Church Action Weekly eNewsletter Week of July 23, 2012

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.   
 Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta 
 Church Action eNewsletter
  Week of July 23, 2012   

Quick Links  Summer Series Underway at Local Churches     Who Welcomes New Babies to your Congregation?     Islamic Shari’ah -- Myths & Realities ,      Care for the Troops calendar    Clergy Sabbath Retreat, Len Foote Hike Inn   

Buckhead Christian Ministry’s 25th Anniversary  Labor Day, Action Ministries First Annual Action Dash   Believe in the Power of Women: Refugee Women as Agents of Change  Volunteer at Covenant House 


1. We failed to correctly describe the event at the Greater Mountain Baptist Church this weekend. It is a whole weekend not just a service.  Rev. Prather invites members of the Atlanta community to celebrate Family, Friends and Community weekend on July 28 and 29. On Saturday there will be a picnic at noon complete with free food, entertainment, voter empowerment materials, social service literature, activities for children and much more. 3346 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. For information contact Rev. Joseph D. Flint at 404-422-6514 or .

2. Dr. Guy G. Sayles, Jr., senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Asheville, is the featured preacher July 29 and August 5 on “Day 1” also accessible online at Sayles’s sermon for July 29, based on Ephesians 3:14-21, is entitled “Our Vast and Loving God.” “Thankfully, as Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian Christians reminds us, we don’t have a small and distant god,” he says. ”His message for August 5, “In Repair,” is on  Paul’s call for church leaders to “equip the saints for the work of ministry,” Sayles says, “‘Equipping’ is more than training, however. More deeply, equipping is about restoration and healing…..”

3. On Monday, July 30 at 7p.m., the eve of election day, a coalition of youth, concerned citizens, and civic leaders from around the metro Atlanta area will gather for a candlelight peace and prayer rally in the East Parking lot of the Mall West End. The purpose of the demonstration is to bring awareness to the community regarding violence committed by young people and to appeal to the city for unified peace. Speakers will include youth and representatives from around the area and from organizations that include the National Action Network, NAACP, and Revive the Vote, Inc." Let us come together in efforts to help bring awareness to this senseless epidemic of violence, we will gather in peace, prayer, and love unifying our communities and remembering our fallen victims," states organizer Kamille Miller. For additional information contact Ms. Miller at 404-519-1964

4. Central OAC in collaboration with partner agencies developed a questionnaire which was sent to all the candidates running in the July primary asking what they perceive to be the barriers affecting those experiencing homelessness and how they would address them. Responses were sought from candidates for the Georgia Senate and Georgia House of Representatives on a wide range of issues that cause homelessness and create barriers for people recovering from homelessness. Responses from all candidates are posted online at  To learn more or get involved contact Renée Snead at (404) 601-3147 or

5. Calling All Dogs!  Church of the New Covenant is whistling on Saturday, August 4.  Dog Dayz of Summer, 10 to 2, with kids’ events, dog contest, bake sale and cake raffle, hot dog picnic, blessing of the dogs, and more.  Dogs must be on a leash and friendly. New Covenant is located at 3330 Chestnut Drive, Doraville.

6. On August 5, Central Presbyterian Summer Series will present Living as a Muslim in a Post 9/11 World with Abbas Barzegar, assistant professor of Islam at GSU and fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and understanding. Information on this and other continuing summer series   here   

 7.  Meet the Greyhounds with special guests from Southeastern Greyhound Adoption from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, August 5, at St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church, 3110 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta  30319.  Greyhounds will be outside the church after the morning services as part of St. Martin's pet ministry. More about greyhound adoption

8. The William Baker Choral Foundation presents  Beethoven’s Mass in C and Symphony No. 7. The 180-voice ensemble of Cobb Summer Singers and Summer Singers of Atlanta, perform with the Orchestra of the American Heartland on Sunday, August 5 at 3 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 458 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Midtown Atlanta. Tickets available in advance online ($15) or at the door ($20), Free for children under 12.

9. Hiroshima Day from Georgia Wand, Monday, August 6, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 1911 Cliff Valley Way.  Jeff Patterson, incoming president of Physicians for Social Responsibility, will speak about the mounting threat of the nuclear industry to human health.  Reception at 7 p.m.; program at 7:30 p.m.

10. The Edge Connection in Marietta is offering anyone interested in learning more about healthcare reform and how it will affect small businesses a free workshop on Friday, August 10, KSU Center. Please call if you are interested, 770 499-3228.

11. Jonathan Daniels Annual Pilgrimage, Saturday, August 11, Haynesville Alabama, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., to remember and honor the lives of Jonathan Daniels and the twelve civil rights martyrs of Alabama. The homilist for that day will be Carolyn Maull McKinstry, author of While the World Watched: A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes of Age During the Civil Rights Movement.  For more information and to participate, go to the website here

12. The Gateway Center will have a Volunteer Information Session on August 16, 6 to 7 p.m. Find more information, contact numbers, and directions.   

13. Lutheran Campus Ministry at Georgia Tech, Emory, Georgia State, and Agnes Scott Announces 6th Annual Fundraiser, a Low Country Boil and Silent Auction, August 25 from 4-7 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1410 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta  30307. Tickets are $35 and $50. For all details, call Pastor Patti Axel at 678-596-3089 or email to If you cannot attend, consider donating a Silent Auction item.  Visit the website at

14. Pets are important. There will be another event offering free vaccinations and licenses at 809 Hollywood Road, Atlanta 30318, on August 25. Please give this information number to anyone you feel could benefit from this service, 888-297-1683, option 1.

15. United Way has joined Publix Super Markets to provide underprivileged children in metro Atlanta with the supplies they need to start school ready to learn. Last year, more than 14,000 children were served. Volunteers are needed starting August 20 for sorting, taking inventory, and distributing the supplies to 22 school systems across the region. If you would like to sign up a volunteer team, click here or contact . The volunteer location is the Salvation Army Warehouse, 1070 White St, Atlanta 30310.


16.  The Breath of God: An Invitation to Embody Holy Wisdom, is the summer art exhibit in Harrington Center Chapel lobby, Columbia Theological Seminary, 701 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur 30030, through August 15.  Artist Julie Hliboki draws on the spiritual practice of mandalas. “These mandalas are a gift to me which I share with you. I understand their purpose to be for blessing and healing those who interact with them," says Hliboki.

 17. Congratulations to Dr. Margaret Aymer Oget, associate professor of New Testament at Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, for receiving the Award of Excellence (first place) in the Bible Resource category for her 2011 Horizons magazine Bible study "Confessing the Beatitudes" from the Associated Church Press, the oldest and largest Christian press association.  

 18. A [Baptist] Conference on Sexuality and Covenant Discussion Guide is now available online to accompany the conference videos. For those who seek further opportunities for dialogue around matters and questions of sexuality, visit the conference web page at


19. We are what Heaven looks like. Read about the wonderful banner created by Rock of Ages Lutheran Church 

20.  Registration is open now for The Liberated Heart: Becoming Who We Really Are.  Joyce Rupp, O.S.M. is an award winning author and conference speaker highly acclaimed for her transformative spiritual writings and practices. This October 27 daylong conference will include lecture as well as open question and answer discussion. Check-in will be 9-10 a.m. and the conference will close at 3:00 p.m. with a book signing.  The cost is $50 and will include lunch. A group rate of $350 is available for a table of 8. The location of the conference is the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta 30305.  Register today or get more information at




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Ethel Ware Carter

Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta


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