Church Action eNewsletter Week of February 10, 2014

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

   Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta 

1. Praise & Preparedness is a program that all houses of worship can use to prepare their facility and make sure a plan is in place for when an emergency should occur. This program also includes materials that houses of worship can provide for their congregation so that their members can be prepared in their own homes. Find out also about resources and contacts in the community that will be helpful in disaster response preparedness. All of this information and more is at the Georgia Emergency Management Agency website for Praise & Preparedness website

 2. This week the Mercer Preaching Consultation on AIBTV presents Dr. Lillian Daniel talking about “Why Church Matters in a Culture of Narcissism.”  AIB offers viewers an opportunity to share in this introspective study of the Church featuring local and national pastors, writers, and Bible expositors from the three-day event in 2013. Tune in Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday at 4 p.m. on AIB.

3. Child Exploitation Lobby Day events for February 13 are already rescheduled for March 13, 2014. If you already registered for Lobby Day, you should receive an email giving you the option to transfer your registration for the rescheduled date, or receive a refund for any costs paid. If you did NOT register for the original Lobby Day, you can register for the new date of March 13th here.   blocked::   If you have any questions or need additional information, please email or call (404)612-4628. 

4. Reclaim It Atlanta invites you to an unusual event —A Deconstruction Party! On February 13, 14, and 15 anytime from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at 1500 Parkwood Circle, Atlanta, Georgia 30339, You MUST R.s.v.p. because of security on the site. Bring your drills, electric screw drivers, step ladders, and your favorite beverage (non-alcoholic) and we will provide the food and projects. Must be 18 years of age and be willing to have your picture taken. Over 1,000 doors, 600 sets of curtains, 100 mirrored closet doors, 300 rooms of carpet, and 100 sinks to reclaim. Call 404-788-9750 to R.s.v.p.

5. One in three women and girls on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.  Join the One Billion Rising Atlanta at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church at 10 a.m. Faith based organizations and churches are being sought to join this February 14 global initiative for justice marching from Ebenezer Baptist Church to Grant Park.  To get more information, see or One Billion Rising Atlanta on Facebook.  For the event schedule or to register as a partner, contact Allison Gars, One Billion Rising Southeast Coordinator, at

6. St. Philip AME Church is holding a College Fair, Saturday, February 15, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Family Life and Administration Center, 240 Candler Road, SE. This event for 9-12 graders will feature a workshop and panel discussion on issues such as paying for college and the keys to a successful college experience.

7. The "C" Ladies auxilliary group of Radcliffe Presbyterian Church will host its Love Sunday weekend, starting with a Heart Healthy Luncheon, themed "Listen To Your Heart: God is Calling," on Saturday, February 15 , from 11:30 - 1:30 p.m., which will include music, dance, fashion showing, vendors, silent auction and lunch to help raise awareness about heart health.  A Love Sunday Worship service will be held Sunday, February 16, at 11:00 a.m. at Radcliffe Presbyterian Church, 286 Hamilton E. Holmes Drive N.W. Atlanta 30318.  The price for the luncheon is $25.00 which will go toward a donation to the American Heart Association.

8. The Rev. Susan Sparks, senior pastor of the historic Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York, N.Y., is the featured preacher Feb. 16 and 23 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally syndicated ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Having worked as a trial lawyer, then a stand-up comedian, and finally as an ordained minister, Sparks says she is the “only female stand-up comedian in the country with a pulpit.” In her sermon for Feb. 16, entitled “L’Chaim, and Don’t Mess It Up!” Sparks looks at life through the eyes of Moses, Thomas Edison, and Vince Lombardi.

9. Georgia WAND announces The REAL State of the Union 2014 featuring Jay Bookman of the Atlanta Journal Constitution and Janice Mathis of Rainbow PUSH Coalition. Both incredible speakers will give their perspective on the REAL cost of government spending and what it means for our communities. Then, Q and A with the audience. Don't miss this 12th annual event, a true Atlanta tradition on Sunday, February 16, 7 Stages, 1106 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta. Reception begins at 6:00 pm  and the show starts at 7:00 pm, $10 suggested donation. Georgia Women's Action for New Directions contact 404-524-5999 or 

10.  The 7th Annual Georgia Lupus Awareness Day, Georgia State Capitol,  is Tuesday, February 18, 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. to bring attention to lupus and the need for more awareness, future support and funding. To register see or contact the Lupus Foundation of America, Georgia Chapter at 770-333-5930. Wear purple.

11 Beth-Sarah Wright, Ph.D., author, inspirational speaker and wife of Atlanta's bishop, will be the featured speaker at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at a "Lunch and Learn" program at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, Atlanta. Her theme is "When We Say Yes to God: Our Story is God's Story." The program is open to all; admission and lunch is $12 per person. Call the church office, 404-634-3336, by Feb. 11.

12. Central Presbyterian Church will host “Glory to God:  The Presbyterian Hymnal Celebration” on Friday and Saturday, February 21 and 22. One of the highlights of the two-day event will be the Friday evening Hymn Sing Festival at 7:30 in the Sanctuary.  This Free event will include hymns from all generations and will be accompanied by Central's Chancel Choir, Geneva Handbell Choir, Brass Quintet and other musicians. Free parking in the garage on Central Avenue (follow this link for directions). To learn more about the hymnal celebration, visit the Presbyterian Hymnal Project website.

13. The link to register for the lecture on Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia with Rabbi Firestone was incorrect. For the February 23 event in Roswell Register here.

14. William Baker Festival Singers and Orchestra of the American Heartland will offer Dieterich Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri considered the first oratorio of the Lutheran tradition on Sunday, February 23, 3 p.m., at Grace United Methodist Church, 458 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Midtown Atlanta. TICKETS at the door or online

15. Atlantic Institute Luncheon event with Dr. Mustafa Sahim, Director of Academic Affairs Atlantic Institute, and Dr. Ori Z Soltes, professor at Georgetown University, Noon, Tuesday, February 25. The topics include religion, civil society, and politics in Turkey. Come to the Midtown office, 1349 West Peachtree St., NW, Suite 1010. , listen to a great lecture, and enjoy some delicious food! This event is free and open to everyone, but spaces are limited so please R.s.v.p. at

16. Lenten Quiet Day: To Walk the Way of Jesus, St. Mary's Chapel at the Cathedral of St. Philip, Saturday, March 15, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $20 which includes lunch.                                              Information and registration here.

17. The Clergy Connection Newsletter  of the National VA Chaplain Center Rural Clergy Training Program offers information on new research into social interaction, religious services, and length of life.

18. Registration is open for the Inaugural Christian Unity Gathering to be held at the Hilton Washington Dulles in Herndon, Virginia outside Washington, DC May 18-20, 2014. Read more>>

19. Quadrennial 2014, a women’s conference sponsored every four years by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), is coming to Atlanta, June 25-29.  In addition to worship, education, service, and social justice opportunities, several special events are planned to highlight important issues of faith.  These include a “Pilgrimage of Celebration and Remembrance” to the King Center to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, as well as a “Walk Against Trafficking” to increase awareness about human trafficking. Funds raised by participants in the walk will go to youthSpark, an Atlanta-based organization serving victims of human trafficking and working against and committed to ending this travesty.  Other events highlighting Quadrennial 2014 are keynote speakers who include the Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Hale, founding and Senior Pastor of Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, GA.  For more information about this not-to-be-missed event, including registration details, go to the website.

19. Pathways Community Network is a nonprofit organization that works to support communities with a variety of tools that help human services providers work together, reduce costs, and increase the impact of their services, so more people find the path to success. Join a talented team that is committed to helping communities strengthen responses to poverty and homelessness through effective use of data and technology.  Pathways is now accepting applications for the following positions: Data Quality Specialist ;Data Analyst; Data Analyst (part time) Click the links above to view details of each position.  To apply, email your resume to


Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.


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Light of new hope

God of refuge,
hear our prayer
as we hold the people of Beirut
in our hearts at this time.
Fill us with compassion
and move us to reach out in love.

In your mercy,
bring comfort to those who mourn,
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sustenance to those who hunger.

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to rebuild shattered lives,
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