Church Action eNewsletter Week of September 16, 2019

1. Through a Glass, Darkly: Allegory and Faith in Netherlandish Prints from Lucas van Leyden to Rembrandt, on view at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University through December 1, explores how allegorical devotional prints helped viewers know and understand God’s truth in the 16th and 17th centuries. More. . .
2. Second Ponce De Leon Baptist Church is offering a new Sunday service that will merge gospel music, contemporary Christian music, and contemporary hymn. The service will last at the most an hour! This service will offer a space and place to worship God, build community, and embrace diversity. Feel free to come as you are on Sundays at 4. Pastor Josh Scott says, “All are welcome!” SPdL, 2715 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta 30305.
3. Atlanta Community Food Bank Family Volunteer Day is Saturday, Sept. 21. Bring your family and get into the volunteering spirit in the ACFB Product Rescue Center. Register today for this fun day of action.
4. A reminder of the Care Partners’ Conference, Dementia Ministry at Due West UMC, 3956 Due West Road, Marietta 30064, Saturday, Sept. 21, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Register here.
5. AMIS’ 42nd Annual International Students and Scholars Welcome Reception is Saturday, Sept. 21, at Spelman College Sister’s Chapel, 2-4 pm. Join in a hearty welcome for new international students studying at schools here. There will be a special musical performance by the Morehouse College Glee Club followed by a catered reception. Learn more and sign up at, email, or call (470)851-1248.
6. Register here for Bearing Witness: Faith, Remembrance, and the Journey Toward Racial Justice, Saturday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m., featuring Austin Channing Brown and Hank Klibanoff, Decatur First UMC.
7. The Rev. Dr. Christopher Girata, rector of Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas, Tex., is the featured preacher Sept. 22 on “Day 1.” “Day 1” has been broadcast every week for over 74 years. Hear it in Atlanta on News 95.5 and 750 AM WSB Sundays at 7:05 a.m. Hear it now and find many resources at
8. Signs of Suicide Trusted Adult Workshop, Sunday, Sept. 22, 5-6 p.m., Milton City Hall, Council Chambers. This workshop trains "trusted adults" to identify, respond, and react appropriately to warning signs and risk factors related to suicide promoting a safe environment for at risk youth. Register here.
9. TheoEd Talks, Sunday, Sept. 22, 5 p.m., The Carter Center. This ecumenical series brings together leading thinkers in the church and the academy to give a TED-style, “talk of their lives” in 20 minutes or less. Presented by First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta and Candler School of Theology, Emory University. For tickets and more, visit
10. Engaging the minds and connecting the spirits of our community... Conversations at First Baptist Church Decatur partners with the Georgia Center for the Book to host public dialogues at the intersection of faith, purpose, and values. Authors Catherine Meeks and Nibs Stroupe will discuss their book “Passionate for Justice: Ida B. Wells as Prophet for Our Time,” Tuesday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m. This event is free of charge and open to the public. 308 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur 30030.
11. The Annual Jane Baird Lecture is Sept.25, Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305, sponsored by the Cathedral Book Store, with Alvin Townle, author of Defiant. Read more and register for this much anticipated free lecture here.
12. The Department of Human Services’ connects faith-based and other nonprofit community partners to promote stronger families. Come explore how working together can benefit foster care and adoption processes, child support services, and aging and disability services. Thursday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m.–12 p.m., New Bethel AME Church, 8350 Rockbridge Rd, Lithonia, 30058. Register here.
13. Register by today for "Law, Justice, and Religious Identity in America" Sept. 26, 12:30-5:00 p.m., A Leadership and Multifaith Program (LAMP) Seminar at Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech Alumni House, 190 North Ave. NW, Atlanta 30313. Register by September 16 .
14. Another opportunity to hear Judge Dhanidina at a free lunch and learn on Sept. 27 in Decatur. Read more . . .
15. Dave Barry and Adam Mansbach talk about their book “A Field Guide to the Jewish People: Who They Are, Where They Come From, What to Feed Them, What They Have Against Foreskins, How Come They Carry Each Other Around on Chairs, Why They Fled Egypt by Running Straight to a Large Body of Water, and Much More. Maybe Too Much More.” New York Times bestselling authors tackle the tough questions. Talk and signing Thursday, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m. at the MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd Dunwoody 30338. Ticket information.
16. A reminder -- Step Up to Stop Falls, Falls Prevention Awareness Day, Fri., Sept. 27, 10– 2. This is a free event with lunch at Westminster Pres, 2208 East Main St, Snellville 30078. Register here.
17. A reminder of NAMI Northside Atlanta 2019 Mental Health Fair, Saturday, Sept. 28., Mt. Pisgah UMC, 2850 Old Alabama Rd, Johns Creek. Register here.
18. Cascade Under the Stars, Saturday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m., featuring Kenny Banks, Sr. and Kenny Banks, Jr., For information contact Karen Lowery at, 3144 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta 30311.
19. Professional chamber choir Coro Vocati begins its tenth anniversary season with “Can You Hear Me?” a special concert focused on giving a voice to the voiceless and disenfranchised. Featuring music from around the world in 11 different languages, the program explores the voices of those oppressed by culture, religion, prejudice, health, socio-economic conditions, class status, or political power. “Can You Hear Me?” on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at Marietta First United Methodist Church. And on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 3 p.m., at Morningside Presbyterian Church. Admission to the concert is $20, $10 for students. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Please share this information with your congregations – this event is not to be missed!
20. First Presbyterian Church School of Fine Arts Faculty Concert will be Sunday, Sept. 29, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, 1328 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta 30309.
21. The Cobb Community Foundation has set a goal of collecting more than 110,000 diapers for low-income families with infants and young children. Help them out by bringing your donation of diapers of any size to Glover Park on Marietta Square, Monday, Sept. 30, starting at 5 p.m. Benefiting from this year's efforts are The Center for Family Resources, Livesafe Resources, MUST Ministries, Ser Familia, Inc, Simple Needs GA, Inc., Communities In Schools of Georgia in Marietta/Cobb County, Inc., 7 Bridges to Recovery, Sweetwater Mission. Read more . . .
212. Racial reconciliation is one of the prime missional directives for The Episcopal Church, this year's DuBose Lectures at Sewanee, the University of the South, the second in a series of three on this topic, will feature Dr. Emilie Townes on Oct. 2–3. These lectures are appropriate for audiences beyond any denomination. For complete event details and an online registration form, visit
23. Islamic Speakers Bureau welcomes The Honorable Patti Garrett, Mayor of Decatur as 2019 Women of Influence Gala Honorary Chair. Tickets are limited for the Celebrating the Women of Influence Gala on October 12 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Join in to recognize and celebrate the contributions of women of influence in the metro Atlanta area. This will be an opportunity to network, and to celebrate accomplishments. Find out more here.

24. Save the date for Viva Villa! This international wine and cheese tasting to benefit Villa International will be Sunday, Oct. 20, 4-6:30 p.m., at the Ballroom at the Carlos Center, Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation. Villa International offers short-term residence to people from all parts of the world who come to Atlanta to study, work, and learn.
25. An anticipated fundraiser each fall is the HomeStretch Charity Golf Tournament at the Atlanta National Golf Club. Oct. 29 is the date. The organization offers working homeless parents and their children a safe place to live and the tools they need to return to stability and permanent housing. If you are interested visit here.
26. Youth Empowerment by Youth ERA is home to self-help articles, resources, and original content from the youth who are served, supporting their personal growth and emotional development by touching on sensitive topics in an inclusive and trauma-informed way. The goal is to empower young people on their mental health journey.

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