Church Action eNewsletter Week of July 29, 2014


God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

   Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta 

Weekly Church Action eNewsletter

Week of July 28, 2014



1. Every sandwich counts! With about two weeks left until Georgia’s public schools are back in session, Action Ministries’ Smart Lunch, Smart Kid program needs donations and volunteers to meet its summertime goal of providing 200K lunches for some of the 800,000 Georgia kids who receive free or reduced-price lunch during the school year.  If your congregation can donate time or lunches, please visit 2014 locations to arrange drop-off times with our SLSK coordinators or contact Rachel Ruckart, lead SLSK coordinator, at or (404)-593-8190. People can donate financially by texting LUNCH to 41444. Just $5 feeds a child for two days!


2. “Mozart Requiem and Music of Americans in the Time of Mozart,” the 25th anniversary concert of the Summer Singers of Atlanta along with the Orchestra of the American Heartland, this Sunday, August 3, 3 p.m., Saint Mark UMC, 781 Peachtree Street, at Fifth Street, in Midtown. Admission is $20 adults, $15 students and seniors, at the door or online at

3. The Rev. Robin Crews Wilson, co-senior pastor of Dauphin Way United Methodist Church in Mobile, Alabama, is the featured preacher August 3 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Her sermon for August 3, based on Esther 4:1-17, the story of Mordecai’s challenge to Queen Esther to save the Jews, is entitled “For Such a Time as This.” She says, “Mordecai sees Esther as someone who can be an active participant in God’s savings acts. Esther is more than her caricature and pinup, she is a child of God who is capable and called to act.”

4. The Health & Wellness Ministry of Shy Temple CME Church will be hosting its 2nd Annual Community Wide Health Fair, August 9, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. There will be 20 vendors providing free health information as well as free health screenings. Light refreshments will be served. Shy Temple CME Church is located at 2012 Memorial Drive, SE Atlanta , Ga 30317 . The event organizer is Patricia Yates-Rand.

5. The Care and Counseling Center of Georgia offers a Premarital Workshop at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, NW, on a monthly basis. The next workshop is being offered on Saturday, August 9.  Presented by Doyle Hamilton, LMFT, this training is open to members of all denominations. Couples who participate in premarital education have more realistic expectations, handle conflict better, and have improved communication skills. The fee is $150 per couple. Make reservations by calling the Care and Counseling Center of Georgia at 404-636-1457 x 400 or e-mail

6. Pearl Cleage, the award-winning playwright and bestselling author with many Atlanta ties, visits the Stonecrest Library to read and sign "What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day.” This is a Georgia Center for the Book Event. It is free and open to the public. Stonecrest Library, 3123 Klondike Rd., Lithonia 30038. August 11, 7 p.m.

7. Thomas Cahill , bestselling author of the Hinges of History series continues the journey through history exploring the Renaissance and Reformation eras in volume VI, “Heroes and Heretics” September 9, Decatur Library. Beginning with the Black Death, he traces the advances in European thought and experience and discusses the artistic, geographic and scientific explorations – including the discovery of new continents populated with very different people – and shows how these discoveries and innovations changed the Western World. Hosted by the Georgia Center for the Book. We will find out the time.

8. Save the date for the 8th Annual Jane Baird Lecture, the Cathedral of St. Philip Book Store, September 18, 7 p.m. There is no charge for this event but please R.s.v.p. is you are coming to (404)237-7582 or This year’s speaker is the Rev. Becca Stevens, author of nine books, Chaplain at St. Augustine's at Vanderbilt University, and founder of Magdalene & Thistle Farms, a community and social enterprise that stands with women recovering from trafficking, prostitution, addiction, and life on the streets.  Magdalene, the residential model, serves women for two years at no cost to residents.  Thistle Farms employs over 40 residents and graduates who manufacture, market and sell all natural bath and beauty products in over 200 retail stores across the globe.

9. The Stephen Ministers from St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church are hosting the preeminent New Testament Scholar Dr. Gary Habermas on August 31 at 11:00 a.m. in Gable Hall. Dr. Habermas will present: “Was Jesus Really Seen Alive After His Death on the Cross?” Find out more about Dr. Habermas.. Lunch will be served; $10, payable at door. Reservations are required. Contact Parish Administrator Julianna Cox at: 404-229-0752 or St. Martin’s is located at 3110 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta 30319.

10.  The 40th Annual National Suicide Prevention Week is September 8-14, 2014.  Armed Forces Mission and the Master Resilience Institute is launching the Courageous Project. Kenneth Koon, D.Min,  informs us that two workshops will be held in Coweta-Fayette communities. Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training is an intensive two day workshop that increases awareness and skills to provide personal intervention for those at risk.  Additionally, a 2 hour introduction to the risk of impaired resilience will be offered on September 11.  Pastors are invited to participate in the training.  Suicide is a taboo word for much of the faith community and even today most Seminaries do not require any formal training in suicide intervention before granting a Master of Divinity degree.  To learn more or register for a workshop visit

11. AMIS Concert and Reception for International Students, Sunday, September 28, 4:30 p.m., Spelman College Sisters Chapel, with a performance by the Atlanta Opera. The reception will follow in the Cosby Building. Come out to welcome our international visitors. Sponsored by AMIS, Inc and Atlanta-area blocked::

12. Deborah J. Richardson, national Center for Civil and Human Rights, is the speaker for the 14th Annual "Call to Action" Prayer Breakfast of the Interfaith Children’s Movement which will be held at the Temple on October 22. Registration starts online August 1 at the website.

13. Summer preaching series at Northside Drive Baptist Church 11 a.m. worship service will continue through August. "Flawed Families… and the Faith They Inspire"(Some of the Bible's first parents, kids, and couples…and how God redeemed their mess-ups.) 3100 Northside Drive NW, Atlanta 30305

14. Hagar’s House needs volunteer overnight hosts when the full time overnight host person takes vacation or sick days. Hagar’s House is an emergency shelter for homeless women with children operating under the umbrella of Decatur Cooperative Ministry.  Volunteer overnight hosts may be needed  to cover some week night hours as well as weekends.  Can you help?  If you are interested please contact Sybil Corbin at (404)-370-0914 between the hours at 12:30-8:30 p.m. or

15. The GALEO (Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials) Institute for Leadership will begin recruiting for the Class of 2015 soon. If you are interested, have questions, or know someone who would be a great candidate. Contact  GALEO Institute for Leadership 2015 >




Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.





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

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

L'Arche social. Immaculate Heart of Mary, 2855 Briarcliff Road, NE, Atlanta 30329, August 9, 6 – 9 p.m. Email or call Elizabeth Figuera at (404)-277-2580 to find out what you can bring.

"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,. More>>

Beholding the Presence of God Every Day: Crafting a Personal Rule of Life” 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, Milton. contact Harmony Kiser, 770-205-7899 or

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.

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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