slips will be hand-delivered the next day.
Friday, Monday & Tuesday, November 14, 17 & 18: Thank-A-Donor Day – Noon-2:00 pm
A two -hour letter writing session for students to write thank you letters to alumni and friends for financial support of students. Tables, note cards and sample thank you notes will be available in the lobby of Refectory.
Artists & Musicians Needed for Advent Services
We are seeking artist and musician participation in our Lessons and Carols services on December 3 and 4, which is only a month away! Each of the nine lessons will be accompanied by music and visual art.
There are several opportunities for original artistic creations. Work can be new or existing. It can be loaned for the two days of the services or created during the lesson, depending on your preference. The nine symbols are: thorns, sand, yoke, branch, angel, cloth, lamb, Gold/ Frankincense/Myrrh. and candle. There will also be a collaborative event during the Advent Workshop in the SPACE on November 20.
There are also several opportunities for musicians. We need singers and instrumentalists of all kinds. There will be a rehearsal on Tuesday, November 18th. Not every musician has to participate in both services, but the rehearsal is very important. We will work on a song for all musicians at that time, led by Khan Honeyghan.
The Service of Lessons and Carols will take place on Wednesday, December 3, at 12:00 noon. This will be a shorter service taking the regular forum spot. On Thursday, December 4, there will be an evening service at 6:45 pm with a reception to follow.
If you are interested in participating, please contact us as soon as possible. There are several members of our community working on group pieces for the service. They are:
- Korey Bowie at BowieKoreyJ@mail.ctsnet.edu (Gospel choir, Emmanuel by Norman Hutchins)
- Drew Wilmesherr at WilmesherrRobertA@mail.ctsnet.edu (Praise Band, O Come Let Us Adore Him in the style of Hillsong and Shine, Jesus, Shine, leading the congregation in song)
- Anna Owens at OwensAnnaG@mail.ctsnet.edu (Chapel choir, piece TBD)
- Jin Chae at ChaeMyungJ@mail.ctsnet.edu (ASA choral ensemble, Dream On, Dream On)
- Khan Honeyghan at HoneyghanKhanO@mail.ctsnet.edu (All musician piece, The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy)
There are also congregational hymns that could use additional accompaniment in both services, as well as a Prelude and Postlude that needs to be filled on Thursday night. We would be honored by your participation at any level.
For more information, please contact Kelly Couch at CouchKellyA@mail.ctsnet.edu with any questions or to offer your talents for service to God. Remember, this is a community event! Your spouses are welcome to participate, too!
Better World Books Supports DEF Literacy Programs
Many of you donated used children's books for the DEF book sale, but did you know that you can donate ALL kinds of books, ALL year long to Better World Books, and that they send a monthly contribution to DEF? This money goes straight into DEF's literacy fund and supports many important programs that help every child in our school system, including providing Book Fair Bucks to ensure that each child can participate in their school's book fair. Shop locally, but when you are getting rid of books, look for the bright green Better World Book bins in the parking lots of Renfroe Middle School, Decatur High School, North DeKalb Mall, and COMING SOON — the First Christian Church on Ponce de Leon Ave. across from the post office!