Church Action eNewsletter Week of February 25, 2019

Week of February 25, 2019
The Regional Council of churches of Atlanta, Inc.

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

1. Making a Difference: Christian City premieres on AIB Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 9:30 p.m. From a single cottage for children needing a home, to a 500-acre campus serving the most vulnerable children and adults, Christian City has offered help and a haven for more than 50 years. Learn about the services offered and about the people who benefit and how visionary leaders collaborated to build a ministry based on Christian principles of loving one’s neighbor. Re-airs on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m. on Comcast channel 295 and AT&T U-verse channel 6.

2. The “A Baptist Preacher’s Buddhist Teacher” book signing with Dr. Lawrence Carter Sr., Dean of Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse, is Wednesday, Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m., Click here to R.s.v.p., free but required. Istanbul Cultural Center, 591 North Main Street, Alpharetta 30009.

3. Are you real? The four dimensions of reality, as outlined in the Jewish mystical tradition known as kabbalah, are explored in this week’s edition of "What Is," an AIB Network series taught by Rabbi Ari Sollish of the Intown Jewish Academy in Atlanta. See it Feb. 26, Tuesday, at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday at 5 p.m., Thursday at 11 a.m., Saturday at 10:30 a.m., and Sunday at 6:30 a.m. on Comcast channel 295 and AT&T U-verse channel 6.

4. Building an Action Campaign to Stop Human Trafficking, Moving Beyond Awareness Workshop is Thursday, Feb. 28, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 731 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta 30308.

5. Myrna Clayton takes the stage on March 1. First Friday at First Jazz 2019, 6-9 p.m., great food, fun, and fellowship! Tickets $20, students $10. Call (404)659-6255 for season tickets. The Commons, First Congregational Church, 125 Ellis St, Atlanta 30303. Free parking in the CARE lot on Piedmont Ave.

6. The spiritual Formation Team at Highpoint Community Church offers an Introduction to Contemplative Prayer with Maggie Winfrey, Saturday, March 2, 10 – 11:30 a.m., Winfrey is coordinator of Contemplative Outreach of Atlanta, HECC 4945 High Point Road, Atlanta 30342.

7. Civil Rights activist Constance Curry discussed her role in the Civil Rights Movement, how she became involved, and the issues that currently need our attention, this AIB Classic will air, Saturday, March 2, 9 p.m. More information at

8. The Rev. Dr. Greg DeLoach, interim dean of Mercer University McAfee School of Theology, is the featured preacher March 3 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at “Seeing the World in a Whole New Light” is based on the story of the transfiguration of Jesus. “We all hunger for that kind of transformation with God, don’t we?” he says. “Deep inside, even among the most profane, is a yearning for sacred significance.” Hear it Sunday morning at 7:05 a.m. on News 95.5 and 750 AM WSB.

9. The Decatur Civic Chorus with other choral groups will sing to benefit DEAM and the people it serves. DEAM provides emergency help for local residents when financial difficulty prevents a person from buying food or prescription medication or paying a utility bill. Support for DEAM comes from twenty-two local churches and from individuals like you. Avondale Pattillo United Methodist Church, 3260 Covington Highway, Decatur 30032, Sunday, March 3, 4:00 p.m., performances by Avondale Pattillo Choir; The Bubba Rays, a gospel ensemble, Columbia Presbyterian; Church Street Station, a bluegrass group; Decatur Civic Chorus. Admission is free. Attendees are encouraged to make a cash donation to DEAM . . . alternatively, donations of canned food, packaged cereal and pasta, paper goods, and basic toiletry essentials. For information, contact

10. Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at St. Anne’s, March 5, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., All are invited for a fun family evening in your pajamas with a little breakfast for dinner! There will be activities for the whole family including a Mardi Gras parade. Cost is a donation to St. Anne’s EYC (Episcopal Youth Community). 3098 St. Anne’s Lane, Atlanta 30327, (404)237-5589. Questions? Contact Tabi Tobiassen at or

11. Lenten observance at The Church of the Incarnation, 2407 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta 30311, includes a Wednesday Eucharist and Healing Service at 5 p.m., followed by a study of “Jesus and the Disinherited” by Howard Thurman, every Wednesday from March 13 – April 10. Mardi Gras is March 5, 6:30 p.m., with great food, games for children and adults, Karaoke, Second Line Dance, and more. $10 donation. Ash Wednesday services, March 6, 7 p.m.

12. Highpoint Episcopal Community Church will offer an Ash Wednesday retreat, March 6, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Register by email to

13. Empowerment Resource Center’s 8th Annual Hats Off to Women, March 7, only a few tickets left, Mary Mac’s Tea Room, 6 – 8 p.m., Come out and celebrate the 8th Annual Hats Off To Women in observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Purchase ticket.

14. Listening to Your Dreams, a workshop at Highpoint Episcopal Community Church, March 9, 9:30—2:30, Cost is $45. The dream workshop facilitator is Julie Jones Bouleé. Register by email to

15. In honor of International Women’s Day 2019, join Capital City Opera for, “Empowered: A Celebration of Women’s Voices” exploring music and texts written by women, with unique experiences and perspectives spanning decades and continents. This special event will leave everyone feeling empowered and inspired. Saturday, March 9, 3 p.m., 4945 High Point Rd. NE, Sandy Springs 30342. The concert is free but donations to the opera’s music programs are welcome.

16. “Teach us to Pray: Exploring the Lord’s Prayer” is a 5-week 10-session Lenten Series on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings led by a variety of St. Anne’s parishioners exploring the facets of this prayers that will surprise you and surely help you pray. Sunday mornings at 9:15 and Wednesday evenings at 6:30, from March 10 to April 10. The community is invited. 3098 St. Anne’s Lane, 30327, (404)237-5589;; On Sunday mornings, you can begin with breakfast in the Parish Hall. $5/adult and $3/child for a hot breakfast and $3/adult and $2/child for continental breakfast. On Wednesday evenings, a simple dinner at 6:00, $7/person.

17. Shallowford Presbyterian will host a five-week Lenten Vespers series of short services for prayer, communion, and contemplation beginning Wednesday, March 13, and running through April 10, from 7:00-7:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Childcare is provided. Shallowford's ministers, the Revs. Foster, Jernigan, and Kibler will lead the services. Shallowford Pres, 2375 Shallowford Road, Atlanta 30345, (404)321-1844.

18. Return and Rest: A Lenten Quiet Day Saturday, March 16, at the Cathedral of St. Philip. Give yourself a day of quiet and prayer as you prepare your heart for Easter with the Rev. Buddy Crawford, senior associate rector at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church. Lent is often focused on being sorrowful for failings and confessing sins - what we think of as the work of repentance. However, the words translated as repent literally mean to turn or to return. This “turning” is the first step that leads us back to fullness of life in God. 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 16. 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta 30305. Cost $20 includes lunch. Register with Jeannie Mahood at or 404-365-1031.

19. Lenten Mini Retreat, Sunday, March 17, 12:30-3:30 p.m., Amerson House Spirituality Center, Saint Bartholomew's Episcopal Church. Through guided reflection with scripture, a nourishing meal, meditative walking, journaling, creative expression, ritual, and silent meditation, take stock of your journey and our experience together and be refreshed by God's fount of blessing. Cost: $35 ($25 for St. Bart's members) includes lunch and materials. Space is limited; sign up by March 14. To register contact Kimberly at or (404)275-3328.

20. You are invited to Peachtree Christian Church on Thursday, March 21, for an evening with Clint Harp, owner of Harp Design Co., maverick carpenter on HGTV’s smash hit "Fixer Upper," and star of "Wood Work" on the DIY Network. Clint will discuss his inspirational memoir “Handcrafted: A Woodworker's Story” and the relationship between faith and art. A cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m. with discussion to follow at 7. Admission is free but parking is limited. Get your tickets now.

21. “Answering the Call to Pray — Ancient Christian Wisdom for Finding the Love of God in Our Hearts and in Our Lives,” a day-long workshop with Carl McColman at the Cathedral of St. Philip, March 23, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Cathedral of Christ the King, Cathedral of St. Philip, Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, Admission $25, Students $15, Tickets are at

22. “Lenten Quiet Day: Living as God's Beloved,” Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., $15 includes lunch. Spend a few hours during Lent listening more deeply for God and the stirrings of God's love. Using scripture, poetry, and silence, explore what it means to live as God's beloved. For more information or to reserve a space, contact the Rev. Amy Dills-Moore at, St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church, 3110 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta 30319. (404) 228-0754.

23. Save the date: Music Director Andrew Phillip Schmidt conducts the New South Festival Singers & Chamber Orchestra in the 2019 Andrew Cain Memorial Masterworks Concert featuring the poignant “Requiem”of Gabriel Faure and works of Brahms. Sunday, March 24, 3 – 4:30 p.m., at St. John United Methodist Church, 550 Mount Paran Road NW, Atlanta 30327. The annual concert brings an immortal masterwork to audiences while commemorating Andrew Cain, one of Atlanta's most generous and creative choral enthusiasts. tickets

24. Save the date for 2019 Breakfast with Champions, Thursday, March 28, Cobb Galleria Centre, 8 – 9:30 a.m. For information, contact Jenna Smith at or (678)365-2263. Bobby Dodd Institute connects people with disabilities and disadvantages to jobs and the security and purpose that work brings by sustaining good jobs in mission-based businesses, offering high-quality job training, and helping businesses to recruit committed employees.

25. Save the date: Atlanta Unity Seder, The Temple, the Seder will include participants representing Atlanta's diverse religious, ethnic, and international communities. Reserve Your Seat at the Table, The Temple, Wednesday, April 10, 6:30 p.m. Kosher dietary laws observed.

26. Camp SOS is a healing family camp for those family and friends who have lost a loved one to suicide. It is for ages 6 – 96; there are survivors of every age in attendance at camp. Camp SOS is held at Camp Twin Lakes at their Winder location next to Ft. Yargo. Camp Twin Lakes - Will-A-Way, 210 S. Broad Street, Winder 30680. Camp is May 4-5, Friday evening through Sunday morning. Space is limited and it is time to register. Register here.

27. See a complete schedule of upcoming retreats at St. Mary’s Sewanee here.

28. The Retreat Center at Gammon Theological Seminary, located on the campus of ITC in the Atlanta University Center, hosts retreats for clergy and lay people. For information, visit or contact Minister Brenda Bennefield at (470) 355-1140 or email

29. Looking for a way to help others in our community? Join the volunteers who help their neighbors in need at Community Assistance Center in Sandy Springs. Volunteers assist more than 2,200 households a year, touching more than 5,400 lives. Become a CAC volunteer and give your time in one of many areas — food pantry, Boutique, reception desk, or as a client interviewer or adult education teacher. Interested in being a VITA tax preparer? Online training is free. Contact Carlos at Groups are welcome, too. CAC is a great service day project. Contact Nolan at

Remember that all events previously announced go into the Community Calendar on our website. Visit for the calendar, the Clergy tool Box for Mental Health Ministry, and more.

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