Church Action eNewsletter Week of April 29, 2013

 God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

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National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 2. is an annual observance for people of all faiths. President Harry Truman first established the day as a national event in 1952. Reagan signed a resolution in 1988 to observe the National Day of Prayer each year on the first Thursday in May, and each president since has recognized this day with a proclamation.

1. The May meeting of the Southside Ministerial Association will take place tomorrow, May 2, at Jefferson Avenue Baptist Church in East Point.  The program will be the observance of the National Day of Prayer and will begin at noon in the Sanctuary, 1150 Jefferson Avenue. A light lunch will follow. Please let them know if you are coming. Call the church at 404-767-0582 or email jeffersonchurch@att.net.

2. Church Women United of Atlanta will celebrate May Friendship Day, May 3, at 10 a.m. at the Peachtree Christian Church, 1580 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta 30309 on the Second Floor, in Stu Hall. The National Theme is "Behold, I Stand at the Door and Knock".  The program will be presented by the Presbyterian Women of Radcliffe Presbyterian Church. The Fellowship of the Least Coin will be observed and lunch will be served after the meeting.  All Christian women are invited to attend.  Come one, come all.  For more information, please contact M. Koehler  at (770) 591-7201 or C. Rainey (770) 964-2912.    

3. A Caribbean and West Indian Celebration is planned from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Atlanta. This free outdoor, family-oriented event features steel-pan music, Mocko Jumbie Stilt Dancers, limbo fire dancers, drumming and other music, and much more. Food vendors will offer delicious Caribbean fare. At two worship services on Sunday, 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., the St. Paul's Choir will be accompanied by PanSonic Steel Band to round out the celebration weekend.

4. Mandatory Reporting Law Changes and the Faith Community.  Interfaith Children’s Movement , Training Workshop & Exhibitor Fair will be held Saturday, May 4, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by Cobb Faith Partnership www.cobbfaithpartnership.org  and hosted by Turner Chapel AME Church, 492 North Marietta Pkwy NE, Marietta  30060,  this event is free. There will be continental breakfast, door prizes, exhibitors, and more.  Registration begins at 9 a.m.  R.s.v.p. to cobbfaithpartnership@gmail.com

5. Get your bikes in gear for the East Atlanta Kids Club’s 10th-annual Brownwood Bike Rally! Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at beautiful Brownwood Park, 602 Brownwood Avenue. The rally celebrates cycling, fitness, and health, for kids and adults. This year’s festival includes street bike races and a bike safety rodeo for kids, crit-cross races for adults, a health fair, a food court, and lots of family-friendly activities. Prizes are awarded for all races.  Proceeds will benefit the East Atlanta Kids Club, a nonprofit after-school tutoring and mentoring program for promising youth. Registration begins at 8:00 am; bike races and bike rodeo begin at 9:30 and end at 2. Event admission is free for all. Races are free for children, $10-$20 for adults. This event remains free for youth participants with the help of volunteers, the support of several local cycling and fitness clubs, and generous sponsors. Become a Volunteer. Help is needed in all areas. For more call 404-627-8050 or go to www.brownwoodbikerally.com. Facebook  Volunteer form.   

 6. The SafeTeen Georgia Driving Academy is coming up this weekend, Saturday May 4, Cobb Galleria Centre. The doors open at 10 a.m. The folks over at the Safe America Foundation who host this annual event are truly committed to helping teens gain the knowledge and skills they need to be responsible, safe drivers.  If you have a teen 14 or older, please check the event out at https:safeamerica.org/drive2013 and consider attending.  You’ll both learn a lot.

7. The Rev. Louis “Skip” Schueddig, who retires this May after 30 years as head of the Alliance for Christian Media, is the featured preacher May 6 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace. His sermon based on John 5:1-9, is  “The Beginning of the End of the Beginning.” “If we look at the power of the resurrected life we celebrate this Easter season, we should step trepidatiously every time we go to church or have the audacity to admit we are Christians and dare to act like it,” he says. For information, call 888-411-Day-1 or check the program’s website.  

8. Supporting the Good Teachers in Atlanta with Mayor Shirley Franklin, Dr. Marvin Moss, Errol B. Davis Jr, Atlanta Public School Superintendent, and Michael L. Thurmond, DeKalb County Schools Superintendent, Tuesday, May 7, 7 p.m., at Cascade United Methodist Church, 3144 Cascade Road SW.

9. Wednesday and Thursday, May 8 and 9, at 7 p.m. the City of Atlanta District 10 Ministerial Alliance will host a community-wide Restoration Revival. Host church is Concord Baptist where Rev. Leroy Doe is Pastor, 3270 Boulder Park Drive, S.W. Atlanta 30311. Rev. Douglas Demetrius Prather, Pastor of Greater Mountain Baptist Church, will be preaching on the first night and Prophet Freddie Woods, Pastor of Agape Church of God will be preaching the second night. The alliance consists of churches and clergy throughout southwest Atlanta. The theme of the Revival is, "Fulfilling God's Great Expectations through Effective Witnessing." For more information contact the church at 404-696-5125

10. Sorry I failed to understand that the May 9 lecture on Herod the Great at the Israel Ministry of Tourism is for clergy only.

11. Community Unification Initiatives presents a series of seminars for women during the month of May. These seminars are free and will be held at Stonecrest Library, 3123 Klondike Road, Lithonia    30038. May 9 at 2 p.m., Understanding HIPPA; May 13 at 9 a.m., Health Literacy; May 23 at 2 p.m., Living Will and Legal matters;    May 25 at 10 a.m., Know Your Resources.  For additional information please contact Donna Tate, 770-879-5850

12. Blessing of the Bikes, May 11, 12 noon; All bikers, bike clubs, and families are invited to the blessing of the bikes, Harley Davidson of Clayton County, 1384 Southlake Parkway, Morrow 30260.  Bishop Marshall Weir-Mabry, Beacon of Light Christian Center, and other local pastors will be praying for those motorcycle riders and truck drivers who travel up and down the highways on a daily basis.

13. Are you itching to get out on the golf course now that the weather is warm and the trees are in bloom? If so, grab your clubs and tee off with Lutheran Services of Georgia at Heritage Golf Links on Monday, May 13, for the 19th annual Atlanta Golf Classic. Play this challenging and scenic course while benefiting refugees, foster care children, adopted babies, adults with disabilities, and others in need. Book your place now for $110, which includes breakfast, lunch, a golf cart, green fees, and a hot dog/hamburger cook out. Contact Lorraine Dorough at ldorough@lsga.org or at 678-686-9613 to register or find out more.

14. Soprano Maria Valdes and mezzo-soprano Laurie Swann join their glorious voices in a May 14 recital of solos and duets including Evening Prayer from “Hansel & Gretel” and Flower Duet from “Lakmé.” Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert are $15 adult and $10 student/senior, and may be ordered in advance  here or purchased at the door. Maria recently placed first in the scholarship competition at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, winning a full tuition scholarship and monetary award, plus a stage audition with New York City Opera. Laurie is a featured soloist and enjoys a successful opera and oratorio career. All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta.

15. The changing religious landscape in America, a call-in seminar, May 16, 1:30 p.m. EST.  The Academy for Spiritual Formation is hosting this live call-in seminar. It will be led by Johnny Sears, director of the Upper Room’s Academy for Spiritual Formation, and feature Phyllis Tickle. Click here to register.

16. The 32nd Annual Field Day for developmentally and physically challenged adults age 16 years and older will be held Saturday, May 18, at the Grimes Bridge Park soccer fields in Roswell. The event, 9:45 a.m. - 2 p.m., will include relays, group games, individual events, live pets, hot dogs, awards, and trophies. The event is free. For planning purposes, pre-registration is preferred but walk-up registration will be available at 9 a.m. Volunteers are also needed. Go to www.rumc.com/fieldday for Field Day information and for registration and volunteer forms. Forms are also available at the Roswell Adult Rec. Center. Field Day is cosponsored by Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historic, and Cultural Affairs Dept. and Roswell United Methodist Church. For more information call 770-641-3950.

17. An Alban Learning Retreat on Leading Adaptive Change is scheduled for July 23-24 at Simpsonwood Conference and Retreat Center, in Norcross.  Susan Beaumont is presenter and facilitator. Read more>> 

 18. Do you have a teen volunteer you could not do without? Nominate that young person for special recognition on National Philanthropy Day. Read more>>  

 19. Peacebuilders Camp at Koinonia Farm is an overnight camp dedicated to bringing together a diverse group of campers to live in community, learn ways to create peace and justice in the world, and have fun. Campers build deep friendships, meet peacemakers, swim, hike, serve others, and learn new ways they can make a positive difference in their world. Registration is open. Register for camp and find them on Facebook>> 

 20. The webinar “Round Table Discussion: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Equity” provided through a partnership between the National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine and the American Cancer Society was oversubscribed. If you were unable to view and would like to hear the discussion a recording is available here.  

Reminders  

Interfaith Fellowship, Sunday, May 5, 2 p.m. Hilton Atlanta Northeast, 5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Our Personal Narratives and Journey of Faith. No registration is required  Sandy  "An Evening with John Shelby Spong , Springs Christian Church, Monday, May 6.  information can be found at  www.sandyspringscc.org or contact the church at (404) 256-2582

Breaking the Generational Cycle of Poverty for Women and Girls in Atlanta.  St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, May 7, at 7:30 a.m.   R.s.v.p. by May 1 to jinnocent@atlantawomen.org.

Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church Life Enrichment Day Luncheon, at noon, May 7, in the Fellowship Hall. For details and tickets call Sue Stumm at 404-351-3300.

We Are Our Community’s Keepers: Guns and the Gospels,  Thursday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church.    

Oakleaf Mennonite Farm  Peace and Carrots Camp . Read a message from Oakleaf Farm  or Find them on Facebook  or email peaceandcarrotscamp@gmail.com   

  

 Peace,

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