Church Action eNewsletter Week of August 8

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1. The artists at Friendship Center at Holy Comforter have created more art than they have room for . . . so they are having a special sale. Make an offer . . . take it home with you! Paintings, weavings, pottery, sculpture, wood bowls, fabric art, and more. Saturday, August 13, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Holy Comforter Church, 737 Woodland Ave, SE, Atlanta, 30316. A wonderful show and brunch.

2. How many US efforts to mobilize African Americans for world missions can you name? In four days at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, Miracle Hall, 182 Hunter Street, Norcross, the Q&A on World Missions and the Black Church will be held-- Saturday morning, August 13, from 10-12. This is a free event, but registration is required; here Q&A Registration Link. Each participant will receive a booklet but there are a limited number available so a head count is very important. A distinguished panel of missions experts (Richard Coleman from The Mission Society, Brian Johnson from COMINAD, and Jeff Easley from Carver Bible College), will welcome Theology Cafe to facilitate the conversational approach to this event. Whether local or out of state, this meeting will be of value to those in the foreign missions community, enthusiasts and supporters. More about Mission Minded Artist

3. As part of the celebration of its 25th anniversary , the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family, Jasper, has commissioned its choirmaster, John King Carter, to write new service music together with an anthem or hymn. Three pieces from this commission will be introduced by the parish's Folk Choir at the 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday, Aug. 14. To be presented are a setting of the Gloria in excelsis in gospel style; a setting of Psalm 133 in responsorial style, and a setting of the fraction anthem Agnus Dei. If you are planning a mountain weekend worship with them and hear this beautiful music. Holy Family is at 202 Griffith Road in Jasper.

4. Zion Hill Baptist Church (ZHBC), 6175 Campbellton Road, SW, Atlanta, will celebrate its 139th Church Anniversary with a weekend of music, feasting, and worship, Friday, August 19 — Sunday August 21. The theme, “Building on the Rock”, is taken from the spiritual mandate of Matthew 7:24-25. The weekend begins with “Jazz on the Rock”, an outdoor music concert presented by the ZHBC Music Ministry with special local artists on Friday at 8 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. The Anniversary fellowship concludes on August 21 with the dynamic preaching of Rev. Dante Quick, pastor of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Vallejo, CA. Sunday worship services are at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Dr. Aaron L. Parker is the pastor of Zion Hill Baptist Church. The public is invited to all events. For additional information about “Building on the Rock” call 404-691-8025 or visit the ZHBC website at

5. Do you feel like you don't know enough about the redistricting process? Georgia WAND's We Count! campaign can help! They have teamed up with ACLU, NAACP, League of Women Voters and Georgia Rural Urban Summit to create this informative event. The legislative Special Session begins August 15 at the Georgia State Capitol. Georgia WAND's We Count! can help you not only learn more about redistricting but engage in the process. You'll even get a hands-on tour of the capitol. Come learn how you can make a difference in your community on this issue, in part, just by speaking up! August 17 ~ 8:30 - 11 a.m. Central Presbyterian Church, 201 Washington St. SW; Atlanta, GA 30303. For more information, contact We Count! Outreach Director, Carolyn Monden

6. "Rock, Roll and Feed Your soul" is the theme for an end-of-summer picnic and concert for all ages at 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20, at St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, Milton. The evening features homemade barbecue and one of Georgia's top rock groups, the Dam Band, performing favorites. Proceeds will benefit St. Aidan's youth ministry programs. Admission is $10 or $25 per family. Dinners are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Information is at or contact

7. Health Screening Fair, Wednesday, August 24, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Central Library Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta, 30303. Free and open to the public. For information call Mrs. Dinkins or Mr. Charles Young 404-730-1900.

8. American Friends Service Committee Southeast Regional Office Presents Windows and Mirrors exhibit, Georgia Peace Center, 60 Walton Street NW in Downtown Atlanta, August 25 - Sept. 21, 2011. Monday-Friday, 12 Noon until 5 p.m., other times by appointment. A collaboration of more than 40 artists from around the world, including U.S. students have created forty-five, 4x6-foot panels, each uniquely designed to comprise one large display memorializing Afghan civilian casualties. Parts of the exhibit and a replica will be at satellite sites directing people to the primary exhibit. August 25-September 21: Clarkston Community Center and The Friends School of Atlanta and Emory University Center for Ethics; September 1-24: WonderRoot; September 12-21: The King Center’s Freedom Hall.

9. Participate in a “Create Your Own 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Nonprofit Organization” at A New Thing Ministries International in the Gresham Park community. This hands-on seminar is Saturday, September 3, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rev. Dr. Normal Phillips will assist you in completing all of the application paperwork to submit to the Secretary of State’s Office and the Internal Revenue Service. Contact the office at 404-212-7900 before or not later than 15 days prior to the class to learn about preparation you must do before the seminar.

10. A concert observing the 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks and offered in memory of those who lost their lives will be at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at St. James' Episcopal Church, Marietta. This free concert will include organ music of Langlais, Mendelssohn, Buxtehude and Macfarlane, an arrangement of the spiritual My Lord, What a Morning, and a transcription for organ of Barber's Adagio for Strings.

11. Made for Goodness: A Morning with The Rev. Mpho Tutu, register now! Saturday, September 17, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Atlanta. An extraordinary morning of conversation and discovery exploring what it means to be “Made for Goodness” with The Reverend Mpho Tutu from the book co-authored with her father, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Tutu, an Episcopal priest, is the founder of the Tutu Institute for Prayer & Pilgrimage. She has run ministries for children in Massachusetts; for rape survivors in South Africa; and for refugees from South Africa and Namibia in New York City. Pre-Registration is $15 per person. Registration at the door will be $25, if space is available. Why not ride MARTA? All Saints’ is at 634 West Peachtree directly across the street from the North Avenue station. Questions regarding registration may be directed to Linda Scott, 404-601-5353 or 800-537-6743, or

12. Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University and former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, will speak about the challenges of the universal right to religious freedom in a world of diversity at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Emory University School of Law. This year’s Harold J. Berman lecturer, Glendon headlines the 2011-2012 “When Law and Religion Meet Lecture Series” presented by Emory University’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion. Her lecture is co-sponsored by Emory’s Aquinas Center of Theology and is a highlight of the Aquinas Center’s silver anniversary celebration. All information about lecture, series, parking, etc.

13.Mercer Preaching Consultation is coming up September 25-27 in St. Simons. Dr. Brett Younger will be the featured lecturer. The 3-day program is designed to provide training in, and inspiration for, the art of preaching. Find out all about this opportunity at

14. From Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters, AIB, during the month of August, new episodes of 30 Good Minutes will premiere weekly on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. with encore presentations Thursday at 10 a.m., Friday at 5 a.m. and Monday at 11 p.m. this is a multi-faith program that presents America's finest religious thinkers, stories of personal faith, and reflections on spiritual topics. August 16 offers Rabbi Sherre Hirsch, author of a new book, "We Plan, God Laughs." August 23: Dr. John Killinger "I Hate the Book of Job. " August 30: Mike Ivers "Breaking Down the Barriers of Race"- Former Roman Catholic priest, Mike Ivers, President of GoodCity Chicago, talks about the issue of racial reconciliation.

15. Call for Volunteers from AFSC. You know that from August 25 until September 21 American Friends Service Committee and a group of community partners will host the exhibit Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan. This cannot happen without lots of volunteers. A tool that describes all volunteer opportunities, dates needed, and number of people is available. Even an hour can make a huge difference. To visit the volunteer recruitment rubric. Here
Lots of information about the exhibit and accompanying programs is at You can contact Alice Lovelace at or 404 586-0460.

16. You heard the news and now we encourage you to let your congregation know about this opportunity. According to David L. Cohen, Comcast Corporation Executive Vice President, “Internet Essentials helps level the playing field for low-income families by connecting students online with their teachers and their school’s educational resources as well as enabling parents to receive digital literacy training so they can do things like apply for jobs online or use the Internet to learn more about healthcare and government services available where they live.” For general information about Internet Essentials, visit for English and visit for Spanish. Educators or third-parties interested in helping to spread the word can find more information at

17. The Cobb Chamber of Commerce invites the community to participate in Public Safety Appreciation Week October 3 -9. Say Thank You to the public safety personnel who protect the citizens of our municipalities and our county each day. Suggested activities for congregations during the week of October 3-9 include:

Display a “public safety appreciation” message on the message board in front of your place of worship.
Include a message of appreciation for our public safety personnel in your worship materials.
Recognize public safety personnel during your worship service on October 2 - 9.
Display table top displays in classrooms and on bulletin boards around your facility-- available at no charge at the Cobb Chamber, 240 Interstate North Parkway, Atlanta 30339.
For more information visit

18. The Fourth Annual Lake Junaluska Peace Conference will take place November 13-15 at Lake Junaluska, NC. Keynote speakers include Senator George McGovern and Dr. David Beckmann, Executive Director of Bread for the World. United Methodist Bishop Ntambo of Congo and other leaders will be joining them. In keeping with the Conference’s commitment to interfaith peacemaking, an interfaith panel of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian scholars will speak on what sacred texts and traditions say about economic justice and peace. This year the conference will lift up some of the systemic causes of poverty and economic disparity equipping participants to be change agents for a more just and peaceful world. Registration for the conference is $119. But, there is an Early Bird opportunity to register for $89 prior to August 31. Scholarships for seminary and college students are available. For more information and to register visit or call Pam Naplen at 828-454-6656

19. Atlanta's First-Ever Disabilities Film Festival coming in October 2011. More later and here

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FaithTrust Institute offers webinars on domestic violence, child abuse, and clergy ethics as part of their mission to educate faith communities on addressing violence against women and children. Many of the webinars are multi-faith and led by nationally known trainers, advocates, and clergy. The webinars are only $15.00.

For a free registration to the August webinars, contact Carolyn Scott Brown, Director of Learning at August 16, Resources and Roadblocks for Jewish Battered Women or August 23, Resources and Roadblocks for Christian Battered Women.

FaithTrust Institute is also announcing new Roundtable Discussions at no charge with Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune and colleagues. Titles include Misconduct & Abuse by Christian Leaders-September 7, and Men of Faith Working to End Violence Against Women-October 12, 2011. Visit to register and find out more.


Odyssey NetworksON Scripture, an online column, was launched this week on, huffingtonpost/religion, and It features the nation's best preachers interpreting scripture in modern ways that speak to current events and the world in which we live. See

Academy of Preachers
Is there a young person in your congregation who is called to preach? Do you suspect that even if he/she does not yet? Find out about the Academy of Preachers and the upcoming festival at

interfaith and community-based coalition working to assure that every person in Georgia has meaningful access to the full range of information and services related to mental and addictive illness. See C.H.I.P.
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