Church Action eNewsletter Week of October 1, 2012

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.   
Mental Health First Aid training helps an individual with no clinical training assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis until appropriate help arrives. It is important training for anyone who meets the public during the workday. Church or nonprofit employees and volunteers, teachers and school administrators, are just a few of the groups for whom this training is essential. Mental Health America of Georgia offers this training and we have contacts and  more information about it on our website  You might consider offering this for your employees and volunteers or for people in the community around your place of worship.  Christ Lutheran in East Point offered it last fall and filled a class to the maximum with a waiting list.


1.  Southside Ministerial Association, noon, Thursday, October 4, is hosted by the Washington Road Neighborhood Church, 3227 Washington Road, East Point. Rev. Jimmie Jordan will discuss the ministry of the church.  There will be an update on the Delores Project. If you have Thanksgiving or Christmas events that you would to promote, bring that information. Please contact Rev. Jordan to let him know you will be coming, 404-909-9554.

2. Time to transform your life? Break Through Conference at Hillside International Truth C enter.  October 5-7. Read all about it

3. World Communion Sunday is Oct 7 Established in 1936, when the world was deeply fragmented by the conflict that would become World War II, World Communion Sunday has been an observance to help Christians all over the world affirm their unity in Jesus Christ as expressed at the Lord’s Table. Resources for observation  

 4.  Dr. B. Wiley Stephens, in his 22nd year as senior pastor of Dunwoody UMC, is the featured preacher Oct. 7 on “Day 1,” the ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Stephens’ sermon based on Jesus’ teachings on divorce in Mark 10, is entitled “A Call to a Higher Standard.” “It is so easy to hear [Jesus’ words] as words of judgment and condemnation,” he says. “But let us hear them as a call to a higher standard, the goal that we all have for marriage. We may not all reach that goal, but that is our aim….”

5. Hightower Silvertown United Methodist Church, 204 Park Lane, Thomaston, will welcome guest speaker Lex Luger, October 7, at the Sunday Morning 11 a.m. Praise and Worship Service. Luger was Five Time World Heavy Weight Wrestling Champion and known worldwide until he suffered a crippling stroke that paralyzed him from the neck down. He also played football for Penn State and the Green Bay Packers. Luger tells an inspirational story about his journey to recovery and his accepting Christ as his Savior.  If you would like to have him speak at your church, contact Pastor Greg Rosenthal at for a referral.

6. Remember the “Step into Africa,” free interactive educational exhibit on the effects of AIDS on African children First Baptist Church of Decatur, October 7-14, presented by World Vision and 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.

7. Carol Williams, the Civic Organist in San Diego, California, opens the 2012-13 All Saints' Concert Series, Tuesday, October 9, 8 p.m., 634 West Peachtree Street. Tickets are $15 adult, $10 student/senior, available at the door, or can be ordered online at Famous for her charismatic wit, Carol will present a varied program of classical and popular works. The concert is co-sponsored by the Atlanta Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

8. Jenny Levison, known as "Souper Jenny" will be speaking at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2461 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta on Thursday, October 11, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the 2012 Mitchell Speaker Series: "Atlanta Women: Living Their Dreams". Free and open to the public. Soup to sample and cookbooks on sale. Everyone welcome.

10. Annual Scarecrow Festival at Bethelview UMC, October 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with fabulous food and entertainment for the whole family. Free admission and free parking with a canned good donation. There will be fresh baked cobbler, scarecrow building, prizes, and even a doggy fashion and talent show. For information, call 770-887-4888 or visit  

 11. 13th Annual Creating Opportunity Conference Southeastern Regional Clergy Luncheon, Rainbow Push Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund, Friday, October 12, 12:15 p.m., Hyatt Hotel on Peachtree Street. Visit for ticket information.

12. The mission of Friends of the Congo is to raise the consciousness of the world community and support Congolese institutions in bringing about a peaceful and lasting change to what the United Nations said it is the deadliest conflict in the world since World War Two. Friends of the Congo Atlanta are dedicating October 13 to October 21 as Congo Week. The purpose of Congo week is to break the silence, raise awareness about the situation in the Congo, and raise funds to honor the millions of lives lost in the conflict. Read about how your congregation can be a part of a this effort and read a letter from a Congolese student at   

13. Atlanta Interfaith Leaders Fellowship presents An Introduction to Sharia Law, October 14, 4 – 6 p.m. Led by Dr. Naim Rashid and Ms. Zaynab Ansari, Sunday, October 14, at the Roswell Community Masjid, 345 Market Place, Roswell 30075. There is no charge or registration required to attend this event.

14. The Johnny Foundation is hosting the 6th annual Fashion for A Passion Show at North American Mission Board on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. Johnny was lost to suicide at the age of 21 and his family formed the foundation to raise awareness of depression and prevent suicide. Special guest speaker, Natalie Flake, widow of former NAMB/GBC jointly funded Pastor who ended his life in 2005, will be bringing her newly released book “Tears to Joy” for a book signing. Additional information can be found at Tickets are only $10 each with a special offer of “Buy One Get One Free” through Oct. 15.

15. Brookhaven Arts Series at Brookhaven UMC, 1366 North Druid Hills Road, Atlanta 30319. On October 21, visual artist and local area pastor, Kerry Jackson, will bring his ministry "Drawing to the Rock" to Brookhaven.  Using chalk, paint, clay, and many other mediums, Kerry effectively recreates the passion of Christ, a powerful presentation not to be missed! The time is 4 p.m. in the downstairs fellowship hall.

16. Don’t miss Miko Peled at Oakhurst Presbyterian Church, 118 Second Avenue, Decatur 30031, Tuesday, October 23 at  Peled the author of The General's Son is a peace activist who was born in Jerusalem into a well known Zionist family. His Father, Matti Peled, was a war hero turned peacemaker. At the heart of Peled's conclusion lies the realization that Israelis and Palestinians can live in peace as equals in their shared homeland. Watch Miko Peled's video for a credible vision of hope for a just peace in Palestine/Israel.

17. Prominent Christian activist and bestselling author Shane Claiborne will offer two public talks at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology Oct. 23 and 24. A sought-after speaker on Jesus, peacemaking and social justice, Claiborne will present “Jesus for President” Oct. 23 and “Resurrecting Church” Oct. 24. The Oct. 23 event is at 7 p.m. in Glenn Memorial Auditorium. The Oct. 24 event is at 11 a.m. at Candler School of Theology on Emory’s campus. Admission is free, but registration is required; seating is limited. Read the full story at and find registration

18. There is still a little space in the Exploring Wisdom’s Wonder Retreat to be held at Montreat October 25-28. This class will explore the power and spiritual relevance of wonder in the life of faith.  

 19. Save the date- You are invited to participate in the 24th Annual Homeless Memorial Day and Requiem, Thursday, November 1, 2012. The day begins at Peachtree and Pine for doughnuts and coffee and ends with dinner and a requiem mass at the Cathedral of St. Philip with the R. Rev. Bishop Robert Wright preaching and Dean Sam Candler, celebrant. Read more . Click on flyer posted on right hand side of our home page to enlarge it.

20. Veterans don’t miss St. Monica’s Blue Star Fan Club’s Financial Readiness Program, Saturday, November 3, 10 a.m. –1 p.m., St. Monica’s Catholic Church, 1700 Buford Hwy., Duluth 30097. Refreshments and nursery will be available. In today’s uncertain economy, planning for your financial future is more important than ever. Don’t miss this opportunity for a free, no strings attached program and consultation on financial and family issues that matter to you with highly qualified financial planner professionals and counselors. It’s all free. Bring family and friends!  . No sales or product promotion. St. Monica’s says, “You Serve(d) Your Country –Let us Help Serve You!”

21. A Conversation with Bishop William H. Willimon, Trinity Presbyterian Church, 8:30 – noon, November 10, 2012, breakfast and childcare included with each $15 registration. More here   

22. Brenda Harris, minister at the Atlanta City Detention Center, is collecting Christian paperback books and soft cover Bibles. Please contact Brenda via email at if you can make an announcement or designate a small collection box where your congregation can donate books.

23. Watch an open invitation for a new generation of leaders to hold the church accountable by becoming a part of it from  The Fund for Theological Education  

 24. Yoga at Decatur UCC with John Hartland on Monday nights, 7 p.m., 109 Hibernia Ave, Decatur 30030. Free but call for details 404- 373-2933 or Email

National Festival of Young Preachers is coming to Atlanta in January. Have you urged that young person in your congregation you feel has a special calling to register?  Have you offered to mentor a young person? Would your youth group be set on fire by the Friday night Gospel Slam? Read more or contact us. 

 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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