Church Action eNewsletter Week of January 30, 2012

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone. 

 Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta 

 Church Action eNewsletter  

 Week of  January 30, 2012  


Remember that all events listed in the eNewsletter are placed in the Community Events Listings on our website .  Newsletters are archived there at  eNewsletters --- with the most recent featured below the slide show of member churches on our home page under Featured RCCA Activities.

February 2, tomorrow, is the Feast of the Presentation of the Infant Jesus or Candlemas 2012 .  A note and prayers for this day are at   


1. Gammon Center for the Study of Religion & Race Inaugural Lecture, tonight Wednesday, February 1, 7 p.m., at Cascade United Methodist Church, Dr. Francoise Hamlin, Brown University, A Mixed Blessing: The Black Church During the Civil Rights Era & Beyond. Refreshments will be served. 3144 Cascade Road, Atlanta 30311,


2. Black History Month begins with a special program from Georgia Center for the Book featuring the well-known literary scholar Vincent Carretta, author of an important new book from the University of Georgia Press, Phillis Wheatley: Biography of a Genius in Bondage. Wheatley was the first English-speaking person of African descent to publish a book and only the second woman of any race or background to do so in America. Carretta's deep research has turned up more knowledge about Wheatley's life than we have known before . Carretta is professor of English at the University of Maryland, and copies of his book will be for sale. Decatur Library Auditorium, Wednesday, February 1, 7:15 p.m.


3. Registration deadline is today- but you can be a little late- for Mental Health Day at the Capitol. Wednesday February 8, Mental Health Day will begin with a 9:00 a.m. Rally on the Capitol Steps.  There is a charge for registration for this advocacy event because it includes a great lunch at the Georgia Freight Depot and a Consumer Art Show.  Get the details at


4. Recyclemania, February 4, recycling at Atlanta University Center on Spelman campus, Milligan Parking Lot, 10-2. Paper, plastic, can, cardboard, cellphones, computer monitors, glass. Recyclemania is competitive recycling on college campuses in Canada and the U.S. Read more at Recyclemania.


5. Each Saturday in February Cascade U MC will celebrate Black History Month with Storytime sponsored by the Torchbearers and Children's Ministries. Starting this Saturday, Feb 4, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., If a Bus Could Talk, The Story of Rosa Parks by Faith Ringgold. Contact  the children's ministry to reserve a space and for the rest of the schedule.   Email


6. If you know someone with a loved one incarcerated they will be interested in the monthly Family Orientation meetings where you can come for answers to help the family during the reentry process, Atlanta Community Impact/Atlanta Parole Office, 1102 Sylvan Road SW, Atlanta. These meetings are on the first Monday of the month starting February 6, 6-8 p.m.  Call or email for more information contact   or 404-289-5277.


7. Contemplatives in Conversation: Sufi and Christian Perspectives webinar on February Wednesday, February 8, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.  CST (9 our time). Find out more at  Webinar.


8. Luke Timothy Johnson on Jesus and the Law of Marriage and Divorce, February 8, 12:30 p.m., the Alonzo L. McDonald Lecture in Christianity and Law.  Johnson, world-renowned New Testament scholar, argues that any statement by Jesus in Matthew's Gospel must be understood as an aspect of Matthew's effort to portray Jesus in terms of Torah. Professor Johnson is Robert W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Candler School of Theology and a Senior Fellow of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion. A prolific author, he has penned hundreds of scholarly articles and 27 books. Among the Gentiles: Greco-Roman Religion and Christianity won the prestigious Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion in 2011. Free and open to the public. No registration is required. Emory University, School of Law, Tull Auditorium, 1301 Clifton Road, Atlanta 30322. More information at Law.emory   

Watch for information on the Currie Lecture, March 21, Michael J. Perry on Freedom of Religion, Same-Sex Marriage & the Catholic Church 


9. The ITC Mission Society invites the entire community to attend a special lecture by Caribbean theologian Dr. Noel L. Erskine, Professor of Theology and Ethics at Candler, Emory University. Dr. Erskine will speak on critical issues related to Womanist theology, Missiology, post-colonial theology, and pedagogy. This program  is Wednesday, February 8, at 1:30 p.m. in the chapel of Turner Theological Seminary. Light refreshments will be served.


10. 10th Annual Suicide Prevention Day at the Capitol is February 9; 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Attend the Legislative Institute and hike the hill with other survivors, family and friends bringing the voice of our communities to the ears of our legislators! Tell your story and voice your beliefs to people of influence with the Suicide Prevention Network.  Get all the information at


11. Join Shallowford Presbyterian for a Hymn Festival- hymn singing, anthems, and narration with guest Mary Louise Bringle, chair of the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song which oversees the production of the new hymnal Glory to God to be published in 2013. Shallowford Presbyterian Church, February 12, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., 2375 Shallowford Road NE, Atlanta 30345,  404-321-1844 . 


12. The Governor’s Office for Children and Families is offering free Introduction to Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children for Mental Health Professionals trainings.  Trainings for February and March are open for registration.  Six (6) CEUs approved by NASW-GA & LPCAGA will be provided free of charge.  Space is limited. You will find links to register at We have had one call that the links do not always work; call us and we will help.


13. February 15 Clinic, eyeglasses for children with current prescription and no vision insurance, $25, from Prevent Blindness Georgia. Download the flyer from our website.


14. Elisabeth Remy Johnson, principal harpist for the ASO, winner of first-place awards in competitions of the American Harp Society and the American String Teachers Association, and NFAA/ARTS awardee, is founder and artistic director of the Urban Youth Harp Ensemble, a program serving students in the Atlanta Public School system.  Ms. Remy Johnson will present a concert at North Avenue Presbyterian Church on Sunday, February 19, at 1 p.m. in the Eldridge Room on the fourth floor.  NAPC is at 607 Peachtree Street, corner of North Avenue and Peachtree, Atlanta 30308. 


15. The American Boy Choir in Concert, Tuesday, February 21, 7 p.m., at Saint Luke's Presbyterian Church, 1978 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338. Our country's preeminent touring boys choir is coming to St. Luke's for their only concert tour performance in Atlanta. Child care provided. Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear this amazing choir! For more information, please contact Clair Maxwell, (770) 393-1424.


16.  All About Developmental Disabilities presents a conversation that matters in Kennesaw at Northstar Church, 3413 Blue Springs Road, Kennesaw  30144 February 21, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.   Meet with community leaders for a dialogue about individuals with developmental disabilities and the justice system.  Be a part of the discussion of current programs and identify community based alternatives to incarceration.  You will also receive updates on the new Georgia Crisis Response System.    


17. The Youth Hope-Builders Academy of Interdenominational Theological Center presents the 19th Annual Youth and Family Convocation, February 24-25, 2012. Friday, February 24 Actionfest is a community-wide Anti-Bullying Rally at First Iconium Baptist Church, 542 Moreland Avenue, SE, Atlanta, Georgia, from 7:00 –9:30 p.m. The theme is Bold Voices, Courageous Steps Against Bullying calling the faith community to action to end bullying and hazing.


Faithfest, Saturday morning, February 25, will be at Friendship Community Church, 4141 Old Fairburn Road, College Park, Georgia, 8:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The theme is Designed to Shine: Showing Christ’s Light in a Texting, Google, iPad, Facebook World. The event includes workshops for all ages, a talent showcase, lunch and much more! Early registration is $8. After February 3, registration is $10 per person.  For more information on both events, go to or contact the Youth Hope-Builders Academy office at 404-527-7739 or 404-614-6321.


18. David M. Wertheimer, Deputy Director, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will speak at the GAEH Annual Conference and Learning Institute.  Innovations Forum 2012 Working To End Homelessness and Hunger, Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Conference Center, Marietta, Tuesday, February 28. The filmmaker and women whose stories are featured in On the Edge will be there for a special screening and conversation on February 29.  Read about all the speakers and workshops and find registration information at  GAEH 


 19. The 28th Annual Hunger Walk/Run will take place on Sunday, March 11, at Turner Field. Hosted by the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Hunger Walk/Run brings together people of diverse faiths, socio-economic statuses, ages and activity levels to raise funds and awareness for those struggling with hunger. Gates open at noon and the walk/run begins at 2 p.m. The funds raised benefit the Food Bank and several faith-based organizations throughout metro Atlanta in their efforts to combat hunger and poverty, including Action Ministries United Methodists, Episcopal Charities Foundation, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Lutheran Services of Georgia, and St. Vincent de Paul Society. Get out there, and join the fight against hunger by visiting and registering today!


20. The Atlanta Hawks would like to offer you discounted tickets to the Hawks vs Washington Wizards game on Friday, March 16. There will be a free post-game concert featuring Shonlock! (Holy Hip Hop). Tickets are available starting at just $18 per person. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please contact Ryan Coller at 404-878-3714. You can also purchase tickets through the link below. Use the Special Access Code: HAWKS. Anyone in your congregation or organization is welcome to take advantage of this and stay for the Christian concert.   Tickets Special Access Code: HAWKS . 


21. Spring Conference – “The Singing Church: Current Practices and Emerging Trends in Congregational Song " March 19–21, Cannon Chapel, Emory University .  Renowned ecumenical scholars and musicians will lead this exploration of emerging practices, leadership skills, and repertories of congregational song. The conference will include worship, a hymn festival, and workshops about topics such as reinterpreting traditional worship-song, planning worship for multicultural communities, and writing hymns for modern congregations. Popular hymn writer and song leader John Bell, of the Iona Community in Scotland, will make a special appearance on the evening of March 20. See below. To register, visit


22. An Evening with John Bell, March 20, 7:30–9:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel, John Bell is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland and a member of the Iona Community. As a member of Iona’s Wild Goose Resource Group, Bell works to enable and equip congregations and clergy in the shaping and creation of new forms of relevant, participative worship. He has produced many collections of original hymns and songs. Admission to the event is included for registered attendees of "The Singing Church" conference; individual tickets for the general public are $20 and are available at


23. The Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER) does most of its interesting work around the D.C. area. You might be interested in some of the teleconferences available for download.  


24. For several years Luther Seminary has offered Working Preacher. This marvelous resource offers exegetical material geared to the weekly lectionary and to other biblical material; resources and insight regarding the craft of preaching; viewpoints and commentary on contemporary culture; and a host of opportunities for life-long learning. It’s all free and offered with the conviction that God uses good preaching to change lives.  Check out WorkingPreacher  


25. Mormons in America from the Pew Forum – belief and practice 


26. The free Bible app for smartphones holds a huge selection of  free Bible versions and plans to help track progress reading scripture.  Maybe you can challenge yourself to read the whole Bible in 2012?


27. Options for seniors looking to improve their health--  The Medicare Diabetes Screening Project is a community-based coalition of more than 40 Georgia partners. MDSP scholarship recipients are currently taking control of their health at YMCAs throughout metro Atlanta through the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. This program can come to your church .  All that is needed is a facility to hold a program and a minimum of 8 seniors with pre-diabetes. Contact Carmen Vega at or 404-832-7182. Visit


28. The Children's PEACE Center will host an art contest for all elementary schools in Acworth (Cobb, Bartow, Paulding, and Cherokee) in time for the Acworth Art Festival on April 14, 2012. "Be Earthwise" will be the theme. March 22 is the deadline for all artwork. The winner will receive a $15 award and $35 for the school's art department. Contact Shanna Latimer for more information.


29. Central Presbyterian Church offers evening prayers in the manner of the Taizé Community the first Tuesday of each month. Other congregations around Atlanta have Taize services. Perhaps you can find a service near you .    Some suggestions.



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