Weekly Church Action eNewsletter Week of July 4, 2011


God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta


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1. AIB’s longest running television series Sound of Youth begins the first of three summer specials with Hip Hop Music:  Harmful or Harmless Craze?  This edgy, fast paced special explores the pros and cons of Hip Hop music and questions what affect it has on teens and young adults. The show was produced and recorded by two energetic and creative, street savvy AIB college student interns, Colin Burnett and Alaina Coats. It premieres today, Wednesday, July 6, at 4:30 p.m. with encore presentations airing through Tuesday, July 12.  Visit AIBTV.com for encore times and more information. 

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2. Earlier this year, the multi-million dollar restoration of the historic Heritage Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall of Ebenezer Baptist Church was unveiled to the public.  This July, join AIB for a special tour, conducted by Judy Forte, MLK National Historic Site supervisor, and David Ates, National Park Service project manager, for a behind the scenes look at the project that restored the edifice to it’s 1960’s appearance when the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. joined his father as co-pastor.  Sacred Spaces: Ebenezer Restored begins on Wednesday, July 6 at 5:30 p.m. and will air for two weeks.   Encore presentations can be viewed on Friday and Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and Monday at 7:00 a.m.  For more information visit AIBTV.com.


3. Church of the Atonement High Point of Summer, a gift of free music to the community,  continues this week, Friday, July 8, with Hicks with Picks, Bluegrass on the Green,  hotdogs and drinks, 7 to 8:30 p.m. All are welcome and baby sitting is provided.  Hicks with Picks is the in-house blue grass group from Rock Spring Presbyterian Church. Atonement is located at 4945 High Point Road, NE, Sandy Springs 30342. For information call 404-252-3324.


4. The Last Mountain, an official selection of the Sundance festival, opens in Atlanta on Friday, July 8. This film documents one West Virginia community's fight to save the last mountain in the valley - Coal River Mountain - from being destroyed by mountaintop removal mining. UA Tara Cinemas, 2345 Cheshire Bridge Road N.E., 404-634-5661. Read more at thelastmountainmovie.com


5. The Rev. Joe Evans, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, TN College, formerly served Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church in Lilburn. His July 10 sermon for Day 1, The Sower’s Lesson, is based on Jesus’ parable of the sower in Matthew 13. Listen on your local station or Listen here and comment.  


6. The Central Presbyterian Summer Series has a schedule change. On Sunday, July 10, Gender Based Violence at Home and Abroad: A Case Study for Understanding Natural Law/Grace Debate in Reformed Theology will feature Paul Zwier, Director International Advocacy, Emory University School of Law; and the Sunday, July 31, program will be The Church in the Age of Mass Imprisonment with Murphy Davis, Partner, Open Door Community and Visiting Pastor to Georgia Prisoners. Series starts at 9:45 a.m. each Sunday. Central is located at 201 Washington Street, SW, right across the street from the State Capitol.


7. Courageous Women Called by God: Serving God in Faith Women's Day with Evangelist Laura Pickett at The True Light Baptist Church, Sunday, July 17, at 3 p.m. The church is located at 47 Anderson Ave., NW, Atlanta 30314. If you have questions call 404-799-8623.


8. Empowering Our Community By Demystifying Mental Illness & Treatment, a free community program in recognition of National Minority Mental Health Month with  Door Prizes, Book Raffle, Heavy Refreshments, Resource Tables, Panel Presentation, Q&A and Group Discussion, Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tucker Recreation Center, 4898 LaVista Road, Tucker. The panel presentation will include a person who lives with mental illness, a family member, a licensed clinical social worker with excellent information about local resources, an adult and a child psychiatrist with experience diagnosing and treating depression, ADHD, PTSD, anxiety,  veteran’s mental health issues, addiction. For more information, contact NAMI DeKalb Affiliate at 404-604-2350 or email outreach@blackmentalhealthnet.com           


9. Join Cobb Faith Partnership for the next General Meeting, Wednesday, July 27, at Turner Chapel AME Church, 492 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta. Lunch will start at 11:45 a.m., and the meeting will start at noon. If you've missed a CFP meeting in the past year, this is one you don’t want to miss. Be sure to bring a guest or two with you - the one way to experience what CFP is all about is to attend a meeting. For more information, email info@cobbfaithpartnership.org


10. BE THE MATCH invites the community follow the dream as they are honored as the featured non-profit of the Atlanta Dream professional women's basketball team on August 2, 7:30 p.m.  For tickets or information on any of the Dream's games click below. Be sure and use MATCH as your code and 50% of your ticket cost will come back to Be The Match. Tickets are $10-$35 depending on your seat location. ticketmaster.com


11. Save the date for Brad Sherrill’s Prophets at Roswell United Methodist Church, Sunday, August 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary.  Prophets (based on the prophetic texts of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Amos and Micah) is brought to life with the assistance of powerful multimedia imagery which gives these Scriptures even greater relevance for our lives and times. Old Testament biblical scholar and author Walter Brueggemann has called Brad's performance of Prophets "compelling" and "provocative." Prophets had its theatrical debut in Atlanta at the Conant Performing Arts Center in 2010 and now tours churches throughout the U.S.  For tickets or more information see rumc.com


12. 4 Rivers Ministry is offering free lunch to children this summer at Feed My People, 6045 N. Henry Blvd, Stockbridge 30281. Lunch will be served Monday – Friday, 12:15 - 1:15, beginning Tuesday July 5. Bring your child, bring your neighbors, bring your summer camp students 18 or under. Large groups (over 10) must call 678-565-7800 before attending and the hours of service are definite, no exceptions. Other sites are Eureka Masonic Lodge, 109 Church Street, Stockbridge 30281 and Trinity Performing Arts Academy, 369 McDonough Pkwy, McDonough 30253.


13. Visit the St. Mary's Sewanee at www.stmaryssewanee.org for details on Centering Prayer Retreats scheduled through December 2011 and to view a schedule of one day and weekend retreats--lovely mountain location less than 3 hours away. 


14. Read about the new certificate in environmental leadership offered at McCormick Theological Seminary at   mccormick.edu


15. Read about mentoring and discuss your practices, needs, and resources on our website or on Call and Response from Duke Divinity at RCCAtl


16. Interesting article on author of the Torah at www.nzherald.co.nz


17. Odyssey Networks recently produced three video news stories for the web on the issue of gay and lesbian clergy that have had strong viewership and wide distribution – Huffington Post, CNN and more.  Here are the links:

My Journey as a Lesbian Pastorhttp://bit.ly/kKBbRv

Living with Differences:  Two Congregations, Two Viewpoints on Gay Clergyhttp://bit.ly/iVB5Kb

Living with Differences:  PC(USA)’s Struggle Over Gay Clergyhttp://bit.ly/jAStsb

Intersections International’s CEO Bob Chase wrote “…. I believe this video, Living With Differences…, is one of the most helpful videos I have ever seen on the subject of LGBT inclusion …  It portrays both sides of the equation without bias – GREAT journalism  “


18. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Video Contest drew at least three entries from the Southeastern Synod. See Morgan Wiese, daughter of Pastor Fritz Weise from Christ Our Shepherd in Peachtree City, in her video available through July 15 at  www.livinglutheran.com


The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta is a partner in C.H.I.P. an interfaith and community-based coalition in which public, private, non-profit agencies, and faith communities work collaboratively to assure that every person in Georgia have meaningful access to the full range of information and services related to mental and addictive illness including awareness, prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery services. See C.H.I.P. for more and contact us if your congregation or agency would like to hear more ecarter@rccatl.org.


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Ethel Ware Carter

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