Church Action eNewsletter Week of September 17, 2012

 

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

1. Genesis Prevention Coalition invites community institutions and civic and volunteer organizations and ministries who serve veterans and military families to attend a Vetcorps Initiative meeting. The goal of the initiative is to identify services in the area for our veterans and service members and to improve the collaboration between providers. Come hear more about collaborative efforts that will move us forward to serve the military community, especially Reserve and National Guard members. Thursday, September 20, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, hosted by the U.S. Army Reserve, 335th Signal Command (T) at the Drill Hall, 2323 Dauphine Street, East Point 30344 (parking available in front & side of building). Please R.s.v.p to 404-522-9690.

2. Wells Fargo will host a free workshop to help their mortgage customers facing mortgage payment challenges. The event will be held September 19 and 20 from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM at the Georgia World Congress Center - Exhibit Hall A2. Walk-ins will be taken. More information is here .

3. Our Lady of Lourdes Centennial Gala, September 21-23, Our Lady of Lourdes School, 25 Boulevard, NE, Atlanta. This year marks the 100th year anniversary of the Church and all students who attended Our Lady of Lourdes School will gather and participate in a weekend celebration. The weekend will include a “Meet & Greet,” a tour of the new Atlanta, and a celebratory gala at the Renaissance Hotel Airport, 1 Hartsfield Center Parkway, Atlanta. Contact Annease Chaney Jones at acjones64@aol.com or 404-349-0430.

4. The Seedtime and Harvest Greenhouse and Gardens of Holy Comforter Church, 737 Woodland Ave. SE, Atlanta 30316, is sponsoring its first organic plant sale of the season on Saturday, September 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. An abundance of fall vegetable plants will be available including collards, broccoli, arugula, lettuce, kale and chard. Herbs, autumn annuals and perennials will be sold as well. The gardens are a reflection of our diverse church community. Come shop and enjoy the vegetable and herb gardens, the butterfly garden, the annual and perennial flower gardens, and a woodland garden surrounding the 175 year old Red Oak tree

5. "Reality Check: Planning Ahead for Those You Love" is theme for discussion on decision-making before the end of life, 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, Milton. Guest speaker is attorney and retired medical professional Wally Kelleman, who will discuss wills, Georgia laws and medical directives. She also will answer questions over a light lunch at 12:30 p.m. Reservations are required, call 770-521-0207

6. The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad, Union Theological Seminary, is the featured speaker Sept. 23 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace. “Barbara Lundblad … remains one of the preeminent preachers and prophets of our time,” Wallace said. “She has preached dozens of times on ‘Day 1’ over the past three decades, and each time she has stretched our thinking and enlarged our hearts.” Her “Day 1” sermon is entitled “A Hopeful Fanatic.” “Was Jesus a hopeless romantic when he set a little child in the midst of the disciples that day in Capernaum?” she says. “No, Jesus was not a hopeless romantic—he was a hopeful fanatic. Jesus was fanatic about opening up the commonwealth of God to those nobody wanted to see, fanatic about extending hospitality to those considered no more than property….”

7. Cobb Faith Partnership General Meeting, Wednesday, September 26, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Turner Chapel AME, Marietta, 492 North Marietta Parkway Northeast Marietta, GA 30060

8. Two Episcopal parishes will sponsor "An Evening for Haiti: Benefitting the Children of Bois Blanc" from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in Decatur. The people of St. Bartholomew's and St. Paul's plan an evening of culinary delights, beverages, a silent auction and dancing. The award-winning Platinum Band and an appearance by jazz singer Ginou Oriel are featured. All proceeds will benefit the St. Marc's School, Bois Blanc, Haiti, through the Partnership Program of the Diocese of Haiti. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here.

9. “Annie” at St. Thomas More Church, 636 West Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur.: Fri., Sept. 28, and Fri., Oct. 5, at 8 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 29 and Sat., Oct. 6, at 8 p.m.; and Sun., Sept. 30 and Sun., Oct. 7, at 2 p.m. This 1977 musical follows the adventures of an endearing orphan who just wants to find a loving family. This production features some of the best talents of the Atlanta community theater scene and is appropriate for children. Tickets are $5 for children 12 and under and $12 for adults. Contact Paul Dusseault at dusseaup78@gmail.com or 404-358-7162.

10. Arts d'Vine, a benefit for the Path to Shine afterschool program, will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, at St. Benedict's Episcopal Church, Smyrna. The evening will feature food by Chef Victor, artists and artisans, and wine tasting for $25 per person. Onsite childcare is available for $10 per child and includes a pizza dinner. Reservations are required. Go to www.pathtoshine.org or e-mail lesleyann@pathtoshine.org

11. There will be a Fall Craft Bazaar at Holy Trinity Church, 101 Walt Banks Road,, Peachtree City, September 29-30. All proceeds benefit the 2013 Catholic Heart Work Camp mission trip. Applications are available online at www.holytrinityptc.org. Contact Rebecca Capezzuto at 678-466-1737 or rcapezzuto@holytrinityptc.org.

12. Faith and Biomedical Ethics Luncheon & Discussion, the Shepherd Center, October 3, 201, 12:00-1:30 p.m., The Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta is proud to host this stimulating discussion concerning faith and its relationship with biomedical ethics-- stem-cell research, end of life issues, whether or not one should seek treatment, non-traditional/alternative medicine, and parents’ roles in treating their kids. Panelists: Dr. Paul Wolpe, Presenter and Panelist; Dr. Khalid Siddiq, Panelist ; Stephanie Meredith, Medical Outreach/Lettercase Program Director Human Development Institute, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities; Rev. Mr. Bob Hauert, Chaplain, Visiting Nurse Health System, Hospice Atlanta Center

13. “My God, I Have Issues” Weekend Retreat Oct. 5 – 7, 2012, led by Fr. Mark Thibodeaux, S.J., Spiritual Director and Author of Armchair Mystic: Easing Into Contemplative Prayer, God's Voice Within: The Ignatian Way to Discover God's Will and God, I Have Issues: 50 Ways to Pray No Matter How You Feel. This retreat will focus on Praying with Issues and Praying through tough decisions. For more information or to register visit www.ignatiushouse.org or call 404.255.0503.

14. Pastors want to provide care to everyone who needs it--but they can't do it alone. Equipping laypeople to minister to hurting people is a highly effective--and biblical--way to bridge the gap and ensure that those in need of Christ-centered care receive it. Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell is offering a Stephen Ministry Workshop Oct. 6, 9 – 1, to help you make that vision a reality. For more information, and to register go to http://smore.com/0yc3

15. Like a Mustard Seed: Supporting and Celebrating Smaller Church Leadership. The Resource Center for Pastoral Excellence at Samford University is pleased to host a conference especially for smaller church leadership. Topics include leadership, pastoral care, Christian education, bivocational pastoring, leadership in a rural context, leadership in an urban context, and much more. Like a mustard seed . . .from small beginnings, great things grow. Monday-Tuesday, October 8-9, 2012, at Samford University in Birmingham. Find out all about it at http://www.samford.edu/rcpe/mustard-seed.aspx For more information Call 205-726-4064 or email resource@samford.edu

16. Preeminent historical theologian Dr. Justo Gonzalez will present the Smyth Lectures at Columbia Theological Seminary on October 9-11, 2012. The series of three lectures is titled “Theological Education between Yesterday and Tomorrow”. The lectures will be offered free to the public at 10:00 am each day in the Harrington Center Chapel on the seminary campus:

· The Ancient Church: Theological Education within a Hostile Context

· Medieval and Reformation: Theological Education within a Supportive Context

· Today and Tomorrow: Theological Education within a Shifting Context

Columbia is located at 701 South Columbia Drive, Decatur 30030.

17. The 15th Annual Malone Dodson Golf Tournament will be Monday, Oct. 15, at The Trophy Club of Atlanta, Alpharetta. The tournament, which benefits The Roswell United Methodist Church Foundation, is named in honor of Dr. Malone Dodson, who served as Sr. Minister of RUMC for 24 years. Since 1991, The RUMC Foundation has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of religious, charitable, educational, and humanitarian efforts. For more information about The RUMC Foundation, please visit www.rumc.com/foundation. Dr. Dodson and Dr. Mike Long, RUMC’s current Sr. Minister, will both participate in the tournament. Registration is open to the community. For registration or sponsorship information, please go to www.rumc.com/golf.

18. The twenty-fifth Reformation Day at Emory will be Thursday, October 25, and takes as its theme "The Kessler Collection after Twenty-Five Years." This year's program celebrates the first twenty-five years of the Kessler Collection by noting its value for scholars, students and the church. The day will begin at 9:00 a.m. Click here for full schedule.

19. John Philip Newell “A New Pentecost: Christianity Born Again” Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 6:30 p.m., The Nave, lecture is free, but reservations are required. Call 404-237-7582 or e-mail cbs3@mindspring.com Sponsored by The Cathedral Book Store. Cathedral of St. Phillip 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta GA 30305

20. Ready to buy a home? Information on three upcoming free information sessions on homebuyer assistance programs is on our website. You may be eligible for up to $15,000 in downpayment or closing cost assistance. The NeighborhoodLIFT program is from Resources for Residents and Communities a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and HUD-approved housing agency. Space is limited. Read about this at Homeowner assistance

21. Update from the Islamic Speakers Bureau on situation in Libya and the Middle East

22. Upper Room webinar series on Faith and Aging. Authors offer their insights into the aging process and into ministry to the aging. The four live lunchtime presentations together create a spiritually formative framework for understanding the aging process and living with vitality in older adult years. There will be opportunity to interact and ask questions. All presentations are accessible via your computer (high speed internet access and speakers or headset are recommended). Offered in partnership with United Methodist Communications. Webinar registration may be purchased for individual webinars or for a bundle of all four webinars. Recorded versions will be available. More.

23. Let Your Life Shine Community Outreach Ministries, Inc. is planning the 11th Annual Holiday Christ-Filled Feast for the Homeless. They are in need of volunteer cooks, food, deductions, and prayers. Contact Pastor Noble-A. Nelson at 678-232-7169 if you can help.

24. Is your congregation working to respond to global warming? Whether you've put solar on your roof or saved energy through simpler measures, it's time to enter the 2012 Cool Congregations Challenge. The deadline is one month away, and the contest is open to all congregations. Please visit the entry website for all the information you need to enter.
Cash prizes of $1,000 will go to winning contestants in four categories.

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Peace,
Ethel Ware Carter

404-538-0246

ecarter@rccatl.org

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