Church Action eNewsletter Week of September 30, 2013


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1. Inside Theology at ITC features conversation with theologians and instructors at ITC about the subjects they teach. The Interdenominational Theological Center places special emphasis on the development of "public theologians - men and women of faith with special training for and commitment to nurturing the spiritual, moral, and economic empowerment” of our communities. The premier episode was Tuesday; you can watch encores on Thursday at 11:00 p.m. and Sunday at 9:00 a.m.

2. The Atlanta Unit of Church Women United will hold its monthly meeting on Friday, October 4, at 10:00 AM at the Peachtree Christian Church, 1580 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta, 30309 .  All Christian women are welcome; come join the diverse ecumenical group. "We Agree to differ, Resolve to love, Unite to serve".

3. Shaun Casey, U.S. Department of State Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives, has postponed a talk scheduled for this week at Emory due to the government shutdown. Casey's talk titled "Exploring Religion and U.S. Foreign Policy" will be rescheduled.  

4. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 10th Annual Atlanta Out of the Darkness Community Walk, Sunday, November 3, 2 p.m., Piedmont Park. The first 20 people who donate/raise an additional $100 this week (either by registering & raising or adding to whatever you already have raised) will get an Out Of the Darkness hat. Offer ends this Friday, October 4, at 5 p.m., winners will be emailed this weekend and hats will be mailed next week. Let the fun-raising begin!  Read more>>

5. Show & Dinner at Alpharetta Presbyterian Church. ACT1 Theater presents "Simply Complicated" a collection of vignettes, October 4-6. The Saturday production will be a dinner theater, and the Sunday matinee offers the show plus the possibility of a lunch and "show special" with nearby Mittie's Café. Friday Show at 7:30 p.m. - $10; Saturday Dinner Theater, Dinner at 6 p.m. - $20; Sunday Matinee at 2 p.m. - $10; Sunday Lunch at Mittie's and a Show - $25 (Lunch at 11:30, Show at 2) Call 678-371-3079 for tickets or go online to  

6. Ben Hill UMC Health & Wellness Ministry invites you to Sickness Prevention Achieved Through Regional Collaboration, Saturday, October 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Immunizations, screening, and Medicare, Employment, and Food Stamp Assistance, and more…. Ben Hill UMC is at 2099 Fairburn Road, Atlanta 30331 and the Rev. Byron E. Thomas is Senior Pastor. For more information, contact Michael Brooks at 

7. Come join the Old Friendship Missionary Baptist Church of Marietta Health Ministry for a Health Awareness Day on Saturday, October 5, from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Experts will address the New Affordable Health Care Law, free health screening will be available, and personal fitness experts will provide advice on jump starting your workout. Old Friendship MBC is located at 731 Friendship Church Rd, Marietta, Ga. Come Join us, Where Old Friends Meet & New Friendships Begin.

8. Blessing of the animals at Lake Oconee Community Church and Congregation Chai, Sunday, October 6, Plantation Pavilion at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at The LOCC, 1001 Village Park Drive, Suite 107, Greensboro, GA  30642.   Bring pet food to donate to area food banks and humane societies.

9. Bring your pet to an Episcopal church in your area for a special blessing in observance of the feast day of St. Francis this week and following. Read more>>

10. Violinist Adelaide Federici and pianist Andrew Bayles, both from Atlanta, will perform a recital at 3:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, the Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta. Federici, a graduate of the University of Southern California and the Eastman School of Music, performs with the Atlanta Opera Orchestra and the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. Bayles, a graduate of Georgia State University, serves as staff pianist at Peachtree Presbyterian Church and pianist and organist at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School. The duo will perform a sonata by Brahms and preludes by George Gershwin. 

11. Ethics on the Stage: Vera Stark Emory Center for Ethics in partnership with the Alliance Theater, October 9, 7 p.m., Center for Ethics Commons 102, 1531 Dickey Drive, Emory University, dramatic reading and ethics conversation  Passing and the Complex Landscape of Identity Formation. The play was written by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and inspired by the life and career of Theresa Harris, a pioneering African-American film star.

12. SPARC is coming to West Hunter Baptist Church/SWEEAC on October 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with flu shots and health screenings, Medicare, employment, and food stamp assistance, nutrition and dental education, free hair cuts and more, 1040 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., Atlanta 30310. Vaccines will be billable to Medicaid, Medicare, United Healthcare, Aetna, Cigna and Cash. For information about services available to help seniors and their families/caregivers, call the Fulton County STARline at 404-613-6000. Those needing reasonable accommodations due to a disability, including communications in an alternative format, should contact Nell Moton-Kapple at 404-612-7925.


13. Take a Risk, Make a Difference. Covenant Presbyterian Church continues its 2013 Mitchell Speaker Series Thursday evening, Oct. 10.  The programs in the Fellowship Hall are free and open to the public. They begin at 7 p.m. with coffee and dessert followed by the presentation from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Attendees may park for free on the top deck of the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center parking lot, immediately south of the church, 2461 Peachtree Road. On October 10, hear Marilyn Borst, associate director for partnership development of the Outreach Foundation, a global mission agency which grew out of the Presbyterian Church.  She works with churches and individuals around the United States to help them discern God’s call to mission while connecting them to that work alongside the Global Church in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and the Middle East.  During her presentation, she will discuss some of the challenges and opportunities faced by mission workers in Iraq, Iran and Syria/Lebanon.


14. GALEO and the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund invite you to the 2013 Hispanic Heritage Month Luncheon on Friday, October 11. Keynote speakers are Elianne Ramos, Principal and CEO, Speak Hispanic, aka Geek Goddess and widely regarded as one of the most influential Latinas in social media, and Estela Martinez, Georgia DREAM'er. Friday, October 11, 11:30- 1:30 at Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort, 4021 Lakeview Drive, Stone Mountain 30083. Ticket Information


15. In celebration of Mental Health Awareness Week the Recovery Through the Arts Program at the Holy Comforter Episcopal Church Friendship Center will hold Art Extravaganza # Two on Friday, October 11, from 4 – 7 pm. The artists at Holy Comforter have created more art than there is room for … guests and buyers can make an offer and take it home.  There will also be free art items. Art includes paintings, weavings, pottery, sculpture, wood bowls, fabric art and more.  Refreshments will be served; this event is free and open to the public. At the Holy Comforter Friendship Center, one of the main goals for many of the participants is their journey of recovery. With the support of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network, Work Of Our Hands and you, it is possible for them to express something through art which helps them to keep working towards recovery. If you have questions contact Charlotte Cameron, 404-403-1344 or                      


16. Hillside International Truth Center, 2450 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta  30311 is presenting a workshop, “Locked Down, Locked Up, and Transitioned Into Freedom” by the Hillside prison ministry on October 12, 2013 in the King Chapel at 12:30-2:30 pm. Functions, programs, and training for volunteers will be discussed. Contact Gloria Parker for additional information 404-758-6811

17. “Getting Your Affairs in Order workshop” a free and informative estate planning workshop on Sunday, October 13, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in the Parish Hall at 1:30 p.m. Learn from experienced professionals the importance of wills, insurance, and the rising cost of bereavement preparation should something ever happen to you.  Please call the church office at 404-522-6776 to sign up. Rrefreshments will be provided.   Our Lady Lourdes Catholic Church, 25 Boulevard NE Atlanta 30312. Call to reserve a spot (404)522-6776.  

18. The 16th Annual Malone Dodson Golf Tournament will be held Monday, Oct. 14, at The Trophy Club of Atlanta located in Alpharetta. The tournament, which benefits the operations of the Roswell United Methodist Church (RUMC) Foundation, is named in honor of, and welcomes to the greens every year, Dr. Malone Dodson, who served as Sr. Minister of RUMC for 24 years. Registration is open to the community. For registration or sponsorship information, please go to

19. Jean-Baptiste Robin, award-winning organist at the Royal Chapel in the Palace of Versailles, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at All Saints Episcopal Church. Read more>>

20. Opportunity for pastors, counselors, therapists, and spiritual directors:  Kimberly Broerman and  Lalor Cadley offer an Enneagram workshop with Sandra Smith.  Saturday, October 19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Meeting Room at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church.  This fall's theme is The Holy Ideas and Virtues of the Enneagram, offering a deeper dive into the spiritual dimension of this powerful tool (This one does require a working knowledge of the Enneagram and one's type).  Read more and register.

21. Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church has designated October 2013 as Loyalty Month.  The entire community is invited to participate in the activities. On Saturday Oct. 19, from 10:00am - 2:00pm, a Community Health Fair will be held at the church with health agencies and representatives of the Fire and Police Department.  Youth Trick/Treat fun time, will be held on October 19, too.  The culminating event will be a Family and Friends Day Celebration on Sunday October 27.  When Churches & Communities work Together in Unity, it creates Loyalty with the People. Dr. Clayton Taylor is pastor at Saint Paul, 2870 Headland Drive, East Point. For additional information call the church office at 404-349-0660.

22. The American Jewish Committee Atlanta has announced the date for the 9th Annual Thanksgiving Diversity Luncheon, October 19, 12 – 1:30 p.m., Maggiano’s in Buckhead. Doors open at 11:30 and the ticket is $35. R.s.v.p. and get tickets HERE.

23. Trinity Community Ministries invites you to Coming Home: Helping Homeless Veterans, October 20, with special guests former U.S. Senator Max Cleland and the men of victory and recovery in the programs of Trinity Community Ministries. This evening is dedicated to helping homeless veterans win the battle they face on home soil. Proceeds from the evening benefit the homeless veterans at Trinity Community Ministries.  Register.  Peachtree Road United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 3180 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta 30305. The evening begins with photos at 5:30 and continues with dinner, a presentation by Senator Cleland, prayers for peace, and a book signing “Heart of a Patriot.” Tickets are $15.

24. Building the Beloved Community: Our Values, Our Vision, Our Responsibility. ABLE (Atlantans Building Leadership for Empowerment) will host an Issues Convocation on Tuesday, October 22, from 7-9:30 p.m. at North Decatur Presbyterian Church, 611 Medlock Rd. Decatur 30033. We come together across race, faith, income, urban/suburban differences to:
•Build on this year’s Sacred Conversations held in many congregations;
•Explore the energy, interest and first steps in tackling critical issues that surfaced in the conversation, and
•Establish strong relationships that support creating change in our communities.
ABLE is a multi-racial, interfaith regional coalition of congregations, unions, and grassroots organizations that empowers ordinary people to become leaders who affect change in their communities for the common good. For more details contact Barbara at or 404-375-7342.

25. Interfaith Children’s Movement 13th Annual Call to Action Prayer Breakfast, Wednesday, October 23, 7:30 a.m., The Temple, 1580 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 The keynote speaker for the event is Rev. Dr. Joanna M. Adams, Co-founder of Higher Ground; Pastor Emerita, Morningside Presbyterian Church; Interim Senior Pastor First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta.   Register here  13th Annual Prayer Breakfast

26. Lake Oconee Community Church and Congregation Chai invite you to toast the holiday house, support the youth alliance, and display your creativity - - no selling - just celebrating. Carve your jack o’lantern and bring it along to enter the contest! Champagne Brunch, Sunday, October 27, 10:30 a.m. at The LOCC, $10 (all proceeds benefit the Youth Alliance.)  Read more>>

27. Joshua DuBois reading and book signing, "The President’s Devotional" Tuesday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m., Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theater. Free and Open to the Public. In the heat of Barack Obama's first presidential campaign, staff member Joshua DuBois asked the Senator if he could e-mail a devotional to him each day. When Obama responded positively, DuBois prepared a message for the future president to read first thing every morning - short snippets of scripture, inspirational stories, quotes, and prayers to provide counsel, encouragement, and inspiration. The President’s Devotional is a collection of the best of these messages, meant to offer encouragement and daily inspiration for an entire year.

28. The Women, Theology and Ministry Program at Candler School of Theology, Annual Women’s  Forum, November 1, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Cox Ballroom, Emory University. Living Out Love: Advocacy for Women as a Theological Practice. The Rev. Becca Stevens delivers the keynote address. Stevens is an author, Episcopal priest, and the founder of Magdalene & Thistle Farms, a community and social enterprise for women recovering from prostitution, tracking, addiction, and life on the streets. Recently named one of 15 “Champions of Change” by the White House, Stevens is the author of nine books and has been featured on NPR, PBS, CNN, Huffington Post, and Christian Century, among others. The schedule includes a tea luncheon featuring presentations by women of the Magdalene community, the keynote address by Becca Steven, a book signing, and an optional discussion session for those interested in action strategies for women’s advocacy in Atlanta. Cost: $15; free for Candler students. Limited scholarships available for students from other schools. Email for more information.

29. Volunteer Needed: The Seedtime and Harvest Greenhouse and Garden at Holy Comforter Church (737 Woodland Ave. SE, Atlanta GA 30316) is looking for an experienced gardener. If you can distinguish a vegetable from a weed and would enjoy working one-on-one with persons living with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities, please get in touch with Liz Mitchell at or 404-627-6510.

30. The Under Your influence Project has come to an end but the website still has wonderful free resources to help parents focus on safety as they guide their teen drivers.  Read more>


Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.




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