Church Action eNewsletter Week of August 29, 2016


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Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta


Church Action eNewsletter Week of  August 29, 2016


Welcome to new Regional Council of Church of Atlanta congregation Bethel World Outreach Ministries-Atlanta. This congregation worships in a charismatic full gospel service every Sunday morning at 11 o’clock at 7094 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Norcross 30071. The mission of the church is Win the lost at all costs.


1. Town Hall and Discussion, Friday, Sept. 1, 11:30 a.m. Center for Civil and Human Rights, 100 Ivan Allen Blvd, Atlanta 30313. Georgia Equality, Georgia Unites Against Discrimination, and other organizations will explore the importance of LGBTQIA-affirming faith communities in a changing social-political landscape. The session will discuss the best methods to promote civil discourse on associated issues and to work as a community on those issues. 


2. Day 1 welcomes the Rev. David Powers, pastor of Madison Presbyterian Church. You can listen to or read his sermon “Reshaped by Hope” at Day1. Find your local station there and listen to Rev. Powers this Sunday morning, Sept. 4. 


3. Support Group Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse for those who have experienced childhood sexual abuse or incest meets 1st & 3rd Mondays, 7-9: p.m., Room 356, Johnson Ferry Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta 30068. 


4. The first of the Faith & Politics in the 21st Century lectures from Candler’s James T. and Berta R. Laney Legacy in Moral Leadership, is at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Candler. This is a free lecture; registration is required. From “The End of White Christian America” to “What Would Jesus Do? Developing a Political Economy of Justice,” find information on all 7 lectures by date at


5. Hart Readers at the Cathedral Book Store, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305, begins in September with Canon Cathy Zappa and Dr. Catherine Meeks leading a discussion of Bryan Stevenson's book, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, Wednesday, September 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the Gould Room. Hart Readers meet the first Wednesday of each month to discuss contemporary books facilitated by clergy and lay teachers. Read more>>  


6. Remember the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta and American Jewish Committee special evening, “Repairing The World: Our Responsibility for Tolerance,” Thursday, Sept. 8, at The Temple in Midtown, 1589 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta 30309.   Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.   A reception will begin at 6:00, discussion at 7:00. This event and parking are free, but registration is required.    Please visit this website  to register and for more information. 


7.  Read hereabout Family Movies by Moonlight, back at Sandy Springs United Methodist Church with food trucks and children’s activities. Movies begin at dusk. Coming up next is Jungle Book on Sept. 9. 


8. St. James Children’s Ministry announces the 2016 Fall and Winter St. James UMC Kids’ Consignment Sale, September 16 and 17, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Shop for high quality children’s clothing, furniture, toys, books, and accessories, as well as maternity items in the activities building at 4400 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30342.


9.  Cedar Grove United Methodist Church is blessed to be a blessing and they invite you to Gospel Singing, Mime, and Dance at the church at, 3430 Bouldercrest Road, Conley, Ga. 30288.  September 17, at 7 p.m. Donation: $15 adults, $10 Youth, children under 6 free. Proceeds for local and global missions.


10. Candler School of Theology will host the North American Academy of Ecumenists for their 2016 Conference, “Commemorating the Reformation: Churches Looking Together Toward 2017 and Beyond,” September 23-25. Renowned scholars and church leaders will be making presentations at the conference. All information and registration is at the NAAE website.  


11. Ecumenism in Atlanta. As a part of the NAAE conference at Candler, Saturday, Sept. 24, 1:30-3:30, Professor Emeritus Don Saliers will host a panel of local leaders:

  • Mr. Tony Alonso, composer, theologian, and Roman Catholic PhD student, Emory
  • Rev. Dr. Dwight Andrews, Associate Professor, Music Department, Emory College of Arts and Sciences, and Senior Minister, First Congregational Church UCC of Atlanta
  • Rev. Dr. Nancy Christensen, Senior Pastor, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Atlanta
  • Bishop H. Julian Gordy, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Southeastern Synod
  • Bishop Michael Watson, Incoming Ecumenical Officer of the UMC Council of Bishops
  • Rev. Dr. George Wirth, former pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, and Co-President, Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta


12. Atlanta Palestine Annual Conference featuring keynote speakers Max Blumenthal and Tarek Abuata will be Saturday, September 24, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., includes lunch, Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta 30327. Registration fee is $35, students with I.D. free. Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author. Tarek Abuata is director of Sabeel USA. Workshop leaders are Ramah Kudaimi, the Rev. DeYoe, and Ilise Cohen, For information and to register email  


13. AMIS invites the community to the 39th Annual International Student and Scholar Welcome Reception, Sunday, Sept. 25, 3-5 p.m., at Agnes Scott College, Evans Dining Hall, a free event with good food and a student jazz trio. This event sponsored by AMIS, Georgia colleges and universities, and Georgia Kiwanis Clubs comes at an important time to show welcome in the midst of harsh rhetoric about strangers. 


14. Music for Soprano and Trumpet, Sunday, September 25, 3:00 p.m., All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree Street, soprano Maria Valdes, winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Southeast regional auditions and Adler Fellowship at the San Francisco Opera, is on track for a major operatic career. She will be accompanied by Jonathan Easter and virtuoso trumpeter Kevin Lyons. Tickets, $25, are available at and at the door based on availability. 


15. Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse VOICE Of Peace Healing Weekend is September 30-Oct 2.  Information can be found at  


16. Ben Hill United Methodist Church presents Jazzing with Grace a concert to benefit the Foundation of Wesley Woods whose mission is to help older adults age with grace.  Friday, Sept. 30, 7:00 p.m., at the church, 2099 Fairburn Rd, Atlanta 30309. The amazing talents of Milkshake and the Milkshake Quintet featuring Tina Mayfield will be headlining along with other phenomenal artists from Ben Hill UMC and Tony Hightower.  Monica Kaufman Pearson is Mistress of Ceremony with co-host Harvey Monk.  Concert admission is free.  Come help Ben Hill UMC support the quality of life programs for older adults in North Georgia.  Donations are appreciated.   


17. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Georgia and honorary chair Chamique Holdsclaw invite you to make plans to join this year's NAMIWalks Georgia on October 8, in Grant Park, Atlanta. This is NAMI Georgia's annual signature 5k fundraiser that raises awareness and funds for NAMI's programs and affiliates across the state. There is no registration fee to participate, but all walkers. Every walker who raises $100 will receive an official NAMIWalks Georgia t-shirt. Team captains and sponsors are needed. To register, create, or join a team, visit For any questions, email 


18. Atlanta Area Council Boy Scouts of America Third Annual Youth Protection Seminar, is Thursday, Oct. 13, 9:00 a.m. Join youth serving leaders from the Metro Atlanta area for Building Resilient Children. Over 75 youth serving organizations including schools, religious institutions, clubs, after-school care, sports leagues, and recreation centers have these events to learn from experts and each other about how we can protect the children we serve better. Reserve your spot today for this impactful event Information and Registration Link


19. The Georgia Council Against Domestic Violence will hold its annual fundraiser Jazzin' for GCADV, Saturday, Oct. 22, 7 -10 p.m.  This fun-event-for-a-serious-cause features the smooth jazz sounds of Atlanta's The PR Experience, food by Duck's Kitchen of Decatur, and a silent auction!  Tickets are on sale now here. Proceeds will benefit GCADV’s work to empower domestic violence victims and the programs that serve them.


 20. Atlanta Prays reminds us that prayer happens throughout our community in ways we may never see and their website offers some opportunities coming up that you can take part in.


21. Faith in Public Life invites those so inclined to join in signing a statement telling Georgia lawmakers to reject leg...  


22. School is starting and students from around the world - India, Korea, Germany, Ghana, China, and many other countries- are in Atlanta. AMIS, Atlanta Ministry with International Students, gives you an opportunity to befriend these young people who are far from home, to show hospitality for the stranger in our gates.  Here is the link.

Article from Associated Press on two Baptist Covenant churches in Georgia working to heal the racial divide.


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Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.

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