Church Action eNewsletter Week of August 13, 2018

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

Church Action eNewsletter
Week of August 13, 2018
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta

1. The American Clergy Leadership Conference Prayer Breakfast, Thursday, Aug. 16. “Gathered in His Name” keynote speaker is Bishop Aaron B. Lackey, Sr, Temple of Prayer, Fairburn, and Presiding Prelate of the United Church of God in Christ. Voya Restaurant, Airport Marriott, 4711 Best Rd., 9 – 10 a.m. No fee for meeting, each person will take care of their own breakfast. A buffet is available, or you may order. “Self Parking” lot is free. Bring in your ticket for validation.

2. A reminder of the concert celebrating God’s gift of music and Jerry Herman, one of Broadway’s finest composers. Join Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 N. Morningside Drive NE, on August 18 at 7 p.m. and August 19 at 3 p.m. for fabulous favorites from “Hello, Dolly” and “Mame” and more with singers and musicians from MPC. Donations will be received to benefit the Music and Missions ministries of MPC. No tickets necessary.

3. “Desolation, Invention and Bearing Witness to Hope,” the Jung Society of Atlanta welcomes Catherine Meeks PhD, Saturday, August 18, for a lecture and discussion, 7:30 p.m., members free, non members $20, students $10, Sandy Springs Christian Church, 301 Johnson Ferry Rd NW, Sandy Springs 30328. For more information see

4. The Rev. Maxwell Grant is the featured preacher Aug. 19 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace. The nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program is also accessible as a podcast and online at Day1.orgHis sermon is based on King Solomon’s request for an understanding mind to govern God’s people found in 1 Kings. Hear it in the Atlanta area on News 95.5 and 750 AM WSB, Sunday, 7:05 a.m.

5. In conclusion of a summer of singing favorite hymns, the Choral Scholars of Peachtree Road Lutheran Church, in conjunction with pianist and artist-in-residence, Andrew Bayles  will present “Just A Little Talk with Jesus”. A gospel music worship experience at the 11:00 a.m. service on Sunday, August 19. Everyone is welcome! The Rev. Dr. Kirk Bridgers, preaching. Peachtree Lutheran is at 3686 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta 30319, just north of Phipps Plaza. More information is at

6. The Big Bethel AME Church invites you to the summer jazz vespers featuring the soulful sounds of renowned jazz vocalist Iva Jean Ambush from Baltimore. She is a wonderful interpreter of the Great American Song Book with “a spell-binding magnificent, clear and articulate voice.” Known to be one of the best scat singers since Ella Fitzgerald, Iva comes to raise the praise on August 19, at 4 p.m.. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at this website . Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Emcee is Twanda Black from KISS 104 FM and WSB-TV People to People. Come for a wonderful afternoon of “The Great Scat Praise.” Big Bethel, 220 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta 30303 - corner of Jesse Hill Dr. and Auburn Ave. For more information contact Rev. Joyce Young or Rev. Charles Lyons at (404) 827-9707 x 104.

7. German Organist, Stephan Donner will perform at Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 N. Morningside Drive NE, on Tuesday, August 21 at 7 p.m. Mr. Donner is organist at St. Pieterskirche in Vienna, Austria, where the MPC choir will perform in June of 2019. The concert will include works by Bach, Brahms, and Reinberger. A suggested donation of $15 will be received at the door. All are welcome.

8. Support Group for Families dealing with Addiction, 6:15 - 7: 45 p.m. at The Lake Oconee Community Church, meets August 22. You are invited to browse the resource library on the shelf in the conference area at The LOCC. More information.

9. The Christ Church Players proudly present their annual summer show, a production of “Smoke on the Mountain” August 24 and 25 at 7:00 p.m. This production tells the story of a Saturday Night Gospel Sing at a country church in North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains in 1938. The show features two dozen rousing bluegrass songs played and sung by the Sanders Family, a traveling group making its return to performing after a five-year hiatus. Tickets are available for $10 through the church office at (770) 447-1188. For more information, see the website at

10. The AIB Network's new six-part series Living History explores how memorabilia, manuscripts, and photographs preserve the past and inform the present and future. Living History also looks at the race against time faced by archivists and historians working to digitize existing archives as well as preserve digital archives. The show airs weekly: Thursdays at 9PM, Fridays at 10:30 a.m., Saturdays at 1 p.m., Sundays at 10 p.m., and Mondays at 11p.m. through August 27, 2018. Read more about this fascinating program at 

11. “Beloved Community International Expo” The King Center invites the community to join in commemoration of the 55th Anniversary of Dr. King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech delivered during the March on Washington, in 1968. Come for a day of fun, entertainment and cultural exchange, Aug. 25, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., at The King Center. It will be packed with exciting performances, music, activities and delicious food from the seven continents of the world, as well as a “Kid’s Zone.” If you have questions or comments contact Ms. Barbara A. Harrison, or (404) 526-8961.

12. The mission of Mountain Top Lectures at the University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, is to foster a better understanding of religion, theology, spirituality, and science and how that impacts our lives in the 21st century. The Rev. Greta Vosper believes in a metaphorical God instead of the traditional theistic vision of god. She is a minister in Scarborough Canada. Saturday, Aug. 25, lectures are at 10:00, 1:00 and 3:00 with a 4:00 book signing. The event costs $60 in advance or $70 at the door. To register, call (404) 561-0546 or register at

13. “Nothing is Impossible” the first stage play of Nothing is Impossible Disabled in Action, Inc., 6:00 p.m., Saturday, August 25. This play is based on the autobiography of the Rev. Calvin E. Peterson, spiritual and social activist for disability rights and the independent living movement. At 3-D Complex, 2244 Panola Road, Lithonia 30058. Tickets are on sale now at nothing-is-impossible-tickets Contact if you have questions.

14. Alternatives to Violence Basic First Level Workshop, Saturday, August 25-26, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Emory Faculty Office Building, 49 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE, Atlanta 30303. In this hands-on, experiential, conflict resolution workshop you will connect with others, laugh, and share while exploring ways to reduce conflict with your family, at work, and in the world. Register here.

15. Gospel Benefit Concert Amayz Rock the Country, Saturday, Aug. 25, Trinity Baptist Church, 301 Honey Creek, Conyers 30094. Proceeds from this inspirational evening of gospel music will go to Ceek To Fulfill, a Community Empowerment Agency. Buy your tickets now for $5 at Tickets will be $10 at the door.

16. Interfaith Children’s Movement Annual Meeting, Tuesday, August 28, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 2089 Ponce de Leon Ave., NE. Bring a friend who loves children like you do.

17. Fact or Fiction? Dispelling Suicide Myths, Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office and Emory University, Thursday, August 30, 9- 1 a.m. Mount Pisgah UMC, North Campus - Sanctuary Building, Third Floor - Room S305, 2850 Old Alabama Rd., Johns Creek . R.s.v.p.  This link replies "yes."

18. This September Hillside International Truth Center will celebrate the 47th Anniversary of Dr. Barbara King and Hillside. The theme is “Spiritual Growth: Consciousness, Compassion, Commitment” and many exciting activities are planned. Visit the Hillside website tickets and information.

19. This fall, strengthen your pastoral care skills — in the city and in your parish… The Training and Counseling Center at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church offers a unique Clinical Pastoral Education for clergy that combines clinical, reflective, and integrative experiences beginning Sept. 4. TACC’s program for active ministers lets you split your CPE clinical hours between urban ministry with the homeless and social justice work in your own parish. All the details are here.

20. CBCT® is a cognitively-based compassion training that deliberately and systematically works to cultivate compassion. Wednesday evening courses for the public begin Sept. 5 at Emory University. Find more information and registration here. There will also be training for nurses providing 20 CNE credits. More information and registration is here.

21. September First Friday at First will feature the music of Orquesta MaCuba, one of the Hottest Latin Orchestras known throughout the United States and Latin America on September 7, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., First Church Commons, 125 Ellis St., NE, Atlanta 30303. Come and enjoy an evening of jazz inspired by Cuban rhythms and music. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door.

22. Holy Cross Anglican Church is hosting Old Testament Live on September 8 from 9 - 12 noon. What if you could learn the entire Old Testament in just 3 hours? This very interactive seminar is fun, engaging, educational, and a must for anyone that wants a broad overview of the Old Testament that you can remember and relate to others. Go hereto register for this memorable event.

23. The Interagency Workforce Opportunity Resource Committee presents an Education, Employment, and Resource Expo, Saturday, September 8, 2018, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Atlanta Metropolitan State College, Charles F. Easley Sr. Conference Pavilion, 1630 Metropolitan Pkwy, SW, Atlanta 30310. The expo provides resources for the family all in one place. Free to attend. Share with a friend! Free food • Entertainment • Giveaways

24. International students are returning to Atlanta as a new school year begins. The AMIS 41st Annual Welcome Reception for International Students and Scholars will be on Saturday, September 8, from 2- 4 p.m. at the Georgia Tech Student Center Ballroom. There will be a special musical performance by The Trey Clegg Singers, a 60 voice chorus, to help us welcome the students with multicultural, international, and American music. There will be delicious food. Join AMIS to show hospitality to the students. R.s.v.p. here

25. The start of the new school year also means it is time to sign up to be an Amigo Friend to a new international student. This program matches an international student to an American family/individual in the Atlanta community for friendship and the sharing of cultures. Your support will help a student adjust to American life, culture, language, and our city. AMIS asks you to meet at least once for a meal, event, or outing and your friendship can continue over the school year as you have time and opportunity. Please sign up to be an Amigo here.

26. “Let’s Talk…Mental Health,” Sundays, Sept. 9, 16, and 23, 6-7:30 p.m., Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church, 3700 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth 30096. Rev. Jody Andrade and Rev. Andy Acton, a few HS youth, and licensed professional counselor Laura Ware, will lead this workshop series to create better awareness, remove stigma, and provide support. The series will contain expert insight, meaningful conversations, valuable resources, and faithful and healthy responses. Anyone from 9th grade to senior adults (65 +) are invited to attend. Click here to see the flyer and share with those who are interested. R.s.v.p. to

27. Oasis Women’s Conference will be at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13-15 , at Solid Rock Pentecostal Church in College Park. Read more>>

28. Lecture on Culture and Classics, “The End of the World from a Muslim Perspective: A Look at Modern Muslim Apocalyptic Writings,” Monday, September 10, 7 - 9 p.m. at The Landing, Lake Oconee Community Church. Reservations are open, $5 per person. For more information contact

29. Vatican Cardinal Kurt Koch is coming to Emory. President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and President of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, Cardinal Koch will be at Glenn Memorial UMC, September 18 at 7:30 p.m. This is free event but registration is required. Visit to register and for more information.

30. Food Waste Weekend is Sept. 21-23. If you are involved in a worshipping community of any faith this is a wonderful opportunity to touch more people with the message that we are throwing away food when our neighbors are hungry. Materials created by Ample Harvest are free and available at Speak to your pastor, your social justice committee, your outreach committee. How about involving your youth in this? This would be a great children’s Sunday School topic.

31. The 7th annual Caregivers’ Conference at Due West UMC offering help, hope, inspiration, and dementia education will be Sept. 22, 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Find out more about the speakers and registration here, If you have questions contact Kristin Smialek at

32. Dr. David P. Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director, Center for Theology and Public Life, Mercer University, and author of 22 books and hundreds of articles, will speak at the American Baptist Historical Society annual lecture Thursday, September 27, 7:00 p.m. His lecture is “Baptist Social Ethics: Looking Back, Looking Forward.” The lecture will be followed by a reception celebrating 10 years of ABHS at Mercer University and marking the opening of Dr. Gushee’s papers in the ABHS archives to researchers. Mercer University Atlanta Campus. American Baptist Historical Society Atlanta Administration and Conference Center Auditorium.

33. Concerts @ First, Organ Dedication Concerts, the Sept. 28 concert is sold out and a second has been added, Sunday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m., Register Now! First Presbyterian Church, 1328 Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30309. Free parking and admission to both concerts. Parking available in the Lanier parking deck (1337 Peachtree St. Atlanta, GA 30309) Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and organist Jens Korndörfer present Guilmant, J. Jongen , Reger, and the premiere of P. Decker’s “Windows of the Spirit” commissioned by FPC.

34. Perhaps no other topic provokes such heated debate as sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. A two-day workshop at St. Mary's Sewanee, Oct. 4-5, will engage participants in healthy discussions around spirituality and sexuality, with the goal of enhancing the capacity of participants—spiritual directors, clergy leaders, or laypersons of any denomination—to discuss issues of faith and sexuality. There will be no attempt to convince anyone to adopt a certain view. Oct. 4, Tuition is $129 through Sept. 5, $160 from Sept. 6 onward. Contact for more information.Register here.

35. New Baptist Covenant offers a number of free resources from Bible studies to be used in small groups to litanies to be used in worship. The newest offerings include A Litany for the Children of Immigrants.

36. A First Amendment framework for promoting religious literacy and religious liberty in Georgia public schools, the Georgia 3 Rs Project. If you do not know about this you will be interested to find out more here,

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Ethel Ware Carter
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.

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