Church Action eNewsletter Week of June 23, 2014


God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

   Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta 



1. The DeKalb County Board of Health’s STD/HIV Prevention Program and Ryan White Early Care Clinic and its partners will host a National HIV Testing Day event, Friday, June 27,  285 Flea Market, 4525 Glenwood Road, Decatur  30032, Free HIV Testing and many other health education and testing opportunities.  Call (404) 270-2428 if you have questions.


2. US Human Rights Network informs us that Thursday, June 26 is the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, which aims for the total eradication of torture.  Read more>>

3. Join a "virtual" Episcopal church-wide event on June 29! Participation is simple and quick: post a photo to Facebook, check-in, tweet some sermon wisdom, or Instagram something beautiful from your church. Use the #Episcopal hashtag. Learn more and download free graphics

4. One of the many important lessons that young ministers must learn is that while pastors keep their eyes on their personal finances they are called to be good stewards of the church and its finances as well.  Dr. Ron Grizzle, Director of the Center for Teaching Churches at McAfee School of Theology talks with Dr. Z Allen Abbott, author of the curriculum material that is being used at the Center for Teaching Churches at McAfee School of Theology, about a biblical perspective on managing money on Younger Voices in Ministry, encore presentation is Friday, June 27 at 11:30 p.m. on AIBTV.

5. “Hospitality: A Crucial Cup of Cold Water” is the sermon Dr. Dan De Leon will deliver on Day 1, Sunday, June 29. Find a schedule, read more about Dr. De Leon, visit the blog, or sign up to listen on line at

6. Heart Paintings: Love in Color by Catherine Jo Morgan are on exhibit July 2-30 and are the focus of a summer quiet day on Saturday, July 12, at Episcopal Church of the Epiphany . Her small abstract oil pastels use color and symbols to explore relationships, life stories, and the human heart. Paintings span a 7-year period before, during, and after the artist's care for her life partner through breast cancer, Alzheimer's, and ovarian cancer.  Visitors are welcome to view the exhibit at no charge weekdays from 10 - 4 and on Sunday mornings. To register for the July 12 quiet day to be led from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by Morgan and the Rev. Cynthia Hizer, call 404-373-8338; cost is $30 per person.  

7. The Men of West Hunter Street Baptist Church present their Annual Men’s Day events. A GospelFest with some of Atlanta’s finest vocalists will be held on Friday evening, July 11, at 7:00 p.m. at the church, 1040 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. S.W., Atlanta 30310.  This event is free and open to the public.  The Men's Prayer Breakfast will be held on Saturday, July 19, at 9:00 a.m. at the church.  Tickets for the prayer breakfast are $15.00 and can be purchased by calling the church at (404)758-5563.  The guest speaker for the prayer breakfast is Mr. Derrick Boazman, former Atlanta Councilman, activist, and radio talk show host.  Annual Men's Day is Sunday, July 20, at 10:45 a.m.  Guest speaker for morning worship will be the Honorable Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta.  Please come out and support the events of the Men of West Hunter.

8. Mark your calendars for it's time once again for the Summer Institute on Addiction. Facilitated by clergy and laity volunteers of the faith-based Southeast Institute on Chemical Addiction (SICD), this vital conference will be held at the Gwinnett Medical Center's Resource Facility in Lawrenceville. In the 5 days (July 14 -18) of the conference, attendees will participate in presentations and panel discussions covering addiction, treatment, and recovery. Featured topics include chemical (alcohol, drugs), process (gambling, video gaming, pornography), and the physiology of addiction as a disease. All activities are delivered by accomplished professionals in their field. Attendees will be provided with meeting materials for reference but most importantly come away enlightened with new knowledge and understanding of addiction, treatment, and recovery. For complete details of curriculum, schedule and registration please visit Further information can be obtained by contacting Mike Macomber at 678-923-5862 or

9. Get Financially Fit:  The Concerned Black Clergy of Metropolitan Atlanta is partnering with Wells Fargo Bank to present a Financial Seminar on Saturday, June 28, 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the West Hunter Street Baptist Church, 1040 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., S.W. Atlanta 30310.  Free breakfast and lunch will be provided onsite for all attendees.  Teens are strongly encouraged to attend sessions that will cover credit scores and credit reports, home buying, student loans, and basic banking.  Retirement and small business seminars will also be held.  All sessions are free and open to the public.

10. Veteran’s Heart Georgia in partnership with the Georgia State University Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility Presents “The Warrior’s Journey – Exploring Ethics, Morality, and Healing In Military Service and War” Friday, August 15.  Read more>>

11. January 22-24, 2015, seems a long time away. Trinity Church, NYC, has announced the 2015 Trinity Institute. As Christians, we care deeply about social justice and know that the church can create change. The gathering this year is titled “A Practical Conference for Economic Equality.” You will remember that the conference is physically in NYC but also at partner sites and there is usually one in Atlanta. Read more>> The Archbishop of Canterbury will be there, Cornel West, and Barbara Ehrenreich, too.

12. Happy 60th Anniversary to Wieuca Road Baptist Church. Over the next four weeks, the sermons at 11 a.m. Sunday worship will consider what it has meant, what it does mean, and what it might mean for Wieuca to celebrate her past and claim her future. The church is at 3626 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta.

13. Faith leaders are often turned to first by people with a mental illness or their families. Are you prepared? Do you know what to do? Do you know whom to call? Do you know how to begin the hard conversation? Look at Creating Compassionate Congregations on



 “Polly, Friends and Family,” a tribute of classical, traditional gospel, and show tunes, Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2977 LaVista Rd, Decatur 30033.  Call (404) 633-2288 for information.

Greater Mountain Baptist Church 2014 Youth Day, Sunday, June 29, at 11 a.m., 3346 Martin Luther King, Jr. in the chapel of the historic Herschel Thornton Mortuary.

 “Global Praise” Service, Sunday, June 29, 5 p.m.  Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking.  Zion Hill Baptist Church, 6175 Campbellton Road, SW, Atlanta. Get details at

FAMA Interfaith Immersion Weekend 2014, July 11, 12, and 13.  More details  here.

Flea Market! United Methodist Children’s Home Auxiliary, July 11 - 12, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 500 S Columbia Drive, Decatur 30030. Read more>>


Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.


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