Church Action eNewsletter Week of July 2, 2018

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Church Action eNewsletter
Week of July 2, 2018
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta
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1. The Rev. Dr. Kimberleigh Buchanan is the featured preacher on Day 1 this Sunday, July 8. She was pastor of Pilgrimage UCC in Marietta before moving to First Congregational Church of Ashville. Hear her in the Atlanta region on News 95.5 and 750 AM WSB at 7:05 a.m. Visit Day1.org to see or hear the message now and find many other resources.

2. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Atlanta/Auburn Affiliate is hosting their first Mental Health and Wellness Day; Saturday, July 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Bethel United Methodist Church on 1215 New Hope Road Atlanta 30331. Becoming equipped with tools for responding to warning signs of mental crisis and illness will be the primary focus of the day, along with conversation around affecting change in treatment and policies and reducing the stigma of mental illness. This event is free to the community. Lunch will be served. Email Govan03@comcast or call (770)316-6052 if you have questions.

3. Health & Wellness Fair" Healing Ourselves, Healing Our World", Saturday, July 14, from 1-4 p.m. $5/person, $10/family includes raffle tickets for baskets with related items. Educational program with many venders. Kid-friendly. Held at the Atlanta Family Church 3060 Bouldercrest Rd, Ellenwood 30294.

4. Most Vacation Bible Schools are in June. If you missed the chance to participate, here is a later one. Christ Covenant Game On!™ --a week of gearing up for the big game. Kids will begin each day at the Pep Rally, gather at the Field House to be equipped to dig deep into God’s Word. Kids will make crafts, play games, enjoy snacks, sing cool songs, and learn about missions. Whether you’re the type to root from the stands, march in the band, cheer on the field, or hustle to the line, the time is now. Register HERE! July 16 - July 19, Sutton Middle School, 2875 Northside Dr. NW Atlanta 30305, 9 – 12, all students entering Pre-K through completed 5th grade are welcome. Register here.

5. The next Cooking with C.H.O.I.C.E.S. class starts July 17. This is a free 3-week healthy cooking class series for children 8 years old & up and one accompanying adult. July 17 – 31, every Tuesday, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Oak Hill Child, Adolescent & Family Center, 2805 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta 30315 Register here. here.

6. Highpoint Episcopal Community Church will hang the next art show, July 18, a reception with the deceased artist’s son John will be held July 19, 6 -8 p.m. The show is work of Ray Ratkowski, a former Marine, NFL player, and FBI agent. HECC, 4945 High Point Road, Atlanta 30342.

7. Rock of Ages Lutheran 8th Annual Back to School Community Health Fair. Everything is free! Form 3300 completion for school enrollment- Form 3300 is provided (including dental, vision and hearing screenings). Also available are glucose (blood sugar) and blood pressure screenings. Backpacks & school supplies, educational materials, clothing closet --snacks will be available to participants in screenings as long as supplies last. Child safety ID program with everything on a CD to take home. This program is also available for adults with memory problems. Rock of Ages, 5135 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain, 30083, Saturday, July 19, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., (404) 292-7888.

8. Chattanooga is less than two hours’ drive up I 75. A great field trip would be to go to Art for the Discombobulated Church exhibit at Ascension Lutheran Church, 720 S. Germantown Road. On July 19, from 7:00-9:00 p.m., Ascension will hold an open house and reception to view the traveling art exhibit. There is no cost to attend; however, a $5.00 per adult donation is requested. All donations will go to the Milagro Women's Center in Guatemala City, Guatemala. This insightful art exhibit by Trey Everett consists of 14 pen and ink images of what the Church is and can be. Next to each image is a short commentary with questions to ponder and discuss. This unique exhibit will be a spring board for your church to contemplate and discuss and aspire to choices that reflect what a healthy spiritual community truly is.

9. NAMI Georgia presents Southside Overcomers 1st Annual Family and Friends’ Day Community Picnic, July 21, 4 – 8 p.m., Jodeco Road United Methodist Church, 1500 Jodeco Road, Stockbridge 30281. Food, music… a celebration to recognize and increase mental health awareness in observance of Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Contact James Buerstatte at jbuerstatte@hotmail.com for more information.

10. Rev. Tanya Y. Pittman and St. Timothy UMC invite you to join the congregation for their Summer Feast on Saturday, July 22, from noon to 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children, you may dine in or carry out (cost includes drink and dessert.) Meals will be served in the St. Timothy School dining room (behind the church). The menu includes escoveitch fish, brown stew chicken, and lots more. Come for a great day of food and fellowship!

11. Blessed at the Broken Places: Reclaiming Faith & Purpose with the Beatitudes, July 26-29. The Beatitudes invite us to find blessing and strength through our vulnerabilities. This course is for people interested in biblical spirituality as a resource for supporting the faith of people in emotional pain, spiritual directors, pastoral caregivers, counselors and therapists, and people of faith who seek insight and renewal. Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur. If you have any questions, please contact spirituality@ctsnet.edu. Read more and find registration information here.

12. Let’s Move DeKalb Back-to-School Expo, Saturday, July 28, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Exchange Park recreational Center, 2771 Columbia Drive, Decatur 30034. This is a free event with school supplies, food pantry, workshops, and more. A child must be present with adult to receive school supplies. R.s.v.p. for this event is here.

13. In recognition of Minority Mental Health Awareness Month Dr. Crystal Consonery, Christian counselor, will be hosting an interactive discussion on race, religion, and the stigma associated with mental illness in the Black Community. This event is open to the public and free of charge. Sun, July 29, 2018, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Bridge Pointe Church, 285 Victory Drive SE, Marietta, GA 30060.

14. Koinonia Farm is currently taking applications for the fall 2018 internship term at the farm. They seek interns who are interested in an immersive, holistic experience involving prayer, work, study, service, and fellowship. For more information and to apply online, visit the website here. .

15. The Roswell United Methodist Church annual Garage Sale is Thursday, Aug. 2, 9-7 p.m. (Early Bird Sale: $10 donation per adult); Friday, Aug. 3: 8-6 p.m.; and Saturday, Aug. 4: 8-2 p.m. Bring your friends and neighbors to find some incredible deals! Proceeds will benefit RUMC’s Job Networking Ministry. For more information visit rumc.com/garagesale.


16. The Red, White and NEW gala is August 18 at a new venue, The Georgia Aquarium! Get your tickets at the early bird price now. Get an amazing view of the sea life while enjoying an elegant dinner, live and silent auctions, and mingling with some of the most involved and giving people in Atlanta. 2018 Friend of Freedom honoree is Dr. Gulshan Harjee is a board certified internist, certified civil surgeon, and co-founder of the Clarkston Community Health Center. Tickets.. Sponsors are also needed to make this the greatest success ever!

17. Save the date, Vatican Cardinal Kurt Koch is coming to Emory. President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and President of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, Cardinal Koch will be at Glenn Memorial UMC September 18 at 7:30 p.m. This is free event but registration is required. Visit Aquinas to register and for more information.


18. What constitutes a life worth living? And how do you begin to explore that question? The Rev. Dr. Matthew Croasmun and his colleagues tackle the issue in a course offered by the Yale Center for Faith & Culture at Yale Divinity School. In it, students engage with a range of philosophical and religious traditions to form habits of reflection that will equip them for "the life-long process of discerning the good life." In his conversation with "Can These Bones" co-host Laura Everett, Croasmun talks about what he has learned and why engaging with other religious traditions is vital to his faith. Read or listen to this podcast » here. 

19. Georgia’s spending plan for the next 12 months officially took effect this week. More than any other piece of legislation, the budget touches the lives of the people you serve. The GBPI annual Georgia Budget Primer is now available to help guide you through where the money goes. The Georgia Budget Primer 2019 includes insights on health, human services, education, and general budget trends. You’ll find it serves as a critical guide to understanding how state finances affect the quality of life of all Georgians. Read the full Georgia Budget Primer 2019 here.


20.The ELCA Guardian Angel program is a chance to be the visible expression of our church's ministry of presence in the lives of people who are facing a confusing and often frightening unknown. As a volunteer, you will accompany migrant children and families in immigration court. A training session is being planned for September or October 2018. If God is calling you to welcome the stranger through the ELCA Guardian Angel ministry, contact Barbara Tedrow at nanabarbarasnead@icloud.com or call (leave voice mail) or text (770) 841-8661.

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