Church Action eNewsletter Week of September 1, 2014

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

1. An evening with Roberta Bondi, “Wild Things: Poems of Grief and Love, Loss and Gratitude,” Thursday, September 4, 7:30 – 9 p.m. As she celebrates her mother's life and wrestles with her own sense of loss and longing, Bondi ponders the mystery of life, death, and God's presence everyday all around us in nature as well as in relationships. In addition to helping those who grieve, “Wild Things” will be a valuable resource for those seeking to aid and comfort the grieving: pastors, counselors, chaplains, hospice workers, and family and friends of those dealing with loss. Roberta Bondi is Professor Emerita at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. This is a Charis Circle From Margin to Center Event. The suggested donation is $5.  Charis Books,  1189 Euclid Avenue, NE, Atlanta 30307.

2. Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church will host its annual Good Neighbor Day on Sept 6. There are lots of meaningful volunteer opportunities for all ages and abilities all over Atlanta throughout the day. Who is your neighbor? Join with this congregation and be a good neighbor — register here.

3. On “Interfaith Perspectives”, host Imam Plemon El-Amin speaks with Georgia Interfaith Power and Light’s Interim Director, Rev. Kate McGregor Mosley.  Watch and learn as Rev. Mosley offers a religious response to “global climate change, resource depletion, environmental injustice, pollution, and other disruptions in Creation".  Find out more about how her organization is on the leading edge of educating congregations about the environment and how best to respect and protect our natural resources.  Watch on AIBTV, Saturday, September 6 at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday, September 7 at 2:30 p.m.

4. Jan Karon, bestselling author of the Mitford Series, reunites her readers with the beloved Father Tim in “Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good.” She will be at Holy Trinity Parish, 515 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur 30030, Saturday, September 6, at 7 p.m. A Map to the location can be found here.

5. An Evening of Gospel, Jazz, & Comedy featuring international songstress Myrna Clayton with comedian Larry D. Veal, Saturday, September 6, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  at Cedar Grove UMC Family Life Activity Center , 3430 Bouldercrest Road,  Conley 30288. Proceeds will benefit 11 Historically Black Colleges and Universities of the United Methodist Church. Donation is $30 per person. Expect fun, refreshments, door prizes & more!  For advance tickets, contact Rev. Danny Alexander at (678) 524-8500.

6. Dr. Alex Evans, senior pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Richmond, is the featured preacher Sunday, September 7, on Day1. In “From Enmity to Community” he says, “Maybe it is a good thing that Jesus has no grandiose illusions about the church, and how people struggle to get along. Jesus knows the challenges we face to stay connected to one another. He knows the church consists of real people – and real people come with harsh opinions and tensions which lead toward alienation.” Find a station

7. An opportunity for crafters, artisans, and creative home based business owners --Shepherd of the Hills UMC Women's Group, 4283 Chapel Hill Road, Douglasville, 30135, will host a community wide Holiday Harvest Bazaar, Saturday, October 11, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.   Registrations accepted until September 8.  If you are interested, contact Tonya Caputo in the church office at or 770-920-1551, or go online to and click on Holiday Harvest Bazaar.  

8. Roswell United Methodist Church’s Job Networking ministry announces a community-wide job fair for Alpharetta’s new Avalon development on Monday, September 8. Over 40 employers will be hiring during this first phase of development and will ultimately hire more than 4,000 people. Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd. Roswell 30075. Open to the public. The event will begin with employer introductions at 6:45 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. Hiring managers will be onsite to interview and discuss employment opportunities one-on-one. Job seekers are asked to wear business attire and come prepared with several copies of their resume. For a full-day agenda starting at 12:30 p.m., visit For more information about Avalon visit and click on “Career Fair.”

9. AIB presents The Atlanta Boy Choir on September 8 at 7:00 p.m. The Choir spent several weeks this summer singing in Warsaw and Krakow, Poland, where they were invited to sing for the beatification of Pope John Paul II. The choir also traveled to Prague, in the Czech Republic, where the boys performed the haunting "I Never Saw Another Butterfly," a piece of music set to the poems of children written in the Teresienstadt Concentration Camp. “AIB Presents” speaks with Maestro Fletcher Wolfe about the boys' first-hand, educational experience, woven into exclusive footage of the choir's enchanting performances.

10. From six to 22 infants with fetal alcohol syndrome disorders are born each day in the United States and as many as 87 to 103 more are born with other impairments resulting from prenatal alcohol exposure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The disorder is preventable by a woman abstaining from alcohol while pregnant. It is one of the costliest of birth defects in dollars, in quality of life, and in damage to our future’s most precious resource – children. Churches and other houses of worship are urged to participate in a global effort to bring awareness to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. On September 9, 2014, at 9:09 am, there will be a ringing of bells and a "Minute of Reflection" to signify abstaining form alcohol for the nine months of pregnancy and as a sign of support to families confronted with FASDs.  Read more>>

11. Atlanta Palestine Film Festival September 11, 14, 18, and 21. The Films include OMAR, The War Around Us, When I Saw You, Within the Eye of the Storm, Uncle Nashatt, Palestine Stereo. This is for anyone who is interested in understanding more about the complex lives of Palestinians and the complex relationships between Palestinians and Israelis. Read more>>

12. Church Women United in Atlanta will host its annual Human Rights Award Celebration on September 12, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church, Atlanta.  The 2014 award will be presented to Brenda Wood in recognition and in honor of her life-time efforts in the field of human relations and human rights. The Rev. Joyce Myers-Brown coordinates the program.  Other participants will include CWU President Joyce Tillman, Margaret Koehler, Celebrations Coordinator,  and other local women.  The event, from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., includes lunch catered by Atlanta’s famous Road Show Catering.    Tickets are available by calling Tryphenia Speed, 770-981-0200; $30 individuals, $240 for a table of eight.   The deadline for purchasing tickets is September 5. Read more Read more>>

13. Central United Methodist Church, 501 Mitchell Street, S.W., Atlanta, GA 30314 will celebrate “Homecoming, Reunion, and Church Anniversary Sunday” on September 14, 2014. Rev. Dr. Walter L. Kimbrough, retired United Methodist Senior Pastor,  is the 8:45 a.m. Sunday school lecturer (free breakfast at 8:00 a.m.) and Rev. Tiffany Knowlin, Senior Pastor of College Place UMC, Columbia S.C. is the 10:00 a.m. preacher.  Come worship with Central UMC on this special day. Rev. Yvette D. Massey is Senior Pastor.

14. The Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel announces a call for applications for the Morehouse College Institute for Pastoral Leadership. Focused on the special needs of early career pastors, the Institute builds on the Chapel’s 35-year, internationally recognized legacy of ecumenical spiritual and vocational education to provide a two-year professional development program for up-and-coming church leaders. Funded by a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc., the Institute is the Chapel’s newest program advancing its mission to develop ambassadors of peace for the Beloved World Community. Faithful servant scholar leaders from the Atlanta metropolitan area are invited to apply to be fellows. These men and women must hold a graduate theological degree from an institution accredited by the Association of Theological Schools  and have five to ten years of experience in the ministry – including three to seven years serving as the senior pastor of a church. In addition, applicants must commit to full participation in the Institute for two years and not be currently enrolled in an academic degree program. Three letters of recommendation and an interview are also required. The application deadline is September 15, 2014. Twelve of the best candidates will be selected for the 2014-2016 cohort. Interested persons who fit the criteria for the Institute, please to the website.For additional information please email: or call (404) 954-6555

15. Eggonomics at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta. The first breakfast in the fall series kicks off on Tuesday, September 16, at 7:30 a.m. with the founder and editor-in-chief of “The Bitter Southerner,” Chuck Reece. A full breakfast buffet is offered for $5. All proceeds go to the Men of Hope at Covenant Community. Reserve your spot by email to

16. First African Methodist Episcopal Church is celebrating 75 years of Christian service with a special service and a three-night revival and a special worship service. Wednesday, September 17, Rev. Keenan Hale, Pastor of St. James A.M.E. in Douglasville will preach at 7 p.m. On September 18 at 7 p.m., Rev. Susan Buckson Green from Bellview A.M.E. in Argon will preach. Friday September 29, Dr. Isaac N. Hudson, Jr. of Nichols Chapel in Phoenix City will preach.   Sunday, September 21, Dr. Carolyn Tyler Guidry, Retired Bishop of the A.M.E. Church, is the featured preacher at the 10 a.m. worship service. First A.M.E. is at 2046 Richard Allen Lane S.E., Atlanta 30316.

17. The Candler School of Theology at Emory University is hosting for the fall of 2014, Dr. Gary Wills as the Alonzo L. McDonald Family Chair on the Life and Teachings of Jesus and their Impact on Culture. Dr. Wills is a Catholic and a Pulitzer Prize Winning author. He will present “ Government and the Arts” on September 18, 7:00-9:00p.m., in Glenn Memorial Auditorium. Registration is required. Register here. His December 3 lecture will be on St. Augustine.

18.  “It’s Raining Pink” 2013 Breast Cancer Awareness Event from the Fulton Ccounty Department of Health and Wellness, Tuesday, October 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Adamsville Recreation Center, 3201 Martin Luther Ling, Jr. Drive, Atlanta 30311. Call (404)505-3181 for information. There will be free screenings, informational displays, door prizes, gift bags, and more.

19. Public lecture with Eyal Press, “Beautiful Souls: The Courage and Conscience of Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times,” October 9, 2014 at 3 p.m. Emory’s Candler School of Theology, 1531 Dickey Dr., Rita Anne Rollins Building, Room 252, Atlanta, GA 30033. Hosted by the James T. and Berta R. Laney Legacy in Moral Leadership Program at Candler. Free and open to the public. Register  here.   His work has appeared in the “The New Yorker,” “The New York Times,” “The Atlantic,” “The Nation”, and “Raritan Review.” He is the author of “Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times.” He is a past recipient of the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.

20. Care for the care giver is the underlying theme for the Annual Spirituality Week hosted by the Chaplain Services office at the Atlanta VA Medical Center this October 21-23. A series of lectures will address “Spiritual Well Being.” The conference will be held in the chapel on the first floor of the Atlanta VA Medical Center. 1670 Clairmont Road, Decatur 30033. Speakers and topics include: Dr. Edward P. Wimberly, Interdenominational Theological Center will speak on “Clergy Self-Care;” The Rev. Dr. Pamela Cooper-White, Columbia Theological Seminary, “Tending to One’s Own Spiritual Self;” Dr. Michael Saenger, FACP, Empower Veterans, Atlanta VA Medical Center, “Spirituality and Medicine.” The events are free and open to the public. Plenty of free parking and a shuttle are available at the Briarcliff Baptist Church parking lot, 3065 Briarcliff Rd. Please call the Chaplain Services office with questions, 404-321-6111 ext. 6870.

21. "Please de-baptize me," she said. Read this story from Brian McLaren on our website.

22. "Love doesn't mean doing extraordinary or heroic things. It means knowing how to do ordinary things with tenderness." In 1964, Jean Vanier bought a little house in northern France and invited two mentally disabled men to come and live with him. It was a radical approach to thinking about people on the fringe of society -- to live with them, and most importantly, learn from them, to look for their gifts. On the 50th anniversary of L'Arche, the now-international organization Jean Vanier started, read about L'Arche Atlanta and listen to a radio program about Vanier and L’Arche here.

23. “Black-ish” premiering on ABC September 24,  is a family comedy starring Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Laurence Fishburne  that sheds light on cultural differences among three generations of the same family. While not an explicitly Christian show, it explores themes and lessons that we find in the church and in the Gospel, including the challenge of living lives of love and service, sacrificing our own needs for the sake of others, and maintaining hope in the face of adversity. The series also directly addresses questions of race, class, and gender in a compassionate, light-hearted way. If you think your congregation would be interested in a free Scriptural Discussion Guide prepared by Allied Faith and Family contact Crisanta White at (404)975-4333.


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