Church Action eNewseltter Week of February 27, 2017

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Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta

Church Action eNewsletter Week of  February 27, 2017

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1. W.D.Hungerpiller Bible Conference Why Bible Principles Make Good Business Practices, this week at Carver College, 3870 Cascade Road, SW, Atlanta 30331. Tuesday through Thursday, sessions at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., lunch available in the Ben Johnson Student Center daily. There will be scripture memory workshops during the day as well.  Call (404) 527-4520. There is no admission charge. 


2. Gangs, Bullies and Difference, Wednesday, March 1, Decatur Library Auditorium, 7:15 p.m. Professor Pearl McHaney returns to the Georgia Center for the Book for the third lecture in her series Connecting Lines: Building Empathy Through Literature. Get a preview, Dr. McHaney's interview with Lois Reitzes on City Lights. In this lecture, she will discuss S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders, Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, and R. J. Palacio's Wonder. Thanks to the generosity of the DeKalb Library Foundation, there will be a drawing for free copies of the next books in the reading series: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn  and  The Giver.


3. Atlanta Friends Meeting, 701 West Howard St., Decatur, continues the discussion of Paul using a book by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan The First Paul: Reclaiming the Radical Visionary Behind the Church’s Conservative Icon. You are invited for a lively discussion on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Library. If you wish to order a book without cost, contact Julia and pick it up at the Bible Discussion. Also you can order online.


4. Do remember the concert by Capitol City Opera at Church of the Atonement on Friday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. This program will feature three outstanding singers performing the beautiful music of Samuel Barber. The concert is free but donations are accepted to support the mission and programs of Capitol City Opera. More information>>


5. In its 13th year, Atlanta Preservation Center’s The Phoenix Flies provides an opportunity to learn about and celebrate Atlanta’s historic built environment.  Many churches are included this year in the March 4-26 moveable feast.  For the first time St. Anne's Episcopal Church will be included in the celebration, for the stunning stained-glass windows and Flentrop organ, Saturday, March 11, 10 a.m. R.s.v.p. for the St. Anne’s gathering by March 8 to . Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist will also be part of the celebration for the first time with a history tour on March 15 at 1 p.m. These tours are open to the public.  For info about The Phoenix Flies celebration go to APC.  If you are just interested in the churches that will be on tour visit here. 


6. Roswell United Methodist Church invites the community to make just one stop to donate items to three local charities – North Fulton Community Charities, the Habitat ReBuild Store, and MUST Ministries. One-Stop Donation Drop will be in RUMC’s parking lot at the corner of Magnolia St. and Mimosa Blvd., one block from Canton St. Friday, March 3 (5-7 p.m.), Saturday, March 4, (8 a.m. – noon), and Sunday, March 5 (9 a.m. – 2 p.m.). If you have questions call Linda King, or (770)261-1750.


7. The Rev. Dr. Stephen Cook, senior pastor of Second Baptist Church in Memphis, is the featured preacher on Day 1 this week, Sunday March 5, 7:05 a.m. on News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB. He says, “If we are going to be serious about following Jesus, then we had best be ready to go some places we might not otherwise choose on our own.” Visit Day 1 to read or hear it now and to find your station if you are outside the local area. 


8.  Tell the World: Georgia Loves Refugees. The New Americans Celebration is March 7, the celebration combines legislative advocacy with a #RefugeesWelcome rally and the third-annual USCIS Naturalization Ceremony.  Be sure to R.s.v.p. now so you can join this entertaining and educational event, and be sure to invite your friends. If you have questions, please contact Stephanie Jackson Ali


9. Grow the movement: #BeBoldForChange on International Women's Day with the World Affairs Council. International Women's Day Breakfast, Wednesday, March 8, Register at, breakfast & program 8:00-9:30 a.m., Tower Place 200, The Commerce Club, 191 Peachtree ST NE, 49th Floor, Atlanta 30303. Ambassador Mary Ann Peters, CEO of The Carter Center; Dr. Amy Baxter, CEO of MMJLabs; and Hala Moddelmog, President and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, will be in conversation with Rickey Bevington, senior anchor and correspondent at Georgia Public Broadcasting.  It is a must attend program for males.


10. Rep. Sharon Beasley-Teague, 65th District, will host “Women in White” in the Rotunda at the State Capitol, Thursday, March 9, 1:00 p.m. This event is designed to assemble women of various religious, political, business, and social backgrounds together to pray and discuss important issues facing the citizens of Georgia. Contact Ms. Kim at (404)656-0220 for more information.


11. A priority of Georgia Cares is to raise awareness of the issue of DMST and to train community members and professionals on warning signs and resources. On a monthly basis, free training is open to the public in communities across Georgia.. Click on the links to register. To request a community training near you, please contact admin@gacares.orgMarch 11, 2017 , Hephzibah Children's Home, Macon. To request a community training near you, please contact


12. We had a bad link for the EIRO Pop-up Lab featuring Stanford’s Human-Centered Design approach to real world problem solving, Saturday, March 18, at McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University. You will learn Stanford's Design School's process for innovation and apply it to develop ways for churches and communities to be in mutually beneficial relationships. If your church is looking to do community outreach that is outside of the box this workshop is for you! Also, there will be a light brunch! Tickets are $10; get them here. 


13. Atlanta Friends Meeting, 701 West Howard St.,  Decatur 30030, will celebrate Women’s History Month/International Women’s Day  on Saturday March 18 at 5:30 p.m. They’ll gather for dinner (provided) at 5:30 p.m. followed by panel , Q&A  and small group discussions.  Panelists will be: Shahina Lakhana, the Feminine Divine : Healing Ourselves, our Country and the World; Sarah Walton, Women in the Justice System; Cheryl Cowherd,  Women of Courage; Julia Ewen, Women’s Civil Rights/ Human Rights—the Way Forward. Childcare will be available. R.s.v.p. to Bert Skellie (404)378-5883 for childcare.


14. Calling the Names Sunrise Service. On Sunday, March 19, following the Saturday Remembrance Service and Historical Marker Unveiling at Warren Temple UMC, LaGrange, we will remember not just young Austin Callaway who was lynched 76 years ago, but the nearly 600 victims of lynching in Georgia between 1877 and 1950. Southview Cemetery on Hamilton Road, LaGrange. Contact or call (706)407-4125 if you need more information. 


15. Worship at Historic Zion Episcopal Church, Sunday, March 19, 4:00 p.m. The R. Rev. Don Wimberly, assisting bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta, will be the celebrant and preacher. The Rev. Jeff Jackson, rector of St. Nicholas Episcopal Church and diocesan steward of Zion, will assist. Zion was erected in 1848 in the city of Talbotton, in Talbot County. It is a beautiful example of Carpenter Gothic architecture. The choir loft has the only working Pilcher organ in existence, installed in 1850 and still used today for services and events.  

The building is on the National Register of Historic Places. To learn more about Zion and see photos visit Zion Episcopal – Talbot - Historic Rural Churches of Georgia or Zion is available for weddings, music recordings and performances, tours, and other events. Contact Fr. Jeff Jackson at (706)-761-0115 for further information. 


16. Music and Poetry of Sidney Lanier, The Land, the People, and Providence, Glenn Chancel Choir with Steven Darsey, conducting, Sunday, March 19, 7:00 p.m., Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church. With Lanier’s poetry will be  included two art song settings of poems by A. L. Tennyson, “Flow, Down Cold Rivulet,” and “Break, Break, Break,” composed by Lanier. The concert will conclude with Lanier’s “Meditations of Columbia,” a cantata commissioned for the centennial of the United States.  These texts and musical works address individual and national morality under the providence of God. The one-hour concert will be presented in the Glenn Sanctuary, 1660 North Decatur Road, Atlanta. The concert is free; an offering will be taken.  Free parking is available in Emory’s Fishburne Parking Deck, 1672 North Decatur Road.   If you need more information contact Nancy Buckhannan,, (404) 272-2051. 


17. Protecting Children Workshop ,  March 21, with Prevent Child Abuse Georgia and Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, is designed to help communities create safer and healthier environments for our children and youth. Registration is Free. Lunch Included.  Details and Registration Information.


18. The Day 1 Community Leaders of Faith Benefit will offer cool jazz, good food, and great people this year. The honorees are the Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, the Rev. Dr. Thomas Long, John Schuerholz, and Margaret Graff and Richard Higgins. Jazz will be performed by the Rev. Dr. Ozzie Smith,, Jr. and the Rev. Dr. Dwight Andrews and Friends. Mr. and Mrs. William F. Law Jr. are Honorary Chairs. Email Pat Reagan at to reserve your place for a fabulous evening on March 21. 


19. Highpoint Community Episcopal Church, 4945 High Point Road, Sandy Springs, will offer a Lenten Retreat in the studio, Mary and the Divine Feminine, Friday evening, March 24, and 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 25. $100 fee includes all art supplies, refreshments, and lunch. Email for a reservation.


20. World Pilgrimage™  Utah: Zion Canyon and Salt Lake City especially for Young Professionals, April 4-9, 2017. Join young leaders from Atlanta’s diverse faith communities for five days of adventure, discovery, and friendship. Registration is $900 and includes   5 nights hotel, bus transportation, entrance fees, breakfast, and dinner daily. An amazing opportunity to connect with nature, history, and new friends! For more information email or visit the website.


21. Save the date: Georgia Justice Project will hold its 2017 Grass Roots Justice Awards event on Wednesday, April 26, 6:00 p.m., at The Commerce Club in Downtown Atlanta.   For sponsorship information, click here.


22. Save the date for the Emmaus House 50th anniversary celebration, Forward From 50, Sunday, May 7, 5-8 p.m., the Carter Center. More later…


23. February is a time we celebrate the history and accomplishments of African-American men and women that have charted the way for freedom, equality & opportunity in our nation and those who continue to carry the torch. Dr. Keri Day focuses her research on the ways in which faith communities can respond to socio-economic issues like poverty. Hear a conversation with Dr. Day and Faith and Reason associate director Debo Dykes about Black women's efforts, modern and historical, for human rights and equality. Listen now.


24. Congratulations to our friends at First Step, success in finding jobs for homeless people. Read the story. 


25. If you are looking for a Lenten devotional you might be interested in the Bread Blog featuring daily Lenten devotionals written by staff, faculty, students, and friends of the San Francisco Theological Seminary, which is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and also guest writers from our National Church Partners. Click on the link to open the blog.



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Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.

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