Church Action eNewsletter Week of January 22, 2013

 God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.
  
 Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta 

 

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Welcome home Pastor Stephens!   On Sunday, January 6, the congregation of Radcliffe Presbyterian Church, 286 Hamilton E. Holmes Drive, NW, Atlanta, called the Rev. Dr. Andrew L. Stephens as its new Pastor.  Rev. Stephens was the Organizing Pastor of The Village Church, Nashville, Tennessee, where he served for fifteen years.  He is a native of Columbus, Georgia. His Atlanta connections include having received a B A  from Clark Atlanta University; M  Div  from Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center; and his D Min from Columbia Theological Seminary.  Around fifty Atlanta family members showed up at Radcliffe to welcome him home to Atlanta and hear his first sermon from the Radcliff pulpit on January 7. The church invites the community to visit or call Radcliffe at 404-799-8286 to welcome Rev. Stephens as he returns to the area.  Dr. Stephens is very excited that Radcliffe is living into its vision of itself as a strong intergenerational church where the wisdom of the elders is shared and engages the creativity and energy of its youth.

Cathedral Antiques Show will benefit Refugee Family Services. Read all about it   

1. This is a reminder to join Refugee Women's Network for the 2013 Open House, Friday, January 25, 1431 A McLendon Drive, Decatur.  Stop by between 9 a.m. and noon. Learn more about the new Life Skills and Leadership Program, meet new and old staff, and celebrate the new year!

2. The schedule is out for the ICM in Cobb Day of Celebration of Children on Saturday at Turner Chapel A.M.E. Church. Read more about this free event which begins with breakfast.  

 3. Sing the Wind—Folk Songs with Steven Darsey , Saturday, January 26, at 4:00 p.m. in Atlanta History Center’s Kennedy Theater.   The one-hour concert is free and open to all and there is no charge for entering the History Center. Donations will be accepted to support Meridian Herald.  Free parking is available, 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. More information>> 

4. The Friends School of Atlanta will welcome Ambassador Andrew Young, State Sen. Jason Carter, and the Honorable Lisa Borders to participate in an intergenerational dialogue on civil and human rights, the third annual Beloved Community Dialogue presented by the school. Saturday, January 26, 6-7:30 p.m., 862 Columbia Drive, Decatur, $10 General Admission. Visit the website HERE or call Nancy Bent at 404-373-8746 ext. 8135.

5. The Marist School offers an evening adult education series open to the community, Monday nights, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, and Feb. 11; 7-9 p.m.; 3790 Ashford Dunwoody Road, NE, Atlanta. Taught by Marist faculty and staff these courses include religion and spirituality; art; photography; computer applications; history; literature; football talk; parenting skills; organic food/gardening; Spanish language and culture, and more. Read more>>  Contact Claire Walls at eveningseries@marist.com for information.

6. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at Oxford College, the Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Jr., co-founder of SNCC and currently Scholar-in-Residence at Candler School of Theology, will be the keynote speaker at the MLK celebration on Tuesday, January 29 in Oxford, GA.  The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Old Church, which is located on Wesley Street two blocks from the Oxford College campus.  A variety of choirs will also sing at this free campus and community-wide event.  For questions, please contact Rev. Lyn Pace at ppace@emory.edu.

7. The Aquinas Center and the Catholic Student Union at Emory University will sponsor a  showing of the new movie, "Restless Heart," exploring the dramatic life of St. Augustine, Thursday, January 31, 7:30 p.m. After the movie two Catholic scholars from Emory, Dr. Cory Labrecque and Dr. Marie Marquardt, will discuss the movie and the life of St. Augustine and take questions and comments from the audience. More about the film>>   1518 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta, White Hall, Room 208.

8. Sacred Harp Singing in Virginia-Highland, Church of Our Saviour, 1068 North Highland Ave., NE, Atlanta 30306, Saturday, Feb. 2.  Singing school in the parish hall downstairs, 10 a.m. to noon, will explain the basics of Sacred Harp singing, a potluck covered dish lunch will follow, then a singing in the church from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For questions or more information about this event, please contact Amy Armstrong at amyarmstrongmidwife@gmail.com or 404-436-4522.

9. A series focused on the life and doctrine of St. John of the Cross will be offered by the Institute for Ministry and Theological Education, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta,  on seven Saturday mornings, February 2, 16, and 23; March 16, and April 6, 13 and 20, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.  Classes will meet at St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2601 Henderson Mill Rd., NE, Atlanta, GA 30345.  The classes will be taught by The Rev. Isaias A. Rodriguez, a John of the Cross scholar.  Learn more.

10. The author of Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife will present a lecture at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2, at Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church, Atlanta. A 6 p.m. book signing precedes the public lecture. Dr. Eben Alexander's book is No. 1 on the New York Times List of Bestselling Paperback Nonfiction.  A suggested donation of $10 is designated for the H.I. Youth Ministries. The Cathedral Book Store will be on hand selling the book. All are welcome a this fascinating lecture.

11. Voices of Atlanta Concert, February 3, 2012, 6 p.m. at Rock Spring Presbyterian Church,  1824 Piedmont Avenue, NE, Instead of an admission fee, donations will be accepted and shared with Rock Spring Pres to benefit its ministries. For more information contact Eric Thomas 718-564-9828.

12. Central Presbyterian Church, 201 Washington Street SW, Atlanta 30303, offers evening prayers in the manner of the Taizé Community the first Tuesday of each month, September – May, 7 p.m., Rand Chapel. The 45 minute service includes sung prayers, simple, beautiful music, a time of silence, spoken and silent prayers, and opportunity for individual prayer and anointing. Free parking for this service is available on Washington Street in front of the church.  February 5 is the next Taize service.

13. Jason Hardy presents a concert of classical song, musical theater, opera, and musical comedy on Tuesday, February 5, 7:30 p.m., at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree Street. Tickets are $15 adult, $10 student/senior at the door.  Hardy has appeared with major opera companies across the U.S.- this will be a glorious evening of song. Tickets are $15 adult, $10 student/senior, and will be available at the door, or may be charged in advance here>> 

14. Lobby Day 2013 for Street GRACE, A Future. Not a Past., and Wellspring Living is Thursday, February 7 from 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Georgia State Capitol. Come help let our state legislators know that we are concerned about the fight to end child sex trafficking and to thank them for passing legislation which benefits victims and helps curb demand. Please click this link for more information and to register.

15. Mark your calendars for the 7th Annual GIPPY Awards! Thursday, February 7, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2461 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta  30305. Dessert Reception at 7 p.m.; Ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m.  Speaker is Sarina K. Bajwa of Green Muslims, an organization that seeks to reemphasize the unique role and responsibility entrusted upon humanity by God: environmental stewardship.

16. The Story and the Symbol - Archetypal Dimensions of Counseling and Psychotherapy, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Feb. 8.  Psychologist and storyteller Jonathan Young, Ph.D., will lead this clinical training seminar that looks at the great quest stories to determine how the search for meaning shapes adult psychological life.  Designed for those in helping professions interested in drawing insights from wisdom stories, this course is open to pastoral counselors, psychotherapists, clinical social workers, and marriage counselors.  Register with Laura Faulkner at lfaulkner@lagrange.edu or 706-880-8340. Registration deadline is Feb. 1.

17. World Refugee Crisis: Conflict- Consequences -Cooperation featuring  Jonathan Mitchell, Chief Operating Officer, CARE USA., Ellen Beattie, Regional Director, International Rescue Committee, Martin Cetron, M.D.,  Director, Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, National Center for Emerging & Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, CDC, and Emily Pelton, Executive Director, Refugee Family Services.  This 5th Annual Young Leaders Conference in partnership with CARE USA will be held February 8 -9 in Atlanta.  Details >> 

 18. Mountain Park United Methodist Church is hosting a free seminar on family violence and abuse. “It Isn’t Love” with Cecil Murphey. Objectives include increasing awareness, providing resources, and developing a plan to address the issue and support survivors.  Each year the number of calls to domestic violence agencies in Georgia increases. All attendees can remain anonymous and all information will remain confidential. February 9, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Family Life Center,  1405 Rockbridge Road, Stone Mountain  30087. You may call the church with any questions at 770-921-8512, email itisntloveseminar@gmail.com, or visit www.mountainparkumc.org

19. Hillside International Truth Center, Inc., 2450 Cascade Rd. SW, Atlanta, GA 30311 offers the winter 2013 quarter of the Transformative Living Program beginning Monday, February 11, and ending the week of April 16. Most courses run 10 weeks. There are beginning classes and some advanced offerings, so be sure to read the schedule closely.  

20. Valentines Day Wine Tasting and Pairing for singles (45+) to benefit Catholic Charities, Thursday, February 14, 7:00- 9:30 p.m. River Club, Roswell, GA. Buy $35 tickets by February 7. For more information and tickets contact Susan Burnash at (678)925-3582 or susan@purpleduckmarketing.com

21. The Daffodil Dash is a 1mile & 5K Run/Walk in memory of the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust. This race is organized by the Am Yisrael Chai! Teen Initiative, where teens are empowered to Remember the Past and Reach for the Future. Your support will help create a Living Holocaust memorial as 1.5 million daffodils are planted in memory of those children. Funds raised will support Holocaust Education and will also help children suffering in humanitarian crises in the world today. Check out the new website for the March 3 Daffodil Dash at www.daffodildash.org

22. Georgia Alliance to End Homelessness 10th Annual Conference and Learning Institute will be held March 26 – 28 in Marietta. Early bird discount registration is available through January 28. Dr. Lori Salierno author of Hope Dangerously and Mary Brooks from the Center for Community Change Housing Trust Fund will speak.  Other invited guests are US Congressman John Lewis and Tavis Smiley.  Register now.  

 23. Do you have a promising science student in your congregation? CDC Disease Detective Camp and CDC Junior Disease Detective Camp, academic day camps held at CDC’s headquarters in Atlanta, are receiving applications now.  Application to the camp is open to the public.  There are no camp fees, but each camper is responsible for bringing or buying lunch. Complete information and application forms. Admission to the camps is quite competitive so essays should be thoughtful and all required components included.  The deadline for applications is April 5, 2013. If the website does not answer your questions you may contact Judy Gantt at 404 639 0831 or Jgantt@cdc.gov

24. The National Institute in Church Finance and Administration, June 2013, at Emory University's Candler School of Theology trains church administrators, pastors, and volunteers in the business of running a church. Legal and tax matters; personnel, office, and financial management; strategic planning; conflict resolution-churches that attend to these details allow ministry to thrive. Master these skills as you start on the path to Church Business Administrator certification. Participants benefit from Candler's outstanding faculty and state-of-the-art instructional space and learn through mentoring, cohort groups, networking, and online options even after the class term ends. Choose to attend one week or more. For information and to register visit here>>  

 25. Subscribe to Higher Ground Group for 10 Aspirations for Myself and my Fellow Atlantans from Rabbi Sugarman… and much more. Visit Higher Ground Group.

26. Community Voices, the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine, is searching for African American mothers, 18 or older, and daughters (8-12) to participate in a study targeting issues that contribute to being overweight. Great opportunity! Gift cards are involved! Please complete a short survey to be considered.  Click this link to complete a short survey For more information please contact C.H.O.I.C.E.S. at 678-819-3663 or Info@ChoicesForKids.org

27. The Edge Connection, a Kennesaw, offers courses for budding entrepreneurs in business, credit and financing, and much more. Its mission is to promote economic self-sufficiency and self-determination through comprehensive training targeting low-to moderate-income women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities. See  more  for offerings from the Edge Connection.

Be prepared to help people in your congregation toward financial stability through free income tax preparation and financial literacy opportunities. More>>   Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)  is coordinated by the Food Bank’s Atlanta Prosperity Campaign and the IRS. Learn more and find a tax site near you.

Peace,

Ethel Ware Carter

 404-201-6448

 ecarter@rccatl.org  www.rccapilgrims.ning.com

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