Church Action eNewsletter Week of February 11, 2019

Week of February 11, 2019
The Regional Council of churches of Atlanta, Inc.

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

1. Are you a caregiver? Do you know a caregiver? Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving is looking for participants in focus groups and phone surveys to express their concerns about gaps and needs in emergency preparedness services for caregivers. For more information contact Lezlie Poole at lezlie.poole@gsw.edu or (229) 931-4545.

2. Raise the voice of faith in the public arena. Advocacy Days at the Capitol coming up. Click here to see at list of days dedicated to specific issues.

3. What is the meaning of the expression "hell" in the teachings of Jesus found in the Gospel of Matthew? This and other questions are explored in "Teachings of Jesus from Aramaic" with Dr. Rocco Errico, premiering on AIB Network Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. Dr. Errico looks at the sacred text through the lens of the language spoken at the time of Jesus. He provides insights into how these ancient teachings influence contemporary thought. Comcast channel 295, AT&T U-verse channel 6. Visit aibtv.com for more information.

4. The Parliament of the World's Religions distributes “It's About Time,” a weekly podcast produced in partnership with Religica.org and Seattle University. “Learning From Grandfather and Transforming Enemies Into Friends” features Arun Gandhi reflecting on the teaching from his grandfather Mohandas Gandhi and his own life experiences. Find this and previous podcasts at this website.

5. “Humanities Rite of Passage,” Richard Tarnas, PhD, Friday Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m., members $25, non-members $35, Students $15. Sandy Springs Christian Church, 301 Johnson Ferry Rd NW, Sandy Springs. Dr Tarnas will speak about our age of transformation discussing the challenges and possibilities of this dramatic time, the pivotal moment for a fundamental spiritual and cultural change in human experience. See jungatlanta.com for specifics and pre-registration.

“Gimme Shelter: Weathering the storm in an Archetypal Cosmos,” Richard Tarnas PhD, Feb. 16, Saturday, workshop, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Members $70, non-members $85, students $50, Sandy Springs Christian Church. How might our contemporary culture be transformed by the recognition that an intimate bond exists between the deep psyche and the cosmos? See Jungatlanta.com for specifics and pre-registration.

6. Simple Needs GA next Donation Drive is Sat., Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Marietta warehouse. Email brenda@simpleneedsga.org for the address or if you have any questions. Top needs are new lightbulbs, kitchen garbage cans, mops and brooms, books for tweens, small “shopping” bags to put smaller items in for young kids (older kids get backpacks), Amazon Fire 7 tablets. New or gently used candles, microwaves, vacuum cleaners, toasters, irons, ironing boards, DVD players, baking pans, sharp/steak knives, mattress pads (esp full), air mattresses, plastic cups for kids.

7 Got music but no rhythm? Ever wonder what all those dots and lines mean? Want to become a better musician? If you answered YES, then attend the STAMP Workshop! The ABCs (and DEF&Gs) of Music. By the end of the workshop, you will know the basic elements of music, so you can begin to read—and even play—music! St. Aidan's Music Project, Saturday, Feb. 16, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, 13560 Cogburn Road, Milton 30004. Cost is $10 at the door. Cash, check (made payable to St. Aidans-STAMP), or debit/credit card accepted. Contact Elizabeth Alvarez, STAMP Director, at stamp@staidans.org if you have questions.

8. The Rev. Mark Larson, senior pastor of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta, is the featured preacher Feb. 17 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace. “We Deserve to Weep,” Larson’s sermon for Feb. 17, draws from Luke’s version of the beatitudes, the sermon on the plain. “The one detail in this passage that always intrigued me is that . . . Jesus literally has to look up to see his disciples,” he says. “Have they removed themselves from the seething mass of suffering? Is this why Jesus has to make sure they really take notice of these poor, sad, discarded folk?” Hear it in Atlanta Sunday at 5:05 a.m. on News 95.5 and 750 AM WSB. For more information check the program’s website, http://day1.org.

9. Human Trafficking: The Battle Continues, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Shambhala Meditation Center of Atlanta, 1447 Church St., Decatur 30030. The Center and the Women’s Caucus for Art of Georgia host a panel discussion and art exhibit on human trafficking. .Panel members include: Judge Shondeana Crews-Morris, DeKalb State Court; Taketa Green, Crimes Against Children and Sexual Exploitation, DeKalb D. A.’s Office; Jordan Greenbaum, M.D., Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe & Healthy Children, C.H.O.A.; Shawn Smash-Jett, Wellspring Living. The art exhibition, which continues through March 12, includes works by 18 artists. This event is free and open to the public. More Information

10. Evensong for the Feast of Martin Luther, Sunday, February 17, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, 431 Washington Street, Gainesville 30501. The parish choir will offer a service featuring music by William Smith, George Dyson, and Richard Shephard. A pre-service organ recital by Nicole Marane, Associate Director of Music & Associate Organist at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, will begin at 5:30.

11. Capitol Conservation Day, the annual opportunity for all Georgians to gather to tell our state representatives and senators that we value water for our families, economy, health, and future generations, is Wednesday, Feb. 20. Register here.

12. Once a month Empowerment Resource Center, 230 Peachtree St., Ste 1800, has a one-hour tour for people interested in finding out about the work done there. Wednesday, Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m. is the next opportunity. Have a look at the mission of ERC here and let Karla Porch know if you would like to find out more, kporch@erc-inc.org.

13. The Challenge the Stats Impact Atlanta Concert through music, dance, poetry, and interactive conversation, will celebrate high-caliber artists of color in Atlanta and highlight the work of advocates for Atlanta’s homeless community, Saturday, Feb. 23, First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. A $15 Pre-Concert Dinner & Discussion at 5 p.m. features a discussion among advocates on the reality of homelessness and how individual citizens can help make a change. The free concert will follow at 7:00 p.m., 1328 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, Georgia 30309. Tickets.

14. Black History Jazz Vespers, Saturday, Feb. 23, 5 – 7 p.m. Join Emmanuel Lutheran Church for an evening of performances featuring Sammy and the Stingrays with guests Rivablue & Veronica Osborne, vocalists, Kim Strings, violinist, Wendell Hill, flutist. Admission is free, love offerings will be accepted. Emmanuel, 3050 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta 30311. A reception will follow the music.

15. The first Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta program of the year will be a trip to the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival to see Shooting Life. Following the movie FAMA will meet up at Atlanta Bread for a discussion facilitated by Rabbi Ellen Nemhauser. Sunday Feb. 24, 3:30 p.m., Regal Theatre Perimeter Pointe, 1155 Mount Vernon Hwy, Sandy Springs 30338. Tickets are $15 per person and FAMA has a limited number of group tickets available on Eventbrite.


16. A reminder of the Celebration of Black History Month at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Sunday, Feb. 24, 4 p.m., with the Atlanta Homeward Choruses, Harmony International Youth Chorus, and Zimria Festivale Atlanta. This is a popular concert and early arrival is recommended to ensure best seats. Tickets.

17. Trinity Explores Issues of Family Separation at the Border and Family Reunification, A Conversation with Javier Díaz de León, Consul General of Mexico, Monday, February 25, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Williams Hall, 7:30 p.m. Mr. Díaz de León is a member of the Mexican Foreign Service since 1991 and holds the rank of Ambassador and is Consul General of Mexico in Atlanta. Childcare is available.

18. Building an Action Campaign to End Human Trafficking. The International Human Trafficking Institute & Wellspring Living offer a workshop that will provide definitions, explore social conditions and how to address them, offer guidance on how to build an action campaign. Attendees will leave with a written plan. Small groups from faith communities are encouraged to attend together. Registration is free, however, you must R.s.v.p. here. Thursday, Feb. 28, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Redeemer Lutheran Church, 731 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta 30308. Workshop facilitator: Deborah Richardson, Executive Director, International Human Trafficking Institute.

19. “Florynce “Flo” Kennedy: The Life of a Black Feminist Radical.” Special celebration of ‘African American Women’s History Week’ falling on the cusp of African American history month and Women’s History month. The author and presenter is Sherie M Randolph, Associate Professor of History, School of History and Sociology at Georgia Institute of Technology and Co-Director of the Black Feminist Think Tank. Thursday, Feb. 28, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., St. Bartholomew's, 1790 LaVista Road NE, Atlanta 30329.

20. Godly Play Core Training, Thu, Feb 28, 6 p.m. - Sat, Mar 2, 5 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Athens. Learn the processes and core stories of Godly Play and the theology behind these practices. Lunch on Friday and Saturday are included. This in an ecumenical training event. Godly Play Foundation Members receive a discount, more information about membership here. R.s.v.p. by February 25. Event cost is $355.00. Register here.

21. Camp Mikell Folk School, Friday, March 1 – Sunday, March 3. Tucked away in the Northeast Georgia mountains, Camp Mikell offers the only folk school in Georgia. Come learn a variety of skilled arts and crafts such as weaving, woodworking and photography. Courses offered vary. View the Spring 2019 schedule.

22. Lectio divina is a traditional Christian practice of scriptural reading intended to promote communion with God and increase knowledge of God’s word. St. James, Marietta, invites you to begin your practice of a Holy Lent in a special program led by Sister Madeleine Mary, CSM, Sister-in-Charge at the Community of St. Mary. A light lunch will be provided, the day will end with Holy Eucharist. Saturday, March 2, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Please register by March 1 by contacting Stephen Windham, sdwindham@gmail.com, 470-564-4974. A suggested donation of $20.00 ($10.00 for students) is appreciated.

23. The Lenten Journey, Saturday, March 2, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., St. Bartholomew's Church Amerson House Spirituality Center. This retreat will offer presentation, quiet reflection, and sharing, and highlight meditative practices that can help us be awake to how we can live more fully the pattern of Jesus’ dying and rising. Bring your lunch. Drinks and snacks will be served. The event is $45 and the registration deadline is February 28. For more information email lalorcadley@comcast.net . To register email amersonhouseevents@gmail.com

24. Georgia Parent Support Network's 15th Annual "Unmasking Children's Mental Illness" Mardi Gras Benefit Ball will take place at the Fabulous Fox Theatre on March 5, Celebrating GPSN's 30th Anniversary. Registration Link:Mardi Gras Registration 3/5/19 If you have questions, contact Lisa Pace at (404) 758-4500 x109.

25. Enroll for free to receive the Living Compass “Living Well Through Lent” via a daily email. You will receive forty-seven daily emails, one for each day of Lent, plus Easter. The emails will begin on Ash Wednesday, Sunday, March 6. If at any point you no longer want to receive the emails, you can unsubscribe at any time. Sign up here.

26. Literature and Spirituality: Common Ground - Common Good, Friday, March 15, 5:00 p.m. - Sunday, March 17, 11:00 a.m. St. Mary's Sewanee, Lent invites us to a change of heart and action. The retreat will explore literature that focuses on creation spirituality. Readings will include works by Annie Dillard, Philip Newell, Wendell Berry, Mary Oliver, O.E. Wilson, and others. Prayer and worship in the Celtic spirit will center this retreat led by The Rt. Rev. Henry N. Parsley. Register by March 8.The registration fees are $365/$465 and $265 for commuters. Register Here

27. Answering the Call to Pray - One Day Lenten Workshop With Carl McColman hosted by the Cathedral of Christ the King, Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, and the Cathedral of St. Philip, Saturday, March 23. Tickets are $15-25. Find tickets here.

28. If you are in our nation’s capital the first week of April you might be interested in “Troubling the Waters for the Healing of the World” Ecumenical Advocacy Days, Friday, April 5 – Monday, April 8, Washington, D.C. People of faith and conscience are called to stand in the prophetic stream of those who have come before us, those who were not afraid to stir up #GoodTrouble for the sake of God’s kingdom. Information here.

29. Action Alert: Advocate for Second Chances and Expanding Expungement in Georgia. If you are concerned about this issue, it is urgent that you show your support for expanding expungement of convictions in anticipation of a bill. You can use the Second Chances Advocacy Toolkit to reach out to lawmakers and prosecutors. If you would like to obtain advocacy materials, please contact Helen Mun at Helen@GJP.org.


Remember that all events previously announced go into the Community Calendar on our website. Visit www.rccatl.org for the calendar, the Clergy tool Box for Mental Health Ministry, and more.
Peace,
Ethel Ware Carter
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