Church Action eNewsletter Week of August 14, 2017

Church Action eNewsletter

Week of August 14, 2017

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta


1. Online registration will close this coming Thursday, Aug. 17, for the Saturday, Aug. 19 pro-bono Teaminar Workshop from Atlanta Prays on “How to Unleash the Power of Prayer, Clarity, and Process in Your Organization – and Beyond.” Teams of 3-5 people can register online until this coming Thursday by clicking here.    

2. Solidarity Prayer For Charlottesville and News Conference, Thursday, Aug. 17, 10:00 a.m., National SCLC Headquarters, 320 Auburn Ave., Atlanta, 30303, Sabrina McKenzie of the Legislative Clergy Council,  SCLC President Charles Steele, Hosea Feed The Hungry’s Elisabeth Omilami, Moral Monday's President Frances Johnson, NAACP Vice President Gerald Griggs, People's Agenda leaders, and emerging student faith leaders.

3. The Day1 preacher this week is the Rev. Rob Lee, pastor of Bethany United Church of Christ in Winston-Salem, N.C. His sermon “Nevertheless, She Persisted” can be heard or read at Tune in to News 95.5 or AM 750 WSB on Sunday morning at 7:05.


4.  A reminder that the Decatur Interfaith Experience is Sunday, Aug. 20, 2-5 p.m., at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 636 West Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, you are warmly invited to gather with neighbors from all walks of life and faiths for an afternoon of storytelling, music, community service, a panel discussion, “speed-faithing” and a pot-luck meal. Bring a favorite dish to share and a friend.  


5. Women's Interfaith Network presents A Call to Action: Becoming an Upstander. This interactive workshop examines issues of implicit and explicit bias with the goal of promoting a more civil, respectful, and safe community. Sunday, August 20, 3 – 5 p.m., St. David's Church, 1015 Old Roswell Rd, Roswell 30076. R.s.v.p. and more information 


6. It's jazz vespers time again at Big Bethel AME Church. On August 20, 2017 at 4 p.m., experience the smooth, soulful sounds of legendary jazz pianist, Ojeda Penn and the Ojeda Penn Experience. Tickets for this event are $15 and available through the church and on Big Bethel is located at 220 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta; Dr. John Foster, is senior pastor. Information inquiries can be made at (404)827-9707. 


7. This is a reminder of the Mix and Mingle with the Special Needs Community, an opportunity for policy makers, parents/caregivers of the disability community, and those with disabilities to have a conversation.   Here's the link. Registration is free, but is required.  Mount Pisgah UMC, August 21, 7 – 9 p.m. 9820 Nesbit Ferry Rd, Johns Creek 30022.


8. Gallery at Peachtree-Pine Art Exhibit with music and food, Thursday, August 24, 6-9 p.m., 477 Peachtree Street, Atlanta. A display of over 100 portraits of Peachtree-Pine residents past and present and an evening in celebration of 20 years of art and service by and about the beautiful people there. Six remaining artists have memorialized the residents in oils and pastels, graphite and acrylics. Their work, that of former Peachtree-Pine artists, and Anita Beaty will be exhibited and offered for sale. Email to R.s.v.p. 


9. City of Roswell Nonprofit Partnership Program hosts the United Way of Greater Atlanta North Fulton Collective Impact Summit, Aug. 25, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., at Roswell City Hall, Register here  and join service providers in nonprofit, government, education, and faith-based organizations in identifying collaborative opportunities to address North Fulton child well-being priorities.


10. Susan Sparks, the nation’s only stand-up comedian with a pulpit will be in Atlanta Friday, Aug.  25, at Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church. Here's a taste.  Here are the tickets.


11. Youth Fish Fry & Yard Sale at Smith Chapel UMC, 3325 Humphries Hill Rd., Austell 30106, Saturday August 26. The yard sale starts at 8:00 a.m. and the fish fry is 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Donation $5 for one piece, sides & drink; $7 for two pieces, sides & drink. Come out for good food and fun and to support the young people.

12. EIRO is hosting a workshop in practices of discernment to help people identify their God-given passions. People are incredibly busy and often do not feel they have the time or bandwidth to pursue their passions. EIRO will spend a good deal of time on developing healthy boundaries so that people can say no to things that are burning them out and yes to the things that God has placed on their hearts. This is a great event for pastors who want to unlock the potential in their congregations or themselves. Saturday, August 26, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Tucker. More info and tickets can be found here.

13. An evening of great jazz, food, and fellowship at an affordable cost- First Friday at First, Sept. 1, featuring artist jazz guitarist and composerDoc Powell.  Purchase your $15 ticket at the door. First Congregational Church, The Commons 125 Ellis Street Atlanta 30303. Paid parking at the lot adjacent to church on John Wesley Dobbs Ave. Free parking at 151 Ellis St., NE, just after the Commons.

14. Atlanta Regional Housing Forum presents Atlanta Mayoral Candidate Forum, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta 30308. How do issues of affordable housing, transit-oriented development, and homelessness rank among other competing concerns? Atlanta residents have an opportunity to get answers and hear directly from the candidates, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 9:30 - 11:45 a.m. The forum will be moderated by Bill Bolling, founder of the forum. Register here For details and a list of candidates who have confirmed participation, click here.

15. Ser Familia presents Celebrating Our Heritage with the best Latin American food in Atlanta, Sept. 8. Find out more here. Ser Familia, Inc. is a unique organization dedicated to strengthening Latino families through programs that empower them to thrive and enjoy a healthy family environment.

16. Egg-Onomic Breakfast Series, All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree St., Atlanta, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 7:30-8:30 a.m., featuring Harris Lowe with chief investment strategist, Wes Moss, author and host of Money Matters, the country's longest running live call-in, investment and personal finance radio show. A full buffet breakfast will be served. All are invited to Holy Eucharist at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $5. Proceeds go to the Men of Hope at Covenant Community. This event is expected to fill up; R.s.v.p. to

17. Sixth Annual Caregivers' Conference- Due West UMC, Saturday, September 16, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. The conference is free and is open to all who might benefit from a day of dementia education and caregiver appreciation. A beautiful lunch will be provided. This event fills up; to  register Click here 

18. Wellness Day South Cobb 5K, Saturday, Sept. 16, staging area 2723 Jefferson Street, Austell, breakfast will be served. Registration and details here. For information contact Annette Hughes at

19. Urban Environmental Summit In West Atlanta, Saturday, Sept. 16, from 1 - 4 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Atonement,1875 Joseph E. Boone Blvd. NW, Atlanta 30314. The summit will include two community discussions. Roundtable I will take on the concern that current governance trends and development models create destructive gentrification.  Roundtable II will take on the discussion of the need for urban leaders to become involved in the environmental movement. For more information visit

20. The 40th Annual Amis International Student and Scholar Welcome Reception will be held Saturday, Sept. 16 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom, Georgia Tech, 350 Ferst Drive NW.  The reception will feature the Kennesaw State University Jazz Trio. All are invited to extend the hand of friendship to our international students. Volunteers make the Amis Amigo program a success, find out more or sign up here.

21. David Shi, noted author, historian, and leader in higher education, will speak at Northside Drive Baptist Church on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 4:00 p.m.  As 2017 presenter for the Gladys and Tom McComb Lecture Series, he will deliver a lecture entitled, “On the Pursuit of Happiness.” A specialist in intellectual and cultural history, Dr. Shi is the author of several books, and co-author of “America: a Narrative History.” This textbook has sold over two million copies.   A native of Atlanta, Shi is president emeritus of Furman University and taught for 17 years at Davidson College, where he was chair of the history department. The lecture is free and open to the public, 3100 Northside Drive, Atlanta 30305. For further information call the church at (404)237-8621 or visit the websites and

22. Join the New Baptist Covenant Sept. 18-19, for the 2017 Summit.  Great opportunities include dynamic speakers such as civil rights legend John Lewis, as well as Rev. Alan Sherouse, Dr. Marie Onwubuariri, and Dr. Darryl Aaron; Inaugural Ella Baker Justice Dinner to celebrate a civil rights hero; Pre-summit Civil Rights Bike Tour around Atlanta, fellowship with Baptists committed to racial justice, and tools and resources to deepen the racial justice ministry in your church.  See more information and register here.

23. Carl McColman, noted writer, speaker, retreat leader, and lay Cistercian at the monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, will deliver the Jane Baird Lecture, Sept. 21, 7 p.m., Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW.  More information to follow. The event is open to the public and free but reservations are requested.  Click here to R.s.v.p. 

24. Dr. Roberta Gilbert, MD, Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in Washington, D.C., at the seventh annual symposium which is intended to broaden the community's awareness of Bowen Theory and provide practical knowledge to people working in health care, social work, religious congregations, business, and community organizations, Friday, Sept. 22, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Seating for the Symposium is limited so register soon! Registration.  

25. A Homecoming: Men Stopping Violence 35th Anniversary Celebration will be held at the Trolley Barn on Sept. 22. Read more and R.s.v.p.

26. Fall is the busiest season at Koinonia Farm - it is just around the corner. There are pecans to harvest, pecans to size, pecans to crack, pecans to sort, pecans to take to the bakery, and plenty of other projects going on. They welcome visitors to come lend a hand with the busy season and experience the joy of working alongside the community. Read more about Come, See, Serve.

27. We think you will like this essay from Danny Chisholm published in “Patheos,” People of the Book.

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Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.

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