Church Action eNewsletter Week of January 22, 2018

Church Action eNewsletter
Week of January 22, 2018
God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta
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Save the date! February 13, Next gathering of the Food Pantry Forum with networking, shared information, and door prizes.
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1. Homeless Point in Time Counts the end of the week. If you can help or think you can visit this site for more information.

2. The 2018 Cathedral Antiques Show opens Wednesday. Read more about the show and purchase tickets. The Cathedral Antiques Show is a festival of art, antiques, and floral and interior design held annually. This year, all net proceeds go to A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab.

3. The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is underway. Tickets are available for purchase. You can buy online or by calling the AJFF Box Office at (678)228-8872. Read More »

4. Pastor Roger Vest reaches out to local South Cobb pastors with an invitation to explore the idea of racial reconciliation in the community. Powder Springs First United Methodist Church is hosting a vision casting meeting for the area on Thursday, January 25, at 2 p.m. Call the church at (770) 943-5130 for more information.

5. Organist Stephen Tharp will be in concert at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 731 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta, on Friday, January 26, at 7:30 p.m.

6. Day 1 welcomes the Rev. Dr. Charles Qualls, Franklin Baptist Church, Franklin, Va., and former associate at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist in Atlanta, to the pulpit this Sunday, Jan. 28. You can hear him in the Atlanta area on News 95.5 and 750 AM WSB at 7:05 a.m. on Sunday or hear or read the sermon now at

7. Comedian Scott Davis and vocalist Vanessa Honea live in concert at Powder Springs First United Methodist Church, 4329 Marietta St., Powder Springs 30127, Sunday, Jan. 28, 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $7. Everyone is invited for a wonderful evening. Call the church at (77)943-5130 if you have questions.

8. Emmaus House provides education, opportunity, assistance, and advocacy in partnership with its neighbors in Peoplestown. Are you interested in volunteering? Check out this information.

9. Race-Conscious Parenting Collective: Skills-Building for White Parents Working to Unlearn and Dismantle White Supremacy, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 7:30-9 p.m. This group is designed to support the ongoing development of white parents of white and multiracial children. Childcare will be provided and a donation will be collected to help pay for the childcare worker. If you have ideas, questions, concerns, or are interested in participating email This is a Charis Circle Strong Families, Whole Children event. The suggested donation is $5.

10. InterFaith Children’s Movement Annual Celebration of Children Conference. An impressive lineup of speakers will address the effects of childhood trauma and ways the community can be part of reducing long-term damage. Judge Maureen Wood of Rockdale County Juvenile Court is the keynote speaker. February 1, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Marietta First United Methodist Church. Cost: $10 includes lunch and professional continuing education credit. Register here.

11. Peter Wallace will discuss his new book Getting to Know Jesus (Again) with the Cathedral Book Store Hart Readers, Feb.1, 6:30 p.m., Gould Room, Cathedral of St. Philip. Ensure your place at the discussion here.

12. Flutist Cain-Oscar Bergeron, a multifaceted performer from Atlanta, will be in concert at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30308, Sunday, Feb. 4, at 3:00 p.m. He has participated in festivals such as Domaine Forget Music Festival in Quebec and the Flute Institute at Oberlin Conservatory. In 2014, Mr. Bergeron completed the prestigious William R. Kenan, Jr. Performing Arts Fellowship at Lincoln Center in NYC and made his Lincoln Center debut shortly afterwards. Tickets are $20. Click here to purchase tickets.

13. Pray with Orchard Monday, February 5. In addition to the scheduled noon prayer there will be intimate evening prayer at 7 p.m. Registration is free; there will be food. Please register here.

14. Join Redeeming Justice ATL for a screening of MILWAUKEE 53206, a mass incarceration documentary by Keith McQuirter, followed by a panel discussion. February 6, from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Candler School of Theology, RARB 252, 1531 Dickey Drive Atlanta 30322. RSVP here. This event is sponsored by The Black Church Studies Program, The Baptist Studies Program, and Laney Legacy in Moral Leadership Program at Candler; Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life; the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University; and Interfaith Children's Movement. Supporters include Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, McAfee School of Theology.

15. Are you interested in learning and experiencing the diversity of faiths and backgrounds in Atlanta? Are you curious about other traditions and beliefs? Do you like to learn through experience and engagement? If so, Interfaith Community Initiatives Immersion Experience is for you. There are a few spots left in the DeKalb County program, Feb. 8-9. Contact ICI here for more information.

16. Sacred Harp singing in Cannon Chapel on the Emory University campus, Saturday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m. with dinner on the grounds at noon. Singing will be from Sacred Harp (1991 Edition). Free parking in the Oxford Deck, 1390 Oxford Road, Atlanta 30322. Find out more.

17. "Let's Have a Heart to Heart about Heart Disease" a lunch and learn event for the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women Day, Saturday, February 10, 10:30 a.m., at Anything but Ordinary, 6650 W. Broad St. Douglasville, Have a heart healthy lunch, discuss new information on heart disease in women, and celebrate those women in attendance who are heart survivors. This is a great event for your women’s group. Call Barbara T. Baylor, SunflowerLife Enterprises, at (216) 798-7721 for more information.

18. 14th Annual Unmasking Children’s Mental Illness Mardi Gras Benefit Ball will be Feb. 13 at the Fabulous Fox. For details call (770)758-4500 ext. 107.

19. Interfaith Children’s Movement Day at the Capitol 2018 is Thursday, February 15, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church, 265 Washington Street, SW, Atlanta 30303. Register today and begin the work of ensuring the well-being of Georgia's children in 2018. The last day to register is February 9, 2018. All registered attendees will receive an ICM Day at the Capitol t-shirt.

20. Registration is open for the Feb. 15 death penalty forum. Join community and faith leaders and special guest Sister Helen Prejean for a panel discussion, reception, and book signing of A Case for Life: Justice, Mercy, and the Death Penalty. This event is free and open to the public. Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church. Registration.

21. Be sure to register for Feb. 17 LAMP 2018 symposium before the deadline. This full-day gathering will generate a multifaith discussion among scholars, clergy, community leaders, and students about science, spirituality, and the future of life on earth and elsewhere. This event was organized in partnership with Georgia Tech Astrobiology and co-sponsored by Columbia Seminary, with support from Joel Cowan and the Center for Theological Inquiry. Free and open to the public; registration is required. Register here by 5 p.m. on February 6.

22. Come dance with your L'Arche friends on Saturday, February 17, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m., at St. Thomas More, Mulhern Hall. Last year was a blast at this family-friendly Valentine's Dance. The hall is accessible by turning south on West Trinity Place, and then turning east into the parking lot. St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 636 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur 30030. This is part of a series of social community events for adults with intellectual disabilities and all who come and enjoy these times together. Please bring a dish to share that will serve 6-8 according to the first letter of your last name: A-D: Bread, salad, or side dish; E-H: Dessert; I-Z: Main dish.

23. The Aquinas Center invites you to a Major Catholic Speaker Lecture “Pope Francis, The Church and the World,” Monday, Feb. 19, 7:15- 8:15 p.m., Rollins School of Public Health, Claudia Nance Rollins Building, P-Level Auditorium, Emory University. Father Bryan Hehir will examine the distinct roles of Pope Francis as pastor, administrator, and diplomat. Hehir is the Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. His teaching and research focus on ethics and international relations and on the role of religion and politics in the United States and globally. More here.

24. The 2018 Clarence Jordan Symposium is coming up March 8-11. Celebrate 75 years of Koinonia Farm by coming together to talk, learn, fellowship, and work toward building up a New World. Here are all the details. Use code PARTNERS for 15% off your Symposium Ticket. Code expires February 8

25. Following the tremendous success of the Black-Jewish Seders, American Jewish Committee, Atlanta, offers a Unity Seder at The Temple, March 13. This year, the Seder will be conducted by Rabbi Loren Filson Lapidus with participants representing Atlanta's diverse religious, ethnic, and international communities. The evening is designed to introduce the powerful story of Passover that is shared every year in Jewish homes around the world and to enable shared diverse experiences. Tickets are $36 per person and $18 for students and young professionals. Reserve Your Seat at the Table

26. TechSoup Courses is a repository of online education content, hosted by experts and developed for nonprofits. Join TechSoup Courses to access on-demand courses on topics including design, Google Analytics, technology training, and more.

27. The links below relate to the bonding of ex-felons and tax incentives offered to those who employ ex-felons. They are information on initiatives by both Georgia and the federal government to encourage employers to hire ex-felons and thereby assist in breaking the vicious cycle of and reducing the high rate of recidivism. They assist in keeping the family structure stronger and together. How can you help? Federal bonding. Tax credits and incentives. What churches can do to help from the National Council of Churches.

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

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