Church Action eNewsletter Week kof September 10, 2012

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.   
 Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta 
 Church Action eNewsletter
   Week of  September  10, 2012   


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1. The Artistry of Gutenberg’s Bible through Sept. 28, Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro , featuring  the two-volume Cooper Square facsimile printing of Gutenberg’s Bible previously shown only at the Gutenberg Museum in Germany and Washington, D.C. Tues.-Fri. from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Group tours are welcome. Admission is free. For information  contact 770-473-5457 or

2. Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters adds Kid Fitness to its lineup in partnership with The Center Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully, Inc. (C.H.O.I.C.E.S), with Fun Fitness, an original program hosted by kids for kids offering exciting activities for kids to help them stay healthy, active, and stress free.   The first of eight episodes premiers today at 3:30 pm with daily encore presentations at 6:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.  AIB can be viewed on Comcast channel 5, AT&T U-verse channel 6 and Charter Communications (Smyrna, Roswell) channel 22. 

3. Wednesday nights at the Cathedral Bookstore. Canon Wallace Marsh will lead a discussion of Garry Wills’ What Paul Meant, September 12 and 19, at 6:30 p.m. Reading the book is encouraged but not a requirement. If you come early you can eat at the Cathedral. Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta 30305.

4. Georgia guitarist and vocalist Robert Sims is featured at 7  p.m., Friday, Sept. 14, at the Ascension Coffee House at Church of the Ascension in Cartersville. Admission is free; donations for the Ascension Food Pantry are encouraged. All tips and other donations benefit outreach ministries at Ascension. 5. Diana Butler Bass at Sandy Springs Christian Church this weekend in the annual Real People, Real Faith event, September 14-15. Bass will lead participants through her new book .  

  6. Our Vote is our Voice Voter Education Summit, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, 407 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta  30312,  Saturday, September 15, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. with information, workshops, and discussions on the proceedings that led to Voting Rights Acts, the Presidential Election Process,   2012 Candidates Running for local, state, and national election, issues on the 2012 ballot.  

 7. The Rev. J. C. Austin, director of the Center for Christian Leadership at Auburn Theological Seminary, is the featured speaker Sept. 16 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally syndicated ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Austin’s “Day 1” sermon for the 16th Sunday after Pentecost, based on Mark 8:27-38, is entitled “Following Jesus Is for Losers.”  

8. Sabbath Rest mini-silent retreat to be held Noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday September 18, at Ignatius House, 6700 Riverside Drive, Sandy Springs  30328. Take a break from the flurry of fall events with a few hours to reflect in this space set apart solely for devotion to God and the nurturing of our spirits. Please email Becky Shoaf blocked::mailto:bshoaf@outofourseat... if you are interested in this opportunity.

9. Atlanta Catholic Singles meet Wed., Sept. 19; 7 p.m.; Manuel’s Tavern, 602 N. Highland Ave., NE, Atlanta. This new group for Catholic singles in their 20s, 30s and 40s kicks off Faith on Tap with  “ReTweeting the Gospel: Real Life Applications to The New Evangelization” by Sarah Vabulas. Details at Contact Larry Schauer at or 678-770-6400 for information.

10. Coalition for American Renewal National Symposium in Atlanta Our Common Mission for American Renewal - A Call to Awakening. Become a part of a groundswell of faith leaders called to work together to build a moral and ethical nation that pleases God. This event will empower you, inspire, inform, and give you essential network building tools to jump start a renewal movement here. Discover our common mission to promote the values and principles shared by all people of faith. Hands-on workshops will have a community renewal focus, including a Practicum on Multi-Faith Partnerships; Abolish Human Trafficking; Build Safe Neighborhoods and Community Spirit; Service Learning. Thursday, September 20, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Co-chairs are Dr. Robert A. Schuller and Dr. Paul Murray. Atlanta Marquis Marriott, 265 Peachtree Center Avenue NE. Cost is $50 Register   

 11. Recent studies indicate that young adults with addiction disorders are seldom addicted to just one substance or behavior and have more difficulty achieving sobriety than their adult counterparts. Southeast Institute on Chemical Dependency invites you to a Lunch and Learn Workshop, September 20, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Talbott at Dunwoody/Peachford Conference Center; 2153 Peachford Road, Atlanta, 30338. Cost (includes lunch): $15 attendance or $20 for 2 CEU hours approved by ADACBGA and GACA.  Registration  The mission of the Institute is to provide addictions education and resources to congregations and communities throughout the Southeastern United States. 

12. The Presbytery of Greater Atlanta will host International Peacemakers Pastor Rev. Andrey Besklorovainiy and Mission Co-Worker Alan Smith, September 21-26. They will be available to visit in churches .  Rev. Besklorovainiy is a pastor in the Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists, and the only Roma (Gypsy) pastor in Russia. He is very active in organizing mission outreach to Roma people all over central Russia. Rev. Smith and his wife, Ellen, served in Moscow, Russia from 2001-2010 and are actively involved in ministry in Russia with the Roma people. The International Peacemakers are available at no cost to congregations in which they itinerate. Call Rev. Marvin Simmers at 404-289-4565 or e-mail" href="mailto:marvinsimmers@a... They will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

13. The Hillside International Truth Family and Truth & Treasures Bookstore invite you to celebrate the completion of Dr. Rocco Errico's Aramaic Commentaries of the Holy Bible and his birthday, Saturday, September 22, 2-4 p.m., 2450 Cascade Road, Atlanta 30311.

14. Rev. J. M. Gates (1844-1945), former pastor of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA, will be the subject of a talk by Dr. Lerone Martin on September 21.  Sponsored by the American Baptist Historical Society , this event will be held at the Administration and Conference Center building of Mercer University, 2930 Flowers Road South, Atlanta   30341.  There will be a reception following the 7 p.m. talk, which is free and open to the public.  Rev. Gates achieved fame as an African-American preacher and gospel singer carrying his ministry into the age of technology with hundreds of phonograph records of his sermons. Dr. Martin is Assistant Professor of American Religion and Culture at Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis. His current book project examines the role of the phonograph in the promotion of American religion. For more information contact the Society at 678-547-6680, or

15. "Walk the Road" to Emmaus House from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept.23, and get acquainted with this Episcopal outreach mission in Peoplestown. Admission is $5 or five cans of food. This is an opportunity to learn, serve and walk with our neighbors. There will be free t-shirts and refreshments. R.s.v.p. to For information call 404-525-5948.

16. The Career Ministry at Holy Spirit is making a change for one of the dates in September. Instead of the third Thursday they will meet on Thursday, September 27, at the usual 6:30 p.m. Featured are Bailey Clint at Hunter which provides technical staffing in IT to a wide variety of industries and Carlos Velasquez, U.S. Talent Acquisition at Siemens. You are encouraged to signup on the web site. 4465 Northside Drive, NW, Atlanta 30327

17. Couples of Faith on AIB-TV, Thursdays at 10:30 p.m.  The show featuring Maria and John Cressler will be broadcast on September 27 not September 14. The couple professes their Catholic faith and shares how it has made them stronger as individuals and as a unit.

18. An  invitation from Interfaith Community Initiatives for an evening of contemplation, discussion, exploration, and food at the Sikh Gurdwara at 1821 South Hairston Rd in Stone Mountain, Sunday September 30, 6:30 p.m.   All are welcome. The Sikh community has been generous in extending their hospitality following closely on the heels of the atrocity in the Sikh community in Wisconsin.   We will be treated to the music of the Sikh holy space and after a traditional closing service to a wonderful meal. Please respond to  if you plan to attend.  

19. “Step Into Africa,” a free interactive educational exhibit on the effects of AIDS on African children, will be in the gym of First Baptist Church of Decatur, October 7-14. Presented by World Vision, the exhibit is co-sponsored by Decatur Presbyterian Church and Decatur First United Methodist Church.  More information  Bring your family, Bible study class or other group to this experience. It’s free.

20. In response to the continued struggle in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, Ambassador Andrew Young and GIANT Global is hosting the Golf “Fore” Haiti Tournament.  The event is Monday, October 8, at Heritage Golf Links in Tucker.   Tee off  is at 10 a.m. followed by 18 holes, a banquet, and silent auction.  GIANT is the Global Initiative for the Advancement of Nutritional Therapy. For more information, visit GIANT’s website or call 404-291-8506.

21. Diocese of Atlanta Creation Keepers and Georgia Interfaith Power and Light will host a river paddle Saturday, Oct. 20. The half-day trip explores a little known river in the Atlanta area, the South River. The group leaves promptly at 9 a.m. from a put-in site in south DeKalb County. Cost is $40, which includes lunch, tour guide, canoe rental and insurance. There's a $15 discount for those with their own canoes and kayaks. Space is limited. Details and registration here.

22. The Interfaith Children’s Movement 12th Annual Prayer Breakfast is approaching. The scheduled speaker is U.S. Congressman John Lewis, a long-time civil rights and children's advocate.  Wednesday, October 24, 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m., The Temple, 1589 Peachtree Street, Atlanta.  Tickets 

 23. John Philip Newell will be back in Atlanta Thursday evening, October 25 for a lecture and book signing sponsored by the Cathedral Book Store   There is no charge for this event, but you must R.s.v.p. by email, or phone, 404-237-7582.  This is the Thursday before the Joyce Rupp Conference. If you live out of town, come and spend the weekend. You will find a listing of local hotels and restaurants on the Joyce Rupp registration website you.

24. Upcoming events and trainings related to supporting military families at  CareForTheTroops Event and Training Calendar  

25. The Partnership Ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta and Hillside Presbyterian Church of Decatur is looking for volunteer tutors to help with it's Whiz Kids Tutoring Program at Snapfinger Elementary School. This is a great opportunity for retirees, students needing volunteer hours or anyone who would like to make a difference in a child's life. If you are interested contact Rev. Connie Lee at 404-228-7741 or email to

26. The American Jewish Committee, a global Jewish advocacy organization, hosted a conversation between Jewish and Mormon policy experts during the week of the Republican National Convention. As Mitt Romney accepts his party's presidential nomination, the roundtable discusses the religious differences and similarities between the two faiths.  More

 27. Prayers of the People is CBF’s yearlong guide to prayer that calls you to seasons of prayer following the rhythm of the church calendar. Order or download as a   PDF or as an e-reader file. This resource can benefit pastors, Christian educators, adult Bible study leaders, families and children’s missions teachers.

28. Founded in 1853, the American Baptist Historical Society preserves and shares its collections documenting the influence Baptists have had on religious and civic life. Its six miles of shelving hold the archives of the national mission societies of the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A., the personal papers of prominent Baptist leaders, original church records, periodicals representing the world-wide Baptist press, national, state and associational published minutes from the vast array of Baptist denominations in the U.S., and books and pamphlets. For more information about ABHS, including how to make a research appointment or to volunteer, visit

29. Register now for the November 10 Run for Justice, a fun, easy way to show your support for Atlanta Legal Aid and the great work they do! Atlanta Legal Aid Society provides civil legal services to persons with very low incomes in Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Clayton and Cobb counties.  Last year, Legal Aid attorneys assisted over 50,000 people and handled over 24,000 cases, primarily involving housing, family, and senior citizens issues. More information and registration  

 30. This presentation of Station of the Cross for September 11 is from the Church of the Advent in Spartanburg, whose former rector is now in Atlanta at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church. It consists of fourteen color photographs taken in the Fall of 2001 of scenes from Ground Zero, New York City. They were taken by parishioners on a mission trip to minister at St. Paul’s Chapel providing respite service for workers at the site. The Rev. Michael Sullivan conceived of the idea for the Stations and selected the images from of pool of parishioner's photographs.

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