Church Action eNewsletter Week of August 17, 2015

                                                                    God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

                                                                      Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta

                                                      Weekly Church Action eNewsletter Week of August 17, 2015


Congratulations to 5 fortunate and fast reading folks who will receive a copy of Little Boy shortly. Good news—we are getting more copies than we thought so some more of you may get a movie, too.


Remember to check the C.H.I.P. website for the Tool Box for Mental Health Ministry and other resources.


1. An artist's reception for painter Maureen Engle is scheduled at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, at the Ventulett Gallery at Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church, Atlanta. Her exhibit is titled "Tops & Bottoms" and it will be on display until Sept. 24.


2. The Healing Community Center Round Robin Tennis Fundraiser will be this Friday, Aug. 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Bitsy Grant Tennis Center. Donald Johnson will be a special guest, he is a formerly world ranked # 1 doubles player. Guest emcee is Sam Crenshaw. Register here. Healing Community Center serves uninsured and underinsured Georgians in the adult and pediatric population.


3. Movies by Moonlight at Sandy Springs UMC, 86 Mt. Vernon Road. On three upcoming Friday evenings, Leadership Sandy Springs provides quality family movies, projected on a huge inflatable screen, and combines the evening with family entertainment, food and community spirit! Food trucks at 6:30 p.m., movie begins at dusk. This Friday, Aug. 21, see The Big Hero.


4. Organist Christopher Jacobson of Duke University presents Credo - A year with Johann Sebastian Bach at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, Atlanta.  Performed on the church's 2003 Rosales organ, the concert features 10 of Bach's works, each linked to a season of the Christian year. Tickets at the door: $20, $10 for students and music educators.  For more information call 404-634-3336.


5. Hear Dr. Tim Boggess, Northwest Presbyterian Church, on Day 1 this Sunday. His sermon is “How Jesus Ruins Everything.” Find your local station or read or hear the sermon at


6. Remember that the planning meeting for the 2016 Global Humanitarian Summit is Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Unity North Atlanta Church, 4255 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta 30066. For more information see or contact or 770-843-0940.


7. Jazz with Tia Rix and Friends, Friday, August 28, at Church of the Atonement, the doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free. Invite your family and friends to Atonement for a wonderful evening of jazz, 4945 High Point Road, Atlanta 30342.


8. Jazz on the Lawn at Hoosier Memorial UMC featuring Myrna Clayton, Saturday, August 29, 5:30-8:00 p.m., Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, food, and beverage and enjoy an evening of inspirational jazz and gospel music at no cost. Master of ceremonies is Kiss 104’s Art Terrell. Hoosier UMC, 2545 Benjamin E. Mays Dr., SW, Atlanta 30311.


9. A Fashion Show and Luncheon will be held at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, 571 Holt Road, Marietta 30068, on Sunday, Aug. 30, 1 p.m. sponsored by the church, Dress Barn and Gymboree. Fashions will be modeled by volunteers from the community. Ticket price, $15, includes lunch, fashion show, and silent auction-- a great mother and daughter outing for all ages. All proceeds benefit The Center for Children & Young Adults. For more or to R.s.v.p. contact Andrea Watkins at (770)485-1639 or


10. The Death Penalty: A Closer Look, a Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta (FAMA) event, September 9, 7 - 9 p.m., Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2461 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta 30305.  Faith communities play an enormous role in encouraging people to examine their stand on capital punishment. We will learn the status of the death penalty in the U.S. and Georgia and who it effects.  Speakers are Katie Chamblee, Liman Fellow at the Southern Center for Human Rights and Billy Neal Moore who will speak to us about his journey from 16 1/2 years on death row for a murder he committed to his present day work in Christian ministry. Please park in the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center lot.


11. The Summit Counseling Center presents Suicide Prevention: Helping Those at Risk, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Thursday, Sept. 10, and Friday, Sept. 11.   ASIST is a resource for the whole community. It helps people apply suicide first-aid in many settings with family, friends, co-workers, and teammates, as well as formal caregiving roles. Find more information and registration here here.,  2750 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek 30022.


12. Each month The Care and Counseling Center of Georgia offers a workshop for engaged couples planning to marry.  The purpose of the workshop is to introduce the couples to some of the premarital education research and provide a safe environment for the couple to talk about major topics such as families, communication, finances, and parenting.  The location is The Family Life Center of Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, 2715 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305.  Workshops will be offered this fall on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., starting Sept. 12. They are facilitated by Doyle Hamilton, Pastoral Counselor, Care and Counseling Center of Georgia. Find dates and registration by contacting Care and Counseling Center of Georgia, (404) 636-1457, Extension 0 or visiting the website.


13. From National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) —   beginning September 14, a Family to Family Class will be held in Cumming, 6:30-9:00 p.m.  This class is for family members, parents, spouses, siblings, adult children, or partners of individuals living with mental illness.   The class provides information, support, resources, and education about various mental illnesses, and how family members can assist, and cope with the diagnosis. This is a free class, and available to family members 18 years and older. Creekside United Methodist Church in Cumming. Enroll now, call 678-947-6156 or email Pre-registration is required.


14. Learning to Read the Signs of Church Conflict Before it Reaches the Point of No Return, Sept. 15, at Columbia Theological Seminary. This seminar is part of the Pastoral Excellence Program of the Center for Lifelong Learning. Find the details and information about many other opportunities for personal spiritual growth, enhancing church leadership, and building up the people of God here.


15. Mark your calendar for the 9th Annual Jane Baird Lecture. Stuart Higginbotham, rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Gainesville, will speak. His lecture is Risky Bliss-ness: Toward the Practice of Christian Mindfulness, 7:00 p.m., September 17, the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta 30305.


16. Cedar Grove United Methodist Church, 3430 Bouldercrest Road, Conley 30288, presents An evening of Gospel, Jazz, & R&B featuring Keni Myles at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, September 19. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the 11 HBCUs of the United Methodist Church. Donation of $25 per person, fun, door prizes and more! For tickets contact Jacque JohnsonSmith (678) 429-7730.


17. A community reading group will begin meeting in the fall to discuss contemporary books from a theological perspective, first Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the Cathedral Book Store, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305. This is not a book club but a group for all who, like C.S. Lewis, read to know we are not alone.  Come talk about what you have read. For more information call Kerith at 404-237-7582 or email


18. This fall, Dr. Lobsang Tenzin Negi, director of the Emory-Tibet Partnership and developer of Cognitively-Based Compassion Training, will teach two courses open to the public. A 20-week course on Wednesday evenings will start Sept. 26. A two-weekend intensive course will be offered Sept. 29-10 and Oct. 17-18. Registration is now open. Click here for more info and to register for these great courses offered by the Emory-Tibet Partnership.


19. There will be a screening of a documentary on Thomas Keating at the Aquinas Center at Emory, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2:00-4:30 p.m. "Thomas Keating: A Rising Tide of Silence," third floor lecture hall of Pitts Theology Library with Dr. Phillip M. Thompson, Executive Director of the Aquinas Center of Theology. Register online today here.


20. AMIS ministry with international students plans the 38th Annual International Student Welcome Reception at Georgia Tech on Sunday, October 11. Georgia Tech itself has more than 3000 international students and scholars on its campus. If you would like to help welcome our international students click here to download a flyer for those interested in volunteering.


21. Churches are integral to healing communities marred by violence. One recommendation that came from a commission created by the governor of Missouri in response to the Ferguson shooting and riots is that churches become heavily involved in such healing work. Read more from Baptist News.


22. Interfaith Community Initiatives is at work planning for Interfaith Harmony Week celebrated the first week of February. To get involved with the planning committee contact Judy Marx at


23. The Georgia Alliance to End Homelessness Conference will be in Savannah this year, Oct. 27-29. Explore affordable housing, youth and family homelessness, and front-line compassion fatigue, and the tiny house village. Great speakers and an opportunity for state-wide collaboration. Registration here.


24. On Scripture this week explores Love Without Borders a reflection on 1 Kings 8, Solomon’s prayer at the dedication of the temple.  You can subscribe to the On Scripture newsletter here.


25. Columbia is now accepting applications for 2016 Thompson Scholars, Can They See Your Church? Evangelism in the Digital Age, will take place April 26–29, 2016 at the Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary. This workshop will empower leaders to rethink how we do evangelism in the visual age. Dr. Ralph Basui Watkins, the Peachtree Associate professor of evangelism and church growth at Columbia Theological Seminary will lead this event along with the Dr. Keith Anderson, pastor of Dublin Lutheran Church near Philadelphia and the author of The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World. The application deadline is January 4, 2016. For additional information, click here.




Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.

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