Church Action eNewsletter Week of April 23, 2012

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1. AIB-TV will broadcast a new video on the gardens and gardeners of Holy Comforter this week. Thursday at 9 a.m. and Saturday at 12:30 p.m. You will find AIB-TV 24/7 on Channel 5 on Comcast; Channel 6 on AT&T U-verse & Channel 22 on Charter Cable. Or, watch on the web You can check the schedule at

2. The Fulton County Housing and Human Services Department, Office of Housing and Community Development will host an information workshop on Thursday, April 26, to educate tenants on their rights and responsibilities.  The session is from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Roswell Neighborhood Senior Center ,  1250 Warsaw Road; Roswell  30076. A Spanish translator will be present to assist with the session.

3. Emory University is the subject of a new hour-long documentary to air this month on Atlanta's PBA 30 public television station. “The Wise Heart: The Story of Emory University” premieres at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 26, encore presentations at 10 p.m. and on Sunday, April 29 at 8 p.m.  The program goes to the heart of what makes Emory distinctive and examines the spiritual, ethical, and intellectual pulse of this world-class institution engaged in ongoing transformation.  Produced and directed by David Hughes Duke, an Emmy award-winning writer and Georgia-based filmmaker, the program takes viewers on a journey through the historic milestones that helped a small, Methodist college grow into a multi-faceted, modern research university. For more information ...   

 4. Berea Mennonite Church, 1088 Bouldercrest Drive SE, just south of East Atlanta Village (Flat Shoals becomes Bouldercrest), will host two events this week with an eye to opening the conversation on conscientious objection. Any questions can be directed to John Wierwille at 404-944-0522.

5. Thursday, April 26, Conscientious Objection and the Drug Wars,  Sebastian Patino, a Columbian CO, talks about how his own struggle against violence   framed by his country’s inner turmoil.  This discussion will be primarily in English.  Berea Mennonite Church – Sanctuary Building, 7 – 9 p.m., light refreshments will be served.

6. Friday, April 27, Conscientious Objection and the Drug Wars. Meet Sebastian Patino as the conversation is opened to include a forum of young Latino men who have faced or are facing similar choices.  This discussion will be primarily in Spanish.  Berea Mennonite Church – Peace Patio, 7 – 9 p.m., cookout and potluck food, bring a dish, drinks provided.

7. Hearts of Hope, The Domestic Violence Ministry of Peace Baptist Church, is hosting a Multicultural Competence Workshop, Saturday, April 28, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Effective prevention, communication, counseling, and partnerships operate with the knowledge that cultural heredity is a shaper of self-identity.  Increase your ability to be effective, to avoid unintentional insult or expression of prejudice, and to welcome and appreciate diversity. Peace Baptist @ Rehoboth, 2997 Lawrenceville Hwy, Tucker 30084 registration at

8. Unite Women has notified us of a march to be held on Saturday, April 28, A Call To Action To Defend Women's Rights! They invite interested people to come to Centennial Olympic Park at 8:30 a.m. The march will end at the Georgia State Capital, Washington Street, for speakers beginning at 10:15.

9. Remember Saturday is BBQ at the Green from St. Andrew's in the Pines, Peachtree City, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 28, 70 Main St., in Senoia during the Art of Green sidewalk art show. Barbecue and trimmings will be provided by parishioner Bill Wood, who owns Katie Lou's Café, set to open this summer in Senoia. Lunch tickets are $7; all money raised will benefit the work of St. Andrew's. Leading the serving team will be the Rector Paul C. Elliott.  For information call 770-487-8415.

10. The Sixth Annual Spring Fling at Fayette Presbyterian Church, 791 Forest Avenue, Atlanta 30214. Saturday, April 28. Fayette Presbyterian and Korean Presbyterian Church of Georgia will host a fun day for all beginning at 10 a.m. The free event features a band, rides, popcorn, games, and some self and organizational improvement opportunities. If you come please bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the Fayette Samaritans Organization.

11. Homelessness in Atlanta: Background and Reality, at Church on the Street, 163 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Midtown Atlanta, Saturday, April 28, 1- 2:30 p.m. Who's homeless in Atlanta?  What leads to and sustains homelessness? Testimonies from the formerly homeless with Mitzi McNeil, Adrienne Johnson, Bill Smith, and Catelin Lindsay. This is a free and open event.  

12. The Rev. Shari L. Rates, senior pastor of Rock Springs UMC, Lawrenceville, is the preacher April 29 on “Day 1”. Rates spent over five years working with children and youth in Micronesia, has served as a chaplain at Gwinnett Medical Center and on the staff of several local UMC churches. She is chairperson of Parish Life for the North Georgia Conference of the UMC.  Rates’s sermon, based on 1 John 3:16-24, is entitled “What’s Love Got to Do with It?”  She says, “Love is the compelling force that says, through the mercy and grace of God, we are truly capable of extending the same to one another.” For more information, call toll free 888-411-DAY-1 or check the program’s website,

13. LYRA, an a cappella group of five professional singers from St. Petersburg, Russia, will present a concert of Russian choral music featuring sacred music of the Russian Orthodox Church, ancient songs to works of famous masters and composers of the 18th - 20th centuries. The second half of the concert is made up of Russian folk songs. This is a unique opportunity! Come and enjoy the sounds of Russia as interpreted by professional Russian singers. Sunday, April 29, 7 p.m., at  Living Grace Lutheran Church, 1812 Cooledge Rd, Tucker   30084. For info contact 678-406-9229 or Free will offering is appreciated.

14. Music from Georgia - The Past Meets the Present from the Choral Guild of Atlanta, May 6, at 4 p.m. in the Northside Drive Baptist Church Chapel, 3100 Northside Drive, Atlanta 30305.  The mission of the guild is to program the outstanding choral works from all musical periods, including works that are not often performed. Tickets are $15 at the door, seniors $12, students $5. Group tickets are available for $10, advance purchase is required for the group rate. Email or call 404-223-6362.

15. Register now for golf or to help sponsor the 17th annual Rainbow Village Golf Classic. The event will be on Monday, May 7, at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, noon shotgun start.  Awarding of prizes and a dinner will close out the event. For information call Sandra Cathy, 770-497-1883, ext. 13,   or see  here. Rainbow village began as a ministry of Christ church Norcross and has  just opened 10 new apartment homes for families struggling to better their situations.

16. John Smoltz in Starting and Closing: Perseverance, Faith, and One More Year tells his story. Smoltz delivers insights into modern major league baseball, its place in popular culture, and the value of competition, and writes with unwavering honesty about becoming a true Christian and finding in his beliefs the peace and strength to stay focused. This memoir is an inspirational story of spiritual growth and family values, from a man who believed not just in himself but also in God's plan for him…and one more year. May 10 at Barnes and Noble in Buckhead and May 17 at Books-A-Million at Discover Mills Mall.

17. 2012 Legislative Wrap Up with A Future. Not A Past. Tuesday, May 15, starting with a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. A panel discussion will follow from 8 to 9.  Hear what collective efforts accomplished this legislative session to combat the commercial sexual exploitation of Georgia's children.  An expert panel will also discuss future legislative asks to keep moving forward as we work to keep Georgia's children safe from predators who seek to exploit them.  North Avenue Presbyterian Church, 607 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta 30308. Parking is free, enter from Courtland or North Avenue.   Take the elevator to the 3rd floor. R.s.v.p. to by May 11.

18. Writing the Sacred:   A journaling, poetry &  Psalm-writing Workshop, Tuesday, May 15, 7 p.m., Decatur UCC,  As a veteran workshop leader, Ray McGinnis brings a splendid range of writing exercises to spark your imagination.  Come play with words, come nurture your spirit as you learn ways to make your own new psalms.Explore how Psalm writing can deepen self-understanding; expand self-expression, personal and spiritual growth.    Dinner at  6:15 p.m.; Workshop at 7:00 p.m. the cost is $15. To register call  404-373-2933  or email     

19. Sixth Annual Harmony for Life, Thursday, May 17, 7 p.m., at Eddie’s Attic, Decatur. This live music fundraiser benefits the American foundation for Suicide Prevention, Metro Atlanta Chapter. Doors open at 6:00pm. General admission tickets are $15 each and tables (4 reserved seats) are $100 each. Show line-up will include Joyscout, Christopher Alan Yates, Herb Jones, Jesse Tyler and the Neighbors, Bucky Motter, and the Lovely Drifters. Ticket info at

 20. The North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church has begun the process of developing an affiliate DISCIPLE Bible Outreach program for people who are incarcerated in the State of Georgia. A local steering committee is being developed made up of Conference staff, UMM leadership, an attorney, prison ministry leaders and/or mission leaders, DISCIPLE Bible Study leaders, Corrections Chaplains and/or Corrections Administrators, and community leaders . It will work with the Georgia Department of Corrections and the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. If you are interested in being a part of the steering committee and hearing more of this conversation please contact Rev. Pat Dunbar at with your interest level and any questions. An informational meeting will be held on May 15 at North Georgia Conference Center, 4511 Jones Bridge Circle, Norcross. 

21. We mentioned Days for Girls last week. The Georgia chapter is meeting the second Saturday of each month at Messiah Lutheran at 11a.m. The church is  at 465 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur 30030. You might be interested in the blog for the Georgia Chapter. See 

 22. If there is a teenager in your congregation with a parent in the Guard or Reserve find out about leadership summer camp in Georgia, a great opportunity for adventure. Deadline for application is May 6   Information  

23. Beulah Heights University’s Summer 2012 Master of Business Administration Degree Cohort is still accepting applications. It will begin on Friday. May 4. If you are interested in applying please contact Monique Wilson right away. or   404-921-4165. Ask about the Duel Enrollment  (MBAE2) opportunity for graduating seniors who have 9 or less credit hours left to complete their degree program.

24. A liturgy for the blessing of a garden is available from Episcopal Relief and Development. To view and download this resource , click here  Questions or comments should be directed to Pamela Penn at

25. L'Arche Community in Atlanta has begun the admissions process for welcoming adults with intellectual disabilities into the first L’Arche community in Georgia. They are working with Georgia State's Center for Leadership in Disabilities in this process. If you are not familiar with L’Arche please visit their website For information about admissions and the selection process for the first core members  read more...  

Several work opportunities are offered as the new L’Arche Community is set up. Read about them here  

You have read to the end and surprise, I would like to offer a gift to the first ordained clergyperson who emails us. Amazing Gifts: Stories of Faith, Disability, and Inclusion is a brand new book  by Mark I. Pinsky. I was so impressed by the excerpt I read that I contacted  Alban, the publisher. They have made a copy available for us to give away. It is a collection of 64 amazing stories of people with disabilities, their families, and their congregations and it will lead you to think and act in new ways. Email me at and I will send you a copy.

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