Church Action eNewsletter Week of April 25, 2016

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Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta


Church Action eNewsletter Week of April 25, 2016



1. Scholarships for the 2016 Wildgoose Festival are available for first call pastors or seminarians and their families. Apply for the LEAD NOW cohort! Info here.


2. Applications are now available for the summer Freedom School program at Emmaus House. The camp is a Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools® Program, open to completed kindergarten through eighth grade scholars and is free for eligible campers-- six weeks of reading enrichment, art, field trips, recreation, breakfast, lunch and snacks. June 13-July 22, M-F, from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Emmaus House, 1017 Hank Aaron Drive, SW, Atlanta 30315. Application deadline is April 29. Email Ann Fowler at or call 404-525-5948 ext. 27 for information.


3. Welcoming Children of All Abilities to Church, May 9-12, at the Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary, will focus on ways church communities can become more accommodating to cognitively or physically disabled children and their families. For the convenience of those with schedule restrictions, new partial event registration options have been added -- Monday evening ($25), Tuesday and Wednesday ($100 per day includes all sessions and lunch) and Thursday morning ($75). Please email to select these options. Registration for the event will close this Friday.


4. Christ Child Society of Atlanta is holding its Spring Luncheon & Fundraiser "I Don't Have a Thing to Wear" on Saturday, April 30, at InterContinental Hotel Buckhead. This fun day of fashion features Jackie Walker, Dr. of Closetology and author of the book "I Don't Have a Thing to Wear!" Take a tour of your psyche as it relates to that room of emotion...Your Closet! Find out more here.

5. This week on Day 1 Lindsay Popper is the featured preacher. She is the 2015 recipient of the David H. C. Read Preacher/Scholar Award given by Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in NYC. Her sermon is entitled “The Courage of Easter People.” Find your local station and more at  


6. The Georgia Boy Choir will perform at 3:15 p.m., Sunday, May 1 at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305.  Contact Timothy Gunter at 404-365-1050 or 678-230-8057 if you have questions.

7. The Creative Expression Ministry at Grace Episcopal Church in Gainesville hosts the nationally touring quilt exhibit, Sacred Threads, through May 4, 2016. The exhibition features 40 quilts with themes of joy, peace & brotherhood, inspiration, grief, healing, sponsored by the Sacred Threads organization based in Fairfax, Vir. The quilts are displayed in the Parish Hall. Grace, 422 Brenau Ave. Gainesville 30501.

8. Georgia Parent Support Network, Georgia’s Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, will hold an open house on Wednesday, May 4, 4 – 7 p.m., 1395 Metropolitan Parkway, Atlanta 30310. Learn more about what they do and how you can support healthy families.

9. The Hart Readers, Cathedral Book Store, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305, features monthly discussions of books of various genres and styles. Join in the discussion on Wednesday, May 4, as the Rev. Brian Sullivan discusses Wendell Berry's Jayber Crow. Sullivan is the rector of St. Benedict's Episcopal Church in Smyrna. 

10. The City of Atlanta Ministerial Alliance will hold its city-wide revival on May 4 and May 5 at 7 p.m. and invites the Atlanta Community. The revival will take place at the Agape Church of Christ in the Adamsville Community, 3761 Adamsville Drive, Atlanta 30331. On Wednesday, May 4, the Rev. Leroy Doe, Concord Baptist Church, will preach. On Thursday, May 5, the Rev. Douglas Demetrius Prather will preach. The Ministerial Alliance is a consortium of Clergy and Civic Leaders within the City of Atlanta's City Council District 10. Prather, noted civil rights/social justice leader and the pastor of the Greater Mountain Baptist Church, is the President. For More information contact (404)583-9566.

11. You are invited to a community open house at the HEALing Community Center. Take a tour of the facility; meet founder, Dr. Charles Moore; CEO, Ms. Karen Williams; and the clinical staff. Come learn and see first hand how HEAL is improving the health of uninsured and underinsured residents of Atlanta. Drop in on Thursday, May 5, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information call (678)-704-4337 or visit

12. Jewish Mysticism & Kabbalah with Rabbi Mark Biller, Grace Church, Gainesville, Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7. Jewish Mysticism and Kabbalah  have influenced the Christian contemplative tradition  deeply throughout the centuries. Call Isabel Smiley-Lewis at (770)536-0126 with any questions you may have.  » details and registration form

13. If you know your Enneagram type you might be interested in Enneagram for Couples:  A Relationship Renewal Workshop, Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., at Amerson House Spirituality Center at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church.  The cost of $100 covers workshop facilitation and materials, lunch and refreshments for two.   To register, email or call Kimberly at or 404-275-3328. 

14. David King will take the stage at the newly renovated Avondale Towne Cinema Theater on Saturday, May 7, for a special evening of music. He is finishing up an album of songs inspired by his experience with L'Arche. The show will raise funds to complete the record, the proceeds of which will go directly to L’Arche in Atlanta.  Tickets are $15, and the doors open at 7p.m.  To read more about David and pre-book a ticket, you can visit his website.  Visit L'Arche Atlanta.

15. BluePrint for Change: Faith and Community Alliance Meeting for people in counties around Gainesville who are interested in how the faith community can support child welfare by building partnerships and developing networks for support of local foster families. Join Bobby Cagle, Director of Georgia's Family and Children Services, to discuss the impact of child welfare reform in your community. May 13, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Goodwill Career Center, 3715 Mundy Mill Rd., Oakwood 30566.  R.s.v.p. now at

16. The DeKalb Choral Guild presents Mystics and Music, May 14, 7:30 p.m., with settings of Rumi and Hafez and other mystics of many cultures. St Bart's Episcopal Church, 1790 LaVista Rd, Atlanta 30329. A reception will follow the concert. For more information click here (scroll down).

17. It’s Greek to me!  A reminder of a singular opportunity --Biblical Greek classes offered on a drop-in basis without cost, meeting through July and resuming after Labor Day. Contact Thee Smith at (404)727-0636 or for information.

18. In observance of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Care & Counseling Ministry of Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church will host A Conversation with the Faith Community: Ending the Stigma. A discussion will be moderated by KD Bowe and Torri Hicks and there will be an encore performance of a Song for You. Saturday, May 21, 12 – 2 p.m., at Greater Piney Grove, 1879-1903 Glenwood Avenue SE, Atlanta 30316.

19. There is an opportunity from Atlanta interfaith Leaders Fellowship to view a screening of the movie “Quest” – a powerful introduction to the nature, life, and meaning of being a Guru in communities of the Hindu Vedanta tradition, Saturday, May 21, from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m., Chinmaya Mission, 5511 Williams Road, Norcross 30093, will host this event. There is no charge for attending this event. All are welcome.

20. Georgia WAND’s Mother’s Day for Peace 2016 is coming up on Sunday, May 22, 4:30 p.m., at Spelman College’s Cosby Auditorium, 350 Spelman Lane SW, Atlanta 30314. Join them for their signature fundraising gala where they inspire activism, generate enthusiasm, and celebrate those among us whose bold efforts result in justice and peace. Tickets

21. If your congregation has a prison or reentry ministry you will want to save June 15 for the 2nd Georgia Supportive Housing Association Reentry Conference. Speakers include: Commissioner Michael W. Nail, and others from Georgia Department of Community Supervision, Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Department of Community Affairs, Department of Corrections, the GA Justice Project, and more. State Bar of Georgia, 104 Marietta St., Atlanta 30303, Wednesday, June 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

22. Have U Herd? God is speaking to you!  Children ages 3 through completed 5th grade are invited to attend Vacation Bible School at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, 2715 Peachtree Road, the week of June 6-10 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. There’ll be music, crafts, stories, snacks, crazy games, puppet shows, and tons of fun! Cost is $30 per child; scholarships available upon request by emailing Invite a friend and register now at

23. Frequently, ChurchNext offers free, open online courses for anyone who desires to journey deeper into faith. These courses are taught by expert teachers in scripture, liturgy, and important Christian topics; you will know their names.  Read about it here.

Visit our website for more information and resources including a community calendar. And, visit for Creating Compassionate Congregation: A Tool Box for Mental Health Ministry.



Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.

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