Church Action eNewsletter Week of September 24, 2012

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.   
 Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta 

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1. “Driving Miss Daisy” at Northside United Methodist Church, Friday, September 28, 7:30 p.m. Also Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 3 p.m. For information about reservation and tickets call David Buice at 404-876-6686. See NorthsideUMC  for more information.

2. This year, Koinonia turns 70 and Clarence and Florence Jordan would have been 100 years old, celebrate for an entire month, September 28 – October 28. Read all about it at  Koinonia Farm 2012 Celebration  

3. The Monastery of the Holy Spirit will hold its fall festival on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the beautiful monastery grounds. All are invited to the festivities, which will have activities for all ages, including hayrides, a petting zoo and pony rides, a marketplace, organic farm produce, and tours of the Gothic Abbey Church. New to this year’s activities are a health fair and a lecture series focused on environmental issues. Read all about it here  . 

4. The Rev. Bonnie Scott, 2011 recipient of the David H. C. Read Preacher/Scholar Award, is the featured preacher Sept. 30 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally syndicated ecumenical radio program also accessible online at For the past year Scott has been the associate pastor of Wesley Freedom United Methodist Church in Eldersburg, Md. She earned her M.Div. degree last year from Duke Divinity School where she was also awarded the Jamison Jones Preaching Award. In her sermon on “Day 1,” entitled “Deliverance and Deli Meat,” Scott draws lessons from Moses’ frustration with the Israelites. 

5. 60th Anniversary congratulations to Northside Drive Baptist Church celebrating on Sunday, September 30, “The Art of Celebrating our Heritage” After a special worship service at 11 a.m., enjoy food and fellowship on the front lawn with BBQ and old and new friends alike. R.s.v.p. to or 404-816-7221. Cost is $10 per person (max $25/family).

6. Coro Vocati at Peachtree Road UMC, Sunday, September 30, 5 p.m., 3180 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305. Coro Vocati provides a choral experience for musicians whose call is to serve as music educators, church musicians, vocal teachers, singers, and conductors. See

7. Off-Broadway actor Brad Sherrill will present his new adaptation and live performance of Red Letter Jesus based on Jesus’ words spoken in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, at Roswell United Methodist Church in Roswell, Sunday, Sept. 30, 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. General seating tickets are available through iTickets or at Roswell UMC’s front office. For more information, call the church office, 770-993-6218, or visit Roswell UMC is located in the Heart of Historic Roswell at 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell, GA 30075. Website for Red Letter Jesus, Prophets and The Gospel of John blocked::" href="http://www.gospelofjoh...

8. St. Matthew Catholic Church,215 Kirkley Road, Tyrone 30290,is hosting a movie night, October 1 at 7 p.m.  "Sun Come Up" is an Academy Award nominated documentary film that shows the human face of climate change.  The film follows the relocation of the Carteret Islanders, a community living on a remote island chain in the South Pacific Ocean, some of the world's first climate refugees.  The nationwide screening of this film is sponsored by the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change.  There is no admission fee.  Open to the community.  Contact Lisa Lowther at 770-463-9031 with questions.

9. Acquaint yourself with Candler School of Theology at First Tuesday at Candler, an event for prospective students on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 6:30-8:00 p.m. You are invited to visit Candler’s campus for a casual dinner with Dean Jan Love, members of the admissions team, and current students. Dr. Joel M. LeMon, Assistant Professor of Old Testament, will present a talk entitled, “Break the Teeth of the Wicked!: Wrestling with Violence in the Psalms.”  Register online by Friday, Sept. 28 and learn about upcoming speakers here .

10. Street GRACE Quarterly Meeting will be Thursday, October 4, from 1:00-3:00 p.m., at North Avenue Presbyterian Church, in the Broyles Auditorium. Sara Smith, Homeless Liaison for Fulton County Schools, will talk about the growing number of homeless students and how their environments and experiences can make them prime targets for sexual exploitation. Ebony Gamble, Volunteer Manager for Cool Girls, Inc., will introduce their program, talk about ways volunteers can get involved, their need for mentors and tutors, how they match their girls up, along with training information, etc. Meetings are open to the public and dress is casual. Please contact if you have any questions, or call 678-809-2111.

11. Moments of Inspiration kicks off a new season of encouraging hymns that will uplift, inspire, and delight audiences the world over. Watch Rev. Dr. William Womack as he sings classic gospel standards like: “Jesus Is the Answer”, “Blessed Quietness”, “Precious Lord Take My Hand” and “Every time I feel the Spirit”. October 5 at 5:30 p.m. This original series preserves the lost tradition of old time gospel.  AIB can be viewed on Comcast channel 5 and AT&T U-verse channel 6. Programming can also be viewed on Video on Demand at and the streaming network  

12. Dunwoody United Methodist Church kicks off the 10th season of its concert series on Sunday, October 7, at 4 p.m. with Just Voices, a chamber chorus of musicians who sing without  accompaniment, performing shape-note hymns, folk songs, classical works, and popular music. Learn more at

 13. Like a Mustard Seed:  Supporting and Celebrating Smaller Church Leadership, a  conference especially for smaller church leadership , Samford University, Birmingham. Monday-Tuesday, October 8-9, 2012, at Samford University in Birmingham.  Find out all about it  For more information Call 205-726-4064 or email

14. FIP-ERC (Formerly Incarcerated Persons-Effective Reentry Collaborative) is seeking faith collaboration partnerships; they want to know who in the faith communities serves formerly incarcerated persons and their families. Please communicate with Bonita Lacy at On October 13,  9a..-2 p.m. FIP- Our Faith in Action will present "Poverty, Incarceration, Reentr,y and the Family Impac: what you need to know when they come home”  at the Poverty Summit of Concerned Black Clergy,  at Atlanta Metropolitan College 1630 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta.

15. 5-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation, Oct. 14 -19,  at Ignatius House in Atlanta, Co-sponsored by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and Upper Room Ministries
Download the brochure  

16. St. Anne’s Divorced and Separate
d  Support Group meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month; 7:30-9 p.m.; St. Ann Church, 4905 Roswell Road, NE, Marietta, in the private “cry room” at the back of the church. This group is open to all people in need, Catholic or not. It is designed to help those experiencing separation or recent divorce in the healing process through meeting with other men and women facing similar challenges in their relationships and lives. There is no cost. Try to come early so the meetings can start at 7:30 p.m. Contact St. Ann Pastoral Care office at 770-552-6400, ext. 6018, or

17. The Thompson Scholars program for 2013, Evangelism: A New Scorecard, will take place April 30 – May 3, 2013 on the Columbia Theological Seminary campus. This annual event brings together pastors and other church leaders with a special interest in evangelism. The program will be led by Ralph C. Basui Watkins, associate professor of evangelism and church growth. This is an application-based program. Qualified applicants will be accepted until maximum enrollment is reached. For information and the application go here    The application deadline is December 1. For more information, please contact Sarah Erickson, director of lifelong learning, at or 404-687-4526.

18. From Jim Wallis, “After 40 years of public ministry, I am feeling an urgent and personal call to help lift up and support the next generation of   faithful leaders articulating the biblical call to social justice.  As more and more of my time is spent mentoring young leaders from across the country, I see a pressing need for a space where they can grow in their calling together and their voices can encourage more people. Emerging Voices—a project of Sojourners—aims to develop this platform.” Check out the website .   

19. The Church of the Common Ground seeks some kind souls to provide a pastoral presence in support of its ministry on the streets of downtown Atlanta. The Rev. Mary Wetzel needs volunteers during the Sunday afternoon worship service and during a weekly foot clinic and will offer some training Oct. 20 at the Cathedral of St. Philip. more    

 20. Longleaf Hospice is actively seeking volunteers to serve patients and families dealing with a life-limiting illness across the metro Atlanta area. Compassionate, caring and dedicated volunteers are needed to offer patient support, including reading, talking, taking walks, and building friendships, and caregiver respite, which includes providing relief and peace of mind for the caregivers to have time to care for themselves, go to appointments, visit friends, or attend religious services. Contact Kirsten Black, volunteer coordinator, at 770-939-9179 or

 The twenty-fifth Reformation Day at Emory , Thursday, October 25 .   Click here for full schedule.

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Ethel Ware Carter


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