God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta
Church Action eNewsletter Week of April 4, 2016
1. The Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge, Thursday, April 7, 7:30 p.m., Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. This rare Atlanta appearance of one of the most celebrated choirs of men and boys in the world will delight and move listeners. Presented by the British Consulate-General Atlanta and Friends of Cathedral Music. Purchase tickets here.
2. Pope Francis has called all of us “to stand united against the global scandal of hunger”. A Catholic sophomore at Emory, Blair Ely, is doing something about it. She has organized the Catholic Relief Services of Emory Hunger Awareness Banquet on Friday, April 8, 2016 from 6:00-7:30. This program is an interactive experience highlighting the reality of hunger in today’s world. Come join our students in the fight against world hunger. This event is free and open to all. Winship Ballroom, Dobbs University Center, Emory University, Atlanta 30322.
3. The gardeners at the Seedtime and Harvest Gardens of the Friendship Center at Holy Comforter are working up a storm preparing for the second Plant Sale of the season which will be Saturday, April 9, 10 to 2, rain or shine. Tomatoes and peppers and squash, oh my! Basil and melons and cukes -- not to mention eggplant, lettuce, perennial herbs, gorgeous annual color, daylilies, irises, hostas, and more. NOW is the time to plant. Holy Comforter Church, 737 Woodland Ave. SE, Atlanta 30316; (404)627-6510; Friendshipcenter-atlanta.org
4. Bread for the World Partners invites congregational leaders to The Power of Witness-Interfaith Hunger Event Saturday, April 9, 9 a.m. -12 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer’s Fireside Room, 731 Peachtree St. NE. Discuss with other faith communities the extent of hunger in the U.S. and how we can raise our voices to champion food security among children and families. This event will feature legislative advocacy training by the Alliance to End Hunger, Bread for the World’s Vote to End Hunger Campaign, and state and local hunger issues. There is no charge for the event, but please contact Nancy Koughan, Atlanta tri-parish JustFaith administrative assistant, firstname.lastname@example.org for registration information.
5. The Cathedral Farmers Market is open Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-noon, as of last Saturday and Wednesdays, 4:30-8 p.m. beginning April 13. This is the largest producer-only farmers market in the state. Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Street Road, Atlanta 30305.
6. There will be an opportunity to hear Antoine Griggs, accompanied by Sandra Lutters, at the American Institute of Musical Studies, Graz, Austria, fundraiser on Friday April 8, 7:30 p.m., at Church of the Atonement, 4945 High Point Road Atlanta 30342. Doors open at 7. There is no admission charge.
7. A Community Prayer Day will be held at Ben Hill United Methodist Church, 2099 Fairburn Rd., Atlanta, Saturday, April 9, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on the front parking lot facing Fairburn Road. Critical times hard to deal with are now! But nothing is impossible with our heavenly Father. Let us come together and pray for our community and the nation to heal. All are welcome.
8. The Rev. Peter Marty is the featured preacher on Day 1 this week, Sunday, April 10. He will preach from Acts 9:1-20 in a sermon entitled “Two of the Sweetest Words Ever Spoken.” Find your local station and lots more at Day1.org.
9. Zion Episcopal Church Service, Talbotton, Sunday, April 10, 4:00 p.m., Fr. Jeff Jackson, Rector of St Nicholas Episcopal Church, will be the celebrant and preacher at this worship service. A reception will follow with an opportunity to tour the church and hear its rich history. It was erected in 1848 and is a fine example of carpenter Gothic architecture. Installed in 1850, the rare Pilcher organ is used today for services and events. In addition to worship services, it's available as an event facility for weddings, music recordings, performances, tours, and other events. Dress comfortably. Non-perishable food items will be collected for Talbotton Families in need. Contact Fr. Jackson at (706)-761-0115 for more information.
10. North Avenue Presbyterian Church invites the community to a missions conference over the next 2 Sundays.
Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil will preach Sunday, April 10, at 9 and 11 a.m. services. A be the | Discussion Panel Guest Speaker at 5:45 p.m. Dr. McNeil is an Associate Professor of Reconciliation Studies in the School of Theology at Seattle Pacific University. She is an author, speaker, and thought leader with over 25 years of ministry experience in the field of racial, ethnic, and gender reconciliation.
Dr. Tharwat Wahba will preach Sunday, April 17, at both the 9 and 11 a.m. services. He will be featured at 5:45 p.m., as well. Dr. Wahba is currently professor of mission and evangelism and the chair of the mission department in Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo. He is also the chairman of Pastoral and Outreach Ministries Council of the Synod of the Nile, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Egypt. Follow this link for further information.
11. There are a few places remaining at Lake Oconee Community Church Lecture On Culture and Classics, Tuesday, April 12, 7 p.m. at The Landing. Join Dr. Carmen Skaggs for a presentation and discussion on the Holocaust an event that changed our culture forever and altered how churches, temples, and all people of faith live together and perceive our common experience in what has become one large global community. If you live outside of the Reynolds Community, please click here to make a reservation through Becky Matheny.
12. Do Jews Have the Drinking Gene? Dispelling the Myth. Caron Treatment Centers and HAMSA invites you to a community conversation at Marcus Jewish Community Center, Kuniansky Center, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Atlanta 30338, Thursday, April 14, reception 6:30 p.m., program 7-8:30 p.m. this important conversation led by Rabbi Yosef Lipsker and Ike Dweck will examine the barriers to recovery for members of the Jewish faith. They will look at the role that history, guilt, and shame play in addiction as well as compare and contrast aspects of the 12-Steps relative to Judaism and Christianity as they look at the growing movement around Jewish Recovery. This is a free community event, but please R.s.v.p. to AtlantaEvents@Caron.org. For more information, please contact Nancy Zintak at
NZintak@Caron.org or 404-805-1442.
13. Alternatives to Violence Project Atlanta presents a nonviolence social, Thursday, April 14, 7-9 p.m., The Thinking Man Tavern, 537 W. Howard Avenue, Decatur. This is a space for anyone doing nonviolence work, interested in nonviolence, etc. to come together and build community, Find out what is going on in the city and become part of a network of peacebuilders. For more information click here!
14. The application deadline for SHARE at the Center for Civil and Human Rights is April 15, this Friday. Find out about this opportunity for students to learn from each other and from inter-generational dialogue with social justice movement veterans. Visit the website to download the application and find out more.
15. Atlanta’s Jung Society presents a lecture and workshop, “The Personal Myth in Turbulent Times,” by James Hollis, Ph.D., with lecture on Friday April 15, 7:30 p.m., and workshop on Saturday, April 16, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The location is Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Rd., NW, Atlanta 30327. Dr. Hollis is a Zurich trained Jungian Analyst in private practice, the Executive Director of the Jung Society of Washington, D.C., and the author of fourteen books. The lecture and workshop will include an exploration of the ways our personal life journeys intersect with the climate of our times, plus positive approaches to our challenges. The public is invited; fee for the lecture is $35 (students - $15, Society members - $25) and for the workshop $85 ( students - $50, Society members - $70). If you pay for the workshop, there is no additional fee for the lecture. CEUs are available. You may register online or at the door. The telephone is (404)634-6350. Additional information is at www.jungatlanta.com .
16. We omitted the date for the Zentangle® Art Workshop with Fran McColman. It is Sunday, April 17, 2-5 p.m., at Congregation Bet Haverim, 2074 Lavista Rd, Atlanta 30329. To reserve your spot, send an email to email@example.com.
17. The Juilliard-trained siblings of the Annie Moses Band will perform American Rhapsody at Roswell United Methodist Church Sunday, April 17, at 3 p.m. A favorite with PBS audiences, the group has two chart-topping albums and recent debuts at Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry. The concert will feature favorites from Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, and other American originals. Musical genres will include classical, bluegrass, progressive folk, and traditional. Tickets are available in RUMC’s main office and here.
18. 10th Annual GIPPY Awards: An Interfaith Celebration for the Earth, Sunday, April 17, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Kick off Earth Week with Georgia Interfaith Power & Light and help celebrate ten years of sustainable action by congregations statewide! Come to celebrate the goodness that pours forth from creation and give thanks with GIPL! Tickets are $10 each. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 1911 Cliff Valley Way NE., Atlanta 30329. Keynote speaker is Dennis Creech, cofounder and director of Southface Energy Institute. Harmony sings in 37 languages and will sing songs of hope, peace, and reconciliation.
19. Robert Henry and Charae Krueger, piano and cello, April 18, 7:30 p.m. Henry is an internationally distinguished pianist, winning universal acclaim as orchestral soloist, recitalist, accompanist, and chamber musician. He will be joined by cellist Krueger, principal cellist of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra and the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, and who, along with Henry, is an artist-in-residence at the Kennesaw State University School of Music. Krueger plays a cello made by Abraham Prescott in 1830. All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta. All tickets are general admission. Adult $20; Student/senior $15. Click here to purchase tickets for Robert Henry & Charae Krueger
20. Dining for Change, Tuesday, April 19, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Radial Café, 1530 DeKalb Ave. NE, Atlanta 30307. Ambassador Andrew Young invites you to join him in supporting Citizen Advocacy of Atlanta and DeKalb's 5th Annual Dining for Change fundraising event. Tickets here. There will be live music, a silent auction, good company, great conversation, and the delicious food that makes Radial Café a favorite. If you have questions call (404)523-8849 or email info@CitizenAdvocacyAtlantaDeKalb.org
21. RFxConnect.com is presenting a seminar on How to Grow Your Church with Social Media at Club e Business Center, 3707 Main Street, College Park 30337 Thursday, April 19, 7:00- 8:30 p.m. The presenter has experience helping organizations grow through digital channels. Please R.s.v.p. at Eventbrite or call (678)509-5526. This presentation is geared toward churches with fewer than 350 members. Learn more about the company at rfxconnect.com
22. Dr. S. Elizabeth Ford, District Health Director of the DeKalb County Board of Health, and the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce present the 2015 Status of Health in DeKalb. A dynamic panel of health experts will discuss the status of health in DeKalb County and its impact April 21 at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Registration is required! For more information contact Emily Yang at firstname.lastname@example.org or (404) 378-8000. To register click on this link.
23. Catholic Climate Covenant has prepared a one-hour program guide to help your parish, school, or community join the millions of others around the world celebrating Earth Day, April 22, by focusing on the theme "Trees for the Earth." The Earth Day Program Guide includes prayers, scripture readings, video with discussion questions, activities, a bulletin insert (English and Spanish), and a flyer to advertise your event. Follow the link above to find the material.
Visit gipl.org for more Earth Day Resources gathered by Georgia Interfaith Power & Light.
24. Do you have church members who are trying to understand which VA benefits are available to them or a loved one? Veterans are invited to come get their questions answered. The non-profit Safe America Foundation has teamed up with the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Transition Assistance Program, the Georgia Department of Labor, and Veteran focused non-profits to offer free bi-monthly benefits and assistance briefings at its Home Front Center, Atlanta Medical Center, Medical Bldg. C, 340 Boulevard, NE, Suite 523. Briefings are led by VA Benefits Advisors and specialized non-profit case-workers. R.s.v.p. to Registrar@safeamerica.org or call (770)973-7233. Briefings on Fridays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ten spaces at each briefing. April 22, May 13, May 27, June 10, June 24.
25. Basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal will discuss his new children's book, Little Shaq Takes a Chance Saturday, April 30, at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church Decatur, 308 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur 30030. The book continues the Little Shaq series that celebrates community, family, and education. This event is sponsored by Georgia Center for the Book and hosted by Conversations at First Baptist. No tickets or reservations are required.
26. Susan Taylor, author, former editor-in-chief of Essence Magazine, is keynote speaker for Hillside International Truth Center's Pre-Mother's Day Brunch - A Family Reunion; Saturday, April 30, Hilton Atlanta Airport, 1031 Virginia Avenue, Atlanta 30354, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Ticket includes brunch, prizes, entertainment, giveaways, and all festivities. For ticket information, visit the website at www.hillsideinternational.org. In 2005, Taylor founded what has become the National CARES Mentoring Movement, an organization devoted to breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty among African- Americans. The event will honor women who are making a difference in the community, including Alfreda “Freda” Stukes, NPR personality, Miranda Mack McKenzie, Interim Director of Institutional Advancement Atlanta Technical College, and Patricia Lottier, publisher/chief executive for Atlanta Tribune.
27. The Atlanta Stephen Ministry Network Annual Meeting is being held at Saint Martin in the Field Episcopal School, 3110-A Ashford Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta 30319, April 30, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Topics are: Making Stephen Ministry Sustainable – A Group Exercise; Grief and Recovery: An Experiential and Action Based Approach presented by Anne Keeton, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist & Life Coach; Spiritual Care for the Dying and Their Families presented by Sonja Roberts, RN with specialties in Neurology and Hospice Care. All Stephen Ministry leaders, ministers, and clergy are encouraged to attend. Register by contacting Gail.Fredericks@comcast.net.
28. South DeKalb Family Resource Expo. The DeKalb County School District’s Office of Family Engagement, in collaboration with the Joseph Network, invites South DeKalb families to connect with over 40 participating agencies that provide support in the following areas:
You will also have the opportunity to connect with local, state, and federal agencies that will provide job-readiness training and employment opportunities. Parents please bring your state issued id to ensure your opportunity to receive benefits from some of our vendors at the expo. The expo is at Miller Grove high School, 2645 DeKalb Medical Parkway, Lithonia 30058. This expo is centrally located and accessible by Marta Route #86 Fairington Road/McAfee Road. Please register at www.goo.gl/rBuVXG Click on the flyer on the right hand side of our website to see a full-sized flyer.
Visit our website for more information and resources including a community calendar.
Ethel Ware Carter
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.