Church Action eNewsletter Week of June 27, 2022

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone. 

  1. Do you know about Free Community Fridges? North Decatur Presbyterian maintains one. Placed outside businesses or institutions they are filled with fresh food, fighting hunger while preventing food waste. Free99Fridge - Free99Fridge—Atlanta Community Fridges
  2. St. David's Children's Community Choir in Roswell, 1015 Old Roswell Road, starts June 28. For more information and to register, click here.
  3. Meet with a community of mostly women 50 and over who enjoy conversation, camaraderie, and laughter, oh, and exercise! The class is led by Susan Lee, fitness instructor and personal trainer. Modifications are encouraged and we never push each other to perform.  Judgment is forbidden, especially from yourself. It will only be hard if you want to challenge yourself. All are welcome! For more info, contact Susan Lee at brentandsusanlee@gmail.com or text Susan at (404)408-3202. Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m., Glenn Memorial UMC.
  4. Did you know that Robby Carroll and Kay Stewart with the Shallowford Family Counseling Center offer weekly circle Zoom gatherings on Wednesdays from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Wake up your best self by strengthening your human capacity for loving awareness, connection, compassion, and embodied peace. Each week the community will explore practices that ground us in presence and sustain us as we move through unprecedented and unsettling times. Sign Up HERE.
  5. Join Georgia Supportive Housing Association and the United Way of Greater Atlanta to learn about "Labor Trafficking: Focus on Minors" and for information about the Human Trafficking Housing Project (Training and Technical Assistance). Presented by Maja Hasic, Anti-Human Trafficking Program Director, Tapestri, Inc. and information about the Human Trafficking Housing Project, presented by Carrie Eisheid, Housing Project Manager, Freedom Network USA. Wednesday, June 29, 2-3 p.m. Register here.
  6. First Friday at First, July 1, with singer/songwriter Tony Hightower, son of the late Atlanta vocalist legend Theresa Hightower, taking up the mantle to be a bridge that ushers R&B audiences into Jazz…Real Jazz. With years of experience as a musical performer and actor with familiar roots that place him firmly within the music’s firmament, the Atlanta-native is still just getting started on this benevolent turn in his journey. You are invited for great music, dinner, fun, and fellowship. Ticket available at https://www.eventbrite.com/ . General Admission tickets are $20, student tickets are $10 each with student identification (show ID at the door). Doors open at 5:30 PM. The Commons, First Congregational Church, 125 Ellis Street, Atlanta 30303.
  7. The Rev. Dr. R. Leigh Spruill, rector of the Episcopal Church of St. John the Divine in Houston is the preacher July 3 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Day1.org and by podcast. Hear it in Atlanta on WSB 95.5 and 750 AM Sunday at 7:05 a.m. “Day 1” has been broadcast every week for 77 years. Featuring outstanding preachers from the mainline denominations, “Day 1” is currently distributed to more than 200 radio stations across America and overseas. For more information, check the program’s website, http://day1.org.  
  8. Star Spangled at Snellville UMC, July 4, 4 – 10 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs for a family friendly evening of fun, gifts, games and fireworks, and food trucks and free parking. Snellville United Methodist Church, 2428 Main Street, Snellville 30078.
  9. 9. St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, hosts concert organist Bradley Hunter Welch as part of the 2022 Atlanta Summer Organ Festival, Wednesday, July 6, 7:30 – 9 p.m. His program will feature music by J.S. Bach, Marcel Dupré, and Joseph Jongen...Read more on Facebook
  10. Widowed Helping Others meets on first and third Thursdays; 6 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1618 Ben King Road, Kennesaw. Widows and widowers are invited to join in fellowship and activities. To find out more contact  stcatherineswho@gmail.comor call (770)833-8088. 
  11. “You Mean It or You Don’t” book talk with author Adam Hollowell, Sunday, July 10, 1 p.m. in Room 201 at Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 N Morningside Dr NE, Atlanta 30306. This new book, released last week, invites us to move from conviction to action as we think about racial justice as people of faith. Copies of the book are on sale via Little Shop of Stories.
  12. The Pave Foundation believes that the success of African American girls is dependent upon early exposure and access to a variety of resources and support. The annual STEAM Summer Camp provides girls, 10-14, with the opportunity to participate in daily STEM projects such as robot coding, learning the science behind bath bombs and lip balm, building an app, producing creative and fun circuits, personal development sessions, leadership and communication skills, financial literacy and social etiquette, and exploring dance and the arts together as they create a sisterhood. July 11-15 at the First Congregational Church in Downtown Atlanta. The camp registration fee is $162 (50% discount for siblings); registration will remain open until the first day of camp. Limited sponsorships are available. To register and learn more see thepavefoundation.org/events/2022camp or contact Michele Mateno Silatchom at executivedirector@thepavefoundation.org.
  13. There is a Race Relations Dialogue on the second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.; Alpharetta City Hall, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta. A live or video program is presented, followed by small and large group discussion. Visit racerelationsdialogue.orgfor more information.
  14. Movers and Shakers Parkinson’s Support Group at Peachtree Road UMC meets the second Wednesday of the month, 12:00 pm, B158, If you or someone you love has Parkinson’s disease, you are invited to participate in this PRUMC support group meeting that meets each month for lunch and sharing. Nexty meeting is July 13. Contact Rosemary Josey at rosemary.josey@gmail.com.
  15. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, saddened by the all-too-frequent occurrences of gun violence in the U.S., invites you on a journey of prayer, scripture, stories, and church teachings with this resource, A 60-Day Journey Towards Justice in a Culture of Gun Violence - an ... Through daily observances, it calls us to work toward the prevention of gun violence as people of God who strive for justice and peace in all the world. It may be used for individual reflection, group Bible study, adult education sessions, and congregational daily devotions. This began on June 16 but can be used at any time.
  16. Volunteers are a crucial part of daily operations at Urban Recipe, formerly named Georgia Avenue Community Ministry, a food co-op. There are three main activities volunteers help with: Packing food boxessorting assorted food items, and constructing empty boxesfor future builds. Visit volunteer.handsonatlanta.org to see what regular scheduled volunteer sessions. If you have a larger group, reach out to volunteer@urbanrecipe.org.
  17. Covenant Presbyterian asks,”Looking for connection while strengthening your spiritual practice?” The Monday morning Women’s Spirituality Group is seeking new members. They meet on 2nd and 4th Mondays from 10 - 11:30 am. Please contact Nancy Cox at nsc124@comcast.net or Jennifer Manning at jennifermanning@comcast.net if you are interested.
  18. Emily’s Haven, a service ministry for women, is now open in Bethel Towers next door to Big Bethel AME Church, corner of Auburn Avenue and Jesse Hill Drive, hours are Wednesday and Thursday, 1 – 3 p.m. Call (770) 891-5426 for information. They offer toiletries, clothing, masks, shoes and socks, showers, and love & compassion.

Camp Ground Meetings originating in Kentucky in 1800, are a distinctly American contribution to the history of Protestantism. Read a little about these revivals at  Camp-Meeting Grounds - New Georgia Encyclopedia

Salem Camp Meeting, Friday, July 15, - Friday, July 22, 3940. Bishop Larry Goodpaster and the Rev. Will Dyer are speaking. Musicians include Thomas Roberts, Alice Walker, and Becky Ramsey. Salem is located 3 miles south of I-20 on Salem Road (Exit 83) at 3940 Salem Road, Covington 30016-4529. www.salemcampmeeting.org. If you have questions contact Martha Thompson at mthompson@ussco.com. Salem, one of the South's oldest camp meetings, has been held every year since 1828 except during the Civil War.

Marietta Campground Meeting, check Marietta Campmeeting for updates on the gathering planned for July 15-24. 2300 Roswell Road, Marietta 30062.

188th Camp Meeting at Pine Log, July 17 - July 24, weekday services at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. 2022 Preaching Lineup includes the Rev. Dr. Riley Phillips Short, the Rev. Dr. Mike Cash, and the Rev. Michael Tutterow. Rev. Dr. Kirk Bozeman is the music leader. For more information visit camp meeting (pinelogchurch.org) Pine Log Church is outside Rydal north of Atlanta.

Summer Sermon Series

A summer sermon series at Sandy Springs Christian Church DOC, 301 Johnson Ferry Road NW, Sandy Springs 30328-1819, is “Dear Church: a series on Paul’s letter to the Galatians.” While Paul’s letter to the Galatians addresses the specific circumstances of that time, he may as well have been writing to the Church today. After all, the Galatians are wrestling with how to be church in a rapidly changing world. Sundays at 10:15 a.m.

 Glenn Memorial UMC Summer Lecture Series - Transforming the World, Sundays, 9:45 a.m., Fellowship Hall (Zoom option available) This year the Summer Lecture Series focuses on the Invitation to Transform the World. Want to connect with others and explore ways to transform this world for the better? Come hear from professors, activists, and leaders working towards justice and equality in the world. For questions, contact Rev. Brent.

Peachtree Road UMC summer sermon series takes the congregation to the Movies with Disney each Sunday in July, somehow they fit the lectionary. Worship - Peachtree Road United Methodist Church (prumc.org)

Northside Drive Baptist offers a special summer series of adult formation classes with guest speakers each week. Microsoft Word - Descriptions_adult ed_summer 2022.docx (constantco...

Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church offers a College/Young Adult Weekly Zoom, 7 – 8 p.m., Tuesdays, College students and young adults are invited to join this weekly Zoom to hang out, pray, and deep-dive into relevant life topics. Email Joshua Scott for Zoom info.

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Lutheran Resource in Response to Gun Violence

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, saddened by the all-too-frequent occurrences of gun violence in the U.S., invites you on a journey of prayer, scripture, stories, and church teachings with this resource, A 60-Day Journey Towards Justice in a Culture of Gun Violence - an ELCA Resource  Through daily observances, it calls us to work toward the prevention of gun violence as people of God who strive for justice and peace in all the world. It may be used for individual reflection, group Bible study, adult education sessions, and congregational daily devotions. This began on June 16 but can be used at any time.

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