Church Action eNewsletter Week of March 3, 2014

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

   Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta 

Ash Wednesday


"So as you enter Lent, consider how you will live in solidarity with those who are hungry, or broken, or ill in one way or another," Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said in her Lent Message 2014>>



Journey Thru Lent  An additional to the resources for Lent from the Wisdom Circle, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, Atlanta.


1. Lenten Wednesday Services at Northside Drive Baptist Church, A Lenten Journey of Storytelling... in the Chapel at 6:45 p.m. Childcare Provided.  This Series will offer theological reflection, spiritual connection, scripture, song, and storytelling as "testifiers" tell stories relating their spiritual life and how God's story connects to our stories. Come join in the narrative of God and God's people as we walk through Lent's shadows all the way to Easter's light.

2. Come One, Come All to the Church Women United's (CWU) Celebration of "World Day of Prayer" on Friday, March 7, at 10:00 AM at the Peachtree Christian Church, 1580 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, 30309, on the second floor.  The theme "Streams in the Desert" was prepared by WDP women of Egypt.  Margaret Koehler is the coordinator for this celebration.  For information contact M. Koehler at (770)591-7201 or J. Tillman at (678)938-2580. CWU is a national Christian, ecumenical women's movement initiated and carried out by volunteer women in the United States and Puerto Rico.  The motto is "Agreed to differ, resolved to love, united to serve." 

3.  The Roswell United Methodist Church Preschool and Kindergarten will host its semi-annual children’s consignment sale this Friday, March 7, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., and Saturday, March 8, 8 a.m. - noon. The sale will be held in the fellowship hall at 814 Mimosa Blvd. and will benefit the church's preschool and kindergarten. There will be three overflowing rooms with great prices on gently worn spring and summer children's clothing and accessories (newborn - size 14), as well as maternity clothing, baby equipment, nursery décor, play sets, books, videos, DVDs, toys, and more. Strollers are not allowed on Friday morning. Many of the items are half price on Saturday.  Click on for information.

4.  Remember that Plugging into Peacemaking is Saturday, March 8, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Shallowford Presbyterian, Find out what social media and peacemaking have in common at this conference hosted by the Peacemaking Partnership of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta. Register or you can pay and register at the door. Child care is available, with a reservation. To reserve for childcare, please contact Anne Hughes at

5. Religion Roundtable on AIBTV, Friday 7 p.m.,  Angela Harrington Rice engages Dr. Gerald Durley in a conversation about climate control. Dr. Durley has dedicated himself to educating others about the importance of environmental issues and sharing how each of us is responsible for the planet Earth. 

6. Seeking God in all Things: The Sacredness of Creation. All are welcome to join Catholics from around Atlanta for a day of reflection centered on St. Ignatius's teaching that God can be found in every one, in every place, and in everything.  Sunday, March 9, Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Dr. NW, Atlanta, starting at 2 p.m. with prayer followed by reflections, periods of quiet for meditation, and walks around Ignatius House grounds to connect with creation.  Stay to celebrate Mass at 5:00 and then taste locally-grown, organic food as you explore the resource fair for spiritual exercises and Lenten actions. Learn more about this free event, R.s.v.p., and find resources to enrich your care for creation at CatholicsCaringforCreation.

7. Dr. Luke Powery, Dean of the Chapel, Duke Divinity School, in the William L. Self Preaching Lecture, McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University, March 10-11, Cost is $65, McAfee students free (excluding meals), non-McAfee students $25. Mercer University -- Atlanta Campus, 3001 Mercer University Drive, Atlanta 30341. The William L. Self Lectureship at Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology was established in order to promote the practice of faithful and effective preaching of the gospel. Register here or contact Diane Frazier at (678) 547-6470 or (888) 471-9922.  Registration is complete after the registration fee has been received. Registration deadline is Friday.

8. The Atlanta area New Jim Crow Action Group invites you to its next meeting Wednesday, March 12, at 7 p.m. Preview "Broken Shackles," a theatre piece developed by "at hope" young people of The Learning Club, led by John Doyle, and hear activists against mass incarceration describe their recent work and plans. Areas of action include education, re-entry support, and legislation.  At Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 1597 Interstate -85 Frontage Road, Atlanta 30329.

9. Lenten Quiet Day: To Walk the Way of Jesus , St. Mary's Chapel at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305., Saturday March 15, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $20 and includes lunch.

10. The Rev. Clayton E. Taylor, Sr. and the congregation of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church  invite the community to join them to experience a unique expression of Black History on Sunday, March 16, immediately following the 10 a.m. Worship Service. The church is located at 2870 Headland Drive, East Point.  For information call the church at (404)349-0660. The congregation will celebrate their Church Anniversary this Sunday at 3 p.m. Stop by.

11. PTH and UUCA are hosting an educational screening of the film “God Loves Uganda” at UUCA, 1911 Cliff Valley Way, NE, Atlanta, GA  30329 on Sunday, March 16 at 1:30 p.m.  This screening is free and open to the public; donations will be accepted. On why he made the film, Academy Award® winning director Roger Ross Williams said, “My father was a religious leader in the community …. I went to church every Sunday and sang in the choir. But for all that the church gave me, for all that it represented belonging, love and community, it also shut its doors to me as a gay person. That experience left me with the lifelong desire to explore the power of religion to transform lives or destroy them.” “God Loves Uganda” premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. More information. 

12. The Congregation of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 731 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta 30308 cordially invites you to attend the Ordination of Melody Simpkins at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 16. Bishop H. Julian Gordy will preside. A reception will immediately follow the Ordination.

13. “Mighty Mozart” the Mass in C Major and other works featuring the Lynn Swanson Festival Singers, the Orchestra of the American Heartland, and St. John UMC Adult Choir , Sunday, March 16, 3 p.m., St. John United Methodist Church, 550 Mt. Paran Road, Sandy Springs 30327. Tickets or at the door. Call (678)787-9189 or email for more information. If you are interested in being a Festival Singer check out the website and read about no audition membership!

14. The Care and Counseling Center of Georgia (CCCG) is hosting its 51st anniversary luncheon, Wednesday, March 19, at Maggiano’s Buckhead. Fred Blankenship, WSB anchor, will emcee. The keynote speaker is Dr. Beth-Sarah Wright, Director of the African Diaspora and the World program at Spelman College.  She courageously tells the story of her journey in her book “Me? Depressed? A Story of Depression from Denial to Discovery.”  Dr. Wright will speak on resiliency, recovery, and hope. Tables are available for churches at a reduced rate and single tickets are $100. All proceeds benefit the CCCG’s counseling, counselor training and chaplaincy services which serve clients of all backgrounds and income levels.  No one is turned away. Click here to purchase tickets.

15. New Life Presbyterian Church invites the community to March Madness: A Revival, Wednesday, March 19, 7 p.m., with special guest Dr. Carolyn Ann Knight, 6600 Old National Highway, College Park 30349. Contact the church office for more information, or (770)996-7159.

16. Suicide Prevention Day at the Capitol is Thursday, March 20, 9 a.m.  to 2:45 p.m., Georgia State Capitol Building, 206 Washington Street, SW. This is a free event; registration is required.  Get more information  Register Now!" href="

17. The Voice of Hope Gospel Choir, Christ Our Hope Lutheran Church, 2165 Highway 138, Riverdale presents An Evening of Song II on Saturday, March 22, at 6:00 p.m. Featured guests are The Reaps of Joy Outreach Ministries Praise Team, Fresh Anointing Dance Ministries, and violinist - composer, Sedrick Benton.

18. Christianity and Human Rights: A 50th Anniversary Celebration of Key Human Rights Documents. The inaugural Alonzo L. McDonald Distinguished Faculty Lectures on Christian Scholarship will explore human rights in light of the imperatives of Scripture, tradition, and experience. These Lectures are timed to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of several monumental human rights documents and the Second Vatican Council's declarations, Wednesday, March 26, 12:15 – 5:30 p.m., Tull Auditorium, Emory Law School. This event is free and open to the public; a reception will follow. Read all the details about the day of lectures from respected scholars. here.

19. New Life Presbyterian Church presents “Truth on the Loose: Reading the Bible as a Radical Liberationist” This conversation, Wednesday, March 26, at 7 p.m., with Dr. Randall C. Bailey is hosted by New Life and the Rev. Billy Michael Honor, Pastor, in the Oliver Community Room at the church, 6600 Old National Highway, College Park 30349.

20. A Feast for the Eyes and Ears, March 27, 7:00 p.m., First Presbyterian Church with organist Jens Korndörfer. Enjoy the Tiffany windows illuminated while listening to beautiful baroque and romantic organ music that relates to the biblical stories depicted in the windows. Dr.  Korndörfer will perform festive and meditative works by J.S. Bach, Toccata in d and choral preludes, C.M. Widor, and F.A. Guilmant ‘Pastorale’ from the First Sonata.

21.  “Hildegard of Bingen” Rescheduled! The weather interfered with the original dates. This course has been rescheduled for March 27-30 at the Sacred Heart Monastery in Cullman, AL.  Program Fee $285. Contact Deedra Rich at 404-687-4557 or by March 7.

22. Dr. Arthur Carson, Convention President, announces that the New Era Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia will sponsor an Affordable Healthcare Summit and Sign-Up Session on Saturday, March 29 at 10:00 a.m. at the Greater Fellowship Baptist Church at 3600 Midway Road, Decatur 30032.  For more information, send an email to

23. Invite a Latino teen (13-18) to the Renovación Juvenil Workshop,

Saturday March 29, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 30, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church,  850 Douthit Ferry Rd, Cartersville. This workshop is a unique opportunity for participants explore the reality of their bi-cultural world, strengthen their values, choose positive role models, learn new communication skills, and improve their relationship with their parents and much more... a profound, inspiring, and fun experience. For more information email or call 678-363-3079

24. The Emmaus House Youth Kickball tournament begins at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, March 30, at D. H. Stanton Park, 213 Haygood Ave., Atlanta. All youth are welcome. Cost is $10 per contestant or $75 per team. more

25. AMIS Day - Atlanta Ministry with International Students, Inc. invites you to the 36th Anniversary Celebration Dinner. CNN Reporter Moni Basu will speak about her world travels, Sunday, March 30, dinner at 6:00 p.m., fresh popcorn served from 5:30, St. James United Methodist Church, 4400 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd. NE, Atlanta 30342. Suggested Donation is $15 per person; $8 for children under age 10 & International Students. R.s.v.p. to AMIS by March 20 at 404-846-4396. Pay online, or mail checks to AMIS, Inc, 3434 Roswell Rd, NW, Atlanta  30305.

26. Morehouse School of Medicine is hosting the 2014 Daniel S. Blumenthal Public Health Summit on April 1-2, 2014. This year the conference is focusing on Violence Prevention. Information

27. “Wings: An Evening with Author Sue Monk Kidd,” whose latest novel, "The Invention of Wings," tops the New York Times Bestseller list, will be at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, Atlanta, on Thursday, April 3. Book sales, signing, and dessert begins at 6 p.m., program at 7 p.m. Registration is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. A special package offer includes a signed book and admission: $35 in advance or $45 at the door. To register, click or send an" href="mailto:PathwayToursInc@gmai....

28. Hello Humanity, a start-up student organization based at Emory, is organizing the Fifth Annual Global Health and Humanitarian Summit for Saturday, April 12 in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Building at Emory University. The entire event is free and open to all. The website will be up soon and we will let you know.

29. Columbia Seminary, April 23-25, Baptism and Beyond: Scaffolding a Life of Discipleship- This event examines ways we can act as a scaffold for age-appropriate engagement with mission in the church and world. Read more about this class in the latest issue of Journeying Together. Details and Registration. Coming for Colloquium? Come early and enjoy an extended learning experience.

30. Save the dates of April 25-29. In partnership with the Interfaith Community Initiatives of Atlanta, the Office of Alumni/ae & Church Relations at Columbia Seminary is planning a two-part event called "Loving the World Next Door." Over the weekend, professor emeritus Ben Campbell Johnson will host an interfaith immersion experience at various locations in our area. On Monday and Tuesday, classroom instruction about a variety of the world's faith traditions will be offered by members of the Columbia Faculty. You will have the option of attending either or both of these segments. More information soon.

31. Registration is open for the next lecture in the Dorothy C. Fuqua Series at Skyland Trail on Thursday, May 15. Learn about living and thriving with a mental illness from first-hand experiences and experts in the field. Learn more and register >

32. Aziz Dhanani, philanthropist and prominent member of the Atlanta Muslim community, presented a check to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia for construction of an interfaith peace garden on the Atlanta campus of Mercer University in memory of his parents Zehrakhanu and Allauddin Dhanani. Dean Alan Culpepper responded to the gift, "It is a wonderful day when a Baptist university receives a gift from a member of the Muslim community and enters into a partnership to support Muslim students and foster greater understanding and collaboration between our respective religions.

33. Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta is in need of volunteers to be matched with newly arriving refugee families to help with English, life skills and community orientation. Training and Volunteer Orientation provided. Interested? Contact"

34. The Islamic Speakers Bureau has several presentations prepared for the community in which you might be interested for a study group, Sunday school class, women’s or men’s group, etc.  Presentations available from ISB

35. Beulah Heights Information Sessions for graduate and undergraduate programs, chaplaincy and nonprofit management coming up in March. Read more>>



Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.




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