Church Action eNewsletter Holy Week 2019

Holy Week 2019
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

There are so many opportunities for service, worship, education, enrichment, connection in the next few weeks. Take a look at the Community Event Calendar on our website and celebrate all the good things that people of faith are doing. You will also find last week's edition on our home page

1. Lenten mini-concert, Church of the Incarnation, 2407 Cascade Rd SW, Atlanta 30311, noon, Tuesday, April 16, Christopher King, contemporary gospel jazz saxophonist will render inspirational music of the season accompanied by Corey Griffith on piano. Wednesday, April 17, Michael McBride, baritone, will present a concert of passionate spirituals accompanied by Philip Skerrett.

2. Thursday April 18, 7:00 p.m., Rock Spring Presbyterian will host a “traveling” story of the last supper with Jesus and his arrest before his death. Guests will walk from place to place in the church and experience the highs and lows of Jesus’ disciples. Guests will sample foods reminiscent of the Passover of the Jews as they ponder Jesus’ fate and the questions it raises. Communion will be celebrated and the table is open to all regardless of religious background. Right across from Fat Matt’s Rib Shack at 1824 Piedmont Rd. NE, 30324.

3. Georgia Supportive Housing Association networking event, Thursday, April 18, 5 to 7 p.m., Little Tart Bake Shop, 99 Krog St NE, Atlanta 30307. Register here.

4. 39th Annual Ecumenical Good Friday Pilgrimage, Urban Way of the Cross, Archdiocese of Atlanta, Friday, April 19, 9 a.m. to 12 noon. This walking prayer includes scripture readings, reflections, prayer, and music as we remember the passion of Christ and the social injustices in our world today. Gather at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 48 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, SW, Atlanta 30303. More details here.

5. The Seven Last Sayings of Jesus Christ, noon, April 19, with the Rev. Dr. Kevin Murriel, Cascade UMC; the Rev. Dr. Ralph Watkins, Wheat Street Baptist; the Rev. Dr. Elaine Crawford, Bethel UMC; the Rev. Dr. William Flippin, Emmanuel Lutheran, the Rev. Toni Belin Ingram, Greater Turner Chapel AME, the Rev. Dr. Damon Williams, Providence Baptist, the Rev. Dr. Conitras Houston, Trinity AME, the Rev. Christopher Wimberly, Hunter Hill Baptist, at Cascade UMC, 3144 Cascade Rd SW, Atlanta 30311.

6. The annual Buckhead Community Good Friday Service will be at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church this year, 2715 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305. Friday, April 19, noon, with Peachtree Road UMC, Peachtree Presbyterian, Wieuca Baptist, Cathedral of Christ the King. Monsignor McNamee will preach.

7. Good Friday, April 19, 7:00 p.m., Rock Spring Presbyterian, 1824 Piedmont Road NE, will host a Retro Movie Night, showing a silent movie from 1927: Cecil B. de Mille’s “King of Kings,” a cinematic epic of Jesus’ last weeks before his death and resurrection. The score to the silent film will be played LIVE on the church’s Möller organ by music director James Wingate. Popcorn provided! The film event, as all Easter week events, are free and open to the public. Rock Spring was 56 years old when the movie came out! Look at what they are doing on Easter!

8. Hosea Helps children's fitness festival Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Oak Hill Family Center, 2805 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta 30315. The goal is to combat childhood obesity and juvenile diabetes by teaching children fun ways to stay healthy. For each activity completed, participants collect wrist bands to trade for free school supplies and fresh produce. There will be entertainment and art activities, distribution of children's clothing and grocery boxes for the families. Lunch will be provided to all participants.

9. Urban Sunrise Easter Worship, April 21, 6:30 a.m., watch the sun rise over the city at one of the only outdoor sunrise services in the city. Greet the morning with jazz and choir at North Avenue Presbyterian Church -- First Congregational Church and Dr. Dwight Andrews will join in. Gather on the top NAPC parking deck, located off 605 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta 30308. All are invited to this memorable service.

10. 75th Annual Easter Sunrise Service, April 21, Stone Mountain, Experience serenity and peace as the Stone Mountain Sunrise Association presents two interdenominational services at the top of the mountain and at the base on the Memorial Lawn. Montell Jordan will deliver the message on the mountain. A former Billboard Top Ten artist, he is executive pastor for Victory World Church in Norcross. Gates will open at 3 a.m. and the Summit Skyride will open at 4. Services will begin at 7 a.m. Please allow an extra hour or more for large crowds. Both services will feature sign language interpreters.

11. The Rev. Canon John Thompson-Quartey, Canon for Ministry and Congregational Vitality in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, will preach Easter Day, April 21, on “Day 1.” “Perhaps many of us will be in a church today looking for Jesus of Nazareth,” he says. “But, he is not there! He has been raised! Jesus is alive!” In Atlanta, hear it Sunday morning at 7:05 a.m. on News 95.5 and 750 AM WSB. For more information and many text, audio, and video resources, see

12. Join the DeKalb NAACP Criminal Justice Committee, Bethel Baptist Church, East Lake Commons, and others at the first South DeKalb showing and discussion of "Healing Justice," Monday, April 22, 7 - 9 p.m. See links below for information on the film and on restorative justice. 1890 2nd Ave, Decatur 30032. For more details and to download the free study guide, go to this link.

13. Crossroads annual Empowerment Gala, a fun and meaningful night to raise funds to benefit people experiencing homelessness in Atlanta, April 25. Registration.

14. The Southern Crescent Storytellers can’t wait for the free concert by nationally renowned folksinger, autoharpist, and storyteller Adam Miller, 6:45 to 8:15 p.m., Friday, April 26. The Pinecrest Church, Old Norton Road, Fayetteville 30215, is the host. The Southern Crescent Storytellers mission is to bring alive the oral culture of our past and present. Miller is a masterful entertainer, skillfully weaving his songs with his stories. Please come for a fun concert for all ages followed by light refreshments.

15. Georgia Boy Choir Voices of Spring Concert, Friday, April 26, 7:30 pm, Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, Come hear all 5 levels of the Georgia Boy Choir as they raise their voices in song like never before to commemorate a decade of “Bringing Beauty to Life.” To learn more, visit

16. Saturday, April 27 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Remind your congregation of this opportunity to safely drawers and home medicine cabinets. Find a collection site near you here.

17. Sharon Martin, The Gift of Neurosis, Saturday April 27, 7:30 p.m., Sandy Springs Christian Church, 301 Johnson Ferry Rd NW, Sandy Springs 30328. Members free, non-members $20, students $10. See for more information.

18. Sunday, April 28, Peachtree Road Lutheran Church will Celebrate Music in Worship with instrumentalists and vocalist from all over the United States. The Peachtree Road Choir and Festal Trumpets will join organist/conductor Eileen Morris Guenther, pianist/conductor Andrew Bayles, conductors Roy Guenther and Joel Carver, and soloists Kerry Wilkerson, Patricia Caya, Adam Hall, Hila Brod, Jessica Luffey, Christina Guenther, Sam Wiley, and a host of others, turning the 11 a.m. service into one great jam session. The service will include the Parry I Was Glad, Lift Thine Eyes, He Never Failed Me Yet, Down the Road, Precious Lord, Hear Me Redeemer, Sing Down Sweet Chariot, How Can I Keep From Singing, and the debut of Andrew Bayles arrangement of “If I Can Help Somebody”, dedicated to Peachtree Lutheran’s organist/choirmaster Joel Carver on his retirement after 45 years in the church music ministry and his service at Peachtree Road. The event is free and open to the public.

19. Peachtree Road United Methodist Church is offering Midday Music, Wednesdays in May, noon, May 1, Su-Ryeon Ji, Cathedral of Christ the King, will be featured on the Mander, Schantz, Van Daalen portative and Estey harmonium. Enjoy a 30 minute recital and lunch from Gourmet Innovations for $10; bring your own lunch and enjoy the recital for $5.

20. Sabbath Rest, hours of silence for busy Atlantans, Wednesday, May 1, no charge, Ignatius House, 6700 Riverside Drive 30328, 12:45- 4:00 p.m., no meal will be served. While there is no charge, registration is required here.

21. Registration is open for the 2019 Dorothy C. Fuqua Lecture at Skyland Trail, Wednesday, May 1, 7-9 p.m. Brenda Wood will lead a conversation with Sally Yates, former U.S. Deputy Attorney General, on mental health and the impact of the death of her father by suicide on her life. The conversation will be followed by a panel discussion with Ben Hunter MD, Skyland Trail; Rev. Dr. D. Scott Weimer, North Avenue Presbyterian Church, and suicide loss survivor; Dorian A. Lamis, Emory University School of Medicine. This event is free of charge and open to the community. Pre-registration required. Register Now

22. Rev. Lindsay Geist, Seeds of Hope Counseling, hosts a day-long workshop entitled "Help, Pastor! I'm Having a Crisis" on Thursday, May 2, at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. The workshop will address mental health, substance abuse, and domestic violence crises that often come to the church office doors. Attendees will leave feeling empowered on what questions to ask to best triage the situation and equipped with tools and how to find local resources for individuals. Registration is open to both clergy and church staff and includes lunch and 0.5 CEs for clergy. Register here to attend.

23. Community Partners Join the Conversation, Faith and Nonprofit Meeting, May 2, Roswell Street Baptist Church, 774 Roswell St SE, Marietta 30060, 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Info and R.s.v.p.

24. Join Barbara Brown Taylor as she discusses her newest book, Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others. Book signing follows. Thursday, May 2, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., a Cathedral Book Store event, The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Rd. NW, Atlanta 30305. Please click here to RSVP for this free event. Athens First United Methodist Church May 8 event with Barbara Brown Taylor is sold out.

25. Barbershop Choir at First Presbyterian Church, Thursday, May 2, 8:00 p.m., Atlanta Vocal Project, 1328 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta 30309. Free admission & parking, Lanier lot, 1337 Peachtree St. NE.

26. Sy Smith will be at First Friday at First, May 3, 6-9 p.m., great food, fun, and fellowship! Tickets are $20, students $10. The Commons, First Congregational Church, 125 Ellis Street, Atlanta 30303. Free parking in the CARE lot on Piedmont Ave.

27. Just Voices’ Spring Concerts, “A Cappella Spring" with works from a cappella traditions: spirituals, vocal jazz, shape note tunes, gospel, classical, and contemporary. Special guests Will Buthod, conductor and arranger, Aaron Wagner, flute, Earl Houch, violin. These will be Just Voices’ last two performances under the direction of founder Liz Frazer. Former members will join the current choir on several pieces. Two opportunities to celebrate the beauties of spring, the longing for justice, and hope for the future. Adults $10 - Students $5.
Saturday, May 4, 7:30 p.m., Virginia Highland Church, 743 Virginia Ave NE, Atlanta 30306.
Sunday, May 5, 4:00 p.m., Holy Trinity Parish, 515 East Ponce de Leon, Decatur 30030.

28. Friends of Music Concert Series: Holy Innocents, 805 Mt. Vernon Highway, 30327, Sunday, May 5, at 7 p.m. in the Nave, with Elisabeth Remy Johnson, principal harpist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Each selection in the Legends for Harp program has a basis in literary narrative… a poem, a play, or a folk song. From Prokofiev to an Appalachian Folk Song, each delicate strain will soothe you and transport you. Ahhh, such is the music of the harp!

29. Runners and walkers of all ages are invited to join in the Midtown Race for MAC 5K, Saturday, May 11, Piedmont Park, awards in age divisions for both male and female runners, dog and stroller friendly. 100% of proceeds benefit Midtown Assistance Center's work to prevent hunger and homelessness in Atlanta. Click Here to Sign up and for more information.

30. Pork & Plants, Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, 737 Woodland Ave SE, Atlanta 30316. Tickets by Eventbrite. BBQ Plate (Chicken or Pork) w/ all the sides and a drink $10.00. Pre-Order Smoked Pork Butt $40.00. Pre-Order BBQ Chicken $6.00

31. Active Hope: A Workshop on Sacred Activism, Sat, May 11, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., St. John's Lutheran Church, 1410 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta. Based on the work of Joanna Macy, this participatory workshop on Active Hope is based on over four decades of community work with thousands of people around the world. View more. Get tickets

32. L’Arche Atlanta Open House, Saturday, May 11, 1 – 3 p.m. In this community, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are not clients, patients, or recipients of services. They are friends, teachers, and companions, who, through daily acts of care, trust, and friendship, develop into ambassadors of compassion and leaders for social change. Residents are different ages, from different home towns, different family backgrounds, and faith traditions but share a desire to live a full life, be loved, and share their gifts. Find out more at L'Arche Atlanta.

33. Come enjoy the Candler Singers in concert on May 11 as they kick off Commencement Weekend. The Singers, Candler's premier musical ensemble comprised of students preparing for a variety of ministries in the church, the academy, and the world, present a concert of church music from around the globe, featuring classical, contemporary, folk, and spiritual genres. Read more.

34. Champions for Children Symposium, May 13, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Henry County Police Department, 110 S Zack Hinton Pkwy, McDonough. Register here.

35. Action Ministries Georgia invites you to Concerts for Hope at Dunwoody UMC, Smyrna First UMC, or Decatur First UMC, May 17-19. Emmet Cahill of Celtic Thunder will be performing a three show benefit concert for Action Ministries’ programs that help end hunger, end homelessness, and close achievement gaps for Georgia’s children. For tickets and to learn more, visit!

36. Project Understanding, from the Atlanta Black-Jewish Coalition, ensures that relationships between Black and Jewish thought-leaders and decision-makers continue with the next generation. Project Understanding 2019, August 10-11, Peachtree City, is open to Black and Jewish young professionals between the ages of 25-39 who live in the Metro Atlanta area. The application due date is June 7. For more information about the Atlanta Black-Jewish Coalition, please click here. Application

37. Got a vision for a better world? The Hatch, an early stage social innovation accelerator, gets ideas for social impact up and running fast. It is designed for entrepreneurs and idea-makers who have a rough idea of what they would like to create, but need a process and the support to give it structure, purpose, and potential. The Hatch gives changemakers the skills and networks to create innovative and sustainable social ventures that generate social and environmental impact. CenterForm seeks applications through April 26. The program kicks off June 3 and culminates November 30 at the Hatch Pitch, where participants will pitch their social enterprise in front of a panel and audience to compete for prize money. The program costs $2500 with scholarships available through the application process.

38. Ending Mass Incarceration: Let My People Go Conference. American the land of the free is the mass incarceration capital of the world. In Atlanta June 17-18 at Ebenezer Baptist Church. More.

39. Every Friday for over 17 years at the corner of Peachtree and 14th Streets, in rain and sweltering heat, people have stood at lunch time holding signs proclaiming that peace is the way. If you are so inclined you are invited to join them and Stand for Peace.

40. GVHCP, increasing access to health care for indigent and low-income residents through volunteerism from the healthcare providers, announces 2 new partnering clinics. Rapha Clinic of West Georgia, 253 Highway 78 E, Temple, doing patient eligibility Tuesdays 2-4 p.m., seeing patients Tuesdays - Thursdays by appt. Dental appts. on Fridays, for residents of Carroll, Douglas, Haralson, Heard, and Paulding, (770)562-4501. GATS—Marietta Clinic (Greater Atlanta Tamil Sangam) third Sundays, 2-5 p.m., in strip center behind Baskin Robbins, 2731 Sandy Plains Rd, Ste 142, Marietta 30066. And, free primary care will be offered at Atlanta Behavioral Medicine to eligible patients on third Friday afternoons, in addition to free behavioral health care, 1902 Macy Dr, Roswell 30076. (678) 205-4322.

Remember that all events previously announced go into the Community Calendar on our website. Visit for the calendar, the Clergy Tool Box for Mental Health Ministry, and more.
Ethel Ware Carter
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