Church Action Weeky eNewsletter Week of July 25, 2011

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta
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1. Power Hour of Prayer, Wednesday, July 27, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. You are invited to come pray for school superintendents, school boards, administrators, teachers, parents, and students from all our community school systems. The Rev. Donald K. Reed, Warren Memorial United Methodist Church, 181 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. SW, Atlanta 30314. Bring your friends and family to pray for our schools. Contact 404-755-8931.

2. AIB special sounds off on why young people are just saying no…. to church. In the second of three special summer presentations Sound of Youth is tackling this issue with Y 2 Faith? – Why Young People are Just Saying No. Premiering Thursday, July 27 at 4:30 p.m., this special investigates what congregations are doing to lure younger audiences back into the fold. Visit for encore times and more information.

3. Serving Life, an Odyssey Networks film about the inmate-staffed hospice at the Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana. Odyssey's Nick Stuart, an executive producer, said, "It's absolutely the finest documentary I have ever been involved with… if killers can learn compassion, there's no excuse for the rest of us to be uncaring." Tomorrow, Thursday, July 28, 9 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

4. Georgia WAND introduces 2012 We Count! Voter engagement campaign, Thursday, July 28, 5:00-7:30 p.m., Manuel's Tavern North Room, 603 N. Highland Avenue, Atlanta. We Count! launched in 2010, is a grassroots voter empowerment movement to expand the electorate in Georgia by engaging with diverse communities and building alliances across race, class and gender lines. During election years, the campaign is centered on registration, education, and mobilization. For more about the event or to find out how you can get involved, contact Carolyn Rodriguez-Monden at

5. King Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation: Two Day Orientation, Clarkston Community Center, 3701 College Avenue, Clarkston 30021, Friday July 29, 4 -9 p.m. and Saturday, July 30, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The Center invites distinguished community, law enforcement, and government leaders to receive the training, in hope that participants of the training will then teach the King Nonviolence principles and strategies to Clarkston community youth and residents. The training will be led by civil rights activist, Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at Emory's Candler School of Theology, Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Jr. and Senior Nonviolence Trainer Charles Alphin, Sr. There is no cost for the training and food will be provided. Participants are required to attend both days of the training. Training open to public and Youth. R.s.v.p. or send questions to

6. Norcross Presbyterian Church is hosting its first annual Dog Dayz on Saturday July 30. This event will feature a "Flea" Market from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., three dog competitions between 11 and, and a Blessing of the Animals at noon. Free to participate! There will be games for kids including a Dog Walk and face painting, prizes to be raffled , skits and storytelling between shows, a bake sale, and food for purchase. A Pet Adoption agency is coming with dogs and cats for adoption. Bring your family, friends, dogs and cats to Norcross Presbyterian on July 30. 3324 Medlock Bridge Road, Norcross 30092.

7. Crime After Crime: Movie, Discussion, and Reception hosted by the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence and LeFont Theater. Saturday, July 30, 7:00 p.m. at LeFont Theater; 5920 Roswell Road Suite C-103 Atlanta 30328. tickets are $25 and may be purchased at gcadv. Ticket includes movie, popcorn, panel discussion with cast and professionals, and reception. Event proceeds directly support GCADV and support increased awareness, resources, and education for domestic violence survivors and programs.

8. A Future. Not a Past. sister program The Voices Project needs you! Become a Mobile Mentor and help prevent young girls in your community from becoming a child sex trafficking victim. The Juvenile Justice's Fund's Center to End Adolescent Sexual Exploitation Program is proud to unveil this newest initiative, a direct service program which empowers adolescent girls against the vulnerabilities of child sex trafficking. Becoming a Mobile Mentor to help an at-risk girl is a small way to stay connected with your community while making a difference in someone's life. Come for an information session to learn how you join the fight to prevent a young girl from becoming a child sex trafficking victim, Wednesday, August 3, 6:00 p.m., Fulton County Juvenile Court, 395 Pryor Street SW, Atlanta 30312, 1st Floor/Room 1132.

9. The Rev. Susan Sparks, senior pastor of Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York, is the featured preacher August 7 and 14 on “Day 1,” the nationally broadcast radio program also accessible by podcast at Trained as a trial lawyer, then a stand-up comedian, and finally as an ordained minister, Sparks says she is the “only female stand-up comedian in the country with a pulpit.” On August 7, in “So You’re a Christian? Whattaya Gonna Do About It?” Sparks helps listeners think in a fresh way about what it means to be a Christian. Her sermon for August 14 draws from Paul’s teachings in Colossians “Paul reaches out and asks us all: What trash (anger, fear, shame, jealousy) do you need to throw on the mulch pile? And what beautiful new things will you grow in its place?”

10. A gift of music to the neighborhood from Church of the Atonement, Free Summer Music Series, The High Point of Summer, Friday August 12, Capital City Opera does Broadway, American Musical Theatre Songs, Ben Leaptrott and Friends, desert and coffee. 7:30 to 9 p.m. 4945 High Point Road, NE, Sandy Springs 30342, 404-252-3324.

11. Sam Portaro, prolific author and popular speaker, has been announced as the speaker for the 5th Annual Jane Baird Lecture sponsored by the Cathedral Book Store, September 22, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. The lecture is free but reservations are required. Make reservations by calling the Cathedral Book Store at 404-237-7582 or sending an email to

12. Widening the Welcome II: Inclusion for All, September 29 - October 1, Columbus, Ohio At least one out of four families in your congregation is affected by a mental illness/brain disorder or disability. Join the movement -- Widening the Welcome: Developing the life of congregations to include persons with disabilities and persons with mental illness/brain disorders and their families. Find out about a conference to be held September 29 - October 1 in Columbus, Ohio. United Church of Christ. wideningthewelcome


13. When the Produce Marketing Association show returns to the World Congress Center in October, the Atlanta Community Food Bank will be there to rescue an estimated 250,000 pounds of produce. They need some volunteers - 750 to be exact! Choose Day 1 to glean the produce or Day 2 where to help distribute it to partner agencies. Get all the details on volunteering for the Produce show Here. Ages 18 and up. Perfect for groups, but individuals are welcome.

14. Free home repairs for seniors are now available from Senior Connections, a 38-year old nonprofit working to keep seniors living independently in their homes. Funds are available for homeowners in DeKalb and Fulton Counties age 62 or older. (Certain restrictions and qualifications guidelines apply.) Zip Codes included are 30030, 30031, 30032, 30034, 30310, 30311, 30314, 30315, 30316, 30317, 30318, and 30319. Areas with greatest eligibility: East Lake, Belvedere, Towers, Adamsville and Pittsburgh. Please note: Funds are based on census track so some areas within the zips will not be eligible. Homes not currently eligible include ones with reverse mortgages in place. Guidelines include age and income. Please call for specific program information. 770-455-7602

15. Homesharing, is a free service of Housemate Match bringing homeowners and tenants together since 1984. Are you Looking for a Place to Live? For information, contact Lynne Dyckman at 678-812-3729 or Housemate Match is a nonprofit, non-sectarian program.

16. Reminder: Early Registration Ends July 28 for the Georgia Commission on Family Violence's 17th Annual Statewide Family Violence Conference. There's No One Solution: Integrating Prevention and Intervention Against Domestic Violence. All information is at

17. Urban Ministries of Durham offers you a chance to play the poverty game Spent at
18. Save-the-Dates September 8-10, 2011, for Together We Can A Conference for Georgia’s Suicide Prevention Stakeholders, Macon Conference Center. More information and registration to come.

19. The Metro Atlanta RSVP Volunteer Program, sponsored by the Atlanta Regional Commission, Area Agency on Aging, is recruiting volunteers 50+ years of age for the CATCH Healthy Habits Program, an innovative and fun way to make a difference in the life of a child and in your community— and improve your health at the same time! The program combats child obesity by engaging adults age 50+ to mentor children in grades K-5 to learn healthy habits for a lifetime. Fall volunteer training sessions begin in August at several locations: Brookhaven Boys and Girls Club (Atlanta/Dekalb County), Holyfield/Warren Boys & Girls Club (Atlanta), The Salvation Army Fuqua Center Boys & Girls Club (Atlanta), The Salvation Army Peachcrest Boys & Girls Club (Decatur), City of Decatur Whiz Kids After School Program, Carl E. Sanders YMCA (Buckhead). For more information: please call 404 463-3119 or email

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta is a partner in C.H.I.P. an interfaith and community-based coalition in which working to assure that every person in Georgia has meaningful access to the full range of information and services related to mental and addictive illness. See C.H.I.P. for more and contact us at

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