Church Action eNewsletter Week of May 8, 2017

Church Action eNewsletter

Week of May 8, 2017

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta

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Sixty years ago, under the auspices of this organization, a group of pastors in Atlanta spoke up against segregation of the public schools in the face of growing unrest, even suggestions in the legislature that the public schools be closed rather than integrated. The Ministers Manifesto seems mild today but it was a bold move. Some of the 80 signers lost their churches, some were threatened, and some were met with icy stares the morning Ralph McGill published it on the front page of the Atlanta paper.  But, some pastors regretted not signing the manifesto for the rest of their lives. Read the story here.

Today an interfaith group of community leaders has published the Atlanta Interfaith Manifesto urging religious cooperation and mutual respect. Read it at Your signature is welcome.  Frequently one of the people who supports this statement comments and this week we offer a reflection from Gareth Young on the Interfaith Manifesto.  Read it here.



1. We failed to give you contact information about volunteering at Camp High Five last week. The information is now on our website



2. Lake Oconee Community Church offers an ongoing 3:00 p.m. Bible study on Wednesdays. They are delving into the Gospel of John, now through July. Contact Becky Matheny, Pastor of Spiritual / Communal Development, who leads the study in an open discussion format.



3. The Care & Counseling Ministry at the Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church in collaboration with Emory Alzheimer Disease Research Center hosts a presentation on dementia & Alzheimer, with emphasis on the African American Community with Dr. Monica Parker Saturday, May 13, at 10:00 a.m.  sharing valuable information and answering questions.  William Flippin Family Life Center (Gymnasium), 1879-1921 Glenwood Avenue, SE, Atlanta 30316.   Should there be any question, contact Pastor Herman Haynes at (678) 517-6261.



4. May plant sale at the Friendship Center at Holy Comforter Church is Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., just in time for Mother’s Day. The Seedtime & Harvest gardeners  are working on hanging baskets and decorative containers, gorgeous spring and summer annual flowers, perennials (including hostas, irises, goldenrod, Solomon’s Seal, toad lily), ferns, indoor plants, vegetable plants (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons), and herbs. Special feature: six varieties of basil. Of course, wonderful baked goods will also be available. Holy Comforter Church, 737 Woodland Ave SE, Atlanta 30316; (404)627-6510. 



5. Clarkston Community Center presents the 5th annual Tell Me a Story! Saturday, May 13, 2 – 5 p.m., 3701 College Avenue, Clarkston 30021. Come enjoy a festival of children’s stories from around the world.  Click here for more info.



6. Jessica Christy is the featured preacher on Day 1 this Sunday, May 14, 7:05 a.m. in the Atlanta area on News 95.5 and AM750 WSB. She is the recipient of the Preacher/Scholar Award given by Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York City.  If you missed Atlanta favorite Dock Hollingsworth, Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, last Sunday you can hear his sermon on and also find Christy’s sermon and other blogs, videos, and resources.



7. Mother’s Day is traditionally a day when we celebrate and honor remarkable women in our lives. For some, however, it can be a difficult day. All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 634 W. Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta 30308, will have a healing service recognizing that this day is not one of joyful celebration for everyone, but that there is comfort and compassion in the community of faith. Sunday, May 14, 7:00 p.m. 



8. GriefShare, a biblically based, 10-week course, will be offered on Tuesdays beginning May 16 at Roswell United Methodist Church. This is a grief recovery support group where participants can find help and healing for the hurt of losing a loved one. The only charge is $15 for the workbook. Information/registration: De Lee Udelson,;



9. Don’t miss the Jens Korndorfer organ concert at First Presbyterian Church, 1328 Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30309, Wednesday, May 17, noon.



10. Our Lord has instructed us to pray “so that they may all be one” (John 17:21). In a spirit of ecumenism you are invited to join other Christians for a few hours of conversation about Christian Unity.   Unity Factor Conversation,  Saturday, May 20, 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.,  Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church,  2855 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta 30328.  The conversation is a collaborative experience for Christians from different traditions to envision a new missional future for the church. This is an opportunity to see how relational partnerships can have a long-term city/global impact. Lunch will be provided. There is no charge for this event. Click here to register.



11. The afternoon speaker at Smith Chapel UMC Woman’s Day: Recover and Ignite Your Spiritual Fervor, Sunday, May 21, 3 p.m., is the Rev. Belinda McCastle, associate pastor at Ben Hill UMC. 11:30 a.m. Morning Worship with guest speaker, Mrs. Marjorie Woods, M.A.C.E., is at 11:30.  Lunch will be served. Smith Chapel United Methodist Church, 3325 Humphries Hill Rd, Austell 30106, telephone , (404)915-1946. 



12. 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. The certificate is accredited through Mercer University or can be taken without credit through CenterForm. To find out more, click this link. 



13. The Beecken Center of the School of Theology at the University of the South, in partnership with the National Disaster Interfaiths Network, offers clergy, laypersons, professionals, and spiritual caregivers of all faiths a three-day disaster chaplaincy training. Participants can volunteer as chaplain in their own faith community, or with NDIN and its national partners. NDIN can assist unaffiliated volunteers in finding disaster spiritual care volunteer opportunities across the U.S. Emergency managers and disaster mental health professionals may also take this course to develop their knowledge of spiritual care best-practices. Sewanee, Tenn., June 6-8. For more information, visit the website.



14. Save the date! On Saturday, Aug. 26, the first WITH Conference will take place at Dunwoody United Methodist Church. 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. What does it mean to be in ministry WITH the poor as opposed to “to the poor” or “for the poor?” This will be an opportunity to network with others doing this work, learn from experts, discover best practices, and talk with other churches and agencies about partnering to serve people in poverty.  Register today at



15. The 2017 Marvin C. Goldstein Black-Jewish Project Understanding Emerging Leaders Retreat is now accepting applications for the August 26-27 event in Peachtree City.  This signature achievement of the Atlanta Black-Jewish Coalition and ACCESS, the young leaders’ division of AJC, ensures that relationships between Black and Jewish thought leaders and decision-makers continue to expand into Atlanta’s next generation.  Open to Black and Jewish young professionals, 25-39, who live in the metro area. The deadline is June 19. For more information, click here.  


16. For Such A Time As This: A Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Advocacy. Bread for the World invites people across the United States to commit themselves to prayer — and one day of fasting every month — to reinforce our efforts to convince our members of Congress to protect poverty-focused programs. Read more.

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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