Church Action eNewsletter Week of January 27, 2014


God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

  1. This week AIB features a session from the 2013 Mercer Preaching Consultation with Dr. Bill Wilson’s discourse on “The Power of a Healthy Pulpit”. Tune in for an insightful message on the physical, academic, and spiritual foundations required to nourish today’s clerical leaders. See this presentation today, January 31, Friday, at 4 p.m. on AIB.

2. Dodd-Sterling United Methodist Church  Winter Revival 2014, finishes up tonight with the  Rev Frank Middlebrooks, Greater Saint John Baptist Church, preaching and Ricky Waddell as Praise Leader. 3272 Browns Mill Road SE, Atlanta, 30354. (404) 361-3145, Rev. Robert L. Melson Sr., is Pastor.  “Will you not revive us again,     that your people may rejoice in you?” Psalm 85:6

3. The Society of St. Anna the Prophet, an Atlanta-based Episcopal order for women, will observe the Feast of the Presentation with a vow ceremony and Holy Eucharist at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Church of the Epiphany, Atlanta. The Rev. Nan Baxter will lead the service and preach. All are welcome.

4. Seminar on Holistic Recovery from Post Traumatic Stress, with Akin Ayeni, M.D., certified addiction disease specialist; expert on stress related disorders, and soldiers recovering from PTS.  Saturday, February 1, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., The Lighthouse for All Nations, 2020 Airport Industrial Park Drive, Marietta 30060. For more information call (770)541-6215 or (770)310-9746

5. The inspiring true story of irrepressible gymnastics phenomenon Gabby Douglas, who thrilled the world and captured America’s heart by winning two gold medals in spectacular fashion at the 2012 London Olympics, is coming to the Lifetime Channel on February 1. See the trailer of this faith-filled story. See a clip of this faith-filled story here.  

6.  The V. Rev. Samuel G. Candler, dean of the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip, Feb. 2, on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, also accessible online at Candler’s sermon is “The Super Bowl, Groundhog Day, and the Light of the World.” “One of the great ways that Jesus described himself was the Light, the Light of the world. But Jesus also told us that we ourselves are the light of the world. It’s not Groundhog Day or Super Bowl Sunday that brings true light to the world. It’s not even the great traditions and customs of the church, though each of those events plays its part. The true light is us—you and me—and how we behave during all these events.”

7. Beulah Heights University, the week of February 3 - 8, will be host Spring Discovery Days with information sessions and the Entrepreneur Day Expo. Come attend free classes in Business or Leadership for one week. Information Sessions will feature MBA, Chaplaincy, Non-Profit, Doctor of Ministry, and Certificate Programs. There will be speakers and light refreshments. The Entrepreneur Day Expo will be hosted by the university and the Small Business Administration. For more information, call Sonya Young, Office of Recruitment & Marketing at (404) 627-2681 ext. 128 or visit

8. NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session education program for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness. The course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining their own well-being. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness. NAMI Forsyth, Dawson, Lumpkin will offer the program beginning February 3, on Mondays 6:30 p.m. at the United Way Office, 240 Elm Street, Cumming. Contact NAMI to register at 678-947-6156 or

9. Stop the Violence Against Women Day at the Capitol, Thursday, February 6, 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Breakfast provided, Central Presbyterian Church, 201 Washington Street, SW, Atlanta 30303. Register here.

10. Church Women United in Atlanta monthly meeting, 10 a.m., Friday, 2/07, will celebrate Black History Month, Peachtree Christian Church, (Disciples of Christ), 1580 Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30309. Dr. Norma Raybon, Musical Director of the First Congregational UCC, will present the Black History information.  Come, experience the excitement, joy, and pain of a culture through its music…This will be an informal dialogue experiencing the “how” and “why” music is an integral part of all cultures influencing academic, intellectual, and economic development ….how mathematics and music are intertwined through the measurements of both learnings.  Come One, Come All.  African attire is optional.  J. Tillman, President; C. Rainey, Vice President Find out more about Church Women United.

11. An Art with Heart Show, featuring fine art and crafts by more than 30 vendors, will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at St. Andrew's in the Pines Episcopal Church, Peachtree City. A silent auction will benefit the Children's Village.

12. The Natural Spirituality Regional Gathering is Feb. 7-9 at Mikell Camp and Conference Center, Toccoa. Participants from across the Southeast will explore the intersection of dreams, synchronicity, and journeying with God. Lectures and workshops are geared toward both newcomers and returning participants. For more information including workshop offerings and accommodations, click Here.

13. "Tuesdays with Morrie," a play based on the book by Mitch Albom, will be presented at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays from Feb. 14 through March 1 by the Polk Street Players at St. James' Episcopal Church, Marietta. A 7 p.m. dinner precedes the shows on Saturdays, Feb.1 5 and 22. Additional performances are at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, and at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27. Tickets are $12.50-$20; call the box office, 770-218-9669.

14. Couples! Join the Valentine Date Night at Roswell UMC on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7:15 p.m. for dessert and coffee after dining out. At 7:30 p.m., the married comedy team of Barnes & Miner will have you holding your sides with laughter! $25 per couple includes the show, dessert, and coffee. Childcare available beginning at 5:30 p.m., $10 a child includes dinner, snack, and activities. Reservations required by Wednesday, Feb. 5: Rev. Julie Wright, or (770)261-1732, or  Show tickets are also available at or call (800)965-9324.

15. The Rev. Chris Thomas, pastor of First Baptist Church of Williams in Jacksonville, Ala., is the featured preacher Feb. 9 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, also accessible online at  Thomas’s sermon, based on a portion of the Sermon on the Mount is “Salty Luminescence.” “Salt and light are only useful when they enhance something else,” he says. “We as followers of Jesus fulfill our roles as disciples when we flavor the earth and illuminate the world with our actions and words that ultimately point to Christ.” For more information, call toll free 888-411-Day-1 or check the program’s website,

16. Eggonomics, Tuesday, February 11, 7:30 a.m. in Ellis Hall at All Saints’ Episcopal Church will feature parishioners Tom Cox and Comer Yates discussing 'Public Policy and our kids' education'. Tom has represented a wide variety of clients in their efforts to maneuver through the maze of issues related to the education of our children. As the head of a special, private school, Comer Yates has seen the impact of governmental policy on the delivery of educational services in the "marketplace." A full breakfast buffet prepared by the Men of Hope at Covenant Community is ready by 7:30. The cost is $5 and all proceeds will go to the Men of Hope.   Make your reservation to by contacting Lauri Begley at 404-267-4273 or

17. The Atlanta area New Jim Crow Action Group invites you to hear Bruce Dixon on the Georgia prison strike of 2010- 2011. On Wednesday, February 12, at 7 p.m. Bruce and one or more formerly incarcerated men will share details of the strike, including the conditions that led to the strike and an update on current conditions in Georgia prisons.  The Atlanta Friends Meetinghouse, 701 West Howard Ave, Decatur 30030, about 1/2 mile east of the East Lake MARTA station).  There will be an opportunity for activists against mass incarceration to describe their recent work and plans for the near future including education, re-entry support, and legislation.  For more information please contact Bert Skellie at or 404-378-5883.

18. Former NFL Coach Dan Reeves will present an inspiring message at the ‘Day 1’ Prayer Breakfast, Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 a.m. at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, 2715 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, Ga. All are welcome to the event hosted by the ‘Day 1’ radio and internet ministry. Also participating in the hour-long program will be ‘Day 1’ host and producer Peter Wallace, Second-Ponce senior pastor Dock Hollingsworth, and the Rev. Canon Carolynne Williams of the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased by calling Patricia Reagan at (404)418-6772 or online. For more information, visit . For more on Coach Reeves, visit his website

19. Lutheran Church of the Messiah, Decatur, will host a Date Night in support of Hunger Walk 2014, February 14. Let your children have an evening of fun and games while you celebrate Valentine's Day with your loved one! Contact the office at Messiah to reserve your space Suggested donation of $10 per child or $20 per family. Money raised will be donated to the Hunger Walk/Run 2014.

20. Jazz for a Cause 2014 Featuring Ryan Kilgore, February 20, 7 – 10:30 p.m., Studio 630, 630 Travis Street, Atlanta 30318. R.s.v.p. Enjoy live jazz while helping the AAOI raise funds for the 15th Annual African American Outreach Initiative --an all day HIV/AIDS care initiative that reaches 500+ individuals diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in a single day. It is a program of the Metropolitan Atlanta Health Services Planning Council. 100% of proceeds will go directly to AID Atlanta.

21. Saturday Night at the Movies, St. Mary’s Sewanee, February 22-23, “Thomas Keating: A Rising Tide of Silence.”   a reflective portrait of one of today’s most influential living spiritual leaders. Born to a well-connected New York family, Keating chose to enter the austere Trappist monastic life. Father Keating is founder of Contemplative Outreach and a chief architect of Centering Prayer. Father Keating’s transformation from rigorous monk to spiritual leader is a moving modern journey of faith. Dinner, the movie, accommodations and Sunday breakfast included. Register here.

22. The Storytellers ChurchWorks Conference is coming up February 24-26, First Baptist Church, Huntsville, Alabama,  Read More>>

23. Senior Pastor Rev. Yvette D. Massey and the staff and congregation of the Central United Methodist Church will host a Pre-Lenten presentation by Dr. Mike Foss on the Six Marks of Discipleship, February 28 and March 1. The early registration fee will be extended from February 1 to February 15. To register online at the Central UMC Website and click on Power Surge: Six Marks of Discipleship. Dr. Foss is Senior Pastor of St. Mark Lutheran Church, West Des Moines, Iowa. His book “The Power Surge” and nutritious meals are included in the registration fee.

24. Mikell Camp and Conference Center folk school is Feb. 28- March 2.  The wide variety of art and craft classes includes woodturning, pottery, felting, copper enameling, knitting, quilting, Zentangle, open-hearth cooking, photography, and creative writing.  For more information and registration, click Here

25. The Peacemaking Group of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta will hold a conference Plugging into Peacemaking on Saturday, March 8 at Shallowford Presbyterian Church, 2375 Shallowford Rd NE, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The focus will be on using social media for peacemaking. It will include worship, workshops, a panel discussion, and a catered lunch. Price is $ 15 -- $ 5 for students and seniors. Child care provided.  For more information email hughes.annef@ or call 404-284-0845  Register on line.   

26. Over the past twenty-five years, nearly 3,000 couples have made use of the insights gained from the Preparing for Marriage Workshop to strengthen their relationships and prepare for the challenges of marriage and family life. The workshop is open to members of all denominations. Workshops, led by Doyle Hamilton of Care and Counseling Center of Georgia, will be held Saturdays monthly at the Cathedral of St. Philip. For a brochure that includes the dates and details, click Here.   For further information about the content, contact Dr. Hamilton at (404) 636-1457 ext. 439 or

27. A Call for Volunteers —You can’t live without Grady; Grady can’t live without you. Volunteer to become an insurance benefits educator. Train to tell people the facts about the Affordable Care Act. “Just the facts maam/sir, just the facts” Find out how you can help, call Patrick at 404-616-4192.

28. All About Developmental Disabilities has many volunteer opportunities ranging from tutoring to recreation activities. To get involved or for more information, contact Suzie Sloan at (404) 809-2911.

29. Hanging in the hallways of Broadway Church, a historic stone structure in midtown Kansas City, Mo., are more than 200 artistic portrayals of Jesus. Inspired by Salvador Dali’s “Christ of St. John of the Cross,” the church’s former pastor, Paul R. Smith, collect these “faces of Jesus.” You will want to see them. Faces of Jesus.

30. The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Seminary will partner with Leadership in Ministry Workshops in 2014 to offer leadership development for clergy and ministry leaders.  Read more>>. Read more>> Each annual workshop meets for two sessions (fall and spring) but the program is, by design, an ongoing leadership development program. Some participants have attended for several years, with some participating for almost a decade, reaping the benefits of long-term commitment to personal and professional growth.  Atlanta workshops are November 17-19, 2014 and March 9-11, 2015. For more or to register, click here. Read about other upcoming programs and events here.

31. Jennifer Ayres’s new book “Good Food: Grounded Practical Theory” explores the link between food and faith, a natural for Ayres, director of the Religious Education Program at Emory's Candler School of Theology. When students in Candler’s Youth Theological Initiative became excited by spending a day gleaning produce from a community garden, Ayres was inspired. Watch an Interview with Ayres (Video) »

32. Wow! a free course from Harvard on the letters of Paul the earliest texts in the Christian scriptures. What is the religious and political context into which they emerged? How they were first interpreted? How and why do they make such an enormous impact in Christian communities and in politics today? Archaeological materials and ancient writings will help you to enter the ancient Mediterranean world and to think about religious groups, power, poverty, health, and the lives of elites and slaves in the Roman Empire. Explore how immediately controversial these letters were, and how these letters are used today. Read more Read more>>


Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.


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