Church Action eNewsletter Week of August 28, 2017

Church Action eNewsletter

Week of August 28, 2017

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta


1. Join Baptists in the Fight for Racial Justice & Reconciliation, New Baptist Covenant Conference. Register before August 31, to lock in your space and to get the NBC reduced hotel rate. Conference registration.  Room reservations.


2. The Rev. Amos Disasa, Downtown Church, Columbia, S.C.., is the featured preacher on Day1 this Sunday, Sept. 3.  He will speak on Revelation 1:4-8 in Is, Was, Is to Come. Listen in the Atlanta area at News 95.5 and AM 750, WSB, 7:05 every Sunday morning. Visit to hear or read the sermon now and find many text, audio, and video resources.


3. Remember that the Church Women United Annual Human Rights Awards Luncheon is Sept. 9, at the historic Green Manor in Union City. Honorees include Jan Swanson, World Pilgrims; Dr. Dazon Dixon Diallo, Sister Love; Dr. Maya M. Taylor, South Fulton County Arrow Youth Council. For tickets call Claudette Rainey (770)964-2912 or Helen Sprewer (404)305-3536.


4. The Georgia Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is hosting several events during National Suicide Prevention Week.  They kick off the week with a Facebook Virtual Candlelight Vigil on World Suicide Day, Sept. 10.  An Installation for Suicide Prevention will be at Woodruff Park in Atlanta at lunchtime September 12.  These and other events are listed at; you can read more about this week at


5. Homecoming and Revival at Smith Chapel United Methodist Church, 3325 Humphries Hill Road, Austell 30106. Rev. Debra Stewart announces the theme is “Extending the Work of Jesus,” Matthew 10:5-8. Sunday, September 10, 3:00 p.m.; Rev. Al Zollicoffer and the congregation of New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church will be special guests. Dinner is served at 1:30 p.m. Monday, September 11, 7:00 p.m., Rev. Clarence Elebee of Causey Chapel Baptist Church will preach. Tuesday, September 12, 7:00 p.m., Rev. Robert Bryant of Mars Hill Baptist Church will preach. Call (404)915-1946 for more information.


6. Money as a Guide to Soul by Maggie Kulyk, Monday, Sept. 11, 7 – 9 p.m., Miller-Ward Alumni House,  Emory University, 815 Houston Mill Rd NE, Atlanta, 30322. The human relationship to money is complex and full of emotions. Maggie is interested in the deeper story of money in human culture and how it operates symbolically in our lives. She is part of a conversation about what it means to give and receive, exploring ideas about how the sharing of our personal and collective resources can lead to a transformed world. R.s.v.p. here


7. Reformation for People in a Hurry, the Rev. Dr. David Ratke, Dean of the College of Theology, Lenoir-Rhyne University, at Epiphany Lutheran, 2375 Georgia Highway 20 SE, Conyers, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m., Information.  Read about the observance and find resources from the Lutheran Suicide Prevention Ministry here. 


8. The Jung Society of Atlanta offer Path to the Soul with Ashok Bedi, MD and Jungian analyst.  Dr. Bedi will discuss the Eastern path to the soul and contrast it with Carl Jung's western path to individuation. Friday evening September 15, 7:30 to 10:00. Workshop Saturday, September 16, 10:00 to 5:00  CEUS available, Sandy Springs Christian Church. See for details and registration.


9. The Heart Marriage Retreat of Ben Hill UMC will take place this year September 15-17 at Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort at Stone Mountain Park, Stone Mountain, Georgia.  There are exciting weekend activities and a Sunday worship service.  Couples can make reservations at  The Best is Yet to Come!


10. You and your congregation are invited to a potluck dinner Saturday, Sept. 16, 6:30 p.m. at Shallowford Presbyterian Church (Youth Center), 2375 Shallowford Rd, Atlanta.  This free event is sponsored by The Peacemaking Partnership of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta.   Guest speaker will be Amilcar Valencia, executive director of El Refugio, a hospitality house in Lumpkin, right outside the gates of Stewart Detention Center, serving the family and friends of men detained and separated from their loved ones.  On the weekends El Refugio offers meals, lodging, visits to detained immigrants and support to families free of charge. Come to this welcome table and learn more about the Peacemaking Partnership of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta. by September 13.


11. Big Bethel AME Church, 220 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta 30303, will host Atlanta’s Annual National Forum on Race Relations “Keeping the Faith” on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 17, at 2:00 p.m. This is your invitation from the organizers, Bishop John Bulinda, and Mr. Stuart Sinclair Weeks to attend and bring your colleagues and friends.


12. David Shi, noted author, historian, and leader in higher education, and former Furman University president, will speak at Northside Drive Baptist Church Sunday, September 17, at 4:00 p.m.  As the 2017 presenter for the Gladys and Tom McComb Lecture Series, he will deliver a lecture entitled “On the Pursuit of Happiness.”  NDBC, 3100 Northside Drive, Atlanta 30305.


13. The theme for this year’s fall revival at Ben Hill UMC is A Time of Testing.  Sunday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m., Rev Javon Jackson of Hosley CME Church in Columbus will be the speaker. Monday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m., Rev. Connie Jackson of St. John UMC in Houston will speak. Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. Dr. David Latimore of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Joliet, Ill., will speak. All are welcome at this spirit-led revival.


14. Women In Ministry 2017! You still have time to join Dr. Cynthia L. Hale, Dr. Claudette Copeland, Dr. Jessica Ingram, Dr. Gina Stewart and other extraordinary speakers, experts and presenters at Women in Ministry, Sept. 18-21. For more information and to register, click here . This conference is for you and your staff and those you mentor, your colleagues and friends.


15. There will be a very special worship service on September 24, 10:30 a.m., to highlight the past, present, and future relationship between Decatur Presbyterian Church and Agnes Scott College with the Rev. Sarah Hooker, the new Presbyterian Campus Minister for UKirk preaching the service.  If you are interested in women’s schools, Presbyterians, Decatur, campus ministry, etc. make plans to attend. If you have questions about this event, please contact Betty Scott Noble at


16. The 2017 TheoEd Talks will be held Sunday, September 24 at 5:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta.  The 90-minute long event features three keynote speakers with special guest introductions. Doors open at 4:15 for a reception with hors d'oeuvres and book table.  Complimentary childcare and youth programming are available from 4:15-6:45. Find out more at the website or email


17. Joys and Challenges of Multicultural Congregations: Undoing the Most Segregated Hour in the United States, Multicultural Ministry Conference sponsored by Christ Our Hope Lutheran Church and Lutheran Theological Center in Atlanta at Christ Our Hope, 2165 Highway 138, Riverdale, Monday, Sept. 25, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. See Information for details and registration.


18. If you celebrate God’s gift of artistic creativity you may be interested in the Mayoral Forum on the Arts, Monday, Sept. 25, Rich Theater, Woodruff Arts Center, Register and get more information here.


19. Hear Dr. Loyd Allen speaking on the Reformation at 500 in “The Religious Revolution that Changed Our World,” The Landing, Lake Oconee Community Church, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m., click for more and to R.s.v.p.


20. Gary Wills, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and New York Times bestselling author of What Jesus Meant, Why I Am a Catholic, and other books, has written a new book, What the Qur’an Meant, examining the Qur’an and inviting readers to join him in a consideration of it. After years of hearing that Islam is essentially a religion of violence and the Qur’an a handbook for terrorists, Wills read the Qur’an trying to discover why other non-Muslims find it an inspiring book. He compares and contrasts the Qur’an with the Old Testament and New Testament. Talk and signing at 7:00 p.m. at The Carter Center on Oct. 4.

21. Remember to order or download resources if you plan to celebrate Bread for the World Sunday in October at


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Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.

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