Church Action eNewsletter Week of August 22, 2022

Church Action eNewsletter
Week of August 22, 2022

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc. 


God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.
 
We want your announcements! We are happy to help get the word out about anything you would like the greater faith community to know. Send announcements to ecarter@rccatl.org.

1. The Presbyterian Church USA has made available received more ways to help those impacted by floods in Kentucky, Virginia, and Missouri. https://pda.pcusa.org/situation/july-flooding/

2. The Georgia Connection Chorus, a women’s chorus directed by Mark Roush, is starting  up again. The first meeting is at Westminster Presbyterian Church, tomorrow, August 23, at 7 p.m., 2208 Main Street E, Snellville 30078.  Come if you are interested.

3. The Carter Center’s Conflict Resolution Program will host “Faith Forward Democracy”, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 7 p.m. In our polarized society we struggle to find common purpose, connection, and even civility. How can people of faith respond? Join a discussion with Gary Mason, a pastor and peacemaker who has spent his life working in divided societies, including in his native Northern Ireland. Register at Faith Forward Democracy.

4. Wednesday Midday Interfaith Contemplation, 12 noon, August 24. This weekly 30-minute online gathering is focused on peace, compassion, and kindness. This week's presenter is Cassandra Henderson, executive director of the Interfaith Children’s Movement. She is an ordained minister, artist, activist, scholar, community organizer, and champion for the underserved and marginalized. Here is the link, passcode is 060135
https://us02web.zoom.us/jn/81625152726?pwd=aFJQeWo2M1NtWExocDZYZXNJ... 

5. Hello Fresh Grab & Go meal kits from Second Helpings at Concerned Black Clergy of Metropolitan Atlanta, 1583 Westhaven Drive SW, Atlanta 30322, Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 3 p.m.

6. A technical workshop of the Faith-based Development Initiative, ​Thursday, August 25, 10–11 a.m., St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta 30308. This workshop will feature discussions on how to develop supportive housing and will feature speakers from: ​
TheGurantors: A company that connects renters with security deposit support; Mercy Housing, affordable housing developer that will share about their latest property built in Atlanta; Partners for Home, Leaders of Atlanta Continuum of Care for the Homeless. ​
If you have not already done so, R.s.v.p. at Register here.

7. There is still time to sign up for the webinar from Inspiritus about how you or your church can get involved in disaster relief. Thursday, Aug. 25, 6 p.m. REGISTER TODAY!

8. MUST Ministries and C.H.O.I.C.E.S. mobile food pantry with free food for families and seniors, Friday, Aug. 26, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Oak Hill Child, Family & Adolescent Center, 2805 Metropolitan Pkwy, SW Atlanta 30315. Register at https://bit.ly/MobileCommEng

9. The Rev. Katie Owen Aumann, pastor of Morningside Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, is the featured preacher August 28 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible as a podcast and online at Day1.org.“This Is Not Emily Post’s Dinner Party” is drawn from the story in Luke 14:1, 7-14, of a meal Jesus was invited to at the home of a leader of the Pharisees. “As my husband and I consulted Emily Post on more than one occasion,” she says. “But in all our wedding party planning, we never once consulted the Bible. And reading today’s gospel passage, I am wondering if Jesus would’ve made our guest list.” Hear this powerful sermon in the Atlanta area on WSB 95.5 and 750 AM Suday at 7:05 a.m. For more information, check http://day1.org

10. The Landscape of Affordable Housing in Georgia presented by the Georgia Supportive Housing Association and United Way, Wed., Aug. 31, 2–3 p.m.  Supportive housing is affordable housing that includes a range of supportive services to its residents. It is geared towards those who have experienced homelessness or are at risk and face the greatest systemic barriers to accessing and maintaining permanent housing. Register Here
 
 11. Deep Waters Center for Prayer and Exploration offers Healing Our Divides: Spiritual and Political Support Group, every other Wednesday via Zoom, Aug. 31 – Nov. 9, 2022. Click on the link for more information.
 
12. First Congregational Church UCC is offering Mental Health First Aid (jotform.com) Sept. 7. Click on the link for more information.
 
13. Kessler Conversations, Fall 2022, Martin Luther’s Bible: Conversations on the 500th Anniversary of Luther’s September Testament, from Pitts Theological Library, Candler School of Theology, Emory University. This year's distinguished guests include Dr. Euan Cameron of Union Theological Seminary in New York, Sept. 7, Dr. G. Sujin Pak of Boston University School of Theology, Oct. 5, and Dr. Armin Siedlecki of Pitts Theology Library at Emory University, Nov. 2. Do register or explore past events visit pitts.emory.edu/kesslerconversations.
 
14. Have you ever driven by and wanted to turn in to find out what is going on at Ignatius House?  Come for a one-hour, no cost, behind-the-scenes look -- a guided tour. Come hear how this mission serves thousands each year. Sept. 8, 6-7 p.m. Register at https://bit.ly/3cawnLF

15. Roads Less Traveled: Discernment in the Spiritual Exercises with Fr. Jim Fleming, Sept. 9-11. Fleming is joining Ignatius House as spiritual director and director of mission outreach. On this two-night retreat you’ll gain an understanding and appreciation for encountering God everywhere. The $350 fee includes a comfortable private room and bath, delicious, healthy meals, and access to the forested campus and private walking trails. https://bit.ly/isjimfleming

16. Come out to the next Seedtime and Harvest Plant, Art, and Bake Sale at The Friendship Center on September 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 737 Woodland Avenue SE, Atlanta 30316. Collards and kale and chard, oh my! Mustard, lettuce, and cabbage; thyme, catnip, oregano; perennial flowers, trees and shrubs, indoor plants, citrus seedlings. Whatever your gardening needs, they have you covered. And, the first bottles of the famous Pepper Sauce are available.  While you're here, visit the 3T art gallery for that perfect painting, ceramic piece, jewelry, or fabric or needle art. Come enjoy a cookie or two, stock up on pumpkin and zucchini breads and the best Parker House yeast rolls this side of Boston. Shop Organic. Support your local artists and gardeners.

17. Save the dates, Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m., and Sunday, Sept. 11, 9:45 a.m. for Morningside Presbyterian's Hymn Festival with Mary Louise "Mel" Bringle, the architect of the Glory to God hymnal with expanded hymns and the return of some "oldies but goodies." Bringle will help explore how our hymnody positively impacts our worship. Bring an open mind and eager spirit to sing favorite hymns and learn new ways to sing our faith.

18. Don’t forget the Partnership Against Domestic Violence 34th Annual Hearts with Hope Gala is Saturday, September 10, 2022, Black Tie Event - Wear a purple accessory to honor survivors. Tickets at padv.org/events/heartswithhope/

19. September is Suicide Prevention Month, Redeemer Lutheran Church plans three events in observance. Remembrance Labyrinth Walk, Sept. 12, 5:30 p.m., honoring those who have died by suicide. We Can All Save Lives, QPR Suicide Prevention Training Wednesday ,Sept. 14, 4-6 p.m. Redeemer Fireside Room with guest speaker, Chaplain Kat Folk. Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention (Z00M) Thursday Sept. 15, 7-8:30 p.m. with guest speaker Adam Renner.  Register: https://sereg.brtapp.com/TalkSavesLives2022 Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 731 Peachtree St NE Atlanta www.redeemer.org

20. Women in Ministry Conference, Sept. 12-15, Atlanta. For information about the conference, vendor/sponsorship opportunities, or to register, visit www.cynthialhale.org or click here.  
 
21. The Tennessee Cooperative Baptist Fellowship invites us for a special online “Through the Eyes of Jesus” with Dr. Bill Leonard, Saturday, Sept. 17, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Registration is complimentary but required. Complete the registration form at tncbf.org/eyesofjesus to receive ZOOM login credentials the day prior to the event.

22. Due West United Methodist Church Dementia Family Conference offering help, hope, inspiration, and dementia education for those who live with dementia and those who love them through it. Professional Care Partners are welcome, as well, a virtual event, September 24, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., lunch break 12 – 12:30. Conversations are included about the grief that all dementia families face, how to lessen that grief, and find joy along the way. Click Here for Speaker Information and Registration

23. Save the date for the 13th annual spirituality conference at the Cathedral of St. Philip with the V. Rev. Michael Battle, Saturday Oct. 22, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Since 2009, people have traveled from around the Southeast (and beyond) to spend the day in retreat with acclaimed writers and teachers of Christian spirituality. learn more

24. Join the Shallowford Family Counseling Center and Shallowford Presbyterian Church for a two-day spiritual retreat, Friday, Nov. 18, through Sunday, Nov. 20. Mark Nepo, retreat speaker, and one of Oprah's favorite poets, philosophers, and authors, will lead us in spiritual practice to deepen relationships and conversions with life and overall connectedness. Register online for the retreat and/or Saturday evening poetry reading at shallowfordfamilycounselingcenter.org.

25. Save the date: Bryan Stevenson, attorney, author, and advocate, will be the 2nd Annual Kittrell Lecture speaker at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Road NW, Atlanta, Thursday, Nov. 10, 7-8:30 p.m.  More later  . . .

26. “Seeing Through the Eyes of Jesus” is a new resource from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship that calls us back to the central focus of our Christian faith—the living Jesus!  This new video and digital curriculum resource invites congregations into deeper faithfulness with each other, equips congregations to offer a bold and positive witness, and transforms us individually and corporately while we labor with God to transform the world.  It has been developed with opportunities for people of all ages, so that a whole congregation can experience this journey together. Click the link above to have a look.

27. JOB OPENINGS - New American Pathways is hiring for a variety of positions.

Reminders:  
Razzle Dazzle Morningside Sings Saturday, August 27, 7 p.m., & Sunday, August 28, 3 p.m., annual fundraiser featuring songs from classic movies brought to you by the musicians of Morningside Presbyterian Church.  1411 North Morningside Drive NE, Atlanta 30306.
 
 Cathedral of St. Philip, “Parenting for a Better World: Social Justice Practices for Your Family and the Planet” Saturday, August 27, 10-12.. Register Now . Purchase Book.
 
Super Heroes of Today Family Concert, August 27, 7-8:30 p.m. Challenge the Stats, the City of East Point, and the South Fulton Institute present this concert highlighting stories of Black musicians, civil rights leaders, actors, and poets who have a powerful impact on our world. Free admission and parking with R.s.v.p. Visit eventbrite.com/e/superheroes-of-today-family-concert-tickets 
 
Braver Angels Georgia free online workshop to help participants increase their communication skills with those of radically different views, August 21,2 -5 p.m. See www.eventbrite.com/e/skills-for-bridging-the-divide-ga-state-

 
Visit our website for a clergy toolbox for mental health ministry, and more . . . 

Peace,
Ethel Ware Carter
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