Church Action eNewsletter Week of April 1, 2013

 God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

Check the community calendar on our website    Underlined words are live links  


We have a winner in the Second Chance story contest. Read Molly’s story! 


 The members ofSmoke Rise Baptist Church,   5901 Hugh Howell Rd., Stone Mountain, have elected their new pastor, Rev. Chris George. Read about Rev. George and his family>> . Rev. George’s first Sunday as senior pastor will be April 21. Smoke Rise Baptist welcomes him and would love to welcome you as well.

1. A reminder that His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will speak at the M L K International Chapel, Morehouse College, 28th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. College of Ministers and Laity “Love and Forgiveness in Action,” involving both the college and the wider Atlanta community. Events start today. Read more>>   

 2. "Restore the Splendor" Tonight Ben Hill UMC is testing the new audio system. Join them for praise and worship at 7 p.m., 2099 Fairburn Road, Atlanta 30331.

3. Southside Ministerial Association is hosted by Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, Thursday, April 4. The program will begin at noon and be over by 1:30.  Please park behind the building right across the street from Oakland Cemetery. R.s.v.p. to Andrew Johnson at 404-223-5180 or if you plan to be there.

4. Education as Ministry: Clergy, School Reform, and the Academic Achievement of Black Children, this Friday, April 5, 9 a.m. to noon. Morehouse College and the Morehouse Research Institute present the Fifth Annual Black Male Summit, Bank of America Auditorium, Shirley A. Massey Executive conference Center, Morehouse College.  It will be streamed live here>> This event features an impressive array of clergy, scholars, and educators. Read more>>

5. Benefit event for orphans in a Ugandan village, Sacred Harp concert, fair trade goods market, and more. $5 donation suggested. If you have questions call 404-405-0318, Friday, April 5, 7 – 9 p.m., All Souls Fellowship, 647 E College Ave., Decatur 30030. Visit on Facebook >>   

 6. A new season of Moments of Inspiration starts Friday, April 5, at 5:30 p.m. on AIB TV.  Watch Rev. William Womack as he sings classic gospel standards like  “I Love The Lord”, “Wade In The Water”, and “Fill My Cup Lord”

7. Friday, April 5, the SCLC will pay tribute to Dr.  M. L. King, Jr.  The key performance will be by the nationally renown Dr. “Tommie” Tonea Stewart(“Heat of the Night”).  Poet Hank Stewart, Gospel songstress Dr. Pauline Key, and the Youth Ensemble of Atlanta will also perform,  7 p.m.,  at Dr. Barbara King’s Hillside International Truth Center, 2450 Cascade Rd SW,  Atlanta  30311.  A VIP Reception will follow.  The price of non-VIP tickets is $25. All proceeds from the special evening will be donated to the SCLC initiative to end trafficking of girls. Reserve tickets .    

 8. Care & Counseling Center of Georgia is offering Anger Management Skills Training on Saturday, April 6, or Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m in the Decatur office, 1814 Clairmont Road. Decatur 30033 blocked::" href="""....  Individuals with substance abuse/addiction issues, couples who need anger management skills when having disagreements, divorce anger, etc would benefit from this interactive workshop. This Anger Management Skills Training Group may qualify for clients who are mandated by courts. The training is led by Karon Ferguson, a licensed counselor professionally trained in Anger Management Skills. To register, contact Karon at 404-636-1457 or" href="mailto:kfurgeson@CC....  Space is limited.

9. "Christ in the Community" Rally, 1 – 4 p.m., Saturday, April 6, at Brookdale Park in East Point.  This gathering shows how our churches can and will work together to serve their neighbors.  There will be inflatables for the kids, free food, a prayer booth (where you can be prayed for individually or just drop off prayer requests), programs for teen girls, entertainment, a speaker, and information about the sponsors and area non-profits.  Everyone is invited.  Brookdale Park is at the corner of Brookdale Drive and Sylvan Road in East Point, just north of Cleveland Ave.  For more information, contact Rev. Robby Jackson at 404-767-0582 or Rev. Samuel L. Brooks at 678-361-8637. Sponsored by the Southside Ministerial Association, Divine Unity Missionary Baptist Church, Jefferson Avenue Baptist Church, New Birth Metro Church, Perkerson Baptist Church, Washington Road Neighborhood Church, and the Atlanta Metro Baptist Association.


 10. The 2013 Global Health and Humanitarian Summit, held at Emory University's School of Medicine in Atlanta, is a compelling two-day forum for those dedicated to improving the lives of others and for those who aspire to lend their time, energy and talents to making a different in the world. April 12-14 event will feature a wide variety of workshops and speakers from all over the world. For information, to volunteer, or to register, click here. This conference is free and open to all people. 

11. The Young Adult Ministry of Mathalama AME Church invites all aspiring and rising Gospel Artists, Soloist, Rappers, and Choirs to Gospel Expo 2013, Saturday, April 13,  6 p.m.,  at the Family Life Center, Travelers Rest Missionary Baptist Church, 2112 Rex Rd., Morrow.  There are opportunities for vendors and sponsorships, during this event. Everyone is invited to join us for this spirit-filled event!  For information or to register, please email or call 404-827-8961.  Proceeds will benefit the church’s outreach ministry with homeless youth in the community.

12. Sign up for the Pastors Ending Poverty Webinar Series from the National Council of churches Poverty Initiative.

  • Economic Justice in Preaching and Liturgy - Register here. Wednesday, April 17, 1-2 p.m. EDT
  • Mission, the Church, and Asset-Based Community Development - Register here. Friday, May 24, 1-2 p.m. EDT

13. Wednesday, April 17, at 7:00 p.m., American poet, essayist, and undertaker Thomas Lynch will present "The Feast of Language" in the chapel at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, Atlanta.  Lynch joins Emory University's Candler School of Theology this semester as the McDonald Family Chair on the Life and Teachings of Jesus and their Impact on Culture.  The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, click here.

14. Day1 Prayer Breakfast, Thursday, April 18, 7:30-8:30 a.m. featuring the Rev. Pam Driesell, Senior Minister of Trinity Presbyterian Church,  at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 731 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta. Call Rebecca Kurziak at 404-418-6772to make reservations.

15. The annual observance of the founding of the ecumenical consortium of six different seminaries chartered as The Interdenominational Theological Center in 1958, 55 years ago, will continue on Thursday, April 18.  During the Charter Day and James H. Costen Awards Gala at 7p.m., at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, eleven persons will be honored for professional contributions to the local community and the nation.  For more information go to or call 404-527-7718.

16. Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale, a fund-raising arts and crafts sale to benefit the ministries of the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Fayetteville, will be held April 19-20 at the church.  more 

17. Register today for the Concerned Black Clergy of Metropolitan Atlanta 10th Annual Clergy and Community Health Walk & Fair, Saturday, April 20. This year’s theme is “Walking to Preserve the Whole Body, Soul and Spirit”. Registration is $20 per person; proceeds will benefit the Hosea Feed the Hungry Foundation. This year’s Grand Marshall is Ms. Andrea Riggs of the Biggest Losers and the sponsor is Fulton-Dekalb Hospital Authority. To register, contact the CBC office at 404-755-4900 or visit

18. World-renowned, concert pianist Howard Hill will join illusionist and funny guy Greg Davidson along with Roswell’s own Believe Ministries for an incredible celebration of music, magic, and M’mmm! Thursday, April 25, 7 p.m., in the Roswell United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall (“B” building), 814 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell. There’s no cost, but you’ll need a ticket to attend. Seating is very limited, so be sure to R.s.v.p. now to guarantee a seat.  Donations will support the work of Believe Ministries. Reserve your seats by April 18, 770-587-1292, or Jane@BelieveMinistries.orgRead more>>  

19. WAND Mother's Day for Peace 2013, Sunday, April 28, 4 – 6 p.m., Agnes Scott College,   Laura Turner Seydel, Keynote Speaker,  Mother’s Day for Peace 2013 honorees include attorney Diane Curran, expert in the field of nuclear safety and security; attorney Mindy Goldstein, Director of Emory University’s Turner Environmental Law Clinic; and Sara Barczak, the High Risk Energy Director for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. Julia Ward Howe in 1870 called for a national assembly of women who would devote themselves to ending war. The original ‘mother’s day for peace’ was marked by Ms. Ward’s delivery of the Peace Proclamation which continues to inspire women around the world. blocked::

20. The Metro Atlanta chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Skyland Trail, Emory Mood & Anxiety Disorders Clinic, and The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research are sponsoring a Living With Bipolar Disorder on May 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Dorothy C. Fuqua Center, 1961 North Druid Hills Road, Atlanta. This program is free of charge, open to the public, and pizza/soft drinks will be served.  You can watch a trailer for this program here .  Registration is required (on Upcoming Events Page at so that there are enough resources and refreshments.  

21. Is your Teen Ready to Drive? Find out at the eighth annual SafeTeen Georgia Driving Academy, Saturday, May 4, 2 sessions, 11a.m. and 2 p.m., Cobb Galleria Centre. Teens and their parents will

  • Learn about Georgia Driving Laws, Distracted and Impaired Driving, Trauma Care, Car Maintenance & much more
  • Experience simulator distracted driving course designed to highlight the dangers of texting while driving
  • Watch the traffic court drama unfold in front of a judge

Help your teen get ready for the roads!  Police, Fire and EMS professionals participate.  Register at or call 770-973-7233 for more information. Read more >>  

22. Teams are forming for the 18th annual Rainbow Village Golf Classic Monday, May 6, at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth. A dinner and program follow the tournament.  Read all about this popular  event  here.

23. A benefit for Crossroads Community Ministries, an independent nonprofit that originated 40 years ago at St. Luke's Episcopal Church , Atlanta, is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at the Foundry at Puritan Mill. Read more>>.

24. Johns Creek Presbyterian Church Academy of Fine Arts presents In Harmony for Cancer, a concert under the stars with The Dan Baraszu Trio, featuring Laura Coyle,  Saturday, May 11, 4:30 - 9 p.m.,  10950 Bell Road, Johns Creek 30097. Open to the community. Tickets are $20 in advance  or $25 at the door. VIP Reserved Table Price is $250,  seating for six (limited number of tables) Proceeds of the concert benefit CanCare, a charity that provides no-cost, emotional support programs for cancer patients and their families.  Email if you have questions.

25.  Check out “A Place at the Table”, a documentary that highlights the problem of undernourished and underfed in America.

26 . Thanks to L'Arche Atlanta for pointing us toward a thoughtful essay.  There are plenty of heroes out there. But fewer, I think,  ...  willing to embrace the disciplines of accompaniment expressed in “fidelity to the daily round.” We cannot withdraw from the poor, to do so would be to cut ourselves off from the One who is found among “the least of these.” But must also lose the illusion that we are heroes …. Read more>>  

 26. Looking for an excuse to visit the nearby mountains of Tennessee? Check out the events at St. Mary’s Sewanee>>  

 27. The Center for Congregational Health provides ministry and training for faith communities, lay leaders, and clergy across the United States and in several foreign countries. The Center also offers resources and learning opportunities. Click here for more. 

28. GIPL encourages faith communities to celebrate Earth Day in April. Although every day is Earth Day, this is time set apart to honor the gifts of Creation and our responsibility to care for the Earth. Make plans and read more>>  

  Free income tax preparation and financial literacy opportunities  VITA Learn more and find a tax site near you.   



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