Church Action eNewsletter Week of September 15, 2014

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

   Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta 


Allied Faith & Family invites local pastors and ministry leaders to view the new film “Left Behind” at a special private screening tomorrow evening, Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. at AMC Phipps Plaza. R.s.v.p. is required in advance to Starring Nicholas Cage, the apocalyptic action-thriller follows the “Tribulation Force” in the few hours after the Rapture. To R.s.v.p. or to request study materials for your church, please contact Jesse Brooks at More information on the movie

1. The Care and Counseling Center of Georgia offers a Steps of Faith: Therapy and Recovery Group at the CCCG Decatur Location, 1814 Clairmont Road,  every Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Offered by Edith Anenih, associate staff counselor, this is an open therapy group comprised of using a biblically based 12-Step Model. This group invites and welcomes persons of different walks who desire to work through the stages of recovery.  For more information, contact Edith at or (404) 636-1457, ext. 442.

2. The Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel announces that the application deadline for the Morehouse College Institute for Pastoral Leadership has been extended until Sept. 30, 2014. For more information on application and the focus of this Lilly Endowment funded two-year professional development program for early career pastors see the website.  You may also email or call (404) 954-6555.


3. “The Courage to Remember,” an educational exhibit on the history of the Holocaust, will be on display at The Martin Luther King Center, 449 Auburn Ave., Atlanta, Sept. 18 through Oct. 2. The exhibit is touring the country and features nearly 200 original photographs, many never seen before by the general public, on 42 panels.  The center is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the exhibit visit  

4. The Jung Society of Atlanta presents Sharon Martin, Ph.D., in a lecture, “The Archetype of the Child,”  7:30 p.m., Friday evening, Sept. 19, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Rd., NW. A workshop follows on the next day, Saturday, September 20, 10 a.m. -5 p.m., same location. Dr. Martin is a Jungian Analyst in private analytic practice. She is also a graduate of Emory University’s Nurse Practitioner Program with certification as Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist.  In her lecture Dr. Martin will discuss the child within us that is always becoming, the miracle of our uniqueness which wants to manifest in the world. Visitors are welcome. More information including pre-registration and ticket prices

5. Quiet Day at St. John’s led by Sister Ellen Stephen of the Order of St. Helena focusing on "Prayer as the Way to Healing, Compassion, and Thanksgiving" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, at St. John's Episcopal Church, College Park. more www.episcopalatlanta.

6. Tell a Latino teen you know about the  Renovación Juvenil Workshop, Saturday, Sept. 20, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Holy Family Catholic Church, 3401 Lower Roswell Rd, Marietta 30068. This workshop is specifically prepared for Latino youth and presented by Latino youth leaders. It is a unique opportunity for participants to better understand the reality of their bi-cultural world, strengthen their values, choose positive role models, learn new communication skills and improve their relationship with their parents and much more. For more information email: or call 678-363-3079.

7. September is Prostate Awareness Month and there are 3 free prostate screenings to share with you.  

  • Saturday, Sept. 20, Community Health and Education Summit, Georgia World Congress Center, Building C, Rooms C111-117 Atlanta. Visit for online registration Send questions to 404-881-0966 x117 or
  • Saturday, Sept. 20, Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral, 212 Riverside Parkway, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., For more info contact Dwight Thomas at 404-925-5139.
  • Saturday, Sept. 29, Word of Faith Love Center, 2435 Ben Hill Rd, Atlanta 30344, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. For more info contact Shawn Ware, 678-230-5306.

8. Dr. Dwight Andrews, pastor of First Congregational Church in Atlanta, is the featured preacher this Sunday, September 21, on Day1. Find out where you can hear his sermon “ A Wilderness People in the Promised Land” at

9. "Delivered from Captivity: Contemplation and Human Freedom" is the theme for an eight-week course to be offered at Amerson House Spirituality Center at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, Atlanta. The class, at 7 p.m. on Mondays, Sept. 22 - Nov. 10, will be led by Wendy Farley, professor of religion at Emory University. To read a more and get registration information, click here.

10. All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree Street, Concert Series presents Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, Monday, Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m. This internationally acclaimed choir brings its voice to All Saints’ in an all British program of composers including Walton, Gibbons, Stanford, Vaughan Williams, and Britten. All Tickets Are General Admission, $30. Tickets are available at the door, or at

11. First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta Lunchtime Concert Series, 1328 Peachtree Street, Peachtree and Sixteenth Streets, Atlanta 30309, 12:15-12:45,.  September 24, Indra Thomas, soprano, Rolando Salazar, piano.

12. Cobb Faith Partnership will hold a General Membership Meeting on September 24, Turner Chapel AME Church, 492 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Light lunch will be served. Find out all about this group and networking to meet community needs here.

13. “Years of Living Dangerously” and partners invite you to two special events.

  • Atlanta University Center screening and reception, Sept. 24, reception starts at 5 p.m., program at 6 p.m., Spelman College, Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Auditorium, 350 Spelman Lane, Atlanta 30314. R.s.v.p. is required. Contact Eriqah Williams.
  • Georgia State University screening and reception, Sept. 25, Centennial Hall Auditorium, 100 Auburn Ave., Atlanta 30303, 5:30 p.m. R.s.v.p. is required; Contact .  

14. Caron Treatment Centers and Hanley Center celebrate Recovery Month with two free events.

  • “When Your Best Doesn’t Feel Good Enough: New Perspectives Offering Hope, Encouragement, & Growth,” an experiential group presentation by Austin Houghtaling, clinical director of the Breakthrough at Caron Program. Invite your friends for an enjoyable evening and an opportunity to feel recharged and hopeful in your relationships— as parents, professionals, romantic partners, and more. Thursday, Sept. 25, 6:30 -8 p.m. Georgia Public Broadcasting, 260 14th Street. R.s.v.p. to
  • A screening of “The Anonymous People,” a film about the 23 million people who are in long-term recovery, September 29, 6:30 p.m., Georgia Public Broadcasting, 260 14th Street.  The evening includes complimentary refreshments and will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by WSB Radio's Condace Pressley with the film maker, Greg Williams, Teresa Johnston with the KSU Collegiate Recovery Center, and some young adults in recovery. R.s.v.p. to Atlantaevents@caron. Org.

15. YouthSpark announces that Dorsey Jones, a survivor of sexual exploitation, will be the special speaker at the quarterly Community Ambassador Training, Fulton County Juvenile Court, Sept. 27, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Email to R.s.v.p. This training is free and open to the public. Continental breakfast will be provided.

16. “Transform and Renew” Radcliffe Presbyterian Church, 286 Hamilton E. Holmes Drive, NW, Atlanta 30318,  2014 Fall Revival beginning with a Community Outreach Event on Saturday, September 27, from 4 – 6 p.m., with guest minister Brady Radford of Oakhurst Presbyterian Church delivering the message; there will also be special mime and musical performances. Sunday worship at 11 a.m., with Radcliffe's own Dr. Andrew L. Stephens, Jr. delivering the message; Monday and Tuesday 6:30 p.m. revival services with Rev. Mark Lomax of First Afrikan Presbyterian Church and Rev. Rodney Turner of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, respectively, as guest ministers will closeout the celebration.  There will be food, fun, and fellowship; all are welcome.

17. Trey Clegg, organist and director of music at St. Paul's, Atlanta, will present a recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, as the opener for a "Fourth Sundays at Four" concert series at St. Paul’s, 306 Peyton Rd, Atlanta GA 30311. The program will focus on "The King of Instruments," with music of Mulet, Dupre, Vierne, Messaien, and spirituals by Clegg.

18.  “Rural Clergy and Confidentiality:  An Ethics Review” Sept. 30, 2:00 p.m. This interactive webinar will explore commonly occurring ethical issues surrounding confidentiality and privacy for rural clergy. The training will highlight several rural characteristics that impact ethical issues for today’s clergy, including over-lapping professional-personal relationships, shared community culture, and the role of churches in small communities in an environment where everyone knows one another. The webinar will identify important resources that clergy might consider using in addressing questions of confidentiality. REGISTER FOR THIS WEBINAR NOW! You will receive the link to the webinar with your registration confirmation.

19. The Aquinas Center at Emory University tells us that the Flannery O’Connor lecture of Dr. Bryan Giemza, Oct. 7, has sold out. They are working on a venue for a second lecture, Monday, Oct. 6; we will let you know about that.

20. Caring for You-Caring for Me Education /Support Group will begin October 8 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. The group is for family, friends, and professional caregivers and is sponsored by The Training and Counseling Center at St. Luke’s and St. Luke’s Health Ministries and is free of charge. If you are interested go to the website or to view the brochure describing the time limited program. You may contact Meg Moye or Hope Harvey at 404 876-6266 ex 2003 for further information. Deadline for registration is September 29.

21. Registration is underway for Fall Folk School, Mikell Camp and Conference Center in Toccoa, Oct.10-12. Classes will be taught in stained glass, tile mosaics, weaving and wood turning. For details, click here.

22. “Living Well:  The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program” will be offered Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Oct. 11-Nov. 15, at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, Atlanta. Tuition is $20; and the course is open to all.

23. Distinguished scholar Dr. Kathleen A. Cahalan of Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary and Director of the Collegeville Institute Seminars will present the Smyth Lectures at Columbia Theological Seminary on October 28-30, 2014. The series of three lectures will be offered free to the public each day in the Harrington Center Chapel on the seminary campus located at 701 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur. Read more>>

24. The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention recently launched the "Your Life Matters!" campaign during which congregations are encouraged to dedicate one day of worship each year to celebrate life, hope, and reasons to live. Faith communities are in a unique position to reach a large portion of the millions of Americans who struggle with serious thoughts of suicide. Research shows that many people in crises will accept help and support from faith leaders and faith community members more readily than from mental health professionals. Learn More at Your Life Matters! And, read more about ways your congregation can serve on the Serve page of the Creating Compassionate Congregations Clergy Tool Box for Mental Health Ministry at

25. Atlanta Children’s Shelter, 607 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta 30308,  in the back of North Avenue Presbyterian Church, has been serving homeless children ( ages 6 weeks – 5 years) and their families for over 28 years.   Whatever your faith tradition, the holidays are a time of renewed caring.  Atlanta Children‘s Shelter is seeking help to make the holidays a special time for homeless children and their families; they need monetary sponsors, in-kind donations, and volunteers.   The Holiday House is a place where parents can shop free of charge for warm clothing, gifts for their children, and family necessities.  If you would like more information or to see how you can be involved, please email Joni Smith at or call 404-892-3713 or visit our website at

26. Lifelong Learning Journeying Together from Columbia Theological Seminary Upcoming courses.



Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.


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