Church Action eNewsletter Week of June 3, 2013

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta
Church Action eNewsletter
Week of June 3, 2013
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1. This afternoon, June 5, at 5:30 at Lake Oconee Community Church, Mary Elzy and Haley Vincent share their experiences at the International Justice Mission, Calcutta, Indiana. They worked and visited with girls in after-care facilities whom the mission had rescued from sexual trafficking. LOCC is at 1001 Village Park Drive Suite 107, Greensboro 30642. If you have questions call (706) 347-0480.

2. Southside Ministerial Association meets this Thursday, June 6, at 12 noon hosted by the Washington Road Neighborhood Church. The church is located at 3227 Washington Road in East Point. Bring any announcements you have for the summer. Remember that there is no July meeting. Please contact Rev. Jimmie Jordan to let him know you will be coming, or (404)909-9950.

3. Summer Singers of Cobb begins next week. No audition required. Find out more about Cobb Summer Singers and Atlanta Summer Singers and register online here>>

4. The Career Ministry at Holy Spirit announces an outstanding panel of employers and community leaders for the June 6 meeting, 6:30 p.m., at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 4465 Northside Drive, Atlanta 30327. Tom Sander with the Atlanta Business Chronicle; Tricia Pridemore, Executive Director for the Governors Office of Workforce Development; Wendy Person, Director Global External Talent Sourcing and Acquisition, for Coca-Cola; Janice Burley-Black, the Georgia Department of Labor; Jeff Piper, Director, Human Resources, City of Atlanta; Kim Carbia, Nextjob Outplacement; Dennis Payton, Ackerman Security Systems. Please be on time. You may want to register at site

5. Acting UP!, the drama team at Roswell United Methodist Church, will present the musical comedy You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown on Friday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 8, at 6 p.m. in the church’s Fellowship Hall. The ticket ($15) includes the show and dessert. Contact Lisa Stover, (770)261-1709 or, for tickets. Roswell UMC is located in the Heart of Historic Roswell at 814 Mimosa Blvd. Read more>>

6. Don’t forget the Hands Around the Hill Race which benefits those seeking shelter, food, and the essentials of life in the Capitol Hill Area. Saturday, June 8, at 8 a.m. starting from Central Presbyterian Church. Register on-line at (Hands Around the Hill) Last day to register is this Thursday, June 6! Read more>>

7. Last big plant sale of the season at Holy Comforter Church, Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 737 Woodland Ave. SE, Atlanta 30316, features organic vegetables, beautiful perennials for sun and shade,annuals in full bloom, hanging baskets, angel trumpets. Come fill in the bare spots in your gardens, make second plantings of vegetables, or start a garden – it’s not too late. If you have questions call (404)627-6510)

8. Ben Hill UMC invites the community to a special worship service acknowledging the promotion of their pastor the Rev. Richard Winn who has been named superintendent of the Griffin District. Receptions will follow the services, June 9, 7:45 and 10 a.m. services. Ben Hill UMC, 2099 Fairburn Road, SW, Atlanta 30331.

9. Rhythms of Grace incorporates biblical storytelling, sensory experience, music, and Eucharist into a worship experience where all forms of physical and vocal responses are accepted and encouraged. At Rhythms of Grace, we are reminded that we are all made perfect in God’s image and we are loved! While Rhythms of Grace is created intentionally for families with kids with special needs, all families with extra-wiggly, extra-creative children are welcome to worship together. Come and worship June 9 and every second Sunday (except July) at 3 p.m. in the Chapel at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree St. Contact The Rev’d Noelle York-Simmons for more information or 404-881-0835.

10. The Rev. Canon Louis C. "Skip" Schueddig came to Atlanta 30 years ago to serve as executive director of the Episcopal Radio-TV Foundation -- later called the Episcopal Media Center and then the Alliance for Christian Media -- which now produces the ecumenical radio and online program "Day1." He will be honored on his retirement with an ecumenical Evening Prayer service at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree St. The Rev. Martha Sterne will preach for the service.

11. Third Wave Womanist Religious Thought a teleconference with Monica Coleman whose writings focus on the role of faith in addressing critical social issues. Wednesday, June 12, 1 – 2 p.m. EDT. Read more>> A scholar and activist, Coleman is an ordained elder in the A.M.E. Church, and earned degrees at Harvard University, Vanderbilt University, and Claremont Graduate University.

12. The New Jim Crow study/action group will meet at Atlanta Friends Meetinghouse June 12 from 7:30 -9:00 p.m. Having read Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, this group is working on ways to address the problems of mass incarceration, racial bias in the justice system, and barriers to reintegrating into the community. Everyone is welcome. The Atlanta Friends Meetinghouse is located at 701 West Howard Ave, Decatur 30030, less than 1/2 mile east of the East Lake MARTA station. If you have questions contact Bert Skellie, 404-378-5883 or Susan Firestone, 404-377-0875

13. Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed -- New York Times best-selling author of the The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, returns with a new novel about love, empathy, family, the power of choice and how the choices we make can resonate through generations. Talk and Signing at Barnes & Noble Peachtree at 12:30 p.m. and the Decatur Library at 7:15 p.m., Thursday, June 13.

14. Smoke Rise Baptist Church invites you out for an afternoon of fun at the 13th Annual Open Car, Truck, & Motorcycle Show. This is a great event for everyone from the expert car guys to simple admirers of automotive engineering and design. Bring your own picnic or buy something there. Judging begins at noon; awards will be made at 2. Saturday, June 15, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 5901 Hugh Howell Rd., Stone Mountain 30087.

15. A Caribbean-American Festival, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, June 15, at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Decatur. This 19th annual event features ethnic foods, African dance, choir performance, crowning of the June Queen, a fashion show, children's activities and more. Booth rentals are available, too. For information contact or 404-241-7711.

16. Voice recital at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 1790 LaVista Road, Atlanta 30329, June 15, 7 p.m., featuring countertenor Adrin Akins. The program is an eclectic one with works by Hildegard Von Bingen, Bach, Britten, Pergolesi, Spohr, Rossini, Rachmaninoff, and traditional Appalachian folk songs. This recital will also feature fellow St. Bartholomew's members\ All are welcome.

17. Pamela Cooper-White, Ph.D. speaks to the Jung Society: “Beyond A Dangerous Method: Sabina Spielrein’s Groundbreaking Contributions to Psychoanalysis.” Fees for guests: $25; students, $10. June 15, 7:30 p.m., at Trinity Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship Hall. Dr. Cooper-White has a distinguished career which includes serving as an Episcopal priest and pastoral psychotherapist, author, and currently as Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care, and Counseling at Columbia Theological Seminary. Read more>>

18. Hillside International Chapel and Truth Center will present Michael Eric Dyson on Father’s Day, June 16. Dyson, academic, author, and radio host, will speak at 9:30 a.m. at the church at 2450 Cascade Road. Call the church office if you have questions (404) 758-6811.

19. June Eggonomics at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Tuesday, June 18 at 7:30 a.m. in Ellis Hall, welcomes Sally Quillian Yates, the first woman to serve as United States Attorney in the Northern District of Georgia. A full breakfast buffet at 7:30 with the presentation at 7:45 and concluding by 8:30. The cost is $5 and all proceeds go to the Men of Hope at Covenant Community. For ticket or to sign up contact Kevin Hayes at or Dave Chambless at

20. The Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta (FAMA) invites you to interact with people of 4 different faiths and to the experience of 4 different worships. Tours of the worship facilities and a private Q & A with those leading the worship are included. July 19, 20, and 21. For more information and to register please visit FAMA website Don’t forget FAMA Aid coming up this month, June 23, Brookhaven Christian Church. Read about it there as well.

21. Reading Camp in Snellville, June 24-28, at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, is looking for young applicants for the tuition-free program, designed for children finishing grades 2, 3 and 4 who need a boost to improve their reading skills. Campers are welcome from the wider community and may be nominated by family, friends or teachers. For all the details, click here or contact Gini Peterson, or 770-879-0321. For more information.

22. Camp High Five 2013 is recruiting campers and volunteers! This is a free one- week residential camp for children, ages 6 – 16, infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS, Sunday, June 30 – Friday, July 5, 2013 at Camp Twin Lakes – Will-A-Way in Winder, Georgia. Volunteers must be 18 or older. Please visit the H.E.R.O. for Children website to learn more about Camp High Five and to download a volunteer application (click on the Our Programs link). For more information, call the camp director, Dr. Collette Hopkins, at 404-217-4278. Camp Twin Lakes is a beautiful campsite for children with serious illnesses and life challenges. Read more>>

23. Did you know that you can participate in the Greater Piney Grove Tuesday Evening Bible Study online? Read more>>

24. Sacred Harp Singing is Bustin’ Out All Over- they say. The best-known shaped note hymnal, The Sacred Harp, was published in 1844 by Georgia residents. Shape note singing survives as a living tradition in Georgia to this day. This singing practice is uniquely participatory and not a performance. Find out more and about where you can sing in our area and some upcoming camps for all ages. Read more>>

25. Hillside International Chapel and Truth Center Transformative Living Program is offering "Summer Shorties" - classes that fit your life and schedule this summer. In June you may choose from Discovering Your Passion, How I Used Truth, or Laughing Yoga. You may choose one or all. Classes continue for one month and are held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday. New classes in July. You may register on site.

26. Did you know beginner line dancing classes are going on at Embry Hills UMC? 3304 Henderson Mill Road near Embry Hills Shopping Center, Read more>>

27. Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters, Inc. President, Collie Burnett, Jr., announces AIB’s schedule of award-winning programs is now available to more viewers than ever before on AIB Everywhere. Burnett commented, “Our full cadre of programs can be accessed from any location and at any time using either cell phones, iPhones, laptops, I Pads, personal computers....” For more about AIB Everywhere, choose a convenient electronic device, go to and immediately begin to enjoy your favorite programs.

28. Save the Date! If you have a successful health ministry or want to start one, the summit coming to Atlanta October 4-5, 2013 has something for you. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is hosting this Tri-Regional Faith and Community Health Summit gathering thousands of faith and community leaders. Participants will have the opportunity to develop one-year action plans and to join a network of organizations who will share best practices, successes, and lessons learned. To be notified when registration is open or to lend your voice to our planning efforts, please send an email to The Regional Council of Churches and the mental health coalition C.H.I.P. of which we are a member are involved in planning and presentations for this gathering.

29. If yours is an official Veteran Friendly Congregation or you would like to consider that or to just find ways to minister to veterans and their families you encounter in your pews and in your community check CarefortheTroops for ideas and important trainings and events coming up.

Special Summer Series Read more>>


7th annual Flower and Liturgical Arts Festival , Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8, at St. James' Episcopal Church in Clayton.

ArtReach Project America BBQ Fundraiser honoring Tucker Area Veterans on Saturday, June 8, noon- 4 p.m., More here.

Morningside Presbyterian Church Atlanta Youth Opera’s High School Opera Institute singers graduation concert, June 9, 4 p.m.

Oratorical Contest at Zion Hill Baptist Church, 8175 Campbellton Road, Atlanta 30331, June 15, 10 a.m.

Community International Festival at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 4664 Covington Hwy., Decatur. June 15, noon to 8 p.m.

World Refugee Day , June 20 . We have more information and resources for worship or educational classes on our website>>


Ethel Ware Carter


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