Church Action eNewsletter Week of April 24, 2017

Church Action eNewsletter

Week of April 24, 2017

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta


1. On the Road to Emmaus (and other encounters with the Teacher).  After Easter morning Jesus’ followers met him in unexpected places and did not recognize him at first. Where and when do we encounter our Teacher, and do we recognize him at the time? How do we respond?  Join Atlanta Friends Meeting for a discussion at 701 West Howard Ave., Decatur GA 30030, in the Library, 7 p.m., Thursday, April 27. Bring your favorite edition of the Bible. For more info contact Julia at or call the Meeting House Office (404)377-2474 M-F 9 a.m. to noon.

2. Restorative Justice Workshop presented by the Restorative Justice Institute of Atlanta, Restorative Justice is a process to involve, to the extent possible, those who have a stake in a specific offense and to collectively identify and address harms, needs and obligations, in order to heal and put things as right as possible. - Howard Zehr. April 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Augustine of Canterbury Church, 1221 Morrow Road, Morrow, $50 per person; limited number of scholarships are available. This workshop is designed for individuals who are new to Restorative Justice practices. Visit for contact information or to sign up. Mark your calendar for a practitioner workshop on September 15-16.

3. The Rev. Sarah Condon, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, is the featured preacher on Day 1 this Sunday, April 30. You can hear the sermon in the Atlanta rea at 7:05 a.m. on News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB.  Visit to hear it now and for podcasts, other sermon transcripts, blogs, and videos.

4. Hoosier Memorial United Methodist Church 2017 Women’s Day will feature Shirley Franklin, former mayor of Atlanta, as speaker at the 10:45 a.m. service, April 30. All are invited to come for the celebration, 2545 Benjamin E. Mays Drive, SW, Atlanta 30311.

5. Smoke Rise Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir will present The Creation by Franz Joseph Haydn with Richard Clement, Maria Valdes, and Alan Higgs, Sunday, April 30, 7:00 PM - 8:30 p.m., in the sanctuary at 5901 Hugh Howell Road, Stone Mountain 30087.  Since 1992, Smoke Rise Baptist Academy of the Arts has been committed to developing the talents of the community. Check out the many offerings and Read more>>

6. Clayton Chastain and Paul Poovey present a trumpet concert at First Presbyterian Church, 1328 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, at noon on Wednesday, May 3. 

7. Join Georgia Parent Support Network and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities as they bring the community together to raise awareness about children's mental health at a free event at 12:30 p.m. on May 4, at the Georgia Freight Depot, 65 Martin Luther King Jr Drive NW, Atlanta, 30303. Registration and breakfast begin at 8 a.m., program and rally panel begin at 9:00. 

8. Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims by Mustafa Akyol. Get to know Jesus in a new way through Muslim eyes. How does this challenge or enhance our own understanding of and faith in Jesus?  Book available from Amazon, or if you want one ordered for you free of charge contact Julia Atlanta Friends Meeting, 701 West Howard Ave., Decatur  30030,  on Thursday, May 4,  at 7 p.m. in the Library. For more info call the Meeting’s office M-F,  9 a.m. to noon (404)-377-2474.

9. A Night of Song with Woodward Academy Choir. Woodward Academy Chorus has generously offered to perform for the L’Arche Atlanta community. This talented choir will delight all with its music, savory finger foods provided before and desserts following the reception. The event will be hosted by First Christian Church of Decatur. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., concert at 7. Thursday, May 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m., First Christian Church of Decatur, 601 W Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur 30030

10. GreenLaw is committed to preserving our state’s natural beauty. Celebrate the 25th anniversary of this group on May 4 at Callanwolde. For event details visit

11. First Friday at First, Atlanta’s premier jazz ministry, features Louis Heriveoux, 9 – 9 p.m., Friday, May 5, at First Congregational Church UCC, 105 Courtland Street, Atlanta 30303. Advance tickets available at (404)659-6255.

12. Another reminder of the Catholic Charities of Atlanta and the GALEO free citizenship clinic May 6, 9 a.m.  Legal permanent residents (green card holders) will be given guidance and assistance in the application for their U.S. Citizenship.  register for the event as an applicant - Register here.  

13. Join Ben Hill United Methodist Church for Community Prayer Day, Saturday, May 6, from 9:30 – 11 a.m., 2099 Fairburn Road, Atlanta 30331, in the parking lot off Austell Road. Don't be discouraged by fear, confusion, and challenge; there is power in numbers. So join hands with Ben Hill, other churches, neighborhoods, and individuals and lift we lift our community concerns to the Lord!

14. Reading Matters! An informational forum on adult literacy brought to us by the Social Action Committee of First Congregational Church and Literacy Action, Sunday, May 7, 1 – 2 p.m., First Church Fellowship Hall, 105 Courtland St., NE, Atlanta 30303. All are welcome.

15. The William Baker Choral Foundation presents Singing in Spring with Zimria Festivale Atlanta, May 7, 3:00 p.m., Congregation Beth Shalom, 5303 Winters Chapel Road, Dunwoody, tickets at the door or online through, $15 adults, 10 students and seniors, 5 children 12 and under.

16. Emmanuel Lutheran Church Soulful Sunday Jazz Vespers, 4:00 p.m., Sunday, May 7, 3050 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta 30311, with Sammy and the Stingrays and other local jazz artists. Admission is free; a love offering will be taken.

17. The Forward From 50 Emmaus House Celebration is Sunday, May 7, 6 - 8 p.m., at the Carter Center. R.s.v.p. here.

18. The next Cooking With Choices session starts on Tuesday, May 9, at Choices for Kids. Teams of one parent and one child learn to cook fun healthy food. This is a free program but registration is required. Space is limited. Click here to register for the next class or email for more info.

19. Midtown Race for MAC, join hundreds of other MAC supporters for the 4th Annual Midtown 5k Race at Piedmont Park at 8:00 am on May 13, registration and number pickup starts at 7 a.m. Your $25 registration goes towards assisting the working poor with rent, utilities, MARTA, and groceries. Swag bags, stylish 5k t-shirts, and prizes in each age category. Click here to sign up and for more information. 

20. Illumination: Songs of Beauty & Light with the Northwest Georgia Festival Singers. Celebrate light and beauty through timeless musical classics. One performance only. Saturday, May 13, 7:00 p.m., Heritage Baptist Church, 1070 Douthit Ferry Road, Cartersville. All seats $10. Purchase tickets in advance online.

21. Save the date for the annual Mother’s Day for Peace, 4:00 p.m., May 21, at Agnes Scott College, 141 E. College Avenue, Decatur 30030. Check out the list of those being honored, speakers, and entertainment and get your tickets at ga-wand-presents-mothers-day-for-peace

22. Joy Night fellowship concert is Sunday, May 21, at 5 p.m. This celebration of joyful gospel music and formal appreciation of community leaders features several choirs from the surrounding area, hosted by First Baptist Church, 308 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur. Free and open to the public. The inspiration for came from a First Baptist member who experienced the great sense of community and purpose in Roslyn Heights, New York, when churches came together monthly for a night of music and fellowship. This empowering sense of community inspired the theme "Where There Is Unity, There Is Strength!" More next week on participating choirs…

23. Summit Counseling Center will host its 11th Annual Golf Classic on Monday, June 19 at The Country Club of the South.  The Golf Classic is an opportunity for you to invite friends and colleagues to join you for a day of golf and awareness surrounding mental health in our community. Find out more>>

24. Tickets are available for the New Baptist Covenant Luncheon at CBF General Assembly on Thursday, June 29, in Atlanta. Keynote speaker will be senior pastor of the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, The Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock. New Baptist Covenant is movement for racial justice and racial reconciliation in the Baptist family.  You can purchase tickets and find more info here. 

25. Interfaith Community Initiatives World Pilgrims first-ever Women's Journey to Oakland, Calistoga, and San Francisco. The journey, July 5- 11, includes visits to spiritual communities, conversations, and meetings with people of diverse faiths and traditions. And, it includes opportunities for women on the journey to share and get a better understanding who they are as women of faith.  Click here for the brochure.

26. Pitts Theology Library, Candler School of Theology, Emory, explores Luther's Theses with the exhibit The Image of a Fractured Church: Martin Luther and the 95 Theses. Shown are the early responses by both his supporters and his opponents, the impact of Luther's reformation, as well as current attempts by Catholics and Protestants to find common ground. All are welcome to view the exhibit in the third floor gallery until July 7any time the library is open or to sign up for a docent-led tour 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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