Church Action eNewsletter Week of January 29 , 2013

 
 God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.
  
 Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta 
    

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1. Iyad Burnat, a leader of the Palestinian nonviolent resistance movement in the West Bank and the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary “5 Broken Cameras”, will make several appearances in metro Atlanta. On Friday, February 1, Iyad will speak at 2 p.m. at Kennesaw State University; on Saturday, February 2, he will speak at a brunch meeting at 10 a.m. at the Oakhurst Baptist Church in Decatur; and 5 p.m. at the Atlanta University Center. More information>> or contact Ilise Cohen at 415-810-1433 or Ilise.cohen@gmail.com.

2. Pasta Bowl,  5 to 7 p.m.,  Saturday, Feb. 2, at St. Edward's Episcopal Church, Lawrenceville. Proceeds will assist Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry. Spaghetti dinners are $6 for adults and $3 for kids under 12, to-go orders also available. Information: 770-963-6128.  Over 2 dozen churches work through this cooperative to meet the needs of the Lawrenceville Dacula area of Gwinnett County. More>>  

 3. The Global Health and Humanitarian Summit is coming in April at Emory. For more information about this year's Summit, visit the  website  The volunteer networking meeting for the 2013 summit, is Sunday, February 3, 6 p.m,. Room 130, Emory University’s School of Medicine.  This meeting is an opportunity to get to know fellow-humanitarians and sign up to speak, volunteer, or to exhibit information about your organization. Come and share what you are up to!  Ppark free in the Michael Street Garage on Houston Mill Road off Clifton Road next to the CDC. 

4. How Are You the Hands of Christ? Come and see at the first Archdiocesan Justice & Peace Exposition. Meet reps from more than 40 ministries and organizations whose work reflects an aspect of the Church’s social teaching – an integral part of the Catholic faith. The Exposition will be held from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., and 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5, at the Chancery. Get directions and find out more>>    

5. Acquaint yourself with Candler School of Theology. Sign up for First Tuesday at Candler, an event for prospective students on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Visit Candler’s campus for a casual dinner with Dean Jan Love, members of the Admissions team, and current students. Dr. Jennifer R. Ayres, Assistant Professor of Religious Education, will present a talk entitled, “Discovering a Life: How Working for Social Justice Shapes Christian Life." Dr. Ayres is the author of Waiting for a Glacier to Move: Practicing Social Witness. She currently is researching issues of faith formation through religious practices of food justice. Register online by Friday, Feb. 1 here>>   

 Feb. 6. How Religion Inspires Positive Change. Georgia State University’s Department of Religious Studies Invites You to Join the Higher Ground Group at the Rialto Center for the Arts for "Moving Atlanta to Higher Ground” on Wednesday, February 6; Reception 5 – 6 p.m.; Event 6 -7:30 p.m. Moderated by WXIA’s Ted Hall, Atlanta faith leaders, the Rev. Joanna Adams, Imam Plemon El-Amin, the Rev. Joseph Roberts, and Rabbi Alvin Sugarman, will discuss ways interfaith efforts contribute to a better Atlanta. Please R.s.v.p. to Alicia Clay by clicking here.

7. Holy Spirit Career Ministry meeting, Thursday February 7, 6:30 p.m. in McDonough Hall, 4465 Northside Dr NW, with guests Cole DeRetta, VP Human Resources at Turner Broadcasting, and Steve Piejak, Key Account Executive at Linkedin. Get resume help and a professional picture. Bring your target companies and share in the Pin point networking system. This is an interfaith group and all services are offered for the love of God.  Evening Mass at 6:00 p.m. has been reinstated in St. Mary's Chapel. Visit the website .    

 8. A concert, sponsored by the St. Philip Benizi Social Justice Committee, will feature recording artist, Michael Tolcher, American singer-songwriter who blends pop, blues, and urban grooves. Proceeds will benefit the poor, feed the hungry, and provide school supplies for needy children. Tickets will be available at the door, $10 for adults, $7 for students. Friday,Feb. 8; 8 p.m., St. Philip Benizi Church, 591 Flint River Road, Jonesboro. If you have questions call 770-478-0178.

9. Dr. Erna Brant, representing Church Women United in Atlanta, will be honored as “Woman of the Year” during the Annual Church Woman of the Year Luncheon, sponsored by Church Women United in Georgia, at Riverside United Methodist Church, Macon, Georgia, Saturday, February 9.  Church Women United organized in 1942 is a racially, culturally, theologically inclusive ecumenical Christian women’s movement, celebrating unity in diversity and working for a world of peace and justice.  Dr. Erna Bryant, a former Regional Council of Churches board member, is a living legacy of service and commitment to Church Women United, to her church, First Congregational, and to her community.  Dr. Bryant holds Masters and Doctoral Degrees from Harvard University. Call 404-349-4059 for tickets.

10. Intimacy with God, February 9-March 30,  guided by Kimberly Broerman, Spiritual Director at Deep Waters Center for Prayer and Exploration.  Do you long to make the season of Lent a more meaningful time of prayer and reflection?  Join in a 7-week exploration of how we deepen our relationship with God through prayer.  This Lenten offering includes a pre-Lenten retreat (Saturday, February 9), daily scripture readings, a weekly small group (Thursday evenings), and an individual spiritual direction session.  Learn more here.  Space is limited; register by contacting Kimberly at 404-275-3328 or kgbroerman@yahoo.com

11. A festival Eucharist commemorating the first African-American priest of the Episcopal Church, Absalom Jones (1746-1818), will be celebrated at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta. Guest preacher is Regional Council of Churches Board Member the Rev. Dr. Gregory V. Eason Sr., senior pastor of Big Bethel A.M.E. Church in downtown Atlanta.  All are welcome.

12. Georgia Parent Support Network Presents Its 9th Annual “Unmasking Children’s Mental Illness” Mardi Gras Gala Ball at the Fabulous Fox Theater, February 12, 2 – Fat Tuesday, 6:00– 9:30 p.m. Laissez les bon temps roulez.  If you are interested in attending this fund raiser call 404-758-4500 ext. 104 for details and to register.

13. Participate in a St. Valentine’s Day global dance event organized by Eve Ensler One Billion Rising … a global strike to demand an end to violence against women – dance flash mobs all around the world on Valentine’s Day –  go to the website and you’ll get a sense of the grand scope of this…     More and more   For questions about Atlanta events, contact Nikki Noto, nikki@vday.org or 770-315-2838

14. When Law and Religion Meet Lecture Series at Emory University School of Law, 2012-13 The Rights of the Needy: Distinguished scholars probe the plight of the most vulnerable populations in the Western world. More information>> http://cslr.law.emory.edu  Feb. 20, Frank S. Alexander presents Housing America’s Families

15. An exhibition featuring materials from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference archive opens Thursday, Feb. 21 at Emory University's Robert W. Woodruff Library. Opening celebration, Friday, Feb. 22, 6-8 p.m., will feature remarks by Rep. John Lewis and SCLC leaders C.T. Vivian, Charles Steele Jr., Bernard Lafayette, and Dorothy Cotton. Titled "And the Struggle Continues" the display documents the Atlanta-based civil rights organization's history, progress, and continual work for equal rights. Full story at news.emory.edu >>

16. The Roswell United Methodist Church Preschool and Kindergarten is preparing for the semi-annual children’s consignment sale on Friday, March 8,  9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday, March 9, 8 a.m. until noon. The sale will be held in the Fellowship Hall, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell, and will benefit the church's preschool and kindergarten. Donated items will be given to the Foster Care Support Foundation.  This is a huge sale and a great opportunity for sellers, buyers, and volunteers.   Register to consign or volunteer  here .

17. The Youth Summit on Hunger and Poverty will return in the summer of 2013. Held at Atlanta Community Food Bank, this is a free multi-day service opportunity that includes workshops and projects with the Food Bank and other hunger fighting organizations in metro Atlanta. It brings together a diverse group of high school students to learn how to fight hunger in their community, earn community service hours, and build new friendships. There will be two 4-day sessions this year: June 4 – 7 and July 16 – 19.    Applications will be available for download in early February; the application deadline will be April 13.

18. Nativity Lutheran Church, Bethlehem, is starting a handbell choir and is looking for an affordable set of used handbells and/or hand chimes.  If you have a lead  please call the church office at 770-307-4628 and leave a message for Pastor Patti Axel or Jane Dienes.

19. Is your congregation Creation Wise? Learn more about GIPL's new green certification program

20. St. Brigid Church, 3400 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek, sponsors a group that is open to all widows and widowers who would enjoy a dinner meeting, first and third Mondays,  in Corbett Hall. The group is open. The focus is to provide comfortable social events for those whose lives have changed because of the loss of a spouse. Contact Marybeth at -678- 642-5739 or stbrigidwidowed@gmail.com.

21. Remember that Care and Counseling Center of Georgia offers the Preparing for Marriage workshop at The Cathedral of St. Philip, Buckhead. There will be half a dozen opportunities during this calendar year to take the valuable course.  Read more>>  If you would like to discuss this workshop please contact Doyle Hamilton at  dhamilton@cccgeorgia.org

22. Peter Wallace, Day 1, discuses his book about the emotional Jesus>>  

23. Regional Council of Churches member church Christians United in God, a French speaking nondenominational congregation, is just a couple of years old but carries out a mighty mission to reduce the effects of poverty among their neighbors. Christians United in God founded the Food Service Ministry to feed the homeless on the streets of Atlanta. This ministry is funded by their FCS-Catering Service and we invite you to consider this possibility for any needs you might have for banquets, lunch meetings, etc. They offer International Gourmet Cuisine-- American, European, African, Asian, Latino, Caribbean, etc., and Regional Council of Churches members get a 10% discount.  Read more>>    and visit www.foodcateringservice.org or www.fcs-foodcateringservice.blogspot.com Call 770-355-7900 or Email  info@foodcateringservice.org"  

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Be prepared to help people in your congregation toward financial stability through free income tax preparation and financial literacy opportunities.  Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)  is coordinated by the Food Bank’s Atlanta Prosperity Campaign and the IRS. Learn more and find a tax site near you.

Peace,

Ethel Ware Carter

 404-201-6448

 ecarter@rccatl.org  www.rccapilgrims.ning.com


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