Church Action eNewsletter Week of October 23, 2017

Church Action eNewsletter

Week of October 23, 2017

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta

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1. Trunk or Treat in church parking lots everywhere this weekend -- Northside Drive Baptist, Second Ponce de Leon Baptist, Cascade UMC, Peachtree Road UMC, Cobb Vineyard Church Kennesaw, Oak Grove UMC, Redeemer Lutheran, Atlanta International Church, Shallowford Presbyterian, and more we are sure look around. 


2. Covenant House Job Fair, Thursday, Oct. 26, 8:30-11:30 a.m., at the Covenant House Gym (map) The Rotary Club of Brookhaven and Covenant House are offering employers an opportunity to meet exceptional candidates early in their careers.   “It was the best job fair I have ever attended," said the Market Manager of Costco.  Covenant House, founded in 1972, provides shelter for young adults experiencing homelessness and provides guidance and support. Rotary is a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. If you want to help out email Mike Swahn at or Regina Jennings at


3. The 30th Reformation Day at Emory, Thursday, Oct. 26, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Kessler Reformation Collection and marking the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, explores the question, “Did the Reformation fail?” with Lutheran and Methodist bishops and an archbishop from the Catholic Church sharing their perspectives. Register for lunch today online or by calling (404)727-6352. Find out more at here.


4. The American Jewish Committee Atlanta and The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta join for dialogue and community programs and activities throughout the year. “Repairing the World: Understanding Our Shared Responsibility” Thursday, October 26,  at The Temple, 1589 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta 30309, will feature Archbishop Wilton Gregory, Rabbi Peter Berg, and leaders from various cultural and faith communities. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., reception at 6:00 p.m., discussion at 7:00 p.m. This event is free, but registration is required.  Please visit website to register and for more information.  


5. In a time when many immigrants face uncertain futures, how can faith communities be sources of compassion, support, and action? You are invited to this teach-in to learn more about the issues facing immigrants and refugees, and what you can do to help. Watch video streamed live or on-demand later at October 28, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. online. You will come away with practical steps your faith community can take.


6. 500th Anniversary Reformation Concert at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, Saturday, Oct. 28, 7:00 p.m. will offer over 200 singers from Atlanta churches, orchestra, and organ and feature Bach's Cantata #80, Ein Feste Burg. A Love Offering will be received. Presented by Central Presbyterian, First Presbyterian, Morningside Presbyterian, Peachtree Presbyterian, St. Luke's Presbyterian, Shallowford Presbyterian, Decatur Presbyterian, and Peachtree Road UMC. Here’s a sample  Reger, Ein feste Burg 


7. The featured preacher for Reformation Sunday, Oct. 29, on Day 1 is Bishop Elizabeth Eaton. Hear her sermon “Truth and Dare” on News 95.5 and 750 AM WSB Sunday at 7:05 a.m. in the Atlanta area. Visit Day1 to read or hear it now and find many text, audio, and video resources.


8.  A Trek to the River’s Edge: the Atlanta Student Movement screening and conversation with filmmaker and former student leaders, 2-4 p.m., Oct. 29,  Hillside International Truth Center, 2450 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta.


9. A reminder of Interfaith Leadership for the Twenty-First Century with Imam Abdullah Antepli, Wednesday, November 1, sponsored by Candler School of Theology at Emory University and the Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation. Two events, lecture/lunch and dinner workshop. Register here.


10. Fall Bible Study 2017 at Lake Oconee Community Church will explore the Sermon on the Mount, 3 p.m. select Wednesdays, Nov 1, 15 & 29, click for more info.


11. Actor Tom Bair will present an exciting storytelling performance of the of The Gospel of St. Mark on Thursday, November 2, in Child Hall, Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305. It is performed in the simple, elegant English prose of the King James Bible. The show will start at 5 p.m. and a reception will follow. Admission is free, but please Register Here  


12. Hart Readers to discuss The Spiritual Child by Lisa Miller Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m., Walthour Library, St. Philip's Cathedral, led by The Rev. Stefanie Taylor, Chaplain, St. Martin's in the Field School. In The Spiritual Child, psychologist Lisa Miller presents the next big idea in psychology: the science and the power of spirituality.


13. All Souls Service, Thursday, Nov. 2, 7:30 – 9 p.m., Holy Trinity Parish Episcopal Church,  515 East Ponce de Leon, Decatur. The service with Holy Eucharist features John Rutter’s Requiem with the Holy Trinity Parish Choir, First Baptist Church Choir, and the Trinity Orchestra. Childcare is available.


14.  Compassionate Atlanta  is working to bring compassion and compassionate action to life in metro Atlanta.  Remember the first benefit for Compassionate Atlanta Nov. 2 at the Theatrical Outfit “Under My Hood” performance art bringing to life the issues by which so many people are judged unfairly. To support and attend, please click here.


15. Church Women United, Atlanta Unit will be celebrating World Community Day on Friday, November 3, at Peachtree Christian Church, 1580 Peachtree Street, NW Atlanta, GA 30309. Their Theme "Kindling Fires of Peace." will be brought to the audience in a multiethnic panel discussion. The ambiance of diversity will be celebrated by Afro centric drummers and cultural dancers. The DeKalb Unit will join Atlanta at the event.   


16. First Friday at First closes out the season Friday, Nov. 3 with saxophonist, Joe Jennings & The Neighborhood Arts Ensemble, some delicious food, lots of fun, and great fellowship! Purchase your $15 ticket at the door. Paid parking is available at Main Parking Lot adjacent to First Congregational Church on John Wesley Dobbs Avenue. Free parking at CARE Parking Deck, 151 Ellis Street, NE, located on the right-hand side of Ellis just after the Commons.


17.  Treasure Mapping: A Mindful and Soulful Journey, Westina Matthews, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, General Theological Seminary, will present Treasure Mapping, Saturday, Nov. 4, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. If you have any questions or would like to R.s.v.p. for this day of exploration, contact Alma Hall at or Kandace Carty at This event is $20 per person.


18. Book Festival of the MJCCA, Nov. 4-20, will feature more than 45 authors and offer a range of events, including author meet-and-greets, book signings, panel discussions, and much more.  Headlining authors include Justice Steven Breyer, Walter Isaacson, Reza Aslan, Nicole Krauss, Dan Rather, Dave Barry, Alexandra Zapruder, Jenna Bush Hager, and Barbara Pierce Bush and many more. MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd, Dunwoody.  To purchase tickets visit


19. Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta 2017 Change Makers Awards Gala is November 4, at the Cobb Galleria at 6:30 p.m. This will be an opportunity to network, celebrate accomplishments, and unite as one community.   The Rev. Joanna Adams, Rabbi Peter Berg, Imam Plemon El-Amin will be recognized as leaders who are change makers. Tickets and sponsorships for the Change Makers Award Gala are available through October 30  here.


20.  The Georgia Chapter of the American  Foundation for Suicide Prevention will host its 14th Annual Atlanta Out of the Darkness Community Walk in Piedmont Park on Sunday, November 5. Join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow AFSP to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.  All information is at


21. Household Rituals and Finding God in Everyday Life, Highpoint Episcopal Community Church. This art studio will explore doorways as holy spaces. Sunday afternoons, November 5, 12, 19 from 2:00 - 3:30 in the Pop-up Studio for Practicing the Pastoral Arts. Please email Ruth Pattison by October 30 to reserve your space. $45.00 for the series.


22. The Cathedral Book Store is still collecting new books through Nov. 6 for the children at the Homeless Requiem, the children at the Arrendale Prison Children’s Center, and the young people at Covenant House. Bring a book by the store at 2744 Peachtree or make a donation at the book store’s website by clicking here.  Please help each of these beautiful children receive a wonderful new book this year!


23. The CREATE (Culture, Religion, Ethics, and the Environment) Program at the Emory Center for Ethics invites you to the National CREATE Conference, Nov. 6-7,  Emory Conference Center. The schedule for this conference is here. This interdisciplinary conversation about environmental sustainability will bring business and faith communities together to discuss the ethics and practice of implementing sustainability in daily life. Keynote speakers include Dr. Andrew Hoffman, the Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley, Rabbi Ellen Bernstein, the Rev. Diane Glave, Beth Reemes, and the Rev. Kate McGregor Mosley.  Registration.


24. Changing Laws, Changing Lives: Legislator Appreciation Luncheon, Thursday, November 9, Georgia Gwinnett College LVIS Auditorium, 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. The Greater Gwinnett Reentry Alliance was formed to serve as a reentry bridge to success.  Come celebrate strides made in Criminal Justice Reform.  Governor Nathan Deal will be there and is part of the program. Many faith leaders will be in attendance and part of the program. If you would like to attend please R.s.v.p. here. A crowd is expected so reserve your spot.


25. Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary 150th Anniversary Faith and Initiative Conference is two weeks away, Nov. 9-11, at The Lodge at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, 3417 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. The conference will connect educators, scholars, clergy, disruptors, investors, and social entrepreneurs to explore the intersection of faith and innovation. More information and registration here.


26. St. Catherine's sixth annual concert series begins the season at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 10, with The Charlestones, the premier a cappella quartet in the Low Country. The group sings music across multiple genres, all unplugged and without accompaniment.  All concerts in the series are free, with an offering taken, and everyone is invited to a small reception after the concert to meet and greet the artists.  No tickets are required. 571 Holt Road, Marietta 30062.


27.  Spirituality and Aging: Looking Backward, Looking Forward, with the Rev. Dr. Miriam Dunson, Saturday, Nov. 11, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., 09:30 15:00 St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church, 3195 Barnett Shoals Road, Athens.  Seating is limited. Paid reservations ($10/person) must be received by noon, Nov. 6.   Register Here


28. Christmas with the Trey Clegg Singers: Festival Sounds of the Season, Saturday, Dec.16, 6 p.m., The Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, Morehouse Chapel, 830 Westview Drive SW, Atlanta 30314, Tickets at here -- until Oct. 31 early bird $25.


29.  Although we tend to think of the Reformation that began in the 16th century with Luther, “re-formations” continue in the present age. Luther’s experience of the freedom of conscience is finding fresh expression in conversation with contemporary issues related to preaching, biblical studies, education, marriage, inclusion, sexuality, and racism. Explore these and other topics at Reformations Then and Now, Jan. 22-25 in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at the Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary. More on line>>


30.  The New Baptist Covenant creates vibrant, inclusive Baptist communities, building bridges in places previously marked by division. Sermons from the 2017 September Summit are available online here.


Visit our website for a complete community calendar, links to the Toolbox  for Mental Health Ministry, websites for daily devotionals, and many other resources.


Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.



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