Church Action eNewsletter Week of October 3, 2011

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The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta has been engaged for some months in an Atlanta Center for Congregations feasibility study conducted by Wellsys Corp on behalf of several local foundations, Faith And The City, and our organization. Please take a few minutes to read about the concept and what it could mean for our region at . We are eager to get your input; please complete the survey reached from our site or go directly to WellsysCorp . Thank you, we value your time and opinion.

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1. Southside Ministerial Association is not meeting this week. If you would like to be on the list for this ecumenical group’s upcoming meetings let us know at and we will get you connected. They plan to meet October 13.

2. Providence Missionary Baptist Church under the guidance of Dr. Gerald L. Durley celebrates its 140th anniversary this month. On Saturday, October 8, the church will present Anchored in the Lord: A Musical Extravaganza. At 5 p.m. opening reception with A Breath of Jazz. The concert will begin at 7. Tickets can be purchased at the church office and at the Berean Christian Store, 441 Cleveland Avenue. Providence is at 2295 Benjamin E. Mays Dr. at Cascade Road intersection. Call 404-752- 6869 for information. See the website for more on the story of this historic church and a complete schedule for its anniversary month including a quiz.

3. The Women of Ben Hill United Methodist Church, where Rev. Richard D. Winn is Senior Pastor, invites the public to the annual Women’s Day Celebration weekend October 8 – 9, Strong Women Stepping Up to Show God’s Love through Prayer, Service, and Generosity. Annual Mother-Daughter-Friend Luncheon is Saturday, October 8, at the Atlanta Airport Marriott, 4711 Best Rd., Atlanta. Vendors open at 10 a.m.; luncheon at 11 a.m. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children under 12. All are invited. On Sunday, Marjorie Kimbrough, author and former first lady of Cascade UMC, will speak at the 7:45 a.m. service and Rev. Dr. Sherry Austin, Pastor, Warren Temple UMC, LaGrange, will bring the word at the 9:45 contemporary service. For further information, contact the church office at 404-344-0618 or visit

4. When Gospel without Borders was screened in Little Rock, Bishop Anthony Taylor, noted that Baptists, Catholics, and Methodists were working together on the issue of immigration. "No single group can solve this problem," he said. "It is inspiring the Lord has provided this opportunity. There are no denominational issues on this topic. We are not arguing about doctrine." We have an opportunity to see the documentary and participate in an ecumenical panel discussion next week, October 11, at Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Stone Mountain. Invite your clergy friends. Find the complete program at

5. Fulton County Housing and Community Development will host Home Sweet Home: Important Tax Exemption Information for Seniors on Wednesday, October 12, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., Helene S. Mills Senior Center, 515 John Wesley Dobbs Ave. SE, Atlanta. The workshop covers Basic Homestead Exemption and other exemptions for seniors, qualifications and how to apply for exemption or residents 62 or older. For more information or help with special accommodations to attend the workshop, contact Blair White at 404-612-6489.

6. Ben Hill UMC in partnership with Disaster Committee of the North Georgia Conference UMC presents Missions Conference 2011 Preparing to be the Eyes, Ears, Hands & Feet of God, October 14 and 15 at Ben Hill. Some classes have a fee attached and some classes require background check. Breakfast , lunch, and snacks will be provided. Cos t is a small donation. To register visit Contacts are Rodney Shamery at, 678-401-7213, or Mike Yoder at, 404-597-2137.

7. Hope Awakened a free art exhibit benefiting Street GRACE will open Saturday, October 15, 6-9 p.m. The show will run through the following week, October 18-22. Watson Art Gallery, 198 14th Street NW, Atlanta GA 30318. On going exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

8. Atlanta Community Ministries is sponsoring its first all men Sabbath Rest Mini Silent Retreat, Tuesday, October 18, from 12-4 p.m. AND—a generous donor is picking up all the costs. You must register ahead –the number of places is limited. Dan Hayes will lead the brief opening and closing; apart from that, it is you and God at Ignatius House in communion at 22 acres of beauty on the banks of the Chattahoochee. Call Atlanta Community Ministries at 404-841-0800. As one businessman said recently, “I don’t see how in today’s climate any busy man can afford NOT to have silence frequently!”

9. From Faucet to Font: Water in Georgia. A three session series on water issues in Georgia, challenges for sustainability, offered October 18, 25, and November 1, at 7:30 p.m., Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 515 Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur 30030. Co-sponsored by Earth Covenant Ministry and Holy Trinity Parish. The first speaker is Gil Rogers, lead Attorney for Southern Environmental Law Center. Also speaking is Rev. Kate McGregor-Mosley of Earth Covenant Ministry.

10. The AMIS Kiwanis International Students Welcome Reception and Concert, a favorite fall event in Atlanta, will take place October 22. The Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra will entertain in Symphony Hall, Peachtree and 15th Streets, at 3 p.m.; the reception will follow at 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Peachtree and 16th Streets. There is no admission charge and all are invited to help welcome the new international students and scholars to our great city and country. If you have a question please call the AMIS office, 404-846-4395, or email Visit

11. Enjoy an evening of live old-time radio re-creations when Lend Me an Ear returns to the Shakespeare Tavern, October 24. This year's performances are all about Hi-Fi/Sci-Fi and Horror! Some of Atlanta's most talented actors will showcase thrillers galore, extraterrestrial tales and more. Proceeds benefit Atlanta Community Food Bank, and a second night has been added, October 25, at Wieuca Road Baptist Church. Learn more about this year's event and purchase your tickets .

12. Atlanta author Jeffrey Small will present a lecture series entitled "Rethinking Christianity in the 21st Century" at St. Anne's Episcopal Church, 3098 Northside Parkway, Atlanta, at 9:15 am on three Sundays: Nov. 6 ("Thinking about God in a Modern World"), Nov 13 ("East Meets West: What Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism can Learn From Each Other"), and Nov 20 ("Who Goes to Heaven? Perspectives on Eternal Life from the World's Religions"). Read more about Jeffrey and his recent novel The Breath of God at, HuffingtonPost or facebook

13. From Birmingham to Bethlehem: The Power of Non-Violence in the U.S. and Palestine-Israel Sabeel Conference, Sabeel, Arabic for the way, was founded by theologian Canon Naim Ateek, and works with and on behalf of Palestinian Christians for justice through nonviolence in the Holy Land. November 10-12, 2011, Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Road NW, Atlanta 30327; $75 per person Thursday presentation, Friday lunch, dinner and presentations, Saturday breakfast, lunch and presentations, $45 for one day; $30 for students. Brochure and registration information on our website

14. Jacob Lawrence and the Legend of John Brown, a traveling exhibition, will be on display at the Atlanta University Center Woodruff Library from October 1 - 31, 2011. The 22 digital images of silkscreen artwork created from paintings and prints by the celebrated African American artist Jacob Lawrence include descriptive text that puts the series into historical context. Read more about this opportunity and more about Lawrence, one of the 20th century’s most important artists at Phillips Collection The library is located at 111 James P. Brawley Drive SW, 30314, contact number is 404-978-2000 .

15. Candler School of Theology at Emory University is offering a new Certificate in Music and Worship which provides worship and music leaders the opportunity to study closely with the esteemed theologians and musicians on Candler’s faculty. Read more .

16. Candler School of Theology’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipients for 2011 include Bishop L. Bevel Jones III. A Candler icon who remains a school leader six decades after he graduated. Earlier this year, Jones was named one of Emory’s 175 Historymakers, He will be highlighted in the fall issue of Emory Magazine. In 1996, Jones was named Candler’s bishop in residence. Bevel is a long time member of the Regional Council of Churches board, since its days as the Christian Council, and has led congregations, served as Bishop, inspired the faith community with his words and writings, and championed the causes of social justice. He signed the Ministers Manifesto as a young pastor. Read about the award and event here.

17. A number of Regional Council of Churches congregations are designated VFC, Veteran Friendly Congregations, through Care for the Troops. See a complete list and have a look at the guidebook . Being a VFC means maintaining an awareness of the existence and needs of those sacrificing their time and effort to support our country, showing welcome and acceptance for military families who worship or visit, extending an open hand to help where needed.

CFTT is ready to present either an "Information Workshop" or a "Training Workshop" to your cluster/deanery/convocation group or to an interfaith gathering of pastors and lay leaders from your congregations. If interested in sponsoring one of these workshops, email

18. Fulton County will be assisting seniors with Medicare Part D enrollment toward the end of October. This might be helpful to your members so we have posted the schedule at

19. The new Common English Bible is on line at Find other translations, paraphrases, and study guides on our website at our website

20. Need to brush-up on your Spanish, or simply want to communicate with more people in the world? Improve your Spanish language skills with weekday or Saturday Spanish classes at the Latin American Association! Spanish Classes with the Latin American Association . Regular course price for new students—$240. Contact Jennifer Solano at 404-638-0393 or and mention that you read the RCCA eNewsletter and get 10% off your first course!

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