Church Action eNewsletter Week of May 5

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.


Children’s Mental Health Sunday, observe it on May 4 or May 11, there is a special congregational prayer on this page on the C.H.I.P.  website.

1. Atlanta City Council District 10Ministerial Alliance Annual Community Revival, May 7 and 8, 7:00 p.m., Concord Baptist Church, 3270 Boulder Park Road. Rev. Leroy Doe preaching Wednesday night; Prophet Freddie Woods of Agape Church of Christ preaching on Thursday.  For Additional information contact 404 696-5125.

2. On Interfaith Perspectives, host Imam Plemon El-Amin speaks with Dr. Christopher M. Leighton, an ordained Presbyterian minister and Executive Director of the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies. Join the conversation as they discuss the history and mission behind the institute.  Interfaith Perspectives can be seen on AIB, Wednesday, May 7, at 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

3. The Harriett G. Darnell Senior Multipurpose Facility will host Senior University Day, Thursday, May 8, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.   See a screening of "Double Victory: The Tuskegee Airmen at War" as presented by historian to the film, Zellie Rainey Orr, who will entertain questions and hold a book signing.  For more information call the facility at 404-613-8580.   The facility is at 677 Fairburn Road, NW, Atlanta 30331. Citizens in need of accommodations due to disability should contact the Department of Housing and Human Services at 404-613-7944. To obtain Georgia Relay Access, citizens should dial 711.

4. AIBTV presents this week’s edition of Younger Voices in Ministry; the topic is conflict.  Join Dr. Ron Grizzle and Dr. Larry McSwain as they discuss the nature of conflict in churches and how McAfee’s Center for Teaching Churches helps new pastors to see conflict as an opportunity for growth.  Tune in for an insightful discussion, Friday, May 9, at 11:30 p.m., Tuesday at 2:00 p.m., and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

5. Remember the Electronic Recycling Event at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church on Saturday, May 10 from 9:00 am-1:00 pm. Dispose of electronic equipment, except television, free of charge. MDPC, 5140 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain, 30083. Call 404 292 8212 or visit for more information.

6. DeKalb Families in Action 4th Annual Awards Prayer Breakfast with keynote speaker Rev. De'Andre S. Pickett, May 10, 9 a.m. – 12 Noon, First Iconium Baptist Church, 542 Moreland Avenue, Atlanta   30316. Donation:  $10.00. For additional information and to R.s.v.p. call Ms. Dixon at (678) 570-9578, Ms. Harrison at (404) 604-7229, or email

7. The Seedtime and Harvest Gardens and Greenhouse at Holy Comforter Church, 737 Woodland Ave. SE, Atlanta, 30316, is holding its Mother’s Day Sale on May 10 from 10 to 2 with gorgeous hanging baskets and containers in various sizes and price ranges; annual flowers; perennials for sun or shade: hostas, hellebores, hardy plumbago, Solomon’s seal, coreopsis, lily of the valley, dianthus, etc. And yes – tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash, cucumbers, basil, and other herbs for your food gardens. It’s perfect weather for planting with plenty of time for the vegetables to mature, so stock up. Luscious baked goods, too, for your Mother’s Day celebration!

8. Safe America Foundation’s 9th Annual SafeTeen Georgia Driving Academy is Saturday, May 10, at Cobb Galleria Centre; 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; $20 for parent and teen. Learn about Georgia Driving Laws, distracted and impaired driving, trauma care, car maintenance and much more. Experience a simulator distracted driving course designed to highlight the dangers of texting while driving.  Watch the traffic court drama unfold in front of a judge. Interactive exhibits showcase safety equipment. Help your teen get ready for the roads!  Register at or call 770-973-7233 for more information.   

9. “Day 1,” the nationally syndicated radio program hosted by Peter Wallace, continues the series “Inspiring Young Leaders to Shape the Future” on its programs airing through June 1. Read more>>

10. Christine King Farris, only living sibling of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be the Mother's Day speaker at Hillside International Truth Center, Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. Professor Farris teaches at Spelman College and is the author of several books and a public speaker on various topics.  Hillside International Truth Center is  at 2450 Cascade Rd. SW, Atlanta  30311. If you have questions call (404)758-6811.

11. Ben Hill United Methodist hosts a Meet the Candidates Forum,   Tuesday, May 13, 5: 30 - 8:00 p.m. 2099 Fairburn Road, Atlanta 30331, for the people in the community to meet and greet the candidates who are running for local and statewide election and to hear their plans. Please contact Martha Bell at (404) 344-9133 for details.

12. Ser Familia presents an informative and fun session at 6 p.m. on May 13 with an immigration attorney and former Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Intern to answer immigration questions and provide accurate information about this topic. Session will be presented in Spanish.  There will be activities for children and gift card raffles and other prizes. Smitha Middle School, 2025 Powder Springs Rd., Marietta.  This is a free program. For more information call (678) 363-3079.

13. Mental Health/Recovery Professionals, Advocates, Peers, Families, Friends, and Supporters! During Mental health Recovery Month Grady Behavioral Health System will host a testimonial, spoken word, and video “We Can and DO Recover! Removing the Stigma of Mental Illness.” Thursday, May 15, 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Grady Health System (Piedmont Hall/ Auditorium),  80 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE, Atlanta, (Behind the New Children's Wing) There will be free accommodations in the back area for your materials for peers and the public. An impressive array of leaders will be speaking. Confirm attendance to Major Jordan, or (404) 616-5261.

14. It is particularly fitting that during the 50th anniversary year of the historic meeting of Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras I in Jerusalem a joint service and celebration of Catholic and Orthodox will be held. That They May Be One, Officiants are Catholic Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory and Metropolitan Alexios, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta, May 20, 7 p.m., Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta 30305

15. The Cathedral without Walls presents the First Annual Chill on the Hill on Monday, May 26, 7 - 9:30 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. Rain or shine. This is an adult event for those 18 years old and older. The evening will feature Atlanta's Yacht Rock Revue playing your favorites from the Beatles and other hits from the 70s and 80s. All proceeds benefit the Cathedral of St. Philip's "Cathedral without Walls" outreach programs. Learn more and purchase tickets.

16. To further Atlanta Community Food Bank’s mission of engaging, educating, and empowering our community to fight hunger, they are bringing the award-winning documentary on hunger in the United States, “A Place at the Table”, to AMC Mansell Crossing June 5 at 7:00 p.m. For the screening to happen, people must purchase 84 tickets before May 29. A select number of tickets are available for $5 -- don’t wait, get your tickets today! More>>

17. Religions of the East – An Overview and Discussion, Sunday, June 8, 3 – 5:30 p.m. This presentation and discussion of three of the major religious traditions of the Eastern world, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism will be led by representatives of each. Host is the Meditation Center of Atlanta, 1447 Church Street, Decatur  30030. No pre-registration or charge is required for attendance. Members and friends are always welcome.  Following the program there will be an opportunity to join in a 15 minute guided meditation based on the Buddhist tradition.

18. Community Ambassador Training from youthSpark, Saturday, June 14, 8:30 a.m. -12 p.m., Zion Missionary Baptist Church--Fellowship Hall, 888 Zion Circle, Roswell 30075. Email to R.s.v.p. Continental breakfast will be provided. Father's Day weekend is the perfect opportunity for men to learn how they can fight child sex trafficking!  youthSpark Community Ambassadors are community members who volunteer their time to raise awareness regarding child sex trafficking and keep friends and family informed. This one-time 3 hour training session provides education on child sex trafficking here in Georgia, the demand, red flags, services available for any child in need of help, and how to report this crime.

19. Mental Health First Aid is the initial help given to someone approaching or experiencing a mental health crisis. The aid is not a substitute for professional help, but will help in stabilizing the person until appropriate assistance can be engaged. Perimeter Church, 9500 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek, will offer a course on June 21, 8:30 – 4:30. Cost is $60. To Register send email or call below, 404-431-2676. These trainings are appropriate for anyone who meets the public and fill up fast!

20. Barbara Lewis King Scholarship Foundation Masked Ball is coming up on June 21 at the Marriott Marquis. More>>

21. Join the Atlanta Legal Aid Society and the Long Road Home committee for the 15th Anniversary of the most important civil rights decision for people with disabilities in our country's history. Monday, June 23, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., The Carter Center. Special Lunch Program from 12:00-1:30. Tickets for lunch program only are $30; full events tickets are $50.  CLE credit available.  Get more information" href="

22. VocationCARE Training, June 24-27, 2014, Sewanee, Tenn. Do you want to stir up or rekindle that urgent longing to participate actively in Christ’s redeeming purpose in the world? VocationCARE helps individuals and communities construct a route into the heart of the mystery that Christians refer to as vocation, or our unique calling from God within the particular circumstances of our lives. VocationCARE consists of communal practices through which congregations and other spiritual communities design and enact new ministries. More information and register  Here.

23. The National Church Leadership Institute is back this August 7-10 in Atlanta. During these three days, you can have access to the brightest practitioners and creative experts from across the country who are changing the Church as we know it to meet the world's greatest needs.  You will hear from over a dozen leading experts on everything from building digital ministries to pastoral resilience to running the “business” of church. Catch the early bird $100 off discount when you register before May 31. Learn more>>

24. Faculty of Columbia Theological Seminary makes a statement on divisions within the PC(USA) --Columbia Theological Seminary was at the center of past schisms in the Presbyterian Church and carries institutional memories of pain over them.  Today, the faculty watches with increasing alarm as new schisms.  They state, “Remembering, therefore, the pain of former schisms and attentive to the pain that current schisms are causing for our students and the church we have taken vows to serve, we now issue the following statement.” Read it here.

25. The Gateway Center is looking for persons to help once a week assisting case managers with administrative duties, Wednesday morning volunteers who enjoy working with adults and art projects, and volunteers to assist with intake and direct services. For more information email Bec Cranford-Smith, at


26. We know you will be interested in reading about the truckers’ chapel His Way at TravelCenters of America truck stop in Jackson overlooking I-75. Truckers get spiritual nourishment, a good meal, free Bibles, and pamphlets. One entitled “Where ids your Destination?” There are three weekly services and the chapel is open daily for prayer or quiet time.  Read more>>

27. The words we use matter, can have a big impact on how things are interpreted and internalized. Language has the potential to offend but also, to empower and convey respect. AskEARN fact sheet on "people first" language lists some of the negative language to be avoided and more appropriate language to use when referring to individuals with disabilities, including people with mental health issues.  A link to it is item number 3 in Steps to take to be sure you and your congregation are prepared if you encounter a person who needs help... in the Faith Leader Tool Box for Mental Health Ministry here.



Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.



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Each package of food will include a 20-pound box of fruit and vegetables and a bag of ground beef or chicken hindquarters.


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