Church Action eNewsletter Week of July 22, 2014

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

   Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta 

Weekly Church Action eNewsletter

Week of July 22, 2014


1. Truth in Motion Dance Ministry at Hillside International Truth Center, 2450 Cascade Road, SW, Atlanta 30311, presents a Friday night Sock Hop, July 25, 7 – 11 p.m. Bring or wear your socks and come to dance. Donation is $5.

2. The 4th Annual Let’s Move! DeKalb Back to School Expo is Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Exchange Park Intergenerational Center, 2771 Columbia Drive, Decatur 30034. There will be school supplies and lots of entertainment. Children must be present to receive supplies.

3. The Rev. Joe Evans, senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, Tenn., is the featured preacher for July 27 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast program also accessible online at Evans’s message, entitled “We Do Not Know How to Pray,” focuses on the Apostle Paul’s words in Romans 8:26-39. Evans says, “We pray that God will do what we want, praying as though we were dictating our will to our attorney…. Should not prayer be the act of giving up on our will and trusting in God’s?”

4. Warren Memorial UMC and Senior Pastor Donald K. Reed invite you to celebrate and pay tribute to the First Responders of Atlanta, police, EMS, Fire, sheriff — the men and women who keep the West End Community safe.  Fire trucks and police cruisers will be on display, July 27 , 10:30 a.m., 181 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., Atlanta 30314. Call (404)755-8931 for information.

5. On July 29 and 30, EPA will host hearings on the proposed Clean Power Plan in Atlanta. A number of organizations and faith groups are taking action.  Our website has some of the plans.


  • A Rally for Clean Energy Future is at 12 noon in Woodruff Park followed by a march to the Sam Nunn Federal Building. Email for more information. 
  • Georgia Interfaith Power & Light (GIPL) is collaborating with the environmental community from across the southeast to rally support for the upcoming EPA hearings.   Read more here about how you can join the efforts.
  • GIPL Interfaith Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday, July 29 - 7:30 – 8:15 a.m. at Central Presbyterian Church.   All are invited to break bread and pray together, acknowledging our strength in working together across faith traditions and the shared responsibility of caring for our Earth. Email for event details or check out Facebook.
  • New carbon pollution standards; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Statement. The Episcopal Church asks for an action pledge, simple or grand, personal or congregational. Click here


6. 1st at First, Friday, Aug 1, 6 – 9 p.m., The popular first Friday program at  First Congregational Church Commons  presents vocalist Alex Lattimore. Tickets are $10; Suitable for all ages; 105 Courtland Street Atlanta 30303

7. On the fourth Saturday of each month L'Arche invites adults with intellectual disabilities and all who choose to come to enjoy a social. Immaculate Heart of Mary, 2855 Briarcliff Road, NE, Atlanta 30329, will host the group on August 9, 6 – 9 p.m., for a summer Braves fun, games, and potluck supper. All are welcome! Email or call Elizabeth Figuera at (404)-277-2580 to find out what you can bring for the meal.

L’Arche is looking for folks willing to help host and shape these events. If your faith community would like to host an evening, please contact to discuss the possibilities. Or, if you would like to be part of the planning they would love your help.

8. "The Warrior's Journey" will explore ethics, morality, and healing in military service and war from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at the Loudermilk Atlanta Conference Center, 40 Courtland St. NE, Atlanta. The day is sponsored by Veteran's Heart Georgia and the Georgia State University for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility. This event is for counseling professionals, clergy, legal advisors, educators, military veterans, their families, and concerned civilians. More>>

9. A workshop “Beholding the Presence of God Every Day: Crafting a Personal Rule of Life” will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, Milton. Carl McColman, a Stone Mountain author and teacher on the contemplative life, will lead the program. The day is open to all; tuition is $25. For information, contact Harmony Kiser, 770-205-7899 or

10. Meridian Herald presents its 17th annual Higher Ground: Camp Meeting Service, Saturday, August 16, 5 p.m., at historic Epworth United Methodist Church with prophetic preaching, prayer, singing, and music. Fred Craddock will preach and Steven Darsey and the Meridian Chorale will provide music. Also performing will be the Bluegrass-Gospel musicians Leah Calvert, singer-fiddler and Tommy Sauter, bass of Atlanta; the Epworth Valley singing sisters Betty and Shirley Turner; and the Cantabile Strings led by Glenda Wattenbarger, also of Epworth. Community sing and music performed by the featured musicians at 3:30. Those wishing to sing an anthem during the service with are invited to rehearse at 4:15. After the service watermelon will be served. Tours of the church and grounds will be available. Epworth is nine miles northwest of Blue Ridge and 101 miles from Atlanta via I-75 and I-575. Everyone is welcome. The service is free; an offering will be taken. The service will proceed rain or shine.


11. Practicing Mind-in-Heart Spiritual Leadership hosted by Beecken Center of The School of Theology with Dr. Tilden Edwards and the Rev. Stuart Higginbotham, Oct. 9–11, 2014, DuBose Conference Center, Monteagle, TN. How would the awakening of our spiritual heart – along with an abiding awareness of God's presence – draw us into a delightfully risky, Spirit-focused practice of leadership? Is there a different way of being “church?”  More information and registration Here.  View this event on Facebook.


12. The Cathedral of St. Philip announces that registration is now open for The New Emerging Spirituality: A Day with the Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress, October 25, 2014.   Click here for registration information and more about Dr. Artress.


13. Small Churches: Adventures in Vitality at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, November 3 - 5, 2014. Sarai RIce, Dan Hotchkiss, and John Wimberly will present material specially designed for small congregations.  Three learning modules will address a key aspect of small church vitality; a fourth will help participants plan for the return home and the incorporation of their learning into the life of their congregation. Information and registration.

14. Founded in 1969, Decatur Cooperative Ministry is a faith-based nonprofit organization supported by over 35 congregations from 14 denominations. People and congregations of all faiths are welcomed as partners. An important program with which they work is the Family Stability Initiative to create a new way to help families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.  The Siemer Family Foundation partners with United Way and other nonprofit organizations to implement this program. Since its inception in 2012, 35 families have been served.  So far this year, an additional 14 families have been served and four have been permanently housed in just one month alone! Read more>>

15. Antioch Bible College has posted its fall 2014 schedule on the website. If you would like information about online courses call Dr. Cooper at (770)592-2660. For information about home studies call Bryan Fox at (678)381-6259. Schedule.

16. Churches are invited to host a free workshop on living healthier with diabetes. The YMCA is enrolling participants with type 2 diabetes, 18 years or older, into a study conducted by Stanford University to determine the effectiveness of diabetes self-management workshops. A Better Choices, Better Health®—Diabetes workshop can help participants understand how to eat with diabetes while still making it enjoyable, monitor and manage their blood sugar, and design their own self-management program.  The study is funded by the National Council on Aging. If your church is interested in hosting a workshop, contact Jennifer Rewkowski at (866)-202-1926 or


Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.





Church-wide garage sale at Roswell United Methodist Church, July 25-26.  More information.

AMERIGROUP Community Care back to school event, Friday, July 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. East Point Commons, 2757 Main Street, East Point 30344.

Conversations at First Baptist Decatur, 308 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur 30030, Marja Mills  author of “The Mockingbird Next Door” will share her story on Friday, July 25, 7:00 p.m.,  Carreker Hall..

Free summer concert Episcopal Church of the Atonement, 4945 High Point Road, Sandy Springs. July 25, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. For a flyer click here. 

"Overcoming to Excel" July 26, noon to 3 p.m., at Overcomers Christian Fellowship Church, 7373 Covington Highway, Lithonia. For  information, contact Sharon Hill at or call (770)465-8687. 

Eric Litwin, Conversations at First Baptist Decatur, 308 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur 30030, Tuesday, July 29, 7 p.m., Sanctuary, doors open at 6 p.m.

Georgia Catholics against the Death Penalty ,Saturday, August 2, for information go to  To assure your spot at this limited seating engagement, R.s.v.p. to

Praise in the Park, August 2, noon to 8:00 p.m., Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Ave. W., NW, Atlanta. Praise 102.5/102.9 - largest free inspirational concert in the country.

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.

Weekend Retreat–Listening to God, August 29–31, Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Georgia 212, Conyers. See the website  for additional information or to register.

“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.

Real People, Real Faith at Sandy Springs Christian Church will bring Marcus Borg to us in September.

2014 Women in Ministry Conference September 15-18. See more>>

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