Church Action eNewsletter
Week of July 11, 2022
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.
God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.
We want your announcements! We are happy to help get the word out about anything you would like the greater faith community to know. Send announcements to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. A Service of Recovery and Healing led by the Rev. Bob Book meets on the second Sunday of each month at 4:30 p.m. offered by All Saints’ Episcopal Church. Next meeting is July 12. It focuses on one of the 12 Steps in the context of an Evening Prayer service. Anyone interested in recovery is welcome; confidentiality is required. Please register for the Zoom meeting and you will receive the meeting link and password. Register for the Zoom meeting
2. From Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters, AIBTV, William Cope Moyers, Vice President of Public Affairs and Community Relations of Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation shares his personal journey with addiction and recovery, the challenges facing families and communities, and the development of the Addiction Alliance of Georgia, a partnership the foundation and Emory Healthcare. Moyers also details how his family and faith community never gave up hope, and how critical their support remains in his journey. Spiritual Journey premieres Tuesday, July 12 at 9:30 p.m. on channel 295 on Comcast, channel 6 on AT&T U-verse, and at www.aibtv.com
3. 9-8-8 direct line to trained National Suicide Prevention Lifeline counselors will be operational July 16. If you have questions contact email@example.com.
4. The V. Rev. Dr. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, dean and president of Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, is the featured preacher July 17 on “Day 1.” “Sisters in Christ,” Kittredge’s sermon, is based on the story of Jesus’s friends Mary and Martha found in Luke 10:38-42. “Day 1” has been broadcast every week for 77 years. Featuring outstanding preachers from the mainline denominations, it is currently distributed to 200 radio stations across America and overseas. Hear it on WSB 95.5 and 750 AM Sundays at 7:05 a.m. For more information, to hear the sermon, and to find many resources, see Day1.org.
5. Signs of Suicide: Trusted Adult Training offered by Summit Counseling, Thursday, July 21, 3:00-4:30 p.m., virtual event, to help adults recognize warning signs of suicide, how to navigate those difficult conversations, and learn practical next steps. By the end of the training, individuals will be considered a “trusted adult” for youth to share their struggles or get support. Great for parents, clergy, volunteers, teachers, health professionals, or coaches. The training was developed for anyone who interacts with adolescents. Register here.
6. A weekend retreat at Ignatius House Retreat Center, July 22-24, “God’s Gaze: Love, Gratitude, and Freedom.” St. Ignatius invites us to see the world, one another, and ourselves through God's eyes. Through this, we discover God's deep desire for us to be our truest and most authentic selves–as God created us to be. Learn More.
7. Journey with Interfaith Community Initiatives, July 23, to Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, Montgomery, an opportunity to share insights and conversations with a diverse group of people of different faith, cultural, and racial backgrounds. To learn more and to register visit interfaithci.org or call (678)360-3436.
8. Nancy Frampton Rising Artist Series at Morningside Presbyterian Church welcomes Zimri Quartet. Saturday, July 23, at 7 p.m. for an evening of inspiring music. For tickets and more information on the group, click here. Watch an excerpt here. Morningside is at 1411 N Morningside Drive NE, Atlanta 30306.
9. Atlantic institute, creating a legacy of understanding, invites you to a delicious "Turkish Doner Kebab Day." The tradition of this hosting and gathering has deep historical roots, dating back to Prophet Abraham, a person known for his subservience to God, hospitality, and generosity. Sunday, July 24 at 5:30 p.m. in Alpharetta. To attend you must R.s.v.p. so there will be enough for all. RSVP here.
10. Please join Equitable Dinners Atlanta at The National Center for Civil and Human Rights on July 25, 2022, for our Inter-Faith Ambassador event as they build toward 5000 guests at 500 tables in September 2022. Register HERE for this free event.
11. There is still time to register for the July 26 Suicide 101: What Clergy Need to Know. Suicide rates continue to rise. Attend this brief discussion about how the faith community can help reduce risk factors and increase protective factors followed by a 1-hr live video call facilitated by Joanne L. Harpel, president of Coping After Suicide. Registrants are encouraged to research what their faith tradition teaches about suicide prior to the session. Register airtable.com. This will be great for those just entering ministry as well as those who are seasoned.
12. The 12th Annual Let's Move! DeKalb Back To School Mobile Pantry is July 30. Families will receive groceries and school supplies to start the year off right. Can you help? Sign up on Hands On Atlanta. They welcome all individuals, families, teams, corporations, and community organizations to volunteer. Click Here to register.
13. Through July 30, "To Make the Voice Heard." Listen to selections from Pitts Theology Library’s Howard Thurman audio collection while viewing archival items from the Bailey and Thurman Family Papers held by Emory’s Stuart A. Rose Library. Free. Open during library hours. Visitors from outside Emory may make a reservation at pitts.emory.edu/reservations.
14. 4C Healing Faith Leaders Behavioral Health Luncheon from Ga. Dept. of Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities, August 5. If you are part of a faith community and you engage others in ministry, then this is for you. If you are interested in education and dialogue about the intersection of behavioral health and communities of faith, then you are welcome. We will hear briefly from Dr. Morais Cassell, Director of 3C – In This Together and Program Specialist with NAMI GA, and from an Interfaith Panel. There will be facilitated breakout sessions for more intimate dialogue where your input will be welcome. You may register here.
15. Save the date for a COVID remembrance event at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree Street NE, on Saturday, August 6, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. This is an important opportunity to remind Americans about the impact of the pandemic and what more must be done to support the survivors. Here is an article from last year - COVID-19 survivors, families rally for more support (ajc.com)
16. Nearly 1.4 million Georgians are uninsured. Since 1949, Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation has been committed to filling the gaps that still exist for underinsured Georgians by providing access to low-cost vision services. You are invited to an open house, Saturday, August 6, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. If you need information contact Mary Beth King at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Open House website.
17. Respite Care Atlanta Volunteer Session, Monday, August 8, 10 a.m., Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church. RCA is seeking volunteers for its weekly respite program that affords adults living with mild-to-moderate dementia meaningful activities, fellowship, and a good lunch. Come for a closer look at the program and the volunteer roles and a chance to ask questions. Contact Jane Brann at email@example.com to reserve your spot.
18. Save the date for this year's National Council of Churches Christian Unity Gathering, "The Challenge of Change: Serving a Never Changing Christ in An Ever-Changing World," will be October 10-11, virtually. Registration is $25 and will be open soon.
19. It’s cooler on the mountain. See programs and retreats at St. Mary’s Sewanee, north of Chattanooga. Retreat Schedule - St. Mary's Sewanee (stmaryssewanee.org)
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Ethel Ware Carter