Church Action eNewsletter
Week of June 12, 2017
God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta
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1. Summer is a critical time for children’s academic and physical well-being and during the summer children are at a higher risk of hunger. Summer meals programs provide free summer meals for children and youth. No Kid Hungry offers an amazing tool --to receive information about open summer meals sites, text ‘FOOD’ to 877-877, a text will prompt the user to enter an address. Once the user replies with a full address and/or zip code, the service provides information about nearby meals sites.
2. Why is the Atlanta Interfaith Manifesto important? Check out the latest post from Doug Shipman, founding CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Read the post here and endorse the Manifesto by clicking here.
3. The Atlanta Music Project Summer Series is an annual community-based three-week music festival and school featuring recitals, chamber music, masterclasses, and field trips, as well as jazz, choral, and orchestral concerts by AMP students, AMP teaching artists, and special guest artists. There will be a concert Wednesday, June 14, 7 p.m., at Sylvan Hills Middle School Auditorium, 1461 Sylvan Rd SW, Atlanta 30310… a delightful evening of classics, contemporaries, and surprises. Fun for the whole family!
4. Atlanta Summer Organ Festival David Hurd at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305, Wednesday, June 14, 7:30 p.m. suggested donation $15 at the door. Hurd is internationally recognized as a foremost church musician and concert organist, with a long list of honors and achievements, and extraordinary expertise in organ performance, improvisation, and composition. He is the composer of dozens of hymns, choral works, settings of the liturgy, and organ works, and was one of the major contributors of new music to The Hymnal 1982 of the Episcopal Church.
5. World Refugee Day is June 20. New American Pathways will host a World Refugee Day Celebration at Refuge Coffee at the corner of Market St. and E Ponce de Leon Ave in Clarkston on Saturday, June 17. Click on the link above for more information about the event here. Visit Refugee Day 2017 for resources and more information.
6. 92nd Street Y Miniseries at Temple Sinai Compelling Conversations, Forward Together with a Year of Light: Interfaith Clergy Dialogue with facilitator Jane Cohen, June 21, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Temple Sinai, 5645 Dupree Drive, Atlanta 30327. All programs are free and will be accompanied by wine and snacks
7. When children thrive, communities thrive. Today, nearly half a million children in Greater Atlanta live in communities of low child well-being. That’s why United Way of Greater Atlanta is hosting Day of Action on June 24. During it, volunteers across Greater Atlanta will come together to impact their local communities. Ready to make a difference? Start Here
8. What is up With the Younger Generation??? Understanding My Grandchildren: Millennials and Generation Z, a LOCC lecture by the Rev. Dr. Karen Massey, Associate Professor of Christian Education and Faith Development and the Watkins Christian Foundation Endowed Chair at McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University, Monday June 26, Lake Oconee Community Church, The Landing. Click to R.s.v.p.
9. Empowerment Resource Center is looking for passionate volunteers for its 10th Annual Take Charge. Get Tested.TM Event Tuesday, June 27. In observance of National HIV Testing Day, ERC is hosting a free HIV testing campaign. ERC is looking for volunteers to help us prepare in the weeks leading up to and during this event. All volunteers will attend an orientation. For information on how to sign up and available positions click here.
10. North Fulton Mental Health Collaborative at Summit Counseling presents Sen. Renee Unterman, Thursday, June 29, 9:00 - 10:30 p.m. speaking on SB-4, "Enhancing Mental Health Treatment in Georgia Act.” The mission of the NFMHC is connecting and energizing community stakeholders to provide a life span behavioral healthcare system for North Fulton County. Call (678) 893-5300.
11. New Life Radio is sponsoring the world’s largest baby shower in July to benefit Pregnancy Care Centers in the surrounding area. Read more.
12. Are you ready for another evening of amazing great jazz at an affordable cost? First Friday at First on Friday, July 7, features artist Mike Walton. Come wind down and enjoy some delicious food, lots of fun, and great fellowship! Purchase your $15 ticket at the door. Paid parking is available at the parking lot adjacent to First Congregational Church on John Wesley Dobbs Avenue. Free parking is available at CARE Parking Deck, 151 Ellis Street, NE, located on the right-hand side of Ellis.
13. The Insightful Couple Class is a 10-week marriage preparation class utilizing the prepare/enrich inventory. At the Verdery Counseling Center, Thursdays beginning July 20, from 7:30–8:30 p.m. There is limited enrollment. Contact Monique Wischusen, a licensed marriage and family therapist, at (404)369-1041 to sign up. www.fbcdecatur.com/verdery-counseling-center , a ministry of First Baptist Church Decatur.
14. The Friendship Center at Holy Comforter in East Atlanta is hosting Mental Health First Aid Training Friday, July 21, 9 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. “You are more likely to encounter a person in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack.” Those who take the course learn a 5 step action plan encompassing the skills, resources, and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate care. See www.MentalHealthFirstAid.org for more. Through the generosity of GA Mental Health Consumer Network, there is no fee, but registration is required and is first-come, first-serve. Attendees are asked to bring a lunch. Register by Friday, July 12. There is no one for whom this class would not be of benefit. To register, email Liz Mitchell, Wellness & Recovery Coordinator at the Friendship Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (404)627-6510.
15. The Georgia chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is hosting a safeTALK suicide alertness training the morning of Saturday, July 22 in Lawrenceville. safeTALK is a training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. This program is free but pre-registration is required here. www.afsp.org/Georgia.
16. The Department of Community Supervision's "Path 2 Success" Resource Fair, July 28, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Salem Missionary Baptist Church, 4700 Church Street, Lilburn 30048. This is an opportunity for tools and information to enable successful reentry of formerly incarcerated people into the community. Register on the link if you would like to attend as a participant or as a resource provider. Click Here to Register
17. Capitol City Opera is dedicated to supporting and promoting local talent and producing opera accessible to everyone. The 25th Annual On the Light Side, a musical "indoor picnic fundraiser," is Friday, July 28, and Saturday, July 29, at the Highpoint Episcopal Community Church in Sandy Springs. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Music begins at 8 p.m. Individual tickets are $40; tables of eight (8) are $300. Tickets are available online at CCITYOPERA.org. "The Golden Age of Broadway," will feature music from Carousel, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, On the Town, South Pacific, Kismet, The King and I, Westside Story, Candide, and more! "Bring-Your-Own-Picnic" (BYOP) and enjoy a summer evening in the casual, air-conditioned indoors.
18. Eight-Day Centering Prayer Retreat in Sewanee, Tenn., July 30- August 6, an opportunity for practitioners of Centering Prayer to deepen their contemplative journey in the contemporary world. Both an Intensive Track and a Post-Intensive track provide daily experiences of silence, solitude, walking, hiking, yoga, and spiritual companionship to foster an ever-deepening level of interior silence and awareness of the presence of God in everyday life. For more information click here
19. Free 8-Week Parenting Enrichment Course for Couples, August 2- September 20, Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Decatur, 308 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur, Ga. 30030. Call (404)369-1041 if you have questions. There is a $35 parenting assessment required.
20. Mark your calendar and we will have more details later for the Church Women United Annual Human Rights Awards Luncheon, Saturday, Sept. 9, 11:30 a.m., at the historic Green Manor in Union City. Honorees include Jan Swanson, World Pilgrims; Dr. Dazon Dixon Diallo, Sister Love; Dr. Maya M. Taylor, South Fulton County Arrow Youth Council. For tickets call Claudette Rainey, Pres. CWU Atlanta, at (770)964-2912 or Helen Sprewer at (404)305-3536.
21. Do you know Audio Lectio? Pray with a guided meditation using each week's gospel reading from the lectionary. Right here.
The Church Action eNewsletter will be on vacation next week. 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.