Church Action eNewsletter
Week of July 31, 2017
God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta
website with Community Calendar
Visit our website to find Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta President Alicia Philipp’s reflection on the Atlanta Interfaith Manifesto.
1.Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of Luther’s 95 Theses is a free resource of images for Reformation celebrations or classes. Pitts Theology Library has more than 60,000 images from 15th through the 19th centuries available online. The website includes woodcuts from the 3,800+ volumes of the Kessler Reformation Collection, more than a thousand of which are by Luther himself. Read more>> The website can be found at http://pitts.emory.edu/2017.
2. If you’re a high school or college age person interested in becoming more involved in missions, Vision Impact Weekend is for you— real life missions training at the Our Generation Training Center. Spend the weekend with missionaries, training center students, ready to talk with you and help you find your next step. August 3-5 (Thursday-Saturday), cost is $20, at Vision Baptist Church, Alpharetta. Details and registration.
3. The Rev. Dr. Barbara Lundblad, Joe R. Engle Professor of Preaching Emerita at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, is the featured preacher August 6 on “Day 1,” the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible as a podcast and online at Day1.org. This is the final of two programs on Faith & Global Hunger, updating the acclaimed series from 2010. In Atlanta on News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB.
4. Seeds of Peace Hiroshima/Nagasaki Observance. All events are free and open to the public. For more information contact Georgia WAND at (404)524-5999.
Hosts for Atlanta's 2017 Hiroshima/Nagasaki events: Atlanta Peace Trails, Atlanta Grandmothers for Peace, Dances of Universal Peace, Georgia WAND Education Fund, Nuclear Watch South, Partnerships in Peace, Unitarian Universalist Congregation Atlanta, United Nations Association of the USA, Atlanta Chapter.
5. The Family Life Center at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church appreciates the community and to show you there will be a pool party on August 11, 9:30 - 11 a.m. at the pool. An aquatics instructor will be teaching an up-beat class in the pool that will be fun and get your heart rate pumping. There will be games, a raffle, and refreshments. Bring a guest for free. If you are not a member come see what fun it is. Don’t forget your bathing suit and R.s.v.p. to firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. Orchard is committed to helping people discover how to shine the light of Jesus. Jey Mbiro who grew up in Nairobi now lives in Smyrna. He has started the Sauti Awards because he was dismayed that so many people who make it to America from impoverished African countries do so little to give back. Through the event, Jey uses popular African music artists to attract people from all over the world in order that they may be inspired to give back to their home country. Some help is needed. From setting up, greeting, helping with parking, and other tasks, there are volunteer opportunities for everyone. The event is August 11-12 and there are also opportunities earlier in the week. If you have questions, email by clicking here. Click here to volunteer.
7. Lake Oconee Community Church Music Therapy will begin meeting again in August click to contact Melinda White for information.
8. All are welcome at this L’Arche Atlanta event with the First Christian Church of Decatur and the CRHP Men at Christ the King Cathedral. Former L'Arche employee, David Robert King, is set to release a new CD that features some of his favorite hymns. The album will be available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit L'Arche. Saturday, Aug. 12, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Main dish will be provided by the CHRP Men. Bring a dish to share that will serve 6-8 according to the first letter of your last name: A-R : Bread, salad, or side dish; R-Z : Dessert. First Christian Church of Decatur, 601 W Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur 30030. This is part of a series of social community events for adults with intellectual disabilities and all who come to enjoy time together. Facebook
9. Kirkwood United Church of Christ invites everyone to join them for a special Homecoming Weekend on August 12 & 13. On Saturday, August 12, there will be a Community Open House from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., complete with free food, kid’s games, live music, and tours of their brand-new sanctuary. On Sunday, August 13 at 5:00 p.m. you’re invited to worship with KUCC as they consecrate their new $1.2m sanctuary and campus at 100 Rogers Street NE in the Kirkwood neighborhood of Atlanta. Click here for more details and directions.
10. NAMI DeKalb Mental Health Education Series at Northlake Church of Christ, 1625 Cooledge Rd, Tucker 30084, Sundays 6:00– 7:00 p.m. NAMI is a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. August 13 Mental Illness 101; August 20 How to support those living with a mental health condition in your congregation; August 27 In Our Own Voice presentation by two persons with mental illness. The discussion includes information about NAMI’s free services and programs and time for questions and answers. For more information contact NAMI at (404)604-2350 or email@example.com.
11. Registration continues for Atlanta Prays’ pro-bono “Teaminar Workshop on How to Unleash the Power of Prayer, Clarity, and Process in Your Organization – and beyond.” Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, 222 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 19. To register, simply click here. Opportunities for 3-5 person teams are filling up.
12. Mix and Mingle with the Special Needs Community, an opportunity for policy makers, parents/caregivers of the disability community, and those with disabilities to have a conversation. A town hall format will promote conversation. There are two confirmed policy makers - State Sen John Albers and State Rep Scott Hilton. Here's the link. Registration is free, but is required. Mount Pisgah UMC, August 21, 7 – 9 p.m. 9820 Nesbit Ferry Rd, Johns Creek 30022.
13. WITH Conference is coming up Aug. 26 at Dunwoody United Methodist Church. Tickets are $30. Click here to purchase tickets. The conference, sponsored by Action Ministries, the Housing and Homeless Council, and the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, is designed for churches called to ministry with those struggling with poverty in local communities.
14, Amid public turmoil about immigration, how do Christians respond in a way that allows them to live into their baptismal promise to respect the dignity of all persons and the imperative from Jesus to love our neighbor as ourselves? That is one of many questions participants will wrestle with during an August 30 discussion at The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, N.E, Atlanta 30305. The session, 1 - 3 p.m., is free and open to the public. Please click here to register.
15. DivorceCare, a biblically based, 13-week course, will be offered on Tuesdays beginning Sept. 5 at Roswell United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome. The class will meet at 6:15 p.m. The only charge is $15 for the workbook. For information and registration contact De Lee Udelson, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit divorcecare.org.
16. Urban Environmental Summit In West Atlanta, Saturday, Sept. 16, from 1 - 4 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Atonement,1875 Joseph E. Boone Blvd. NW, Atlanta 30314. More details will follow. For information visit glendsummit.weebly.com.
17. St. Timothy's Episcopal Church Women present their 12th annual Tea Party, Saturday, Sept. 16, 4 – 7 p.m. at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. Activities include inspirational guest speaker, award winner for Excellence in Classical Performance and Music Internationally, modeling of African attire by African designer of women's and men's fashion, hat parade, musical entertainment, and more. Cost for adults is $25 and cost for children ages 7-12 is $15.For more information call (404)840-4412 or (404)444-6639.
18. The Episcopal Chapel at Emmaus House will celebrate a Festive Eucharist on Sunday, September 17, at 10:30 a.m. in the chapel. All friends, benefactors, and supporters of Emmaus House are invited to worship. A reception will follow the Eucharist. Hank Aaron Drive Southwest Atlanta 30315.
19. Registration is open for Women in Ministry Conference, Sept. 18-21. Details here.
20. Mark your calendar for Thursday, Sept. 21, and Saturday, Oct. 28, the Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta and the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing invite you to two events — a lecture by Dr. Angela D. Sims in September and on a pilgrimage to the historic Chestnut Grove Baptist Church in Athens in October. More details later…
21. Want to make a difference in the life of a child? Become a foster parent! IMPACT training is required for all foster parents in Georgia. Sign up now with Lutheran Services of Georgia for a 3-week session (classes Wed. & Thurs - 6 - 10 p.m.) starting Aug. 9. The next session will be begin Oct. 10. Contact Akiva Ford at email@example.com to register or for more information.
22. Registration is open for the 9th annual National Festival of Young Preachers, which will be in Atlanta at the Hilton Atlanta Airport, January 2-5, 2018. Young Preacher Registration General Registration (Mentor, Observer, Staff)
23. Many opportunities to learn, explore, and connect online and on campus at the Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur. Have a look here.
24. The divide among Americans may seem vast these days, but Welcoming America believes there is a very different narrative that should be lifted up: stories of diverse people finding common ground and making an impact in each other’s lives. When a Jewish couple in Atlanta met a Kurdish Muslim refugee couple from Syria, the unexpected happened. Watch the video.
25. Help is needed registering new voters for upcoming municipal elections. If you can help email Lyndon Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org. 2017 WIC Community Resource Fair, August 15, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Oak Hill Child, Adolescent, and Family Center, 2805 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta 30315; Mercy Care, August 16, 12 to 2 p.m., 424 Decatur Street, Atlanta 30312.
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.