Church Action eNewsletter Week of July 7, 2014


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1. Listen for some of the best that country gospel music has to offer on Nashville Country Revival on AIB TV, hosted by Mr. Bill Traylor, featuring gospel music with a country sound. Friday July 11 at 12:30 p.m. Explore AIBTV website

2. Every Woman Works, Inc. Learning Center is a safe, therapeutic, and supportive environment where women who are homeless, recovering from alcohol and drug dependency, in transition from the penal system, or recovering from domestic violence have an opportunity to develop solid work skills, strengthen their sense of self confidence, and obtain financial independence. EWW announces the grand opening of the Bee Boutique, a resale shop to provide experience, skills, and support to its students. Saturday, July 12, 10: a.m.., 100 Hanover Park Road, Suite 200, Atlanta 30350.

3. Kids4Peace and Roswell Community Masjid will co-host a Ramadan Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at the masjid, 345 Market Place, Roswell. Guests will learn about the month of Ramadan, community outreach and more. R.s.v.p. by July 10 to Khadeejah Farooq,

4. The soul stirring gospel drama stage play “Be Very Careful What You Pray For” is the story of a young’s girl’s quest to find a good man. See it Saturday, July 12, 7 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross, 2005 South Columbia Place, Decatur 30032.  This play is presented by EKD Entertainment a division of EKD Community Opportunity Center, a non-profit organization whose mission is to enrich the cultural lives of youth and to engage them in exploring issues and finding solutions to real life situations. For more information call (404)933-7223.

5. The Rev. Keith Anderson, pastor at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church in Ambler, Penn., is the featured preacher for July 13, on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace. Anderson’s message “God, the Crazy Farmer” focuses on Jesus’ parable of the sower in Matthew 13. He says, “…this wonderful parable can quickly become about judging ourselves and spiritually comparing ourselves to others…. For me this parable is much more about the character of the sower and far less about where the seeds land or what happens to them afterward.” At “Day 1” you will find transcripts from recent preachers and more information about them. You can listen to audio recordings there.

6. Elson Lecture at the Atlanta History Center — Amanda Lindhout, author of “A House in the Sky: A Memoir,” will speak and sign her book about her abduction, escape, and search for compassion in the midst of inconceivable hardship on July 16. Find out more.

7.  AIB's Sacred Spaces explores the spaces and places where people engage the sacred. Visit the ritual bath used by the metro area's Jewish community, private shrines, and several metro area chapels -- from the chapel at the Catholic Archdiocese to the interfaith chapel at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport to the chapel at Hugh Spalding Children's Hospital. Come find out where metro Atlanta encounters the Divine Spirit.  AIB's Sacred Spaces premieres July 17 at 6 p.m. More about AIBTV.

8. “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” presented by Alpharetta Presbyterian Church’s  ACT 1 Theater opens July 18, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. A  musical parable of the Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors with a variety of musical styles. Tickets on sale now at

9. Career Quest, serving those in job-transition since 1986, has a great Tuesday night lined-up for July 22, starting 6:30 p.m. Three offerings: Speed Networking with Chris Ensley and Michael Mule with his Linkedin connections; Job Search Coaches Don Schuster, John Dominic, Terry Brennan, Terry Griesenauer, Mike Beres, Scott Kriscovich to review your search strategies, cover letter, resume, marketing plan, elevator pitch & more; Presentation on Creating Your LinkedIn Profile & using it to your advantage in your job search presented by Mike Maetz. Everyone is welcome, there are no charges; no reservations are needed; dress is casual. If you have questions call (770)-552-6400 ext. 6104. St. Ann’s Church, 4905 Roswell Road/Rte.120, Marietta, 30062, behind the main church, door sign states: JOB NETWORK TONIGHT.

10. Cobb Faith Partnership meets on the fourth Wednesday of every other month at Turner Chapel A.M.E. Church, 492 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta 30060. Rev. Coakley Pendergrass invites you to join the organization in networking to meet community needs. Call (678)757-4592 or (678)733-1479 to find out more. Or join the group on July 23 at 11:45 for a light lunch and time to explore connecting community resources to meet homeless needs with Brenda Rhodes founder of Simple Needs GA and the coupon tutor Rhonda Smith.


11. Biblical Issues and Conflict in the Middle East July 28–30, Explorations in Antiquity Center, 130 Gordon Commercial Dr., LaGrange, GA.  This conference with Dr. James Fleming will discuss historical and religious arguments that Jews and Arabs use for their presence in the Holy Land, principles for interpreting biblical texts used to justify arguments for war, and involvement in peace efforts in antiquity and today. Registration cost is $15 per session, or $75 for the entire conference. For additional information and to register, please call 706-885-0363.

12. Georgia Catholics against the Death Penalty invites you to “Restoration, Reconciliation, and Forgiveness: A Catholic Perspective on the Death Penalty.”   This formative and informative gathering will take an in-depth look at the death penalty from the perspective of faith and help us fully appreciate our call to reconciliation and healing. Nationally acclaimed guest speakers include Sister Camille D’Arienzo, R.S.M., contemporary of Sister Helen Prejean and author of the audio book Stories of Forgiveness; Florida attorney Deacon Dale Recinella, author of Now I Walk on Death Row; Amy Vosberg-Casey, JD, staff attorney with The Georgia Resource Center, a non-profit law office providing free representation to death row inmates; and John and Kimberly Starbuck, who speak on forgiveness from the perspective of the victim’s family. Mass will be celebrated at the conclusion of the seminar. This all-day seminar will be held on Saturday, August 2, from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Archdiocesan Chancery offices, 2401 Lake Park Drive, SE, Smyrna  30080. The cost for the day, including lunch, is $20 per person, paid at the door. For additional information go to or contact Deacon Dick Tolcher at rtolcher@ or (404)920-7357.  To assure your spot at this limited seating engagement, R.s.v.p. to

13. Volunteer teachers are needed for the English as a Second Language program at St. Bede's Episcopal Church, Atlanta (near Tucker). ESL classes meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. To be a part of this ministry, you are asked to commit to one day per week for the full semester.  Classes begin on Tuesday, Sept. 2.  A planning and training session is scheduled from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at St. Bede's. "All you need is a willing heart and knowledge of English," said the Rev. Fabio Sotelo. For questions or more information, please contact him at" href="

14. Praise in the Park, August 2, noon to 8:00 p.m., Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Ave. W., NW, Atlanta. Atlanta's Inspiration Station, Praise 102.5/102.9 presents the largest free inspirational concert in the country. There will be vendors, an artist market showcase, and food available for purchase.

15. Local folks and anyone visiting Atlanta can now buy one-day passes to the The National Church Leadership Institute, August 7-10 in Atlanta. Save time and money, but still hear some of the nation's leading experts on everything from building digital ministries to pastoral resilience to running the “business” of church. Learn more...

16. Weekend Retreat–Listening to God, August 29–31, Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Georgia 212, Conyers. This retreat, led by Father Anthony and Gerard, focuses on learning to listen to God with the ears of our hearts. We will learn to how to listen to God speak to us through the Scriptures, how to listen in the monastic tradition (Rule of Benedict), how to listen to conscience, the silence of God, and how to listen to the hearts of our brothers and sisters. Bring a notebook for journaling. Suggested registration cost is $60–$100 per night; however, 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 or to register.

17. 2014 Women in Ministry Conference is coming to Atlanta September 15-18 at the Marriott Atlanta Airport Hotel. The theme is “Shifting the Atmosphere: Defining and Redefining Success in Ministry” The Rev. Cynthia L. Hale is the convener of this conference. For more information email or call (770)696-5100, Ext. 217. See

18. Each day Emmaus House distributes sandwiches to hungry guests of The Lokey Center, where people come for various types of assistance. Sandwich making is a great and easy outreach project for any age group. If you can help please write to

19. Georgia Interfaith Power & Light is beginning a search for a new executive director. At its last board meeting, Rev. Kate McGregor Mosley was named Interim Executive Director to ensure the continuity of the organization during the search process. The search is prompted by the resignation of Rev. Alexis Chase who is leaving GIPL to become Vicar at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Atlanta.  More information including a Job Description and application materials can be found at

20. In 2011, The Society of Biblical Literature announced a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to build an interactive website that invites general audiences to engage with biblical scholarship. Three years later, Bible Odyssey Website is ready.  On Bible Odyssey, the world’s leading scholars share the latest historical and literary research on key people, places, and passages of the Bible. What a resource! Visit!

21. AMIS has sent out a Christmas International House Alert. Marshall University will have about 250 students who will have to be out of their dorms for the holidays. AMIS will need many more hosts and programs to be able to meet this need. Can you help international students at Christmastime? Please email AMIS if you can welcome a foreign student into your home at Christmas. Quick link to more information.



Remember the Flea Market! United Methodist Children’s Home, July 11 - 12, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 500 S Columbia Dr., Decatur 30030 . Credit cards accepted. (404)327-5820. Read more>>

Artists from the Friendship Center at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church at the Peachtree Road Farmer's Market on Saturday, July 12, Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta 30305.!

Mental Health In The African American Community, Inc. is having its First Annual Mental Health Fair on Saturday, July 12, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., at Club e, 3707 Main Street College Park.

The Georgia Center for the Book will hold a poetic tribute to Angelou on Tuesday, July 15, 7:15 p.m., 215 Sycamore Street, Decatur 30030

ONE chapter starting in Roswell. Sunday, July 20, New Community Church, 1560 Old Alabama Rd., Roswell, Sunday, 2 p.m. RSVP here.

Health & Wellness Ministry of Shy Temple CME Church will be hosting its 2nd Annual Community Wide Health Fair on August 9, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., 2012 Memorial Drive, SE Atlanta 30317.

“United Methodist Night at the Gwinnett Braves”, Saturday, August 9. Buy tickets here..Contact Robert Kopp, (404)909-8250 Ext. 314, (770)564-2296,

Only Four Things Grow a Church 21st Century Strategies Mini Tour 2014 is coming to Powder Springs First United Methodist Church September 13. Register here.


Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.



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