Church Action eNewsletter Week of October 9, 2017

Church Action eNewsletter

Week of October 9, 2017

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta

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Faith vs. Fear, a faith response to gun violence. This 5-part Bible study was created by the United Church of Christ.

1. Pope Francis’s global campaign “Share the Journey” kicks off here as leaders of faith communities from around the north Georgia area and their congregations will join Archbishop Wilton Gregory for a Multi-faith Community Prayer Gathering focusing on refugees and migrants, 10 a.m., Wednesday, October 11,  Angora Hall, Clarkston Community Center, 3701 College Ave., Clarkston 30021 at 10:00.

2. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry of the Episcopal Church is in town this week. Public appearances include a sold out lecture at Cannon Chapel, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, he will preach at noon at St. Luke's Episcopal Church (map) Those attending are asked to bring new socks for the homeless to be presented at the altar and then given to Crossroads Community Ministries. This event is free and open to the public. 

3. Atlanta’s judges, attorneys and legal professionals of all faiths will join other public officials to celebrate a traditional “Red Mass” on Thursday, October 12 at 11:00 a.m. at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 353 Peachtree St., Atlanta 30308.   The Red Mass marks the beginning of a new judicial year, seeking blessings for the judicial system and praying for peace and justice. Celebrated by Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, and sponsored by Atlanta’s St. Thomas More Society, this Mass is an ancient one. Its name refers to the scarlet robes of the judges who attended the Mass centuries ago.

4. Greater Piney Grove Care & Counseling Ministry will host a 4-week session on "Restoring the Joy: Coping with Depression & Anxiety" beginning Thursday, Oct. 12 at The Grove Community Resource Center, Annex C.  Registration is $20 to cover cost of materials. Seating is limited so contact Rev. Dr. Herman Haynes at or (678) 517-6261 soon.  More information and tickets.

5. Moral Injury, Moral Repair, and Moral Leadership, October 12-14. The experience of moral injury is not limited to those touched by war. Whenever a respected person in authority directs a person to violate their conscience moral injury may result. The Laney Legacy Program in Moral Leadership at Candler invites you to hear from experts on this difficult and timely topic. Thursday, Oct. 12: Film Screening of Soldiers of Conscience; Friday, Oct. 13: Lecture by Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock, "The Moral Injuries of a Country: War's Legacies and the Agonies of Now;" Saturday, Oct. 14: Workshop on "Soul Care” with Rev. David Smith,  retired colonel and chaplain in the U.S. Army and coordinator of the Soul Care Initiative at Just Peace. You can find more information about each of these events here. Registration can be completed here.

6. Fall Plant Sale & Animal Blessing - October 14, 10-2 p.m. Friendship Center at Holy Comforter plant sale will open with a blessing of the animals. There will be plenty of color for your gardens along with fall vegetables (broccoli; red, green, and Chinese cabbage; chard; collards; kale; lettuce; and mustard), perennials and indoor plants. Enjoy a fresh-baked homemade treat and the first batch of famous hot pepper sauce. 737 Woodland Ave SE, Atlanta 30316.

7. Choral Concert at First Congregational Church, Saturday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m. The combined choirs of First Church and Plymouth UCC, Detroit, will sing in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of First Congregational, 105 Courtland Street, Atlanta 30303.

8. Susan Olson, Reflections on a Jungian Journey: Twenty Five Years as a Jungian Analyst,  October 14, 7:30 p.m. Note that the  Atlanta Jung Society  will meet at Sandy Springs Christian Church, 901 Johnson Ferry Rd NW  Sandy Springs, Ga. See for specifics.

9. The Rev. Dr. Timothy T. Boggess, pastor of Northwest Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, is the featured preacher Oct. 15 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast program also accessible online at  “Why You Will Join the Wrong Church,” is his sermon. Hear Day 1 in the Atlanta area at 7:05 a.m. on News 95.5 and 750 AM WSB.

10. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still the law of the land. The Health & Wellness Ministry of Shy Temple CME Church will be having 2 events to assist with ACA (Obamacare) Open Enrollment, Nov. 1-Dec. 15, and Medicare Enrollment, Oct. 15- Jan. 1. Help with Medicare, Sunday, Oct. 15, after worship. Help with ACA, Saturday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Directions to Shy Temple.  

11. For the third year the Cathedral Book Store will collect new books for the children at the Homeless Requiem, the children at the Arrendale Prison Children’s Center, and the young people at Covenant House.  The goal is 250 brand new books. Books for children of all ages will be collected from October 15 thru November 6.  If you’re not sure what to buy, visit the bookstore and they will help.  Or, you can make a donation and the store will purchase new books for the children. Donations may be made at the website.  Please help each of these beautiful children receive a new book this year.

12. American Clergy Leadership Conference Clergy Prayer Breakfast, Wednesday, October 18, from 9-11 a.m. at the Voya Restaurant, Atlanta Airport Marriott, 4711 Best Road, Atlanta, 30337. Bring your parking ticket into the breakfast for validation. Meal is Dutch treat. The theme this month is "Peace Starts with Me." R.s.v.p. to Tom Cutts

13. Mindfulness on the Mountain, Sewanee, Oct. 20-22, Silent retreat offers a time to rest in the space of the heart. Sitting meditation alternating with walking meditation form the basic structure of this retreat.   This retreat is open to beginners and more experienced practitioners. More information.

14. The Society of St Vincent de Paul will host the 10th annual Evening for Hope Gala on October 21 at the Renaissance Waverley Hotel.  Come out to celebrate Hope in Action Honorees and their commitment to our community.  Mass at 5 p.m., silent auction starts at 6:15, awards and dinner at 7 with dancing until 11. For more information please visit or contact Ansa Okon at (678)892.6186 or

15. Choral Guild of Atlanta Concert An Appalachian Celebration Saturday, Oct. 21, 4 – 6:30 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3480 E. Main Street College Park, Choral music in bluegrass style accompanied by a bluegrass band. Works include The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass, Carol Barnett; Dear Appalachia Trilogy, Timothy Michael Powell; O Brother, Where Art Thou medley. The concert is general seating, free and open to the public. All CGA concerts on their calendar are previewed the day before at St. John's as free concerts at 4 p.m. St. John's Facebook events.

16. A Day in Dahlonega Celebrating the Reformation, St. Peter Lutheran Church, 109 Tipton Drive, Dahlonega, Ga. Tuesday, October 24, 9:30 a.m. Click here for information.

17. Rooted in Tradition, Reformed in Perspective, a 4-week series of interfaith conversation between First Presbyterian Church and the Temple. October 25, November 1, 8, 15, Wednesdays, dinner included. For more information contact, Ryan Bonfiglio.

18. Reformation Concert at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 3264 Northside Parkway NW, Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 28, Bach's Organ Mass, Mr. Alex Benford, organist. 7:00 p.m. - lecture and refreshments, 7:30 p.m. – concert.

19. The Doors Are Open, a Concert Honoring the Reformation, Saturday, Oct. 28, 7:00 p.m., Peachtree Road UMC, 3180 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta 30305. The Protestant Reformation is a pivotal moment in church history. The writings and leadership of the reformers initiated a wave of theological revolution that swept across western Europe and eventually came to the shores of America. In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, choirs, orchestras, and organists from Atlanta churches will perform. Admission is free.

20. Reformation Festival Worship hosted by Christ the King Lutheran Church, 5575 Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree Corners, Sunday, October 29, 3:30 p.m.

21. An important event for those concerned with reentry--Georgia Justice Project will co-sponsor the "Second Chance Summit" Oct. 31 at Georgia Pacific.  This event will educate, inspire, and encourage attendees about hiring people who have criminal records. You will hear from employees who have received a second chance, employers who hire and manage those employees, and organizations that help to support this mission. Tickets and more  here

22. The ELCA Southeastern Synod and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta join in worship, Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 7:00 p.m., Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta 30305.

23. Two events at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology on Nov. 1 will address the future of interfaith engagement in an increasingly diverse and politically polarized American society. Imam Abdullah Antepli, chief representative of Muslim affairs at Duke University, will present a lunchtime lecture and a dinner workshop on interfaith leadership. Register by Oct. 25 at 12:00 p.m. for one or both events. Meals will be included, kosher and halal options. The events, co-sponsored by Candler and the Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation, will explore the challenges and opportunities for interfaith initiatives in Atlanta and across the U.S. and the steps that young people should take to develop enduring and meaningful multifaith relations.

24. Join the Cathedral of St. Philip in fellowship and support at the 29th Annual Homeless Requiem on Wednesday, Nov. 1 The service commemorates the homeless men and women who died on the streets of Atlanta in the past year. Before the service, the parish will serve dinner to the guests; the many homeless men, women and children of Atlanta. Would you like to help? Donate or volunteer »

25. NAMI American Sign Language Support Group: Are you seeking a free mental health support group? NAMI is here for you. This group is for people living with depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, anxiety, schizophrenia, and other disorders. Meetings offer a structured group process led by trained facilitators designed to encourage, support, and empower. Open to all deaf and hard of hearing persons 18 and over with mental illness. Starting Nov. 1 (1st and 3rd Wed ongoing), 5-6:30 p.m.,  GA Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 4151 Memorial Dr Suite 103 B, Decatur 30082. Contact (videophone). No registration needed. NAMI DeKalb

26. In honor of its 150th Anniversary of service to the Church and new vision for the future, Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary is hosting its inaugural Faith and Initiative Conference, November 9-11, at The Lodge at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, 3417 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta 30305. The conference will connect educators, scholars, clergy, disruptors, investors, and social entrepreneurs to explore the intersection of faith and innovation. Speakers include Stephen Lewis, President of the Forum for Theological Exploration; Dr. Ralph C. Watkins, The Peachtree Associate Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth at Columbia Seminary; Melinda Weekes-Laidlow, President of Weekes In Advance Enterprises; Dr. Tod Bolsinger, V.P. for Vocation and Formation and Asst Professor of Practical Theology at Fuller Seminary; Rev. Jessica Tate, Director of NEXT Church; and Sam Eaton, founder of Recklessly Alive Ministries. Tickets

27. The Center for Children & Young Adults has housed and served homeless and at-risk youth since 1984. The Mayor’s Cup Basketball Challenge supports this work. Mayor of Kennesaw vs. Celebrity Pro Team game starts at 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 12, Custer Park Sports & Fitness Center, 545 Kenneth E. Marcus Way, Marietta. Celebrity and CCYA youth BBQ tailgate starts at 2:30. Tickets for each event are $10 adult and $5 youth. Contact Angela Thornton for more information (770) 485-1659

28. The RESPECT Institute of Georgia is a program that facilitates sharing of individuals’ unique stories of recovery from mental illness to a broad range of audiences throughout Georgia.  The RESPECT Institute empowers individuals with mental illness — acknowledging, honoring, and valuing their personal experiences and insights. If you are interested in hosting a RESPECT Institute, please contact Jen Banathy at or (404)687-9487.

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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The Church at Chapelhill - Atlanta Campus Saturday, Dec. 19, 10a.m.-12. 
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DeKalb County will host its latest free food distribution event this weekend, handing out a total of about 3,700 boxes of meat and produce to residents in need.

Each package of food will include a 20-pound box of fruit and vegetables and a bag of ground beef or chicken hindquarters.


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