Church Action eNewsletter Week of January 13, 2014


God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

   Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta 

If your congregation is considering developing a Mental Health Ministry or expanding your existing care for those with mental illness and their families, you will be interested in a Nicholas Kristof Op Ed essay on the topic and in exploring the Creating Compassionate Congregations Clergy Tool Box for Mental Hea...

There are a number of listings today for Martin Luther King Jr. Day events. Remember that our Community Events Calendar on the website has lots more.

1. Join Morehouse College in remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during this celebration weekend.  A full calendar of events at Morehouse is found at

2. Visit the King Center website for a list of other holiday observances

3. Screening and discussion of Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence, Thursday, January 16, 7:30 – 10 p.m., Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, 400 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta For additional information call (404)614-3233.

4. The Cinema Café of St. John's Episcopal Church  in College Park kicks off  its 2014 season this Friday, 1/17/14, at 7 p. m. with a film by none other than St. John's associate priest and visual anthropologist/ethnographer/observational cinematographer the Rev. Donna Mote, PhD.!  She says, "A Miyoshi Obon (2007, running time: 46:22) is an ethnographic film in the mode of observational cinema about Obon, the Japanese Buddhist Festival of the Dead, as it is observed in rural northern Hiroshima prefecture. The film follows Koji Mimachi as he, his wife Misaho, their daughters, and Misaho’s extended family commemorate the Hatsubon, or first Obon, since Koji’s father’s death."  Tasty concessions will be available for purchase starting at 6:30 pm and after the free film screening in Bott Hall Rev. Donna will be leading what is sure to be a lively, informative discussion of her work.  Join the St. John community for an evening of rich fellowship.

5. A Musical Tribute: King’s Legacy of Peace for our World, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Friday, January 17, 8 p.m., Horizon Sanctuary, 101 Jackson Street, Atlanta 30312. Free.

6. Saturday January 18, The MLK March committee Annual Youth Conference, Registration required.  Email

7. Exploring the Catholic Aspects of "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" All from Middle and Upper Earth are Welcome!  Saturday, January 18, 2014 – 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., McNamee Hall, St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church in Roswell, Georgia. Online registration and payment processing is fast, secure and easy. Go to

8. Invite a Latino youth to Renovación Juvenil, Saturday, January 18, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, January 19, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 101 Walt Banks Rd, Peachtree City. This workshop is a unique opportunity for participants to understand better their bi-cultural world, strengthen their values, choose positive role models, learn new communication skills, improve their relationship with their parents, and  more… profound, inspiring, and fun. For more information email or call 678-363-3079.

9. By the grace of God and the call of the Church the Rev. Harry E. Tedrow will be installed as Pastor Developer  at Celebration of Grace Lutheran Church, 411 Scott Mill Road, Canton 30114, Saturday, January 18, 4:00 p.m. The community is invited!

10. David Schoen, New Orleans based Jungian Analyst, teacher, and writer speaks to the Jung Society of Atlanta members and visitors on Saturday, January 18, 7:30 pm, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Road, NW, Atlanta 30327.  His topic is “The Psychodynamics of Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery.” The lecture is free for JSA members; visitors - $20; students - $10.  Additional information is at .

11. St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, 571 Holt Road, Marietta 30068, invites the community to a free Atlanta Guitar Trio concert in the beautiful sanctuary distinguished for its acoustics. January 18, 8 p.m. The program will include arrangements of traditional Spanish folk songs, classical works by Vivaldi, Scarlatti and more, as well as a medley of favorite tunes by The Beatles. The trio will entertain audience members with historical information on the instruments they use as well as insights into the composers and compositions. Directions and Contact.

12. On January 20 Georgia Interfaith Power and Light’s MLK service project, a tree planting in collaboration with Trees Atlanta, at the VA Hospital in Decatur will be from nine to noon. Then following later in the day, planters are all invited to an interfaith gathering at the home of Rabbi Laurence and Brooke Rosenthal at Ahavath Achim Synagogue in Buckhead for a Tu B'Shvat Seder to celebrate the Jewish New Year of the Trees.  GIPLwebsite has all details and how to register to volunteer. And if you miss the morning tree planting, come at 2:30 for a planting at the AA Synagogue. Seder is 3 to 5 p.m. To R.s.v.p. for the Seder, please contact Myrtle Lewin or Kate McGregor Mosley by Friday January 17.Blog post.

13. The Gateway Center, 275 Pryor Street, Atlanta is looking for volunteers to prepare meals and serve, as well as help with computer literacy, and assist with case management. There will be a volunteer information sessions on January 21 at 12 noon and 5 p.m. For more information contact Bec Cranford-Smith at or (404)215-6551.

14. The Atlantic Institute invites the community to an interfaith program featuring three great leaders from the Abrahamic traditions. Table of Abraham:  Belief and Freedom of Conscience, Tuesday, January 21, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.   Holiday Inn Hotel, 909 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Roswell  30076. This event is free and open to public however, please R.s.v.p. here to secure your seat. A light dinner will be provided.  Speakers are Rabbi Peter Berg - Senior Rabbi of The Temple, Imam Suleyman Eris - former director of Turkish American Islamic Institute, Pastor William Coates, Jr. - Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Gainesville. For more information please visit blocked::

15. Ingrid Hauss, a yoga teacher and Christian contemplative from Vancouver, British Columbia, will lead a "Yoga as Body Prayer" class at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, Atlanta. The program is sponsored by Amerson House Spirituality Center at St. Bart's. Tuition is $25. To register, call the church office, 404-634-3336. Registration is limited. Questions? Email Lisa Persons.

16. King Week Jazz Vespers with Dwight Andrews, Thursday, January 23, 7 p.m. in Cannon Chapel. The Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church Chancel Choir will join the Atlanta Jazz Chorus and Jazz combo in this tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King led by Dwight Andrews. Sponsored by Emory’s Department of African American Studies. Admission is free and all are welcome!

17. Midweek Retreat–Praying with the Scriptures February 24–27, Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Georgia 212, Conyers. The practice of lectio divina is a form of prayer where one ponders Sacred Scriptures as a means of seeking communion with God. This retreat will discuss the steps of lectio divina and how we can practice this form of prayer in everyday lives to deepen our relationship with Christ. Registration cost: $60–$100 per night is suggested; an even more generous gift helps welcome those with limited resources. A deposit of $30 is required at the time of registration. See the website for additional information and to register for the retreat.

18. Theatrical Outfit,  The Best of Enemies January 29–February 23, 84 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta. Mark St. Germain's new drama reveals a universal truth: all people, no matter their differences, are capable of change. Amidst their incendiary words of prejudice and fear, Ann, a civil rights activist, and C.P., an Exalted Cyclops of the KKK, forge an alliance based in respect and trust in an honest-to-goodness, modern-day parable of transformation and triumph for civil rights. See the website for additional information and to purchase tickets.

19. Come and learn how you can safely and effectively respond to help your neighbors and your community if a disaster strikes your area! Cobb and Douglas Public Health Community Response Summit, January 30, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Senior Services Wellness Center. Register.

20. A showing of "Foot Soldiers: Class of 1964," a locally produced and award-winning documentary that chronicles firsthand stories from the Civil Rights Movement, will be presented at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at St. James' Episcopal Church, Marietta. The church and its Pathfinders group are sponsoring the program, which is offered at no charge. R.s.v.p.’s are required." href="" target="_blank"">Read more>> 

21. Sixth Annual Atlanta Catholic Business Conference, “Living in the Truth” - February 1, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. St. Peter Chanel Church, Roswell, Now in its sixth year, this conference is intended for all Christians, especially those in the Catholic business and professional community, who wish to learn how to integrate better their work lives and their faith in a secular business world. For more information and to register go to

22. Elisabeth von Trapp in concert at Northminster Presbyterian Church on Saturday, February 1 at 7 pm., presenting acoustic music to inspire the listener’s journey of the heart and soul including original compositions, poetry set to music, ballads of heroes and heroines, and melodies of love. Admission is free; however, a special offering will be collected for the musician and 10% of the offering and merchandise sales will go towards the NPC Youth Honduras Summer Mission Trip. Northminster is located at 2400 Old Alabama Rd, Roswell; telephone number: (770)998-1482.  Yes, she’s a granddaughter of Maria and the Baron!

23. A Reminder of the International Campaign for Compassionate Cities kick-off event at 2 - 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 2, at The Carter Center. The event is free and open to the public. Government and business leaders as well as civic, religious, neighborhood, and other grassroots groups and institutions will be invited to engage in dialogue to determine how each can become more compassionate in policy-making and action. "What we have learned from the Civil Rights movement and more recently the movement for LGBT equality, is that communities consist of conversations, to bring real change to our communities we must first change the conversation,” said Rev. Robert Thompson, an initiative organizer. “We believe that compassion is a conversation changer."   k, Background and Atlanta involvement.

24. Free Lecture: "Did God Have a Wife? Archaeology and Folk Religion in Ancient Israel" February 3, 7:30 to 9:30 pm — Reception Hall, Michael C. Carlos Museum, 571 S. Kilgo Cir., Atlanta.  This 18th Annual Tenenbaum Family Lecture in Judaic Studies, hosted by the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies at Emory University, is presented by Dr. William G. Dever, Distinguished Visiting Professor at Lycoming College in Pennsylvania, and Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona. The lecture is an illustrated presentation showcasing recent archaeological evidence of the religious beliefs and practices of the common people of ancient Israel, as contrasted with the elitist practices as portrayed in the Bible.

25. The Messy Stuff of Ministry: CBF Women in Ministry.  Each month a group, led by Devita Parnell and Pam Durso, gathers for conversations about women and Baptist life. The group meets via phone conference call or online. The 2014 conversations will feature interviews with experts and practitioners, who will talk with participants about the challenges of ministry. The first conversation is February 4. Email Ashley Robinson at" href="mailto:ashleyrobinson@bwim.i... for more information about joining the conversation.

26. There is still space in the Love & Respect Marriage Video Conference at Christ the King Lutheran in Peachtree Corners, Norcross. Friday, February 7, 6:45 - 10:15 p.m., and Saturday, February 8, 8:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Cost $15 per person through 1/27; $20 after 1/27.  Register and get more information. Directions.

27. Street Grace, Wellspring Living, and youthSpark urge you to come to DMST Lobby Day 2014. Participants will respectfully support proposed legislation protecting children forced into prostitution and will advocate on behalf of legislation introduced to effectively punish those who exploit our children. Thursday, February 13, 8 a.m., The Historic Freight Depot, 65 Martin Luther Kling, Jr. Blvd. To register for Lobby Day, please click this link.  This sheet provides necessary info.  Lobby Day organizers will provide information regarding all participants' local legislators based on the address you provide during registration. This will not be possible for participants who register after February 7, 2014. 

28. The internationally renowned St. Olaf Choir, conducted by Dr. Anton Armstrong, will be presenting a concert of sacred and secular music at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts at Emory University as part of its annual tour. Thursday, February 13, 8 p.m. More information is available at or by calling 404-727-5050.

29. One in three women and girls on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.  One billion women and girls violated is an atrocity.  Join the One Billion Rising Atlanta event.  Faith based organizations and churches are being sought to join this February 14 global initiative for justice.  To get more information, see or One Billion Rising Atlanta on Facebook.  To register as a partner, contact Nikki Noto, One Billion Rising Southeast Coordinator, at (770)315-2838 or

30. GALEO and the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund continue accepting online applications for the GALEO Institute for Leadership, Class of 2014. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 28 at midnight.  The program will begin on Friday, March 7 and 8 and continue with sessions every four weeks in the Atlanta area.  Diverse participants are encouraged to apply; the leadership sessions are more beneficial to all when the group is diverse. Read more>>

31. Did you know that there is Aramaic study of the Bible on Tuesday nights in the Barbara L. King Chapel at Hillside International Truth Center with Dr. Rocco A. Errico, 7:00  - 8:30 p.m.., 2450 Cascade Road, SW, Atlanta 30311.

32. Time to register for the 30th annual Hunger Walk/Run. Since 1984 over $7 million has been raised for the fight against hunger. March 9 is the date. Register Today! And check out the fun events coming up this year that will benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

33. Legal and tax matters. Human resource management. Strategic planning. If you’re responsible for managing the business of the local church, these issues can keep you awake at night. The National Institute in Church Finance and Administration (NICFA) at Candler School of Theology offers comprehensive training to those in the business of running churches. Offered each June in partnership with the General Council on Finance and Administration of The United Methodist Church, NICFA has been helping church administrators, pastors, and volunteers navigate everything from finances and property management to marketing and conflict resolution for more than 40 years. This year’s session runs June 2-27, 2014 on the Emory University campus in Atlanta.  More information and registration.



Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.


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