Church Action eNewsletter Week of July 12, 2021

Church Action eNewsletter
Week of July 12, 2021 

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc. 


God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

Remember that we want your announcements! We are happy to help get the word out about anything you would like the greater faith community to know. The eNewsletter will take a break next week. 

As a member of the GHC3 Worship Action Coalition, the Regional Council of Churches is excited to share these guidebooks with you: Setting up Your House of Worship as an Immunization Site, Developing Vaccine Messaging Programs, and Facilitating COVID Vaccine Access. The guidebooks can be found at: Global Health Crisis Coordination Center - Back 2 Worship (globalhe....
 
1. Georgia Budget and Policy Institute virtual town hall, tonight, July 12, at 7 p.m., to examine Georgia's FY 2022 budget and dive into the 2022 Georgia Budget Primer.  GBPI's research team will provide insights and answer questions on budget changes and trends across education, health, and other areas of state funding that affect every community in Georgia. Register for Town Hall

2. Pathways to Promise offers “HELD: The Sacredness of Trauma: Trauma-Responsive Faith,” a forum to enable faith communities to become conversant with trauma informed care through the lens of scripture. Wednesday, July 14, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Central Time, interactive, Zoom-based with presenter Elizabeth Power adjunct instructor in psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center. Webinar R.s.v.p.

3. Morehouse School of Medicine Office of Community Engagement continues the Live Strong, Live Long series with “Packable & Delicious Lunches: More Than a Sandwich” will feature Dr. Tremaine Jones Afetorgbor "aka" Dr. Flava, a wellness advocate, and foodie enthusiast. July 14, 2021, from 12 to 1:30 p.m.  This free event features live chef-led cooking demonstrations, contests, and prizes.  Register here. .

4. Atlanta Summer Organ Festival returns this summer, with a series of marvelous organ recitals by some of the leading organists of our time. Next up in the 26th annual festival on Wednesday, July 14, 7:30 p.m., at Peachtree Road UMC, 3180 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta 30305, is Nathan Laube, Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Stuttgart, Germany.  All recitals begin at 7:30 p.m. $15 donation requested at the door.

5. Support local entrepreneurs and health practitioners at the Outdoor Market and Health Fair, Saturday, July 17, from Noon - 5 p.m. presented by Hillside International Truth Center in partnership with Cascade Heights Indie Market. The market, extending from Hillside at 2450 Cascade Road, SW. to Cascade Heights at 2343 Cascade, will include products for healing and total well-being, health practitioners and demonstrations. There will be something for everyone in the family from art, to clothing, gifts to goodies. For more information, contact Marian Gamble, Director of Programs, at (404)758-6811 or mgamble@hillsideinternational.org

6. God Cares will present a free virtual workshop on overcoming trauma, July 17 at 1 p.m. For registration information send your email address to cpinkard@bellsouth.net or call (404)234-1119. Find out more about this ministry at www.bsufchange.com.

7. The Rev. Dr. Dana A. Everhart, senior pastor of Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Atlanta, is the featured preacher July 18 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Day1.org and by podcast.  “Take a Breath!” is Everhart’s sermon for July 18, based on Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 in which Jesus encourages his disciples to come away in the boat to a place where they can rest. Hear Day1 in Atlanta on  WSB News 95.5 and 750 AM. For more, check http://day1.org.  
 
8. Glenn UMC Summer Lecture Series, July 18, 9:30-10:30 a.m. “Renewal Movements in Methodism” with Brooks Holifield, Charles Howard Candler Professor Emeritus of American Church History. Learn more.

9. Faith & Blue July Conversation: Where Do We Go from Here? Chaos or Community? July 19 from 1 – 2:15 p.m. ET. A virtual livestreamed discussion on issues of use of force, race, officer safety, and reducing crime. Special guests include Dr. Robert Franklin, renowned scholar & author, and  James T. and Berta R. Laney Professor in Moral Leadership, Emory University; Tinisha Agramonte, chief diversity officer, Motorola Solutions; Chief Bentrud, Waite Park Police Department, past president, Minnesota Chiefs of Police; Janice Mathis, executive director, National Council of Negro Women; Bishop Marvin Thomas, Second District Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and NAACP national board member; Patrick Yoes, national president, Fraternal Order of Police. This conversation will be livestreamed on the website, Facebook and YouTube channels.Register Today!

10. REAL Retreat: Cultivating Respectful Relationships, Excellence, Authenticity, and Love with Dr. Sandra Montes, Union Theological Seminary, Friday, July 23–Sunday, July 25 .  Learn more and mark your calendar here.  In these times marked by violence, uncertainty, fear, and solitude, let us take time to center ourselves around some of the qualities Jesus taught us. Explore why respectful relationships, excellence, authenticity, and love are important for spiritual growth. Retreat takes place over five half-hour sessions throughout the weekend on the Trinity Retreat Center Facebook page 

11. COVID vaccine will be available at Shifa Clinic, 3650 Savanah Place Drive, Duluth 30096, July 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pfizer Vaccine, highly effective against Delta variant, anyone 12 years & older, walk-ins welcome. 

12. The Pantry, in partnership with the Church at Chapel Hill will distribute free food to the community July 24, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., at the church, 4330 Washington Road, Atlanta. All who need food are welcome. 

13. The Rev. Andrew Whaley, pastor of Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church in Roanoke, Va., is the featured preacher July 25 on “Day 1.” “Hope for Christian Pessimists,” Whaley’s sermon for July 25, is based on the story of the feeding of the 5000 found in John 6:1-15. Jesus questions the disciples about how they will feed all the hungry people. “Andrew pointed out a possibility. He felt stupid even offering it,” Whaley says. “And it turns out that’s all Jesus needs.” Hear Day1 in the Atlanta area on WSB News 95.5 and 750 AM. For more information, past and current sermons, blogs by religious leaders and more, check http://day1.org.

14. Glenn Memorial UMC Summer Lecture Series, July 25, 9:30-10:30 a.m., “The UMC and Ecumenism” with Kyle Tau, ecumenical staff officer for the United Methodist Council of Bishops. Learn more.

15. Ignatian Foundations, July 27-Aug. 31, weekly online, gain a deeper understanding of the Catholic Jesuit worldview informed by the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola, The Spiritual Exercises he wrote nearly five centuries ago, and Jesuit missions today. Sessions will address the Ignatian themes of prayer, discernment, and freedom. Join in on Tuesday nights online from 7:30-9 p.m. beginning July 27. http://bit.ly/FoundationsJuly2021

16. Men Stopping Violence announces the return of the Huddle-- a gathering space for men and male- identified people to be in community, to learn strategies for ending patriarchal violence, and to work together to create change in our communities. The Huddle meets twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday 6-7:30 p.m. Eastern, virtually for now. You - or men in your life – are invited to join this community of men who are committed to creating safer communities. Meeting Registration - Zoom

17. It is easier to love your neighbor if you know your neighbor. Join the Atlanta Jewish Community Relations Council and Islamic Speakers Bureau on July 28 from 7-8 p.m. for a discussion on the practice, history, and significance of Muslim holidays. Register at https://bit.ly/3r0W7Ny"

18. Did you know you can subscribe to the Pitts Theology Library, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, New Acquisitions newsletters? These 4 monthly newsletters highlight new monograph acquisitions and journal issues, each related to one of the four areas of the Candler School of Theology curriculum. If you're interested in staying informed about new publications in theology and religious studies, this is a great place to start. Click here to subscribe.

19. “Enfleshing Witness” was born from wondering what a theological conversation might look like that centers the voices and experiences of people of color. Church Anew brings four thought leaders together to create this space. They invite you to encounter the God who is made known in the diverse expression of witness the world over. Free Registration Thursday, August 26, 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Central

20. Bread for the World alerts us that during the pandemic, child hunger skyrocketed. They offer an easy way for you to contact congress if you would like to urge our nation’s leaders to pass legislation that can transform the lives and future of millions of children here in the United States and abroad. Email your elected representatives in Washington here.

21. Odyssey Impact #MyJustice Film Contest in partnership with MTV Entertainment Group and the Justice Film Festival NYC gives young changemakers the opportunity to make a difference by creating a video short highlighting an issue challenging them or their communities. Anyone ages 18-30, with a passion for using media to challenge injustices and inspire social change, is encouraged to apply by Friday, Sept. 3 via FilmFreeway. Video submissions must be 2 to 3 minutes long, filmed and edited on a smartphone, and offer a call to action that could make a difference. There will be 10 winners eligible for cash prizes up to $2,000.00, a year-long mentorship with a veteran film industry professional, and a chance to have film premiered at the Justice Film Festival NYC in Nov. See the website for information. 
 

Reminders:  Whitney Brown of Georgia Interfaith Power & Light, Environmental Justice: Making It Part of Our Sacred Work, Wed., July 14, 11 a.m.  Register at bit.ly/wedjuly14  
 
The Atlanta Jung Society lecture by Steven Buser, MD  Sat., July 17, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Zoom  For more  go to jungatlanta.com.
 
Mobile markets with free groceries in Douglasville, downtown Atlanta, Hiram. Visit https://www.wellstarmobilemarket.com  
 
Volunteers are needed on Thursdays to sort, pack, and deliver food to Westside residents.  www.westsidefuturefund.org 

Visit our website for a clergy tool box for mental health ministry, and more . . . 

Peace,
Ethel Ware Carter

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