Church Action eNewseltter Week of July 24, 2017

Church Action eNewsletter

Week of July 24, 2017

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

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The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta Food Pantry Forum, hosted by Grace UMC and the UMC Board of Global Ministries, met yesterday. A full house participated in networking, learned a lot and taught a lot in a vigorous informative program, and enjoyed a drawing for a refrigerator and other door prizes. Are you thinking of opening a pantry or do operate one now? If you would like to be on the list for a future meeting send your information to


1. University for Parents Rites of Passage and Back to School Rally, Saturday, July 29, 1-4 p.m., Stephen Powell, chief program officer of the National CARES Mentoring Program is the special speaker. Food, entertainment, vendors. At Providence Missionary Baptist Church, 2295 Benjamin E. Mays Dr SW, Atlanta 3031. Call (706)316-3487 if you have questions. 


2. Heart & Soul Low Country Boil on the Pavilion, 100 Griffith Road, Jasper, Saturday, July 29, 4 -  8 p.m., Holy Family Church Resource and Outreach Ministries will sponsor a low country boil in support of local outreach ministries. Come for good food, lively music, and fellowship with friends and neighbors while raising money for the organizations that do so much for our community. Tickets are $30 each or $50 per couple. For more information, call (770)893-4525 to R.s.v.p. and purchase tickets.


3. The Rev. Dr. David Beckman, president of Bread for the World, is the featured preacher July 30 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible as a podcast and online at This is the first of two programs on Faith & Global Hunger, updating the acclaimed series from 2010. The Rev. Dr. Barbara Lundblad will preach on Aug. 6. At you will find the sermon and other resources. Listen in the Atlanta area on News 95.5 or AM 750 WSB.


4. National VA Chaplain Center is offering another webinar for those who minister to veterans and military families. This August 3 webinar is about building community partnerships to support veterans and their families. You will receive the link to the webinar with your registration confirmation. Register for the webinar here.


5. 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.


6. Paul Vasile, executive director of Music that Makes Community, will assist in leading worship at St. John's Lutheran Church in Atlanta, Sunday, August 6.  MMC connects a worldwide network of practitioners and leaders who share a practice of paperless song leading. The service that day will be preceded by a 10:20 a.m. extended prelude of paperless congregational singing, followed by worship including paperless liturgical responses and hymnody.  A Q & A time about this genre of music will immediately follow worship.  All are welcome! St. John's is at 1410 Ponce de Leon Ave, NE, Atlanta 30307.  For more information contact Jeanette Burgess at  


7. Songwriter, performer, and recording artist Jonathan Rundman and his wife Dr. Dawn Rundman, a developmental psychologist and editor at Augsburg Fortress Publishers, will visit with family and friends of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 4814 Paper Mill Road, Marietta, Sunday, August 6.  Click here for a schedule of the day's activities.


8. “Different brews, different views.” Northside Drive Baptist Church invites young adults to Pub Theology the third Thursday of every month. E mail or call (404)237-1682 x 105 for more information.


9. Summer Singers of Atlanta 28th Season Concert, Sunday, August 13, 3 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 458 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta 30308. Carl Orff's Carmina Burana  Tickets on line at reduced rates or at the door, adults $20 and youth 17 and under $5. Free parking in church lot and on surrounding streets.


10. Here is updated information for Growing Generous Givers which will be held Saturday, August 19, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., The First Baptist Church, 308 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur 30030.


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. Local communities of faith invite you and yours to gather with neighbors 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 contact Pastor James Brewer-Calvert, or 404-378-3621. 


12. In response to the growing need for seniors to age in place, National Church Residences is hosting an Atlanta Mission Day celebration on Friday, August 25, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the National Church Residences' properties to raise funds for their seniors property needs. Trinity Towers will be the location where most of the events will take place.  Stop by at 10 a.m., 2611 Springdale Road, SW, Atlanta, GA 30315. For more information, please call Sojourner Marable Grimmett, (404)783-3522 or 


13. Are you a seminary student based out of metro Atlanta? Are you interested in exploring out-of-the box ministry that deeply connects with the needs of world? Do you want to be a part of an innovative community pressing into the future of Christian ministry in the city? Check with your seminary about contextual education credits and read about the CenterForm Host Program, Fall 2017 Cohort, here.  Find out more about CenterForm at Applications are due Aug. 25.


14. 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.


15. Red, White and NEW, a benefit auction event to support New American Pathways, Saturday, August 26. This exciting gala will be attended by generous Atlanta-area individuals and corporations who support diversity in our community and the opportunity for refugees to rebuild their lives in Georgia. More information.


16. Midtown Assistance Center (MAC) is currently recruiting restaurants, chefs, and caterers to enter their macaroni & cheese recipes into the MAC & Cheese event. MAC & Cheese will be Saturday, September 9, at Colony Square and proceeds will benefit the mission of MAC. If you are interested in participating, contact Jillian at (404)681-0470.


17. Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church 2017 Walk by Faith 3K, September 30, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Fitness Expo to follow...Demonstrations: Zumba, Yoga, Pilates, Personal Trainers,

Health Coaches and more... Founded with a mission of social outreach, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church for over 100 years has served the historic 4th Ward community and the Greater Atlanta Metropolitan community and international communities through its various outreach ministries. The purposes are to promote healthy lifestyles and physical activity and to raise funds for the outreach ministries. Can you help? You can register at, find out about sponsorships and pledges at and volunteer, call (404)522-6776.


18. The Order of Saint Helena offers time and space for rest, reflection, and prayer several times a year in Silent Retreat Weekends. These retreats begin on Friday evening at 5 o’clock Vespers and end after 1 p.m. Sunday lunch. Spiritual direction is included on Saturday if you desire a session with one of the sisters. The cost is $160. Retreats will be held October 6-8, December 1-3. Make your reservation (the spaces do fill up) through or with the office manager at or (803)426-1616 (M-F, 9-5).


19. Faith and Reason 360 is a new podcast that creates a space for dialogue challenging faith to act for justice in our world.  Remembering Marcus Borg revisits an archived Marcus Borg lecture, "Why I Am a Christian," to dissect Borg's ideas on how one can practice Christianity but reject literalism. For Marcus Borg, letting go of literalism opened a larger world of metaphor that ultimately leads to a more fulfilling personal faith. Borg left a legacy of historical Jesus scholarship and a lasting call to experience Christianity as a call to create justice in today's world. Listen now.


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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