Church Action eNewsletter Week of May 21, 2018

Church Action eNewsletter
Week of May 21, 2018
God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta

1. The Parables of Jesus: A Bible Study for Women, continues on Tuesdays, May 29, June 12, 19, 26, at 9:30 a.m., Room B-207, Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, 2715 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta 30305. All materials will be provided. For additional information or to reserve childcare contact Karen Harwell

2. If you did not attend the first session of the Orchard Institute/SPdLU series on prayer you may still register for the succeeding sessions which start at 6 p.m., May 23-“Praying in Jesus Name” and May 30-“Prayer’s impact on our lives, our church and community, and our world.” These are stand-alone sessions. Go to this link. . Information about supper is there, too. There is no charge if you are not eating.

3. Richard Perry, longtime parishioner of the Cathedral of St. Philip, has written a follow up to his popular history of the Cathedral. He will be featured at the Peachtree Road Farmers’ Market this Saturday, May 26. 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta 30305, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

4. Join Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta (FAMA) and The Muslim Mix for the Interfaith Iftar, an interfaith 'dialogue and digest' featuring a dynamic panel of young adult faith leaders and a delectable dinner with the Atlanta Muslim community. Thursday, May 31, 7 p.m., Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam 560 Fayetteville Road Atlanta. Tickets.

5. High school students of all faiths entering grades 9–12 in the fall of 2018 are invited to apply for SUMMA Debate Camp, held July 17–25 at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. This is a unique opportunity for students to explore their faith through intellectual channels, meet lifelong friends, and have a lot of fun on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country! Applications are due June 1. No previous debate experience or formal theological study is necessary.

6. YEA meets the Harlem Renaissance on Sweet Auburn, music, dance, arts, fun for youth 8-16, four week camp, June 4-29, Wheat Street Baptist Church, 358 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta 30312. Call (404) 652-0515 for information and to make reservations.

7. Peggy Haas Howells, well-known organ recitalist, organist and choirmaster at St. John’s, Lynchburg, and director of Cantate Children’s and Youth Choir of Central Virginia, will be in concert Wednesday, June 6, 7:30 p.m., at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30308. Howell taught organ for ten years at Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Her Master of Sacred Music degree is from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Tickets are $15. Tickets.

8. St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 1790 LaVista Road, Atlanta, invites the community to join them in welcoming new rector the Rev. Dr. Angela F. Shepherd, 4 p.m., Sunday, June 17. A reception will follow. R.s.v.p. by June 9 to or calling (404) 634-3336.

9. State of Georgia’s 2nd Annual Reentry Summit, Tuesday, June 19, Gwinnett Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. will highlight the major accomplishments of Governor Nathan Deal’s approach to criminal justice reform.The agenda includes speakers and a leadership panel, which will give the attendees an opportunity to hear directly from state and federal agency leaders implementing the reform efforts, breakout sessions, and exhibits showcasing state and community partners. Recipients of the Servant Leadership and the Phoenix Award will be recognized. Link for Registration is here.

10. Tickets are now available for Gospel Meets Jazz with the Westside Winds Jazz Orchestra, who rehearse at First Baptist Church of Lithia Springs, Southwest Arts Center (two shows): June 23 and 30, both at 6 p.m. Call for tickets or if you have questions, (678) 410-5053 or (404) 528-1312.

11. Dialogue Across Differences hosted by Compassionate Atlanta, Thursday, June 28, 8 p.m., Kavara, 707 East Lake Drive, Decatur 30030. We all have beliefs, values and a opinions; if we allow those opinions to close down our ability to hear, it is unlikely that any change can occur. Consider this experiential workshop. More information.

12. Need a lift? On July 10 at 7:00 p.m., L'Arche Atlanta and the Emory Aquinas Center are co-hosting a screening of Summer in the Forest, a documentary on the incredible story of L'Arche's founder, Jean Vanier. The film draws us into the lives of some of L'Arche's residents, both in France and Bethlehem. Vanier's philosophy of love, peace, and friendship driving out fear permeates the film. Emory Center for Ethics, Room 102, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta 30322. Parking on campus is free; park in the Peavine lot. The event is free; popcorn and soda will also be provided. Perfect for people 12 and older. For more information, the movie's trailer, & to register, visit:

13. “On the Light Side” returns to Highpoint Episcopal Community Church, Friday and Saturday evening, July 27 or 28, an evening of entertainment by the Capitol City Opera Company. CCOC will close its 2017-2018 Season with "Bernstein: Celebrating 100 Years" for two nights of fun and fund-raising. The doors will open each evening at 6:30 p.m. for you to browse the incredible silent auction, then continue with dinner at your reserved table with your own "indoor picnic." Music starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person or $300 for a table of 8. This event sells out quickly every year, so don't delay. Click here. here to reserve your seat at the table.

14. Legal Aid Atlanta presents training on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders sponsored by the Georgia Office of the Child Advocate at the State Bar of Georgia Headquarters, September 18. CLEs and CEUs available. For  further information and registration click here.

15. We are eager to hear about plans your congregation has for special summer series, sermons or Sunday school classes, or discussion groups.

16. Northside Drive Baptist plans a 2018 Summer Series called “Fumbling Toward Faith.” The series approaches catechesis as less of a question about “what” we believe and more a question of “why” we believe. In short, “why does it matter that we believe these tenets of faith at all?” For each doctrinal topic, presenters will talk about the questions that keep them up at night. Topics include authority, sin, salvation, the human condition, ecclesiology, baptism, and communion.

17. The New Baptist Covenant offers “The Prerequisites for Pentecost,” a Bible study by Dr. Phaedra Blocker exploring the steps to authentic reconciliation and unity. You can download these free programs at this link.

18. Emmaus House Food Pantry hours have expanded to Saturdays! They are in need of courteous, skilled, devoted volunteers to help neighbors navigate the food pantry services and give support. Each volunteer will receive training and will need to keep a schedule of at least two Saturdays per month. Learn more about this opportunity and sign-up for a volunteer shift here.

19. There is so much tragic and frightening news. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers some resources for helping young people. Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers, a download here. Helping Children and Youth Cope in the Aftermath of Disasters: Tips for Parents and Other Caregivers, Teachers, Administrators, and School Staff, here a podcast. National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)  has resources for various audiences to help children recover after a disaster or other traumatic event.

Visit our website for a complete community calendar, links to the Toolbox for Mental Health Ministry, websites for daily devotionals, and many other resources. And, send us your announcements to

Ethel Ware Carter
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.

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