Church Action eNewsletter Week of February 29, 2016

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Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta


Church Action eNewsletter Week of February 29, 2016



1. Easter Mysteries, the Passion Play told from Peter's perspective, comes to select cinemas nationwide for night, March 22.This new musical is making history with its new portrayal of the foundational story and offers a fresh perspective of iconic biblical characters that will inspire and enlighten. An interfaith panel with Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders, will lead a discussion about the current state of interfaith relations and topics evoked by this production. We have some tickets to give away. Send me your name, congregation, and address for a chance for a free ticket. We may have a few so don’t hold back


2. If you are interested in the online course from Columbia Theological Seminary Center for Lifelong Learning Reading Contemporary Confessions from a Global Perspective, let them know this week. Information here.

3. Making healthy CHOICES, the Center Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully, kicks off a new volunteer program Saturday, March 5, 9 a.m., with a volunteer breakfast, Community Commons, First Congregational Church, Click HERE to join our volunteer team.   Click HERE to R.s.v.p. for Saturday.

4. Rev. Kenneth Marcus, senior pastor of Turner Chapel Cathedral AME, Marietta, invites pastors and congregational leaders to Turner Chapel for a non-partisan, interdenominational “Faith Community Voter Empowerment Forum,” Saturday, March 5, 9 a.m. until 12:00 noon.  This call for the demonstrating of good will through civic engagement will feature several partner agencies and will offer training on voter registration, your congregational efforts toward voter education, and what sort of activities are permitted for nonprofits. There is no charge for the training but you should register by contacting Forum Coordinator Rev. Coakley Pendergrass at (678) 773-1479 or

5. The Rev. Dock Hollingsworth, senior pastor of Atlanta’s Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, is the featured preacher this week on Day 1, Sunday, 6. His sermon “Coming Home” is drawn from the parable of the prodigal son found in Luke 15. Find your local station and hear or read the sermon online at

6. Baltimore Organist William Wisnom will perform at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, March 6, 4 p.m. He is the winner of several international competitions and recipient of numerous  awards. Following the recital, the Cathedral will offer their weekly service of Choral Evensong. There is no admission charge and the public is cordially invited to attend. For more information, visit

7. Cobb/Douglas Opportunity Zone is offering workshops your congregation may find valuable-- major purchases and financing college are coming up, March 8 and 15, Tuesdays, in the Sweetwater Mission Community Room, 6:30-8:00 p.m., 2689 Veterans Memorial Highway, Austell, building 12, Suite 4. Sign up at or by phone (404) 614-1024.

8. God's Offer, Our Response: The Essence of Benedictine Spirituality, March 12, St. Martin's in the Fields Church, Atlanta, is an examination of the essence of the Benedictine approach to the spiritual life and how it influences the development of Anglican spirituality with the V. Rev. Steven Peay, who spent 18 years in monastic life and studies. R.s.v.p. at For more information on Nashotah House and Steven Peay visit  Lunch is provided. 3110 Ashford Dunwoody Rd - Gable Hall, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

9. Day 1 Atlanta Community Leaders of Faith Annual Benefit is March 15. Day 1 will honor exceptional community leaders who are also deeply committed to their faith and church. Eleven individuals from six denominations will be honored and include a civil right pioneer and a treasure in the nonprofit world. Barbara and Jere Goldsmith, Bobby Mays, Evelyn and Bill Cannon, Sally and George Hauptfuhrer, Sonjia and Walter Young, and Carolyn Curry will be honored. The Rev. Bill Self will be recognized in memoriam as a Day 1 Pioneer in Christian Mission. Read all about it here.  To make your reservation, email us at, or call Patricia Reagan at 404-418-6772

10. So many church groups, youth and adult, read “The Book Thief” that we thought you would be interested to know that a book talk and signing with author Markus Zusak will be March 17, 7 p.m., at the William Breman Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Museum, 1440 Spring St., Atlanta 30309. This is a free event but registration is required here.

11. Sharpen your shovels . . . Turn your beds. . .  Mark your calendars! The first Seedtime & Harvest Plant Sale of the season is Saturday, March 19, 10 to 2 , Friendship Center, Holy Comforter Church. Perennial flowers and herbs, trees and shrubs, autumn ferns, and tomatoes – paste, cherry, and slicing; small, medium, and large; yellow, bicolor, green, purple, pink, and lots of reds. There will be peppers, hot and sweet, eggplants, basil, and lettuce. All organic, all the time – and of course baked goods, 737 Woodland Ave. SE, Atlanta, 30316. 

12. St. Mary’s Sewanee, a couple of hours away, will offer Centering Prayer as an 11th Step Practice, April 8-10. This retreat offers a method for those in 12-step programs who are seeking a contemplative practice for the 11th step. Centering Prayer is a simple method of prayer rooted in ancient Christian practice that opens us to God’s presence and divine healing.  Out of respect for anonymity, attendance at this retreat is limited to those who are in a 12-Step program of recovery. More information. 

13. Holy Cross Anglican Church’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament will be May 9 at Northwood Country Club, Lawrenceville. Proceeds benefit pre-K scholarships and food banks. Registration is open to individuals $100 or foursomes $400; 8:00 Registration and practice range open; 8:30 Putting contest begins; 10:00 Shotgun start; raffle, dinner, and awards following play. For more information on sponsorship or registration contact Dan Knight, (678)772-1557 or or visit

14. The National Council of Churches is bringing the best, most interesting and relevant voices from the faith community to your mobile device. Every week NCC communications director Rev. Steven D. Martin interviews faith leaders, activists, and people from across the NCC's  member communions and affiliated organizations.  Read all about it and subscribe here.

15. Wow- Harvard launches free online class to promote religious literacy. Read more.

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Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.



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