Church Action eNewsletter -- June 20, 2011

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta
Church Action eNewsletter
Week of June 20, 2011
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1. The Harvest is Abundant, the Eucharistic Conference of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta is this weekend. Visit the Facebook page.

2. News from Small Business Administration on assistance for disaster effected homeowners and businesses is at Notice that the deadline for application is June 28.

3. 4th Annual Take Charge. Get Tested Health Fair and Festival with free HIV testing, food, and health programs and services at Good Samaritan Health Center, 1015 Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway (formerly Bankhead Highway), Atlanta 30318. Friday, June 24, 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

4. Northside Drive Baptist Church, 3100 Northside Drive, Atlanta, offers Introduction to Major World Religions at Summer Adult Church School, 9:30 a.m., Sundays through August 28, in the Fellowship Hall. Sessions will include Islam, Shi'tes/Sunni, the Koran, Roman Catholicism, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, Church of Scientology, and Christian Fundamentalism. More information is at

5. Decatur United Church of Christ invites you to Faith Shared Sunday, June 26 at 11 a.m. The goal of Faith Shared Sunday is to promote mutual respect and understanding and strengthen ties among faith communities. With special guests from neighboring faith communities, the congregation will share sacred texts, music, and thought from Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. For additional information, please visit Decatur UCC is at 109 Hibernia Ave, Decatur 30030

6. Christ Lutheran Church, East Point, invites Atlanta area three year olds through six graders to join them at their 20th Academic Summer camp, Monday through Friday now throughout July. The Academic camp includes breakfast, lunch, 3 hours of instruction in math, reading and science; 2 field trips per week; music, drama, and dance. Please call Randy at 404-767-2892 or email Christ Lutheran School is a SACS and NLSA accredited school, celebrating 50 years of education this Fall.

7. AIDS Alliance for Faith and Health has announced its annual Women's Affirmation, Healing, and Advocacy Retreat, August 19-21, Lake Lanier, Gainesville. There is limited space at the retreat and there are a few scholarships available if a client or the agency serving the client cannot sponsor the individual. Contact Butch Thompson for more information, or visit

8. From Alban, Nurturing a Healthy Spirit: Tending to the Holy, August 30 – September 1, Being the pastoral leader of the congregation involves a mighty list of administrative and organizational task that daily threatens to divert your attention from the central call on your life. Join Bruce Epperly to explore how to stay centered on the holy in the midst of the realities of ministry at Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center, Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. More at

9. In May representatives of Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center –UMC, with representatives of Region 9 of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and leadership from the United Methodist Southeastern Jurisdiction Association of Native American Ministries met at Trinity Lutheran Church in Greenville, SC, to discuss economic challenges, stereotyping, and justice inequality which Native people have experienced, particularly in the Southeast. This initial dialogue is likely the first such initiative resulting from the recent covenant on Shared Communion (established in 2009) between the two mainline denominations. The dialogue will continue on September 12, in Charlotte, at Living Saviour Lutheran Church. If you are interested in learning more about this ecumenical dialogue contact Rev. Harvey Huntley 803-462-3264, Cathy Nelson 828-454-6724, or Rev. Roger Dowdy 828-454-6710.

10. The Georgia Commission on Family Violence's 17th Annual Statewide Family Violence Conference —There's No One Solution: Integrating Prevention and Intervention against Domestic Violence will be September 12-13, in Atlanta. Keynote speakers include T.K. Logan, Pearl Cleage, and Dr. Andra Tharp. Registration is now open. Online Registration.

11. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is pleased to announce a new program that offers health insurance coverage to individuals with medical conditions that may have kept them from buying health insurance. It is called the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP). Find out about it at

12. Roommates/Shared Housing. Private bedrooms/baths in beautiful homes in safe neighborhoods. Flexible lease terms. Below market rent. Free service from Housemate Match contact Lynne Dyckman at 678.812.3729 or Visit for more on this program.

13. Read about an open letter from 1000 pastors in support of a moral budget. You may want to sign on. More here...

14. Do you plan to spend another Saturday, shopping, mowing your lawn, or just veggin' out in front of the TV? Healing Hearts of Families USA, Inc is seeking volunteer mentors. Divas Don't Do That focuses on building interpersonal communication skills and improving academic performance for young at-risk girls. Mentors provide a minimum of 4 hours a day on Saturday with their mentees or they can spend two days a week with them at 2 hours per day. The program is seeking volunteers for a 12 month cycle. To find out more about this volunteer program, contact Bonita Lacy at 404-664.3705.

15. Community volunteer and former ESL teacher, Bobby King, has created a program to help motivated young folk get the skills they need to learn English and get a GED-- a combination of advanced ESL and GED preparation. Attendees will enroll in an actual GED prep class or register to take the test upon completion. Classes are held from 6:30 - 8:30 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 404-508-1050 for information if you have young people in your congregation who need this help.

16. Georgia Interfaith Power and Light Home Energy Audit Training Classes teach community members how to reduce energy bills and care for creation by pursuing energy efficiency in their own homes. If you think your congregation members would benefit from this training, check out the link above or send an email to

17. The "Call on Faith" smartphone app from Odyssey Networks now features the Day1 Channel with seven segments on topics of faith and life with an interfaith panel of clergy sharing scriptural wisdom and practical insight. "Call on Faith" presents videos from a wide range of faith groups, denominations, and religious organizations. You can download it to your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry for only 99 cents. Need some encouragement? An idea for a special prayer or a meditative moment? Something to lift up your spirits? Or just some wise words to guide you through your day? Now there's an app for that! You'll also find personal stories of spirit and compassion plus news of faith making a difference in people's lives. For more information about "Call on Faith," click here.

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