Church Action eNewsletter
Week of July 3, 2017
God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta
website with Community Calendar
1. The Rev. Dr. Joe Evans, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, Tenn., will begin this month serving as senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Marietta, the church he grew up in. Evans is the featured preacher on Day1 this week. Click here to download, stream, or read online "The Invitation". Listen in the Atlanta area on WSB, NEWS 95.5 and AM750, 7:05 a.m., Sunday. Find a station
2. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2461 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta 30305, invites you to join the conversation on race in Atlanta at Pizza and Movie Nights, Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.; July 12– Loving; July 19 - Hidden Figures; July 26,- Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. For more click here or call (404)237-0363.
Or, join a discussion group of "Waking Up White" by Deb Irving, at Covenant, Sundays July 9 and July 23, 9:30 a.m. Join on-line blog with Dr. Richard Hill by clicking here. And, Dr. Will Simson July 16, 9:30am: "The Atlanta Riot of 1906 and the Rodney King Riots;" July 30, 9:30am: "Segregated Atlanta and lily-white Ducktown-Copper basin"
3. Department of Veterans Affairs Chaplain Service “PTSD Resources for Members of the Clergy Supporting Veterans” is a webinar on July 11, 2:00-3:00 p.m. It will review the free resources that chaplains and members of the clergy can access to support Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder. These include videos, online and printable handouts, self-help tools, phone apps, a treatment decision aid, and other resources available to be shared with Veterans and their family members. There will be information about continuing education and one-on-one email or phone consultation that is available to all chaplains and members of the clergy supporting Veterans. A preview of a new clergy toolkit from the National Center for PTSD will also be provided. Links will be available and there will be time for questions. Register.
4. A reminder to R.s.v.p. for Solidarity in Action: Faith Community Training & Strategy Session on Immigration Raids offered by Faith in Georgia, a training and strategy session on supporting our immigrant brothers and sisters in Georgia. July 13, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, 2601 Henderson Mill Rd, Atlanta 30345, and lunch will be provided. R.s.v.p. here.
5. The Interfaith Children’s Movement in Cobb will meet Thursday, July 13, at 4:00 p.m., at Tillman United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 940 Concord Road, Smyrna 30082. Planning will continue for the Celebration of Family and healthcare legislation will be discussed.
6. Pitch Night at CenterForm: Twelve graduate students. Four weeks. Three ideas. One pitch.
What happens when seminary students go head to head with creative problem solving to create valuable enterprises for our communities that promote social good? Come to Pitch Night July 13, 7 p.m., and hear for yourself! With investors and social impact leaders in the room, discover what ideas might hold potential to make real impact in our communities. Free dinner with Eventbrite ticket registration. Pitch Night is part of the Graduate Certificate in Christian Social Enterprise, a collaboration of CenterForm and McAfee School of Theology, Mercer. 115 M. L. King, Jr. Drive, SW, Suite 3B/4B, Atlanta 30303, (404) 682-1612. Free tickets are here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pitch-night-at-centerform-tickets-35610294349
7. The United Methodist Children's Home Summer Flea Market is Friday, July 14, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., 500 S Columbia Dr, Decatur, Georgia 30030.
8. The 11th Annual C. L. Henderson Golf Classic held at Crystal Lake Golf and Country Club, Hampton, is Saturday, July 15. The golf classic is the Ben Hill United Methodist Men’s primary means of support for mission endeavors. A portion of the proceeds will support Habitat for Humanity. You are invited to play. For more information, contact Dwayne Sullivan - firstname.lastname@example.org or Von Logan - email@example.com
9. “What is the Bible? How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything,” Rob Bell, bestselling author of “What We Talk About When We Talk About God,” poses a series of probing questions to the world’s most enduring sacred text, the Bible. Offering an in-depth analysis of its texts, along with tips and tools to read, engage with, and better understand its stories, Bell explains why he feels the Bible has lasting authenticity and significance in our lives today. Talk and signing at 7:00 p.m. at Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, Sunday, July 16. For more information visit robbell.com.
10. Your Church, Your City, July 22, Smoke Rise Baptist Church, a workshop designed to equip pastors and lay leaders to build partnerships for the common good with other institutions in their community. Identify and map potential partners and community assets. Get into the nuts and bolts of making connections with city government, local schools, business leaders, and other nonprofits. And, hear a pastor who has built an exciting after school program in partnership with a local public elementary school. More information and tickets HERE.
11. The Capitol City Opera plans its annual benefit concert for July 28 and 29 at Highpoint Episcopal Community Church. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; concert beginning around 7:30. Capitol City Opera Company is dedicated to supporting and promoting local talent and producing opera accessible to everyone. This year’s On the Light Side features selections from “The Golden Age of Broadway,” which includes musicals produced from 1943-1959. Individual tickets are $40; tables of eight are $300. Tickets are available online by clicking here.
12. Chaplain Ken Koon reflects on what suicide intervention training has to do with the faith community in an essay on our website. He also gives contact information if you are considering offering such a training to your congregation, your community’s emergency responders, or to both groups creating a community of response. Read more>>
13. Have you wondered what a Stephen Minister is? Stephen Ministers are laypeople trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment. They come from all walks of life. Their common passion is for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during time of need. Since 1975, more than 650,000 people from more than 12,000 congregations have been trained as Stephen Ministers. We have a vigorous program in our area. Contact atlantastephenministry.org for information. The national website www.stephenministries.org has good information.
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.