Church Action eNewsletter Week of January 6, 2014

 

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

   Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta 

1. United Way 2014 Project Overcoat. Donate new and gently used coats and blankets January 11-25 at any area Kroger. Sorting and distributing will take place at Bulldog Movers at 4194 NE Expressway, Atlanta, 30340. Click here to volunteer to sort. Click here to volunteer to distribute

2. Organist Nathaniel Gumbs, from Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C., will perform a recital at 3:15 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. A graduate of Shenandoah University in Virginia and Yale University, Gumbs will perform works by Vierne, Franck and Liszt.

3. NAMI Support Groups meet every Tuesday at Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church, 800 Lawrenceville Hwy. S, from 7:30-9:00 pm. Groups are Connection for people diagnosed with a mental illness and Family to Family for the loved ones of those with mental health challenges. 

4. The  I Will Intervene Challenge, 2 Day Suicide Prevention Workshop, Jan. 13-14, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., conducted by ASIST Registered Trainers of Armed Forces Mission, hosted by Flint River Baptist Association. Orchard Hill Baptist Church, 205 Swint Road, Orchard Hill. Learn more or Register at www.Iwillintervene.com or call the FRBA at 770-227-0155.

5. Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 5390 McGinnis Ferry Rd, Alpharetta, will host the Korean Students’ Glee Club composed of college students studying music at various universities from the Seoul metropolitan area in a concert on Tuesday, January 14 at 7:30 p.m. For more information please contact Pastor Jim Thalacker at 770-740-1279 or email at jimlol@bellsouth.net.

6. A Prescription for the Soul from Christian Medical & Dental Associations, a special evening of music and drama with Stanton Lanier, award-winning musician, composer, and performer, and Curt Cloninger, actor, writer, and performer. www.VisitingHours.info , Saturday, January 18, 7 – 8:30, Intown Community Church, 2059 Lavista Road, Atlanta 30329.  Proceeds will fund the CMDA Atlanta and Grace Fellowship Church Mobile Medical Clinic bringing healthcare to underserved communities throughout Metro Atlanta.

7. The Ben Hill UMC Visual Arts Ministry will host "MLK Freedom Café" an evening of Art, the music styling of RSVP, Spoken Word, and a MLK Interactive Art Expression Room on Saturday, January 18 from 5-8 PM in the church Fellowship Hall, 2099 Fairburn Road. The suggested donation is $5 per person. Light refreshments will be served.  The MLK Artist Showcase will continue through Monday with the art gallery on display in the Fellowship Hall. For more information contact Martha Bell at csmbell@bellsouth.net  or the church office at 404 344-0618.  

8. Georgia Interfaith Power & Light invites us for a Tree planting with Trees Atlanta, on MLK Day, January 20, 9 a.m. to noon. The goal is to plant 60 trees!! Meet at the entrance to the Community Living Center building adjacent to the VA Hospital -1670 Clairmont Road Decatur 30033. Wear good work shoes (it may be muddy), and layered clothing. Coffee and snacks will be provided. The Registration deadline is Monday January 13, register here.

9. Bishop Paul S. Morton is the keynote speaker for the Ben Hill United Methodist Church Martin Luther King Day Program on Monday, January 20, at 10 a.m. "Continuing the Legacy of Faith, Hope, and Love" is the theme of the annual program that will be held in the sanctuary, 2099 Fairburn Rd SW Atlanta 30331. Senior Pastor Byron Thomas invites the public to attend.

10. The Edge Connection, a non-profit committed to helping entrepreneurs launch, grow, and sustain small businesses, is gathering to celebrate new business launches, entrepreneurs who are getting ready to launch, and those who are flying high, January 21, 6 – 9 p.m. This is a party for the whole family. There will be plenty of food, face painting and crafts for the kids, music, dancing, and karaoke! A group of industry experts will be on hand for those who want to spend a few minutes with a pro to move your business forward.  Kennesaw State University Center.  Click here to register! 

11. Laura English-Robinson and Sam Hagan, Vocalists: Together Again. Both Laura and Sam have had international careers; this program of duets and solos promises to be a highlight of the 2013-14 All Saints’ Concert Series season. Tuesday, January 21, 7:30 p.m., 634 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta. Tickets are $15 adult and $10 student/senior, and are available at the door, or charged online in advance at www.allsaintsatlanta.org, click on Music, then Concert Series.

12. Building Bridges Through Music: An Evening with the National Arab Orchestra, January 24, 7:30 .p.m., Woodruff Arts Center, Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta 30309,. The mission of this group is to promote music through education and performance. They look forward to sharing the musical traditions of the Arab world with you in this free concert. Register and reserve your free ticket  Here Enter Promotional Code: NAO0124.

13. The annual celebration of the Feast of Absalom Jones begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Cathedral of St. Philip, and preacher for the service will be Bishop Rob Wright. The local chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians will host festivities. The event honors the life and ministry of the first African-American priest, Absalom Jones, who lived from 1746 to 1818.  14. North Avenue Presbyterian Church, 607 Peachtree Street, will host a free concert with singer-songwriter, and former member of Caedman's Call Derek Webb in his Apology Tour, January 25, 7 p.m. Read more>>

15. International Holocaust Remembrance DayAm Yisrael Chai Atlanta brings us "Survival of the Spirit: Art, Music and Culture of the Holocaust”. The program includes a keynote address by Ela Weissberger, a child survivor of the Theresienstadt concentration camp. Of the 15,000 children who were forcibly deported to Theresienstadt, only 150 survived and Ela is one of them. January 26, Greenfield Hebrew Academy Auditorium,5200 Northland Drive, Atlanta 30342, reception at 6:30 p.m., event at 7 p.m., followed by dessert reception. There is no charge, but do reserve your seat at (888)608.4988 or amyisraelchaiatlanta@gmail.com. sneak peek Sneak Peek!

16. The Cathedral Antiques Show and Tour of Homes is Jan. 26 to Feb. 2 at the Cathedral of St. Philip. The 43rd annual event will provide proceeds to Crossroad Community Ministries, a comprehensive outreach program for homeless individuals and families, begun 40 years at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Atlanta. The event has raised more than $4 million for area nonprofits since 1969. The Cathedral Antiques Show and Tour of Homes has a website with information about the schedule, opportunities and tickets. Read more>>

17. Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta deacons are ready to take orders for their third annual Holy Smoking BBQ, a meat-eater's delight to be prepared in time for Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2. Proceeds will be applied to a matching grant for Emmaus House. The smoked pork butts can ordered online or from any deacon. Deadline for placing orders is Jan. 27 , to place an order, click here >  

18. Do you know an amazing singer who has physical disabilities? Abel 2 Nonprofit is holding a casting call at the Shepherd Center, 2020 Peachtree Road, on Saturday, January 29. Call or email for an appointment (678)437-6897or by email at abel2nonprofit@aol.com.

19. A coalition of Atlanta artists and activists puts a face on the facts. The premier event Facing Child Sex Trafficking: Atlanta’s Dirty Little Secret, will be Thursday, January 30, at 7:00 p.m. at the Universalist Unitarian Congregation of Atlanta, 1911 Cliff Valley Way NE, 30329.  The event is free and open to the public.  A VIP reception begins at 6:30 and refreshments will be served following the program.   Facing Project-Atlanta has brought together a cross-section of artists including singers, songwriters, musicians, dancers, spoken word artists, visual artists, authors, journalists, and producers.  Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta (FAMA) is co-sponsoring Atlanta’s Facing Project, which will be broadcast on Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters (AIB-TV).

20. 8th Annual GIPPY Awards. Nominate your congregation, ministry, green group, Bible Study, education class, or any ministry that works to engage people of faith in stewardship of Creation—  four categories; power, light, trailblazer, and ministry of the year.  Nominate your group today! Awards are February 6, 7-8:30p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta Fifield Hall, 1328 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta 30309. Key Note -Rabbi Moti Rieber, Executive Director of Kansas IPL & Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation Rabbi. Special Guest Author - Dr. Matthew Sleeth - author of 24/6, Serve God, Save the Planet, and The Gospel According to the Earth. Dessert Reception, Silent Auction, book signing, and inspiring keynote. Tickets are $5 a person, students are free. Reserve your spot today!

21. St. Mary’s Sewanee offers Writing as a Contemplative Practice, February 7-9, with Anne Bright.  For more information or to register online, please call 931-598-5342, email us at reservations@stmaryssewanee.org, or register online Here.

22. The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Youth Ministry Network presents OASIS: a spiritual retreat for CBF youth workers, February 18-21, Montreat Conference Center, Montreat, NC, with guest speaker Mark Yaconelli and guest artist Paul Soupiset, Relax, learn, practice spiritual disciplines, and interact with fellow CBF youth workers. The closest airport is in Asheville; limited ride sharing will be offered from the Charlotte airport. To register, visit www.cbfymn.org

.23 The cultural significance of African Diaspora art will be the focus of "Black Aesthetics and African Centered Cultural Expressions: Sacred Systems in the Nexus between Cultural Studies, Religion, and Philosophy." This summer institute for university teachers and scholars will be July 13- August 1 at Emory University. Applications for the institute are due March 4; participants also will receive a stipend to support travel and accommodations. Participants will examine black art from the defining era of the Harlem Renaissance, including the works of philosophers and educators Alain Locke and W.E.B. Du Bois, to what black aesthetics mean today. Read more»

24. Those who work with youth will be interested in the 2014 summer programs CDC Disease Detective Camp and CDC Junior Disease Detective Camp. Both are academic day camps for middle schoolers or teens held at CDC’s headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.  Application is open to the public. Visit cdc.gov/museum/camp/ for complete information, and application forms. Please note that admission to the camps is quite competitive; essays should be thoughtful.

25. Joseph and the Development of the Visionary Leader, a thoughtful essay on leadership and setbacks from Alban, Read more>>

 

Peace,

Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.

ecarter@rccatl.org

404-201-6448

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