Church Action Newsletter Week of October 17, 2011

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

Does Metro Atlanta need a Center for Congregations to link congregations with needed resources? The goal of such a center would be to strengthen regional congregations by helping them address opportunities and challenges the congregations have themselves identified. Today those are complex. According to the Indianapolis Center for Congregations President, Rev. Timothy Shapiro, a "congregation's ability to develop new skills and ways of thinking in order to meet their ever growing demands is the primary indicator of a congregation's health.". Please take a few minutes to be sure your voice is heard.

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1. Quaker Education Night at Friends School of Atlanta , tonight, October 19, 6 - 7:30 p.m with Tom Farquhar, Head of Sidwell Friends School educational home to President Obama's daughters, as the featured speaker. This event is free and open to the public – a great chance to find out more about the long and strong tradition of Quaker education. The Friends School of Atlanta, 862 Columbia Drive, Decatur 30030.

2. Ambassador Andrew Young will be speaking at Northside United Methodist in support of Wilderness Works an organization that get homeless and needy children involved in outdoor experiences as well as tutoring and mentoring. October 20 7 a.m. If you would like to attend you’d better contact Jody Alderman at to see if there is room.

3. The Cathedral of St. Philip presents the State Capella of Russia Concert on October 21 beginning at 7:30 p.m Tickets are available prior to the day of the concert from the Cathedral Bookstore 404-37-7582. On the day of the concert, any remaining tickets will be available only at the door. Visit for more information. Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Rd. NW, Atlanta, 30305.

4. Do you lead a ministry, or group that serves the unemployed? Then you are invited to the Consortium Networking Group this Saturday, October 22. This organization’s objective is to gather the leaders of job-transition/help groups from every denomination so that we can learn from each other and grow our effective service to the un/under employed. Whether your group is new or up and running you’re encouraged to attend. Saturday, October 22, 9 a.m. - 3p.m. Dress is business casual, light breakfast and lunch provided by sponsor, Catholic Charities. McDonough Hall, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 4465 Northside Dr .

Agenda will include;
• John Berry, Executive Director and CEO of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Atlanta
• John Marotto St. Ann’s Career Quest Ministry presenting “Ways to Market Your Ministry”
• Networking forum, discussing your “biggest challenges”

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5. Don’t Mime Me Auditions Calling all liturgical dancers, mimes, hip-hop, jazz, modern and ballet dancers! Don’t Mime Me is forming a gospel mime troupe to offer workshops and promote upcoming gospel mime benefit competition in 2012. Auditions will be held October 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Providence Church located at 2140 Salem Road, Conyers GA 30013. You can register by email at . Bring audition music. For more information, call Cherie Robinson at 770-374-2766.

6. The Cobb Alcohol Taskforce will be at the upcoming free community health fair at Transfiguration Catholic Church on October 22 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The church is at 1815 Blackwell Rd., Marietta 30066. The taskforce will present facts about underage drinking's impact on brain development, information about social host/teen party ordinances, and the Cobb Safe Neighborhoods Safe Homes.

7. Cascade United Methodist Church presents A Domestic Violence Seminar on October 22, 2011 at the Cascade UMC Fellowship Hall from 8:30a.m. - 12:30p.m. Domestic Violence affects all ages, genders and entire families. Get the Facts from subject matter experts representing legal, government and non-profit organizations. You will gain the knowledge that will allow you to make a difference in the communities we serve. Complimentary Breakfast will be served to all registered attendees (8:15am - 8:45am). For further information contact: or The deadline for registration is October 16, 2011. Cascade UMC is located 3144 Cascade Road, Atlanta, 30331.

8. Don’t forget that the AMIS/Kiwanis International Students Welcome Reception is October 22 at 3 p.m. Concert by the Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra in Symphony Hall- Peachtree Street at 15th Street. Reception at 4p.m. after the concert at First Presbyterian Church- Peachtree Street & 16 street. FREE admission - all are encouraged to come welcome the new International Students & Scholars to our great city & country. If you have questions please call the AMIS office- (404) 846-4395 or email: Or vist website

9. This month of October has been declared by the U S Congress as Disability Month. Disabled in Action, KES, Inc. and Inspire One along with parents, children , and family members with disabilities have formed a spiritually inclusive environment The Light of Hope, Church of Inclusion with a spiritual uniqueness of full participation of people with disabilities in every auxiliary of the church. This will be a place of comfort for the differently abled, their parents, family members, and friends to worship in unity. First worship service will be October 23 at 3 p.m and will be held at the KES Building in Lithonia. The address is 6615 Tribble St. Lithonia, 30058. Please contact Disabled in Action at 678-358-1180 or Inspire One at 925-305-5781.

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10. Atlanta InterFaith Leaders Fellowship is hosting a meeting on October 23 from 3p.m. to 5 p.m. on Religion and Faith at Work - When Does Inclusion Become Exclusionary?The keynote speaker will be Frank McCloskey, Vice President for Diversity (retired), Georgia Power, to speak and lead discussion . Hilton Atlanta Northeast, 5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Norcross, GA 30092.

11. Remember the lecture by James Carroll, Jesus: Magician or Healer? October 24, 7 – 9 p.m., Glenn Auditorium, Emory University, 1660 North Decatur Road NE, Atlanta 30307

12. In recognition of National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month Genesis Prevention Coalition, Inc. and co-host Kennesaw State University Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery is convening a Regional Call to Action Forum Community Solutions to Teen Prescription Drug and Over-the-counter M edicine A buse, Tuesday, October 25, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Kennesaw State University, KSU Center, West Entrance, Burruss Institute, Room 327, 3333 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw 30144. R.s.v.p. to 404-522-9690. Everyone vested in the community and committed to creating sustainable solutions to Rx drug and over-the counter medicine abuse is invited.

13. The Interfaith Children’s Movement Call to Action Prayer Breakfast is next week, October 26, 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. at The Temple, 1589 Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30309. Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative is the keynote speaker. For tickets or information visit or call 770-498-2141.

14. Ben Hill United Methodist Church Fall Revival 2011 will be held October 23-25, with revivalists:

Rev. Dr. Albert Mosley - Sunday, Oct 23 - 7:45 & 9:45 a.m.

Rev. Dr. Cedrick Bridgeforth - Sunday, Oct 23 - 6:00 p.m.

Rev. Dr. Harold Lewis, Sr. - Monday, Oct 24 - 7:00 p.m.

Rev. Tyrone Gordon, Tuesday, Oct 25 - 7:00 p.m.

Ben Hill UMC is located at 2099 Fairburn Road, Atlanta, GA 30331

15. The Department of Housing and Human Services Office of Housing and Community Development is hosting an information session on October 26 from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the West End Branch of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library. Members of your congregation may be interested in obtaining information on the resources available to help with a home purchase. The West End Branch is located at 525 Peeples Street SW in Atlanta.

16. The Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta will be holding its 10th Anniversary “Building Bridges” Awards Dinner on October 29 at 6:30 pm. Dr. Azizah Al-Hibri will be giving the keynote speech entitled:"The Impact of Islamophobia and Anti-Sharia on America". Tickets can be purchased by visiting For more information, please email:

17. Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Atlanta and St. Mark Lutheran Church in East Point are supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Worship in Pink -- Worship Celebration of Life service on October 30 at 3 p.m. at St. Mark located at 4137 Washington Road in East Point. Proceeds from the service will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. For more information, please call 404-556-5858

18. Trinity Explores offers Tax Reform: Understanding the Challenges and Options , Thursday, November 3, 2011, 7:00 p.m., Room B104-105, Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Road NW,Atlanta 30327. Panelists include:

Alan Essig, Executive Director, Georgia Budget & Policy Institute

Kelly McCutchen, President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation

Georgia House Representives: Edward Lindsay, House Majority Whip; Stacey Abrams, House Minority Leader; Elly Dobbs House District 53.

Trinity Explores is open to Trinity members and the community. For more information, contact the church office at 404-237-6491 or visit

19. SUICIDE: Prevention, Intervention & Postvention, a one-day course, will be sponsored by the Southeastern Institute on Chemical Dependency on November 4 from 9 a.m. – 5p.m. This course is designed to equip clergy, parents, treatment professionals, and other concerned citizens with strategies for suicide prevention and intervention, as well as an understanding of complicated bereavement issues following the death of a loved one. The event will be hosted at Ridgeview Institute, 3995 S. Cobb, Drive in Smyrna. The fee is only $25 (or $50 with 6.0 GACA contact hours). Registration deadline is October 30. To register, visit For more information email Jewell Meringer at or call 678-525-2692.

20. The Johnny Foundation is hosting the 5th Fashion for Passion Show on Saturday, November 5 from 1p.m.- 3pm in Alpharetta, GA. A "Buy One Ticket Get One Free" special is being extended until November 1st. Please go to for registration form and information. The Johnny foundation is a suicide prevention organization.

21. The Breman Museum announces the inauguration of the Genocide Prevention Institute, November 6, with its newest teacher course Confronting Genocide, November 6 and 7. The Inaugural event will feature the Honorable Shirley Franklin, former Mayor of Atlanta, moderating a panel of genocide survivors from Rwanda, Bosnia, and the Holocaust at 1 p.m. Following the discussion there will be a viewing of ‘Worse than War’, Holocaust historian David Jonah Goldhagen’s groundbreaking film, which explores the preventable phenomenon of genocide. Visit for more information. And has all the information on registration, scholarship, fees, etc. These events are to be held at the museum, 1440 Spring Street, Atlanta 30309.

22. Monday November 7 is the most important day in Atlanta Community Ministries year! the 2011 Annual Day of Prayer - a day in which ACM stakeholders and friends devote extra time to praying for our city, for other ministries, and for ACM. Jesus said about prayer, “Wherever two or more of you are gathered together in My Name, there am I in their midst…”. You are invited to join the group and add your requests to ACM’s , noon to 1:30 p.m, for a prayer meeting and lunch at The Lodge across from Peachtree Presbyterian Church, 3417 Roswell Road NE 30305. Parking is free in the parking deck adjacent to The Lodge.

23. Georgia’s Campaign to End Child Homelessness 9th Annual Seminar Series: Critical Issues Facing Special Needs and At-Risk Children. An all day symposium on Monday, November 7, 10:00 - 3:00. there is no cost but advance registration is required. Register on line at

24. N.T. Wright will be at First Baptist Church Decatur, 308 Clairemont Ave, on Tuesday, November 8 at 7 p.m., for lecture and signing of his new book Simply Jesus: Who He Was, What He Did, Why It Matters. Wright, the Bishop of Durham, former Canon Theologian of Westminster Abbey and Dean of Litchfield Cathedral is a renowned New Testament scholar who has written more than a dozen acclaimed books, including Simply Christian. This event is being sponsored by Georgia Center for the Book in partnership with First Baptist Decatur Conversations Ministry Team. No tickets or reservations required; doors will open at 6 p.m.

25. Joining hands for Justice in Palestine & the Peacemaking partnership of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta Hosting the friends of Sabeel Conference – From Birmingham to Bethlehem: the power of Non-Violence in the USA & Palestine-Israel , November 10-12, at Trinity Presbyterian Church 3003 Howell Mill RD NW Atlanta 30327- Jewish, Christian, and Muslim speakers- All are welcome. R.s.v.p. to

26. Register now for the 20th Annual Run for Justice to be held on November 12, 2011 The Atlanta Legal Aid Society hosts this great out door event in Oakhurst and its operating fund is the beneficiary. Participants enjoy a beautiful a 5-k course beginning and ending at One Step at A Time, 650 East Lake Drive, Decatur 30030. Others can enjoy the crisp autumn day with the 5k walk, great for families and children. Jogging strollers, kids and pets are welcome! Register

27. A new one-hour documentary, Waging Peace: Muslim and Christian Alternatives, airing this fall on ABC-TV stations, examines courageous threads of peace quietly being sown around the world. Waging Peace will air at the discretion of local affiliated TV stations. Stations that decide to show the documentary will air it sometime between Oct. 23 and Dec. 18. For information on dates and times, see You might want to call your local ABC stations to urge them to air the documentary. This special is produced through the National Council of Churches’ partnership with Interfaith Broadcasting Commission through which America’s faith community provides television programming to the affiliates of the three major broadcast TV networks each year.

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Light of new hope

God of refuge,
hear our prayer
as we hold the people of Beirut
in our hearts at this time.
Fill us with compassion
and move us to reach out in love.

In your mercy,
bring comfort to those who mourn,
healing to those who are injured,
shelter to those who are homeless
sustenance to those who hunger.

Give strength to those who are working
to rebuild shattered lives,
and protect those who are vulnerable
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Lead us in your ways
so that together we may bring
the light of new hope
wherever there is destruction and despair.

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