Church Action eNewsletter Week of July 4, 2016


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Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta


Church Action eNewsletter Week of  July 4, 2016


1. "Bearing Witness: Quilts and Stories Honoring Life in a Children's Hospital" with author and artist Julie Hliboki, book signing, July 8, 7:30 p.m., Shambhala Meditation Center, 1447 Church St., Decatur 30030. The exhibit open July 24-31 features 14 handmade children’s quilts and accompanying stories about Hliboki's experiences providing spiritual care to patients and families in a pediatric hospital. The exhibit invites the viewer to bear witness to suffering and courage, despair and hope. The stories illustrate what families with a critically ill child face and the enormous need for a compassionate response. For more information, click here


2. The Rev. David Lovelace returns to Day 1 for a second week. He will preach on the story of the good Samaritan on July 10. Find videos, transcripts, blogs, and more, as well as your local station broadcasting Day 1 on Sunday mornings at 


3. Covenant Christian Fellowship International and Sanctuary Village of Power (SVOP Church) are leading a community prayer campaign called Zion Travail: All Souls Matter.  They invite Atlanta leaders of the faith community and their congregations, specifically in the 30318 zip code and District 9, to join them in standing outside at 12:00 noon, Friday, July 15, to intercede for our communities.  For more details and to Pledge to Pray, please go to You may also email


4. The Importance of Religious Culture in a Multi-Faith World, Sunday, July 17, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Emory Presbyterian Church Social Hall 1886 N Decatur Rd, Atlanta 30307, panel of experts, Q & A, and small group discussion. There is no charge and the community is invited.


5. Summer Jazz on the Ave, an awesome day for jazz vespers at Big Bethel AME Church, Sunday, July 17, 5 p.m. Jazz song stylist Iva Jean Ambush has been on the Jazz scene in Maryland for a number of years and now brings her talent and magnificent voice to Atlanta. Her voice is mesmerizing yet electrifying. Her music includes jazz standards like My Funny Valentine, her own originals, and smooth favorites from the jazz books of yesteryear. Jacey Falk will emcee. Tickets are $10 and are available through Eventbrite and at the church office. Big Bethel 220 Auburn Ave NE 30303. Click here for tickets and to view the flyer.


6. Bethesda Cathedral, 1989 Austin Drive, Decatur 30032, is offering 3 great nights of Bible Blast to the Past: Discover God’s Everlasting Love, July 20-22, 7 p.m., a light supper is served from 6-6:45. Register online at or call (404)289-3751. 


7. Diamond in the Rough is currently accepting applications for its mentoring and leadership program. This dynamic team of individuals is changing the lives of girls ages 4-18. Call if you are interested in this opportunity to give girls the world. August 1 is the deadline for applications. (678)376-9676.


8. From Cascade United Methodist Church, Restoring Hope for Men and Women in Transition 4th Annual Recidivism Awareness 5K Run/Walk, Saturday, August 6, 7 a.m., Atlanta Memorial Park, 610 Wesley Drive NW, Atlanta 30305. Entrance fee is $20. Register online at select Online Giving. All proceeds benefit the Restoring Hope Scholarship Fund. For more information email 


9. The Center for Progressive Renewal is calling clergy and lay leader to enjoy top-notch level instruction, coaching, and opportunities to connect with innovative and progressive church leaders at the National Church Leadership Institute August 9-11 at First Baptist Church Decatur, 308 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur 30030. For registration and information, visit   The Center for Progressive Renewal is a comprehensive church leadership resource. Visit to find out more.  


10. Shallowford Presbyterian Church announces two Growing through Grief support groups will meet at the church beginning in August.   The public is invited to participate in a free series of small group meetings to take steps toward wholeness and healing after suffering a loss. Facilitators maintain complete confidentiality. Daytime series, Thursday mornings, Aug. 11 - Sept. 29, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., facilitator Dr. Jan Ziegler, a loving and experienced psychologist.  Evening series, Wednesdays, Aug. 17 through Sept. 21, 6:45 to 8:00 p.m., with Mary Ellen Pendergrast and Ed Carithers. 2375 Shallowford Road, Atlanta, 30345.  For questions, contact Rev. Robby Carroll at (404)216-3882 or; Dr. Jan Ziegler at (803)920-4037 or


11. The Can Can Ball is coming up on Friday, Aug. 19, this annual black-tie party supports the Atlanta Apartment Association’s annual Food-A-Thon.  Evening includes live music, dancing, auction, great food and more! Find out more at Can Can Ball .


12. Decatur’s oldest African American Methodist Episcopal Church presents Homecookin’: A Celebration of Music, Song, Christian comedy, and Soul Food. This variety show and fundraiser features sweet music by former Miles Davis band saxophonist Glenn Burris, sumptuous spoken word, and bone-funny Christian comedians, Rev. Pettigew and Rev. Shiloh.  Saturday, August 20, 5 - 8:30 p.m., at Mt. Zion AME Church, 2977 LaVista Rd, Decatur 30033. Tickets are $10 (show only); $15 for the show and a delicious Southern-style soul food meal.  Funds support the youth mentoring and senior meals ministries. Call Mt. Zion AME at (404) 633-2288 if you have questions and to let them know you are coming.


13. The Due West United Methodist Church Fifth Annual Caregivers' Conference is just around the corner … September 17. This free event is for family and professional dementia caregivers alike.

More to come but save the date for an informative, inspiring, and creative day at Due West UMC, 3956 Due West Road, Marietta. You can call Sheila Welch at (404)642-6027.


14. 2016 Women In Ministry Conference, Sept. 19-22, What Does the Lord Require? Exploring the Tension of Doing Ministry in Changing Times. For more information and to register, click here


15. Summer series at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305, Living the Beatitudes; Heroes in the Practice of Faith continues on Sundays through Aug. 7. You can hear podcasts of earlier programs below. In this summer series, open to all, hear from parishioners about saints, historical and contemporary, who inspire them by the way they lived out the Beatitudes and their faith. June 5: Canon Wallace Marsh – John of the Cross podcast; June 12: Ray Hill – Abraham Lincoln and Charles Carpenter podcast; June 19: Gordon Mathis – Francis of Assisi podcast;  July 10: David Burge – William Wilberforce; July 17: Randy Rizor – Mother Teresa; July 24: Greg Cole – Thich Nhat Hanh; July 31: Jennifer Priestley – Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton; August 7: Mary Caroline Cravens – Julian of Norwich and Marjory Kempe.


And visit our website to see more about summer series all over town. 


16. First African Food Pantry is open on Wednesdays, 11a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 5197 Salem Road, Lithonia, Georgia 30038. Open to the public; bring your own bags. 


17. Compassion in Action...Caring Matters!  Is the theme of the 2016-17 Atlantic Institute Art & Essay Contest. Check out to find out more.  The deadline for submissions is Wed., Dec 7, 2016.


18. Lutheran Services of Georgia has a crowdfunding campaign going to help refugee children who have recently resettled in Georgia. Kids Club is a therapeutic program designed to help kids cope with the trauma of their past while adjust to life in a new country. Find out more here.


Check out our website at and remember we will be happy to put your announcements of special musical events, educational opportunities, volunteer needs, etc. in the newsletter. Just send announcements in the body of your email, no attachments please; be sure to include all contact information and pertinent links.



Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.

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