Church Action eNewsletter Week of February 19, 2018

Church Action eNewsletter
Week of February 19, 2018
God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta
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1. Support Group for Families dealing with Addiction meets at the Lake Oconee Community Church, 6:15 - 7: 45 p.m., on alternate Thursdays, coming up — Feb 22, March 8 and March 22. E Mail Beck Matheny for information at

2. WABE Community Conversations: Race and Poverty in Healthcare, Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m., Morehouse School of Medicine.

3. Karen Wright Marsh at the Cathedral Book Store, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305, Feb. 24, 10:30 a.m.- noon, signing her new book Vintage Saints and Sinners. Narrating her own winding pilgrimage through faith, Marsh reveals surprising lessons in everyday spirituality as she introduces us to twenty-five brothers and sisters who challenge and inspire with their honest faith.

4. Atlantic Institute has upgraded the upcoming Ebru (Paper Marbling) showcase to a workshop after Ms. Akdeniz has graciously agreed to show the particulars of Ebru in a hands-on learning opportunity. The event will be on Saturday, February 24, at 11:00 a.m. at Istanbul Cultural Center. Please click the link here to R.s.v.p.(required) and get more details about this amazing showcase, WORKSHOP.

5. You and your family are invited to a free concert at First Presbyterian Church, Saturday, February 24, at 7 p.m. for the Challenge the Stats Atlanta Launch. The concert will feature 11 high caliber African American and Latino instrumentalists, including performances by harpist Angelica Hairston, a cello sextet lead by Clayton State University cello instructor Ismail Akbar, a world-premiere composition for harp and tenor by Joel Thompson, and commentary from Dr. Paula Grissom, chair of music at Spelman College. A $10 pre-concert dinner and discussion opens the event at 5:30 p.m. with WABE 90.1 FM’s Lois Reitzes and a panel of Atlanta arts leaders. R.s.v.p.  here.

6. The V. Rev. Kate Moorehead, Dean of St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral in Jacksonville, is the featured preacher on Day 1, Feb. 25. Her sermon “Self-Give-Away” can be heard in the Atlanta area at 7:05 a.m. on News 95.5 and 750 AM WSB. Visit for this sermon, thousands of sermon transcripts, audio and video programs, blog posts, and much more.

7. All are invited to join the Faith A. M. E. Zion Church in celebration of Black History at Heritage Sunday, February 25. Everyone is invited to adorn African or ethnic attire. Faith is at 38 Hamilton E. Holmes Dr., Atlanta 30311. For more information, visit Faith A.M.E. Zion Church on the web or contact the church office at (404) 691-4075.

8. The Board of Social Concerns of Shy Temple CME Church will host Community Service Appreciation Day on Feb. 25, 10 a.m., acknowledging the invaluable service of community leaders and showing appreciation for what is a life of ministry. After the service, invitation is further extended for a delicious Soul Food Feast in honor of Black History Month! Suggested attire for the day: Afro-centric. Please R.s.v.p. right away, today, to Dr. Barbara Campbell at (678)641-9745.More here. here.

9. Bearing Witness, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2 p.m. Henry Friedman, Holocaust survivor from Hungary, was saved from a forced march by legendary Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg. He attributes his surviving a firing squad and countless atrocities to the protection of his grandmother's blessing. You will take away two things from Bearing Witness programs. First, a warning that the Holocaust was perpetrated by a country of culture and refinement; and second, to marvel at the indomitable spirit of survivors who have overcome unprecedented evil with courage and hope. Event is free. If you have questions, contact Guided tour of Holocaust Gallery at 12:30 p.m. Dolce Café lunch items will be available for purchase. Free parking at the museum; free overflow parking at The John Marshal Law School. Seating is first-come, first-served, arrive early!

10. Young Professional Influencers Advisory Board of Hosea "Hosea's Heroes" Award Brunch is 2:00 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 22, will honor celebrities, community businesses, partners, and sponsors who lead and behave heroically in the face of social injustice. The event will feature a curated art exhibit, live performances featuring The Chris Moten Trap Jazz Experience, a surprise guest, and brunch with complimentary mimosas courtesy of Korbel. The brunch is presented by Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and will be at the Loudermilk Center at 2:00pm on Sunday, February 25. R.s.v.p. here. here.

11. A reminder of the Episcopal Veterans Fellowship kickoff, Feb. 27, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta, GA 30305. Join others who feel called to minister to and with veterans and their families. Please R.s.v.p. here.

12. Immigrant & Refugee Education & Advocacy. What are the pending bills that will affect immigrant and refugee communities in our state? Come learn more about them and how to effectively convey your message to legislators. The educational session will be followed by a chance to speak to Georgia legislators. Tuesday, February 27 from 9 – 12, State Capitol, 206 Washington St. SW, Atlanta 30334. R.s.v.p. here. here.

13. Concert for World Peace, Friday, March 2, 8:00 p.m., Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church. Included will be Ralph Vaughan Williams’s cantata, Dona Nobis Pacem, with full orchestra and soloists, Magdalena Wór and Stephen Ozcomert, and the Glenn Chancel Choir. Glenn Music Director Steven Darsey conducts. Dwight Andrews, professor of music at Emory and pastor of First Congregational Church UCC, will speak on music and world peace. 1660 North Decatur Road, Atlanta. The concert is free; an offering will be taken with half the proceeds going to the Mar Elias Peace Study Center through UM Global Ministries. Free parking in Emory’s Fishburne Parking Deck, 1672 North Decatur Road. For information contact Nancy Buckhannan at

14. St. Catherine's Friends of Music presents Feiner Musicke, a husband and wife team with Mel Foster, tenor, and Ellen Heinicke Foster, harp, in "Art Songs of the Early 20th Century: Music of Hope and Love", Sunday, March 4, 4 – 9 p.m., St. Catherine’s Church, 571 Holt Road, Marietta 30068. The concert is free, with a freewill offering, and open to the public. At Friends of Music Concert Series, the musicians will offer introductions and comments on their music and all are welcome to a reception after the concert to meet and speak with the artists. Come and bring family and friends for an enjoyable and uplifting Sunday afternoon!

15. Diana Butler Bass, author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture, speaks on Grounded & Grateful: A Spiritual Path for Difficult Times, Saturday, March 10, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, an Episcopal church that strives to be a place of welcome, refuge, prayer, learning, and challenge. All are welcome at this event. A book signing and reception will follow. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Email to reserve your space by March 7.

16. Registration is ongoing for The Heart of Centering Prayer: A Day with The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault, Saturday, March 17, Cathedral of St. Philip. This day-long conference will include lectures, discussion and question & answer, and of course, time for centering prayer itself. The cost will be $50 and will include lunch. Register for this event by March 14 here.

17. Travel the journey from slavery to the promised land, revisiting the Passover story through George Frideric Handel’s enthralling oratorio Israel in Egypt. Atlanta Master Chorale invites members of the Christian and Jewish community to its Israel in Egypt concert Saturday, March 17, to discover and experience this wonderful musical masterpiece; first, because they will love it, and secondly, because it is a critical part of their pilgrimage story. Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on Saturday, March 17, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets: $35/adult, $30/senior and $10/student. To reserve your tickets, call (404)727-5050 or go to by March 16. Tickets will also available at the door if concert is not sold out.

18. Children's Concert Series at Glenn Memorial UMC. Wiggles are welcome at each 30 minute concert. Open to all ages and the community. Admission is $10/person or $30/family. All proceeds will support Glenn School for Young Children. On Sunday, March 18, 4:00 p.m., Cynthia Shepherd and Jim Gibson will perform favorite Disney songs. Glenn Memorial UMC, 1660 North Decatur Road NE, Atlanta 30307.

19. Last October Orchard sponsored a successful fund raising training for non-profit ministry leaders, development personnel, and ministry staff raising personal support. It was very well received--- and they got some great ideas to make it better. A more robust and improved version will be offered March 22 from 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Here is the link for you to click on if you’d like to know more-- for yourself or your staff or employees. Space is limited so sign up soon here.

20. Anthony Ray Hinton, The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row. In 1985, twenty-nine year old Anthony Ray Hinton was wrongfully arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Though he was innocent, Hinton was found guilty and sentenced to death by electrocution. Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, eventually took up the case and brought it all the way to the Supreme Court. After thirty years in prison, Hinton was released and now speaks on prison reform and the power of faith and forgiveness. March 29, talk and signing at 7:00 p.m., Carter Center hosted by A Cappella Books.

21. Seven Last Words by Seven Lay and Clergy, Friday, March 30, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m., Church of the Incarnation, 2407 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta 30311, the homilists will be Dr. Catherine Meeks, The Rev. Dennis Patterson, The Rev. Charles Fischer, Rev. Karen Montagno, Dr. Carol Marsh-Lockett, The Rev. Ricardo Bailey, The Rev. Canon John Thompson Quartey.

22. Atlanta Children’s Shelter 5 to Thrive Bunny Run, March 31, starts at 2 p.m., Piedmont Park, more at

23. Mountain Top Spring Lecture, Friday, April 6, 7:00 p.m. , Saturday, Apr 7, 1:00 p.m., University of North Georgia, Hoag Auditorium. Dr. Justin L. Barrett, chief project developer for the office of Science, Theology and Religion Initiatives(STAR) and acting dean of the School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary. "Are Humans Hardwired To Believe in God?" is the title of the lectures. R.s.v.p. for this event by April 6. $60 online or $70 at the door. Learn More here.

24. The Sewanee Contemplative Exchange, Bridging the Gap Between Contemplative and Compassionate Action: The Creative Encounter of Howard Thurman. Sunday, April 29 – Wed., May 2. Find out more at

Visit our website for a complete community calendar, links to the Toolbox for Mental Health Ministry, websites for daily devotionals, and many other resources. And, send us your announcements to

Ethel Ware Carter
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.

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