Church Action eNewsletter -- June 13, 2011


Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta
Church Action eNewsletter
Week of June 13

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1. An important meeting of the Coalition for Homeless People with a Mental Illness will be held this afternoon, Wednesday, June15, 3:30- 5 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, 16th Street at Peachtree Street, Room 156. The discussion led by Robin Bledsoe will consider the possible joining of forces with the Mental Health/Addictive Disease Council of the Regional Commission on Homelessness?

2. In the coming weeks, Refugee Women’s Network will be hosting a UN-commissioned photo exhibit on the urban refugee experience. They also plan events to commemorate World Refugee Day and the 60th anniversary of the creation of the office of the UN High Commissioner on Refugees. Thursday, June 16, 8:30-10:30 a.m. come to a breakfast reception and photo exhibit tour. Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. On Monday, June 20, panel discussion about refugee women's experiences building personal and professional success after resettlement in the U.S. (12-1pm), all day access to the photo exhibit, and the opportunity to have an on-site recording session with Story Corps. In honor of the UNHCR 60th anniversary, the first 60 people to RSVP for each event will receive free parking in the Michael Street Parking Deck at Emory. R.s.v.p. to All events are free and open to the public. For more information, check

3. The Barbara Lewis King Scholarship Foundation invites you to an Hawaiian Luau, Saturday, June 18, 2 11:00a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the Hillside Parking Lot at 2435 Cascade Road, across the street from the church. This event is open to the public. Come and enjoy great food, music, dancing, games, prizes. Fun for all ages. Event will feature recipes from ‘’The Hearts of Hillside Cookbook’’. Call 404-758-6811 ext 45 or visit Hillide Chapel

4. St. Paul's, Atlanta, will host its second annual Juneteenth Celebration at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 18-19, at the church, 306 Peyton Road SW, Atlanta. Juneteenth celebrations have marked the end of slavery in the U.S. since 1865. Festive activities are planned Saturday, while June 19 features a Freedom Sunday service at 11:15 a.m. and "Yes...We...Can," a Juneteenth musical play, at 2 p.m.

5. Christ Lutheran Church invites East Point pre-schoolers- six graders to be their guest at a free day at their 20th Academic Summer camp, June 20.This event which includes breakfast, lunch, 3 hours of instruction in math, reading and science will be FREE of charge to any pre-schooler through Grade Six child. Please let Randy Wendtknow if you are coming. Call him at 404-767-2892 or email The Early Learning Center and Elementary School at Christ Church is a SACS and NLSA accredited school. Please arrive by 7:30 a.m.

6. Reminder of the Housing Information Session , June 22, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., through Fulton County’s Housing and Human Services Department. The workshop is to educate citizens seeking to purchase a house through several programs designed to help qualifying residents. The session will be held on at the South Fulton Service Center 5600 Stonewall Tell Road, College Park. For information contact Kim Benjamin at 404-612-8077 or DeTonya Lewis at 404-612 8060.

7. The Wild Goose is a Celtic metaphor for the Holy Spirit. If you are planning to visit the NC mountains consider the Wild Goose Festival —a festival of justice, spirituality, music and the arts. The festival is rooted in the Christian tradition and therefore open to all. June 23-26 in the mountains of NC More here…

8. We want to call your attention to the fact that the ‘’Impacting The Marketplace Faith & Ethics Conference’’ with Chuck Colson, Friday, June 24, 8am-12pm at Turner Field’s 755 Club is free for pastors and church workers. A free pastors/church staff luncheon follows this event at 12:30. To R.s.v.p. for the luncheon, please call Andrey Tsupruk at 224-588-8534.

9. The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness, Division of Health Promotion, is launching a Cardiovascular Health Initiative for Men— “It’s a Man’s World: Matters of the Heart” Community leaders, medical experts, public policy makers, and grassroots organizations will come together June 28, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at College Park Regional Health Center, 1920 John E. Wesley Ave., Atlanta 30337 for an informal session on prevention, detection, and treatment. Lunch will be served. Seating is limited. Registration deadline is June 21. R.s.v.p. here, Email Felix Lawson at or call 404-224-3497.

10. Reminder of the Summer Institute on Addiction, July 9-16, Simpsonwood Conference & Retreat Center. Everyone who is interested in gaining a better understanding of addiction disease is invited to this educational opportunity offered by the Southeastern Institute on Chemical Dependency, a faith-based, nonprofit organization. For a complete list of speakers and registration information visit theSICD; email jewell@thesicd; or call Jewell Meringer at 678-525-2692.

11. SOULfeast 2011 The Invitations of Jesus, July 10-14, Lake Junaluska, N.C. This summer, Trevor Hudson, a pastor and author from South Africa, will be leading the event. Enuma Okoro, Wil Hernandez, and Tom Albin will be preaching. Here's what you can expect from SOULfeast: good worship, Sabbath time, creative, meaningful workshops, Quiet Spaces set up all around beautiful Lake Junaluska, fellowship with other Christians from across the church, and more. To register and for more information, visit Soulfest.

12. The Marion Foundation announces its First Fashion Show of the year. It will be held at on August, 28, 2011 at The Brookstone Country Club, 5705 Brookstone Drive, Acworth, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fun, funky and fresh clothing will be featured as well as the accessories that are a must for the look. All proceeds from the fashion show will be donated to the Marion Foundation, dedicated to giving displaced mothers’ and their children a second chance. Come bring a friend and enjoy and afternoon of fashion, food and fun!

13. Priest and author Jane Tomaine will keynote ‘’Benedictine Spirituality: Living Intentionally in a Distracted World,’’ 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10, at St. David's Episcopal Church, Roswell. The program is sponsored by the Diocese of Atlanta Institute on Ministry and Theological Education. Tomaine is the author of ‘’St. Benedict's Toolbox: The Nuts and Bolts of Everyday Benedictine Living’’. Registration here.

14. Delta Air Lines' Atlanta Reservations department and Family Life Ministries, East Point, clothing boutique and career center is where women experiencing financial hardship can go to seek career development services and business attire assistance. Career development workshops will be offered numerous times during the summer. The address is 2810 Church St. This service is for anyone in the Atlanta area. If you have parishioners or members or friends who might benefit from these services be sure you give them this number for reservations 404-761-6283. If you have questions about the center you can email
15. Some fresh summer ideas at Georgia Coalition to Prevent Genocide.
16. School's Out that means more than 700,000 Georgia children who receive free and reduced meals at school may be missing breakfast and lunch. USDA's Summer Food Service Programs are helping fill the void. Know a family with children in need of food this summer? Call 1-866-3-Hungry to find the closest site providing summer meals. Learn more about USDA's summer programs at USDA

17. St. Edward's Gallery at St. Edward's Episcopal Church, Lawrenceville, features the work of artist Susan Faircloth through Aug. 26. This show, titled ‘’A Look Back’’ features work in watercolors, pastels and mixed media and focuses on simple subjects from nature or objects the artist finds around the home. Hours for viewing the exhibition are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. Sunday (but not Saturdays). Admission is free. Information: 770-963-6128

18. World Refugee Day is upon us. You might remember all those people displaced by war, violence, and nature disaster by helping out the youngest. Donations of used baby supplies are sought by RRISA, Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta. For safety reasons they request items manufactured during the past five years. Items may be delivered to RRISA offices, 4151 Memorial Drive, Suite 205D, Decatur. Contact if you have questions.

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