Church Action eNewsletter Week of June 13, 2022

Church Action eNewsletter
Week of June 13, 2022 
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc. 

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1. Decatur Presbyterian Church, a 750+ member congregation in downtown Decatur, seeks a part-time Mission Advocate, beginning on August 1.  Primary responsibilities include connecting members and visitors to mission-related volunteer opportunities within the church, community, and world, 12 hours/week on average, including most Sunday mornings 10 a.m.-noon, most Wednesdays 5-7 p.m., a weekend half-day almost monthly for projects or events, and an annual week long mission trip (with reasonable additional stipend). Hourly rate $25. Ideal candidate will be an organized self-starter who is committed to church missions. Program and volunteer management experience, along with exceptional interpersonal and communications skills, are preferred.  This is a part-time position not eligible for benefits.  For the complete job description, email Resumes due today, June 13, 2022.

2. Atlanta Summer Organ Festival continues with David Higgs, chair of the Organ Department at Eastman School of Music. Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305, Wednesday, June 15, 7:30-9 p.m. Tickets are $15. Higgs will offer works by J.S. Bach, Florence Price, Charles-Marie Widor, and more. See details at Atlanta Summer Organ Festival - David Higgs, organ - AGO Atlanta.

3. The 41st National Sacred Harp Convention will be held Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June 17, 2022, at the Birmingham Square Dance Association (BSDA) Friendship Hall, 1024 Old Walker Chapel Road, Fultondale, Alabama. Contact for information.

4. The Youth Chapel Choir at Shallowford Presbyterian Church will perform “A Seed to Sow” on June 16 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary, 2375 Shallowford Road, Atlanta 30345-1342.

5. CHRIS 180, is having a Job Fair on Friday, June 17.  They seek to fill many positions ranging from therapists and managers to houseparents, youth workers, and foster parents in various programs. In addition to kids in foster care, they help unaccompanied minors – some as young as 5 and 6 – while seeking to unify them with relatives. CHRIS 180 provides a host of behavioral health and community initiatives for which it also needs quality folks.  They will interview and make conditional same day hires for some positions. 1030 Fayetteville Road SE, Atlanta 30316, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Get all the details at Home - CHRIS 180.

6. The Poor People’s Campaign, a National Call for a Moral Revival, is holding a Mass Poor People’s & Low-wage Workers’ Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls in Washington, DC on June 18.   If you can't get to Washington for this historic event, attend a watch party at Oakhurst Baptist Church,  222 East Lake Drive, Decatur  30030, 10 a.m. - 2 pm. Drop in when you can; stay as long as you wish. Call or text 404-697-6795 to let them know you are coming.  Please bring finger foods or lunch for yourself and to share. Coffee and baked goods will be provided. Enjoy music, inspirational messages, and gathering with other supporters.

7. Christian Harmony Sacred Harp singing, Blue Ridge Primitive Baptist Church, 134 Hyden Tyler Road, Chatsworth, Saturday, June 18. Covered dish lunch at noon. Contact Greg Smith at for information.

8. Challenge the Stats, “String Awakening” Juneteenth Concert, Saturday, June 18, 7 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, free parking and free admission with reservation. R.s.v.p. at Parking at Lanier lot, 1337 Peachtree Street. Reserve Tickets

9. The Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney, professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Tex., is the featured preacher June 19 on Day 1. Her sermon “The Other Woman” is drawn from 1 Samuel 1:1-6, scripture that introduces Elkanah and his wives Peninnah and Hannah. “The text makes it sound like it was because of his love for Hannah that Elkanah disregarded Peninnah. That’s a mighty thin love,” Gafney says. Hear it in Atlanta on WSB 95.5 and 750 AM Sundays at 7:05 a.m.  For more information, see  

10. Sacred Harp singing, June 19, Haygood Memorial United Methodist Church, 1015 E Rock Springs Rd NE, Atlanta 30306. The lesson is at 6:30; singing 7-9 p.m. Singing will be indoors unless conditions change. Masks are optional; vaccination is required. Contact Amy Wells at for information. COVID details at 

11. Unite for Service Week is back and expects more than 1,000 volunteers to join in, Monday, June 20 – Saturday, June 25.  Work alongside other volunteers dedicated to making an impact on the lives of children, families, and communities across Greater Atlanta. Every volunteer hour goes further than you think, when joined together, the impact is exponential.  Check out the full list of virtual, onsite, and do-it-yourself volu...

12. Join the Georgia Supportive Housing Association to learn about "Labor Trafficking: Focus on Minors" and for information about the Human Trafficking Housing Project (Training and Technical Assistance), Wednesday, June 29, 2-3:30 p.m. Register here.

13. Asian Mental Health & Quiet Trauma, Thursday, June 30, 10:00-11:30 a.m., a virtual meeting of the North Fulton Mental Health Collaborative. According to Mental Health America, Asians make up 6.1% of the US population. Of those, 15% (2.9 million people) reported having a mental illness in 2019 and numbers will have risen since the pandemic. Join in on Zoom to discuss this important topic with a panel of experts. Register here.

14. First Friday at First, a jazz ministry of  First Congregational Church UCC, back in person with great food, fun & fellowship, presents Tony Hightower,  July 1, 6-9 p.m., at The Commons, 125 Ellis Street, NE, Atlanta 30303  General admission $20.

15. Tickets are now on sale for the September 16 Historic Pews & Pulpits Ramble, a scenic bus tour through rural east Georgia, touring five historic churches tucked away but not forgotten. Not only will you get to go inside the churches and hear about their humble beginnings, you'll be inspired by songs and words from some of the chancels and pulpits. Snacks & lunch are included. Buy tickets here. 

16. The Candler Black Excellence initiative explores the rich accomplishments and contributions of Black faculty, students, and alumni of Candler School of Theology at Emory University. In this video, Assoc. Prof. of Pastoral Care and Counseling Gregory C. Ellison II interviews Professor Emeritus of Church and Community Luther E. Smith, Jr. and Dean’s Professor of Spirituality, Ethics, and Leadership Walter Earl Fluker about Howard Thurman and the work of discerning one’s call. Watch the video here.

17. Passion Collective, a young adult discernment and service year in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, August- June, free housing, at Grace House Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry at Georgia Tech, welcomes new applicants. Contact Pr. Andrew Rickel for more information at

18. Are you a hard-working individual with a vision to transform and restore lives in your community? Echelon Atlanta is a progressive group of diverse young professionals with a heart to serve. They are committed to supporting the work of The Salvation Army in the greater Atlanta area. Echelon members have fun and empower one another through networking, fundraising, and volunteering.  Membership Application / More info.

19. Congratulations to Gabby Spatt and Candace Bazemore, two Project Understanding alumni and active Black/Jewish Coalition members, who have published a children’s book, “Shabbat and Sunday Dinner.” The book follows two friends through their class presentations as they learn more about each other's family traditions. The book also introduces readers to other cultures and communities with the hopes of helping children learn from one another.  

20. Every summer Raising Expectations YouthWORK program allows high school-aged children to explore career opportunities while preparing for the workplace. They are now looking for companies and organizations in STEAM-related fields that are willing to speak to students or open their doors for a visit. When you open your doors to RE youth, those doors stay open and become one more realistic pathway they have to success. If you or your organization would be willing to inspire YouthWORK students, please visit learn more.  

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Ethel Ware Carter

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