Church Action eNewsletter First Week of 2014


God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

   Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta 

Weekly Church Action eNewsletter

First Week of 2014


1. AIB Presents:  Suicide will explore how families and faith communities can help those with mental illness, as well as help families navigate the aftermath of an attempt or completion. The program will feature the Rev. Ayo Yetunde and others at Skyland Trail, a resource for those with mental health issues and their families.  Premiering Monday, January 6, at 7:00 p.m.

2. Care and Counseling Center of Georgia is offering a 6-week group that provides an opportunity for men of all ages to support and empower each other in their personal, professional, and relational lives -- a confidential and safe space where men will find understanding and encouragement. Through guided therapeutic interactions, skill-building activities, and self-exploration, participants will develop tools to manage better the parts of their lives that are stuck or in crisis. The Guy's Group - in Decatur with Brady Radford.   This group starts on January 9, 2014, Thursdays 6:30 pm- 8:00 pm. $35 per session. Contact or 404-636-1457 x 400 for more information.

3. Beth-Sarah Wright, Ph.D., will speak at a luncheon at noon Friday, Jan. 10, at St. Patrick's, Dunwoody. The event is open to all. Tickets are $15. To purchase a ticket, call the church office 770-455-6523 or write to  Dr. Wright is married to Bishop Rob Wright. 

4. Interfaith Children’s Movement in Cobb Celebration of Children Conference, January 11, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. More information. Conference is free; lunch is $10. You may bring your lunch. Join in a conversation with Judge Velma C. Tilley about the importance of Georgia's new Juvenile Code, its potential to improve how we treat our children in our child welfare and juvenile justice systems, and the role of the community in the realization of its promise. Local experts will provide information about issues affecting Georgia's children and how you can be an advocate on their behalf. Also, visit tables of local organizations, service agencies, and faithbased programs and learn how you can contribute to the well-being of our children.

5. Find Your Way Here is a Pop-Up Open House, Downtown Decatur, Saturday, January 11, 3 – 5 p.m. Learn about the region’s transportation plans, connect, engage, participate – prizes and refreshments.

6. By the grace of God and the call of the Church, the Rev. Nancy K. Christensen will be installed as Pastor at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1410 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta 30307, Sunday, January 12, 3 p.m. The community is welcomed to this service. Reception to follow.

7. Moral Monday calls a rally to urge Gov. Deal to expand Medicaid G at practically no cost to the State. Monday, January 13, 4 – 6 p.m., Georgia State Capitol, 206 Washington Street, Atlanta 30334. Time is scheduled that morning for talk with representatives and in the afternoon for a workshop at Central Presbyterian Church. Read more>> Moral Monday Georgia is a multiracial, multi-issue coalition of citizens working for positive change for the public good. The coalition stands against all forms of discrimination and amplifies the voices and ideas of folks in marginalized circumstances.

8. Eggonomics at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Tuesday, Jan 14, 7:30 a.m. The monthly series opens 2014 with "The Role of the Civil Justice System in our Free Market Economy" presented by parishioner, Geoff Pope, a founding partner at Pope & Howard, a Buckhead firm dedicated to providing justice to individuals and families who have suffered catastrophic injuries due to the wrongful conduct of others. Mr. Pope has served as an adjunct professor of litigation at the Emory University Law School, regularly lectures on a variety of topics at seminars for attorneys, and is frequently asked to testify before various committees of the Georgia General Assembly. A hot breakfast is prepared by the Men of Hope at Covenant Community. The cost is $5 and all proceeds go to the Men of Hope.

9. The next GED Preparation Class at Adamsville-Collier Heights Branch of the library is Tuesday, January 14, to Thursday, January 16. Classes to prepare patrons for GED testing are facilitated by Youth Enhancement Services.  3424 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Atlanta 30331. For information call 404-699-4206. 

109. The registration deadline for Alternatives to Violence Basic Workshop to be held January 24 - 26 at Atlanta Friends Meeting House and Columbia Presbyterian Church is January 15.  For registration and information contact Caroline Kiev at 615-297-5867 or Suggested donation is $25.  A simple lunch will be provided.  

11. “The Good, Humans, Other Animals, and Plants – Did the Late Ancient World Have a Theory of Animal Rights? Join the Emory University Department of Philosophy for a colloquium presented by Dr. Kevin Corrigan, Professor, Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts, Emory. Free lecture, January 16, 4:15 p. See the Emory Philosophy Department website for the location. It will be announced soon.

12. Sue Monk Kidd, the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, will discuss her new book, The Invention of Wings, on Thursday, January 16, at 7:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church Decatur, 308 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur 30030. 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 6:00 p.m. 

13. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF Atlanta  Speaker Series presents Human Trafficking: A Global Epidemic, a Conversation with Somaly Mam, activist, author, and survivor, and Dr. Susan Bissell, Chief of Child Protection, Programme Division, UNICEF,  7:30 p.m., Friday, January 17, Agnes Scott College, Presser Hall. Doors open at 7 p.m.  Free for college and university students with ID.; Admission for others is $25. R.s.v.p. is required for security reasons.   RSVP For more information call 404-239-3300 Co-Sponsors: Agnes Scott College and The Junior League of Atlanta, and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Promotional Partner: Refugee Women's Network


Lutheran Congregations in metro Atlanta and surrounding areas will gather to commemorate the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at events Saturday, January 18, through Monday, January 20.  The theme "Beyond Tolerance" will be highlighted.

14. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 3050 Cascade Road, Atlanta 30311, Saturday January 18. An interactive panel discussion will begin at 1:00 p.m. to explore issues of tolerance and acceptance when there are perceived differences in your congregation or community.  A breakout session on bullying will also be held for youth ages 11 - 15. 

15. Christ Our Hope Lutheran Church, 2165 Hwy 138, SW, Riverdale 30296,  Sunday, January 19.  A Commemorative Worship Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. preceded by Praise Music starting at 2:30 p.m. The preacher for the service is the Rev. Dr. Keven Dudley, pastor of the Church at Point, Columbus, OH.  Click here to read more about the theme and Rev. Dr. Dudley.   

16. Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, 5135 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain  30083, Monday, January 20,  MLK 2014.  Lutheran Day of Service offers three volunteer opportunities:  "Rice for Refugees", "Children Book Reading and Sharing", and "Disaster Relief Kits". Click here to register to participate.

17. The Rev. Pam Driesell, senior pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, is the featured preacher Jan. 19 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally syndicated ecumenical radio program also accessible online at The daughter of famed college basketball coach Lefty Driesell, she earned a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, where she was awarded the James T. Galloway Prize in Expository Preaching.  Driesell’s sermon based on John 1:29-42, is entitled “Who Wants to Be an Evangelist?” For more information, call toll free 888-411-Day-1 or check the program’s website,


18. The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, already the biggest film event in the city and the world's second largest Jewish film festival, is expanding screenings by more than 25 percent in 2014, ensuring that more attendees have access to the festival's hottest tickets. The 2014 line-up, which features 65 films (52 features and 13 shorts) from 20 countries. The festival runs from January 29-February 20 with tickets going on sale Sunday, January 5. Read more>>


19. Stop the Violence Against Women Day at the Capitol, Thursday, February 6, 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Breakfast provided, Central Presbyterian Church, 201 Washington Street, SW, Atlanta 30303. Register now and see pre-event preparation video and material on how a bill becomes law, how to speak with your legislator, FAQ’s and more.  Register here.


20. Christ the King Lutheran in Peachtree Corners, Norcross, is hosting the Love & Respect Marriage Video Conference again this year. A study asked 7,000 people when in a conflict with your spouse do you feel unloved or disrespected?  83% of men said "disrespected." 72% of women said, "unloved." Based on Ephesians 5:33, this dynamic, high energy, and practical two-part video seminar helps couples achieve the relationship of their dreams. Friday, February 7, 6:45 - 10:15 p.m., and Saturday, February 8, 8:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Cost $15 per person through 1/27; $20 after 1/27.  Register and get more information. Hosted by Christ the King Lutheran in Peachtree Corners. Directions.

21. Filmed in 3D for IMAX® and Giant Screen theatres, Jerusalem immerses audiences into one of the world's most beloved cities. Discover why this tiny piece of land is sacred to three major religions through the stories of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim families who call Jerusalem home. Join renowned archaeologist, Dr. Jodi Magness, as she travels underground to solve some of this city’s greatest mysteries. This film was five years in the making and is at Fernbank. The film is not-for-profit; any charitable revenue it generates will go back to the Jerusalem Foundation and the Hebrew University for projects that benefit all the inhabitants of Jerusalem. For help with group tickets, call JaQuan Jackson, 404-929-6306 or  

22. Each year we help get the word out about the need for VITA volunteers. This year the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Campaign will provide free income tax preparation to families and individuals earning less than $49,000 in 2013 at locations through the Atlanta region.  United Way is recruiting volunteers to be trained and certified by the IRS. » Click here to fill out the volunteer form


23. The Prayer Shawl Ministry group at Northside Drive Baptist Church is open to anyone who would like to join. They meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at 7 p.m. in Room #207, the Parlor, to knit or crochet a prayer shawl. If you are not sure how, no problem, there will be plenty of people to help you get started. For more information call Susan Harlan at 770-377-3869.


24.    Creating Community: The Jews of Atlanta from 1845 to the Present is an ongoing  exhibit at the William Breman Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Museum, Selig Center at 1440 Spring St. NW, Atlanta. It begins with the story of two young peddlers, Jacob Haas and Henry Levi, who settled here to open a dry goods store, and continues to the present day, when more than 100,000 Jews call metro Atlanta their home. The exhibition depicts Jewish residents at prayer, at home, at work, and at play, and at building both their own community and the community at large.

25. Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has partnered with Bread for the World to produce, an advocacy guide designed to help mission teams engage issues of poverty and hunger once they return from a short-term mission trip. This workbook is available as a free PDF

26. The offers their revamped Journal of Family and Community Ministries. This scholarly, peer-reviewed journal is designed to help ministry leaders serving in congregations and other settings. Topics include community development, global missions, grief, mental health, healthy congregations, children, adults, seniors, and more. Subscription to this online journal is free. Subscribe  


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,
healing to those who are injured,
shelter to those who are homeless
sustenance to those who hunger.

Give strength to those who are working
to rebuild shattered lives,
and protect those who are vulnerable
especially in a time of coronavirus.

Lead us in your ways
so that together we may bring
the light of new hope
wherever there is destruction and despair.

We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

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