Church Action eNewslettter Week of September 16, 2013

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

   Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta 

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1. Meridian Herald, First Congregational Church, and Emory University present the Atlanta Music Festival, a series of workshops, lectures, discussions of African American poetry, and concert music, culminating in a gala concert Saturday, featuring opera star Laquita Mitchell, Dwight Andrews, Timothy Miller, the Vega String Quartet, the Chancel Choir of First Congregational Church, the Meridian Chorale, and the Morehouse College Glee Club. Of special interest is the opening address “I’ve Got Some People in Me,” given by Dwight Andrews, today, Wednesday, 7:30, at Emory’s Carlos museum, followed by a reception. Everything but the final concert is free. For schedule and tickets, go here - AMF .


2. Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course at Gwinnett Medical Center is taking registration through tomorrow, September 19.   Read more>> Contact Joan Purdon, Education Coordinator, at 678-312-2423 or


3. Three popular writers "Meet You at the Book Store" The Rev. Martha Sterne, the Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor, and Dr. Beth-Sarah Wright present the annual Jane Baird Lecture, September 19, 7 p.m., The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, NE Atlanta 30305.  Coffee and desserts will be served. There is no charge for this event but please R.s.v.p. to 404-237-7582 or

4. The Jung Society of Atlanta presents a lecture on Friday, September 20, 7:30 p.m., and a workshop Saturday, September 21, 10– 5, “Tarot, Synchronicity, and the Psychology of C.G. Jung” by Stephen Foster, Ph.D. and Nora - Swan Foster, both Jungian analysts. Stephen Foster is also an Organic Chemist and Nora Swan - Foster is also an Art Therapist. The Saturday workshop will continue the examination with an in depth discussion of synchronicity. CEUs are available for a small additional fee. The location of the lecture and the workshop is Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Rd., NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30327. For fees and additional information or to register online, see

5. There will be registration, 7:45 – 8:45 a.m., the day of the 7th Annual Walk of HEROes 5K run/walk event that supports DeKalb CSB's mental health, substance addiction, and developmental disability services, this Saturday, September 21, Kirkwood Mental Health Center, 23 Warren Street SE, Atlanta 30317. If you have questions, contact Michelle at or 404-508-7875.


6. American Clergy Leadership Conference of Georgia Prayer Breakfast, September 21, 9:30 a.m.  Where Do We Go from Here? Celebrating the 50th anniversary of “I Have a Dream” with Rev. Samuel Mosteller, the Rev. Tom Cutts, Apostle Gloria Wright, Korey Prendergast, and Audrey Galex, 3060 Bouldercrest Road, Ellenwood 30294. Registration fee is $10, call 404-375-4244 if you have questions.

7. Get Ready for College Seminar at the Church of the Incarnation, Saturday September 21, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. This seminar cost $50 and includes breakfast and lunch. It is designed to help young people from seventh grade to high school seniors and their parents to prepare for entering, attending, and successfully graduating from college. Seating is limited and you must register today. Call 404-755-6654. Incarnation is at 2407 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta, GA 30311.

8. The Seedtime and Harvest Greenhouse and Gardens of  Holy Comforter Church, Atlanta, first plant sale of the season is Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featured are organically grown herb and vegetable plants, perennials for sun and shade, shrubs and trees, beautiful houseplants, and the first batch of  famous pepper sauce. The greenhouse and gardens are maintained by the members of the Friendship Center, a ministry that serves developmentally disabled adults.

9. Women of all faiths are welcomed to enjoy, Chat N' Chew, a pot luck lunch and discussion on Strong Women of the Bible on Saturday, Sept., 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2977 LaVista Road, Decatur 30033. Call for information (404) 633-2288.

10. The Rev. Ian Punnett, an ordained Episcopal deacon who has served most recently at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul., is the featured speaker Sept. 22 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, also accessible online at Punnett is the author of a new book that has gained much attention: “How to Pray When You’re P-----d at God.” (For more information, visit His sermon “Jesus’ Weirdest Parable?” is based on Luke 16:1-13. For more information, call toll free 888-411-DAY-1 or check the program’s website,

11. A Place At The Table" movie screening, a Hunger Action Month event presented by Atlanta Community Food Bank and Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta (FAMA) September 22, 4 p.m., there is no admission charge but you must R.s.v.p. to attend. Atlanta Community Food Bank, 732 Joseph E Lowery Blvd NW, Atlanta, 30318 (MAP) Refreshments provided courtesy of Panera Bread. R.s.v.p. to

12. September General Meeting of Cobb Faith Partnership, Wednesday, September 25, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Turner Chapel AME Church, North Marietta Parkway at Fairgrounds Street. Register here and get a look at the new website.

13. A sale of donated costume jewelry will be held at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, September 25-26, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.   All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Shepherd Center SHARE Military Initiative, a program treating veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who need treatment for PTSD and mild/moderate brain injuries.  

14. The Governor's Office of Transition, Support, and Reentry is charged with ensuring successful reentry, reducing recidivism, and enhancing public safety, in part, by collaborating with non-profit and faith-based organizations that deliver services and programs that impact reentry. If you offer services or programs that effect reentry please attend an informational meeting either September 26 in Forsyth or September 30 in Atlanta.  Click "Attend Event" to view meeting dates, times and locations. Attend Event

15. A National Recovery Month Celebration will be held Thursday, September 26, from 6-8 pm. Learn about community resources, celebrate advocates, hear inspirational testimonials and Dr. Carmen Martinez will share the latest treatments in substance abuse. The event is free and open to the public. DeKalb Addiction Clinic, 455 Winn Way, Decatur 30030.

16. The religion and prophets of ancient Israel and their relevance to the Third World today will be discussed by Dr. Charles McKelvey, retired Presbyterian College professor, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at St. Francis Episcopal Church, Macon. The gathering is sponsored by the Episcopal Peace Fellowship of the Macon Convocation.    

17. Rainbow Village transitional housing program Benefit Barbecue, Saturday, Sept. 28, during the Duluth Fall Festival. The Brotherhood of St. Andrewwill get the cooking started at 9:30 a.m. and they need volunteers for the 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. shift. Tom Martin and his band will provide the music. You'll find them at Proctor Square, 3090 Buford Highway, Duluth, GA 30096.  Sandwiches are $5 each. To sign up to help contact Lynnette Ward at 770-497-1888 ext 14.

18. Governor Nathan Deal has declared September "SHAPE Month" in Georgia. All state parks and historic sites will be admission-free the weekend of September 28. Throughout the month of September there are many other programs and activities available - from guided hikes to bird watching to camping and fishing. For schedules and full details on activities, prizes, awards, and honors visit

19. The Istanbul Center in partnership with Atlantic Institute, invites you to an interfaith program. Table of Abraham: The Importance of Prayer in Abrahamic Traditions, Tuesday, October 1, 7 – 8:30 p.m.,  Holiday Inn Roswell, Oak Room, 909 Holcomb Bridge Rd. Roswell 30079. Guest speakers are Rabbi Michael Bernstein, rabbi and spiritual leader of Congregation Gesher L'Torah in Alpharetta, Dr. Graham B. Walker, Jr., John and Julia Zellars Chair as Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Mercer University, and Imam Abdullah Antepli, originally from Turkey and the Muslim Chaplain of Duke University. This event is free and open to public however, please R.s.v.p. here so you have a seat. Light dinner will be served.

20. The Atlanta Greek Festival brings all the aromas, sounds, tastes, and traditions of Greece to our doorstep, October 3-6, Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 2500 Clairmont Road, NE, Atlanta. Orthodoxy is a cornerstone of Greek culture and tradition. Lecture tours are hosted every hour on the half hour in the beautiful Cathedral. Guests can learn about the rich 2,000 year-old religion as they view the amazing iconography and the brilliant mosaic dome of Christ. Ticket price: $5. See the website for additional information and to purchase festival tickets.


21. If you are interested in the future of adult services for people with developmental disabilities you will want to know that two conversations with experts and advocates will take place in October that are open to the public. Gainesville: October 3, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Register here.
Dalton: October 10, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Register here.


22. The Berenstain Bears in “Family Matters: The Musical,” October 5, Earl Smith Strand Theatre, will be a fund raiser for the Center for Children and Young Adults in Marietta. Visit to find out about tickets.


23. Save the date, October 14, for Celebrating Interfaith together, dinner, entertainment, fellowship and more and the unveiling of all that is new at ICI. More details to come.

24. A Day with Cynthia Bourgeault: The Holy Trinity Reconsidered – Harnessing the Power of Three, Saturday October 26. The Christian Doctrine of the Trinity is upheld by some as a border checkpoint to restrict access, while it is disparaged by others as extra baggage to be left behind. Cynthia Bourgeault peers into it with the heart of a mystic and the mind of a philosopher and rediscovers it as a kaleidoscope of inspiration and a key to understanding … everything. Most important, she sees it as a valuable tool for spiritual transformation and practical work in the world. This daylong conference will include lecture as well as open question and answer discussion. The cost is $50 and will include lunch. A discounted cost for groups of eight people or more is $45/person. Registration To pay by check, click here for printable (pdf) registration form.    To pay by credit card, click here to register online.

25. Northside Drive Baptist Church, 3100 Northside Dr NW, Atlanta, hosts NDBC 2030 a group for singles and couples in their 20’s and 30’s who meet for special events, social gatherings, Bible studies, and mission work. This informal and casual group welcomes folks who are not members of the congregation to come explore life. NDBC 20.30 is place to be honest and a place to belong. Call the church for information (404) 237-8621.

26. A three-day conference in November will celebrate 200 years of Baptist missions and explore the lasting impact of Ann and Adoniram Judson, the first U.S. Baptist missionaries to serve on foreign soil. "The Judsons: Celebrating 200 Years of Baptist Missions, Learning from the Past and Looking to the Future," is scheduled Nov. 14-16 on Mercer University’s Atlanta campus. Sponsors include McAfee School of Theology, the American Baptist Historical Society, the Baptist History and Heritage Society, Baptist Women in Ministry and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.  For more information, click this link.


27. Emory University's Candler School of Theology is reaching out to doctors, lawyers, peacemakers, social workers, music directors, youth ministers, and senior pastors with five new degree programs designed to expand the possibilities of reaching more people who want to make a difference in the world. Read more>>


28. We were reminded of the Charter for Compassion by the Compassion Games going on now. It is a cooperative effort to restore not only compassionate thinking but, more importantly, compassionate action to the center of religious, moral and political life. Advisors include Archbishop Tutu, Karen Armstrong and many other wise leaders. If you’ve not read about it or had forgotten have a look. Read more>>

29. Spanish instruction for adults will be offered free of charge from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays at St. Bede's Episcopal Church, Atlanta. And, members of the parish will offer English classes for adults, free of charge, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Contact the Rev. Fabio Sotelo at

The Thompson Scholars program for 2014, A Different World: Evangelism for the Screen Share Generation, will take place April 29 – May 2, 2014 at Columbia Theological Seminary. This annual event brings together pastors and other church leaders with a special interest in evangelism. The program will be led by Ralph C. Basui Watkins, associate professor of evangelism and church growth.  Qualified applicants will be accepted until maximum enrollment is reached. For an application form, click here. The application deadline is December 1, 2013. The program fee of $150 includes the course fee, on-campus meals and refreshments. Participants are responsible for their housing and transportation; on campus housing is available. For more information, contact Sarah Erickson at or 404-687-4526.


Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.


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