Church Action eNewsletter Week of July 22, 2013

 God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.
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1. Movies on the Green at Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 2971 Butner Road SW, Atlanta 30331. A fun, family movie shown outside on a big screen starting after 8:45 p.m.  the last Friday of the month. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, picnic baskets or snacks, and the desire to see a really great movie. The July 26 movie is "The Climb." Free of charge. For information or directions call 404-349-0176 or visit

2. The Rev. Beth Birkholz, associate pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Marietta, is the featured speaker July 28 with host Peter Wallace on "Day 1", the nationally syndicated ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Birkholz's sermon,  based on Jesus' teaching on prayer in Luke 11, is entitled "Do It Yourself." Read more >>

3. "Chanting as Sacred Practice: A Path of Awakening and Renewal" with Darlene Franz, 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3,  St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 1790 Lavista Road, Atlanta. Co-sponsored by Mary & Martha’s Place and Amerson House Spirituality Center, the event will provide an opportunity to discover how sacred chanting can enliven one’s practice of prayer and meditation. Lunch is included and financial aid is available. Read more>>

4. Mac Frampton, Morningside Presbyterian Church member and renowned pianist, will be in concert at Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 Morningside Drive, Atlanta 30306,  Friday, August 2, 7:30 p.m. Mr Frampton has been guest soloist with such orchestras as the Boston Pops, Mantovani, Cincinnati, Atlanta, and St. Louis. Donations will benefit the Morningside Presbyterian Church music library. 

5. Break the Stigma Let’s Start Talking, Georgia Suicide Prevention Information Network T shirt contest. Deadline for design is August 5. Open to everyone and there are prizes! Find out all about it>>

6. FAMA Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta and Street Grace invite you to a special presentation on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking in Atlanta on Wednesday, August 7, at North Avenue Presbyterian Church, noon to 1:30, in the Broyles Conference Room, This thought-provoking examination by John Mattioli explores the issue,  the victims, the buyers, and the exploiters. Learn how you can become part of the solution to this evil in your own backyard. Kosher lunch provided $15, so please R.s.v.p. at by August 6.

7. Atlanta Community Ministries invites you to "Sabbath Rest Silent Retreat, Four Hours of Rest with God" Thursday, August 8, from Noon till 4 p.m., Ignatius House, 6700 Riverside Drive, Atlanta 30328.  Register at  or email or The registration fee is $22.00. Scholarships are available. Questions? Call Becky Shoaf at 404-358-7760.

8. Antioch Bible College Institute and Seminary, announces its Fall Schedule, undergraduate and graduate level classes begin August 12, external and online classes also offered, classes meet in 7 Georgia locations, Acworth, Loganville, Madison, Marietta, Fairmont, Dallas, and at the main campus in Cartersville.  Call 770-334-3946 for information.

9. Bountiful Blessings Church Ministries, 7380 Bishop Road, Fairburn   30213 will host a One-Day Camp in Mime Ministry for ages 6 to 14, August 17, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Fee is $20 per child and includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, and back-to-School packet.  For more information email

10. Camp Meeting Service presented by Meridian Herald at Historic Epworth United Methodist Church in North Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Saturday, August 17, 5 p.m. Fred Craddock wil preach. Meridian Herald’s 16th annual Higher Ground camp meeting is a gift to the community and everyone is welcome and will – rain or shine.   Read more>>

11. The Atlanta Jewish Committee Atlanta and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship welcome you to a film screening and discussion of The Last White Knight, the story of a Jewish civil right activist who decades after a violent run-in with the Ku Klux Klan returns to Mississippi to try to understand his assailant and examine the state of racism and race relations in the New South.  A conversation follows featuring Anthony Harris, Professor of Education, and Hank Klibanoff, Professor of Journalism, Emory. Sunday, August 18, 6 p.m., Temple Sinai Synagogue, 5645 Dupree Drive, NW, Atlanta 30327. R.s.v.p. by calling (404)233-5501 by August 12. General admission $25, students $15. 

12. One River Wisdom School retreat August 23-25, at St. Mary’s Sewanee near Mont Eagle, TN, The school honors the human religious impulse offering a haven for spiritual exploration, a place where questioning is encouraged, friendships are forged through shared inquiry, and community is rooted in learning, conversation, and contemplative practice. Read more>>

13. Community Ambassador Training from youthSpark, learn to speak for those exploited and raise awareness in your community of the issue of child exploitation,  Saturday, August 24,
8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Kingdom Builders Covenant Church, Get more information 
here  To R.s.v.p. email

14. Remember to get registered for the 5 city Action Dash on September 2. Every dollar raised helps Action Ministries mobilize communities to address the challenges of poverty focusing on hunger relief, housing, and education. Be a real Action Hero! Visit to register or form a team. If you have questions contact Kari Nesbitt, 404-881-1991, 

15. The Children’s Peace Center recommends two books for peaceful summer reading.  The Forgiveness Garden for elementary school readers by Lauren Thompson was inspired by the story of original Garden of Forgiveness in Beirut. And, Great Peacemakers by Ken Beller and Heather Chase for older readers tells the stories of 20 real people committed to peace.

16. Surely all God’s floods and waves have rolled over us and if your garden is burgeoning because of the rain consider taking some produce over to the Open Door for the Welcome Table.  910 Ponce de Leon Avenue, NE, Atlanta 30306 (404)874-9652.

17. Do you know about the Text this Week? An amazing resource for those preaching from or studying the Common Lectionary. Read more>>

18. Have you ever wondered what really happens to your trash or your recycling?  Georgia Interfaith Power and Light (GIPL) can help you find out on a Waste Wise tour.  Waste Wise - a congregational guide to waste reduction- will take your congregation on a tour of some of our local recycling and trash centers. You will be amazed! GIPL is  scheduling tours for the fall right now, if you are interested email and reserve your spot today!  

19. International students begin to arrive in August, so now is the time to start thinking about your Amigo student for next year. AMIS has been helping our community show hospitality to students who are far from home for 35 years. AMIS will be matching students from the smaller schools before distributing  the amigo list, so if you want a student Amigo from Oglethorpe, Agnes Scott, Spelman, Morehouse, or Columbia Seminary, please respond now -- If you already know that you would like a student from a particular school or country, please let AMIS know so they can be looking for you as the applications come in. You can sign up here.

20. Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters--AIB Everywhere is airing three series giving viewers a variety of fitness options for managing stress, a major contributor to health risks in our current culture; Rising Lotus Qigong, Yoga with Amy J. and Flow and Balance: The Tai Chi Way.  All routines are designed to provide relaxation and de-stress the body generating natural energy for healthier, happier living. See for a listing of air times.

21. At the one year anniversary of his coming to Johns Creek Christian Church we welcome belatedly to our community the Rev. Richard Voelz. Read more>>


22. In this morning’s New York Times - - an interesting reconsideration of the legacy of mainline progressive Protestantism.




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 Cathedral Choir of St. Philip invites you to special choral celebration of Holy Eucharist at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, July 28.  2744 Peachtree Road in Buckhead.

The Brighter Tomorrows Inspirational Choir concert, Friday, August 2, 6 - 8 p.m., Richardson Health Center’s Bohan Auditorium,  445 Winn Way, Decatur 30030. 

Upscale Garage Sale,  Roswell United Methodist Church on Friday, Aug. 2, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 3, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.  More information>>   

The Alternatives to Violence Project workshop, August 10, Atlanta Friends Meeting, Read more>>    

Immersion Experience: Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life, Columbia TS, August 22-25, information HERE. 

 50th anniversary of the March on Washington rally, Saturday, August 24, in D.C. For information contact Helen Butler at or (404)653-1199.

Action Dash Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Gainesville and Rome.  

Stop Ignoring Injustice in Palestine and Israel! Changing the Interfaith Dialogue,  Saturday, September 7, 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church, information here>>  

 November 9 Run for Justice


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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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