Church Action eNewsletter Week of February 22, 2016

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Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta


Church Action eNewsletter Week of February 22, 2016

1. Lake Oconee Community Church’s Celtic Lenten Observation continues tonight, at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24, with soup supper then a presentation by Dr. Alice Klima, Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia, on Celtic Art: The Book of Kells with the LOCC Singers following

2. A reminder that Sandy Springs Christian Church, 302 Johnson Ferry Rd., welcomes Robin Meyers, nationally known UCC pastor, professor, peace activist, and author, this weekend, Feb. 26-27. Meyers lectures and gives workshops on church renewal around the country, and is an award-winning commentator for NPR. Register online at or call (404) 256-2582. Childcare is available with advanced registration.

3. Replies are due today for the community conversation on race, law enforcement, and the law, Seeking the Beloved Community, Saturday, Feb. 27, The Commons, First Congregational Church, UCC, 125 Ellis St, Atlanta 30303. Breakfast and lunch are free of charge. Participating will be representatives of Georgia Appleseed Center for Law & Justice, J. W. Fanning Institute of Leadership Development, Atlanta Police Department. Call (404) 685-6710 to reserve a seat.

4. Camp SOS supports families that have lost loved ones to suicide, folks ages 6 to 96.  Learn more at Volunteers are needed for the upcoming camp session. This year they need willing hands and hearts and also some special talent, a camp nurse and counsellors or therapists. If you think you might be interested in helping come to a volunteer orientation this weekend, Feb. 27, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., The Link Counseling Center House Next Door, 348 Mt. Vernon Highway NE, Atlanta 30328. Contact

5. The Rev. Beth LaRocca-Pitts, senior pastor of St. Mark United Methodist Church in Midtown Atlanta, is the featured preacher on Day 1 this week, Sunday, February 28. Find your local station or hear or read the sermon at  

6. Rev. Derrick B. Wells, Senior Pastor of Christ Universal Temple in Chicago, will be the guest speaker at Hillside International Truth Center, Sunday, Feb. 28, at 9:30 a.m., 2450 Cascade Rd. SW, Atlanta 30311. Christ Universal Temple was founded by the late Rev. Dr. Johnnie Colemon. For more info call (404)758-6811 or email  

7. Dennis Covington, journalist and author, will be at Northside Drive Baptist Church, Sunday, February 28. Covington will lead a 9:30 a.m. Sunday School class using his book Salvation on Sand Mountain about Appalachian Spirituality, the trial of Glenn Summerford on charges of attempted murder by poisonous snake, and experiencing a snake handling church. Covington will talk about his new book, REVELATION: A Search for Faith in a Violent Religious World, at the McComb Lecture Series at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. A book-signing will follow. 3100 Northside Drive, Atlanta 30305.

8. The Black-Jewish Coalition and ACCESS will join Ebenezer Baptist Church for a Sunday Worship Experience February 28.  Following the service, a Dutch treat brunch and discussion will be at Across the Street. The service at Ebenezer begins at 11:00 a.m., 407 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta 30312.  The Church offers free parking: click here for directions and parking information.  Email Dara Gever by Friday, February 26 at 12:00 PM and let her know whether you plan to attend the service and or the brunch/discussion.

9. Religious and scientific perspectives on food and farming at the Leadership and Multifaith Program , an endeavor of Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Institute of Technology. “Food, Farming, and Faith,” Tuesday, March 1, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Historic Academy of Medicine at Georgia Tech. Rabbi Dr. Jonathan K. Crane, Raymond F. Schinazi Scholar in Bioethics and Jewish Thought at Emory’s Center for Ethics, will present the keynote address, “Can One Eat Enough?” Guest panelists from a variety of disciplines will address unifying concerns regarding food justice and sustainability, as well as the distinct practices of food preparation and eating that have sustained historical and contemporary religious communities. A panel on local food and farming initiatives will also be offered. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required by visiting here.

10. There are a few seats left to the Major Catholic Speaker event from Aquinas Center featuring Sr. Simone Campbell, author of A Nun on the Bus and Pope Francis’s Challenge to Our Nation, scheduled for Wednesday, March 2, 7:30 p.m., Rollins School of Public Health Auditorium. You can register here.

11. Church Women United Atlanta will hold two services to celebrate World Day of Prayer 2016.

  • ·         The Evening Service will be held on Thursday, March 3, at 7 p.m. The Host Church is St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church, located at 3605 Campbellton Rd. SW, Atlanta 30331 (Campbellton at Barge). The pastor is Rev. Walter Daniels.
  • ·         The Morning Service is Friday, March 4, at 10 a.m. The Host Church is Peachtree Christian Church, 1580 Peachtree St. NE, Peachtree and Spring, Atlanta 30309.  The theme for the services is: "Receive Children, Receive Me". Mrs. Mary Martin of the Presbyterian Church will speak.

Church Women United is open to all. The Atlanta Chapter was formed in 1941 as the first diverse Christian ecumenical women’s organization. For some information Click here.  


12. Reflect, Pray, Prepare: A Lenten Prayer Experience, March 3-5, Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, 2715 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305, a self-guided, creative interactive experience of prayer in preparation for Easter. Invite a friend, family member, or neighbor to this community-wide prayer experience. Prayer stations will be open in the Fellowship Hall, drop in anytime:  Thursday, March 3, 4–9 p.m.; Friday, March 4, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.; Saturday, March 5, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Morning hours are suggested for families with children. Sunday, March 6: 9–10:45 a.m. & 12:30–3:30 p.m. For more information, contact Karen Harwell at   or Christine Cotter at


13. The Chancel Choir of Glenn Memorial UMC presents Handel’s Ode for Saint Cecilia’s Day, Sunday, March 6, 7:00 p.m., in the sanctuary, 1660 North Decatur Road, Atlanta.  Directions. The one hour concert is free; an offering will be taken.  Free parking is available in Emory’s Fishburne Parking Deck, 1672 North Decatur Road.   If you have questions contact Nancy Buckhannan,  (404) 272-2051 or  Handel composed the cantata in 1739, setting John Dryden’s 1687 poem, “A Song for St. Cecilia’s Day.”  St. Cecilia is the patron saint of music. The choir will be accompanied by a professional orchestra, with Organist Laureate Timothy Albrecht playing continuo.  Music Director Steven Darsey conducts.


14. St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 2870 Headland Drive, East Point 30344, where Dr. Clayton E. Taylor is pastor, will celebrate its 55th anniversary on Sunday, March 6, at 3 p.m. with Dr. W. J. Lawson and the Cornerstone Community Church and on Sunday, March 13, at 3:00 p.m., with the Rev. Steven King and the New Canaan Word of God Ministries Church. They invite the community to join them in this grand celebration.


15. Zimria Festivale Atlanta presents Handel’s Judas Maccabeus, Sunday, March 6, 3 p.m., at Congregation Beth Shalom, 5303Winters Chapel Road, Dunwoody 30360. Get tickets here or at the door. All Seats $12. For information contact (404) 909-8357 or


16. Please R.s.v.p. this week for the March 6 Amis Day Dinner and Celebration, celebrating 38 years of international friendships through AMIS and 50 years of Christmas International House. St. James United Methodist Church, 4000 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Atlanta 30342, 5:30 p.m. Well-known Georgia radio personality Rhubarb Jones will be the Master of Ceremonies, and singer/songwriter/friend of international students Philip Gold will perform. Reply to or call (404) 846-4396. Cost is $15, for international students and children under 10 it is $10.


17. The Georgia Supportive Housing Association advocates for public policies and the appropriation of funds that will expand supportive housing availability in the state. Join them on March 8 for "Housing Day" at the Gold Dome with colleagues from Georgia Advancing Communities Together (ACT) for Housing Day at the Georgia Capital.  R.s.v.p.  here.


18. Empowerment Resource Center will host its 5th Annual Hats Off to Women on March 10 to increase the awareness of the specific impact of HIV and AIDS on women and girls. It will feature personal experiences and storytelling. Mary Mac’s Tea Room, 224 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta 30308, 6-8 p.m. Admission: Wear a hat!


19. Clergy are included among those for whom Care Ethics in a Complicated World: A Conference for Mental Health Professionals will be valuable. Friday, March 11, $125 registration fee (includes breakfast and lunch). For more information and registration instructions click here! Care and Counseling Center of Georgia.


20. Less than a month until the Hunger Walk/Run 2016. Register today and mark your calendar for Sunday, March 13.


21. Preparing for Marriage Workshop from Care and Counseling Center of Georgia at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church Family Life Center, 2715 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305, Saturday, March 19, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., $150 per couple. Register by email to


22. Lutheran Services of Georgia Prayer Breakfast, March 31, 7:30 - 9:30 a.m., Church of the Redeemer, 731 Peachtree Street NE. Lutheran Services will welcome Linda Hartke, president and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, to share heart and faith-filled messages regarding the journeys of our refugees in crisis and how we as people of faith can help. The event will be hosted by the Rev. H. Julian Gordy, Bishop, ELCA Southeastern Synod, and the Rev. Gregory S. Walton, President, LCMS Georgia-Florida District. Click here to register. For more information contact Allison Purves,, (404)558-5771.


23. Reading Contemporary Confessions from a Global Perspective (an ONLINE course), April 4 – May 6, with Margit Ernst-Habib. Study different theological documents from four different parts of the world, and through interactive online discussion deepen your understanding of these statements in your own context of ministry. Registration for this class closes on March 4. Course may be cancelled or postponed if sufficient number of participants are not enrolled—so be sure to register today for this great class. Learn more or register HERE today! Columbia Theological Seminary.


24. Awesome Blossom Spring Fest — Bethel United Methodist Church will be hosting this aptly named fundraiser on May 14.  It is an arts & crafts event showcasing local and regional talent with a healthy dose of food, entertainment, and fun for the entire family.  Make your plans for Saturday, May 14, 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. If you would like to participate as a vendor, please visit or email Bethel UMC is located at 245 Fairview Rd, Stockbridge 30281.


25. In today's tumultuous times, it is more important than ever to inform ourselves so that we can be a voice of wisdom rather than one of reaction. Educate Yourself on Islamophobia guidebook is a project of Charter for Compassion International. Read it free here.


26. Get your income tax returns prepared and filed for free at Community Assistance Center, 1130 Hightower Trail, Sandy Springs, with attention to all eligible tax credits for maximum refunds. The service is available beginning January 30 to any household in the Atlanta area earning less than $54,000 in 2015. Meet with a team of trained and certified volunteer tax preparers available through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, an initiative of the IRS and the United Way. If you are interested in this service, click here.


27. Many churches offer opportunities to pray the Stations of the Cross during Lent. Among them is Northside Drive Baptist. Come to the chapel, now through March 27, and simply follow the instructions attached to the walls and walk the Way of the Cross. Read a bit about this form of devotion here.


28. The Center for Teaching Churches, McAfee School of Theology of Mercer University, Atlanta, has produced “Faith in 4D,” a DVD designed for group or individual Bible study.  Featuring Interim Dean Rob Nash, along with faculty members David Gushee, Tom Slater, Denise Massey, Nancy deClaisse-Walford, and Alan Culpepper, this material deals with questions which came directly from churches, including:  How can people read the same gospels and come to so many different conclusions about Jesus; Can the Old Testament shed light on today’s conflicts in the Middle East?  For more information or to obtain a copy of “Faith in 4D” contact Dr. Ron Grizzle at McAfee by email ( or by calling (678)547-6479.


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Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.


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