Church Action eNewsletter Week of August 25, 2014

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

    

The Creating Compassionate Congregations Clergy Tool Box for Mental Health Ministry has some updates. www.CHIPGeorgia.com

At this time of year the number of announcements grows so that we discontinue listing reminders. Visit www.rccatl.org for the Community Calendar.

1. Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church University series started last Wednesday with an introduction to the six-part “World Religions – Five Faiths We Need to Know Better.” Instructor is Dr. Rob Nash. The study will continue in the fall with further opportunities. Registration is at www.spdl.org/spdlu/

2. Emory University's Candler School of Theology, founded in July 1914, celebrates its centennial beginning Aug. 28 with an opening convocation in Cannon Chapel, the publishing of a new book on its history, the dedication of a new building for Pitts Theology Library, and a series of events throughout the academic year, culminating with an academic conference in the spring.  Full story at news.emory.edu »

3. Clergy clothing has changed little over the centuries and Divine Designs on AIB will explore how recent evolution is a direct result of more women in the ministry.  AIB talks with a fashion historian, a spiritual-wear designer, as well as an Episcopal priest and Rabbi to focus on how clergy can and do dress for success – and why it makes a difference.  Divine Designs Fashion on AIB Presents, Thursday, August 28 at 9 a.m. and again at 5 p.m., and Saturday, August 30 at 12:30 p.m.  See aibtv.com for more.

4. The Rev. Scott Colglazier, First Congregational Church, Los Angeles, is the featured preacher for August 31 on Day1.org. In “Trusting Your Experience” he says, “… there is something so essential to listening to our personal experiences, discerning what they mean and deciding how to move forward with our lives. And that is especially true in terms of paying attention to our personal experiences with God. Find a local station, listen online, or read the transcript at day1.org

5. The Roswell United Methodist Church Preschool and Kindergarten will host a children’s consignment sale  Friday, Sept. 5, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 6, 8 a.m. – noon, in the fellowship hall of Roswell United Methodist Church,  814 Mimosa Blvd. in historic Roswell to benefit the church's preschool and kindergarten. Donated items which are not sold will be given to the Foster Care Support Foundation.  No strollers Friday morning. Many items are half price Saturday. Click on www.rumc.com/rumck to register to consign or volunteer.

6.  First Friday at First brings us saxophonist Mace Hibbard, September 5, 6 to 9 p.m., at First Congregational Church, the Commons, 125 Ellis Street NE, Atlanta 30303. Sponsored by the Arts Ministry of First Church UCC.

7. Join Leroy Barber, Executive Director of Word Made Flesh Ministries and former president of Mission Year and Focus Community Strategies Urban Ministries in Atlanta, as he moderates a panel discussion and launches his latest book, “Red Brown Yellow Black White, Who's More Precious in God's Sight? A Call for Diversity in Christian Missions and Ministry.”  September
6 at 7 p.m. Georgia Justice Project, 438 Edgewood Ave. SE, Atlanta 30312. Click here to R.s.v.p.

8. Survival of the Kindest Compassion Games Opening Ceremony. This exciting, multi-cultural celebration is coming up on Sunday, September 7! Register for your free online ticket so that you can participate. 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., welcoming everyone from 3:45, Georgia State University Student Center Ballroom, 44 Courtland Street, Atlanta 30303.

9. Armed Forces Mission and the Master Resilience Institute will offer the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training Workshop in Fayetteville, September 9 and 10 from 8:30 to 4:30 each day.  The location is First Baptist Church Fayetteville, 205 East Stonewall Avenue. There will also be a two hour awareness introduction on September 11 at World Gym in Peachtree City on Commerce Drive at 1 p.m.  These workshops are open to all and CE credit is available for mental health professionals, nurses and ACE fitness trainers. To register visit www.ASISTworkshop.com. If you would like to organize a workshop for your community contact Ken at ken@masterreseilience.com

10. Thomas Cahill will indeed be in Atlanta on September 9 as a part of the Conversations ministry of Decatur First Baptist Church, 308 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur 30030, September 9, 7 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m.  In “Heretics and Heroes,” bestselling author Cahill focuses on the innovations and cultural change of the Renaissance and the Reformation that forever altered the Western world. Thomas Cahill is the author of “How the Irish Saved Civilization,” “The Gifts of the Jews,” “Sailing the Dark Wine Sea,” and “Mysteries of the Middle Ages.”

11. 4th Annual Candlelight Vigil to remember those lost to suicide hosted by the Metro Atlanta Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Piedmont Park inside the 12th Street entrance on World Suicide Prevention Day, Wednesday, September 10 from 8-9 p.m.  Information available at afsp.org/atlanta. Contact Chris Owens with questions at cowens@afsp.org.  

12. Interfaith Children’s Movement invites you to “Hour of Unity: At the Intersection of Faith and Advocacy,” Thursday, September 11, 12:30 p.m., for a dialogue with Imam Plemon El Amin, Imam Emeritus of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam. This is a luncheon and a free event. Location:  Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 2089 Ponce de Leon Ave., NE, Atlanta.  Register today!

13.  International bestselling author Reza Aslan will be at Decatur First Baptist Church on September 12, 7 p.m. His “Zealot” is a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. The revolutionary movement he launched was so threatening to the established order that he was captured, tortured, and executed as a state criminal. Within decades after his shameful death, his followers would call him God.

14. United Methodist Women of Headland Heights UMC, 2147 Dodson Drive, East Point 30344,  will host a church wide bazaar, Saturday September 13, 8 a.m. -3 p.m. Vendors are needed. I you are interested contact church office at (404)344-0144. 2147 Dodson Dr. East point, GA 30344

15. Registration is still open for the September 15-18, 2014 Women in Ministry Conference. If you have questions, please feel free to contact wimconferenceinc@gmail.com For more information and to register, click on the link below.    Download Registration Brochure 

16. Exploring Christian Mysticism with Carl McColman, September 15 - October 13, 2014; Monday evenings from 7 - 8:30 p.m., St Thomas Aquinas Church, 535 Rucker Road, Alpharetta 30004. the investment for this five week course is $100. This class unpacks the history and core teachings of contemplative Christianity, and provides useful exercises for exploring the practical, transformational heart of mystical spirituality. Each week of class will include instructions for incorporating spiritual exercises into your own practice. While the class is taught from within the Christian tradition, this is an interfaith-friendly program and adherents of all faiths (or none) are welcome to participate.   Registration is by email to Sue Chase at sue@neshamainterfaithcenter.org. To inquire about this class or for more information, contact Carl McColman at carl@carlmccolman.com.

17. Atlanta’s seasoned and amateur golfers are invited to play in the CCI Odyssey III Golf Tournament sponsored by Community Concerns, Inc.  Make plans now to enjoy a great game of golf and support Atlanta’s pioneer organization for homeless intervention, Community Concerns, Inc., and join the fight to wipe-out homelessness in metro Atlanta with every stroke, Wednesday, September 17 at Browns Mill Golf Course.  Go to www.communityconcernsinc.org   to download a registration form, call (404)-659-3390 or email  jmilner@communityconcerns.org   and a form will be mailed to you.  The deadline for Pre-registration is September 15. Don’t miss it!

18. “Dignity and Defacement: Lessons from Slavery and the Holocaust” is the theme of Dr. Beverly Mitchell’s talk on Friday, September 19 at 7 p.m.   Focusing on the topic of human dignity and defacement, she will address some of the important theological and political implications of slavery and the Holocaust.  Free and open to the public, this lecture is part of an annual series sponsored by the American Baptist Historical Society at its headquarters at 2930 Flowers Rd. South, on the Atlanta campus of Mercer University. Dr. Mitchell, a noted speaker and author, is Professor of Historical Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Following the lecture, there will be a reception and book-signing.  For more information, call (678)547 6680 or email abhsoffice@abhsarchives.org.

19. The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America provides homeownership programs for both homeowners and homebuyers and makes it a practice to work in the religious community. NACA will host an American Dream Event in your Atlanta on Thursday, September 25, - Monday, September 29, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, at Americas Mart – Building 3, 250 Spring Street, Atlanta 30303. Google the organization for information about its founding and operations. This event will assist homeowners faced with an unaffordable mortgages and homebuyers wanting to purchase with the best mortgage possible. 

20. A very special worship service on September 28 will highlight the connection between Decatur Presbyterian Church (DPC) and Agnes Scott College (ASC).  Speakers will provide past, present, and future perspectives on the rewarding relationship.  The Rev. Todd Speed, senior pastor at DPC, and the Rev. Kate Colussey-Estes, chaplain of ASC, will facilitate a presentation of narratives and music by current students and alums.  Join the congregation and the college to celebrate this campus ministry and learn about the exciting plans that DPC has for deepening this connection. Sunday School meets at 9:15 a.m. followed by a fellowship time on the lawn at 10:15 prior to the start of 10:30 worship at Decatur Presbyterian Church, 205 Sycamore Street, Decatur 30030 If you have questions about this event, please contact Betty Scott Noble at bnoble@agnesscott.edu

21. The Atlanta Legal Aid Society has represented Atlanta's poor in civil legal cases since 1924. The 90th anniversary will be celebrated with a luncheon at the Georgia Aquarium, October 2. R.s.v.p. here.  If you have questions contact Angie Tacker at (404)614-3922 ajtacker@atlantalegalaid.org.

22. The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary has just announced Sea Kayaking in the Bahamas: An Eco-Travel Seminar  Close out 2014 and welcome 2015 with a unique experience combining primitive camping, open water kayaking, the exploration of environmental ethics, and spiritual renewal. Deadline to register October 30; limited to 14 participants. December 30, – January 6, 2015

23. There is still time to sign up for this and a number of fall Lifelong Learning courses for clergy and lay leaders at Columbia Seminary as well as a contemplative prayer retreat for beginners. www.ctsnet.edu

24. If you have Spanish speaking congregants you will be glad to know that for the first time in Georgia, Spanish speaking survivors of domestic violence have access to assistance in their own language 24/7. The Cherokee Family Violence Center launched the Statewide Spanish Domestic Violence Hotline, in partnership with GCADV and funded through Georgia's Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. The new Spanish hotline utilizes the existing statewide hotline administered by Georgia Council Against Domestic Violence (1.800.33.HAVEN), allowing callers to select "Spanish" and be connected with a trained bilingual advocates 24 hours a day. 

25. September is hunger action month and the Third Annual “Lend a Hand, Give a Can” food drive coordinated by ore than 50 congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to benefit Atlanta area food pantries and the Atlanta Community Food Bank is on, now through September 13. Items most needed include peanut butter, canned tuna, canned beans, canned soups, pasta, 100% fruit juice, canned fruits/vegetables, rice, and whole grain cereals. Last year’s efforts resulted in one of the largest single-day collections in the AFCB history. Join in; food donations can be made at many drop-off points throughout the metro area and outlying areas. See www.giveacan.org for more information.

26. The much anticipated appearances of Marcus Borg at Druid Hills Presbyterian Church and Sandy Springs Christian Church have been cancelled. We will let you know if they are rescheduled.

 

Peace,

Ethel Ware Carter

 

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