Church Action eNewsletter Week of March 24, 2014

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.


The most entertaining bunch of third graders in town hatch a series of madcap schemes to earn enough money to keep Grandma’s (Doris Roberts of “Everybody Loves Raymond”) bakery out of the clutches of conniving businessman Big Ray in "The Little Rascals Save the Day"   soon to be released on DVD. Each of their plans goes hilariously awry until they are left with just two options: find a way to win the local talent show or wave goodbye to the best cupcakes a kid ever tasted!  We have 5 copies of this heart-warming, family movie to give away. Enter with your first and last name to for a chance to win!


1. St. Martin in the Fields, 3110 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Brookhaven, will have a guest speaker on March 26, 6:20 p.m., as a part of its Lenten programming. Michael Bieze, art history teacher at Marist, will speak on “Lenten Walks.” For more information about this and the supper preceding it call (404) 228-0752.

2. As part of a Lenten Guest Speaker Series, the Church of the Atonement, 4945 High Point Road 30342, will welcome Dr. Donna Mote, Episcopal Chaplain to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, March 26, 7:00 p.m. Dr. Mote was recently featured on the front page of the New York Times for her work at the Airport. Read more>>  Her talk is based on her Emory University doctoral exploring the importance of ancestors in evangelical Protestantism in the South through the lens of the distinctive religious culture of Shingleroof Camp Meeting in Henry County. Since at least 1827 Christians of a variety of denominations have met at Shingleroof each summer for a week of worship and reconnection as they honor the dead by gathering with the living."

3. The St. James UMC Kids’ Consignment Spring Sale is this weekend, March 28 and 29, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.. Shop for high quality children’s clothing, furniture, toys, books, and accessories, as well as maternity items.  Our Kids’ Consignment Sales are held in the gym located in our Activities Building. Saturday is half price day and many items will be marked down 50%. 4400 Peachtree Dunwoody Road NE, Atlanta  30342. For directions, visit the Directions page.

4. Dr. Karen E. Black of First Afrikan Presbyterian Church will speak at Radcliffe Presbyterian Church’s annual Women’s Prayer Breakfast, Saturday, March 29, 10 a.m. in the Green Multipurpose Rooom at Radcliffe, 286 Hamilton E. Holmes Dr., Atlanta 30318.  The donation is $10. Come support the Presbyterian Women of Radcliffe as they lift up their Women's Day activities under the theme "An Abiding Hope: God’s Call to Serve."  

5. C.H.O.I.C.E.S. Food Advocacy Summit, Saturday, March 29, is a day focused on food in Atlanta's Fourth Ward Neighborhood. There will be lots of indoor nutrition exhibits and food facts with a little bit of fitness fun. Special guests include 200 of Atlanta Public School's Student Wellness Ambassadors and their teachers. The Summit will be 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the  C.H.O.I.C.E.S. Center also known as the First Congregational Church Commons, 125 Ellis Street, Atlanta  30303. The rain location is Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center. The event is free. Donations are welcome. Volunteers are needed from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.   Click this link to Volunteer for Summit Got questions? Email or call (678)819-3663. 

6. Health and Wellness Fair at Allgood Road United Methodist Church, 640 Allgood Road, Stone Mountain 30083, Saturday, March 29, 12 – 3 p.m. There will be free health screenings, health information, snacks, game, s and prizes! Fun for the entire family!

7. Hillside International Truth Center Board of Directors presents a Spring Fling Fashion Extravaganza featuring the Designing Wilbourn Sisters with fashion, music, dance, and give- aways, 5 p.m., Saturday, March 29, Hillside International Truth Center, Inc., 2450 Cascade Road, SW, Atlanta  30311. Visit for ticket information and all the details.

8. Come help St. Anne’s Episcopal Church welcome new Rector, the Rev. Licia Affer, March 30, at the 8 and 10:30 a.m. services, 3098 St. Anne's Lane NW, Atlanta  30327. If you have questions call 404-237-5589.

9. The Rev. Duane Steele, pastor emeritus of Gladesboro Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hillsville, Va., is the featured preacher March 30 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, also accessible online at Blind from birth, he continues to work with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on issues related to inclusion of persons with disabilities in the life of congregations. His sermon, based on John 9:1-13, 28-41, is “The Blind Man Who Knew Too Much.” “The story in John 9 isn’t about replacement of darkness with light,” he says. “It’s about overcoming our fear of people who are different from us, and welcoming them into our faith communities. We need to recognize accessibility and welcome as core practices of our faith…. 

10. Paradise Missionary Baptist Church Men Helping Men Grow in Christ was the theme of March’s special ministry. The culminating worship service will be this Sunday, March 30, at 10:45 a.m. with Gary Rucker speaking. A Service of Ordination will be held in the afternoon at 3 p.m.  Dr. F. Keith Slaughter will speak. Dr. Charles A. Harper III is Senior Pastor at Paradise,  1711 Donald L. Hollowell Pkwy NW,  Atlanta 30318. Call (404)794-3457 or visit the website if you need more information. 

11.  Hillside International Truth Center, 2450 Cascade Road, Atlanta 30311, partners with Healthways SilverSneakers FLEX Program to offer free fitness classes to older adults— aerobic, strength, flexibility and balance exercises, Mon, Wed, and Thurs from 11 a.m. until Noon starting on April 7. To participate  email Brenda Williams at 1450 Cascade Road, Atlanta 30311

12. Eggonomics at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Tuesday, April 8, 7:30 a.m. in Ellis Hall, 634 West Peachtree, Atlanta. Parishioner Greg Giornelli, President of Purpose Built Communities, a non-profit consulting firm dedicated to transforming communities using a holistic approach will be the speaker.  Purpose Built's work springs from the successful revitalization of East Lake Meadows— today a thriving mixed-income neighborhood with Atlanta's number one performing public school and community wellness programs that help families break the cycle of poverty. A full breakfast buffet is available at 7:30. The cost is $5 and all proceeds go to the Men of Hope at Covenant Community.

13. The China Research Center Annual Lecture 2014, Is the Social Volcano Still Dormant?  Trends in Chinese Attitudes Toward Inequality, featuring Martin K. Whyte, Ph.D., John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Sociology, Harvard University. This event is free and open to the public.  Thursday, April 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m., GSU Buckhead Center,  
Tower Place 200 - 5th Floor , 3348 Peachtree Road Northeast, Atlanta  30326.

14. Faithful Lawyers Breakfast at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Friday, April 11, 3:30 – 9 a.m. The Rev. Darren Hensley works for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Atlanta, while in his "spare time" preaching, teaching, and counseling at Peachtree Road UMC. He will share his reflections about the challenges and tensions we all face searching for meaning and purpose in our work, while remaining true to our spiritual compass. The cost for the breakfast is $8 per person. Proceeds go to the Men of Hope. For planning purposes, please email Tom Cox at by April 9 if you plan to attend.

15.  “Crux: The Images of the Cross” is an art show at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, 3434 Roswell Rd., NW, Atlanta. Local artists with have work on display from April 13 through May 31. This exhibition corresponds with a sermon series to be presented by Senior Pastor Vic Pentz during the Lenten Season and Holy Week, March 9 – April 20, 2014.

16. Hunger Seder 2014, Tuesday, April 15, Ahavath Achim Synagogue, 600 Peachtree Battle, NW, Atlanta. For the third consecutive year, the Jewish Community Relations Council Atlanta is co-sponsoring the Hunger Seder on the Second Night of Pesach. You are invited to join in contemplation of combating hunger in our community and beyond.  You might be interested in this volunteer aspect— Recreate the Hunger Seder Haggadah, an opportunity to work in a group with Rabbi Rosenthal to expand and add to the Hunger Seder Haggadah. If you have questions or are interested in volunteering, contact Rabbi Rosenthal, or (404)603-5744, or Harold Kirtz, or (770)789-9378. R.s.v.p. by Thursday, April 10, to

17. The Atlantic Institute presents “Islam & Extremism,” Wednesday, April 16,  6:30 p.m., Holiday Inn, 909 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell 30076. Mustafa Akyol, widely-known journalist and author of “Islam without Extremes,” will speak. This event is free and open to everyone.  Visit the website.

18. Registration is underway for the 2014 Earth Day on the Atlanta BeltLine. On Saturday, April 19, volunteers, along with Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, Park Pride, Trees Atlanta, the Atlanta Community Tool Bank, Keep Atlanta Beautiful, and neighborhood partners will work together to clear invasive bamboo and debris along the Northeast Hiking Trail. This stretch of interim hiking trail is getting more and more use. Register now! Volunteer check in will be near Park Tavern, 500 10th Street NE, 30309.

19. This Earth Day, April 22, season, Georgia Interfaith Power & Light invites your congregation to act for environmental justice by hosting a Faith Seeking Justice class. Through the class you’ll get an introduction to environmental justice from a faith perspective, including how issues like pollution can affect an entire watershed. Contact Elizabeth,, Environmental Justice Coordinator, with any questions.

20. anima is an online forum from Samford University, that seeks to encourage and equip congregations to engage young people in worship and worship leadership. In  The Toolbox, resources for creative worship planning are posted weekly. Holy Week and Easter resources are coming soon!

21. A study released in 2012 shows that people with religious/spiritual practices suffer less from depression and those who observe religious/spiritual practices who do have depression recover more quickly than those who do not. (NAMIFaithNet)   Read more>>


Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.




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