Church Action eNewsletter Week of July 13, 2015

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Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta

Weekly Church Action eNewsletter

Week of July 13, 2015


The website for C.H.I.P., the mental health coalition made up of public and private agencies, faith-based ministries, professionals, and congregations, features Creating Compassionate Congregations a Clergy Tool Box for Mental Health Ministry. If you are interested in having someone from our Speakers Bureau talk with a group at your church or organization, please contact C.H.I.P. through the Regional Council at has a complete calendar of upcoming events and additional information on a number of the items below.

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1. Lake Oconee Community Church continues the 1st and 3rd Wednesday Support Group for Families Dealing with Addiction, 6:15 – 7:45 p.m. and now offers a 12 Step Program for families dealing with addiction on 2nd Wednesdays, 6:15 – 7:15 at the LOCC. Click for more information

2. The Selah Center at Druid Hills Baptist Church, 1050 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta 30306,  offers fitness training several times a week. Check it out here.

3. The Atlanta Fine Arts League presents "Southern Lights," an art show July 16 through Aug. 14 at the gallery inside Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church, Atlanta. The public is invited to an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 16.The exhibition will be on display during church hours, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Fridays.

4. Hosea Feed the Hungry is accepting candidates for the Job Readiness and Self Improvement Program for Young Adults. This free program is a 4-day intensive camp for individuals between the ages of 18 and 21, that has been designed to help them become self-sufficient. The program will take place every Saturday, from July 18 through August 8. For more information and/or to apply, please use the link below. Please keep in mind that this application is for program participants ONLY. CLICK HERE TO APPLY!

5. Saturday evening, July 18, at 7:30 p.m., the Jung Society of Atlanta presents a lecture, “Deep Blues: Human Soundscapes for the Archetypal Journey,” by Mark Winburn, Ph.D., Jungian analyst and clinical psychologist, author, and teacher. Dr. Winburn will explore the journey of the human psyche through an examination of the blues from the genesis, the history, the patterns of the music, and its healing potential. He says that often it is through moving into and through sadness that we can be released into an experience of joy. Trinity Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship Hall, 3003 Howell Mill Rd., NW, Atlanta 30327. The fees are $20 for the public, $10 for students, free to Jung Society members.  More information is at

6. The Rt. Rev. Charles F. Duvall is the featured preacher on Day 1 this Sunday, July 19. He served as the second bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast from 1981 until his retirement. His sermon “Feeding the Soul’s Hunger is based on Mark 6:30-34. Find your local station, read the transcript, or listen to the sermon at

7. During the summer, Glenn UMC on the Emory campus holds a group Sunday School class in the form of a lecture series. This series will continue through August 23. Professors from the Candler School of Theology at Emory are invited to come and talk about a chosen theme or topic. This summer’s theme is “Theology of Hope.” Coffee and continental breakfast, nursery care, and children and youth Sunday School activities will be provided. 9:45 a.m., Ward Hall.

8. The future of the American civil rights movement is placed under the microscope in the season premiere of "A Conversation with Dr. Ralph Basui Watkins" on Monday, July 20 at 11 a.m. on Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters (AIB). The program also focuses on the Black Lives Matter movement and the role of faith and church in the lives of youth. Dr. Ralph Basui Watkins is associate professor of evangelism and church growth at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur.  His guests include activist Aurielle Marie, cofounder of "It's Bigger than You," artist/activist Ervin A. Johnson, and Rev. Damon P. Williams, Senior Pastor of Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta.  More at

9. Empowerment Resource Center is accepting applications for its Programs for Positive (P4P) Peer Educator Certification. The application deadline is July 22, 2015.  All candidates must apply and meet eligibility requirements. Space is limited. This free training program is designed to build capacity in communities of people living with HIV and AIDS and develop intergenerational peer networks which support entering care, remaining in care, and adhering to medical treatment.  It is funded in part by the Georgia Department of Public Health's CAPUS Program.   Click here to learn more about the P4P Program.  


10. Please let your young people and their families know that Atlanta Public Schools will hold a district-wide Back to School Bash, Saturday, July 25, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Metropolitan State College Easley Conference Center. This event is for all new and returning Atlanta public school students. Registration, information, health screenings, activities, backpack and supply give-away. Free shuttle bus transportation from Sutton Middle School, and Carver, Grady, Jackson, Douglass, Mays, Therrell, Washington, and South Atlanta High Schools starting at 9 a.m.  For more information visit


11. Volunteers are needed. The 5th Annual Let’s Move! DeKalb Expo is July 25 at Exchange Park Intergenerational Recreation Center in Decatur Georgia- Back to School Fitness Fun! Free school supplies while they last; child must be present.  Last year there were 1,300 parents and children in attendance as compared to 850 attendees the previous year. Click here to find out how you can help.


12. RUMC Job Networking will host a job fair for Equifax on Monday, July 27. Equifax’s hiring managers and talent acquisition team will meet with job seekers 2-4 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Equifax hopes to add 500+ employees in all areas of company needs and locations. Job Networking, a ministry of Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell, will offer many workshops beginning at 12:30 p.m., then dinner at 5:30 p.m. All are invited; no need to preregister. Candidates are encouraged to apply in advance, then meet hiring managers at the Job Fair. Go to to view opportunities. Candidates may send resumes directly to with “RUMC” in the subject field.


13. The Capitol City Opera Company returns to the Episcopal Church of the Atonement on July 31. The doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the concert begins at 8:00 p.m.  The concert will be a performance of popular Gershwin tunes. The Gershwin brothers' music is synonymous with the sounds of the roaring 20's and 30's. Singers will perform selections from Porgy and Bess, Funny Face, Crazy for You, and Nice Work If You can Get It, among others. The concert is free. Atonement is located at 4945 High Point Road in Sandy Springs. For more information or directions call (404)252-3324.


14. Tabernacle of Praise Church in McDonough is hosting a Back to School Rally on Saturday August 1 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Donations are appreciated and needed. To make a donation or to participate please call (678)272-7838 or visit


15. Meridian Herald presents a camp meeting service Saturday, August 15, in historic Epworth, Georgia, in the Blue Ridge Mountains with bluegrass-gospel and Appalachian old-time music and featuring the fine preaching of Craig Kocher who was Associate Dean for the Duke Chapel before becoming Chaplain for the University of Richmond. Events begin at 3:00 p.m. with a bluegrass—old-time concert and proceed through several activities until the service begins as 6:00.  The service will include a commemoration of the life of the renowned preacher Fred G. Craddock, who gave his final sermon at this annual service in August 2014.  Everyone is welcome.

16. L’Arche Summer Celebration, Cathedral of Christ the King is hosting the L’Arche Atlanta community at this event which is one of a series for adults with intellectual disabilities and others who come to enjoy this time because our differences enrich us all, Saturday, August 15, 2699 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305, 5:30-8:00 p.m.  Find out more here.

17. The Lilburn Woman's Club is sponsoring Telling the Truth About Suicide to help increase awareness, decrease misinformation, and provide resources for support of the survivors of suicide.  The event will take place on Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Harmony Grove United Methodist Church, Pollard Hall, 50 Harmony Grove Rd, Lilburn, Georgia. Speakers are an impressive array of knowledgeable and involved people. Space is limited.  Get all the details here>>

17. Create a Personal Book of Hours, August 28-30 or August 28-September 2, St. Mary’s Sewanee, Tennessee. In its simplest form a book of hours is a prayer book. Historically, the book of hours contained prayers, psalms, a calendar, was heavily ornamented and was made personal to the owner. Instruction will be appropriate for all artistic skill levels. The studio will be filled with many materials but the participants will be asked to supply a sketchbook and a few other things. A complete materials list will be supplied upon enrollment. Lendon Hamilton Noe, professor and artist, is the presenter. Details here.

18. Take a walk on the south side. The Coweta County Walk for Suicide Prevention and Awareness is fast approaching; September 12 is the date.  It is time to register and ask family and friends to support your walk. One of the things this year’s walk will be supporting is CAMP SOS - a family camp in Georgia for those who have lost a loved one to suicide.  This resource is so important as there are few resources for families, teens, and children after this kind of loss.  Your fundraising efforts will go right back into your community.  Coweta Suicide Awareness and Prevention Registration.

19. Care and Counseling Centers of Georgia fall dates for Hope for Grieving Children have been set.  Keep in mind this group is for families impacted by the death of a loved one. Please pass along to any family who might benefit.  These meetings are on Sundays at 5 p.m. in Roswell. Orientation for new families is September 13 at 5 p.m. Contact Doyle Hamilton for more information

20. Go to the Aquinas Center Facebook page to see a lecture given by Dr. Phillip Thompson on using the wisdom of Thomas Merton to thoughtfully live with our interruption ecology of endless communication. The lecture was filmed at Pitts Theology Library. Here is the link.

21. The International Rescue committee holds free English Literacy and Civics Classes, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Friday, 6 – 8:30 p.m., at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, 5140 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain 30083. Call Wende Crow or Suzanne Balint at (678)636-8964.

22. Did you know that cocaine use in the U.S. translates into demand for producing cocaine in Colombia? And demand for cocaine in Colombia translates into the enslavement, and often, death of children in Colombia, Guatemala, and Honduras? Help Us Protect Our Children, an Atlanta-based nonprofit, wants to engage people in the U.S., including our youth to embrace the idea of helping these innocent children and their parents. Learn more at

23. Do you know about Ebenezer Events? Nestled in the heart of Atlanta’s Historic Auburn Ave., Ebenezer Events, inside the Martin Luther King Jr., Historic District, next to Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church’s Horizon Sanctuary located in the M.L. King, Sr. Community Resource Complex and close to the heart of downtown Atlanta, offers event space ideal for hosting special events, luncheons, banquets, business meetings, receptions, conferences and more. Read about it here.



Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.


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