Church Action eNewsletter Week of August 1, 2011

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1. Participate in the free workshop, "How Can Private Education Be Affordable?" at Christ Lutheran School, 2719 DeLowe Drive, East Point on Saturday, August 6 at 11:00 am. Financial Planner Kristi Clark will present helpful, practical, and realistic ways your Preschool or Elementary student can attend a Private Christian School. Please R.s.v.p. to 404-67-2892. No financial solicitations will be made.

2. Visions and Voices of Peace - Stories from Survivors of Hiroshima , Saturday, August 6 at 2:00 p.m at the King Center, 449 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta.

3. Faith AME Zion Church will minister to the community through its 7 Days of Outreach, August 7-13. All are welcome Sunday Aug 7- Hometown Heroes Celebration, Monday Aug 8 - Outreach to Neighborhood Schools (Filler Paper Drive), Tuesday Aug 9 - Faith Boutique (Free Clothing/Shoes/Small Household Goods Giveaway), Wednesday Aug 10 - Helping Hands at Carrie Steele Pitts Home (deodorant and soap drive), Thursday Aug 11 Free Community Fellowship Meal -AIDAtlanta will be onsite to conduct HIV screenings, Friday Aug 12 Movie on the Lawn "Facing the Giants", Saturday Aug 13 Faith Block Party. Rev. Jawwad J. Love, Pastor. Faith is located 38 Hamilton E. Holmes Dr. Atlanta 30311.For more information, visit FaithAMEZion or contact the church office at 404 691-4075

4. The Georgia Mission of Mercy is a free dental clinic on Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13, 2011, with dental care for low or no-income Georgians at First Baptist Church of Woodstock, 11905 Highway 92, Woodstock 30188. For directions, call 800-432-4357. Please do not contact the church. Doors open at 5 a.m. Patients will be seen on a first come first served basis with about 1,000 patients seen per day. The day’s patient limit is typically reached by late morning, so please advise those you serve to come early. All care is provided by top dental professionals. Interpreters will be available to assist patients who cannot speak English. For more information, go to GeorgiaMissionOfMercy.org. – an outreach of the Georgia Dental Association and the Georgia Dental Association Foundation for Oral Health.

5. Summer Revival 2011 at Warren Memorial United Methodist Church, August 14 – 16, promises to be a spirit-filled worship experience. The revival theme is Claiming the Community, Transforming Live, and Making Disciples for Jesus Christ. The revival begins on Sunday with services at 10:55 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Services on Monday and Tuesday, August 15 and 16 will begin at 7:00 p.m. The guest revivalist for the evening services will be the Rev. Tyrone D. Gordon, senior pastor of the 5000 member St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Pastor Gordon is a community and denominational leader and popular author of religious and inspirational works who believes that the church should be cross-shaped, as we reach up to God and out into the community. Rev. Donald K. Reed, Sr. is the senior pastor of Warren Memorial located at 181 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. in Atlanta.

6. Edward DuBose, President of the State of Georgia N.A.A.C.P., will speak at the annual Men’s Day Worship Service at Midway Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, August 28. Services begin at 10 a.m. at 10 a.m. at the church, 2280 Godby Road, College Park. For information about this and about the Pre-Men’s Day Breakfast, Saturday August 20, featuring Mr. Carlton Reed of Carlton Reed Seminars call the church office 404-768-5648.

7. ON Scripture, an online column, was launched this week on odysseynetworks.org, huffingtonpost/religion, and day1.org. It features the nation's best preachers interpreting scripture in modern ways that speak to current events and the world in which we live. See facebook.com/pages/ON-Scripture

8. Your congregation or group might be interested in an exhibition currently at the High Museum of Art. Thirty-seven works by Atlanta-based, internationally known artist, Radcliffe Bailey, explore American history and memory to encourage healing and transcendence through art. Call 404-733-4550 or visit www.high.org

9. Action Ministries-Atlanta (formerly named Atlanta Urban Ministries) is a 48-year-old, faith-based nonprofit which operates a daily Community Kitchen for homeless women, an Emergency Assistance and Empowerment Program for families on the verge of homelessness and Children’s Programming for children and youth in Atlanta’s homeless shelters. To sign up to serve a weekday meal for homeless women and children, email Katherine Bailey at kbailey@actionministries.net.

 

10. Holy Comforter's Friendship Center is in great need of volunteer van drivers (ages of 25-70) and kitchen volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If interested, please contact Kathryn Bryan at HCfriendshipcenter@bellsouth.net or 404-627-6510. The Friendship Center is an outreach program that offers a community of support and empowerment to adults marginalized by poverty and mental illness.

11. Plenary preachers have been announced for the National Festival of Young Preachers January 2012 in Louisville. Do you mentor a young preacher? Is there a young person in your congregation who is called to preach? Do you suspect that even if he/she does not yet? Find out about the Academy of Preachers and the upcoming festival at academyofpreachers.net

Read a piece on mentoring and respond at rccapilgrims.ning.

12. Atlanta author the Rev. Christopher Ervin has released his fourth inspirational book. Accessing the Awesome Power of God with 50 powerful inspirational poems and photographs from around the world. Rev. Ervin combines the word of God, his poetry, music, lyrics, and photographs to make one statement, “Our God is God, and God all alone!” Rev. Ervin has several new projects in progress. Visit his website victoryinsight.com

Looking forward to the fall…

Training for Stephen Ministries will be offered Thursday evenings beginning September 8 at Church of the Nativity, Fayetteville. Each session runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For information please contact the Rev. Rita Henault, 770-460-6390

A nine-session series of workshops for individuals in a caregiving role with a family member or a friend begins Sept. 21 at the Training and Counseling Center at St. Luke's in Atlanta. The series is offered in collaboration with the Health Ministry of St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Information and registration at TrainingAndCounselingCenter.org

Mark your calendar for a Forum on Immigration, Thursday, September 22, 7:00 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church with Charles Kuck, Immigration Attorney; Dr. Marie Friedmann Marquardt, Candler School of Theology, Emory University; Jerry Gonzales, Executive Director, Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials; Charles Hall, Executive Director, Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association. Moderated by Elly Dobbs, Member of Georgia House of Representatives. Trinity is located at 3003 Howell Mill Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30327. Call 404-237-6491 for more information. trinityatlanta.org

Online Registration is now open at komenatlanta.org for Worship in Pink the grassroots effort with local synagogues, churches, and mosques to educate their members on breast health and breast cancer. The vision of Worship in Pink Weekend is to empower our community through breast health education. For more information, call 404-59-8700 or visit the website above. Dates are Friday, October 28, Saturday, October 29, and Sunday, October 30.

James Carroll, the award-winning author and Boston Globe columnist, will give four free public lectures at Emory University on the theme “Jesus Against Himself: From Itinerant Galilean to Christ of God and Back Again.” Carroll is the 2011 McDonald Family Chair on the Life and Teachings of Jesus and their Impact on Culture at Emory’s Candler School of Theology. Author of popular works such as Constantine’s Sword, Practicing Catholic and the newly released Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Carroll will explore how the fundamentals of Christian belief in Jesus are challenged by history and criticism. The day after each lecture, Carroll will appear in a luncheon conversation to discuss the prior lecture topic in a smaller group. Luncheons are sponsored by Candler’s Center for Lifelong Learning. Lectures begin on August 29 and will continue into November. Visit here for all information. Admission is free but registration is requested. Register for lectures here. Navigate to the date of the event and click “Sign Up.” Luncheon conversations are from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost is $30 for each luncheon or $100 for all four. Registration is required -seating is limited. Register here.

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta is a partner in C.H.I.P. an interfaith and community-based coalition in which working to assure that every person in Georgia has meaningful access to the full range of information and services related to mental and addictive illness. See C.H.I.P. for more and contact us at ecarter@rccatl.org.

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