Church Action eNewsletter Week of April 11, 2022

Holy Week 2022

Church Action eNewsletter
Week of April 11, 2022 
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc. 

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

A blessed Holy Week to all from the board and staff of the Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta 


We want your announcements! We are happy to help get the word out about anything you would like the greater faith community to know. Send announcements to ecarter@rccatl.org.

1. Get free help filing your taxes! Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, Tax Counseling for the Elderly, and United Way’s VITA options are at United Way Tax Filing Help - Regional Council of Churches of Atlant...
 
2. Community faith leaders invite all to a voting rights press conference/rally and Unity March on Tuesday, April 12 at 11:00 a.m., parking at Big Bethel AME and Ebenezer Baptist for the gathering at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Social Change, 449 Auburn Avenue.   
 
3. Interfaith Atlanta offers a weekly 30-minute virtual midday respite focused on peace, compassion and kindness at noon on Wednesdays, Passcode for April 13 is 060135 and link is
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81625152726?pwd=aFJQeWo2M1NtWExocDZYZXNJc...

4. Walk with Christ in silent prayer, Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday, at The Triduum Retreat    at Ignatius House Retreat Center in Sandy Springs.  Return home at Noon on Easter. Click on the link above for more information.
 
5. On April 15, 2019, a fire engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the most notable religious sites in the world. The cathedral’s spire and most of the roughly 330-foot roof collapsed.  Reconstruction continues and the cathedral is on track to reopen in 2024. Handshouse Studio created a project to educate people about the 850-year-old cathedral and to support its rebuilding.  The Notre Dame Cathedral truss exhibit will be in Atlanta until April 25 at the Millennium Gate Museum, 395 17th Street NW, Atlanta. A virtual presentation on the project is Thursday, April 14, at 4 p.m. Register for the free event here. The Exhibition Closing Gala is Sunday, April 24, from 3-6 p.m. at the museum. Register for the free event  here.
 
6. Lenten Lament walks in Roswell continue this Thursday, April 14, 6 p.m. at Roswell Town Square. These walks are hosted by an ecumenical group of Roswell churches.
 
7. Community Good Friday Service, Friday, April 15, Noon, Wieuca Road Baptist Church. The annual Buckhead Community Good Friday Service is a much-loved Easter week tradition. Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, the Cathedral of Christ the King, the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip, Peachtree Road United Methodist, Peachtree Presbyterian, and Wieuca Road Baptist welcome you. This year worship is at Wieuca Road with a homily led by Dr. Richard Kannwischer, pastor at Peachtree Presbyterian.
 
8. The Cascade Ministers Fellowship offers Good Friday services to the community hosted by the Rev. Dr. Damon Williams and Providence Missionary Baptist Church, 2295 Benjamin E. Mays Drive, Atlanta 30311, April 15, noon. Service will be led by an ecumenical group of pastors.
 
9. Join community members from All Saints' Episcopal Church, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, and St. Mark Methodist Church to reflect upon Jesus’ journey to the cross while considering contemporary sorrows carried by many in Atlanta. This experiential stations experience of Midtown streets will invite us to grapple with the divine gift of grace transforming every evil endured by the many crucified peoples of our world, as we pray for strength to work for the reign of Christ's justice and peace. Friday, April 15, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Meet at All Saints’, 634 West Peachtree Street.
 
10. The Good Friday service at Ben Hill United Methodist Church, 2099 Fairburn Road SW, Atlanta 30331, offers “The Seven Last Words of Christ” with church clergy and members leading. Friday, April 15, 7 p.m.
 
11. Presenting the stories and the history of the Peoplestown community, the Emmaus House Stations of the Cross recontextualizes elements of the traditional Stations service for a 2022 Lenten reflection. April 16, 10 a.m. If you are interested sign up soon – attendance is limited. Emmaus House Stations of the Cross Sign up here.
 
12. The Rev. Dr. L. Gregory Jones, president of Belmont University in Nashville, is the preacher for Easter day on “Day 1. “Living Easter Hope” is drawn from the story of the resurrection as found in John. He says, “We fear that even if there might have been a resurrection yesterday, or there might be a resurrection tomorrow, there certainly isn’t much hope for us today.” “Day 1” is distributed to more than 200 radio stations across America and overseas. The program is available through podcast apps. For more information, see Day1.org.  Hear Day1 in Atlanta on WSB 95.5 and 750 AM Sundays at 7:05 a.m.
 
13. Ebenezer Baptist Church Resurrection of Hope Job Fair, Monday, April 18, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. , 101 Jackson Street NE, Atlanta 30312. Masks will be provided and are vaccinations required. For more information email bronsonw@ebenezeratl.org.
 
14. Loss, stress, grief can leave our bodies and souls shaken and depleted. Come to Ignatius House April 20 to renew and recharge during a special retreat that combines Ignatian Spirituality with the practice of yoga. Certified yoga instructor Kimi Nettuno, will lead retreat-goers through yoga exercises that relax us and open us to the spirit of the Lord that lives within us. Encounter God in this exceptional practice of movement and focused prayer. Prayer in Motion Yoga Retreat – Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center
 
15. The 12th Annual Atlanta Interfaith Hunger Seder is next week, 6 p.m. at Temple Kol Emeth, April 20.  This is an opportunity for people of all faiths to join together to examine our community's food insecurity landscape and to reach for solutions. Bill Bolling, founder of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, is the featured speaker. Join in for good food, meaningful discussion, and a call to action and advocacy. April 20, 6 p.m. Register to attend  HERE
 
16. Aquinas Center celebrates gathering in person for the Catherine of Siena Lecture “Seeking Wholeness in an Age of Fragments”, Thursday, April 21, 7:30 p.m. The center welcomes Sr. Ilia Delio who will challenge us to embrace God as divine wholeness through connecting nature, ourselves, humanity, and the universe so that we may have a greater sense of unity.  This program will also be offered as a webinar. Register - Delio Event
 
17. Ilia Delio is the rare theologian with doctoral degrees in both science and theology. But at her heart, she is a teacher. She longs for you to see what she sees: the vast interconnectedness of human beings, God, and the universe.  breadth of her knowledge can make events where she speaks downright epic. Get your ticket now at Buy Tickets. The Cathedral of St. Philip, Saturday, April 23.
 
18. Morningside Presbyterian Preschool Spring Fling, Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., an outdoor carnival with fun for the entire family. Wristbands for the children’s activities (which includes a kid’s meal and drink) and Grill-Off will be available for purchase the day.
 
19. Wil Gafney, The Right Rev. Sam B. Hulsey Professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School: “Women, Academia, and the Church,” April 25, noon, Candler School of Theology, Emory University.  Learn more and register.
 
20. A reminder that the application deadline for a unique opportunity for faith leaders to come together from rural and urban settings to a common table is April 25. The Georgia Interfaith Public Policy Center with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Atlanta and Resetting the Table offers this for skill-building, learning, and discussion across denominational and political differences. Learn more and sign up here.
 
21. April is Fair Housing Month. Join the Georgia Supportive Housing Association and United Way of Greater Atlanta for a discussion “Fair Housing: Focus on Supportive Housing Barriers,” Wednesday, April 27, 2 – 3 p.m. via Zoom.  Register
 
21. Ignatius House will host Interfaith Atlanta's  annual Tea-Off planning event for the 2022 Interfaith Fall Festival on Saturday, May 7 at 3 p.m.  Members of the Atlanta interfaith community are encouraged to register to be members of this year's Fall Fest Steering Committee! Registrants will enjoy tea and light refreshments with uplifting and inspiring interfaith fellowship.  SIGN UP HERE . Questions? Email admin@interfaithatlanta.org
 
22. Everybody vs. Homelessness Gateway Center’s 5K Walk/Run Event, consider joining Gateway Center at Westside Park on Saturday, May 14, at 10 a.m. for their very first in person 5K! The event will provide participants the opportunity to support Gateway Center as it works to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring.  If you can help, please register here at https://runsignup.com/gwc
 
23. How do we better serve those who live with dementia and those who love them through it? How do we communicate with these families better?  Multi-Faith and Community Leaders' Workshop: Serving Families Facing Dementia, free event, Tuesday, May 17, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Due West United Methodist Church, Building C, 3956 Due West Road, Marietta 30064. Details- online registration: lovingthroughdementia.org. OR register by emailing
dementiaministry@duewest.org. Care Partners also welcome.
 
24. The Interfaith Speakers Network (ISN) is an educational program offered by Interfaith Atlanta to facilitate understanding among a wide array of audiences. For each event ISN provides a panel of local practicing faith representatives from up to 6 faith traditions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sikhism. All panelists are trained in ISN methodologies (including First Amendment guidelines – teach not preach). Would you like to request a panel for your group or congregation?  Request ISN panel. For more information on the ISN, visit Interfaith Speakers Network or facebook.com/interfaithspeakersnetwork/
 
25. Mark your calendar for a fun celebration at Six Bridges Brewing Car Show to benefit the Atlanta Children’s Shelter, May 14, 12 – 2 p.m. All makes and models welcome, 11455 Lakefield Drive, Johns Creek.

26. In 1872, seven former slaves, led by the Rev. Robert Grant, embarked upon a spiritual journey that would touch lives for generations to come. Fueled by God’s promise, they formed Zion Hill Baptist Church in a brush arbor at the corner of Glenn and Humphreys Streets in Atlanta. Congratulations to Zion Hill Baptist Church celebrating 150 years of service and worship. At the current house of worship, 6175 Campbellton Road, Atlanta 30331, on April 3, the congregation began 150 days of ringing the historic bell.

Reminders: 
Grady Health System and the Atlanta Community Food Bank webinar to illuminate the intersection of hunger and health, Thursday, April 14, at noon. Register here to learn how you can get involved, impact community h...

The 40th annual Ecumenical Good Friday Pilgrimage (Urban Way of the Cross) is Friday, April 15, 9 to 12. Pilgrimage begins at the Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 48 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr SW, Gather at 8:45 a.m. Buses will be available to return participants to the start point. Contact Kat Doyle at kdoyle@archatl.com for more information. All are welcome!

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Peace,
Ethel Ware Carter

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