Church Action eNewsletter Week of July 15, 2013

 God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

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1. The role of religion and race is the topic of this week during the Presbyterian History and Reformed Theology Lecture Series at Montreat Conference Center. The lectures event will be accessible on YouTube.     Monday       Tuesday     Wednesday  

2. Iris Bolton will be at Hillside Chapel and Truth Center, 2450 Cascade Road, SW, tonight, Wednesday, July 17 at 7 p.m. Iris is Director Emeritus of the Link Counseling Center, co-founder of the North Atlanta Chapter of Compassionate Friends, and a nationally known grief counselor, lecturer, and crisis intervention consultant.  She founded (SOS) Survivors of Suicide, Atlanta and is the author of “My Son, My Son...A Guide to Healing After Death, Loss or Suicide”. A light snack will be served at 6 p.m.

3. Looking for something fun to do with your kids this Thursday evening? The young people at the CCYA Youth Shelter have worked hard on a family games night at Brickyard just off the Marietta Square. Fun for the entire family and teens are welcome without parents. Games are unique and exciting, Nose Dive, Stack Attack, Ping Pong Shuffle, Beach Ball, trophies, prizes, and raffle baskets, and more!!! This Thursday, July 18, at 6 p.m.  

4. Called to Lead-Called to Provide, Saturday, July 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Healings in the Name of Jesus, 5726 Southland Drive, Stone Mountain. Apostle Erskine Lowe and Pastor Brenda Lowe will  challenge and encourage leaders to lead by example in two key areas; Godly living and financial stewardship. Called to Godly Leadership- Elder Ann Webb of Light of the World, Christ Centered Ministries, and Called to Financial Shepherding- Min. Christopher Cooke of Called to Provide. For more information call 404-625-3369.

5. Cut Dead But Still Alive, July 20,  4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Candler School of Theology,  Emory.  Assistant Professor  Gregory Ellison will read from his new book," Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men," a call for action and a blueprint for response to youth who have limited access to education, have been in prison, or have been pushed to the margins in society. Music, reflections, and poetry will be part of the event, co-sponsored by Candler's Black Church Studies program. Center for Ethics, Room 102, Rita Anne Rollins Bldg., Dickey Drive, Atlanta 30322. The event is free and open to the public.  R.s.v.p. by Thursday, July 18 to

In addition, Jessica Johnson's nationally acclaimed Scholarship Academy will host a scholarship/college preparation boot camp at 5 p.m. for the first 50 high school juniors and seniors who register.

6. The Men’s Fellowship of First Congregational Church presents “O Taste N See,” Saturday, July 20, 5 – 7 p.m., The Commons, 125 Ellis Street, Atlanta 30303, Old favorites, ribs, gumbo,  and new delicious delights.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students, and $5 for children under 12.

7. Jacqueline Wright, Ed.D., Atlanta based Jungian Analyst, speaks to the Jung Society of Atlanta this Saturday evening, July 20, 7:30 pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Rd., NW, Atlanta 30327.  Her topic is Delusions of Everyday Life, during which she will use material drawn from myth, fairy tales, and movies to explore the symbolic meaning and purposive significance of these common delusions. Public - $20; students - $10; Jung Society members – free. Additional information is at .

8. As a preview to an England pilgrimage this summer, the Cathedral Choir of St. Philip invites you to two special choral celebrations of Holy Eucharist at 11:15 a.m. on Sundays, July 21 and 28. The full Cathedral choir will sing choral settings of Gloria in excelsis, Sanctus, Benedictus, and Agnus Dei. On July 21 they will sing Palestrina’s beautiful Missa Brevis as they will at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, and at Canterbury Cathedral, and on July 28 the choir will sing the grand Messe Solennelle by Louis Vierne as they will at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. 2744 Peachtree Road in Buckhead.

9. It’s All In Your Approach Workshop on Dementia, presented by Teepa Snow.  Teepa has worked at the Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern NC, the Duke University School of Nursing, and the UNC School of Medicine during her 30 years in Geriatrics.  Teepa teaches how a person with dementia perceives his/her world and how to properly adapt one's own behavior to increase communication and the patient's quality of life. Monday, July 22, 6 – 8 p.m., at  New Life Presbyterian Church, 6600 Old National Highway, College Park, GA 30349. CEU available. Co-sponsors are The Congregational Care Ministry of New Life Presbyterian Church, The Atlanta & Greater Metro Georgia Chapters of Association of Black Social Workers, and Village Keepers, Inc. R.s.v.p. to or 404-691-0304

10. Upscale Garage Sale, a gigantic, church-wide garage sale at Roswell United Methodist Church on Friday, Aug. 2, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 3, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thousands of items will be available at the sale to be held indoors in the church’s fellowship hall area. Items include furniture, books, collectibles, pictures, jewelry, household items, sporting goods, craft items, baskets, vases, outdoor furniture, toys, and clothes. Cash only. The church is at 814 Mimosa Blvd. in Roswell. More information>>   

 11. Life is a Labyrinth, August 5 - 7, 2013, Camp Pinnacle, Clayton, Ga. Selah Vie is an end of summer retreat for college and graduate students, and other young adults with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, a time to pause and reflect as you move away from summer experiences and into the fall semester of school or work. There will be worship, workshops, group reflection,  and parties to close out the summer. Read more>> 

 12. The Peoples’ Agenda and its coalition partners plan to attend the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington rally, Saturday, August 24, in D.C. For information on buses, hotels, and registration, contact Helen Butler at or (404)653-1199.

13. Stop Ignoring Injustice in Palestine and Israel! Changing the Interfaith Dialogue, a conference in memory of Jim McGown. Saturday, September 7, 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Road NW Atlanta 30327, organized by Joining Hands For Justice: Palestine/Israel Partnership of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta.  Keynote Talks: Toward a Prophetic Interfaith Solidarity, Prof. Marc Ellis; Challenging Injustice in Israel and Palestine: the Prophetic Challenge to the U.S. Churches. Rev. Donald Wagner, director of Sabeel USA. For registration and more information contact Rev. Fahed Abuakel (404)441‐2702 or E-mail or find complete information here>>  

 14. If your congregation is Spanish speaking, you will be interested in an educational outreach project of the Hispanic Health Coalition. Though funded by BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia this project solely provides information about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the law itself and what options they or a family member might qualify for under the insurance exchanges that will open on October 1. Undocumented community members do not currently qualify for the exchanges but many mixed-status families may benefit from this valuable information. If there is an opportunity for a member of the team to provide a Spanish-language presentation and/or conduct activities in order to reach those your faith community serves please call the Hispanic Health Coalition at (717)380-5657. If you have any questions, call 717-380-5657 or send an email to Read about the Hispanic Health Coalition>>  

15. The Eco-Justice Program from the National Council of Churches is branching off on its own with a new name—Creation Justice Ministries. The structure of Creation Justice Ministries mirrors that of the successful Eco-Justice Program and will ensure continued engagement by Protestant denominations and Orthodox communions. The ministry focus will remain the same: working to protect God’s people and God’s planet through education, training, and public witness. To learn more, visit  (be aware it's still under development.)

16. Doesn’t Fr. Richard Rohr hit the nail on the head with this meditation from the Center for Action and Contemplation? If you would like to read similar reflections you can  sign up for CAC's email lists.Subscribe to CAC email lists here.

The sin warned against at the very beginning of the Bible is “to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (Genesis 2:17). It does not sound like that should be a sin at all, does it? But the moment I sit on my throne, where I know with certitude who the good guys and the bad guys are, then I’m capable of great evil—while not thinking of it as evil! I have eaten of a dangerous tree, according to the Bible. Don’t judge, don’t label, don’t rush to judgment. You don’t usually know other people’s real motives or intentions. You hardly know your own.


 Summer Series at area churches   

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Springer Opera House at historic Zion Church in Talbotton at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18. Directions are here

The Young Artists of Peoplestown film premiere and art exhibit, 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, July 19, Emmaus House, 1017 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta 30315.  

 The Atlanta Gospel Fest July 26 and 27.        

The Brighter Tomorrows Inspirational Choir concert, Friday, August 2, 6 - 8 p.m., Richardson Health Center’s Bohan Auditorium,  445 Winn Way, Decatur 30030. 

The Alternatives to Violence Project workshop, August 10, Atlanta Friends Meeting, Read more>>    

Immersion Experience: Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life, Columbia TS, August 22-25, information 


Action Dash Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Gainesville and Rome.  

 November 9 Run for Justice


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