Church Action eNewsletter Week of August 18

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

   Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta 


1. A Gospel Concert , 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross, 2005 South Columbia Drive, Decatur 30032. Performing will the Atlanta District US Postal Gospel Choir, Gerald Ancrum, Gwendolyn Brown, Edwina Edwards, and Holy Cross' vocalists Carma Chin and Karen Williams.  The event is free of charge and is part of the parish's yearlong 60th anniversary celebration. 

2. The Rev. Dr. R. Scott Colglazier, First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, is the preacher August 24 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast radio program also accessible online at In his sermon, based on Matthew 16:13-20, he says, “While I know some people like to equate sharing Christ with talking about Christ…, I’m more and more of the persuasion that we share Christ by doing Christ things in this world.” WSB 750 AM and 95.5 FM: Atlanta, 7:05 a.m., Sunday, and 1620 AM, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 a.m., Sunday.

3. Midway Missionary Baptist Church celebrates “Restoring Our Past – Refining Our Future” its 25th Annual Men’s Day on Sunday, August 24, at the 10 a.m. worship service. The guest preacher is Dr. Darrell Elligan of True Light Baptist Church in Atlanta. Elligan is a human and civil rights leader and former president of Concerned Black Clergy. This celebration also recognizes the 15th anniversary of pastor and associate pastor, The Rev. Edward S. Reynolds and the Honorable Rev. Penny Brown Reynolds.  Midway is at 2280 Godby Road in College Park. Call the church office at (404)768-5648 if you need more information.

4. Changing Lives in America: Child Abuse Prevention Live Television Recording, Monday Evening, August 25, Morehouse School of Medicine, 720 Westview Driver, $5.00 parking. Seating is limited and R.s.v.p. is required. Register here.  

5. Summer’s end reception and book signing featuring Beth-Sarah Wright, Wednesday, September 3, 7 p.m., at the Cathedral of St. Philip Bookstore, 2744 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta  30305. There is no charge for this event but please email if you plan to attend indicating the number in your party.  T

6. A Day with Benjamin King, The Role of the Laity: From New Testament Times to the Episcopal Church Today, Saturday, Sept. 6, Holy Innocents' Church, Atlanta. Details here.

7. Hope for Grieving Children A support group for grieving children impacted by death and for those who are a part of their lives will meet at 717 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell. The orientation for new families will be Sept. 7, 5 – 6 p.m. The weekly group meetings will be at 5 p.m.  Contact Dr. Doyle Hamilton for information, (404) 636-1457, X439 or

8. There is a great celebration going on at Hillside International Truth Center, Sept. 7 – Oct. 4, for the 43rd anniversary of founder and minister Dr. Barbara L. King. All are invited to come. See the schedule here.

9. The centennial celebrations of the Atlanta American Guild of Organists chapter begin with a recital by one of the world's premier concert organists, native Atlantan Alan Morrison (head of the organ department at the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia; and Associate Professor of Organ at Westminster Choir College, Princeton.) The program includes works by J.S. Bach, Widor, Louis Vierne, Duprè, Sowerby, John Weaver, Diggle, and the premiere of the Atlanta Chapter centennial commission Chorale and Gigue by David Conte (San Francisco Conservatory of Music).  There is no admission charge for this Tuesday, September 9, 8 p.m., concert at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305

10. Unity World Day of Prayer is celebrated on September 11, 2014. Atlanta Unity church invites the community to join them in celebrating this global affirmative prayer event— and evening of fellowship, speakers, a prayer vigil,  and a special surprise. Atlanta Unity Church, 6:15-8:45 p.m., 3597 Parkway Lane, Peachtree Corners 30092, (770)-441-0585.

11. An opportunity for a silent time with God at beautiful Ignatius House in Sandy Springs, 6700 Riverside Drive 30328. On Thursday September 18 from 12 Noon to 4 p.m., we have another chance to gather and experience God’s peace and nature’s beauty away from the ‘heat’ of schedule and hurry at Sabbath Rest. $22 is all it costs including lunch; scholarships are available. Contact Becky Shoaf the Sabbath Rest Coordinator at

12. A Support Group for families dealing with addiction meets on the first and third Mondays of each month at Lake Oconee Community Church, 1001 Village Park Drive, Suite 107, Greensboro 30642, 6:30 p.m.,Click to email Larry Kludt;  click to email Pastor Becky Matheny

13. You are invited to join the Islamic Speakers Bureau on September 20 for "Change the Narrative” celebrating the Muslim Georgians who have made remarkable contributions to our state. For more information, check out The 100 Influential Georgia Muslims is an initiative of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta.

14. Hildegard of Bingen with Dewey Weiss Kramer,  Praying through Word, Music and Image, Sunday, Sept. 21, Church of the Epiphany, Atlanta. 3:30- 7 p.m., details here.

15. Atlantic Institute is partnering with Global Vision Productions to premier the documentary, Love is a Verb in Atlanta. This film documents a civil movement where people practice love as if it were a verb. This social movement is known as the Hizmet Movement (hizmet meaning service in Turkish) or the Gulen Movement - from the founder, Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic Scholar and teacher. Reception at 6 p.m.; the film will begin at 6:45 following opening remarks from the director. After the film, stick around for more words of wisdom from the director and crew and an opportunity for questions. Dress attire is casual. Free, but limited, parking available on site. This event is free and open to everyone! Donations will be accepted at the door. Wednesday, September 24, Atlanta History Center - McElreath Hall, 3299 Andrews Drive NW, Atlanta 30305.Details

16. UMMen Igniting Faith Retreat is September 26-28 in Eatonton for the 53rd year of the North Georgia Conference United Methodist Men at Rock Eagle. Over the years this organization has given men the tools to return home and grow their Christian lives in their churches, communities, homes, and businesses.   This year the keynote speaker is Rev. Olu Brown from Impact UMC. The weekend includes great workshops, a Red Cross Blood Drive, and the fascinating Society of St. Andrew Potato Drop (44,000 pounds destined for Georgia food banks.)  Read all about it and fine registration details at UMM Website   If you have questions contact Robert Kopp 770-564-2296 or

17. CommUNITY Calvary 5K Run/Walk is Sept 27 at 7 a.m. Unity for the commUNITY is an event that provides an opportunity for non-profit organizations of all sizes to raise awareness and to raise funds. Find out more here.

18. Conference on Israel and Palestine, Saturday, Sept. 27, 9 a.m. -4 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Atlanta everyone is invited to hear Jewish and Palestinian speakers. For more information or email Chris Weaver:

19. The Mercer University Preaching Consultation will be

September 28-30, King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort,St. Simons Island. It is co-sponsored by James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia. Diana Butler Bass is the featured speaker. She is an author, teacher, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. Space is limited; register early. For more information contact Diane Frazier at (678)547-6470 or

20. Dr. Will D. Hayes, III, after 9 years of service at The Greater Solid Rock Baptist Church, has begun a new worshipping community focused on doing effective ministry.  God's Word & Christ Ministries is currently meeting at on Sundays at 9 a.m. at 661 Dill Avenue, Atlanta. You and your family are welcomed to fellowship with this ministry on any Sunday. For more information regarding the ministry, call (404)-294-4775.

21. September is Hunger Awareness Month and the Atlanta Community Food Bank has shared a 30 days of awareness calendar. See it here.

In response to some queries we are recapping Borg’s visit to Atlanta.

Marcus Borg will be in Atlanta in three weeks. Borg, author of twenty-one books, is described by “The New York Times” as “a leading figure in his generation of Jesus scholars.” He is internationally known as a scholar, lecturer, and author who focuses on what it means to be Christian in a time of a deeply divided American Christianity. 

Druid Hills Presbyterian, Thursday, September 11, 7 p.m. “Marcus Borg – Jesus: Then & Now” - lecture, Q & A session, and reception. Here's the information. Druid Hills Presbyterian Church, 1026 Ponce de Leon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306  (404) 875-7591.

Real People, Real Faith at Sandy Springs Christian Church with Borg speaking on “What it Means to be a Christian Today.”  There will be two lectures:  Friday, September 12, 6:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, September 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Details about costs and reservations can be found at


Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.



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