Church Action eNewsletter Week of Sept. 3, 2018

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

Church Action eNewsletter
Week of September 3, 2018
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta


1. “You Had to Be There”: Misadventures in Ministry,” The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary will start the new academic year with reflections on ministry through the eyes of Israel Galindo, Associate Dean and exhibition artist. His collection of illustrated vignettes about life on the front lines of ministry will strike a chord of familiarity with those in the trenches. The exhibit will be open to the public at the Harrington Center on the seminary campus through November 17. For directions visit www.ctsnet.edu. For additional information or to arrange a visit for evening or weekend hours, call 404-687-4577 or email lifelonglearning@ctsnet.edu.


2. Free yoga open to the public on Wednesdays at Shallowford Presbyterian Church, 5:15- 6:15, Sept. 5-26. There is no charge, but donations are welcome. Bring a mat if you have one. The church is at 2375 Shallowford Road, Atlanta, 404) 321-3061, www.shallowford.org. Dinner follows and additional programs. Guests can make dinner reservations each week through the church office at (404)321-1844, no later than 9:00 a.m. on Mondays.


3. This September Hillside International Truth Center will celebrate the 47th Anniversary of Dr. Barbara King and Hillside. The theme is “Spiritual Growth: Consciousness, Compassion, Commitment” and many exciting activities are planned. Visit www.hillsidechapel.org for tickets and information.


4. CBCT® is a cognitively-based compassion training that deliberately and systematically works to cultivate compassion. Wednesday evening courses for the public begin Sept. 5 at Emory University. Find more information and registration here.There will also be training for nurses providing 20 CNE credits.


5. The start of the new school year means it is time to sign up to be an Amigo Friend to a new international student. This AMIS program matches an international student to an American family/individual in the Atlanta community for friendship and the sharing of cultures. Your support will help a student adjust to American life, culture, language, and our city. AMIS asks you to meet at least once for a meal, event, or outing and your friendship can continue over the school year as you have time and opportunity. Please sign up to be an Amigo here

6. First Friday at First will feature the music of Orquesta MaCuba, one of the hottest Latin orchestras known throughout the U. S. and Latin America on September 7, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., First Church Commons, 125 Ellis St., NE, Atlanta 30303. Come and enjoy an evening of jazz inspired by Cuban rhythms and music. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door.


7. Tickets are available for the last live Creative Conversation of 2018! Catch Jessica Caldas and Michael Wortham on Friday, September 7, at 7 p.m. at Park Avenue Baptist Church.
Click here for more information. Creative Conversations is a collaboration between aijcast, Art in the Image Studio.


8. Holy Cross Anglican Church is hosting Old Testament Live on September 8 from 9 - 12 noon. What if you could learn the entire Old Testament in just 3 hours? This very interactive seminar is fun, engaging, educational, and a must for anyone that wants a broad overview of the Old Testament that you can remember and relate to others. Go to www.hcanglican.org/otlive to register for this memorable event.

9. The Interagency Workforce Opportunity Resource Committee presents an Education, Employment, and Resource Expo, Saturday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Atlanta Metropolitan State College, Charles F. Easley Sr. Conference Pavilion, 1630 Metropolitan Pkwy, SW, Atlanta 30310. The free expo provides resources for the family all in one place. Free food, entertainment, giveaways.


10. Church Women United 2018 Human Rights Day “Reaching for Wholeness in Solidarity with God’s Creation,” Saturday, Sept. 8, 11:30 a.m., Elegant Occasions Center, 7580 Springboro Drive, Suite 100, Fairburn. Tickets are $40. To purchase a ticket call Helen Sprewer (404) 305- 3536 or Tryphenia Speed (770) 981-0210. Honorees will be the Rev. Dr. Fahed Abu-Akel, the Rev. Gibson (Nils) Stroupe, and the Rev. Caroline Leach.

11. International students are returning to Atlanta as a new school year begins. The AMIS 41st Annual Welcome Reception for International Students and Scholars will be on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 2- 4 p.m. at the Georgia Tech Student Center Ballroom. There will be a special music by The Trey Clegg Singers, a 60 voice chorus, to help welcome the students with multicultural, international, and American music. There will be delicious food. Join AMIS to show hospitality to the students. R.s.v.p. here.


12. Join Georgia Interfaith Power & Light and the Georgia River Network for GRN’s 20th Annual Weekend for Rivers Conference and River Celebration Awards Party! GIPL’s Codi Norred will be leading a workshop on Faith Outreach and Creation Care. Bring your family and/or your community of faith’s Creation care team. Sept. 8 – 9. Click on the link for all information and to register.


13. The Rev. Dr. Noel Schoonmaker is the featured preacher Sept. 9 on “Day 1.” He is pastor of First Baptist Church of Murfreesboro, Tenn. “Faith That Works,” his sermon for Sept. 9, is based on James 2:14-17 where we find the familiar words that faith without works is dead, For more information, call toll free (888)411-Day-1 or check the program’s website, day1.org.


14. “Let’s Talk…Mental Health,” Sundays, Sept. 9, 16, and 23, 6-7:30 p.m., Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church, 3700 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth 30096. Rev. Jody Andrade and Rev. Andy Acton, a few HS youth, and licensed professional counselor Laura Ware, will lead this workshop series to create better awareness, remove stigma, and provide support. The series will contain expert insight, meaningful conversations, valuable resources, and faithful and healthy responses. Anyone from 9th grade to senior adults (65 +) are invited to attend. See a flyer to share here. Please R.s.v.p. to office@pleasanthillpc.org


15. Lecture on Culture and Classics, “The End of the World from a Muslim Perspective: A Look at Modern Muslim Apocalyptic Writings,” Monday, September 10, 7 - 9 p.m. at The Landing, Lake Oconee Community Church. Reservations are open, $5 per person. For more information contact bmatheny@locc.co


16. Everyone is invited to join the folks at the Church of the Incarnation, 2407 Cascade Road, SW, Atlanta, Georgia, on September 9, 11:00 a.m., for the “Earth, Wind and Fire Mass.”


17. “Suicide Awareness: Providing Resources on our National Epidemic” is hosted by the Stephen Ministry Team at St. Catherine's Episcopal Church. All are invited on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2 to 5 p.m. in the Parish Hall for a free event featuring an expert panel of speakers including: Gary and Elvira Delaplane of Mourning Dove Ministries; Roland Behm, GA Chapter of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; Chaplain (COL) Blair Davis of Georgia National Guard, The Link, a National Resource Center for Suicide Prevention and Aftercare. Kindly R.s.v.p. by September 5 to the church office. (770) 971-2839


18. All Saints’ Episcopal Church Interim Director of Music David Brensinger will open the Evensong Recital Series at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta 30305, with a 35-minute organ concert featuring works of Mendelssohn, Sumsion, Schumann, and Glazunov. The program is free and all are cordially invited. Sunday, September 9, 3:15 p.m. Evensong, sung by the Cathedral Schola, follows.


19. Annual performance of the Capitol City Opera at the Cathedral of St. Philip, Tuesday, September 11. This year’s presentation is a tribute to Leonard Bernstein on his 100th birthday anniversary and includes wonderful excerpts from On the Town, Our Town, The Mass, West Side Story, Candide, and some of his song literature. Child Hall with dessert, coffee, and great entertainment, starting at 6:30 p.m.


20. Oasis Women’s Conference will be at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13-15, at Solid Rock Pentecostal Church in College Park. More information.


21. The Metro Atlanta Anti-Trafficking Coalition will host a meeting for the inter-faith community on Friday, September 14, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m., Romae Powell Juvenile Justice Center, 395 Pryor Street, Atlanta, 30312. See how your organization can become involved with the Coalition. R.s.v.p. to samiclark1@gmail.com with your name and organization by September 12.


22. Peach Cobbler Mennonite Relief Auction supporting the Mennonite cooperative relief and service agency. In 63 of the world's poorest countries more than 1,165 MCC personnel work in agriculture, community development, education, healthcare, social services, economic and technical development, and peace concerns. Georgia National Fairgrounds, Georgia Building, 401 Golden Isles Parkway, Perry 31069. Hymn sing Friday night from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Pancake breakfast, Dutch Pantry with canned and baked goods, children's activities, auction with handmade quilts, antiques, housewares, etc., lunch complete with peach cobbler, and more. More information and complete schedule www.pcmra.com/


23. September 14-23 is Welcoming Week. During this annual series of events, communities bring together immigrants, refugees, and native-born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone. In 2017, there were more than 700 events around the country. Stay tuned for more details.


24. The Seedtime and Harvest Greenhouse and Gardens at the Friendship Center at Holy Comforter Church, 737 Woodland Ave, SE. Atlanta, 30316, is holding its first plant sale of the season on Saturday, September 15 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Now is the time to start your fall vegetables and herbs. We'll have arugula, kale, collards, mustard, green and red cabbage, broccoli, cilantro, parsley, oregano, lemon balm, marjoram, and much more. All organic, of course. Come and see our wide selection of perennials for sun and shade and enjoy a taste of our delicious baked goods. There may even be a few bottles of or famous HOT pepper sauce.


25. “Do you know anyone who has been impacted by the criminal justice system? Criminal Justice Information Workshop with DeKalb County former CEO Burrell Ellis, Omar Howard – “The Omar Howard Story,” Women on the Rise & Others, Christopher Bruce, Skeeter Jo Francois , immigration rights attorney, 3015 S. Rainbow Dr. Decatur 30034, Sept. 15, 11:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.


26. A priority of Georgia Cares is to raise awareness of domestic minor sex trafficking and to train community members and professionals on warning signs and resources. On a monthly basis, they provide free training open to the public in communities across Georgia. Next training is September 15, 2018,  Vidalia-Toombs County Library, Vidalia. Click on the date to register. To request a community training near you, please contact admin@gacares.org.


27. “Music at Peachtree Road Artist Series” will present Pianist Andy Bayles and Cellist Guang Wang in concert at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 16, with a wine and cheese reception to follow. The concert will feature the magnificent restoration of Peachtree Road Lutheran’s 1903 Bluthner piano. More information on the church and its fabulous music may be found at here. All events are free and open to the public. Peachtree Road Lutheran Church is at 3686 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta 30319, corner of Narmore Dr. and Peachtree Rd., one half mile northeast of Phipps Plaza in Buckhead.


28. Joining Hands for Justice in Palestine and Israel invite you to a discussion and book signing “What Jerusalem Means to Us: Christian Perspectives and Reflections” with Carole Monica Burnett, Ph.D. and Father George Makhlouf, Sunday, September 16, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Harrington Center Auditorium, Columbia Theological Seminary. R.s.v.p. by Thursday, September 13, to Rev. Fahed Abu-Akel by text (404) 441-2702 or fabuakel@gmail.com More about the speakers is here.


29. Vatican Cardinal Kurt Koch is coming to Emory. President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and President of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, Cardinal Koch will be at Glenn Memorial UMC, September 18 at 7:30 p.m. This is free event but registration is required. Visit www.aquinas.emory.edu to register and for more information.


30. Join the Partnership for Southern Equity and the Just Energy Circle–of which Georgia Interfaith Power & Light is a member organization– for the 2018 Just Energy Summit, Sept. 21-22. The Summit will weave community, policy, business and civic voices into collective action towards a more equitable, inclusive, clean energy future for Metro Atlanta and the American South. Click on the link for more information.


31. Food Waste Weekend is Sept. 21-23. If you are involved in a worshipping community of any faith this is a wonderful opportunity to touch more people with the message that we are throwing away food when our neighbors are hungry. Materials created by Ample Harvest are free and available at foodwasteweekend.org.  Speak to your pastor, your social justice committee, your outreach committee. How about involving your youth in this? This would be a great children’s Sunday School topic.

32. Concerts @ First, Organ Dedication Concerts, the Sept. 28 concert is sold out and a second has been added, Sunday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m., Register Now! First Presbyterian Church, 1328 Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30309. Free parking and admission to both concerts. Parking available in the Lanier parking deck (1337 Peachtree St. Atlanta, GA 30309) Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and organist Jens Korndörfer present Guilmant, J. Jongen , Reger, and the premiere of P. Decker’s “Windows of the Spirit” commissioned by FPC.

33. Do you listen to Day 1 on Sunday mornings at 7:05, News 95.5 and 750 AM WSB? Did you know that transcripts of Day 1 sermons are available for the asking? Call (404)815-9110.


34. New Baptist Covenant offers a number of free resources from Bible studies to be used in small groups to litanies to be used in worship. The newest offerings include A Litany for the Children of Immigrants here.

35. A First Amendment framework for promoting religious literacy and religious liberty in Georgia public schools, the Georgia 3 Rs Project. If you do not know about this you will be interested to find out more www.religiousfreedomcenter.org.


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


Peace,
Ethel Ware Carter
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.
ecarter@rccatl.org

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