Church Action eNewsletter Week of February 6, 2017

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Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta

Church Action eNewsletter Week of  February 6, 2017



1. Another Atlanta faith leader answers the question “Why is the Atlanta Interfaith Manifesto important?” Dr. Derreck Kayongo, CEO of The Center for Civil and Human Rights, says, “In Christianity, where I belong, like in many religions, we say love your neighbor as you love yourself. Let’s determine to set our civilization apart by being the very essence of love.” Read the full article here.


2. New Life Covenant Church, located at 575 Travis St., NW, Atlanta, will host its annual Locked in Solidarity Prayer Vigil, Thursday, February 9, at 7:30 p.m.  This event, held in partnership with Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), is designed to raise awareness about the impact of mass incarceration on families and communities as we pray together for the resources that are needed to re-enter into society.  For further information, call (404) 681-3558 or email or visit the church website.   All visitors are welcome.


3. Shabbat Shirah presented by Zimria Festivale with Congregation Beth Shalom, Friday evening, February 10 at 6:30 p.m., 5301 Winters Chapel Road, Dunwoody. No ticket is necessary. This service is free and open to the general public.


4. Park Ave Church—  bold...inclusive...creative — in Grant Park is hosting an Enneagram Worship Saturday February 11 from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.  Cost is $20 per person ($10 for students).  Workshop facilitator is Kimberly Broerman, Spiritual Director at Deep Waters Center for Prayer and Exploration.  R.s.v.p. to by Friday, Feb. 10.  


5. Free Citizenship Clinic in Gwinnett County, Saturday, Feb. 11. Information here.


6. Girl Rising Film and Fun, Saturday, Feb. 11, 7:30 - 11 p.m., Switchyards Downtown Club, 151 Ted Turner Dr. NW, Atlanta 30303. From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. For tickets, click here.


7. The Rev. Dr. Russell Levenson, rector of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, is the featured preacher Feb. 12 on Day 1.” Levenson has written three devotional books and is finishing a fourth, “Autumn Leaves.” “Living Happily Ever After,” Levenson’s sermon for Feb. 12, is drawn from Matthew 5:21-37 and Deuteronomy 30:15-20.   Hear Levenson in the Atlanta area on 750 WSB AM and News 95.5 at 7:05 a.m., Sundays.


8. Duo "2" Chamber Music for Flute & Piano: European and American Masters, Saturday, Feb. 18, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m., St. Catherine's Episcopal Church, 571 Holt Road NW, Marietta 30068. Peter H. Bloom, flute, alto flute, bass flute and piccolo, and Mary Jane Rupert, piano and harp, have garnered acclaim for their creative programming and compelling performances. The public is welcome; a free-will offering will be taken. All concerts in our series are followed by a reception and an opportunity to meet and talk with performers.


9. The Atlanta Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians annual Feast of Absalom Jones Service will be Sunday, February 19, 4 p.m., at St Luke’s Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta 30308.  The guest speaker will be Judge Clinton E. Deveaux who is a retired Atlanta municipal court judge and a longtime member of the Chapel at Emmaus House.  The choir music will be provided by the Trey Clegg Singers.  Interested in participating a diocesan wide choir? Contact  For more information about this service, contact


10. DeKalb County Fire Department is sponsoring a workshop called “Faith and Fire Safety” on Tuesday Feb.  21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1950 West Exchange Place, Tucker 30084. R.s.v.p. to  kdhill@dekalbcounty.gove or (770) 414-2124 and more info is available from Al Fowler, public education specialist with the DeKalb County Police Department.


11. A reminder of the Faith in Public Life training on effective advocacy for people of faith, February 21, at Trinity Presbyterian, 3003 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, from 2-4.  Dan Nejfelt, FPL's training director, will be preparing attendees to effectively advocate at both the local and federal levels, particularly through legislative meetings.  To R.s.v.p. or ask questions email  


12. The Georgia Coalition for the Peoples' Agenda is joining Asian Americans Advancing Justice for its Lobby Day, February 22, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  GCPA Executive Director Helen Butler will be on a panel discussion about voting. You are invited.


13. Annual meeting of Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1450 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 R.s.v.p.  A light lunch will be served. The program will include the election of new board members, an update on FAMA's Strategic Plan, and "A Look at Interfaith 2017."  Confirmed panelists include Haley Hart, Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, Tom Glenn, Chair of the Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation, Dr. Nazeerah Dawood, Fulton County Commission's Interfaith Round Table.


14. Grand Opening for the Love Center at Zion Hill Baptist Church, Feb. 25-26. This multipurpose center will serve the community and the church. See it on Facebook here. ZHBC, 6175 Campbellton Road, Atlanta, 30331. Call (404)691-8025 for more information.


15. Emmanuel Lutheran Church Jazz Vespers Concert Sultry Sunday, February 26, 4:00 p.m., to culminate Black History & Heritage Celebration with Sammy and the Stingrays and other local jazz artists. This will be immediately followed by a Soul-ful Reception. Admission is free, love offerings accepted. 3050 Cascade Road, SW, Atlanta 30311.


16. Travelling across the ocean, to a place where people may speak a foreign language, takes courage and a spirit of adventure. AMIS supports a spirit of adventure and educational pursuit by connecting international students and scholars with local friends and families.You are invited to a celebration All Things Amis! St. Martin In The Fields Episcopal Church, 3110 Ashford-Dunwoody Road NE, Atlanta 30319, February 26, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. $5 per person (add $.50 p/p if paying online) Pay online here or mail your check to AMIS, Inc. 3434 Roswell Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305-1212 by February 17.  


17. Georgia Suicide Prevention Team has made a difference in our state. One important victory was HB 198 ensuring that teachers are trained each year in suicide prevention. It’s Suicide Prevention Day at the Capitol on March 2, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. New DBHDD Commissioner Judy Fitzgerald will be there. Come and share your questions, concerns, ideas about how we can make a difference!  Register Now!


18. Just under a month away from Hunger Walk/Run 2017; it’s Sunday, March 5. Time to register. Register here and mark your calendar.


19. There will be a free concert at Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church featuring Capitol City Opera favorites, Sunday, March 5, 7 p.m.  The concert is free but donations are accepted to be used toward charities and missions of the church. Church is at 3142 Lawrenceville Highway, Tucker. Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church; Heather Witt, soprano, Catherine Giel, piano, with special guest Jeanette Simpson, soprano.


20. Amanda Tyler, new executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, will preach at Northside Drive Baptist Church March 12. She leads the organization as it upholds the historic Baptist principle of religious liberty, defending the free exercise of religion and protecting against its establishment by government. 3100 Northside Drive, Atlanta 30327. Worship is at 11 a.m.


21. Preaching Conference Preaching a Relevant Word: Politics, Policy, and the People, March 23-24, Candler School of Theology. Free and open to the public; registration is required. Candler presents the Bandy Preaching Conference designed to assist pastors and congregants understand contemporary socio-political issues better and provide strategies to effectively address them through proclamation. The keynote speaker is the Rev. Dr. William Barber, chair of the North Carolina NAACP the Rebuilding Broken Places Community Development Corporation. The Rev. Billy Honor will lead closing worship. See more and register at


22. Bruce Feiler will be at the Art and Culture Book Festival at the Marcus JCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody, March 30 for a talk and book signing. “The First Love Story: Adam, Eve, and Us.” New York Times columnist, PBS host, and bestselling author has written a new book exploring how Adam and Eve introduced the idea of love into the world and how they continue to shape our deepest feelings about relationships.  He travels from the Garden of Eden in Iraq to the Sistine Chapel in Rome, from John Milton’s London to Mae West’s Hollywood discovering how this first Biblical couple set the example of a long term, healthy relationship. Talk and signing at 7:30 p.m. Visit  for more information and to purchase tickets.


23. Due West UMC & Cobb Senior Services invite you for “A Day with Teepa Snow: Today’s Voice for Dementia” Friday, March 31. 8:30 am - 4:00 pm Family Life Center. Free event open to family caregivers and professional caregivers. Snow is a renowned Positive Approach To Care educator and trainer, Due West United Methodist Church, 3956 Due West Road, Marietta 30064. Register online here. For more 24. info contact Sheila Welch at or (404)642-6027.


24. Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood has announced that Screen-Free Week will be the same week as Children’s Book Week this year, May 1-7. You might be interested in celebrating this initiative to help families and friends reconnect with each other. Children’s Book Week offers some great resources, too.  There are many great ways to go screen-free, and so many ideas being shared about it online! Click here to find out more about organizing both events this spring.


25. "The prophetic call is a call to the cutting edge," writes Joan Chittister. In this Lenten publication, Sister Joan explores the Sunday scriptures with you, asking: What does the prophetic call have to do with you? How will it affect your life? This is an inexpensive way to receive the gift of wisdom from one of our wisest Christian leaders. $3, order 25 or more for $2.50 each. The cost includes shipping.  Order here.   


26. Just so you know--if you haven't ridden the streetcar yet, you can try it on the last Tuesday each month for free! Ride the streetcar for free — re-discover, celebrate, and explore some of Atlanta's most vibrant urban neighborhoods.


27. The ARWDB Mobile Career Resource Center is a 13-station, state-of-the-art, fully accessible computer lab from Atlanta Regional Workforce Development Board. The center offers an array of services, a private interview area, and classroom space. To see where the mobile lab will be in February, check the Mobile Career Lab Schedule.  


28. Reflections on the Water of Life from the Anglican Communion Environmental Network, meditations for the five Sundays in Lent and Palm Sunday. These are beautiful and appropriate for group or individual reflection. They are yours for the asking, just click here.


29. Can an Ancient Book Guide Us Into the Future? God Lab Conference, in June in L.A., N. T. Wright, Barbara Brown Taylor, Larycia Hawkins, Rachel Held Evans, Diana Butler Bass, and Rob Bell and more…


Visit our website for a complete community calendar, links to the Toolbox  for Mental Health Ministry, websites for daily devotionals, and many other resources. We will be happy to include your announcements in an upcoming eNewsletter. Send them to



Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.



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