Church Action eNewsletter Week of May 27, 2013

 God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

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

1. On June 1 from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Piedmont Hospital will sponsor a free skin cancer screening at the Cathedral Farmers Market, 2744 Peachtree Road. Also 50 vendors will offer fresh Georgia-grown produce, meat, cheese, pasta, bread, sweets and more! The Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Cathedral parking lot. Learn more on the Farmers Market website.

2.  If you're heading to the Virginia-Highland Summerfest this weekend, stop byChurch of Our Saviour's  bake sale, 1068 North Highland Avenue, NE. Proceeds will fund Episcopal Relief and Development disaster relief kits and a scholarship to the Garrison Afterschool Program on the church campus. The sale is in conjunction with the Virginia-Highland Summerfest, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2.

3. You still have time to register for the 501c3 Non-Profit in A Day Workshop which will be held Saturday June 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. here in Atlanta. This workshop will help your church, faith-based organization, or ministry move to the next level. The COGIC Urban Initiatives wants to help you build your capacity to do greater works. To register for this workshop from COGIC Urban Initiatives is open to anyone in the community. Read more>>  

4. Atlanta Sacred Chorale Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs, Saturday, June 1, 8 p.m., Emory University’s Schwartz Center, 1700 N. Decatur Rd., Atlanta 30322. . Enjoy an entire evening dedicated to these beloved musical forms that have influenced generation after generation. Reception with Eric and the singers following. Tickets and more>>  

5. Dr. Eric D. Barreto, assistant professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., is the featured preacher June 2 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, also accessible online at Before joining the Luther faculty in 2008, he served as an adjunct professor at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and at McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University, both in Atlanta. He was ordained to the ministry by Peachtree Baptist Church in Atlanta in 2006.  

6.  Middle Eastern Politics at our Doorstep: the Implications of the Boston Bombing, Monday, June 3,  7:30 p.m., Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, 5342 Tilly Mill Road. Featuring Todd Stein and Ken Stein, William E. Schatten Professor of Contemporary Middle Eastern History, Political Science and Israeli Studies, Emory University

7. Metropolitan Opera Star Jamie Barton will perform "An Evening of Aria and Art Songs, in support of Open Hand Atlanta at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Monday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m.  A winner of the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions and Grammy nominee, Barton has been described by Opera News as "a rising star" with a "sumptuous voice". Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online or by calling 404-419-3333, or at the door prior to the concert. All proceeds will benefit Open Hand Atlanta to help provide healthy meals and nutrition education for the critically and chronically ill in our community.

8.  Church Women United in Atlanta is sponsoring its 14th Annual "Everybody’s Birthday Party, “ Friday, June 7, 10:15 a.m.  - 1:00 p.m. at Peachtree Christian Church, 1580 Peachtree St.  Come celebrate your birthday by supporting projects and programs in Atlanta.  A modest donation in honor of yourself or others is requested upon attendance. Food, games, prizes, interesting people and entertainment are included. For further info contact Odessa Huff at 404-763-0565

9. First Friday at First featuring the Dwight Andrews Quintet performing the musical legacy of Herbie Hancock --music, food, and fellowship, The Commons at First Congregational Church UCC, 125 Ellis Street NE, Atlanta 30303. Friday, June 7, 6 – 9 p.m. Donation $10. A portion of all proceeds is used to support the Arts & Outreach Ministries of First Church. Visit for more information. This is a monthly event!!

10. Ben Hill United Methodist Men present Family Comedy Night at Ben Hill UMC, 2099 Fairburn Rd SW, Atlanta 30331, Friday, June 7, 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. The fun features comedians Willie Brown and Woody, Vyck Cooley, and Anna Douglas.  Lots of laughs, lots of fun...Merriment is good for the soul! Call (404)344-0618 if you have questions.

11. The 7th annual Flower and Liturgical Arts Festival will be Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8, at St. James' Episcopal Church in Clayton. The theme is taken from the title of the novel "The Language of Flowers" by Victoria Diffenbaugh.  The festival includes workshops and floral exhibits." href="" target="_blank"">Read more>>

12. Morningside Presbyterian Church Atlanta Youth Opera’s High School Opera Institute singers graduation concert, June 9, 4 p.m. These talented young singers have spent the year taking classes in voice, language, drama and more, led by Music Director Walter Huff. The program will include arias and small ensemble scenes by composers including Mozart, Bizet, Menotti, Floyd, and Copland.

13. Mental health consumers are invited to Join NAMI this summer for a free 10-week Peer 2 Peer education class on mental health recovery, a thoroughly interactive model with new research, group participation and more. Sugar Hill Community Center, 1166 Church St, Sugar Hill 30518.  Orientation is Monday, June 10, at 7:00 p.m. Class starts June17 and meets every Monday, 6:45 to 9:00 p.m. Please register by e-mail with Name + Phone # + E-Mail + Mailing Address + Affiliate to Laurie, or call the NAMI GA Office –(770)234-0855. For more information or to register by phone, please call Laurie at (678) 538-8250. Participants will receive a binder that includes all course materials after 10 weeks and Certificate of Course Completion.

14. FBCD Conversations is pleased to be hosting two wonderful authors in June at events sponsored by Georgia Center for the Book and held at First Baptist Church Decatur, 308 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur  30030. No tickets or reservations required for either.

  • Khaled Hosseini, June 13 at 7 p.m. Noted author Hosseini, “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns”,  with his eagerly anticipated new book ”And the Mountains Echoed” an emotionally complex and powerful novel about how we love and the choices we make.
  • Temple Grandin, June 19 at 7 p.m. Grandin is one of the world’s best-known adults with autism. With a PhD in animal science, six bestselling books to her credi,  and a selection by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the year, she is an accomplished figure who is in demand for lectures around the country.

15.   Learn to Open a Window to God, An Introduction to Icons with Dr. Dorothy  Brown, Saturday, June 22, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Hosted by Christ Church, 400 Holcomb Bridge Road, Norcross 30071. This introduction to iconography will take a look at the iconology and theology of an icon and how they are used in churches and homes. Registration is $35. To register securely online CLICK HERE.  To mail in your registration with payment, download a Registration form HERE.

16. Celebrating One Another in song with Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta,  June 23, 2-9 p.m., FAMA AID, a 7-hour fundraiser. An interfaith Woodstock! Continuous entertainment, MC'd by nationally-known storyteller Andy Offutt Irwin and others and streamed live on the internet. Read more>>  

17. The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary announces open registration for this summer’s weekday and weekend courses for the 2013-14 Horizons Bible Study. Author Janice Catron will lead the August 5-7 course. Linda Morningstar, former associate director of life long learning and returns to lead the weekend event on August 16-17. For more information, contact or call 404 687 4577. To order materials, visit  Bring a Bible and a copy of the study guides with you to class; the bookstore may not be open during your event. Register online for PW WEEKDAY or  blocked::" href=""">PW WEEKEND Click blocked::" href=""">here to register by mail.

18. During the summer, the USDA and Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning sponsor the Summer Feeding Program providing nutritious meals to children.  The numerous locations across Atlanta that participate in this program can be found here or by calling toll free at 855-550-7377.

19. Meals on Wheels still needs help especially on Wednesdays and Fridays. A couple of hours can make an enormous difference in the lives of homebound seniors who cannot cook for themselves. To sign up or for further information, please contact Jason Tucker, Volunteer Coordinator, at (404) 351-6194 or   


20. Writing Workshop for Teens with Terra Elan McVoy, Wednesdays, June 5, 19, and 26, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Decatur Library Meeting Room. This course from the Georgia Center for the Book is especially designed for budding writers ages 12-15. There is limited space. Open to first 15 participants. Please call or visit the Decatur Library Children's Desk to register, 404-370-3070, ext 2011. Or send an e-mail to 

21. If you are not reading Richard Rohr’s meditations already, have a look>> Today

St. Bonaventure…saw the traces or footprints of God in everything….”The journey of the soul into God,” as Bonaventure put it, was to learn how to see the unity of all being, how to look for this partially hidden God, and how to honor those footprints everywhere once you could see them. It was surrender to gratitude—and also to immense confidence that you were a part of something very good. The result was a continuous life of appreciation and reverence, non-consumption, and simple joy—while still living a very busy life in the world! These were the hallmarks of Franciscan spirituality.

Special Summer Series  Read more>>  


 Summer Institute of Christian Spirituality at Ignatius House in Atlanta.  June 2-14.  For information  Read More>>  

Summer Interfaith Worship Service and Volunteer Celebration , Skyland Trail, Sunday, June 2 ,  10 a.m.  R.s.v.p. to 

 Emmaus House,  5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 7, for a fish fry sponsored by the Emmaus House Chapel Episcopal Church Women.  

ArtReach Project America  BBQ Fundraiser honoring Tucker Area Veterans on Saturday, June 8, noon- 4 p.m., More  here 


Oratorical Contest at Zion Hill Baptist Church, 6175 Campbellton Road, Atlanta 30331, June 15, 10 a.m. 


Community International Festival at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 4664 Covington Hwy., Decatur. June 15, noon to 8 p.m.    


World Refugee Day , June 20 .   We have more information and resources for worship or educational classes on our website>> 



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