Church Action eNewsletter Week of Oct. 12, 2015

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Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta

Church Action eNewsletter Week of October 12, 2015


1. Infant and Pregnancy Loss Remembrance and Celebration of Life, Thursday, October 15, 7-8 p.m., St Bede’s Episcopal Church, 2601 Henderson Mill Rd NE, Atlanta 30345. In honor of the pain of these losses and to celebrate life no matter how brief, St. Bede’s Episcopal Church offers an ecumenical service for anyone remembering a loss, recently or long ago. Light refreshments. Questions? Contact Rev’d Caroline Branch at


2. World Food Day is Oct. 16. Globally, over 800 million people lack sufficient food to eat. Through Feed the Future, the U.S. government works with small holder farmers and local governments to increase their food production. Those introducing the Global Food Security Act in Congress include Senators John Isakson (R-GA). It will enhance Feed the Future. Here’s is how you can urge your elected legislators to support the act. Support the Global Food Security Act today!


3. The Julia Pate Borders Memorial Nurses’ Guild of Wheat Street Baptist Church, 359 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta 30312, presents The Fifty-Fourth Medical Forum: Cerebrovascular Accident  Part II-Update Acute Stroke Care, Saturday, Oct. 17, 1 p.m. Panelists are Wendy Wright, M.D, Neurologist;  Kristy N. Greene, Doctor of Pharmacy;  Carla Turman Burnett, Physical Therapist. Special guests are Genelle’s Majestic Dancers. Reception immediately following. There is no admission charge. Dr. Michael N. Harris is pastor.


4. Halloween Carnival and Haunted Trail are scheduled from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Christ Church Episcopal, Norcross. The event benefits an educational, medical, and dental mission in Haiti. Food, cake walk, ghost stories, kids' games and activities.  All are welcome.


5. The Jung Society of Atlanta presents a lecture, Sat., Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m.,  “Foreigners: Who Enters? Friend or Foe?” by Jutta von Buchholtz, Ph.D., Birmingham based Jungian Analyst trained in Zurich, LPC, lecturer, and teacher. In this lecture, she will explore the impact of immigrants, especially in this country, including their profound contributions as well as the often experienced tensions between “Us” and “Them.” The location is Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Rd., N.W., Atlanta 30327, and the fees are $20 for the public, $10 for students, and free for Jung Society members.  More information is at


6. The Rt. Rev. Nicholas Knisely, bishop of the Diocese of Rhode Island, is the featured preacher Oct. 18 on Day 1, the nationally syndicated radio program in its special series "Faith & Science in the 21st Century." His sermon is titled "Quantum Physics and Eternity." Find your local station, ear the sermon, read blogs, and more at  


7. Don’t miss the free Ed Kilbourne Concert at the Wesley Foundation at Georgia Tech, Sunday, Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m. Known for his collections of moving music, quirky humor, and insightful monologues, this folk-theologian offers his teaching in story and song. The Wesley Foundation is located at 189 Fourth Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30313.  Email for more information.


8. The Men of Radcliffe Presbyterian Church Annual Men's Day is Sunday, Oct. 18, at 11:00 a.m.  The theme is, "A Noble Cause: Revisiting the Core Values Needed for the Survival of Black Males."  The speaker for the occasion will be Dr. Lonnie C. King, Jr., nationally renowned civil rights leader and founding chairman of the Atlanta Student Movement.  Pastor Andrew L. Stephens, Jr. joins Radcliffe men in issuing an invitation to all members of the Atlanta faith community to join in worship on that day and experience Radcliffe's radical hospitality, fellowship, music, and the spoken word.  Radcliffe is at 286 Hamilton E. Holmes Dr., NW, Atlanta 30318, across the street from Frederick Douglass High School. Telephone number is (404)799-8286. Linger afterward for a reception to meet and greet the speaker and pastor. 


9. Georgia WAND's Annual Membership Meeting, October 19, 5:30-8:00 p.m., 250 Georgia Ave. SE, Rm 316. R.s.v.p. to Johnna at Visit the event page on Facebook for more event details.


10. Emory University’s Pitts Theology Library at Candler School of Theology will host the 28th Annual Reformation Day on Thursday, Oct. 22. The day of lectures, exhibits, and music will focus on the theme "Scripture and Reform: The Ten Commandments as Jewish Law, Christian Gospel and Civic Code.” Learn more and register by Oct. 15.  Or read the Full story at >>


11. John Philip Newell will speak on Spirituality: the Sister of Theology at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Oct. 22, 7 p.m. Poet, peacemaker, scholar and author, Dr. Newell is Companion Theologian for the American Spirituality Center of Casa del Sol At Ghost Ranch in New Mexico and was formerly warden of Iona Abbey in the Western Isles of Scotland. The lecture and the dessert reception and book signing following it are free and open to the public, no reservations required. 634 West Peachtree St, NW.  For more information, contact Gail Rogers


12. This year’s conference of the Lord’s Day Alliance of the U.S., Oct. 23, focuses on the family drawing attention to the integration of the commandment to honor your father and mother and the commandment to keep the Sabbath. The conference is held in concert with Reformation Day at Emory University, Oct. 22, and its theme, Scripture and Reform: The Ten Commandments as Jewish Law, Christian Gospel, and Civic Code. Friday, October 23,  Emory University,  Candler School of Theology,  Rita Anne Rollins Building, Room 102, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta  30322 Complete announcement.  For more information contact


13. St. Teresa's Episcopal Church in Acworth is having a BBQ Fundraiser for the Live Nativity they offer to the community each year.  5725 Fords Road, Acworth 30101.  Call the church office (770)590-0854 to place a pre-order. Sale is Friday, Oct. 23, and Saturday, Oct. 24, 12–8 p.m. Pay at pickup. They accept cash, checks, and credit cards. Pork Butt - $40/ea. pre-ordered (est. 10 lb. precooked) or $45/each on day of event. Pulled Pork - $8/lb. Pork sandwich meals will also be for sale.


14. Fall Festival and Car Show, Saturday, Oct. 24, at St. Mary and St. Martha of Bethany Episcopal Church in Buford. The event features cars, food, crafts, games, a quilt show and more. Car registration is $10 from 9 to 11 a.m.; trophies will be awarded at 1:30 p.m. for fan favorites. For more information email 


15. "Hospitality that Works" with Rev. Chris Walker, PC(USA) at Light of Hope Presbyterian Church, 1507 Hurt Road Marietta 30008. This is a special training for greeters, ushers, and leaders from any denomination to discover their role in the Master's plan for evangelism. Who knows, maybe your visitors will return! This event is on Saturday October 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided. For registration call Ms. Linda Drake at (770)436-4010.


16. Atlanta Community Ministries invites you to Sabbath Rest, a Silent Retreat, Tuesday, Oct. 27, noon to four o’clock.  Register at or Fee is $22. Scholarships are available for those who are otherwise unable to attend. Please email Becky Shoaf if you need a scholarship. Table fellowship (meal included in registration), a brief gathering, silence on your own with resource materials. Time for rest and listening for God, and a brief closing with group prayer. Come away for a time of silence; it can make all the difference in your life! Ignatius House,  6700 Riverside Drive, Atlanta 30328.


17. “The Confederate Flag – Forgiveness and Reconciliation,” 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at Morehouse College in Atlanta. The forum features Ambassador Andrew Young and five other panelists dedicated to identifying today’s challenges and proposing ethical responses. The panelists are: Constance Curry, civil rights activist and author; Ben Jones, former Georgia congressman, actor and writer; David Wall Rice, department chair and associate professor of psychology at Morehouse College; Ron Thomas, director, journalism and sports program at Morehouse; and Michael L. Thurmond, former Georgia labor commissioner, attorney and author; Episcopal Bishop Rob Wright. Andrea Young, attorney and author, will serve as moderator. The program, sponsored by the Andrew J. Young Foundation, will be held at the Shirley A. Massey Executive Conference Center, 830 Westview Drive SW, Atlanta 30314.  All are welcome.


18. Diversity in Disaster for DeKalb County Communities, Oct. 29, 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Stronghold Christian Church, Lithonia. Join leaders from diverse cultures, faiths, and civic groups in the DeKalb County area. The Summit will share how leaders can help their communities cope in the first 3 days of a large disaster. It will offer information and training opportunities, and connect you to additional preparedness resources through an ongoing network. The Summit is free and includes Lunch & Learn Disaster Unity Session. Offered in partnership with the DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency, the American Red Cross of Metro Atlanta, and the Joseph's Network.  Space is limited! CLICK HERE to register.


19. The Skylark Vocal Ensemble will perform "Lieder + Love Songs" at 7:30 p.m,. Thursday, Oct. 29, at St. Catherine's Episcopal Church in Marietta. Skylark is a renowned professional choral group based in Atlanta and Boston. They will share love songs, sung a cappella, from romantic masters and offerings from American songwriters Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael,  and Irving Berlin. There is no charge for the concert. A freewill offering will be taken. more >


20. Summit Counseling Center Women’s Summit on Mental Health, Monday, November 2, Rick and Kay Warren (founders of Saddleback Church and author of Purpose Driven Life) lost their son, Matthew, to suicide. The Warrens have now committed a large portion of their ministry to providing hope to individuals and families affected by mental illness. Kay will be the keynote speaker at the summit. While this event is a fundraiser to help provide counseling services to those in need it is also an awareness raising event to help educate our community. If you haven't registered yet, there are still have seats available. Sign Up Today.


21. 27th Annual Homeless Requiem, Cathedral of St. Philip, Nov. 2. All are welcome to remember the homeless among us and those who have died. Serve dinner, contribute, and more.


22. Your voice matters 2015 Public Policy Forum, Thursday, November 5, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1328 Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30309. Come meet with key members of the State House and Senate to discuss Georgia’s critical issues! Register now -


23. We have long had information on the Mental Health America of Georgia maternal health programs on our website because congregations can be lifelines for young mothers who need help. Move for Moms 2015 5K /1K Fun Run & Strollerthon is Sunday, Nov. 8, registration 8:30 a.m., race 10, at Piedmont Park. There will be a stroller decorating contest, kid’s activities, awards for top finishers, a raffle, breakfast, and more. Funds raised will support Mental Health America of Georgia’s Project Healthy Moms, a program to promote maternal mental health. Get all the info at


24. Neshama Interfaith Center and Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center offer Interfaith Day of Reflection, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 9.30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Encounter The Divine in new ways as you explore The Holy through the voice of the 3 Abrahamic Faiths using sacred texts, prayers and story, silent reflection and group process, and a beautiful vegetarian lunch, all in a setting of peace and natural beauty. Bring your own notebook. Light breakfast fare at 9; program at 9.30a.m.  Registrations can be made online through the Ignatius House website, to whom all payments will be made (click link, then follow to 'Days of Reflection' after scrolling down.) Location: Ignatius House, 6700 Riverside Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30328 (click for directions). Any questions? Contact Marian Monahan at


25. Best-selling author and retreat leader Margaret Silf, author of Sacred in the City, will lead a daylong conference at the Cathedral of St. Philip on Saturday, Nov. 14.  Silf teaches about Christian spirituality, particularly Ignatian spirituality, in a way that helps people find connections between the Gospel and their everyday lives. For details and online registration click here.


26. A team is working to spread humanitarian summits around the world, humanitarians from all religious backgrounds, rich and poor, from all countries and all racial backgrounds, joining together at places of prayer to speak, exhibit, and connect.  The best prayers are acts of kindness to one another. Have a look at the initial websites; you might want to get involved.  WWW.GLOBALHUMANITARIANSUMMIT.ORG and WWW.HUMANITARIANSUNITE.COM


27. We are in the middle of the Week of Prayer to End World Hunger Read more...



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The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.




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