Church Action eNewsletter Week of October 6, 2014

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

   Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta 

Weekly Church Action eNewsletter

Week of October 6, 2014


1. Remember the Flea Market at United Methodist Children’s Home, October 10 & 11, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 500 S Columbia Drive, Decatur  30030.

2. Jermaine Sullivan is one of the six featured in "Meet the Mormons", a movie about the stories of six individuals and their extraordinary stories.  Jermaine and his wife Kembe live in Atlanta with their children. "Meet the Mormons" opens in three theaters in Atlanta next weekend, October 10 and October 11.The theaters are: Regal Hollywood 24 @ North I-85, 3295 NE Expressway Access Rd., Chamblee 30341; Regal Mall of Georgia Stadium 20, 3333 Buford Dr., Buford 30518; Regal Town Center Stadium 16, 2795 Town Center Dr. Kennesaw 30144. All proceeds from the movie will support the American Red Cross.  Please see  for more information.

3. On Day1 Radio, October 12, the Rev. Brian Sullivan, rector of St. Benedict's Episcopal Church in Smyrna. His sermon, based on Matthew 22:1-14, is entitled "Already Called and Also Chosen."
 Visit to download, stream or read online, and to find your local station for Sunday morning’s program.

4. Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 4140 Clark Street, Covington, will feature The Premiere Brass at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12. An eclectic program spanning the 19th and 20th centuries will be featured. All are welcome. Suggested donation:  $10 or $5 for students.

5. Local musicians Sarah and Eugene Martin will present a concert of organ and piano solos and duets including works by Bach, Franck, Pachelbel, Debussy, Lubeck and more at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, at St. Catherine's Episcopal Church in Marietta. more 

6. All Saints' Episcopal Church Concert Series presents John Tibbetts and Richard Clement in a  Vocal Recital, Oct. 13,  7:30 p.m. Grammy award-winning tenor Richard Clement, and his student, staff baritone John Tibbetts, will present "Made in America," featuring American compositions for the tenor and baritone literature.  634 West Peachtree St, Atlanta. Ticket information.

7. You do not need to register to attend the Evening with Ambassador Andrew Young:  Prophetic Faith in the Public Arena, Tuesday, October 14, 6:30 p.m. Reception; 7:30 p.m. Program, Central UCC, 2676 Clairmont Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329. The evening will begin with a reception and attendees will be invited to submit questions for the program that follows. The event is free and open to the public. Carpooling is strongly encouraged.

8. Going to be at Piedmont Park for weekend fun? Check out all the photographs submitted to the My Atlanta: Embracing Diversity photography exhibit. Piedmont Park Community Center, 1071 Piedmont Avenue (Park Entrance at 12th street.  Explore photos submitted by Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, High Schools and Senior Centers throughout Atlanta all representing the diversity of our region. Check out all the details HERE. The exhibit is open to the public on Oct 18 and Oct 25.

9. Dr. Betty Glover Palmer will present a workshop on Persuasive Grant Writing:  Funding Your Vision; Saturday, October 18, 2014, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Greenforest Community Baptist Church, Educational Building #3 – Room 118, 3450 Rainbow Drive, Decatur 30034. Participants will have an opportunity to work on their own funding ideas as well as gain an overview of the White House- Faith-based funding initiative.   Dr. Palmer, former Chair & Professor of Urban and Leadership Studies at Beulah Heights University in Atlanta, will share her knowledge in obtaining grants from foundations and the government.  Pre-registration is mandatory.  To register, please call 404-309-4305 or go to the website,

10. Celebrate Family and Friends Day with Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church on Sat., Oct., 18, at 5 p.m.  Enjoy song, dance, poetry, music and food!  On Sunday, Oct., 19 at 10:30 a.m., commune with Family & Friends at a special worship service that celebrates fellowship and community.  Visit Mt Zion AME at 2977 LaVista Road, Decatur 30033 or call (404) 633-2288.

11. The Rev. Hugh Grant of Eastsound, Washington, will lead a retreat on "Listening to the Land: Opening Our Hearts to the Wisdom of the Earth" from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at Amerson House Spirituality Center at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, Atlanta. During this mini-retreat, participants will let silence, words, and the beautiful natural setting of St. Bartholomew’s be guides that show the way to living from a place of deeper authenticity and meaning. Suggested donation is $30. A simple lunch will be provided. Please bring a journal and clothing to keep you warm and dry.  Call the church office to register:  (404) 634-3336 or email Beverly Elliott, .

12. Bargains, Bangles 'n' Bede's, a 250-family yard sale, runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at St. Bede's Episcopal Church, Atlanta. The sale features household items, toys and games for kids, jewelry, arts and crafts, food, silent auction and great bargains. A children's carnival will be sponsored by St. Bede's Episcopal Day School from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  All are welcome.

13. Ben Hill United Methodist Church invites the public to their annual Health Fair. Dimensions of Health: 4 Body, Heart, Mind and Spirit  will be held on Saturday, October 25 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the church located at 2099 Fairburn Rd, SW Atlanta.   Blood pressure and glucose screenings, podiatry assessment, healthy aging resources and public safety tips are just a few of the areas included in the health fair. For information on sponsorship and vendor opportunities contact Janet Gordon at or Johnetta Royster at  Rev. Byron Thomas is senior pastor of Ben Hill UMC. For more information visit our website at

14. St. Paul's, Atlanta, will host its second "Dancing under the Stars" at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at City Ballroom in Atlanta, offering dance lessons, refreshments and a dance party. Beginner and intermediate levels for dancers. Tickets ($25) must be purchased by Oct. 22. For information, write to Tami Boyd, .

15. “Encountering the Wisdom of Jesus” continues at Amerson House Spirituality Center, behind St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 1790 Lavista Road. Sundays, October 26, November 9, 23, December 7, 3-5 p.m., Facilitator Lisa Persons will lead in listening to and discussing Cynthia Bourgeault’s audio course, “Encountering the Wisdom Jesus”  and include elements of Cynthia’s Wisdom Schools – chant, centering prayer and body centered attention practices, and facilitated discussion.  Suggested donation: $10 -$15.00 per class session.  If you join in the middle of the class or miss any session, you can arrange with Lisa to listen to CD’s at Amerson House. To register, email  or call Lisa Persons, (404)218-5527.

16. Roswell United Methodist Church invites the community to the Fall Festival Sunday, Oct. 26, 3-5:30 p.m. Families can come dressed in family-themed costumes and enter the “most creative” contest. There will be plenty of family-friendly activities and a preschool pumpkin patch with activities just for little ones! Festival food, including corn dogs ($3) and hamburgers ($5), will be available. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors and enjoy an afternoon of fall fun! Questions: Lorin Sullivan,  or (770)261-1701. RUMC is located in the heart of historic Roswell at 814 Mimosa Blvd.  

17. We have information on the lectures that will be presented by distinguished scholar Dr. Kathleen A. Cahalan of Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary and Director of the Collegeville Institute Seminars at Columbia Theological Seminary’s Smyth Lectures, Oct. 28-30. The three lectures are titled: Tuesday, 7 pm: Called to Profess: Why Vocation Matters in the Work We Do; Wednesday, 12 noon: Toward Practical Wisdom: Integrative Teaching and Learning in Theological Education; Thursday, 12 noon: Spiritual Practice for the Sake of Practical Wisdom: On Discernment, Humility, and Unknowing. The 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.

18. “Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength” by Chanequa Walker-Barnes at  Charis Books and More, 118 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta 30307, Thursday, October 30, 7:30-9 p.m. Black women are strong. At least that's what everyone says and how they are constantly  depicted. In Too Heavy a Yoke, the author, a psychologist and pastoral theologian, examines the burdensome yoke that the ideology of the Strong Black Woman places upon African American women. Drawing upon womanist pastoral theology and twelve-step philosophy, she calls upon pastoral caregivers to aid in the healing of African American women's identities and crafts a twelve-step program for Strong Black Women in recovery. This is a Charis Circle Founding the Future of Feminism event; the suggested donation is $5.  

19. VOICE Today announces 2014 Standing in the Gap Day of Prayer for our Children, Saturday, November 1.  One day with three ways to stand for the innocence of our children.

  • Standing in the Gap Prayer Breakfast will be held at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church Magnolia room at 8:30am. Speakers include Les Ferguson, Angela Williams, 7 year old Johnnie Gordon, and music by Ember.
  • At 1p.m. a rally at the Georgia State Capitol Washington Street steps will be led by State Representative Jason Spencer, sponsor of the “Georgia Hidden Predators Act,” legislation to protect our children.  
  • Bruce Wilkinson will deliver a message, VOICE UP – A TIME TO STAND at Emory University Cannon Chapel at 7p.m. to launch the Standing in the Gap Day of Prayer for Our Children national call to action. Wilkinson is a Christian teacher and author and best known for his bestselling book, The Prayer of Jabez.  All events FREE.  Seating limited, register  VIP Seating for clergy.  Any questions please email  Volunteers needed.

20. The Roswell UMC Women’s Ministry invites all women in the community to “An Afternoon with Angela Thomas” on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 1 p.m. in the RUMC Chapel.  Mrs. Thomas is the best-selling author of 16 books as well as the author and teacher of six LifeWay DVD Bible studies. Angela is an engaging storyteller and Bible teacher and speaks worldwide to thousands of women annually. Tickets ($15) can be purchased by calling the number below. Information: Questions: Rachel Turner, or (770)261-1705.

21. Mark your calendar for a free workshop with Teepa Snow, renowned dementia expert and lecturer, Tuesday, November 4, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Due West United Methodist Church, South Campus (Building C) 3956 Due West Road, Marietta 30064. Snow’s personal mission is to help families and professionals better understand the effects of dementia, as well as learn and practice effective caregiving outcomes. To learn more about her and the wonderful work she does, go to Reservations Requested! Contact Sheila Welch, or 404-642-6027.

22. Presbyterians for a Better Georgia invites you to 2014 Public Policy Forum, Thursday, November 6, 8-10 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, 1328 Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30309. Hear from state legislators about key issues: • Healthcare  • Education  • Taxes & Revenue  • Guns  … and make your voice heard at the capitol. This event is free and open to everyone. Your voice matters!

23. The Faith and Community Health Summit is coming up on November 6-7 at St. Philip AME Church, 240 Candler Road, Atlanta 30332. Visit for more information.

24. The 22nd Atlanta Legal Aid 2014 Run for Justice is coming up on November 8, runners, walkers, joggers, strollers – come out in the beautiful fall weather support Atlanta Legal Aid.  The Run for Justice is a fun, easy way to show your support for Atlanta Legal Aid that provides civil legal services to persons with very low incomes in Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Clayton and Cobb counties.  Last year, Legal Aid attorneys assisted over 50,000 people and handled over 24,000 cases, primarily involving housing, family, and senior citizens issues. Don't Be Left Behind!

25. Meditation in the Mountains Winter Solstice Retreat. Dec. 18-21, "The Gifts of Winter are the Gifts of Mary" led by the Rev. Cynthia Hizer, Associate Rector at Episcopal Church of the Epiphany. The third annual winter meditation retreat at the beautiful and rustic Camp Mikell n the north Georgia Mountains and Chattahoochee National Forest will include gentle mountain hiking with the silence and interiority of winter, deep rest, winter incense, yoga, chanting, dream work, solstice fire Saturday night, Compline and Sunday Eucharist. For more information and to register, visit

26. The Center for Lifelong Learning  at Columbia Theological Seminary offers a new initiative in pastoral excellence. The new initiative begins in 2014 with two program facets: (1) the Leadership in Ministry Workshops, and (2) the Colloquy for Mid-Career Clergy. For information on the Center for Lifelong Learning’s upcoming courses, including Leadership in Ministry and Colloquy for Mid-Career Clergy, visit

27. The Atlanta Children’s Shelter will have Holiday Cards available for a donation.  It has been 3 years since they have offered the cards. Please consider pre-ordering your 2014 Holiday Cards with artwork from our very own children.  100% of the donations benefits the Atlanta Children’s Shelter.  Deadline to order is October 27.  Please mail your donation check or place order at For more information contact Joni Smith at .

28. This year, Bread for the World will receive the Community of Christ's International Peace Award, given for "40 years of passionate advocacy and achievements in overcoming hunger and poverty." The Community of Christ International Peace Award was established in 1993 to honor recipients as peacemakers and bring attention to the work of peacemaking throughout the world. Bread has consolidated its office and we no longer have the SE office in Atlanta but we know that churches in the region have been and still are involved with Bread. Find out more


Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.


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Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2023

The King Center 2023 Beloved Community Global Youth Summit, Thursday, January 12, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., online.  Registration


The King Center 2023 Beloved Community Global Summit, Thursday, Jan. 12, General Session, 12.00 – 5:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 13 General Session: 10.00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Registration


Sounds of Freedom: Celebrating the Story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Saturday, January 14, 7:30 p.m. Come to a concert hosted by the Rev. Dr. Dwight Andrews and featuring vocalist Lena Seikaly, saxophonist Marshall Keys, and the All Saints’ Jazz Ensemble, led by the Rev. Dr. Andrew K. Barnett. The 7:30 concert is free, no reservations required, 634 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30308.


The King Center 2023 Beloved Community Awards and Afterglow, Sat, Jan 14 at 7:30-11:59 p.m., 265 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta 30303. Tickets are on sale at Registration


Bryan Stevenson is keynote speaker at the Martin Luther King Jr. Beloved Community Commemorative Service, and Dr. Bernice King will deliver the Call to Commemoration, in-person at the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church101 Jackson Street NE, Atlanta. Monday, Jan. 16, 10:00 a.m., doors open at 8:00.


Join the Emory community, Jan. 15-22, for its annual series of programs honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement. A full listing of events can be found here

Southeastern Synod ELCA invites you to Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Atlanta, on Sunday, January 15, 4 p.m. for the Bishop's Commemorative MLK Worship Service.   This will also be livestreamed via the synod website as well as on Facebook and YouTube pages.


Find out about the Day of Service, Jan. 16, at Events - The King Center


Morning of Reflection to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Ignatius House, 6700 Riverside Drive, Sandy Springs, Jan. 16, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Directed by Lauren Morton, MA   In the Gospel of Luke, we meet the women who shared what they witnessed at Jesus' tomb.  They were not believed, and their words were called "nonsense."  This morning we will walk with some of the women during the Civil Rights Movement, who saw the vision and reflect on their experiences of embodying what it means to be a prophetic witness.  What is needed now to realize Dr. King’s dream?Morning of Reflection to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - Believe Them – Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center  $65

MLK Weekend Tree Planting, Brook Run Park, 4770 N Peachtree Rd, Dunwoody 30338, Monday, January 16, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Help plant 100 new trees near the multi-use to help sustain our urban forest. These trees will provide cleaner air, cool shade, and all around improved habitat for humans and wildlife living in our community. Planting tasks include digging holes with shovels/mattocks, untangling roots with your hands, mulching, watering, and cleaning up your area. Physical activity such as bending, lifting, and kneeling is required. Register Here

MLK Day Concert from Concerts@ First, "From Trials to Triumph," Jan. 16, 3:00 p.m. Free Admission Andrew Brady, bassoon. Featuring works by BIPOC composers Mark Lomax, Jeffrey Scott & Stefan L. Smith, First Presbyterian Church, 1328 Peachtree St NE 1328 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta 30309.

Oxford College of Emory University presents A Celebration of the Life of Martin Luther King Jr. on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 7:30pm. Location: Old Church, 1011 Wesley St., Oxford, GA 30054. This free event will include music from Oxford College groups as well as an Interdenominational Community Choir from Newton County. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Marla Frederick, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Religion and Culture at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. Contact Rev. Dr. Lyn Pace, College Chaplain, at with questions. 

Out of Hand Theater, along with community partners the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Fulton County Remembrance Coalition, are continuing the popular dinner series with Equitable Dinners Atlanta: A Day of Racial Healing Tuesday, Jan.17, from 6-9 p.m., both in person and online. The National Day of Racial Healing offers space to reflect while preparing for another year in pursuit of equity. This  event will be launched by an original short play and facilitated conversation will take place in small groups around Atlanta's racial history and how it affects communities today. Equitable Dinners hopes to face our past, reclaim our present, and transform our future through courageous conversations and theater.


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Lutheran Resource in Response to Gun Violence

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, saddened by the all-too-frequent occurrences of gun violence in the U.S., invites you on a journey of prayer, scripture, stories, and church teachings with this resource, A 60-Day Journey Towards Justice in a Culture of Gun Violence - an ELCA Resource  Through daily observances, it calls us to work toward the prevention of gun violence as people of God who strive for justice and peace in all the world. It may be used for individual reflection, group Bible study, adult education sessions, and congregational daily devotions. This began on June 16 but can be used at any time.

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