Week of June 3, 2019
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.
God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.
There are so many opportunities for service, worship, education, enrichment, connection in the next few weeks. Take a look at the Community Event Calendar on our website and celebrate all the good things that people of faith are doing. www.RCCAtl.org. You will also find the last few weeks' editions on our home page www.rccatl.org.
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta eNewsletter God Calls Us to Some Things We Cannot Do Alone will take a break next week.
1. Tired of BBQ leftovers already? Find out about Walk2Lunch Wednesdays (or drive to lunch) from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Community Teaching Kitchen located at The Commons at First Congregational Church, in the heart of downtown Atlanta. Vegetarian and meat options available. For just a $20 donation, you can support the CHOICES mission to fight childhood obesity and get a great healthy lunch. To preorder your lunch visit www.choicesforkids.org/walk2lunch
2. Let's Celebrate Everybody's Birthday. Join Church Women United in Atlanta for games, prizes and great food on Friday, June 7, at 10:00 a.m. at Peachtree Christian Church, 1580 Peachtree Street, N.W., Atlanta 30309. AND a Special Celebration for Kathleen Eidson's 100th Birthday! There will be a competition for the best dressed woman character, lots of birth month information, and birth month gifts. Click here to find out more about church Women United
3. "Caring, Connecting & Contributing to Save and Empower Our Young African American Males" Friendship Baptist Church and the Community Council of Metropolitan Atlanta will hold a free empowerment forum on Saturday, June 8, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Come and learn more about the issues facing African-American young men and boys, what is being done to help them lead more productive lives, what you can do, and how the involvement of Friendship and other men might have greater positive impact on the youth and young minority males in our community. For reservations or additional information, please call (404) 935-5859 or (404) 688-0206. You can make reservations here.
4. The Rev. Dr. Brian Coulter, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Aiken, is the preacher June 9, the Day of Pentecost, on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast radio program also accessible online at Day1.org and via podcast. Coulter’s sermon is a spoken poetry account of what happened on the Day of Pentecost. His listeners are asked to consider what they would do if the Holy Spirit broke through today. Featuring outstanding preachers from the mainline denominations, “Day 1” is currently distributed to more than 200 radio stations. For more information, check Day1.org.
5. 2019 Peachtree Pops, 4 p.m., June 9, Peachtree Presbyterian Church, 3434 Roswell Road NW, Atlanta 30305. The 11th Annual American Pops Concert, featuring Peachtree musicians and special guests from around the city, has something for everyone; music for choirs, soloists, handbells, organ and orchestra, patriotic favorites, Broadway classics, and plenty of audience participation. . . and ice cream on the lawn afterwards. This concert is free and open to the public, and a free-will offering will be taken for the Peachtree Music Ministry. Nursery is available for children 5 and under.
6. Remembering the Pulse Nightclub Massacre, Wednesday, June 12, 11:40 a.m. - 12:40 p.m., 634 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, 30308. All Saints' Atlanta will remember the events of four years ago on the anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando by joining with organizations around the world in tolling the bell 49 times to honor the memory of the 49 people killed, demonstrate support for the survivors, and spread compassion and love in our community and beyond. Bruce Garner, Chair of the Commission on LGBTQ+ Ministry for the Diocese of Atlanta, will offer the reflection on the tragedy during Eucharist. Volunteers are invited to help toll the bell. For more information, contact Bruce Garner at firstname.lastname@example.org.All Saints' is across the street from the North Avenue MARTA Station
7. Charles Miller, Cathedral of St. Paul in Detroit, a solo organist of international and national acclaim, will be in concert June 12 at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree St, Atlanta 30308. Find out more and get tickets here.
8. Saint James Episcopal Church, 260 Warwoman Road, Clayton, GA invites you to the 13th Annual Flower, Garden, and Liturgical Arts Festival. This year's theme is Women of Faith. Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15; 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Demonstrations each day at 10:30; Friday - Feminine Celebration Flowers with Bev Mannes; Saturday - Growing Wild Things in a Polite Neighborhood with Linda Fraser. You are invited to tour the gardens, referred to locally as the Botanical Gardens of Rabun County. For more information call (706)782-6179 or visit www.stjamesclayton.org.
9. Join the Jung Society for “Having A Dream That Changes Your Life” with Chris Aanstoos, Ph.D., Saturday, June 15 Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Members free; non-members $20; students $10 with ID. Sandy Springs Christian Church, 301 Johnson Ferry Rd NW, Sandy Springs 30328. For more information go to www.Jungatlanta.com
10. Call for volunteers at Wild Goose Festival! Join Barbara Brown Taylor, Dr. William Barber, Jr., Shane Claiborne, Dianna Butler Bass, Jackie Lewis, and Otis Moss III as well as many other speakers to be reviewed, renewed, and refocused on Just and Equitable action in our day. Register soon; early registration ends June 15. Interested? Email Bec at Bec@wildgoosefestival.org for more information or visit www.wildgoosefestival.org
11. The Rev. Dr. Camille Cook Murray, senior pastor of the Georgetown Presbyterian Church in D.C., is the featured preacher June 16, Trinity Sunday, on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Day1.org and via podcast. Murray’s sermon, “I’ll Tell You When You’re Older,” is based on John 16: 12–15, the words of Jesus to his disciples after he tells them he will not be with them much longer. “Day 1” has been broadcast every week for 74 years, formerly as “The Protestant Hour.” For more information, check Day1.org.
12. a cappella, the award-winning musical by Vynnie Meli and Christian Magby, directed by award-winning David Kote’, with musical direction by recording artist CC Sunshine, at Grace Church, 458 Ponce de Leon Ave, Midtown, Sunday, June 16, 11 a.m., a free performance in the Fellowship Hall, do please R.s.v.p. and find out more here.
13. DCS in Lawrenceville holds a Monthly Resource Fair for returning citizens in the probation office. This is an opportunity to display your resources and make direct contact with these citizens. If your ministry provides jobs, housing, transportation, substance abuse or mental health support, or other services, you can register to attend as a provider. June 24 is the next opportunity Register Now.
14. Atlanta Summer Organ Festival, Wednesday, June 26, 7:30 p.m., Ray and Beth Chenault, named “the World’s Premiere Duo-Organ Team” by The AJC, have been enjoyed throughout the United States and Europe. Specializing in works written for two performers, they have commissioned, arranged, and premiered over fifty organ duets. $15 suggested donation. Dessert reception following performance. Peachtree Road UMC, 3180 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta 3030.
15. The Beecken Center, in partnership with the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN), invites clergy and lay spiritual caregivers of all faiths to take disaster chaplaincy training on the beautiful campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, July 15–17. Participants who complete this certification can volunteer in their own diocese or faith community, or with NDIN and its partners. NDIN can also assist volunteers in finding disaster spiritual care volunteer opportunities in communities across the U.S. Emergency managers and disaster mental health professionals may also take this course to develop their knowledge of best practices in disaster spiritual care. Find out more and register now.
16. Ga. Dept. of Human Services Youth Empowerment Series (YES) invites students to participate in a leadership development program to engage young people in the needs of the community and empower them to help build stronger families for a stronger Georgia. YES 2019 – 2020 will recruit participants to become a part of the five cohorts, each of no more than 25 participants. The first meetup is in Atlanta Aug. 25-26. All high school students, in good behavioral and academic standing, are welcome to apply. Encourage your students to apply. More info and the application is available at dhs.georgia.gov.
17. Gateway Center is looking for volunteers to help with some upcoming events, including the Hotlanta Half Race, a resource fair, and for organizations who want to serve those experiencing homelessness. Can you help? Can your group, Sunday school class, service organization get involved? Visit their website at www.gatewayctr.org/volunteer.
18. Olmstead at 20: The Past and Future of Community Integration, August 8 - 9, 2019, Georgia State University College of Law, 85 Park Place, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of Olmstead v. L.C. and E.W., the Supreme Court decision hailed as the Brown v. Board of Education for people with disabilities. The Court held that unjustified institutional isolation of people with disabilities is a form of unlawful discrimination under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Now, 20 years later, thousands of people have benefited from the decision, but has the promise of Olmstead been realized for all? Symposium speakers will explore the history of this civil rights decision, assess the current state, and imagine a path forward, where all people with disabilities have access to the supports they need to live full and meaningful lives in the community. clhs.law.gsu.edu.
Remember that all events previously announced go into the Community Calendar on our website. Visit www.rccatl.org for the calendar, the Clergy Tool Box for Mental Health Ministry, and more.
Ethel Ware Carter