Church Action eNewsletter Week of October 31, 2011

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Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta Church Action eNewsletter

All Saints' Day Week of October 31, 2011 RCCAtl.org

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1. Internationally known speaker and author Wayne Muller, Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives, will speak at 7 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Decatur Presbyterian Church, 205 Sycamore St., Decatur. His talk, titled "Finding Sacred Sufficiency in our Gifts, Our Call and Our Life," is sponsored by and will benefit Friends of L'Arche Atlanta. An offering will be taken. Refreshments provided and books available.

2. The Traditional Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) Faculty Book Signing will be Thursday, November 3, at 11:00 a.m. in the ITC Chapel located at 700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., SW Atlanta 30314. This event spotlights the institution’s scholastic endeavors and research. The faculty will be present and include Dr. Love Henry Whelchel, Drs. George and Beverly Thompson, Dr. Edward Wimberly, Dr. Randall Bailey, Dr. Riggins Earl, Dr. Jamal-Dominique Hopkins, and Dr. Mark Ellingsen. Contact Dr. Temba Mafico at 404-527-7704 if you need more information.

 

3. The November meeting of the Southside Ministerial Association will be this Thursday, November 3. Host is the Advice and Aid Pregnancy Problem Clinic, located at 411 King Arnold St. in Hapeville. Please R.s.v.p. to Noreen Coughlin at 404-453-7052 or AdviceAndAid@bellsouth.net. Meeting will begin at 12:00 p.m. and be finished by 1:30. In addition to hearing about the clinic there will be an update on the Delores Project and the SouperBowl of Caring. If you need directions, call the clinic at 404-753-7052 or Robby Jackson at 678-378-7311.

 

4. Reminder of the program from Trinity Explores, Tax Reform: Understanding the Challenges and Options, Thursday, November 3, 7:00 p.m., Room B104-105, Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Road NW, Atlanta 30327. With Alan Essig, Executive Director, Georgia Budget & Policy Institute; Kelly McCutchen, President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation; Georgia House Representives: Edward Lindsay, House Majority Whip; Stacey Abrams, House Minority Leader; Elly Dobbs House District 53. Trinity Explores is open to Trinity members and the community. For more information, contact the church office at 404-237-6491 or visit www.trinityatlanta.org

 

5. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta. (UUCA) is pleased to announce a screening of the Award-winning documentary on the Spiritual Journey of a Woman Minister Raw Faith on Thursday evening, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Raw Faith is an intimate and revealing documentary that follows two years in the private life of Marilyn Sewell, an outspoken and socially progressive Unitarian minister who has re-energized her Portland community. She will be present and facilitating a question and answer session immediately following the film. UUCA is located at 1911 Cliff Valley Way N.E., Atlanta 30329. For directions, go to http://www.uuca.org/.

 

6. You are invited to attend World Community Day Sponsored by Church Women United in Atlanta and Church Women United in DeKalb County, Friday, November 4. Gather at 9:45 a.m.; program at 10:00 with luncheon to follow at Peachtree Christian Church, 1580 Peachtree Street, Atlanta. This year’s theme is Living Our Faith, Unlocking our Action relating the goals from Micah of justice and mercy to Jesus’ demand that we re-examine our own hypocrisy. Only then can action be unlocked. Find out more about Church Women United at RCCAtl.org

 

7. Fine Art, Fine Craft, and Fine Foods at All Saints’ Episcopal Church Fall Festival benefitting All Saints' Youth Ministries. Opening Reception is Friday, November 4, 5:00-7:30 p.m., with a jazz trio. Tickets are $15. The market opens Saturday morning at 9 and Sunday at 8 a.m. All Saints’ is located between the Varsity and the North Avenue MARTA Station, 634 W. Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta 30308.

 

8. Annual Yard Sale Saint Mark UMC, Saturday, November 5, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., gravel parking lot at 768 Juniper St. The Yardsale benefits Peace and Justice Ministries at Saint Mark. For more information please contact Rev. Josh Noblitt, jnoblitt@stmarkumc.org or 404-873-2636 x19.

 

9. St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church presents pianist and composer Terry Lowry in Recital on Sunday, November 6, at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church The public is invited to this free performance. A love-offering will be taken to benefit the Choir of St. Timothy’s upcoming tour to Vienna, Austria. Terry Lowry was added to the prestigious list of International Steinway Artists in 1994. He regularly performs over 100 concerts a year in the US, Canada and Europe. He is the Conductor and Music Director of the Carroll Symphony Orchestra and a composer of over 200 works. He is the Organist and Director of Music at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, a post he has held since 2010. St. Timothy’s is located at 2833 Flat Shoals Road, Decatur 30034.

 

10. LINN Training - Living in the New Normal Practicum: Helping Children Thrive Through Good and Challenging Times at the Cunningham Conference Center, Columbus State University, 3100 Gentian Blvd., Columbus, GA 31907. November 8 This is a 1-day 6 hour training geared for practitioners such as FRG, leaders/volunteers, teachers, child care providers, youth workers, social workers, counselors, parents, etc... The learning outcomes are (1) To acquire a basic knowledge of the elements of resilience and its application to military-connected children. (2) To identify and apply resilience-building skills to prepare children for good and challenging times. (3) To identify tools and resources to foster resilience in children. No Cost to participate; Log on to www.MilitaryChild.org to register.

 

11. Do you want to make a difference in your community? Are you passionate about helping others? Do you enjoy having fun while doing good? Join AADD on Tuesday, November 8 at 6:00 p.m. to learn more about the exciting volunteer opportunities available at AADD! R.s.v.p. to Suzie Fatkin at 404-881-9777 ext. 205 or suzie@aadd.org by Monday, November 7. Volunteer Orientation Meeting will be at 1440 Dutch Valley Place Suite 200, Atlanta 30324. AADD’s Mission Statement: To build communities of support, acceptance and opportunity for children, adults, and families living with developmental disabilities. Visit www.aadd.org to read more about this organization that has been providing support services for 55 years.

 

12. Emory University’s James Weldon Johnson Institute will award the 2011 James Weldon Johnson Medals to five outstanding individuals whose lives reflect a deep and unwavering commitment to civil and human rights. The medals will be presented at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8 at The Carter Center. Recipients are Hank Aaron; Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka; Emory Law professor Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im, scholar of Islam and human rights; Atlanta journalist Xernona Clayton; and Spelman College professor and author Willie Christine King Farris. The ceremony will include a tribute to Rudolph P. Byrd, Goodrich C. White Professor of American Studies and founding director of the Johnson Institute, who died Oct. 2. The event is free and open to the public but tickets are required due to limited seating. Tickets may be reserved through the Emory Alumni Association at http://www.alumni.emory.edu/jwji.

 

13. Renters in your congregation may benefit from this workshop. The Fulton County Office of Housing and Community Development will host a workshop to educate tenants on their rights and responsibilities , Wednesday, November 9. The workshop will be held from 1until 2 p.m. at the Bethlehem Neighborhood Center located at 87 Thayer Street SE in Atlanta. The workshop will provide information on understanding your lease, security deposits, importance of timely remittance of rent, reporting repair needs, and the eviction process. . For more information, contact Audra Pender at 404-612-3024.

 

14. National free webinar, Strengthening Families Impacted by Incarceration, November 9, Wednesday evening at 7, sponsored by Annie E. Casey Foundation, Evangelism Today Christian Church, Forever Family, Christian Association of Prison Aftercare, and Healing Communities USA. This webinar is for churches and para-church organizations that support families dealing with incarceration and for those impacted by the incarceration of family members or loved ones. Get details and register

 

15. Eighty-First Performance of Big Bethel AME’s Heaven Bound. November 11 and 12. Need we say more? Tickets available here.

 

16. “Dream the impossible dream” with the Saint Mark Drama Ministry as they present Man of La Mancha in November. Performances are Nov 11-13 and 17-19. Find tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/207709 tickets

 

17. Mission and the Bible-Rev. W. Harrison Daniel, associate professor in the practice of history and mission at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, will explore how biblical texts inform our understanding of mission and how mission informs our reading of the Bible, Nov. 12, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Candler in Room 102. Daniel has taught at seminaries in Liberia and Austria, is a former commissioned missionary of the General Board of Global Ministries, and has served pastorates in South Georgia, Scotland, and Austria. This Mallard Lay Theology Institute Disciple Scholars event includes continental breakfast and lunch. The cost is $30 per person with an additional $10 fee for CEU credit. For more information and to register, go to tinyurl.com/ltifall2011.

 

18. Forty-five youth will complete the 17th Annual Rites of Passage Program at Zion Hill Baptist Church themed African Shields: Protection, Prestige, and Progression. The Okumo or graduation exercise will be a beautifully choreographed and staged event on Sunday, November 13, 7 p.m., for the first time on “The Rock”, the new church location at 6175 Campbellton Road, SW, Atlanta. Call 404-691-8025 or go to www.zionhill.org for details.

 

19. The Rev. Dr. William L. Self, senior pastor of Johns Creek Baptist Church in Alpharetta, is the featured preacher Nov. 13 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, accessible online at Day1.org. Self plans to retire next year. Earlier he was pastor of Wieuca Road Baptist Church for 26 years. Self is the author of nine books. In 1997 McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University, Atlanta, established a preaching lectureship in his honor. Self’s sermon focuses on 2 Corinthians 4:7-11. “I love the church universal, as well as the church local--red brick, white-columned with deacons smoking in the parking lot,” he says. “With all of its dysfunction and flesh marks, with all of its confusion and humanity, it is still the best thing God has going in the world. We do have this treasure in earthen vessels.”

 

20. Board & Friends Celebration of the Children’s Peace Center at Turner Chapel AME, November 15, 6-7 p.m. PEACE mobile will be open to view and play from 7-9 p.m. Turner Chapel AM, 492 N. Marietta Parkway, Marietta 30060. Everyone is invited!

 

21. RRISA will host an extraordinary benefit concert and internationally-themed reception on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the concert will support RRISA’s humanitarian programs serving refugees in Atlanta. Renowned local children’s book author Carmen Deedy and multiple Grammy nominee John McCutcheon have generously offered to entertain a crowd of up to 250. The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, at 2089 Ponce de Leon Avenue in the East Lake area, has offered their venue for the event. John and Carmen will also sign books and CDs for concert-goers after the show. Many Atlanta-area restaurants have graciously agreed to participate in the benefit and are providing a variety of traditional ethnic foods from many of the international populations RRISA resettles and serves in Atlanta. Tickets are available online at www.rrisa.org and also at Finders Keepers Furnishings, 2753 East College Avenue, Decatur, 30030. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the night of the show. Learn more about RRISA at www.rrisa.org.

 

22. The Work of Our Hands Artists’ Market will celebrate its 9th anniversary from November 17 – 20 at the Cathedral of St. Philip located at 2744 Peachtree Rd. in Buckhead. This show features nearly 75 local and regional artists offering fine art, folk art, and crafts, including paintings, glass, fabric and wood art, pottery, jewelry, sculptures and many other handmade and original gifts in a variety of price ranges. An opening night reception will be held on Thursday, November 17, 6:00- 8:00. Tickets are $15 per person at the door. Admission to the market on Friday, November 18 – Sunday, November 20 is free and open to the public. Hours are Friday and Saturday 9:00-5:00 and Sunday 8:30-1:30. Please read all about this organization and the programs that benefit from this show at our website For more information on the event contact Carter Hoyt at carterhoyt@comcast.net.

 

23. We are helping the Georgia Teen Institute get out this information of help and interest to those who work with teens or who are pursuing credentials for that work. Click on the underlined names for information. Fundamentals of Prevention – November 16 and 17, Lawrenceville ; Governor’s Office for Children & Families Educators’ Conference – November 30 – December 2, Atlanta ; Cultural Competency for the Prevention Professional – December 13, Lawrenceville Join Twitter and follow us as we tweet the Bible one chapter at a time.

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