Church Action eNewsletter Week of August 26, 2019

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone. 

1. The Rev. Palmer Cantler, Church Street UMC, Knoxville, is the preacher Sept. 1 on “Day 1.” “Table Etiquette,” her sermon is based on two short parables of Jesus in Luke 14. Hear it in Atlanta Sundays at 7:05 a.m. on News95.5 and 750 AM WSB. For more information, podcasts, current sermons, and other resources, visit

2. Pitts Theology Library’s exhibition A Book More Precious than Gold: Reading the Printed Book Alongside Its Previous Owners and Readers is now open and will run until Nov. 30. It presents examples of books and the marks left by their readers, each adding a new layer of meaning to individual volumes. All exhibitions at Pitts are free and open to the public during open library hours.The gallery is on Level 3 of the library, Candler School of Theology, Rita Anne Rollins Building, 1531 Dickey Dr., Atlanta 30322. Information about parking and directions.

3. Conversation Pieces, each month professional museum educators lead viewers in looking closely at artworks in the High Museum’s collection: one work, thirty minutes, deep conversations, and discoveries. September’s conversation, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 12 noon to 12:30 p.m., features Christ and the Samaritan Woman by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (Guercino).Information.

4. The Effect of Childhood Trauma on Long-term Mental Health for faith leaders from Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives, U. S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. This webinar will focus on the impact untreated childhood trauma can have on those who may be struggling with mental health concerns. Presenters hope to guide local faith and community leaders in recognizing signs and symptoms and equipping them with practical resources they can incorporate into their congregational outreach efforts. Wed., Sept. 4, 12:00 p.m.,Register here.

5. Atlanta jazz saxophonist, Mace Hibbard is the guest artist at the September First Friday at First, on September 6, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Plan to be there for an exciting evening of jazz, food and fellowship! First Congregational Church, 105 Courtland St, Atlanta 30305. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door.

6. Remember Advocating for Justice within Traumatized Communities, 5th Annual Back to the Garden Into the City Justice Conference, September 6-7. New Life Covenant Church, 575 Travis St., NW, Atlanta 303018. The conference is for church leaders, practitioners, and community activists for justice. For information, call (404) 768-2514, or visit here.

7. September 6 -8 is Food Waste Weekend. Ample Harvest  has provided incredible resourcesfor your community of faith to take action. Send your Food Waste Weekend event to Georgia Interfaith Power & Light at

8. Church Women United, Atlanta Unit, 12th annual Human Rights Luncheon on Saturday, September 7 at 11:30 a.m., This Is It!, 105 McIntosh Crossing, Fayetteville. Donation $40. Please call Claudette Rainey for tickets. (770) 969-5432. This year’s honorees include Elisabeth Omilami, of Hosea Feed the Hungry, Rev. Timothy McDonald, pastor of Iconium Baptist Church, and Norma Joy Barnes, of the Community Council of Metropolitan Atlanta.

9. Clarkston Tell Me A Story Festival, Sept. 7, 1 – 5 p.m., Georgia Piedmont Technical College Conference Center, 495 North Indian Creek Dr., Clarkston 30021. Literacy, language, and nutrition festival and children's stories from around the world.Information here.

10. John McCutcheon Family Concert, Sept. 7, 3:00 p.m. at Oakhurst Baptist Church, 222 East Lake Drive, Decatur 30030. This Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and instrumentalist will perform to raise money for Kids in Need of Defense, Atlanta, providing free lawyers to children who are alone in this country so they don’t have to go to immigration court without an advocate by their side. Tickets.

11. Remember the Grace House Low Country Boil Saturday, Sept. 7, at 4 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. This is the annual fundraiser for the campus ministry. Information and tickets at Church of the Redeemer, 731 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta.

12. Don't miss an opportunity to hear well-known Atlanta pianist, Jody Parrish, in concert with Shallowford Presbyterian members, violinist Kim Padgett and pianist Ben Padgett, in recital on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 3:00 p.m. Featured music will be works by Telemann, Beethoven, Brahms, and Paganini. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted to support SPC's Music Ministry. Shallowford Presbyterian Church, 2375 Shallowford Road, Atlanta 30345, (404) 321-3061.

13. Women's Spirituality Group with a particular intention to choose JOY, Deep Waters Center for Prayer and Exploration, Amerson House at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church. Investment is $30 per session ($25 for St. Bart's members). Space limited to eight women. If you would like more information about this group or would like to sign up, contact Kimberly at 404-275-3328 or 

14. Introductory Men's Circles for Emotional Literacy, Connection, and Trust: The ManKind Project Southeast Chapter will host an Open Circle September 9 at Rock Spring Presbyterian Church for men wishing connection, emotional fluency, trust, and accountability without shame. For men suffering from isolation, anger, stress, or just wanting powerful camaraderie. Free. Non-religious, open to ALL men. This is a non-denominational organization. Information and sign up.

15. Suicide, A Community Conversation, conversations in September to discuss suicide prevention, community resources, and how we can play a role in prevention. The panelists will include parents, counselors, medical experts, and youth leaders. Tuesday, September 10, 6:00 p.m., Milton City Hall, 2006 Heritage Walk, Milton 30004. Co-Host: City of Milton

16. The Aquinas Center at Emory University features prominent speakers addressing critical issues in church and society. Join Richard Gaillardetz, Aquinas Center Major Catholic Speaker, for the kick off of their "What's Next?" series with a talk on reimagining the role of the laity in the church, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m. Informationhere.

17. A Call to Action: Live Your Authentic Self. CRS Global Fellow Deacon Steve Swope will present Our Moral Life in Christ at St. Mary Magdalene in Newnan on September 10 and 11. Our Moral Life in Christ, basically living a true Christian moral life is not subjective, political, or simple. For Catholic Christians, a moral life allows for personal freedom but demands hard work as well. In this presentation/discussion, explore what it means to live an authentic moral life and how to apply Christian morality to the contemporary issues that society faces today. All Are welcome! Click here for more.

18. True Nature with Paul Hawken, an afternoon symposium Sept 12 at Fernbank Museum, is focused on how leaders, businesses, and communities solve challenges by looking to nature. Speakers include a keynote presentation by Paul Hawken, the author and founder of Project Drawdown, Ovie Mughelli, former Falcons player who is using sports to engage people in caring about the environment, Nicole Miller from Biomimicry 3.8 who works with companies like Patagonia and Nike on sustainability solutions, and several others, including a workshop on personal growth and leadership. Get Tickets. The discount code VIPFOREST will provide a $25 discount. Find detailed information on the day here.

19. Our Children in Crisis: Child & Youth Suicide, New Horizons Behavioral Health’s third annual children’s mental health symposium, Sept. 13, in Columbus. State and area leaders in the field of child suicide awareness will offer awareness of symptoms and signs, action for prevention, and community resources for help. For information about this free event contact Susan Gallagher at

20. The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, one of the most acclaimed adult choirs in the world, will be hosted by Friends of Cathedral Music, Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305, Friday, September 13, at 7:30 p.m., Atlanta. Tickets.

21. The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints is hosting an Atlanta Preparedness Fair, an educational and entertaining event that is free to the community. It is focused on things people can do to be more prepared for the future including College Opportunities, Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage, Ham Radios, Nutrition, Self Defense, Self-Reliance, and Employment Help, and more. Saturday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., 1947 Brockett Rd, Tucker 30084. Check out all the fun things for kids and the impressive array of supporting and participating community organizations, public and private.  For more infoor to participate contact Atlanta Stake Public Affairs or (404) 382-8255.

To sign up for the American Red Cross Blood Drive at the event with the same contacts or sign up directly at Enter sponsor code: LDSTUCKER

22. AMIS’ 42nd Annual International Students and Scholars Welcome Reception is Saturday, September 21, at Spelman College Sister’s Chapel, 2-4 pm. Join in a hearty welcome for new international students studying at schools around Atlanta. There will be a special musical performance by the Morehouse College Glee Club followed by a catered reception. Learn more and sign up at or by emailing or calling (470)851-1248.

23. LAMP is a collaborative endeavor of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Institute of Technology and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University centering upon the complexities of life, work, and leadership in a world where many faith traditions converge dynamically. LAMP supports curricular programs at Georgia Tech and Emory and hosts public events to help members of both campuses and the Atlanta community discern how to live, learn, and lead peacefully, productively, and well in our multifaith world. We will have more later but read about the September 26 seminar on Law, Justice, and Religious Identity in America now at

24. The Fall Historic Pews and Pulpits Ramble is October 11, $60 per person Join the email list August 30 at 8:00 a.m. On this scenic bus tour through rural east Georgia you will tour historic churches tucked away but not forgotten. Most tours visit five churches. You will get to go inside the churches and hear about their humble beginnings and be inspired by songs and words from some of the chancels and pulpits. Snacks & lunch are included. Contact

25. “Hear My Voice: A Prison Prayer Book” is a beautiful print resource developed by the ELCA. It is intended primarily for those in correctional facilities and for use by chaplains and others with relationships to those who are incarcerated. It draws upon the gifts of writers with diverse connections to the criminal justice system. Available here.

26. When does breaking news compel a preacher to rewrite Sunday’s sermon? This thoughtful piece by Nathan Kirkpatrick, Duke Divinity, is offered by Faith and Leadership. 

27. Georgia Appleseed offers guides to support caregivers of children with behavior and learning challenges. Please share these if there are people in your worshipping community for whom they are appropriate. StateofGeorgia

There might also be interest in a series of public forums in several locations hosted by the Division of Developmental Disabilities to collect feedback from families on services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These are opportunities to participate in a focused discussion on the direction of services. The first is Sept. 11. More information and registration ishere.

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