Church Action eNewsletter Week of June 17, 2019

Week of June 17, 2019
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

There are so many opportunities for service, worship, education, enrichment, connection in the next few weeks. Take a look at the Community Event Calendar on our website and celebrate all the good things that people of faith are doing. You will also find the last few weeks' editions on our home page

1. Important news about free breakfasts and lunches for Fulton County children. Read the AJC article here.

2. June 19 was the day in 1865 when enslaved people in Texas learned that they had been freed in 1863. Many celebrations occur across the nation every year since to remember and celebrate this day. Here is another way to honor the occasion. The Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) Truth & Reparations campaign will host a Juneteenth webinar conversation at 12:00 p.m. today featuring a panel of diverse spiritual voices, social justice organizers, and Black Freedom Movement veterans. Register here

3. The Rev. Lori Archer Raible, co-pastor of Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, will preach June 23 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online and via podcast. Raible’s sermon, “I Beg You, Do Not Torment Me,” is based on the story of Jesus’ healing of the man possessed by a legion of demons. Hear it in the Atlanta area on News 95.5 and 750 AM WSB. “Day 1” has
been broadcast every week for 74 years and is currently distributed to more than 200 radio stations across America and overseas. For more information, check

4. Faithful Climate Conversation: Public Forum on Faith, Science & Climate Solutions, Tuesday, June 25, 7 p.m., Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta 30309. Join Rev. Susan Hendershot, president of Interfaith Power & Light, and Ken Kimmell, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, in their first joint speaking tour on the intersection of faith, science, and climate solutions. They will be joined by leaders from Interfaith Power & Light state affiliates in each location, providing local context and opportunities for action. Read more and register here.

5. Atlanta Summer Organ Festival, Wednesday, June 26, 7:30 p.m., Ray and Beth Chenault, named “the World’s Premiere Duo-Organ Team” by The AJC, have been enjoyed throughout the United States and Europe. Specializing in works written for two performers, they have commissioned, arranged, and premiered over fifty organ duets. $15 suggested donation. Dessert reception following performance. Peachtree Road UMC, 3180 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta 3030

6. Twelfth Annual Take Charge Get Tested presented by Empowerment Resource Center, Thursday, June 27, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., free rapid HIV testing, food, music, and giveaways. Hurt Park, 100 Edgewood Avenue SE. Atlanta 30303. Find out about Empowerment Resource Center here. Are you interested in volunteering with this group? Read more here.

7. Professional chamber choir Coro Vocati presents “Considering Matthew Shepard,” a powerful and emotionally gripping musical journey about the life and legacy of hate-crime victim Matthew Shepard. Featuring moving vocal performances, rich orchestrations, and multimedia visuals, this brilliant tribute honors the 20th anniversary of Shepard’s tragic death and includes jazz, country, and classical solos; poetic texts; and passages from Shepard’s own personal journal. Saturday, June 29, 8 p.m.., Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Share the information with your congregations about this special one-time event is not to be missed!

8. There will be a fascinating opportunity to learn more about Methodism in Georgia this summer and everyone is invited. The 2019 meeting of the Southeastern Jurisdiction Historical Society hosted by Pitts Theology Library, Emory University, July 9-12, “Turning Points in Georgia Methodism." The four-day event will take place at primarily at Pitts Theology Library, Emory University, although there is a one-day trip to Oxford and Salem Camp Ground. Cost is $89. For more information and to register, visit

9. Radical Responsibility Book Club, July 10, August 14, 7 p.m., Shambhala Meditation Center of Atlanta, 1447 Church St, Decatur 30030. Informal, meaningful discussions about how to radically take ownership of our choices so we can authentically "show up" for ourselves and others. Read more here.

10. 9. John McCutcheon Family Concert, September 7, 3:00 pm at Oakhurst Baptist Church, 222 East Lake Drive, Decatur 30030. Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist John McCutcheon will perform a rare family concert to raise money for Kids in Need of Defense, Atlanta. Johnny Cash called McCutcheon "the most impressive instrumentalist I've ever heard." KIND provides children who are alone in this country with free lawyers so they don’t have to go to immigration court without an advocate by their side. KIND recruits, trains and mentors pro bono attorneys to take on these critical cases in this time of great need.

11. Calling all women! Mark your calendars for September 20-22,10for the Unfinished 2019 Women's Conference at Cascade UMC. This is going to a powerful event with sessions to empower your mind and worship experiences to uplift your spirit. For more information about sponsorship and volunteering, visit

12. NAMI Northside Atlanta Mental Health Fair 2019, supported by The North Fulton Mental Health Collaborative, Saturday, September 28, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mt. Pisgah UMC, 2850 Old Alabama Rd, Johns Creek 30022. Families are often the first to seek services and resources for a loved one with a mental health condition. This event will provide attendees the opportunity to interact directly with Atlanta area mental health providers and service organizations to obtain information about treatment and recovery support options. Find out about joining as an exhibitor or sponsor to share mental health expertise and services.

12. Foundations of Christian Leadership: A Learning Community. Do you care about the church in the world and want to build skills to lead Christian-inspired projects with joy and creativity? Foundations of Christian Leadership brings together emerging leaders from a variety of faith-based organizations as colleagues in an encouraging and collaborative learning environment. Duke Divinity School offers this program twice a year in varying locations. Find out more here.

13. Gateway Center is looking for volunteers to help with some upcoming events, including the Hotlanta Half Race, a resource fair, and for organizations who want to serve those experiencing homelessness. Can you help? Can your group, Sunday school class, service organization get involved? Visit their website at

Remember that all events previously announced go into the Community Calendar on our website. Visit for the calendar, the Clergy Tool Box for Mental Health Ministry, and more.
Ethel Ware Carter
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