Church Action eNewsletter Week of May 28, 2018

Church Action eNewsletter
Week of May 28, 2018
God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta

1. We got this late: Baptist History and Heritage Society Annual Conference, May 31-June 1, Smoke Rise Baptist Church, Stone Mountain. The theme this year is "Baptist Women in the Twentieth Century: Missionaries, Mission Leaders, Churchwomen, Civil Rights Activists, and Ministers." Among the featured presenters are Molly T. Marshall, Melody Maxwell, Walter B. Shurden, Sr., Mandy McMichael, and Ossie X. McKinney. The Society will honor E. Glenn Hinson with a festschrift and there will be more than twenty presentations and panel discussions on a variety of topics. The registration fee includes all programming, an awards dinner on Thursday evening, a Friday luncheon, dessert reception and refreshment breaks, program book, and name tag. For more information go to this site.

2. Church Women United in Atlanta will celebrate everybody’s birthday at their annual fundraiser, Friday June 1, Time: 10:30 A.M. Enjoy great food, entertainment, and fellowship… and a table decorating contest. Special guests will be members 80+ years old. Please contact Sheila Louder by Thursday, May 31, if you need transportation (404)376-6648. To honor your birthday celebration all in attendance are ask to make a donation of 50 cents for every year you were born! Come to Peachtree Christian Church, 1580 Peachtree Street, NW. Email if you have questions. A bit about this great organization.

3. Lend your voice to the chorus of Georgians remembering victims of gun violence in our state and calling for our community to rethink its gun laws. Georgia leaders of all faiths invite you to gather Friday, June 1, Noon – 2 p.m., Gun Violence Awareness Day, at Liberty Plaza, across Capitol Avenue from the Georgia State Capitol, south of Martin Luther King Drive. According to the AJC, Georgia has been steadily rising as one of the top states for gun deaths in the country for more than a decade. By 2016, that number rose to 1,571 deaths moving the state into 4th place. Leadership of this event lies with St. Luke’s Episcopal Church where a monthly service is held to pray for peace from gun violence and terrorism; they pray by name for each person who has died in Georgia in the previous month because of gun violence. If you have questions contact The Rev. Elizabeth Shows Caffey, or (404)873-7600. Wear orange.

4. Another evening of amazing great jazz at an affordable cost, First Friday at First will feature trumpeter Lester Walker June 1. Wind down with some delicious food, lots of fun and great fellowship. Purchase your $15 ticket at the door. Paid parking is available at the Main Parking Lot adjacent to First Congregational Church on the corner of John Wesley Dobbs Avenue and Courtland Street. Free parking is available at CARE Parking Deck, 151 Ellis Street, NE, located on the right-hand side of Ellis, just after the Commons. Parking is available 30 mins before the show and you must move your vehicle by 9:30 p.m.

5. Neighbors Together 2018. This is the 4th annual free event hosted by ANDP and a team of neighborhood leaders to help empower metro Atlanta community residents to transform their neighborhoods from the inside out. Strong resident engagement and leadership brings positive change to communities. Saturday, June 2, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Atlanta Metropolitan State College, 1630 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta 30310. Door Prizes: 1 Apple iPad, 3 $200 Home Depot Gift Cards, must be present at drawing to win. REGISTER NOW here.

6. Have a cup of coffee at Cascade United Methodist Church Saturday, June 2, 8 a.m. until the pot is empty. This invitation is from the Lay Leaders of the church. 3660 Cascade Road, Atlanta 30331.

7. The Rev. Dr. Ellen Richardson, Church of the Advent, Williamston, NC, is the featured preacher on Day 1 this Sunday, June 3. Hear “The Man with the Withered Hand” at 7:05 a.m. in the Atlanta area on News 95.5 and 750 AM WSB. Visit for this sermon and many other audio, video, and text resources.

8. The Joseph and Evelyn Lowery institute Rising Change Agent Summer Leadership Camp, June 4- 15, 4-8 grades, Cascade UMC. Information and registration at

9. Shallowford Presbyterian School's Summer Camps provide a fun-filled half day for children ages 3 years through rising 4th graders. Camps center around a theme with enrichment activities such as Music, Art, PE, and Science, Monday – Friday from 9 - 1. 3-year-olds must be 100% potty trained. Session 1 - June 4-9 - Cooking Camp (Note: cooking ingredients may include items such as dairy, gluten, and nuts) Session 2 - June 25-29 - Art Camp Session 3 - July 9-13 - STEM Camp Add Kids Go Wild Nature Camp from 1:15 pm to 5:30 immediately following the Summer Fun Camp for a full day of fun! Shallowford Presbyterian School, 2375 Shallowford Road, Atlanta 30345. Cost is $140 per child per session. Register online at .

10. Puerto Rican VIP Dinner benefits Ser Familia. On Friday June 8, the group of chefs coming for the Puerto Rican Heritage Event on June 10, will prepare an unforgettable dinner for only 25 guests. A five (5) course dinner accompanied by specially crafted cocktails will be served at Porch Light Latin Kitchen. Do you want to be part of this incredible culinary experience? Buy your tickets here. SOLD OUT Price of the ticket includes 2 admissions for the June 10 event which is almost sold out. All proceeds benefit Ser Familia's mission to strengthen, revitalize, and equip Latino youth, couples, parents and families through educational programs that teach improved life, leadership and communication skills.

11. The 80+ teenage members of the youth choir at Shallowford Presbyterian Church under the direction of Emily Floyd, Director of Music Ministries, will present their annual homecoming concert on Friday, June 15, from 7 to 8 p.m. The concert is open to the public and free of charge. The event caps the choir’s annual 10-day tour with a concert delivered with great gusto as a gift to the church and the community in appreciation for their support. This year the tour’s destination is Chicago where a concert is scheduled. Throughout the trip, additional performances are set in Louisville, Pigeon Forge, and Asheville. 2375 Shallowford Road, Atlanta 30345. If you have questions all (404) 321-3061.

12. The Georgia Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is hosting a safeTALK suicide alertness workshop on Saturday, June 16 in Woodstock. safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone 15 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. This workshop is free but online registration required and space is limited. Register here.

13. Friendship Baptist Church Forum Ministry will present “Human Trafficking in Atlanta: Keeping Our Children Safe,” Saturday, June 23, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., at the church, 80 Walnut Street, SW, Atlanta 30314. The purpose of this community forum is (1) to increase awareness about sex trafficking, with emphasis on Metropolitan Atlanta which has been at the forefront of this crisis, and (2) to inform the public of what is being done to eradicate the exploitation of our children and youth. The forum will feature representatives of agencies and organizations including the City of Atlanta’s Police Department Sex Crime Unit and the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office Sex Trafficking Unit working daily to reach, rescue, and restore victims. Confirmed presenters include Out of Darkness and youthSpark. The program will include a documentary on sex trafficking in Atlanta by Kiss the Limit Productions. For information contact the church at (404)688-0206, or Dr. W. Kevin Dancy

14. AoP Day is the annual occasion to celebrate the founding of the Academy of Preachers with excellent preaching, a delicious meal, and unique networking opportunities. June 23 ten years ago Dr. Dwight A. Moody, AoP Founder, had initial conversations with the Lilly Endowment that ultimately led to Academy of Preachers. Now, the Academy of Preachers is well established, with 127 Founding and National Partners and a successful string of programs, products, and publications. Chief among these are the campus, denominational, and regional events as well as National Festival of Young Preachers. This invitation if for every Young Preacher who has attended an event, all partners, donors, and friends, and new people who are just now hearing about the Academy of Preachers. June 23. AoP Day. #AoPDay18 More here.

15. United Way invites you to join communities across Greater Atlanta for Volunteer Day of Action on June 23 and improve the conditions in which families and children live. With 14 volunteer opportunities available, there’s something for everyone. Sign up here.

16. Worship Leader Boot Camp -- Samford University -- July 27-28, 2018 -- $89/participant. This intensive 24-hour training experience is for student worship leaders and student worship teams. With a practical focus on music skills and principles of worship leadership, Worship Leader Boot Camp prepares teenage youth worship leaders to plan, rehearse, and lead worship for their peers during the Fall semester.

17. AIB Network supports the development of solutions to reduce and preventing gun violence. A series of Public Service Announcements supports this commitment. AIB anti-gun violence PSAs are intended to raise awareness about the effects of gun violence on victims, their loved ones, and the broader community. You can help take back our communities one block at a time. Tell them how you're taking your block back using #myblock on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. These spots are available at no charge to other organizations that seek to lessen the impact gun violence has on our communities. Email for more.

18. In case you missed this information about free summer programs for children: • Little House of Love, 1397 E. Washington Ave., East Point 30344; Director Shanita Vallejo, (404)768-3099. Free 6 week summer program for students entering kindergarten this August. June 4-July 16, 8:00 a.m-2:30 p.m. Transportation provided. Aftercare available until 6:00 p.m. Students are eligible if they did not attend a lottery funded Pre-K; need additional academic support; attended Pre-K less than ½ school year; family is homeless, or children are in foster care. A summer Camp will also run during this time for children ages 5-12 years old with weekly field trips, activities, academic enrichment, and fun. CAPS and other child care subsidies accepted for camp and aftercare program. • Harvest Rain Academy, 51 Senoia Road, Fairburn 30213; Director Tonya Franco (770)969-2040. Free 6 week summer program for students entering kindergarten this August. June 4-July 13, 8:00 a.m-2:30 p.m. Transportation provided. Aftercare available until 6:00 p.m. Students are eligible if they did not attend a lottery funded Pre-K; need additional academic support; attended Pre-K less than ½ school year; family is homeless, or children are in foster care. Summer Camps will also run during this time for children ages Pre-K -3rd grade. Weekly field trips, activities, academic enrichment, and fun. In addition, a business/leadership camp for grades 4 -12. CAPS and other child care subsidies accepted for camp and aftercare program.

19. Men’s Growth and Restorative Masculinity: Weekly support circles in Atlanta, Athens, and Columbus, based on The ManKind Project values and skills. In Atlanta, Mondays 7-10 p.m., Rock Springs Presbyterian Church. Confidence and vulnerability, healing inner wounds, and building dreams are explored as sources of inner strength. Never heard of it? Give a call; ask for a demo; send a parishioner. Open to ALL men. Free. Call John Jones (404)642-6968

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