Church Action eNewsletter Holy Week 2013

 God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

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1. No Cross, No Crown was written by William Penn in prison. What did Penn mean? What does the Cross mean to us today?  Crown?  As we approach Easter, how do we understand the promise of the Resurrection?  Join Atlanta Friends Meeting 701 West Howard Ave., Decatur GA 30030, on Thursday night March 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Library. Bring your favorite edition of the Bible and any other resources you would like to share.  For more info contact Julia Ewen    or call the Meeting’s office at 404-377-2474 M-F 9 a.m. to noon.   

2. Violent gang-raping of over 48 women and girls per hour by military, rebel groups, and police warring over mineral riches  in the world’s worse place to be a woman—no protection from the rapists and no consequences for the rapists.  Those raped are stigmatized and exiled from their families; AIDS is spreading; more orphans are on the streets. Global Action for Congo demonstration protesting rape as a tactic of war, Friday, March 29, 4 – 5:30 p.m., Emory University, main gates, parking is free.  Gather to raise public awareness, encourage media coverage, and urge our Congress and the UN to act now.  If you have questions contact

3. Conquerors Cancer Awareness Concert featuring Apostle Ervin Robertson and the True Voices, also Maury Montford & the Lamb of God Mass Choir, Saturday, March 30, Lamb of God M. B. Church, 1030 Field Road NW,  Atlanta  30318. Doors open at 4 p.m.; program starts at 5. Life saving information, life changing inspiration & an all-around Hallelujah good time! This is an open door program; come one, come all. More information contact Crystal King at 229-243-2297 or 229-886-4662.

4. A beautiful spring day and golf for a good cause–what could be better? 30th Annual Action Ministries Feed the Hungry Golf Classic on Monday, April 1. The event is hosted by Coach William “Bill” Curry, recently retired Head Football Coach of Georgia State University, to support the mission of Action Ministries. To download a registration form and learn about sponsorship opportunities, click on Golfer Registration Form. To register your foursome online, click here.

5. There's still time to sign up for the concluding First Tuesday of the season on April 2, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Take advantage of this evening event designed for prospective students who are exploring theological education. Visit Candler’s campus for a casual dinner with Dean Jan Love, members of the Admissions team, and current students. Dr. Anthony A. Briggman, Assistant Professor of the History of Early Christianity, will present a talk entitled, “From Chemistry to Christology: An Early Christian Conception of Jesus.”  Register online by Friday, March 29,  here.   

6. Immigration reform is coming. What should it look like? Come for discussion and to prepare to let our legislators know where you stand.  Tuesday, April 2, 7:30 p.m., at Atlanta Friends Meeting House, 701 West Howard Street, Decatur 30030. Forum with Azadeh Shahshahani, National Security/Immigrants' Rights Project, Michael Spotts, Immigration Attorney, Larry Pelligrini, Lobbyist , Rural-Urban Summit.  

7. His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the International Association for Human Values and the Art of Living Foundation, will speak at the Martin Luther King, Jr., International Chapel at Morehouse College, part of the 28th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. College of Ministers and Laity “Love and Forgiveness in Action,” involving the college and the wider Atlanta community, April, 3, April 4, and April 5. At the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King, a 1948 graduate of Morehouse, there is no better time to highlight the need for peace in the world. MLK Chapel, 830 Westview Drive, SW, Atlanta  30314, on the campus of Morehouse College. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will be awarded the Gandi, King, Ikeda Community Builders Prize for his humanitarian work in 152 countries and in recognition for being one of today’s leading voices of peace and non-violence. Please see details of all appearances and events here.  If you have questions contact Terry Walker,, 404-215-6196.

8. How can the church best welcome immigrants and other new neighbors? Explore this question on Saturday, April 6, at When Strangers Become Neighbors: Immigration and the Church Today, a conference sponsored by Lutheran Services of Georgia, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Bishop Julian Gordy of the ELCA will be the keynote speaker, and Rev. Robert Strickert of the LCMS and Rev. Floyd Blair, President of Lutheran Services of Georgia, will deliver addresses. You do not have to be Lutheran to attend! For more information about registration and the $15 fee, please visit this site.  

 9. Do you want to become more financially empowered; Concerned Black Clergy of Metropolitan Atlanta, Inc. partnered with Wells Fargo invites you to a free “Get Financially Fit” Education Seminar, Saturday, April 6, at 8:30 a.m. The seminar will be held at Ebenezer Baptist Church at 400 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta  30312. There will be several classes offered including the Basics of Banking, Retirement, Home Buying, and Student Loans. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided. To register, contact the CBC office at 404-755-4900 or visit

10. The COGIC Urban Initiatives is sponsoring a one day workshop to help churches complete a Faith-Based 501c3 Application for a nonprofit, community development corporation, or a ministry, Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m, in Atlanta. Continental breakfast and lunch included with registration. For more information contact Elizabeth Wilson, CUI Vice President of Economic Development, 404-918-3748, or register  here.  

 11.  Mindful Eating  Every other Thursday Evening, April 11 – June 20 (6 sessions), 7-9 p.m., Amerson House Spirituality Center.  Led by spiritual director Kimberly Broerman and local chef Tamie Cook, this is a delicious course on the spirituality and social justice implications of what and how we eat.  Participants come together around the dinner table to read and dialogue, study and eat their way into deeper awareness and gratitude for the food we eat and the connections that sustain us.  Previous participants have dubbed it “food church" where the body, mind, and soul all get fed. Space is limited; register here.  Contact Kimberly; 404-275-3328, for more information.

12. Interfaith Children’s Movement Coming Together for Children, Thursday,  April 11, Reception Dinner begins at 6  p.m. Program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church of Atlanta, 1911 Cliff Valley Way, NE, Atlanta  30329.  Hear from foster youth and learn more about how you and your faith community can help Georgia's children in foster care.  Music, food, networking and much, much more! Select  link to register  


 12. The Global Health and Humanitarian Summit is a compelling 2-day forum for those who aspire to lend their time, energy, and talents to making a difference in the world.  From across the United States, the Middle East, Africa, South America and Asia, extraordinary human beings come together to share their humanitarian experience and expertise. The interactions are inspiring and offer new ideas and thinking to the evolving inquiry into a better way of life for all. The summit is April 12, 13, and 14 at Emory University. It is free and open to all people, and most of all, inspirational. For more information about this year's Summit, visit


13. Christ Lutheran is holding it's annual Spring Festival on Saturday April 13, 12 noon to 4 p.m., at the church at 2719 DeLowe Drive, East Point. Fun for the whole family.


14. Kevin “Chappy” Hynes will be the featured speaker at the Men’s Annual Steak Dinner at Roswell United Methodist Church on Tuesday, April 16. Chappy is Chaplain of the UGA football team and Campus Director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) at UGA. When his brother-in-law, Mark Richt, became UGA’s head coach, Chappy accepted the job as Chaplain to work with the football team.  For more information, go to or contact Jennie Martin, or 770-261-1705.


15. The Care & Counseling Center of Georgia is hosting  a  hands-on workshop will help parents build the skills necessary to develop healthy patterns of interaction with their preteen, teen or young adult child.  Parents will learn how to empower their children to solve their own problems--without engaging in power struggles-- and integrate new communication skills through role-plays they can apply at home.  The workshop is Saturday April 20 from 9  a.m. to 4 p.m.,  1814 Clairmont Rd. Decatur, GA  30033 map.   For questions oe registration, please contact Matt Reynolds at or 404-575-4994 x 597.

16. The March Against Child Abuse in Atlanta, April 22, would like groups and churches to register if they plan to participate.  They are also looking for a pastor to say a prayer and a couple of speakers. All walkers can come at any time during the hours of 7-5, walk as long as they would like, take breaks at anytime.  To register for the Atlanta walk, send name and number of walkers to Call Lin Seahorn if you have questions 404-474-4020.


17. ArtReach Introductory Workshop, Saturday, April 27, 9– 4, Georgia Shakespeare, Oglethorpe University, 4484 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta  30319. One full day of self-care and experiential learning using the therapeutic expressive arts in group process, led by ArtReach Trainers. NO onsite/late registration, observers, or partial attendance. The ArtReach Foundation, Inc. ® helps adults and children who have been traumatized by displacement, violence, war, and disaster. This workshop is open to clinicians, artists, educators, veterans, and their adult family members, ArtReach volunteers, and others interested in experiencing the ArtReach creative arts group process. To register, email with your name, phone number, email address, and 1 paragraph biography. Confirmation and details will be sent to you. Registration: $95 for clinicians/artists/educators/others; $80 veteran clinicians; $45 veterans; veterans in need of partial/full scholarship assistance are invited to contact the above email. Last day to register/pay is Wednesday, April 24.

18. Save the date for Mother's Day for Peace 2013! This Georgia WAND signature event will be held Sunday, April 28, 2013 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Agnes Scott College in Decatur.


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DeKalb County will host its latest free food distribution event this weekend, handing out a total of about 3,700 boxes of meat and produce to residents in need.

Each package of food will include a 20-pound box of fruit and vegetables and a bag of ground beef or chicken hindquarters.


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