God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta
Church Action eNewsletter Week of June 6, 2016
1. Those of you who minister to veterans and their families will be interested in events featuring Sebastian Junger, June 9 and 10. Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by the bestselling author of The Perfect Storm explores the challenges returning veterans face. The book encourages us to take a new look at our approach and rework our current social dynamic. Talk and signing 6/9 at the Carter Center hosted by A Cappella Books and 6/10 at 3:30 p.m. at the National Infantry Museum at Ft. Benning. For more about 6/10 event contact Vickie Benton, VBenton@nationalinfantryfoundation.org (706)-685-5809).
2. Every Woman Works, Inc. is changing the lives of women in metro Atlanta. The center empowers, educates, and presents employment opportunities to women struggling with poverty, homelessness, alcoholism, drug abuse, domestic violence, extended unemployment, and rebuilding their lives after incarceration. EWW is celebrating over a decade of service to over 2,400 women and over 4,200 children. EWW Summer Graduation is Saturday, June 18, at Mount Pisgah UMC, 2850 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek 30022. Come celebrate with them on June 18 and come support EWW at the Yard Sale this Saturday, June 11, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Southern Skillet Parking Lot, 1037 Alpharetta Highway, Roswell.
3. The Rev. Dr. James G. Somerville, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Richmond, Va., is the featured preacher June 12 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Day1.org. He is co-founder of “A Sermon for Every Sunday,” a unique resource for churches that do not have a regular preacher. “How to Get Exactly What You Want,” Somerville’s sermon for June 12, is based on the story of King Ahab and Naboth’s vineyard. Find your local station, this sermon, and more at Day1.org
4. Patricia Russell-McCloud, attorney and motivational speaker, will be the guest speaker at Cascade United Methodist Church’s 35th Annual Law & Justice Worship Service on Sunday, June 12, at 8:00 and 11:15 a.m. The 2016 Law Day focus is “Miranda: more than words” and all are invited to worship. Cascade UMC is located at 3144 Cascade Road, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30311. Please contact Denice Brue-Clopton at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information
5. Doug Ammar, executive director of Georgia Justice Project, is coming to North Avenue Presbyterian Church on Sunday, June 12, at 5:45 p.m. to tell his story — both personal and professional — about how he is called to do justice as a non-profit criminal justice lawyer. His leadership, learning, and service point to what is deeply wrong about our nation’s criminal justice system and inspire hope through holistic interventions which empower and serve individuals victimized by the systems that are meant to protect their life and freedom. This event is part of NAPC's Discovering Your Vocation in Your Occupation speaker series funded by the Forum for Theological Exploration. More info can be found here.
6. When school’s out too many girls and boys go without the nutritious food they receive from their school meal programs. If you are looking for a way to help and have some fun, too, think about an event that supports the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Coming up next week, New World Ingredients, Old World Technique Simple Abundance Class For this class Chef Hall will focus on Italian summer cooking…great seasonal ingredients cooked in the style of an Italian dinner party. Utilizing Old World techniques, he’ll demonstrate how to make some amazing dishes you can serve at your own festa. $55, Mon., June 13, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Cook's Warehouse Midtown, 1544 Piedmont Rd, Ste 403-R, Atlanta 30324. Register
7. Join Georgia interfaith Power & Light (GIPL) & friends for a Solar Town Hall at Decatur First United Methodist Church at 7:00 p.m. on June 14 to learn how Decatur can become a leader in Georgia's growing solar market. RSVP HERE»
8. New Wine, a Christian youth drama/musical group from Zion Lutheran in Cloquet, Minnesota, will visit and perform "Children of Eden" at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Wednesday, June 15, 7 p.m. in the sanctuary, 10250 Haynes Bridge Road, Johns Creek 30022. There will be a pot luck dinner in the fellowship hall at 6 p.m. Based on the story of Genesis, (with some creative license) the age-old conflict of parents and children takes the stage in this epic, heartfelt Stephen Schwartz musical. It is a joyous and inspirational musical about parents, children and faith... not to mention centuries of unresolved family business! The musical Children of Eden is now in the top 20 of musicals most frequently licensed by Music Theatre International. This year's production is a must see for all! Click here to learn more about New Wine.
9. Free community Workshop at Skyland Trail, Is Your Child Emotionally Prepared for the First Year of College? Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 7:00-9:00 p.m. What can parents and educators do to better prepare children for the transition to college? How can they support them during this first year? The panelists will share their insights and provide specific tips for parents to utilize prior to their child leaving for school. REGISTER TODAY >
10. Eric Metaxas, author of Bonhoeffer, Miracles, and Amazing Grace, will speak on his newest book If you Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty on June 16, 8 p.m., at the Atlanta History Center. Ticket info.
11. Living the Caregiver Journey Conference, Peachtree Corners Christian Church, 6060 Spalding Drive, Norcross 30092, June 25, is only $10 and lunch is included. Registration information can be found at caregiverjourney.org or Registration Form.
12. Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology will host its inaugural Spirituality and Mental Health Conference, “Trauma and Spirituality,” on Friday, July 22, from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Facilitated by Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes and Teresa B. Pasquale Mateus, the workshop will enable mental health professionals, clergy, and community activists to understand how trauma can impact or be impacted by spiritual beliefs and practices, to integrate spirituality into trauma treatment, and to minimize their risk of vicarious traumatization when working with traumatized populations. Registration includes lunch and 6 hours of continuing education credit. Learn more and register here.
13. Acting UP, a drama ministry of Roswell United Methodist Church, announces their upcoming supercalifragilistic musical, Mary Poppins, Thursday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, July 29, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 30, at 4 p.m.; and Sunday, July 31, at 4 p.m. Tickets ($10) will be available beginning June 14. For details call (678)8717766 or visit rumc.com/drama
14. Atlantic Institute announces the annual Art & Essay Contest 2016-2017 theme is "Compassion in Action...Caring Matters!" Winners of this year’s contest were awarded a trip to Europe. If you are a teacher or know teachers who might be interested having their students participate in the contest you can find information about the contest at artessay.org/
15. Special summer sermon and lecture series have their own page on our website. This week we highlight two of them:
Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, 2715 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305. SPdL U offers Real Questions People Ask… Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Using brief videos featuring McAfee professors, discussion, in-depth thought, and exploration participants will wrestle with real issues that Christians have with the Bible. No registration is required. This week features Dr. Alan Culpepper on “How can a good God allow evil and suffering in the world?
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 1911 Cliff Valley Way Atlanta 30329, offers tuition free adult religious education. This month on Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m., explore The Long New Deal 1932-1952: Restructuring Racial Inequality in America. The "long" New Deal of the FDR and Truman administrations, long seen as an era of radical reform, in fact reconfigured racial inequality on a national scale.
Complete details on these and other opportunities this summer at RCCAtl.org.
16. Auburn Conversation last night at Auburn Seminary explored what role fear plays in our lives and the tools our faith traditions provide to challenge its effects. Maybe there is a way to stop the “othering” of our neighbors"; maybe we can challenge the worldview that supports politics rooted in fear; maybe our faith and moral courage is the key to strengthening our communities for positive social change. You can watch this conversation at Watch the livestream!
Check out our website at www.rccatl.org 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.