Congratulations to Peachtree Corners Christian Church, Briarcliff United Methodist Church, and Zion Baptist Church, Marietta. You asked first and a copy of Amazing Gifts: Stories of Faith, Disability, and Inclusion, an Alban publication, is on its way to you.
Noted religion writer Mark I. Pinsky gathered stories from churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples across the country where people with disabilities have found welcome. He took special care to include the widest range of disabilities, including non-apparent disabilities like lupus, chronic pain, traumatic brain injury, depression, and mental illness. See the Facebook page and tell your story of welcome and read the stories of other congregations. Alban gave us one of these books to share and the Regional Council bought the other two.
1. Second Annual Karl's Call for Life Benefit Concert! Mark your calendar for Saturday May 12, an awesome evening of music, awareness, and fun with family and friends. Speakers include Iris Bolton, Director Emeritus of the Link Counseling Center and National Resource Center for Suicide Prevention and Aftercare. May 12, 6:30 - 10:00 p.m., The Warehouse, 5095 Post Road, Cumming 30040. Donations are tax deductible and go directly to suicide prevention and survivor support in Georgia through SPAN-GA. Register Here
2. Job Networking group at Roswell United Methodist Church Mini-Job Fair, Monday, May 14. A wide range of companies will be present. Job Networking offers 16 afternoon and evening workshops beginning at 1 p.m. Everyone attending is invited to dinner, to get free photos by a professional photographer for a Linked In profile, and to shop at the free Attire to Hire clothing room for a job interview outfit. See www.rumcjobnetworking.com for full agenda, details, and directions.
3. Reminder of the 2012 Legislative Wrap Up with A Future. Not a Past., Tuesday, May 15, 7:30am Continental breakfast; 8:00am - 9:00am Panel Discussion, North Avenue Presbyterian Church, 607 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30308. As part of the May 15 breakfast, unveiling of an exciting part of the Take A Stand Against Demand campaign. R.s.v.p. to email@example.com by May 11.
4. AADD plans to honor mothers living with developmental disabilities with a Mother’s Day Luncheon, May 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Decatur. They need some volunteers to help out with serving and decorations. If you can help please R.s.v.p. by tomorrow to firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. DISCIPLE Bible Outreach program for people who are incarcerated in the State of Georgia informational meeting, May 15, North Georgia Conference Center, 4511 Jones Bridge Circle, Norcross. If you are interested in being a part of the steering committee and hearing more of this conversation please contact Rev. Pat Dunbar at email@example.com with your interest level and any questions
6. Madison's Episcopal Church of the Advent continues its celebration of the joy of Easter with Evensong services at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays through May 22. Organists and twin sisters Alice Griffin Walker and Becky Griffin Ramsey (my college classmates) will perform May 15. The sisters have performed on pipe organs around the world, from London's Wesley Chapel to solo performances with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. See AdventMadison.org
7. Dr. Marcia Y. Riggs, J. Erskine Love Professor of Christian Ethics at Columbia Theological Seminary, has created a new program in Conflict Transformation using her theories in Religious Ethical Mediation for work with religious bodies. This program is a collaboration of Still Waters: A Center for Ethical Formation and Practices and New York Theological Seminary. The D.Min. degree is a three year program that meets in Decatur for one week intensives 4 times the first year. The second and third years use online classes. Students receive their degree from NYTS and a certificate in Conflict Transformation from Still Waters. For more information on the degree program or a certificate only program, contact Rev. Joan C. Speaks, 678-570-8252 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit an Open Forum on May 17, 1 p.m., at Still Waters, 5878 Covington Highway, Decatur 30035.
8. Breaking the Shackles Benefit Concert, May 18, 7 – 9 p.m., Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. To help youthSpark's AFNAP campaign in the fight against child sex trafficking, Wheeler High students Cameron Harris and Karina Perez organized this benefit concert. Support an effort by our youth to help other children who are victims of this heinous crime. Headlining the concert is The Museum, a contemporary Christian rock band. Other performers are Against the Downpour, a local praise and worship band; Made Whole, a local band; and the Wheeler Funk Ensemble. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or in advance via www.itickets.com.
9. The Church of God in Christ will hold their National Women's Conference and Convention in Atlanta, May 28 thru June 1, at the Georgia World Congress Center. Over 25,000 women will be in attendance; let’s all welcome them to our city. If you want to know more about his group contact Ms. Elizabeth Wilson, Vice President of Church of God in Christ (COGIC) Urban Initiatives at 404-344-2601.
10. A Time to Let Go Sabbath Rest Silent Retreat, noon to 4 p.m., Friday, June 1, Ignatius House, 6700 Riverside Drive, Sandy Springs 30328. Seize an opportunity to reflect in God’s presence buoyed by the contemplative atmosphere of Ignatius House with its 22 acres set apart solely for devotion to God and the nurturing of our spirits. The cost for the afternoon including lunch is $22. Host Dan Hayes tells us that a generous donor has made it possible for anyone who can not afford this charge to be scholarshipped. Just email Becky Shoaf, blocked::mailto:email@example.com" href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org"">email@example.com, for more information.
11. Centering Prayer is a method of praying in response to the Spirit of Christ by consenting to God's presence and action within. A one-day Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshop will be held at St. Mary’s Sewanee, June 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register at CenteringPrayer for a time away from the bustle and hurry in the beautiful mountains just above Chattanooga.
12. Reserve your space for Healthy church strategies for websites, social media, email and personal & congregational communication from the Center for Congregational Health now. Registration is limited for this June 8 learning opportunity at Mercer University in Atlanta. See the details or contact Robin Danner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-716-9722.
13. Hands Around the Hill, a non-profit organization addressing homelessness issues affecting the Capital Hill area of Atlanta, is sponsoring a 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, June 9, at 8:00 a.m. The run goes through historic downtown Atlanta and Grant Park. All Proceeds will benefit Central Night Shelter and Central Outreach and Advocacy Center. To register go to www.ACTIVE.COM (Hands Around the Hill). Registration Fee is $20 until May 20; $25 after May 20. No race day registration. All entrants receive a race T-shirt and food/beverage discount at the Post Race Party at Dakota Blue, Grant Park. First Place winners receive a plaque.
14. Epiphany Lutheran Church, Suwanee, has dedicated its newly constructed and remodeled space. Focal point of the newly expanded chancel area is a stained glass window illustrating God's promises. Epiphany added two dedicated rooms for middle and high school youth with state-of-the-art AV equipment and furnishings selected by the youth. The nursery has new space adjacent to the worship center and a "cry room" at the rear of the worship center. Coffee Café sells coffee from an impoverished mountain village in Haiti providing an economic engine for those in Haiti and helping to fund Epiphany's annual youth trip to serve there. Stop by Epiphany at 1350 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and help celebrate.
15. Antioch Bible College Institute and Seminary announces its Summer Schedule and you can find it on the new webpage www.abbcis.com
16. Theatrical Outfit has announced the 2012-13 season; you can see it all here... The season opens in August with My Name is Asher Lev an adaption by Aaron Posner of the Potok novel exploring family, faith, and art.
17. Another opportunity for the delicious Holy Smoking BBQ! Deacons of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta and the Church of St. Peter & St. Paul, Marietta, are cooking again to raise money so children of the Emmaus House community can go to summer camp. Place your orders for chicken, ribs or smoked pork butts between now and June 4 for pickup June 8 at the Marietta church. Read more...
18. May is Foster Care Month across the nation. About 408,000 children in the U.S. are currently in foster care because their own families are in crisis and unable to provide for their well-being. Street GRACE will be hosting a drop-off drive during this month to benefit their community partners who work with foster care children. Email email@example.com for more information, call 678-809-2111, or visit the Street GRACE website www.streetgrace.org.
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