Church Action eNewsletter Week of June 17, 2013

 God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

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1. Rev. Credo Emmanuel and Christians United in God Church of Norcross would like to partner with another congregation to establish a lunch time community feeding center for homeless and hungry people, five days a week, Monday through Friday, in DeKalb or Fulton County. Christians United Food Service Ministry has the food and a state of the art kitchen and is looking for a welcoming dining room. Please contact Pastor Credo if you are interested in discussing this opportunity to serve. Rev. Credo Emmanuel, or 770-355-7900 More about the ministry here  .  

 2. Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible, Nancy Guinn Memorial Library, 864 Green Street, Conyers 30012, through July 12. This Saturday, June 22, you can bring in your old family bible for a free consultation to repair or restore.  Visit the website . 

 3. Smyrna priest, the Rev. Stuart Higginbotham, of St. Benedict's Episcopal Church is the featured preacher Sunday, June 23, on "Day 1", the nationally syndicated ecumenical radio program also accessible online at He asks, “How might the Church live into this call for trusting in the Encounter of God in the midst of a world that seems to thrive on busyness, events, hand-held calendars, and text reminders?   I wonder what it would be like if we began with wonder and silence…I know it would be risky, but we may just be shocked....”

4. The congregation of Mathalama AME Church invites you to join them on Sunday, June 23 at 11 a.m. as they celebrate their 132nd Church Anniversary.  The theme is “United by One God, One Foundation One Body.” The guest preacher will be Rev. Dr. Debora Grant, Senior Pastor of St. John AME Church in Columbus.  Come share in this celebration of God’s faithfulness with Pastors Rev. Ezekiel Powers and Rev. Esther K. Powers at 5570 Handley Blvd. Morrow.  For more information contact the church office, (404) 366-7302 or or visit blocked::" href=""">

5. The Clergy Education and Training Project of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics and the American Association of Pastoral Counselors presents a webinar in the series Understanding Addiction and Supporting Recovery: Strategies and Tools for Clergy and Other Congregational Leaders. This session is "The Resilient Woman Challenged: Engaging Women Affected by Trauma and Addiction," Tuesday, June 25, 2 – 4 p.m. EDT. Find out more here>>     

 6. The Atlanta Summer Organ Festival brings international organ talents to Atlanta for a series of Wednesday evening recitals at four area churches. The Cathedral of St. Philip's offering this year,  Wednesday, June 26, at 7:30 p.m.,  features Dr. Jack Mitchener, currently the University Organist at Mercer in Macon, and world-renowned as a performer. Read more.  $15 donation the door.   

7. One in five people in the US living with HIV do not know they are infected. The DeKalb Community Service Board and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Stone Mountain-Lithonia Chapter partner to sponsor free HIV testing and a community health fair on Thursday, June 27, National HIV Testing Day. Testing will be available for anyone age 17 or older at the DeKalb Addiction Clinic, 455 Winn Way,  Decatur. Finger prick testing will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Participants will receive their results within 20 minutes and a free lunch starting at 11 a.m. The event includes a community health fair starting at 9 and  V-103 will be onsite with a live remote. For more information, contact Margaret Renfroe, DeKalb CSB’s HIV Risk Reduction Counselor, at 404-508-6430.

8. Empowerment Resource Center is hosting its 6th Annual Take Charge. Get Tested Event in Hurt Park, 100 Edgewood Avenue, June 27, from 12 – 6 p.m. If you are volunteering you must attend an orientation and submit a volunteer application. This can be found on the website.

9. Radio Host Mo Ivory, Trumpeteer Joey Sommerville, and Singer-Actor-Author Taj George of "SWV" are celebrities who will judge the fierce, rug-cutting competition, "An Evening with the Dancing Stars of Atlanta 2" to raise $50,000 for deserving students. The event, presented by the Barbara Lewis King Scholarship Foundation, will be Saturday, June 29, from 7 - 11 p.m. at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel, 265 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta. $75 individual tickets and souvenir program ads are available at or 404-758-6811.

10. David Ellis and Melissa Callender will present a folk-bluegrass concert in the gazebo at noon, June 30, at Church of the Nativity, Fayetteville. Hot dogs, chips and beverages will be available for purchase. The concert is a free, but an offering will be taken to support ministries at Church of the Nativity. There are plenty of chairs and picnic tables, so come on over and bring your friends. More about David Ellis here.  Church of the Nativity, 130 Antioch Road, Fayetteville.

11. Entering the Waters: A Workshop Featuring Religion and Culture Remix, July 12, 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Young people get baptized once.  They live immersed in the waters of popular culture.  To minister to young people, then, you can't just accept or reject popular culture - you have to help teens think with it, through it, and sometimes against it. At Emory University's Candler School of Theology, the Youth Theological Initiative (YTI) has spent 20 years wrestling with these issues. Come see what we’ve learned on Friday, July 12. Read more>> YTI webpage  Want to just sign up now?  Do that here or call 404-727-4180.

12. "ESP2: Etiquette, Social Graces and Practical Skills"  supported by the Education Team and “C” Ladies of Radcliffe Presbyterian church, will be held on Saturday, July 13, from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., at the church, 286 Hamilton E. Holmes Dr., Atlanta 30318.  This series of workshops includes sessions on, Public Speaking and First Impressions, Health and Nutrition, Etiquette and Table Manners, Grooming and Style, Self-esteem and Spirituality, and 21st Century Issues, for youth ages 10 - 18 years old.  This program is free and the event will close with a dinner ceremony.  For more information, please contact Tania Easley at 404-799-5089 or

13. Immersion Experience: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life, Life Long Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary, August 22-25, Discover the key ideas and foundational practices for the grand adventure of life in the Spirit! During this Thursday-Sunday Spirituality Immersion Experience, participants will explore the origins of the Christian spiritual tradition, while learning the formative elements of Biblical, monastic, and Reformed spirituality. For complete information, click HERE.

14. The Cathedral Book Store at St. Philip’s will be hiring a new manager in the fall of 2013.  This person will be responsible for the management and growth of the Cathedral Book Store to support the clergy and people of the Cathedral of St. Philip, the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, and the community at large, in the their various ministries of service.  Hours include weekends and some evenings.  Responsibilities include: planning, inventory, and marketing; budgeting and operations; recruitment, training and retention of paid and volunteer personnel and communication.  The shop is located in Buckhead.  Please send inquiries with resume and current contact information by July 22, 2013 to

15. Jewish Family & Career Services, operates the only full-time free dental clinic in Atlanta. The Ben Massell Dental Clinic has been in operation for 100 years and serves individuals and families that are at or below 12% of the poverty level. The clinic is located in midtown. Please refer folks who need this service to the blocked::" href=""">website to obtain instructions for securing an appointment.

16. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will hold their 2013 Nativity Festival, December 7, at 5:30 p.m., and December 8, at 6 p.m. They are looking for talented musicians and singers to perform Christmas music; individuals, small groups, or choirs in any style, genre, or instrumentation.  Performers chosen by the festival committee will be given an opportunity to perform in our Nativity Festival and if desired, receive a free written professional evaluation by Peggy Johnson Productions and Talent. To be considered, please fill out the a questionnaire and return to Jennica Holt at  You will be asked to provide a link to your (preferably) live unproduced video. Deadline for consideration is October 1.  Performance venue is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1947 Brockett Road, Tucker, GA 30084. If you have questions please contact Dena Brett at or 770-842-4752. Find the Performer Questionnaire here 

17. The Georgia Justice Project, a group of lawyers and social workers advocating for poor people in the criminal justice system, honors the Rev. George Maxwell of the Cathedral of St. Philip who has served the organization for ten years.  They say, “George’s unique leadership style and influence has left an indelible footprint on every aspect of GJP’s work. In many ways, GJP is what it is today because of his wisdom, guidance and commitment to our mission.” Read more>>  

 18. Last week, the Chief Rabbi of London had an article entitled "Atheism has failed: only religion can defeat the barbarians" published in The Spectator magazine in the UK. In the article, the Chief Rabbi article talks about  the role of religion in society and whether religion needs to ‘lose’ in order for the atheism to ‘win.’ To read a copy of the article please click here.

Summer Series at area churches  



World Refugee Day , June 20.   We have more on our website>> 

FAMA Aid, June 23, Brookhaven Christian Church. Read more>>    

The Cathedral Book Store, 2744 Peachtree Road, Macrina Wiederkehr, Thursday, June 27, 6:30 p.m.  R.s.v.p. to (404)237-7582 or

Bill McKibben’s “Do The Math,”  Thursday, June 27, 7- 9 p.m., Atlanta Unity Church, 3597 Parkway Lane, Peachtree Corners. 770-441-0585 ex. 204.  Read more>>  

Sister Macrina Wiederkehr Weekend Retreat and a Day of Reflection, June 28-30, at Ignatius House , 6700 Riverside Drive Atlanta.  Find a flyer here>>  

Action Ministries and Rethink Church,  Saturday, June 29,  will gather to prepare thousands of sandwiches  for Smart Lunch, Smart Kid  . 


Ethel Ware Carter


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