Church Action eNewsletter Week of March 18, 2013

 God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

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Les Miserables, a story of faith, mercy and grace, is coming to Blu-ray and DVD this Friday, March 22. The Regional Council of Churches has been given two copies of this award winning film to give away in this week’s newsletter! For your chance to win, share with us your story of when God gave you a second chance to make something right? Send your story to me at by Friday for your chance to win and a spot on our website for your story. It must be website suitable and that means short. See more of the inspiring film here>>  


1. Decatur First Baptist doors will open at 6 p.m. for the Ayana Mathis program. The author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie will be featured in this free program on March 21, 7 p.m.,  from Georgia Center for the Book and First Baptist. 

2. Renowned actress Brenda Bynum will read the Passion of Christ from St. Mark at the Southern Folk Passion service on Palm Sunday, March 24, at 4:00 p.m. at the historic Druid Hills Baptist Church, 1085 Ponce de Leon Avenue, corner of Highland and Ponce. Admission is free and no tickets are required. A free-will offering will be taken. Wondrous Love: Southern Folk Passion interweaves southern folk hymns with the Gospel narrative and is modeled on historic musical Passion settings. Conductor and folk music scholar Steven Darsey will lead the Meridian Chorale and the congregation in folk hymns from Georgia’s famous 19th century tunebook, The Sacred Harp.

3. Cobb Faith Partnership Quarterly Partner Meeting and Lunch will be held on March 27, noon, at Turner Chapel AME Church, 492 North Marietta Pkwy, N.E., Marietta 30060. Pamela Perkins Carn, Interfaith Children’s Movement, will speak and Tracy Nichols, CFP Treasurer, will be on hand to accept your 2013 dues.

4. Free screening of the short documentary Coexist  examining the legacy of catastrophic “othering” that led to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and  reconciliation efforts, March 28, 6:30 p.m.,. Plan to stay for a panel discussion with filmmaker-director Adam Mazo and Rwandan genocide survivor  Claude Gatebuke.  Emory University, #290 Psychology & Interdisciplinary Sciences Building, 36 Dowman Drive. Peavine visitors lot is right across the street.  Read more about the documentary>>  Read more about the event>> 

 5. St. Paul's Episcopal Church Women will host its annual Holy Saturday Prayer Breakfast with Dr. Beth-Sarah Wright as guest speaker on "Healing for the Generations," 8:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 30, at the Loudermilk Center, 40 Courtland St. NE, Atlanta 30303. Tickets are $15. For ticket information contact Kandace Carty,

6. The Holy Week Pilgrimage for Immigrants is an act of faith, solidarity, and hospitality; it is a prayer with feet. Please find out about this walk to transcend borders and overcome all forms of discrimination and violence. Read more>> 

7. The 33rd annual Good Friday Pilgrimage is an interfaith, walking reflection based on the traditional Christian prayer experience called Stations of the Cross. People of all faiths will join in this pilgrimage to visit 14 urban sites throughout downtown Atlanta and reflect upon Christ's suffering in relation to current social justice issues. This multilingual walking prayer includes scripture readings, reflections, prayer, and music. This year's pilgrimage will take place on March 29 and begin at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at 8:45 a.m. with an opening prayer by Archbishop Gregory.  Get all the details here>>  

 8. Come to the 7th “Committed to Communities” Open House on March 30 and you may find your home in Capitol View, an historic Atlanta neighborhood close to downtown. Attendees will receive a map guide to tour homes talk with builders, lenders, real estate professionals, and counseling agencies; hear about down payment assistance programs and renovation loans; and meet neighborhood families. Refreshments will be served. Available homes will range from $35,000 to $225,000. The event is free. Call 404-228-2691 for more information. Perkerson Park, 770 Deckner Avenue, Atlanta 30310.

9. The Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta invites you to lunch and a discussion of community gardens, Wednesday, April 3, 11:30 a.m. Tour historic Wheat Street Baptist Church and its garden and hear speakers from the Food Bank and Truly Living Well Urban Farms in a discussion of how to build the capacity of neighborhoods to respond to hunger and food insecurity. Please R.s.v.p. to and prepay $15 for lunch at

10. Church Women United in Atlanta will hold its monthly meeting Friday, April 5, 10 a.m. Entitled "Feeding the Mind, Body, and Soul" the gathering features the Visit of the Holy Land Video with Claudette Rainey and Chair-A-Cise with Daryl Madison,   Greater Turner Chapel A.M.E. Church, 4650 Cascade Rd. SW at New Hope Rd. SW, Atlanta  30331. Bring a friend and wear comfortable clothing.  Light refreshments will be served.  All Women are invited.  For more information, contact Barbara at 404-696-1890 or Claudette at 770-964-2912 or Joyce at 678-938-2580.     

11. The Atlanta Stephen Ministry Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, April 27, 1 – 3 p.m., at St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church, 3110 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta 30319. Topics are caring for our aging population with speakers on managing our Silver Tsunami and aging at home. All Stephen Ministers, Stephen Leaders, and clergy are urged to attend. Please R.s.v.p. to by April 5.

12. Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, Palestinian Physician, Founder of the Palestinian Medical Society, invites you to participate in a fund-raising event where he will speak on the health conditions of the Palestinian people. The purpose of this event is to raise funds to support the work of the Palestinian Medical Relief Society, 5:00 p.m. lecture and 6:00 p.m. supper, Saturday, April 6, Peachtree Presbyterian Church- Room # 2202, 3434 Roswell Rd NW Atlanta, 30305. Cost is  $10 to cover the supper. Please reply by April 3 or ask for more information to Rev. Fahed Abuakel, 404-441-2702 or

13. The Atlanta Jewish Teen Foundation gives Jewish high school students the opportunity to engage in and learn the responsibility of collective philanthropy. The group will be awarding grants to programs, projects, or organizations that promote education for children; help individuals cope with diseases; and/or rebuild communities. Eligible applicants must have 501(c)(3) status. Funding decisions will be made by the members of the Foundation, a diverse group of 22 Jewish high school students from the greater Atlanta area. The grant application, due by April 8,  can be found by clicking here. The Atlanta Jewish Teen Foundation is a philanthropic initiative of Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

14. The Enneagram and Spiritual Growth:  Understanding How Your Personality Shapes Your Spiritual Path, Tuesday Nights, April 9 – May 14, 7-8:30 p.m., at Deep Waters Center for Prayer and Exploration, Amerson House, guided by Kimberly Broerman, Spiritual Director. The Enneagram is a centuries-old and now widely used system of self-understanding -- a rich tool for nurturing  spiritual life.  Each participant will also receive an individual typing session.  Come discover this rich way of understanding yourself and others and of growing in wisdom and compassion.  Space is limited; register here.  For more information, contact Kimberly at 404-275-3328 or

15. A Taste of Latin America, an evening of great food and entertainment is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Cathedral of St. Philip. The event raises funds for outreach ministries in Latin America with a silent auction and donations. Read more>>   

 16. Make plans to hear Just Voices and Pandora, a woman’s chorus, in an Earth Day celebration, April 21, at Covenant Presbyterian or Monday, April 22, at Virginia Highland Church. This is a concert suitable for all ages. For more information contact Liz Frazer at 404- 875-3266 or visit We will post more information later.

17. The Emmaus House Gala and Silent Auction is Sunday evening, April 28, at Atlanta's Foundry at Puritan Mill. Entertainment will be provided by the St. Paul's Chamber Choir. Tickets are on sale now here.  Emmaus House, a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, offers education, opportunity, assistance, and advocacy in partnership with its neighbors in Peoplestown.

18. 10th Annual GALEO Power Breakfast is coming up on May 10. Read all about it here>>  

 19. Musical Drama Camp this summer, July 8-19, at Holy Cross Church, 3773 Chamblee Tucker Road, Atlanta, -- an intensive two-week drama camp culminating with performances of "Disney's High School Musical, Jr." This camp is for all rising seventh-graders through graduating 12th-graders. Cost is $150 per student. No experience necessary. Visit If you have questions contact Mary Busbee, youth minister, at

20. A new student-founded clinic at Emory University School of Law will focus on justice for Atlanta-area veterans by providing free legal representation for disability benefit claims and appeal hearings. Students also will work alongside experienced attorneys on legislation and other initiatives to create an alternative court for Georgia veterans involved in criminal proceedings.  Read more about Emory Law Volunteer Clinic for Veterans.   

 21. I CARE, Inc. (Interfaith Companion And Ride Express) is a nonprofit organization that matches volunteer drivers with DeKalb County seniors who have no means of transportation to medical appointments. Volunteers use their own vehicles and choose their own schedules for service. Periodically, I CARE provides volunteer drivers with gas cards to help defray the cost of gas.  If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering to help provide this much-needed service, please call Lori Webster, volunteer coordinator at 404-377-2273 . 

22. Do you have stellar customer service skills? Do you know your arugula from your collard greens? Are you interested in being part of the ever-growing local food community? Local farms and small businesses are looking for friendly, reliable folks to work for them during the busy farmers market season. Read more>> 

 23. We had a phone call this week from Ghana! It was not a lottery announcement or someone looking for a gullible person to help transfer money out of the country. It was Rev. Samuel Opoku Amponsah from Living Word of Faith Pentecostal Church and he wanted to tell us about the school they operate for children who would otherwise not have a chance to go to school. Find out about this church and school at  Living Word of Faith .

 24. Reclaim It Atlanta is reorganizing for a shipment of new inventory and is having a huge clearance sale. Everything must go! No reasonable offers refused. Hours: Wed. - Sat. 10 – 6, 900 Wendell Court, Truck Entrance, Atlanta 30336. Read a message from this unique green nonprofit here>> 



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