Church Action eNewsletter Week of August 21, 2017

Church Action eNewsletter

Week of August 21, 2017

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta

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1. Congratulations to Healing Our Communities founder Dr. Charles Moore who received the Distinguished Service Award from the Georgia Hospital Association for his outstanding contributions to health care. This prestigious award is presented annually to a hospital trustee or community leader who has made a significant contribution to improving health care in Georgia. We remember when Dr. Moore came into our office over a dozen years ago to talk about his dream of health for underserved communities.

2. Join United Way for a day of service and fun at the launch of the Westside Volunteer Corps, be part of the revitalization of Atlanta’s historic Westside! Saturday, Aug. 26. Register here.

3. Free Citizenship Clinic, Saturday, August 26, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Eritrean-American Community Center, 720 Hambrick Road, Stone Mountain 30083. For information call (404)890-5655. Appointments are required. Visit this site.

4. The Rev. Susan Crowell, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Greenville, S.C., will preach on Day 1 August 27. Her sermon entitled “The Transformative Power of Grace” can be heard in the Atlanta area on News 95.5 or AM 750 WSB at 7:05 a.m. Hear or read it now and find more audio, text, and video resources at

5. Prevent Child Abuse Georgia and the Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta are partnering together again this year to bring you the Georgia Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect: From Prevention to Intervention.  Sept. 7, Atlanta Marriott Century Center. Registration is $50 and can be found at the link above.

6. Summer Feast: Fostering Community through Generous Conversation & Delicious Food, Thursday, September 7, 7-9 p.m., Amerson House Spirituality Center.  Share good food, inspiring readings, and personal stories and feed your heart, mind, body, and soul. Space is limited.  Email Kimberly to sign up. 

7. A priority of Georgia Cares is to raise awareness of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and to train community members and professionals on warning signs and resources. On a monthly basis, we provide free training open to the public in communities across Georgia. There will be a training on September 9, 2017 at Blue Ridge Methodist, Blue Ridge, Ga. Click on the date to  register.  To request a community training near you, contact


8. Take a minute, change a life. Get Ready for Suicide Prevention Week and National Day of Prayer for Faith, Hope & Life, September 10. Read about the observance and find resources from the Lutheran Suicide Prevention Ministry here. 


9. Peach Cobbler Mennonite Relief Auction, Friday, Sept. 15, 6-9 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 16., 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Georgia National Fairgrounds, Georgia Building, 401 Golden Isles Parkway, Perry 31069. It’s between 1.5 and 2 hours away but will be worth the drive— hymn sing, fabulous breakfast, Dutch Pantry featuring canned and baked goods, children’s activities, auction with handmade quilts, antiques, woodcrafts, etc., and lunch with peach cobbler. All the details are here including photos of the quilts.


10. Emmaus House is grateful for the partnership with the residents of Peoplestown and looks forward to celebrating all that they have accomplished together over the past 50 years during a three-day celebration.

  • September 15, 6 – 8 p.m. Celebratory reception at Emmaus House is an opportunity for friends who have been touched by Emmaus House over the years to reconnect, meet new friends, and share stories of their experiences. Tickets are $20. Buy Tickets.
  • September 16, 12 – 4 p.m. In partnership with the annual Peoplestown Reunion, an open house, a history walk including 50 years of highlights, and a barbecue sponsored by Episcopal Church of the Annunciation. This event is free and open to the public.
  • Sept. 17, 10:30 a.m. Festive Eucharist to recommitting to God's work in Peoplestown and beyond. All are invited to worship on this very special day. This event is free.


11. The 5th annual Health Expo at Shy Temple CME Church will be Saturday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. There will be free health screenings, workshops, and healthy snacks. Shy Temple is at 2012 Memorial Drive SE, Atlanta 30317. Call (404) 377-3174 if you need more information.

12. Atlanta's 3rd National Forum on Race Relations “Keeping the Faith” will be held Sunday, September 17, at 2 p.m. directly after 11 a.m. worship at Big Bethel AME Church, 220 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta 30303. Special guests have been invited to share in "Seed Group Discussions" the promote action for healing, bonding, and just being... for all peoples.  An invitation is also extended on behalf of senior pastor, Dr. John Foster, to join the congregation for worship if you choose.

13. First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta has been exploring how to advance church-based theological education and deliver programming to an increasingly busy and technologically savvy congregation. “TheoEd Talks” brings together leading thinkers from the academy, the church, and the non-profit sector. Each speaker offers a 20-minute talk designed to spark meaningful conversations on how we think about the Bible, theology, and faithful engagement in the world. These will be made available through the website as a free, public resource. The first series will feature Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, Dr. Brent Strawn, and Dr. Gregory Ellison. The inaugural live recording will be held at First Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Sept. 24, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. To register or for more information, visit  or email

14. BBQ with a purpose—17th annual Rockdale BBQ fundraiser at Rockdale Career Academy on September 28. All proceeds will benefit programs addressing homelessness in Rockdale. » Reserve your plate today.

15. Lake Oconee Community Church Movie Night is 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 29. See the movie beforehand and come for a lively discussion. Beverages are provided; bring an appetizer to share. The movie “The Shack” is based on an extremely popular 2007 novel of the same name by William P. Young. For more information and to R.s.v.p. click to contact Becky Matheny.

16. Growing Generous Givers stewardship conference at Decatur First Baptist Church has been moved to Sept. 30. This conference promises to deliver effective and timely content plus experienced guidance in crafting your congregation's stewardship plan. For location, times and costs, visit Sponsored by The Center for Congregational Health

17. In these days of busy schedules and information overload you may long for a place of quiet calm.  Wellsprings Worship Circle offers stillness, singing and chanting, reflection with Scripture, intimate prayer and conversation, and silent meditation in a welcoming community. Twice a month, on the second and fourth Tuesday, 7 – 8:30 p.m., at Atlanta Friends Meeting House, 701 W. Howard Street, Decatur.  Come and find rest and nourishment for your weary soul. All are welcome. Learn more  


18. There will be a benefit banquet for the Pregnancy Care Center in Clayton County, Oct. 5, at the First Baptist Church of Jonesboro. Dr. Haywood Robinson will speak. For reservations or more information email


19. Created for Greatness Women’s Conference, Oct. 14, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., The Bridge Church, 2105 Newpoint Place #100, Lawrenceville 30043.  More information and tickets.


20. Bread for the World Sunday is an opportunity for your church or faith community to join others in living out God’s vision of a world without hunger. Your celebration can be as simple or elaborate as you like. Simply including prayers for people who are hungry can be a powerful expression of our faith that God is using our hearts and hands to help end hunger. To help you plan your congregation’s participation Oct. 15, or another fall Sunday, free resources are available and there is a kit you can order. Your celebration can help inspire and sustain our country’s commitment to end hunger. Order your free resources today  so you have time to prepare. Additional materials, including Spanish resources, are available for download. Please contact Joanne Ruddy for more information.

21.  Interfaith Children's Movement invites you to the 17th annual Call to Action Prayer Breakfast. Keynote speaker and honoree this year is Imam Plemon El Amin, Imam Emeritus of the Atlanta Masjid. Thursday, October 26, 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. The Temple, 1589 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, 30309 ICM Prayer Breakfast registration.

22. Sacred Revolution – daring to understand and live the stories of our heritage in a new way, revitalizing our relationship with God and our world, is a conference with John Dominic Crossan and Diana Butler Bass, being held at Lutheridge Conference Center in Ashville Nov. 9-12. The website has more information.

23. Registration is open for over 30 classes at Columbia Seminary, including travel seminars, spiritual formation, topical conferences focusing on the Reformation, justice and inclusion, certificate and leadership programs, on site and online. Check out the complete list here.
There's still time to register for Yes And: Improvisational Leadership in Times of Dizzying Change. But not much time...

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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