Church Action eNewsletter Week of August 8, 2022

Church Action eNewsletter
Week of August 8, 2022
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc. 

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1. The Men’s Fellowship of First Congregational Church will host a panel discussion via Zoom Wednesday, August 10, at 6:30 p.m., entitled, “Black Men and Mental Health”. The panelists will include, Dr. John Wilson, Psychologist; Dr. Raymond Young, MD, FAPM, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Emory School of Medicine; and Prof. Etu Evans, Moderator. The forum will be an in-depth discussion of important issues effecting the mental health of Black Men. Attendees will be able to post questions live to the panel.  Passcode: 033071  

2. “Are We Wired for Racism?” A book launch conversation at the intersection of Race, Religion and Science, August 11, 7 p.m. Drawing on evolutionary insights, the latest research on the human brain, and wisdom from religious traditions, Mark Ellingsen and James Woodall explore this question with a unique perspective. Eastern Time (US and Canada) Webinar Registration - Zoom

3. A reminder of Prayers for Peace and Positivity as the school year starts. Join youth with Interfaith Children’s Movement in praying for youth, parents, teachers, staff administrators, bus drivers, guidance counselors, crossing guards, and all who believe youth must be safe. Register here.

4. Lake Oconee Community Church Parent Support Group meets every other Wednesday at 6:15 p.m., in person. For details, contact Larry Kludt.

5. The Rev. Jasmine R. Smothers, lead pastor of First United Methodist Church in Atlanta, is the featured preacher August 14 on “Day 1.” “My friend, please stop trying to do life by yourself,” she says. “God created you to need the saints so that your faith is more than just a concept you’ve read about or heard about. Our faith is incomplete without the faith of others.” “Day 1” has been broadcast every week for 77 years, formerly as “The Protestant Hour.” Featuring outstanding preachers from the mainline denominations, “Day 1” is currently distributed to 200 radio stations across America and overseas. For more information, check the program’s website,

6. The Opera Guild for Atlanta Scholarship Competition will be at Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 N Morningside Dr NE, Atlanta 30306, August 14, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Admission is free for members and $40 for guests – which sum can be applied toward membership. Come support young classical singers as they compete for scholarship money toward their education.

7. A Service of Recovery and Healing meets at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree Street, the second Sunday of each month at 4:30 p.m. focusing on one of the 12 Steps in the context of an Evening Prayer service. Anyone interested in recovery is welcome; confidentiality is required. For information and to register visit .

8. Early bird registration closes August 15 for the Women in Ministry Conference Registration is now open.  September 12-15, WIM Conference 2022 - The Reunion. The theme for this year is “Sacred Rhythms: Aligning with the Heartbeat of God.” For more information about the conference, hotel, vendor/sponsorship opportunities or to register,  visit or click here.  Registration deadline is Monday, August 15, 2022. If you have questions or need additional information, email at

9. Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Aug. 17-Sept. 21, Short Course, "Seeking Shalom, Justice, Community, and the Church's Mission." This six-part study with Assistant Professor in the Practice of Old Testament Ryan Bonfiglio offers an in-depth exploration of the biblical concept of shalom, including its various spiritual, social, and economic dimensions. Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00 p.m. $49 course fee. Course will be held online. Register.

10. Monkeypox Information Session, Wednesday, August 17, 2022, 7 p.m. Do you have questions about the recent monkeypox outbreak? Atlanta First UMC will host a ZOOM Webinar with Dr. David Holland, Chief Clinical Officer for Medical and Preventive Services for the Fulton County Board of Health, Wednesday, August 17. He will discuss symptoms, testing, transmission, treatment, as well as the latest vaccine information. Following his presentation there will be a time for Q/A. To receive the link REGISTER

11. You are cordially invited...  Responding to Antisemitism: Then and Now, August 18, 2022, 7 p.m., in the Cooper Chapel at Temple Sinai. AJC Atlanta, in partnership with Temple Sinai, welcomes Rabbi Andy Baker, AJC Director of International Jewish Affairs, to discuss the gravity of antisemitism in America and measures to combat it. Rabbi Baker will be joined by guest panelists Dov Wilker, Regional Director of AJC Atlanta, Allison Padilla-Goodman, Vice President of ADL's Southern Division, Rabbi Brad Levenberg of Temple Sinai, and moderator Rabbi Natan Trief. Click here to RSVP

12. Braver Angels Georgia is sponsoring a free online workshop to help participants increase their communication skills with those whose views are radically different from their own. "Skills for Bridging the Divide" will be Sunday, August 21, from 2 - 5 p.m. EDT. To get more information and/or register, see

13. Join Early Bird this summer for Baroque Reimagined. This concert boasts not just fusion of Jazz and Baroque music, but also 4 modern premieres. Jazz pianist Tyrone Jackson joins in reimagining the soundscape of Baroque works by Melani, Guglielmi, and Carissimi’s Historia Di Jephte. Four pieces, including music by composers Lotti and Allegri have not been heard since their time of composition. This concert will be at 3 p.m., August 21 at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 634 W Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta 30308. Tickets $15-30.

14. Dr. R. Kirby Godsey, Chancellor of Mercer University, is the speaker at McAfee School of Theology’s Founders Day 2022, Tuesday, August 23, 1:00 a.m., 3001 Mercer University Drive, Atlanta 30341. Please let Matt DuVall know if you plan to attend at

15. Renew with a Silent Spiritual Retreat at Ignatius House Retreat Center, near Atlanta and a world away! Contemplating and Creating the Psalms Art Retreat, August 26-28.  Artist and teacher Patti Hunter will lead this retreat that combines creativity, nature, the Scriptures, different mediums of art, and the practice of listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit. No prior art experience is necessary. The $380 fee includes all art materials and a comfortable private room and bath, delicious, healthy meals and access to the 20-acre forested campus and private walking trails. thepsalmsart

16 The 18th Annual Miss Mary's Ice Cream Crankin' is Sunday, Aug. 28, from 2-4 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Roswell, 710 Mimosa Blvd. Bring the family for a chance to savor some tasty homemade ice cream and support the Drake House mission of ending homelessness in our community. Event attendees will sample more than 100 flavors of homemade ice cream churned by dedicated community volunteer crankers. Corporate, civic, faith, and family teams — or crankers — make homemade ice cream and compete for top awards by local judges. Categories include Best Vanilla, Best Chocolate, Best Fruit, and Best Other Flavor. Youngsters will enjoy children's activities such as face painting and a bounce house. They can also compete in the ice cream eating and stacking contests. This is a family-friendly event, but please no pets. Come out for a fun and tasty event and support local families in need just by attending. The Drake House - 18th Annual Miss Mary's Ice Cream Crankin' (netwo... housing

17. Good news, the Supplies for Ukraine drive will continue through the month, ending Aug. 31. Bins for your donations are in the Welcome Center at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, 2715 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta 30305. Needed supplies include old Kindles, socks of any size, medical supplies (i.e. gauze, Band-Aids, aspirin, athlete's foot cream, etc.). Learn more at

18. Contact First Congregational Church UCC if you are interested in the Mental Health First Aid Training offered by Wellstar Health System and  National Council for Mental Wellbeing September 7. (404)659-6255.

19. Partnership Against Domestic Violence 34th Annual Hearts with Hope Gala is Saturday, September 10, 2022, Black Tie Event - Wear a purple accessory to honor survivors. Tickets at

20. A thoughtful article from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on welcoming those with disabilities into church

Visit our website for a clergy toolbox for mental health ministry, and more . . . 

Ethel Ware Carter

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