Church Action eNewsletter Week of April 22, 2019

Week of April 22, 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. Ahavath Achim and Atlanta Jewish Community Relations Council remind us that the 9th Annual Atlanta Community Hunger Seder is tomorrow, April 24, 6-9:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Hunger, Nutrition, and Health.” During the meal you will hear stories about hunger in the Atlanta community and learn more about becoming an advocate for change. The $36 registration cost covers a Kosher (Jewish dietary laws) meal. Everyone can participate; kids are encouraged to join! Register online at Questions? Contact Harold Kirtz, Hunger Seder Chair, at

2. Dr. Karoline M. Lewis, Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, is the featured preacher April 28 on Day 1. “The Courage to Ask,” Lewis’s sermon is based on the story of doubting Thomas. Day 1 has been broadcast every week for 74 years, formerly as “The Protestant Hour.” Featuring outstanding preachers from the mainline denominations, “Day 1” is currently distributed to more than 200 radio stations across America and overseas. In Atlanta hear it Sundays at 7:05 a.m. on News 95.5 and 750 AM WSB. For more information, check

3. Rev. Roger Vest will lead at session Tools for the Christian Journey Sunday, April 28, at 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Powder Springs First UMC exploring tools including apps and websites and discussion of what other tools are needed. 4329 Marietta St, Powder Springs 30127.

4. AIB Network on Mondays at 7:00 p.m. “Dare to Care with Dr. 6. Gerald Durley,” hear from climate scientist Dr. Marshall Shepherd about the scientific and ecological evidence on climate change. Environmental activists Rev. Kate McGregor Mosley and John R. Seydel along with Dr. Jairo Garcia of Urban Climate Nexus discuss steps individuals and communities can take now to limit, if not reverse, the environmental damage of climate change.

5. Community Partnerships, Join the Conversation at the Faith and NonProfit Meeting, May 2, 10 a.m., Roswell Street Baptist Church, 774 Roswell St SE, Marietta 30060. R.s.v.p. and more information.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. Please Join Church Women United – Atlanta Unit in celebration of May Friendship Day on Friday, May 3. At that time, the CWU Young Church Woman Mrs. Kimberly Thorpe , a dedicated church and community worker, will be presented. Mrs. Thorpe is a member of St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church in Atlanta. Program starts at 10 a.m. at Peachtree Christian Church at 1580 Peachtree St. NW Atlanta. All are welcome.

10. Take out BBQ is coming up at St. Teresa’s Episcopal Church, May 3 & 4, 5725 Fords Rd NW, Acworth, 30101.

11. Joy Night at First Baptist Church of Decatur, the second annual celebration of gospel music May 5 at 5 p.m. A community gospel music celebration of the diversity of the human spirit with joyful music sung by choirs of all types. Former first lady Rosalynn Carter will be honored for her humanitarian work. Many exciting musical groups will be joining in including Kevin Styles and Psalms, Decatur High School, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Greenforest Baptist Church. Each choral group will perform separately before combining for a grand finale. The inspiration came from one of the members, Julian Bond, who recalled the overwhelming feelings of community and purpose when churches came together monthly for a night of music and fellowship in the Roslyn Heights area of New York City. May 5, 5:00pm, 308 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur. Concert is free of charge and followed by a potluck meal.

12. Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305, is offering Midday Music, Wednesdays in May, at noon, May 8, Timothy Wissler, Cathedral of Christ the King, will be featured on the Mander, Schantz, Van Daalen portative and Estey harmonium. Enjoy a 30 minute noon recital and lunch from Gourmet Innovations for $10 or bring your own lunch and enjoy the recital for $5.13.

13. Celebrated chef and best-selling cookbook author Asha Gomez will share her story, conduct a cooking demonstration, and serve up delightful food that reflects the blending of her two southern cultures on Wednesday, May 8 at the Cathedral Book Store. Cardamom Hill, received national recognition the year it opened, and her award-winning cookbook, My Two Souths, has been glowingly reviewed in publications ranging from The New York Times to Garden & Gun magazine. Copies will be available for purchase and signing. Tickets are $15 per person and include a light meal prepared by Ms. Gomez. Please click here to purchase tickets and specify whether you prefer chicken biryani or vegetarian biryani.

14. HHS Partnership Center is hosting a series of webinars aimed at educating, equipping, and engaging faith communities concerning mental health issues. Part II: Mental Illness 101: Anxiety Disorders 12:00 p.m., Thurs., May 9, Register here Learn how to recognize the signs and types of anxiety and then guide individuals to the appropriate level of care. Faith and nonprofit organizations have an influential position in bringing awareness to the needs of those in the community they serve.

15. The Center for Children & Young Adults, providing safe and suitable housing and support for at risk homeless youth is pleased to have their "Blooming with Possibilities" 1.5-acre farm to table garden featured on the 17th Annual Cobb County Garden Tour! Saturday, May 11. Ticket information here.

16. 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

17. Award-winning women's acapella show chorus Song of Atlanta presents "Mom Always Said" featuring Sweet Adelines 2018 International Silver Medalists Viva! The show is at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 11 at Blessed Trinity High School, 11320 Woodstock Rd, Roswell 30075. Tickets and more info.

18. The Training and Counseling Center at St Luke's presents Live and Learn Session; "A Brief Introduction to Suicide Prevention" May 14 in the Hamilton Room at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Tuesday, May 14, 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. This is open to everyone. The presentation will cover what we know about this leading cause of death, the most up-to-date research on prevention, and what we can all do to fight suicide. Participants will learn the common risk factors, how to spot the warning signs in others, and how to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and those in our community safe. Presented by The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Suggested Donation is $5; complimentary lunch for the first 15 individuals to register. To register and pre-order lunch, please contact TACC at (404)876-6266

19. All who were able to see the film, "Healing Justice," and others who are interested in restorative justice are urged to attend the next meeting of the End New Jim Crow Action Group, May 15 (3rd Wednesday , not the usual 2nd Wed), at 7 p.m. at Atlanta Friends Meetinghouse, 701 West Howard Avenue, Decatur 30030.

20 Navigate! is a celebration of The Lighthouse’s hearing aid program showcasing student musicians from the Atlanta Chamber Music Festival. Enjoy beer and wine, hors d'oeuvres, live music, and a wine and spirits auction at the beautiful Callanwolde Arts Center, Thursday, May 16, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. As you listen to the young artists, you are urged to consider a life without sound. The Lighthouse works to prevent that outcome by providing over 1,100 hearing aids to adults and children each year. Ticket information.

21. Registration is now open for the Just Opportunity Summit (JOS2019), June 20-21, at the Shirley Massey Executive Conference Center at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Register today using code EARLYBIRD to receive 15% off. The two-day conference that brings together all types of people to make sure that everyone in the American South has the opportunity to participate in our competitive economy regardless of their race, gender, or where they live – eliminating barriers for those who want jobs, businesses, and a chance for success. Click here to see an op-ed from Nathaniel Smithy in the latest issue of Atlanta Voice. Register here.

22. The Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute will host the Summer Religious Studies Institute at the Newseum in Washington July 9-11. The program will convene K-12 independent school educators in the nation's capital to explore issues of religious literacy, civil dialogue and the challenges and opportunities of navigating religious diversity in the classroom. For more details click here.

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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