Church Action eNewsletter Week of January 16, 2012

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone. 

 Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta 


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1. The Sandy Springs community is invited for the Chili Cook-off and Warm Reception at Sandy Springs Christian Church to welcome the new senior minister and his lovely family--this Saturday, January 21, at 6 p.m. Sign up by calling the church office at 404-256-2582 or emailing Cindy Brown at Sandy Springs Christian is located at 301 Johnson Ferry Road NW, Sandy Springs 30328


2. Dr. R. Kirby Godsey, chancellor of Mercer University in Macon, Ga., and author of the book “Is God a Christian?” is the featured preacher Sunday, Jan. 22, on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally syndicated ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Godsey’s “Day 1” sermon, entitled “Redeeming Our Religion,” reflects the core message of his latest book, “Is God a Christian?”


3. Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church will hold a Requiem Mass to honor the children who lost their lives to abuse and violence in the state of Georgia during 2011on Sunday, Jan. 22, at 4 p.m. All are invited and encouraged to come to this service. At sundown on Saturday Jan. 21, a prayer vigil will begin in the church and throughout the night volunteers will read the names of the 550 children who died in Georgia last year. The prayer vigil will end at 7 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22, and the Requiem Mass begins at 4 p.m. that day.  It is the intention of the people of Holy Innocents’ that the Requiem Mass be held annually to remember the innocent children of our day, celebrate their lives in the resurrection, and proclaim the love and reconciling grace of God.  Donations and offerings received during the service will be designated for The Drake House which provides immediate residential housing and a program designed to provide stability for the children and assist the family in working toward housing self-sufficiency. Holy Innocents’ is located at 805 Mt. Vernon Highway, 30327. See map  


4. Make plans to attend the Cobb Faith Partnership First General Meeting on Wednesday, January 25, at Turner Chapel AME Church, Marietta. Lunch will start at 11:45.   Sponsors for this meeting are being sought. Email If you sponsor lunch for around 40 people you get time to talk about your ministry or organization and distribute brochures or materials. Come for networking, sign up early for the May 1 ministry fair, and bring your old cellphones and ink cartridges for recycling.


5. School to Prison Pipeline: Keeping Kids in Class, Interfaith Children's Movement, coming up on Thursday, January 26, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., St. Philip AME Church Family Life Center, 1607 Richard Allen Drive, Decatur 30317. Contact ICM for information, 770-498-2141 or


6. The Cathedral Antiques Show and Tour of Homes is Jan. 29 - Feb. 4 at the Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta. The annual show features 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century antiques; lectures on design; and a tour of some of Atlanta's most beautiful homes. For details and tickets, go to or call 404-365-1107.  Benefiting from proceeds from this year's show is All About Development Disabilities . 


7. Turner Theological Seminary, the AME constituent seminary of the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) is celebrating its 118th Founders’ Convocation and Isaac R. Clark Clergy and Lay Conference, January 30 - February 2. Since 1894, Turner Seminary’s mission has been that of preparing men and women for Christian ministry in the AME Church. For details on preachers and presenters, the full schedule of activities, and how you can see and hear these great ecumenical messengers, call 404-527-0080 or go to


 8 . It's time for the 2012 Stop CSEC Lobby Day at the Georgia Capitol. Get ready to make a real difference in the lives of exploited children in our state. Thank your legislator, make your voice heard, and join in an awareness-raising show of support for children victimized by Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children. If you've never been to the Capitol, this is a perfect way to get started with grassroots advocacy. February 1, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Gather at Central Presbyterian Church across Washington Street from the Capitol for check in and instructions. Register now  


9.  Faith community leaders are invited to participate in a roundtable discussion on how we could collectively combat one of the biggest epidemics affecting our people’s health and costing our state annually in excess of $20 billion in medical expenses, lost income, and premature disabilities and deaths. Roundtable on Cardio Metabolic Syndrome, February 2, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, 1 to 5 p.m. There is no registration fee but R.s.v.p. is required. Respond to Emily Gottesman at 


10 . The Good Samaritan Health Center of Atlanta is hosting a KID’S DENTAL DAY,  Saturday, February 4, for  kids without dental insurance, 1015 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy., Atlanta, 30318. Those desiring appointments should call 404-523-6571 to setup an appointment now! Call or email if you have questions, 678-553-4936 or Website is


11 . The Atlanta Baroque Orchestra with the Georgia Tech Chamber Choir will present George Frideric Handel’s rarely-performed sacred choral cantata Dixit Dominus, based on Psalm 110, and the premiere of Jerry Ulrich’s new choral piece for period instruments, Lucem Pax, based on Psalm 46. Atlanta favorites Wanda Yang Temko, soprano, and Terry Barber, counter-tenor, are featured soloists. Saturday, February 4 at 7:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta and Sunday, February 5 at 3:00 p.m. at Roswell Presbyterian Church. A pre-concert lecture begins 45 minutes before each concert. Parking is free. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 the day of the concert, $15 for students and seniors. Advance  group discount is available. Purchase tickets online .   


12 . Neighborhood Life Atlanta is a February 10-11 event you may want to tell your congregation about. This is an exploration of homeownership and available houses. Some down payment assistance from a nonprofit organization will be offered to qualified buyers. Check it out .   


 13 . Choristers are sought for the Feb. 12 Absalom Jones Service at the Cathedral of St. Philip. Dr. James Abbington, associate professor of church music and worship at Emory University, will serve as director for the choir gathered for the Feast of Absalom Jones service. Rehearsals are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 11 and at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Cathedral choir room. To sign up, contact Ingrid Siegert, at 404-228-0753 or For a list of the music and more visit .


 14. David Lamotte Concert, February 17, 7 – 9 p.m., at Oglethorpe Presbyterian Church, 3016 Lanier Drive, Atlanta 30319 .  Join Oglethorpe Presbyterian Church and Oglethorpe University as they bring Lamotte's "guitar-spanking open-tuning grooves as well as gentle folk-tinged pop" back to the Atlanta area. Washington Post is spot on when they continue by saying that his "lyrics range from insightful image-driven stories to equally insightful humor." It's a show you don't want to miss! Tickets  .


15 . Street GRACE and A Future. Not A Past are thrilled to be recipients of a benefit concert featuring the release of Janie Chu’s new CD, The Human Condition.  Come on February 23 to this worthwhile concert to help end the demand of the commercial sexual exploitation of children.  The Drunken Unicorn, 736 Ponce de Leon Place, Atlanta 30306.  Doors open at 9 p.m.  Tickets may be purchased here Paid admission includes a free download of  Dear John.


16 . The Reentry Discussion: The Real Impact of Incarceration on Families. Pastors, providers, researchers, social workers, and formerly incarcerated persons will focus on the support needs, accountability, and rebuilding relationships for individuals, family and communities during the reentry process. February 25, 2-4 p.m., Wesley Chapel Library, 2861 Wesley Chapel Road, Decatur 30034-2314. Call 404-286-6980 for information.


 17 . Making A Connection - A Homeless Youth Forum, Tuesday, February 28, 1 – 4:30 p.m., Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs Street, Marietta 30064. This forum is focused on issues affecting homeless youth from a personal perspective. Get information and register 

18. Don’t forget On Scripture, the online Bible study from Odyssey Networks. Today Greg Carey, Professor of New Testament at Lancaster Theological Seminary, PA, asks why the fishermen in Mark 1 followed Jesus.  Read it and get in on the conversation at  on Scripture.   


19.  Sorry for bad directions about ordering Super Bowl BBQ  last week . Correct link  


20. Missing football? Ethics Daily’s Robert Parham reflects on Tebow, does he star in a morality play or offer a template for conversation with God? See  this. 

21 . Mandala: Sacred Circle in Tibetan Buddhism at the Carlos Museum, Emory, through April. Read more at Watch the creation of a mandala at


22 . UCALL&IHAUL Moving Services is seeking employees, part-time, flexible hours. They would like to hire church members. The number to call is 678-615-2712


23 . Looking for a mission project? Would your church donate a new water-saving toilet for the Santa Fe Villa? Would your church volunteer to install that toilet? The Santa Fe Villas is 150 units of apartments for formerly homeless and people with disabilities.  Santa Fe is owned by the non-profit Urban Residential Development Corporation.  Paul Bolster is with URDC.  He can be reached at 404-664-005 and This is a simple, short-term way to help. If you are interested contact Rev. Houston Wheeler at 404-578-5837 or For up-to-date information on Supportive Housing go to or  


24. Folk School Weekend XII will be March 2-4 at Mikell Camp and Conference Center, Toccoa, offering classes in 13 art areas, including stained glass, quilting and woodturning. New topics this year are Zentangle and stencil/spray art. Keynote speaker is the Rev. Brian Sullivan, rector at St. Benedict's Episcopal Church, Smyrna. For details and registration, visit or call 706-886-7515. Register early; it sells out.


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