Church Action eNewsletter Week of May 15, 2017

Church Action eNewsletter

Week of May 15, 2017

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta

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1. Cobb Faith Partnership is tomorrow, Wednesday, May 17, 11 a.m., Turner Chapel A.M.E. Church, 492 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta 30060. This meeting features Deborah Pendergrass, energy efficiency education coordinator at Georgia Power.


2. Local farmers markets are open and many are right there in the church parking lots. Remember to tell your congregations about the great opportunity to double dollars for those who receive SNAP/food stamp benefits. Read more about this here.



3. Georgia Latinos Against Domestic Violence, a program of Ser Familia, Inc., will host The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy presenting their Stewards of Children training, free of cost. This curriculum is the only adult-focused, evidence-informed program proven to increase knowledge and attitudes about child sexual abuse and to change behaviors promoting protective factors. Friday May 19, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Argosy University, 980 Hammond Dr NE, #100, Atlanta 30328 Click here to R.s.v.p.



4. Help end childhood homelessness on May 19 and enjoy music, mingling, and dancing at Night for a Brighter Tomorrow. All proceeds will support opening a new Kids Home Initiative site in Clayton County – where the need is critical. Learn more.



5. Growing in Grace is sponsoring a clothing exchange to raise funds for their outreaches.  It is “drop in” Saturday, May 20, from 5-8 p.m. at First Baptist Church Chattahoochee, 1950 Bolton Road, Atlanta. Come to eat, swap clothes, and give back. Bring gently used clothes to swap. There will be food by Jim ‘N Nicks, Chick-fil-A, B’s Cracklin”, and King of Pops. Admission is one unopened package of socks or underwear. Dinner is $10 a plate. Clothing remaining after the swap will be donated to the FBCC clothes closet.



6. Pig Out for a Purpose pig roast with all the fixins, supports children of Greene and Putnam Counties through the Lake Oconee Community Church Youth Alliance, Sunday, May 21, 4-6 p.m., at the Farm with Fuzzy & the Works, $50 per person. Further details in the confirmation email upon your RSVP. Click for More Information or to RSVP


7. The Rev. Carol Howard Merritt, writer, speaker, radio host, and Presbyterian Church (USA) minister, is preaching on Day 1 this week, Sunday, May 21, 7:05 a.m. on WSB 750 AM and 95.5 FM in the Atlanta area. Find video, audio, and text resources on and hear or read Merritt’s sermon now.


8. Joy Night is 5 p.m., Sunday, May 21, this celebration of joyful gospel music is hosted by First Baptist Church, 308 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur. Free and open to the public. Joy Night will showcase gospel music and African American spirituals by area choirs that will combine for a grand finale. Participating groups include Greenforest Community Baptist Church, Oak Grove United Methodist Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and First Baptist Church Decatur


9. Angelica Hairston will present a harp concert at First Presbyterian Church, 1328 Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30309, at noon on Wednesday, May 24.


10. One City Many Voices offers a unique opportunity to get to know the work and mission of Orchard.  With that in mind, the All Access ticket price has been reduced to $10. Ticket includes concert admission, brewery tour, and Monday Night Brewing beer tasting.  Concert features Atlanta homegrown artists, Jimi Cravity, Crystal Garrett, and Reese Soul. Wednesday, May 24, 670 Trabert Ave NW, Atlanta 30318, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Guests must be at least 21 years old. Tickets here.


11. McAfee School of Theology and CenterForm offer a four-week-long Graduate Certificate in Christian Social Innovation, May 30 through June 23.  In this immersion intensive course, participants will learn how to create innovative solutions to real-world social problems and build a sustainable social enterprises around those solutions. This week we have the correct link; try this.


12. Sino-Nia’s 28th annual two-week Summer Orchestra Camp for aspiring musicians ages 7-18, college students also welcome, June 12-23. Early bird tuition discount until May 31. First Congregational Church, 105 Courtland Street, Atlanta 30303. Visit for information. 


13. Church Women United in Atlanta celebrates everybody’s birthday with food, fun, and entertainment. Friday, June 2, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 P.m., Peachtree Christian Church, 1580 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. Suggested donation is 50 cents for every year of your life. Do you know about Church Women United? Find out more here.


14. EIRO helps local churches partner with their community in healthy ways through coalition building, spiritual formation, and missional training.  EIRO will host a workshop on June 11, 12:00-2:00 p.m., at First Christian Church of Atlanta, the first in a summer series, "What is God Doing Here?” The workshop is all about your neighborhood, how you can discern what God is doing in the lives of the people next door and how you and your church can join God in that work. This workshop is perfect for pastors and lay leaders who want to see their churches get more involved in their community. Lunch will be 12:00-12:30. Tickets can be purchased here.


15. Important news for your congregation from WorkSource Fulton, the annual job fair with employers who are ready to hire new employees within the next 90 days is June 14. In 2016, 30 employers participated and hired 270 new employees. Wednesday, June 14, - 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Adamsville Regional Health Center WorkSource Fulton Office, 3700 Martin Luther King Jr., Drive, Atlanta 30331.

Job Readiness Prep Workshops:

  • Thursday, June 1, 10:00 a.m. – Noon, Northwest Branch Library at Scotts Crossing, 2489 Perry Blvd NW, Atlanta 30318


  • Monday, June 5,10:00 a.m. – Noon, Adamsville WorkSource Office, 3700 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Atlanta 30331


  • Thursday, June 8, 10:00 a.m. – Noon, West End Library, 515 Peeples Street, Atlanta 30310


16. Academy of Preachers is hosting a breakfast to celebrate Young Preachers, on June 23, at the Airport Hilton Hotel. Breakfast is served at 8 a.m., and four very important announcements will be made under the hashtag #Blowing up the AoP. Chair of the board Ernest Brooks will convene. Register here.


17. Movement and rhythmic activity show great promise in improving the quality of life for those with depression, stress, and neurological disorders. Lake Oconee Community Church offers sessions of music therapy.  Anyone who has the desire to expand his or her horizons and improve well-being through music and song is welcome! The sessions are provided in conjunction with Lake Oconee Moves! Parkinson’s/Movement Disorder Support Group. For more information contact Melinda White at (832)795-4427 or


18. The Georgia Volunteer Health Care Program of the Department of Public Health provides sovereign immunity protection to licensed health care professionals who volunteer to treat uninsured individuals at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Georgia Volunteer Health Care Program Atlanta Metropolitan Area Partnering Clinics welcomes a new clinic in Clarkston. We have the updated list of clinics on our website.


19. Have you read the Atlanta Interfaith Manifesto and thought about signing it? Read it 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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