Church Action eNewsletter Week of October 12, 2018

Church Action eNewsletter Week of October 12, 2018
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.
God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

1. End Money Bail DeKalb meeting is at new time, the third Tuesday, at 6:30 p.m., that’s today, at Bethel Baptist Church, 1890 Second Ave, Decatur 30032. This is a joint meeting with the DeKalb NAACP Criminal Justice committee. Everyone interested in ending money bail in DeKalb are welcome! If you missed the program on 9/15, see links below:

2. Reformation Day, Oct. 25, the schedule is posted now. Registration is requested. Don’t miss this rich day of history, faith, the Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection, music, food, and a panel on the reformation and challenges and opportunities facing theology and the church today.

3. “3 Keys to JAZZ,” Kenny Banks Sr., Kathleen Bertrand, Kenny Banks, Jr., and Phil Davis in a jazz concert featuring poet Opal Moore, Cascade United Methodist Church, 3144 Cascade Avenue, SW, Atlanta 30311, Oct. 18, 7 p.m. There is no admission charge.

4. Find out about Simple Needs Georgia here.. The weather is cooler and warm coats are needed, other things, too. The next donation drive is Saturday, Oct. 20. If you want to help contact

5. The 2018 Sybil M. Robinson Social Justice Forum presents “Immigration: The Journey and Beyond, “Saturday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., St. Anthony Catholic Church, Adamski Hall, 928 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., SW, Atlanta 30310. Speakers are Dr. Isabella Alexander, anthropologist, writer, and director of “The Burning” and Kimberly Longshore, Refugee Resource and Youth Mentoring Coordinator, Catholic Charities, Atlanta. Parking available at the Dollar Tree lot across the street.

6. NAMIWalks are 5K events to raise awareness and funds for NAMI organizations across the country. For general information, click here. NAMIWalks North Georgia event is Saturday, October 20, at Brenau University in Gainesville. Join this first time Walk by registering at If you have questions, email

7. The Rev. Joe Evans, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Marietta, is the featured preacher Oct. 21 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible as a podcast and online at Evans’ sermon for Oct. 21, entitled “Where Were You,” is drawn from Job 38, God’s response to Job’s question about why the innocent suffer. Hear Day 1 every Sunday morning at 7:05 on News95.5 and 750 AM WSB.

8. Senior Adult Bible Study meets at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, 2715 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta 30305, on Monday mornings at 10:30.

9. A reminder of “Undoing the Most Segregated Hour in America” offered by the Lutheran Theological Center in Atlanta and Christ Our Hope Lutheran Church, Riverdale. Monday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Christ Our Hope Church, 2156 Highway 138, Riverdale. Speakers include The Rev. H. Julian Gordy, Bishop ELCA SE Synod, the Rev. Ken J. Walden, President-Dean of Gammon Theological Seminary, Atlanta, and Dr. Susan McArver, professor at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC. The conference is free; all are invited. Lunch will be served. R.s.v.p. to

10. Dr. Kate Bowler will be the 2018 Faith and Learning Speaker at Agnes Scott College Monday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. Dr. Bowler, Duke Divinity School, wrote the New York Times bestselling memoir “Everything Happens for a Reason (and other lies I’ve loved)” after being diagnosed with cancer at age 35. Bill Gates includes this book on his must-read list. Bowler staged a national conversation around why it felt so difficult to speak frankly about suffering through her popular podcast, Everything Happens. She has appeared on NPR, The TODAY Show, in The New York Times, The Washington Post and TIME Magazine. This event is free and open to the public and is a ticketed event. More information.

11. “Who Cares - Finding Family for Georgia's Foster Youth,” Oct. 24, Atlanta. Click the event link for all the details and to

12. Carver College, training to transform, is celebrating its 75 anniversary Oct. 24- 28. Read about all the events at

13. Candler School of Theology Admissions Fall Visit Day, Thursday, October 25, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., 1531 Dickey Drive NE Atlanta 3032. This is an opportunity to picture yourself at Candler! Discover the beauty of Emory's campus, experience dynamic worship, enjoy lunch with current students, learn from faculty of your choice during class, and have all your questions answered by the Admissions and Financial Aid team. Questions? Email to R.s.v.p. by October 18.

14. Civil Rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson, creator of the Equal Justice Initiative and the Legacy Museum in Montogomery, and author of the best seller, “Just Mercy,” will give a talk about the American legal system, mass incarceration, and social justice at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Glenn Memorial Auditorium. Stevenson will be joined by Anthony Ray Hinton, a former client and author of “The Sun Does Shine,” who served 28 years on death row before having his conviction overturned. Tickets are $20 for the public, free to Emory faculty, staff and students. To register, visit

15. Movie in the Park: “Won't You Be My Neighbor?” hosted by Neighborhood Church, Friday, Oct. 26, 7 – 10 p.m., Candler Park, 585 Candler Park Drive NE, Atlanta 30307.

16. First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta presents the 1925 silent movie “Phantom of the Opera” with live accompaniment by Thierry Escaich at the organ. Composer, organist, and improviser Escaich is a unique figure in contemporary music and one of the most important French composers of his generation. More about Escaich here. Sunday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m., Great for kids 8 and up. Free admission and parking. Registration is required. Register Here

17. “Calling Their Names: Remembering Georgia’s Lynched,” Friday, Nov. 2, 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 807 Atlanta Student Movement Blvd., Atlanta, 30314. The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta and the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing invite you to the final phase of the three-year initiative of remembering our six-hundred plus sisters and brothers who were lynched in Georgia. There will be a presentation, a memorial service, celebration of Holy Communion, unveiling the marking and calling the names, prayers, and closing. Lunch follows. Limited parking, please car pool if possible. There is additional parking with a covered deck at Clark Atlanta University at the Corner of Mildred and Fair Sts. $10 registration is required.

18. Orchard says prayer is the most untapped, unlimited resource we have as believers. A Week of Prayer will, offering seven prayer gatherings during the week of November 5 in Atlanta and Birmingham, give more people in more places the opportunity to pray and discover God in ways they never imagined possible. Register today

19. “A New Spirituality of Leadership: Using Family Process to Deepen and Revitalize Congregational Life,” Beecken Center, Nov. 8-9, is appropriate for clergy and lay leaders of all faiths. Come to beautiful Sewanee, Tennessee for this wonderful event. Download a schedule here. CEUs are available. Contact for more information. More information and registration >>

20. In 2017, an estimated 1 in 8 Americans were food insecure. Justice and Peace Ministries, along with Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta (FAMA), will host an Interfaith Food Insecurity Dinner, 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Archdiocese of Atlanta Chancery Offices, 2401 Lake Park Dr. SE, Smyrna 30080. This evening will kick off a four- part series “Food and Garden as Social Obligation.” All faith traditions are welcome. A $10 donation will help to offset the cost of the meal. Register Today. For questions or more information or if you need help with the donation, contact Kat at or 404-920-7897.

21. “Record Restriction Summit: Clear Your Arrest Records,” register for this free Fulton County meeting. Veterans’ Day, Monday, Nov. 12, hosted by The Temple, 1589 Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30309, and supported by Cascade United Methodist Church, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Georgia Justice Project, Veterans’ Empowerment Organization. Registration is required

22. AMIS Christmas International House program is receiving student applications and is looking for volunteers to host students who are far away from home for 3-4 days between December 18 through January 2, 2019. If you have space in your home to host a student or two for a few days around Christmas, let them know? You can sign up through this link, or email

23. The Department of Homeland Security released a Faith-Based and Community Toolkit to raise awareness of human trafficking. The toolkit equips faith leadership to respond to the needs of victims or those vulnerable to harm and to build stronger partnerships with social service agencies, advocacy groups, and law enforcement. Learn more about other DHS Blue Campaign Resources, including the General Awareness Training Video.

24. Church Women United as space available for rent to a nonprofit organization in Cabbage Town. It has served as a church for the last five years. If interested contact Claudette Rainey, president of the Atlanta Unit CWU, at 770-969-5432.

25. Emmaus House Fostering Family Leaders. Parents, grandparents, and caregivers are invited to join a community of leaders on Wednesdays from 9-12 to increase their ability to provide a healthy and happy home, support their neighbors, and help their children succeed in school. This program trains parents to help other parents increase their leadership potential. FFL provides the necessary socio-emotional skills and support to overcome the challenges of living in poverty. Contact Tavon Betts at to enroll.

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