Church Action eNewsletter Week of July 20, 2015

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Weekly Church Action eNewsletter

Week of July 20, 2015


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Welcome to new Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta member Columbia Presbyterian Church in Decatur. Connecting people to God, to one another, and to the needs of the world. Tom Hagood is the pastor at Columbia and Jeff Funderburk is the music director. Worship on Sundays is at Sunday mornings at 11 a.m.; Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. (Taize Prayer Service), and the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at The Welcome Table. Find out about The Welcome Table here.

1. Planning meeting for the 2016 Global Humanitarian Summit every Sunday at 1:30 pm at  Unity North Atlanta Church, 4255 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta 30066. The Global Humanitarian Summit, founded by Dr. Neil Shulman, is a gathering of humanitarians from all over the world and will take place March 18-20, 2016, at Unity North Atlanta Church in Marietta. For information see or contact (770)843-0940.


2. Annual Day of Remembrance and 11th Annual Reenactment of the Lynchings at the Moore's Ford Bridge, Monroe, Ga., remembering victims of lynching throughout the U.S., Saturday, July 25, 10 a.m., First African Baptist Church, 130 Tyler Street, Monroe 30655 (770)267-5819. The Rev. Edwin Beckles is senior pastor. The day will begin with meditation and prayers for justice, followed by a rally, and the reenactment. Invited Guest Speakers include national and local civil/human rights, clergy and political leaders.


3. A gigantic, church-wide garage sale at Roswell United Methodist Church will be held on Thursday, July 23 (a $10 donation gets you into this Early Bird Sale, 4-7 p.m.); Friday, July 24, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; and Saturday, July 25, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thousands of items will be available at the sale in the church’s fellowship hall including furniture, books, art and frames, jewelry, household items, sporting equipment, linens, craft items, baskets, vases, outdoor furniture, children’s toys and clothes, and adult clothes. Credit cards (add $2 fee) and cash accepted. Proceeds benefit RUMC’s Job Networking Ministry. The church is located at 814 Mimosa Blvd. in Roswell. For information see

4. Hear the Rev. Joanna Adams in a continuation of the Special 70th Anniversary Series on Day 1 this Sunday, July 26. Her sermon “Miracles Reconsidered”  is drawn from John 6. Find your local station or read or listen to the sermon at

5. End Mass Incarceration: Healing Comunities Meeting, Monday, July 27, 12:30 p.m., Being a healing community requires that we are aware of and understand the conditions of the correctional facilities in which our children reside. The topic to learn about will be the “Prison Rape Elimination Act” in Georgia's juvenile correctional facilities. Central United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 501 Mitchell Street, SW, Atlanta 30314. A light lunch is provided.  For planning, please R.s.v.p. if you will attend to

6. GCC Althea Gibson Legacy Project, the Georgia Community Coalition presents Tennis for a Cause, the 6th annual open tennis tournament at Sweetwater Tennis Center, Austell, Saturday, August 1, play starts at 9 a.m. Call (678) 733-1479 to reserve your spot, get more information, or to register for round robin doubles.

7. To mark the August 2015 centennial of the lynching of Leo Frank -- the only known lynching of a Jew in American history -- AIBtv offers an exploration of the case and its aftermath with Atlanta historian and museum archivist, Sandy Berman. Audrey Galex, AIBtv, "We are honored to offer programs that provide an opportunity for AIBtv's audience to learn how the Leo Frank murder case unfolded in an atmosphere of hatred, bigotry, and mob mentality.  It's a testament to the need for fair trials, balanced media, and ending racism, intolerance, and prejudice in all its forms." In this two-part series, Berman explores events preceding the trial, the sensationalist media coverage, and aftermath of the lynching. Part One of The Leo Frank Lynching: Exploring the Leo Frank Case 100 Years Later premieres Monday, August 3 at 9:30am. Part Two will debut on Monday, August 10 at 9:30am.  For information on encore screenings see

8. Ministers, parishioners, and musicians from six Gainesville churches of several denominations will gather for “Action Bash: a Party with a Purpose” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8, at First Baptist Church Gainesville. Tickets are $25 each. The proceeds from the evening of music and entertainment will benefit Action Ministries Gainesville in its mission to lead people out of poverty. More information and ticket purchases here.

9. The Georgia Community Coalition will present its Annual Community Impact Awards honoring nonprofits for outreach and community leaders for service to Cobb County and introducing the Karen V. Askew Service Award for an unsung stakeholder for excellent work in bringing community partners together for the common good.  August 13, 6:30 p.m., Clay Oven,1115 Powder Springs Road, Marietta 30064. Visit GCC on Facebook and sign up to come to the award ceremony.

10. Eats and Beats, one of a kind event - Atlanta’s best restaurants, The Giving Kitchen, & Children of Conservation join forces with all-time favorite band Yacht Rock Revue covering the Beatles for an unforgettable evening of unlimited food, open bars, live entertainment, and unique silent auction items. The Buckhead Theatre, August 13, 7 – 10 p.m. Proceeds benefit Children of Conservation and The Giving Kitchen! Ticket information here.

11. The Fund for Theological Exploration announces Generation We: The Future of Faith, Leadership, & Diversity, at the National Center for civil and human Rights, September 15.  The current social climate, changes in the religious landscape, and an emergence of faith-driven, culturally fluid Millennials are leading to a shift and new possibilities for the church and its leadership. FTE invites you to a community forum with Christian leaders on what today’s cultural changes and social issues mean for Millennials, faith leaders and the future of the church. Register today to join an intergenerational conversation with diverse leaders, connect with faith leaders across Atlanta and leave inspired to boldly shape a more hopeful future. Questions? Contact Traci Wright.

12. Andrew Doyle, ninth Episcopal Bishop of Texas, describes his six-word autobiography as "Met Jesus on pilgrimage, still walking." The Rt. Rev. Doyle will speak at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 634 W. Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta 30308, at 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Sept. 17, 2015 in the sanctuary. The lecture is free and open to the public. Following the lecture the Bishop will participate in a book signing in the All Saints' Church Library. For more information, contact Ellen Hayes, All Saints”, Read a little more>>

13. Mark your calendar for the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Pregnancy Care Center at First Baptist Church Jonesboro, Tuesday, October 6, 6:45 p.m. Speakers include Babbie Mason, Christian singer and songwriter, and Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. M. L. King Sr. and noted prolife spokesperson. The event is free; an offering will be taken for the work of the center. A reception will be held before the event will the speakers and tickets are required for this opportunity. Contact or call (770) 4767-1501 for more information.

14. The Georgia Council Against Domestic Violence has announced the Stand Luncheon: A Movement. An Impact. A Legacy. hosted by the Atlanta Women’s Club, Sunday, October 11, 1:30 p.m., at the Wimbish House in Atlanta. For more information click here. To purchase tickets click here.

15. Atlantan Rev. Gerald Durley was among 12 faith and lay leaders recognized as Champions of Change for their efforts in protecting our environment and communities from the effects of climate change. Dr. Durley, past president of the Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, and retired pastor of Providence Missionary Baptist Church was among those honored. He has worked with Interfaith Power and Light, the Sierra Club, Eco-America, U.S. Climate Action Network, the Environmental Working Group, Green Law, Ambassadors for Clean Air, Moms Clean Air Force and Water Keeper, Inc.


Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.


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