Church Action eNewsletter Week of April 22, 2013

 God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

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1. Cascade UMC is hosting a Town Hall Meeting, this Thursday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. State Rep. Roger Bruce, Sen. Horacena Tate, and Rep. Virgil Fludd will discuss important legislation, current and future. This is a chance to become more informed and involved. Q and A session will follow. For more information contact Jeneen Parker at


2. Members in your congregation who live with autism will have an opportunity to connect with organizations that provide services and support in DeKalb County at the Autism Resource Fair, presented by One DeKalb and Georgia State University's Center for Leadership in Disability. Saturday, April 27, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. , Manuel Maloof Administration Building, Downtown Decatur, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur 30030. To register, click here. For more information, please contact  or (404) 413-1427.


3. A yard sale to raise funds for outreach ministries is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Church of the Annunciation  , 1673 Jamerson Road, Marietta  30066.  All are welcome.

4. Celebrating One Another: Ceremonies of our Children. If you plan to attend this Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta  event  Saturday night at Druid Hills Baptist Church remember to R.s.v.p.  Read more>>  

 5. The Rev. Richard Game, rector of St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Dunwoody, preaches about the walls that divide us this Sunday on Day 1. His sermon is “Peter's Invisible Fence,” Acts 11:1-18.  Read more>>  

 6. Remember Georgia WAND Mother's Day for Peace 2013, this  Sunday, April 28, 4 – 6 p.m., Agnes Scott College with Laura Turner Seydel, Keynote Speaker, Read more>>  

 7. The Rev. Beth Knowlton, canon for prayer and liturgy at the Cathedral of St. Philip, will offer an introduction to the creative spiritual writings of Macrina Wiederkehr at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, at the Cathedral Book Store. Sister Macrina will speak at the Cathedral Thursday evening, June 27, on "Finding Your Monastic Heart: A Way to God" and then lead a retreat at Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, Atlanta.  

8. The Cathedral Book Store presents Jeffrey Small, author of award-winning The Breath Of God, speaker, and businessman, speaking on “God And The Brain: A Study Of The Science Of The Natural Human Belief In God,” Thursday, May 2,  6:30 p.m., at the Cathedral of St. Philip, Child Hall. A Q&A session and book signing of his new novel, The Jericho Deception, will follow. This Event is free, but reservations are required. Call (404) 237-7582 or e-mail


9. Interfaith Fellowship meeting, Sunday, May 5, 2 p.m. Hilton Atlanta Northeast, 5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Our Personal Narratives and Journey of Faith: A Ben Johnson Workshop. No registration is required for this event. Those prepared to openly reflect on their personal life journeys and faith experiences and those open to learn from the experiences of others will realize the greatest benefits from participation.

10. Sandy Springs Christian Church will host "An Evening with John Shelby Spong" Monday, May 6, in the sanctuary. "My Journey into a New Christianity".  Additional information can be found at: or by contacting the church at (404) 256-2582

11. Breaking the Generational Cycle of Poverty for Women and Girls in Atlanta.  The Atlanta Women’s Foundation has recently completed a research study on the causes of generational poverty in our city. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in partnership with The Atlanta Women’s Foundation invites members of the religious community working with women in poverty to breakfast and a program outlining this first comprehensive study on generational poverty in Atlanta, Tuesday, May 7, at 7:30 a.m. in the St. Luke’s Parish Hall.  Complimentary continental breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. followed by the presentation from 8-9 a.m. Come to learn more about working with women and girls in poverty in Atlanta. R.s.v.p. by May 1 to Jacqueline Innocent at


12. Women of all ages are invited to Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church for the Life Enrichment Day Luncheon, at noon, May 7, in the Fellowship Hall. Judy Reamer, author and speaker, will present a message based on her new book “The Parable of the Shoes: The Hidden Value of a Comfortable Soul.” For details and tickets call Sue Stumm at 404-351-3300.


13. Interfaith Children’s Movement in Cobb Meeting is May 9 at 4:00 pm at MUST Ministries Foothills Center 1407 Cobb Pkwy N, Marietta 30062. All are welcome.  If you are interested in coming to the meeting, you may email Carol Kirshner at for more details.


14. “The Life and Legacy of King Herod the Great” The Israel Ministry of Tourism invites us to a breakfast and lecture with Oded Borowski, Professor of Biblical Archeology and Hebrew, Emory University. Herod, a controversial figure both revered and reviled is a major player in our story and recently uncovered relics have added to that story.  Midtown Plaza II, 1349 West Peachtree St., Atlanta.  Thursday, May 9, 8:30 a.m.  R.s.v.p. p. to or 404 541-2772. Space is limited so reply early.


15. Trinity Presbyterian Church  will sponsor a forum entitled We Are Our Community’s Keepers: Guns and the Gospels on Thursday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m. Guns in America is an emotional and complex issue.  There is no one answer to the challenge of making our communities safer while protecting what many regard as a basic right to own a gun.  For this reason, Trinity asks the community to join in the search for sensible measures to improve the safety of our community. Your attendance and input is important to this vital endeavor.


16. ITC’s First Annual Doctor of Ministry Conference , “Leaders Impacting the Church and the Global Community through the Doctor of Ministry Education”.  This afternoon conference follows a retirement celebration for Dr. Steven Rasor. Friday, May 10, from 1 – 4 p.m. This event is open to the public; advance registration is required. Tickets are $20 for both luncheon and conference, $15 for only one. The Interdenominational Theological Center, Costen Lifelong Education Building, is located at 700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, SW, Atlanta, GA 30314., 404-527-7795 for more information and to register.


17. "Exploring the Christ in You," this program on Christian mysticism will be led by Carl McColman, author and blogger, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at St. Mary and St. Martha of Bethany Episcopal Church in Buford. Registration is required to plan for food and childcare. Admission is by donation. Register with Jenny Massey at 


18. YouthSpark has announced the speakers for the May 13 Legislative Wrap Up Breakfast: the Honorable Renee Unterman, Georgia State Senate, R-45; the Honorable Ed Lindsey, Georgia State House of Representatives, R-54; the Honorable Buzz Brockway, Georgia State House of Representatives, R-10; Sharon Hill, J.D.  Executive Director, Georgia Appleseed Center for Justice will form the panel for a discussion of accomplishments toward combating child sex trafficking in Georgia at the 7:30 a.m. event at North Avenue Presbyterian Church. . Remember that space is limited so R.s.v.p. to by May 9.


19. Join the Georgia Justice Project on Tuesday, May 14, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.  for the quarterly Community Conversation and Recognition event.  The discussion will  begin over a simple meal of soup and bread catered by Stone Soup Kitchen. "Building upon our Successes in Criminal Justice Reform" will be led by Executive Director, Doug Ammar.   Please R.s.v.p. to Willie Bolden at if you plan to attend.  These conversations are a great way to understand GJP's work.  Georgia Justice Project, 438 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta 30312

20. Remember to register if you want to attend the May 18, Our Heritage, Atlanta’s Family History Conference, here>> 

21. Mark your calendar and register early. Hands Around the Hill a charitable organization which evolved from ministries of the Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and Central Presbyterian Church  to support the needs of the people who live and work in the Capitol Hill area is sponsoring its third 5K Race on June 8, 2013, through historic downtown Atlanta and Grant Park. The race starts at 8 a.m. rain or shine at Central Presbyterian Church 201 Washington Street SW. Register Online – (Hands Around the Hill).   Registration Fee $20 before May 20; $25 after May 20.   There is no race day registration.  All entrants receive a race t-shirt and all First Place winners receive an award plaque.   Proceeds benefit those seeking shelter, food, and the essentials of life in the Capitol Hill area.

22. The Celebration of Excellence, a graduation event which honors the achievements of children in Georgia Foster care, will be held on June 26 at the Rialto.  Encouragement and support for these young people is crucial. 50% of foster care kids graduate from high school but only 1% graduate from college. There are a number of ways you can help. See the website The Celebration of Excellence. Interfaith Children’s Movement is collecting $25 gift cards to big-box stores like Wal-Mart and Target so that graduates can purchase some household items as they move to college or from college to independent living.  Gift cards can be mailed to ICM, Attn: Celebration of Excellence, P O Box 54149, Atlanta  30308.

23. Hagar’s House, an emergency shelter for women and their children, is seeking a fulltime night host. The hours are 6:00 p.m. to 7:30a.m.m Sunday through Thursday.  The pay is minimum wage however the position comes packaged with an apartment, utilities, and other amenities. If you are interested send your resume to Sybil Corbin, Program Manager, Hagar’s House, at


24. The Action Ministries Feed the Hungry Program, funded in large part by generous donations from Publix and Publix customers, addresses hunger needs locally.  This program offers church or civic organization the opportunity to purchase boxes of food for shut-in, hunger, or holiday programs.  For a $5 donation purchase $25-$30 worth of food — enough to feed a family of four for several days. A typical box might include rice, canned vegetables, fruit, stew, and tuna, boxes of potatoes and macaroni and cheese, and peanut butter.  There are volunteer opportunities at the Feed the Hungry Warehouse, too. For more information please contact Mark Hellman, Executive Director, Hunger Relief Programs,, 770-905-9191.

25. Oakleaf Mennonite Farm is pleased to announce it will offer four weeks of “Peace and Carrots Camp” for children aged 8 to 14 this summer.  Children will work side-by-side with farmers planting and harvesting, taking care of animals, and enjoying the work of the farm.  They will also enjoy games, songs, crafts, drama, and service projects that affirm their spirits stimulate their compassion, and equip them to disarm both themselves and their 'enemies'.  Local chefs will teach cooking lessons and local peace activists will share a story or two with the children as well. Read a message from Oakleaf Farm  or Find them on Facebook  or email or call 404-244-0289 for more information about this one-of-a-kind camp and farm in the city.  

26. Please take a minute to find out about the Center for Family and Farm Development. Many congregations have a “farm to table” program or a community garden.  Here is a chance to think a little bigger, to move into influencing policy for all the local, small farmers. Find out about the Pigford III Petition and sign it if you are so inclined. Participate!!!  Read more>> 

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Ethel Ware Carter


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