Church Action eNewsletter Week of April 9, 2018

Church Action eNewsletter
Week of April 9, 2018
God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta
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A reminder that you must register this week for the Methodist Evangelism Institute 2018 Founders’ Dinner with guest speaker Thomas Kemper, general secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries. R.s.v.p. by April 16 here. If you have questions contact

1. Informational meeting for Georgia Families Fighting Pornography, Wednesday, April 11, 10 – 11 a.m., Powder Springs First United Methodist Church, 4329 Marietta St., Powder Springs 30127. This is an interfaith group. Visit to find out more.

2. “Use me God” is a prayer that changed the world. During April Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church will give attention to the faith that animated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As the program continues, Wednesday, April 11, 6 p.m., Ambassador Andrew Young in dialogue with the Rev. Dock Hollingsworth about the how Christian faith was formative for the movement and what role the church can play in the future; Wednesday, April 18, 6 p.m., the Rev. Natosha Reid Rice, associate pastor at Ebenezer Baptist, will speak, 2715 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta 30305.

3. The regular monthly meeting of the End New Jim Crow Action Group is this Wednesday, April 11, at 7:00 p.m. at the Atlanta Friends Meetinghouse, 701 West Howard Avenue, Decatur 30030. This is ½ mile east of East Lake MARTA station. Call 404-680-4799 if you want a ride from the station. Hear concerns of formerly incarcerated and families of incarcerated people, update on End Money Bail DeKalb, and support those who work to end mass incarceration! All formerly incarcerated people and family members of incarcerated people are welcome to bring their concerns.

4. Imagine a solar roof in every neighborhood in Atlanta! Georgia Interfaith Power & Light and partners are launching Solarize Atlanta, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Thursday, April 12 and hope you can come to learn about how Solarize Atlanta will make it more affordable for individuals, businesses, congregations, and non-profits to get rooftop solar. Monday Night Brewing, 933 Lee St. SW, Atlanta 30310, More Info

5. The 39th Annual Sickle Cell Road Race/Walk, Saturday, April 14, an RRCA-certified State Championship race, is foremost a charitable event, with proceeds supporting the nonprofit mission and programs of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia. SCFG serves people affected by sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait — both genetic blood disorders. Participants will run the challenging 7k course or walk the comfortable 4k down Main Street and through East Point‘s diverse communities. More information>>

6. Prevention and Praise: Community Brain Health Forum, St. Phillip AME Church, 240 Candler Road SE, Atlanta 30317, Saturday, April 14, 9:30 a.m., lunch provided, limited seating, registration required. Register at

7. The Rev. Jason Micheli, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Alexandria, is the preacher April 15 on “Day 1” the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at and heard in Atlanta on Sundays at 7:05 a.m. on News 95.5 and 750 AM WSB. “Emmaus at the Bass Pro Shop,” is based on the encounter of the disciples with Jesus at Emmaus found in Luke 24. Visit to read or hear it now and find much more…

8. If you have worshipped at the oldest church in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta you will want to join in the work day, Saturday morning 10-12, April 21, at Zion Church, Highway 80 Talbotton 31827 (map) St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in Hamilton send a call for help. Zion was built in 1848 and by the grace of God and the hands of some extremely faithful people still stands today. For more information contact Katherine Johnson at

9. Smith Chapel UMC will celebrate Men’s Day on Sunday, April 22, at 11:30am. The speaker is Ollie B. Clemons, Jr., Mayor Pro-Tem/At Large Post 1, City of Austell. The theme is Men of God and Courageous Leadership (Joshua 1:9). The Male Choir will sing. Pastor Debra Stewart invites all to come along to 3325 Humphries Hill Rd., Austell 30106, for a great celebration.

10. Simple Needs Georgia’s Open House is April 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The dress code is "warehouse" casual. They will give tours, talk about programs, and introduce some clients to share their stories… snacks, too. 991 Industrial Park Drive Marietta 30062 . The first and third Saturday of each month is donation time. For a list of most needed items click here.

11. Cascade United Methodist Church Music and Arts Ministry presents Songs of Jubilation, Traditional Style, the Gospel Choir in Concert, Saturday, April 28, 4 p.m., 3144 Cascade Road, Atlanta 33011. Call (404)691-5770 if you have questions. To help defray the costs of this event, they suggest a donation of $25.

12. The Aquinas Center of Theology will welcome international lecturer and award-winning author Joan Chittister to speak on Sunday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Cannon Chapel. The event is open to the public; registration is required. There is a suggested donation of $25.00. Her books will be available for purchase and a signing will follow. Chittister will speak on her most recent book, Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life. Drawing on ancient teachings of the saints, the book offers a practical program to help people transform their thinking. Sign Up

13. Istanbul Cultural Center Turkish Food Festival, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29, Milton Office Park, 591 N. Main Street, Milton 30009. This family friendly event welcomes everyone and a rich selection of traditional Turkish food will be for sale to carry out or enjoy with new friends at the festival. Email if you have questions.

14. Meeting Life’s Burdens with God’s Promises, a luncheon for ladies at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, noon, Tuesday, May 1. Karen Harwell will speak at this hope filled time of celebrating God’s promises, enjoying fellowship, and sharing a delicious lunch. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased by calling Marilyn Tanner at (404)683-8983.

15. Before her death, Phyllis Tickle named Jon M. Sweeney her official biographer. Sweeney is coming to Atlanta to give a lecture on the life and career of this extraordinary woman. Learn more about the new biography by clicking here. Reserve your place at the talk and signing by clicking here. May 3, 7 p.m., Cathedral of St. Philip. Tickle died at 81 in September 2015.

16. Next Level Leaders Conference, 6-8 p.m. on May 3 and 9-3 on May 4, at Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Birmingham. Find out more at There will be a bonus session “How to Hone in on Your Craft in Preaching” for novice and advanced preachers. Click here to register to take advantage of early-bird pricing and group rates.

17. What should be the church’s response to immigration practices? Why should the church rethink mass incarceration? Should the church be involved in the #metoo movement? These questions and challenges will be at the heart of the discussion at the Fourth Annual 2018 Back to the Garden…Into the City Justice Conference. The event, hosted by New Life Covenant Church, Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6, will feature dynamic speakers, authors, and national justice leaders in thought-provoking discussions. For further information, or to register, go to, Email, or call (404) 681-3558. Registration is $120 and includes five meals. The theme is The Move from Awareness to Advocacy and Activism in the Abuse of Power.

18. The Georgia Philharmonic partners with the Michael O’Neal Singers for the Poulenc Gloria ad virtuosic organ work by Tom Alderman with the Saint-Saens organ symphony. The French Connection includes works by Durufle and more, Sunday, May 6, 3:00 p.m., Roswell UMC, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell.

19. The Atlanta Music Project provides tuition-free formal music education for underserved youth right in their neighborhoods. First Congregational Church teams up with Oboe and Friends for a benefit concert, May 6, 7 p.m., Southwest Performing Center, 915 New Hope Road SW, Atlanta 30331. Visit to find out more and get tickets

20. There are still a few spots available for the World Pilgrims pilgrimage to Sedona, Canyon de Chelly, and Phoenix, May 6 – 12. It you are interested visit

21. Interfaith Children’s Movement in Cobb explores Brain 101 Training, May 10, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Tillman United Methodist Church, 960 Concord Road, SE, Smyrna 30080.

22. Save the date— conference Joining Hands for Justice in Palestine and Israel, Jesus, Justice and the Palestinian Struggle, Saturday, May 12, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Rd., Atlanta 30327. Plenary Speaker is Rev. Naim Ateek, Jerusalem, a Palestinian priest in the Anglican Communion. In 1991, he founded the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology in Jerusalem. He has been an active leader in the shaping of Palestinian Liberation Theology. He is the author of Justice and Only Justice, A Palestinian Theology of Liberation. There will be morning and afternoon workshops and Rev. Ateek’s newest book will be available. For more information contact Sarah Humphrey –, or Fahed Abu-Akel –

23. The 15th Annual GALEO Power Breakfast is a fundraising event for GALEO & the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund to promote continued civic engagement and leadership development of the Latino community in Georgia. Keynote address by Cristóbal Alex, President, Latino Victory Foundation. Friday, May 18, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Marriott Atlanta Century Center/Emory Area, 2000 Century Boulevard NE, Atlanta, 30345. Early registration is encouraged. Link for credit card payment.

24. There are currently over 14,000 children in Georgia’s foster care system and the number climbs daily. These children are more than a number, they are an indication that families in Georgia need the community now. If your congregation or you personally feel called to help visit and find out what you can do.

25. Did you know that The German Church Atlanta meets every Sunday? This ecumenical church shares the German language, music, and culture and welcomes all, Lutheran church of the Redeemer, 731 Peachtree St., Atlanta 30308. Visit
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Ethel Ware Carter
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.

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