Church Action eNewsletter Week of February 17, 2014


God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

   Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta 

Week of February 17, 2014


This is Black History Month and there are many events and activities to choose from listed in this edition.

1. Baptist Women in Ministry invites all Baptist churches to have a woman preach on any Sunday in February the Martha Stearns Marshall Month of Preaching. Send your church name, city, state, pastor, the name of your guest preacher, and contact information to Ashley Robinson at All participating churches and preachers will be listed in the Spring Issue of Vocare, the BWIM newsletter.  Learn more at

2. This is a reminder that the February 20, 2014 registration deadline for the Gwinnett Medical Center spring 2014 Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course is fast approaching.  There are some places available. Call 678-312-2467 for information.

3. Black History Month Parade, February 22,  noon to 3 p.m., Celebrate the culture, heritage, history , and accomplishments of African-Americans in the U.S. with marching bands, entertainers, dignitaries, civic groups, celebrities, and fun for the entire family. Sweet Auburn, 145 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta 30303.

4. The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership is partnering with Soccer in the Streets to hold the second Atlanta BeltLine Street Cup tournament, this Saturday, February 22 at Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark. Find out more and more about events for all ages taking place around the Atlanta Beltline. Read more>>

5. The Jung Society sponsors a lecture,” The Abandoned Child and Its Return,” on Friday evening, February 21, 7:30 p.m., and a workshop on Saturday, February 22, 10 to 5, “The Soul in Hell and Its Liberation,”  by Donald Kalsched, Ph.D. The location is Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30327. Fees for the lecture are: Public - $50, Students -$25, and Society Members -$35. Workshop fees are: Public - $120, Students -$75, Society Members - $90. Register in advance and workshop fee includes lecture.  CEUs are available.  Information.

6. Youth Hope-Builders Academy of Interdenominational Theological Center and Concerned Black Clergy partner in Faith Fest 2014.

Youth Rally, Friday, February 21, 7 – 9 p.m., First Iconium Baptist Church, 542 Moreland Avenue, Atlanta 30316, speakers, mime, rap, drama, spoken word, poster display (bring yours.) Friday evening is open and free to the public!

Actionfest Youth and Family Convocation, Saturday, Friendship Community Church, 4141 Old Fairburn Road, College Park 30349, $12. Concurrent workshops for all ages, plenary session, special guests, and a talent showcase. Please call (404)527-7739 or (404)614-6321 for information and registration.

7. The annual African American History program sponsored by the Allgood Road Methodist Church in Stone Mountain, Saturday, February 22, 6 – 9 p.m., Piedmont Technical College--Conference Center. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12.  A delicious soul food meal is included! The Tuskegee Airmen will be special guests. For tickets contact Ms. Karen Brayboy, (678)644-0862, or

8. We are fortunate that Atlanta is home to a L'Arche establishment which invites us to build relationships and believes that our differences enrich the lives of us all. As part of a series of social events on the fourth Saturday of each month for adults with intellectual disabilities and those who choose to come and enjoy the fellowship, St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 1790 Lavista Road, Atlanta 30329, will host a family movie night and pot luck supper, Saturday, February 22, 5:45 – 8:45 p.m. Please call to R.s.v.p. and find out what to bring to share with the group. All are welcome! Lisa Persons, (404)218-5527.

9. The Rev. Susan Sparks, pastor of historic Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York, is the preacher Feb. 23 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the 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.” Her sermon for Feb. 23, “Sinners at the Laundromat,” draws from Isaiah 1:16-18 to take a fresh look at how to clean up our lives.

10. Bob Bahr will speak on “Mystical Kabbalah – The Key to Modern Survival”, Sunday, February 23, at Unity North Church’s Interfaith Service, 9 a.m., followed by a class at 10 a.m., 4255 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta 30066.

11. Atlanta Student Movement --through their nonviolent protests they challenged Jim Crow laws and changed Atlanta.  An Evening with the Atlanta Student, Sunday, Feb. 23, 4 p.m., Shrine of the Black Madonna Cultural Center, 946 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. SW, Atlanta 30310. WSB-TV's Jocelyn Dorsey will moderate.  Councilmember Michael Julian Bond will give remarks. See a special tribute by the Young Adult Fellowship of the Shrine of the Black Madonna.  The program is free. For more information call (404) 549-8676.

12. AJC Access Atlanta invites you to a special networking event to learn about advocacy and Black-Jewish relations at National Advocacy Day in Atlanta: The Importance of Both Past and Present Day Civil Rights Concerns featuring Sherry Frank who helped initiate the Black/Jewish Coalition in 1982, and Stacey Y. Abrams, House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly, February 23, 7 p.m., The Temple, Register here.

13. A reminder that the State of the Community Address and Installation Ceremony of the Rev. Frank Cornelius Brown as President of Concerned Black Clergy of Metropolitan Atlanta will be on Monday, February 24, 10 a.m. to noon, Community Church of God, 838 Cascade Avenue, SW, Atlanta 30311.

14. 2014 Civil Rights Revival and Mini-Conference, Tuesday, February 25, and Wednesday, February 26, Salem Bible Church, 2283 Baker Road, Nw., Atlanta 30318, the Rev. Jasper Williams, Jr. is the host pastor for this gathering of the Southeast Region of the National Action Network. Community forums will begin at 5:45 p.m. each night, followed by worship at 7 p.m., Bishop Victor T. Curry, Southeast Regional Director of National Action Network, is the conference host.

15. Craig R. Prentiss, author of "Staging Faith: Religion and African American Theater from the Harlem Renaissance to World War II," will visit Emory University for a book reading and signing Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room at Emory's Robert W. Woodruff Library. Full story at »

16. The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Seminary will mark the Lenten season with Poetry, Art, and the Spirituality of the Imagination: A Lenten Meditation. This exhibit combines Scripture, poetry, and the ink drawings of Israel Galindo, Associate Dean. On view at the Harrington Center, February 28 through May 17, with an artist’s reception on March 4. The exhibit will be available for viewing Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To make an appointment for after-hours viewing, contact Janie Young,, 404-687-4577

17. Georgia Parent Support Network 10th Annual "Unmasking Children's Mental Illness" Mardi Gras Gala Ball at the Fabulous Fox Theater, March 4,  Fat Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., Tickets are $95. For more information, please call (404) 758-4500 ext. 104. Flyer here

18. Due to inclement weather the I Will Intervene Challenge two-day suicide intervention workshop has been rescheduled for March 5-6, at the Bridge in Peachtree City, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you have not registered you can do so at  

19. Interfaith Children’s Movement in Cobb County will meet Thursday, March 6, 4 p.m., at Stratton Library,1100 Powder Springs Road, Marietta, Georgia 30064 (Please note the new location.)You may R.s.v.p. to Pamela Perkins or Ctrl+Click to follow link" href="mailto:c....

20. Enough Project’s Raise Hope for Congo Campaign is partnering with the United Nations for an event in recognition of International Women’s Day, March 6. The event will highlight the importance of women’s participation in Congo’s peace process, urgent actions needed to end sexual violence, and the power women’s movements have in transitioning communities from war to peace. Leading up to the event, students and activists around the world will take action in this social media campaign. Find out how you can participate Here.

21. Conversations at First Baptist Decatur, Thursday, March 6, at 7:00 p.m., 308 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur 30030, a presentation by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie discussing her new book Americanah that was designated as one of The New York Times Book Review's “ten best books of the year” for 2013. This event is sponsored by Georgia Center for the Book and hosted by First Baptist Decatur Conversations. No tickets or reservations required. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

22. Aquinas Center will hold the Aquinas Center of Theology's 5th Annual Major Catholic Speaker event with Dr. Miguel Diaz, former United States Ambassador to the Holy See, Thursday, March 6. Tickets are free but are required for the event. His lecture, titled “Though Hispanic Eyes, God, International Relations and the Human Good," will explore how religion can contribute to the development of human rights.  Register now! Flyer.

23. Linda Lawrence Hunt will speak about her grief journey and discuss her book Pilgrimage Through Loss: Pathways to Strength and Renewal after the Death of a Child, at Decatur First Baptist Church, March 9, 5 p.m. The book proves the importance of sharing stories, savoring solitude, designing rituals, discovering the healing in forgiveness, and perhaps most importantly, acknowledging that timetables and distractions “are the great enemies of grief.”

24.  Honky Tonk Homicide, a Mystery Dinner Theatre Production, Saturday, March 15, 6 p.m., at the Plaza Arts Center, 305 north Madison Avenue, Eatonton 31024. Register Now!" href=" This event supports the Lake Oconee Community Church Youth Alliance.

25.  Memorial Drive Hunger Ministries is an ecumenical outreach program that provides an midday meal 6 days a week and periodic seasonal distribution of clothing and health care items to homeless and transient folk living along a four mile area of Memorial Drive in Stone Mountain.  The congregations involved are New Thing Christian Church, Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, Rock of Ages Lutheran Church and St. Timothy UMC.  If you have been thinking about giving a little to this ministry do it before March 31 because Thrivent Financial is offering matching funds. Details about MDHM, along with information about making a donation, can be found here 

26. The Gateway Center is looking for retirees to volunteer a half day each week offering support to assessment and intake specialists. The next volunteer information sessions will be on March 4th at 12 noon and 7 pm. For more information, email Bec Cranford-Smith at

27. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), is a service of free tax preparation designed for low-to-moderate income individuals. Click here for more information. Find out more at United Way.




Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.


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