Church Action eNewseltter Week of July 17, 2017

Church Action eNewsletter

Week of July 17, 2017

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

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1. The Food Pantry Forum is next Tuesday, July 25, 10 a.m. -12 p.m., hosted by Grace United Methodist Church and the UMC Board of Global Missions, midtown. We will have time to share our great ideas, successes, etc., to learn from each other.  Three topics will be covered in depth: Developing Partnerships; Client Centered Services; “Where We Get the Food We Give” a panel discussion. If you are just getting started or have been vigorously serving hungry people for years, you are invited to learn and teach. We have a great door prize!!! Please let us know at if you want to come. We want to have enough coffee and seats. We will send you the specifics in response to your R.s.v.p.

2. “To Weed or Not to Weed” is the featured sermon by the Rev. Susannah Davis on Day 1 this Sunday, July 23.  She is senior minister of Kirkwood United Church of Christ in Atlanta. Hear it in the Atlanta area at 7:05 a.m. on NEWS 95.5 and AM750 WSB. Visit Day 1 to  read or  hear it now and find other sermons and resources.

3. Festival Singers present Beloved Bach on Sunday, July 23, 6 p.m. at Marietta First United Methodist Church, 56 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta, just off the square, ample and free parking. Tickets are available online here.

4. In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Rev. Delmer L. Chilton will lead a preaching workshop on Trusting Your Life, Your Story, and Proclaiming the Gospel.  There are many good and valid arguments for NOT talking about yourself from the pulpit.  But, there are just as many good reasons for occasionally telling the gospel through the lens of your life.  In this workshop, we will remind ourselves of the basics of how sermons work, examine the dos and don'ts of using personal observation in preaching, and practice weaving our story into the preaching of THE story of God's love for us and for all.  We will also laugh - a lot.  July 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Peachtree Corners. The cost is $50 which includes lunch. Pastors, seminarians, and congregation members are invited. To register or for information contact the Lutheran Theological Center in Atlanta, at (404)614-6331 or

5. Next Thursday, July 27, at 2 p.m., the Army OneSource Resource Center will present a webinar Mission United to inform those who minister to veterans and their families of community resources and partnership opportunities. Click here to register for this free national webinar. Space is limited.

6. The Men’s Fellowship at First Congregational Church plans it annual “O Taste N’ See” for Saturday, July 29, at the First Church Commons, 5 -7 p.m.  If interested, contact Daniel Morris by email or by calling 678-365-5477.

7. Capitol City Opera musical 'Indoor Picnic' Fundraiser will feature songs from the Golden Age of Broadway. Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29, at Highpoint Episcopal Community Church (formerly Church of the Atonement) in Sandy Springs. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Music begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are available online click here

8. Visit our website to read a reflection on the Atlanta Interfaith Manifesto by Haley Hart, sponsorship coordinator at Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. You will also find a link there if you wish to sign the manifesto.

9. First Friday at First features saxophonist, singer, and bandleader Will Scruggs on August 4, 6 – 9 p.m., First Congregational Church of Atlanta, 105 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta 30303. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door.

10. Antioch Bible College Institute and Seminary has posted the fall schedule. See it here. Classes begin in August.

11. I See You: Welcoming Our Neighbors, a Decatur Interfaith Experience at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 636 W. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur 30030, August 20, 2 – 5 p.m. CAIR (Council on Islamic American Relations, Georgia Chapter); First Christian Church of Decatur; Gentle Spirit Christian Church; St. Thomas More Catholic Church; Sikh Study Circle; and more local communities of faith invite you and yours to gather with neighbors from all walks of life and faith expressions for an afternoon of storytelling, music, community service, a panel discussion, “speed-faithing” and, of course, a pot-luck meal.  The gathering is offered free of charge and everyone is welcome.  Bring a favorite dish to share and a friend.  For more information please contact Pastor James Brewer-Calvert ( or 404-378-3621).  Shalom Salaam Pax Peace

12. An Evening of Grace and Laughter with the Rev. Susan Sparks, August 25, Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church will benefit the Day 1 ministry of the Alliance for Christian Media. The evite site has been corrected now. Information and tickets here.

13. Business Wonder Woman Entrepreneurs Expo is Saturday, Aug. 26, 12-4 p.m., at the True Light Baptist Church, 47 Anderson Avenue NW, Atlanta. Admission $5. If you have questions call (404)799-8623. Expect food fun, vendor exhibits, networking, and workshops.

14. Low Country Boil for Lutheran Campus Ministry Atlanta serving GA Tech, GSU, and Emory, coming up August 26 at Living Grace Lutheran Church in Tucker. Tickets are available online at the LCM Atlanta webpage,, for $50 per person and anyone under 21 is admitted free! Do you have an item for the silent auction?  Please contact Evelyn Cannon at if you have questions and to discuss your auction item.

15. The Southern Center for Human Rights presents Decriminalizing Race and Poverty: What’s Working & What You Can Do, Tuesday, September 12, 1 – 5 p.m., Georgia State University College of Law, 85 Park Place Ne, Atlanta 30303.  This symposium will explore the impact of the criminalization of race and poverty and strategies that are working to end these policies and practices. Featured speakers include award winning author, writer, and Georgetown University sociology professor Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and Glenn E. Martin, founder and president of JustLeadershipUSA. For those unable to attend, you may watch via livestream, Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 1:00 p.m. EST. For additional event information, contact Development Director Terrica Ganzy at or call 404-688-1202. This event is free and open to the public.

16. More on summer sermon and speaker series:

·         Collins Memorial UMC, 2220 Bolton Road NW, 30318, is “At the Movies.” Worship is at 11 a.m. following 9:45 Sunday School.

·         Cathedral of St. Philip has a series of guest speakers this summer.  Sunday, July 23 at 10:10 a.m., at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, 30305, Ellen Sichel will lead “The Caregiver Rollercoaster: How to Have a Smoother Ride with the Ups, Downs, and Loop-the-Loops of Caring For Others.”

·         Briarcliff Baptist Church, 3039 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta 30329, is continuing a summer sermon series on the Book of James — “Faith in Action,” worship is at 11 a.m.

17. youthSpark! has expanded its reach to serve more youth experiencing exploitation and abuse through a new Youth Services Center based in the Fulton County Juvenile Court. If you know of someone who might benefit from the Center, learn about the referral process here.

18. Hello, Parents from Verdery Counseling Center, a ministry of First Baptist Church of Decatur, Phew… you made it through the summer! We have heard that parents in this community are in need of more support. Please take this short survey to share how you would like to see the Verdery Counseling Center provide support this school year. Simply follow the link below, answer the questions, and select “SUBMIT” at the end to submit your survey and it will be anonymously sent automatically. Thank you so much for your help! Survey:

19. ART Action, Reconciliation, Transformation the New Baptist Covenant Summit will be in Atlanta this fall with many wonderful speakers including civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis, Dr. Darryl Aaron, Dr. Marie Onwubuariri, and Rev. Alan Sherouse.  You can read more about these speakers and get information on the summit here.

Visit our website for a complete community calendar, links to the Toolbox  for Mental Health Ministry, websites for daily devotionals, and many other resources.


Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.

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