Church Action eNewsletter Week of May 6, 2019

Week of May 6, 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. You will also find the last few weeks' editions on our home page

1. Wellsprings Worship Circle meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays, 7 – 8:30 p.m., at Atlanta Friends Meeting House, 701 W. Howard Street, Decatur, 30030. These evening worship gatherings draw from ancient and contemporary wisdom sources, offering time for quiet stillness, singing and chanting, reflection with Scripture and other sacred texts, intimate prayer and conversation, and silent meditation in a contemplative space. A donation of $10-20 is suggested.

2. “Winning at Living: Getting to Happy and Whole Conference” from the National Black Leadership Commission On AIDS, Wednesday, May 8, 8:30 a.m., Morehouse School of Medicine, National Center for Primary Care. This year’s conference will feature five powerful, free sessions led by leaders in their fields. Topics include social determinants of health; maternal health, and reproductive justice for black mothers, and more. Free registration here.

3. “Sacred Sound--Ancient Vibes for Modern Times” hosted by Unity Atlanta Church, Wednesday, May 8, 7 – 8:30 p.m., 3597 Parkway Lane, Peachtree Corners 30092. Join vibrational sound therapist Gabriel Nelson Sears for a discussion of modern day applications for sacred sound followed by a sacred sound meditation with Himalayan and crystal singing bowls, Native American flutes, drums, chimes and bells. Wear comfortable, loose clothing and feel free to bring a yoga mat, blanket, pillow or bolster and water. This is a love offering event.

4. This is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. Among events around town are:

May 10, Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) Training, Learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Southeast Atlanta Library, 1463 Pryor Rd. SW, Atlanta 30315. Space is limited. Please only register for one session.

May 10, Georgia Parent Support Network invites you to an open house and flashmob, 5 – 7 p.m., Friday, May 10, 1382 Metropolitan Parkway, Atlanta 30303. There will be a resource fair, free food, a bouncy house, and arts and fun activities for kids. Bring your families. Wear green if you can to show support for Children's Mental Health Awareness. If you have any questions, contact Lisa Pace at (404) 758-4500 x109.

5. You are invited to Iftar by the Atlantic Institute. Share a meal with your neighbors. Check the dates, participants, R.s.v.p. information, and registration options below. You are welcome to dinner more than once.
1) Family Iftar Dinners, May 10 - June 1, share the joy of Ramadan at a Muslim home. R.s.v.p. here.
2) Mother's Day Iftar Dinner, Sunday May 12, this iftar dinner is dedicated to "Mothers away from Motherland." R.s.v.p. here.
3) 5th Annual Interfaith Iftar Dinner, Thursday, May 16, our annual interfaith tradition will continue. R.s.v.p. here.
4) Neighborhood Iftar Dinner, Thursday, May 23. Once a neighbor, always a neighbor... Make your R.s.v.p..

6. Art and Plant Sale at the Friendship Center at Holy Comforter Church, Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 737 Woodland Ave. SE, 30316. The artists and gardeners have created one-stop Mother's Day Shopping! Weavings, wood-turned bowls and pens, stained glass mosaics, jewelry, paintings and drawings from the art studio. (75% of the sales go to the individual artist, 25% go back to materials.) The Seedtime & Harvest Garden & Greenhouse (a supported employment program) is offering beautiful containers of all sizes, annual flowers, perennials for sun or shade, and delicious baked goods for your celebrations. For those who have waited until after the Easter chill to plant vegetables, we still have plenty for your garden. Come celebrate spring with the Friendship Center.

7. L’Arche Atlanta Open House, Saturday, May 11, 1 – 3 p.m. In this community, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are not clients, patients, or recipients of services. They are friends, teachers, and companions, who, through daily acts of care, trust, and friendship, develop into ambassadors of compassion and leaders for social change. Find out more at L'Arche Atlanta.

8. We are reminded that Sunday is Mother’s Day by an announcement promising a "one-of-kind" Mother's Day service, May 12 at Hillside International Truth Center, 2450 Cascade Rd SW, Atlanta 30311. All mothers in attendance will receive a special gift compliments of Bishops Dr. Barbara and Dr. Jack.

9. There’s toe-tappin’ bluegrass at Shallowford Presbyterian Sunday, May 12, at 11 a.m. worship. Chuck Nation Band is the accompaniment for a new work “High Lonesome Mass” which is a mash-up of the traditional Latin Mass and Bluegrass music. This work features three familiar tunes: Brethren We Have Met to Worship, Do Lord, and What Wondrous Love is This. 2375 Shallowford Rd., Atlanta 30345. More information here.

10. And in the afternoon there is free admission to special family programs, noon to five o’clock, Second Sunday at the High Museum, 1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta 30309.

11. The Rev. William G. Carter, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, Pa., is the preacher May 12 on “Day 1,” the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at and via podcast. Carter is a well-known jazz pianist who founded and leads the Presbybop Quartet. “Nagging Grace,” Carter’s sermon for May 12. “I have been preaching for so long that I have a half-dozen sermons on the 23rd Psalm,” he says. “Today I am not sure which one to preach.” Visit http://Day1org to read or hear it now and find many other resources. In Atlanta at 7:05 a.m. on News 95.5 and 750 AM WSB.

12. St. Anne’s Episcopal Church will offer two fascinating sessions May 12 and May 19 at 9:15 a.m. “Who Goes to Heaven: Exploration of World Religions’ Views of the Afterlife” with Jeffrey Small-- a lively presentation on the ancient origins of the concept of resurrection and comparative views of heaven and eternal life in Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam. What can we learn from traditions that are different from our own? Small, an award-winning author, speaker, entrepreneur, and theologian, has taught classes on world religions at Emory University's Candler School of Theology. Free. 3098 St. Anne’s Lane, Atlanta 30327; (404)237-5589,

13. Registration continues for the Champions for Children Symposium, May 13, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Henry County Police Department, 110 S Zack Hinton Pkwy, McDonough. Register here.

14. Peachtree Road United Methodist Church is offering Midday Music, Wednesdays in May, at noon, May 15, Sarah Hawbecker, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, will be featured on the Mander, Schantz, Van Daalen portative and Estey harmonium. Enjoy a 30 minute noon recital and lunch for $10 or bring your own lunch and enjoy the recital for $5.

15. Inspiritus (formerly Lutheran Services of Georgia) is hosting an Open House to tell you about their new THRIVE! Youth Host Homes, Thursday, May 16, 7:00 p.m., at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 2089 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta 30307. Youth host homes provide supportive, short-term housing for youth ages 18-24 experiencing homelessness. The program is open and supportive of all homeless youth, including those who have aged out of foster care or who identify as LGBTQ. Come learn more about this new program and what it takes to become a Youth Host Home.

16. “The Re-Emergence of the Fierce Young Woman in Film and Literature” with Elizabeth Nelson Ph.D., Friday Lecture May 17, 7:30 p.m., members: $20, nonmembers: $25, students with ID: $10. “Archetypal Faces of Power and Toxic Masculinity” with Elizabeth Nelson Ph.D., Workshop Saturday May 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., members: $60, nonmembers: $70, students: with ID $25, CEUs: $25. Both Jung Society programs held at Sandy Springs Christian Church, 301 Johnsons Ferry Rd, Sandy Springs 30328. See for more information.

17. “Peace Rising: Fourth Annual intersectional Multi-Faith Vesak Celebration,” May 18, 3:00 p.m., Unity Fellowship of Christ Church, Social Hall, 601 West Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur. There is no admission charge. Light snacks will be provided. Please register at

18. Trey Clegg Singers present their Spoleto Farewell Concert “Homeward Bound, Trying to Make Heaven Our Home,” Saturday, May 18, 7 p.m., First Congregational Church, 105 Cortland St NE, Atlanta.

19. For Food Pantry Forum regulars and newcomers, come to learn and share and make connections. If your congregation has a pantry, large or small, your clients, management, and volunteers will benefit. Come away with new friends, new info, and inspiration from the next Food Pantry Forum, co-hosted by United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Regional Council of Churches, is Thursday, May 23 from 2 - 3:30 p.m., at the offices of United Way of Greater Atlanta, 40 Courtland St, Atlanta 30303, 3rd floor. The Atlanta Community Food Bank, Community Assistance Center, and Emmaus House have partnered to pilot a "Food First" pantry which increases access to nutritious food for clients to promote longer term food security and economic stability. They will share the preliminary promising findings of this innovative framework and discuss practical strategies for transitioning to the client choice, market-style pantry, which is foundational to the Food First approach. We will also have opportunity for networking and discussion. We look forward to seeing you there. To R.s.v.p., click here. Email me if you have any questions

20. Suicide Prevention Competencies for Faith Leaders: Supporting Life Before, During, and After a Suicidal Crisis. Click on the link to access this resource supported by SAMHSA. It is intended to help equip leaders of all faiths with the capabilities needed to prevent suicide and provide care and comfort for those affected by suicide.

21. Find out more information and the correct dates for the Faith Breaks Bars Ending Mass Incarceration Conference. Auburn Seminary, Ebenezer Baptist Church, The Temple, and other interfaith partners are collaborating on this national initiative to catalyze a faith-rooted response to mass incarceration. The initiative leverages the spiritual power, people power, and other resources in faith communities toward ending mass incarceration in America. Conference is June 17-19, 2019 in

22. Mark your calendar for a one-time event. Professional chamber choir Coro Vocati presents “Considering Matthew Shepard,” a powerful and emotionally gripping musical journey about the life and legacy of hate-crime victim Matthew Shepard. Featuring moving vocal performances, rich orchestrations, and multimedia visuals, this brilliant tribute honors the 20th anniversary of Shepard’s tragic death and includes jazz, country and classical solos; poetic texts; and passages from Shepard’s own personal journal. It be performed during LGBTQ Pride Month on Saturday, June 29, at 8 p.m., at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center. It is produced in partnership with local nonprofit Be THE Voice®. Tickets from $20-$50. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Share the information with your congregations about this special one-time event is not to be missed!

Remember that all events previously announced go into the Community Calendar on our website. Visit for the calendar, the Clergy Tool Box for Mental Health Ministry, and more.
Ethel Ware Carter

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